Graduate Student Activities & Achievements
We are proud of the impressive contributions our graduate students have made as scholars and creative writers. Graduate students have published their scholarly writing in prestigious journals such as Film Quarterly, Journal of African Travel Writing, Rhizomes, Words and Pictures Magazine Journal of Popular Culture, and Narrative Inquiry. Their creative work has appeared in such prominent journals as Fourth Genre, Under the Gum Tree, Beacon Street Review, Creative Nonfiction, Switched-on Gutenberg, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Fugue, Winter Tangerine and Willow Springs. Our graduate students' writing has also won or won special mention in the Atlantic Monthly's writing contest as well as the Fourth Genre Steinberg essay contest. Students' work has also been published in Rag Queen Periodical, Camas and Sweet Magazines. Our alumni include a Lambda Literary Award winner and a best-selling novelist.
Graduate students have participated in national and international conferences, presenting their scholarly, creative, and pedagogical work at well-known conventions such as the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) convention, College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC), the regional Modern Language Association (MLA) convention, Southern Humanities Conference (shc), Hawaii International Conference on Art and Humanities (HICAH), and the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conferences (WSRL).
In addition to their national scholarly and creative accomplishments, graduate students are active in scholarly, creative, and pedagogical events in the English Department, the University, and Bellingham. Graduate students participate in the Pacific Modern Languages Association (PMLA) when it meets at Western, as well as work the Bookfair at the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) conferences across the country. They also participate in university and local reading series, colloquia, and symposia.
When not presenting their own work, graduate students attend the presentations of the work of English Department faculty, visiting lecturers, and nationally known scholars and writers such as Rebecca Skloot, Brenda Hillman, Sherman Alexie, David James Duncan, Nancy Lord, Gloria Anzaldua, Elaine Brown, Heather McHugh, Cornel West, Gerald Stern, Bernard Cooper, N. Katherine Hayles, Eduardo Cadava, Victor Villanueva, and Ruth Ozeki.
Students who have received a graduate degree from our program have gone on to do additional graduate work at MFA and PhD programs around the country, often with full fellowships. A sampling of schools they’ve attended include: Notre Dame, Arizona State, Columbia, University of Iowa, SUNY at (Buffalo, Syracuse, and Albany), University of New Mexico, Temple University, University of Arizona, University of California (Davis, Irvine, and Riverside), University of Southern California, Cornell University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and University of Washington.
Our graduates have received tenure-track teaching appointments at community colleges in the northwest and across the nation, such as Montana State University, Bethany College, Columbia Basin Community College, Green River Community College, Highline Community College, Skagit Valley Community College, South Puget Sound Community College and Whatcom Community College. Still other graduates are successfully employed as editors or technical writers for Allyis, Anvil, Boeing, Microsoft, Nike, Nokia, Verizon, K&L Media and SPIE (International Society of Optical Rngineering), among other companies. Still others have found work teaching English in China and other countries.