Craft Talk

April 30th, 2018 § 0

Wednesday, May 2nd
3:00 pm
Library Seminar Room

SPU Imaginative Writing instructor Sonya Bilocerkowycz will give a talk entitled “I Celebrate Spring With Apricot Jam: Translating Poetry from the Russia-Ukraine War.”

Before earning her MFA at The Ohio State University, Ms. Bilocerkowycz was a Fulbright Fellow in Belarus, an educational recruiter in the Republic of Georgia, and a visiting instructor at Ukrainian Catholic University. Her essays and poems have appeared in Guernica, Colorado Review, Southampton Review, Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review and elsewhere.

English Students Attend The Merchant of Venice

April 17th, 2018 § 0

Over the last few weeks, students in the senior-level Shakespeare course in the English Department attended Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of The Merchant of Venice, one of Shakespeare’s darker comedies. Is the anti-semitism on view in the play a comment by Shakespeare on the unfair treatment of a minority tolerated in Venice’s ghetto (the first of these horrid enclosures) for their role facilitating the city’s storied mercantilism? Is the play a comment on Christian hypocrisy, shown in the majority-Christian characters’shameful behavior toward the other in their midst, while thinking they are performing justice? Does their failure to sustain healthy bonds even among themselves question every human being’s capacity for fidelity?

Shakespeare asks, but does not answer, these questions. Students came to realize one thing for certain, in reading and then viewing The Merchant of Venice: Mercy is necessary but not sufficient to human flourishing. The bonds we create with one another are fragile, subject to anger, whim, or feelings of misplaced love. Forgiveness is hard but indispensable.

Panel: Using Your Voice to Make Change

April 17th, 2018 § 0

Panel Discussion and Q & A
Thursday, April 19th, 7:30-8:30
Emerson Lobby

All undergraduate women students are invited!

Using Your Voice to Make Change will introduce our students to two accomplished alumni (Shauna Casey, ’06 and Megan Chao, ‘09), who will talk about how they learned to “hear” their voice, the challenges of figuring out who they were, and how they used their voice to make change.

There will be a Q&A, and then the students will be invited to participate in this new endeavor.

The intent of the program is to provide inspiration and a desire to be part of this initiative, come fall.

Milton Fellow Reading

April 6th, 2018 § 0

Thursday, April 12th
7:00 pm
Art Center Gallery

On April 12, Sonya Bilocerkowycz will read from her book-in-progress, On Our Way Home from the Revolution, a collection of linked narrative and lyrical essays. Ms. Bilocerkowycz is the current Milton Fellow at Image journal and is teaching the course Imaginative Writing at SPU this quarter.

All are welcome, and snacks will be provided!

2018 Gates Reading

April 6th, 2018 § 0

Thursday, April 26th
7:00 pm
Art Center Gallery

Please join the English Department in welcoming to campus the 2018 Gates Reader, Bruce Beasley. All are welcome, and admission is free. From Beasley’s website:

Bruce Beasley is the author of eight collections of poems, most recently All Soul Parts Returned (BOA Editions, September 2017), Theophobia (BOA Editions, 2012). The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems was published by The University of Washington Press, in 2007. His previous collection, Lord Brain, an extended meditation on neuroscience, cosmology, theology, and language, won the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Award and was published in 2005. Beasley won the Colorado Prize for Poetry in 1996 for Summer Mystagogia, selected by Charles Wright, and the 1994 Ohio State University Press/Journal Award for The Creation. Wesleyan University Press published his books Spirituals (1988) and Signs and Abominations (2000).

He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Artist Trust of Washington and three Pushcart Prizes in poetry. His work also appears in The Pushcart Book of Poetry: The Best Poems from the First Thirty Years of the Pushcart Prize, as well as other anthologies including Lyric Postmodernisms: An Anthology of Contemporary Innovative Poetries; Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets; Under the Rock Umbrella: Contemporary Poets from 1951-1977; and American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets. His poems appear widely in such journals as The Kenyon Review, Southern Review, New American Writing, Field, New England Review, and Yale Review.

Beasley grew up in Macon, Georgia, and now lives in Bellingham, Washington. He is a professor of English at Western Washington University and, in 2013, recipient of the university’s Peter J. Elich Excellence in Teaching Award. He lives with his wife, poet and nonfiction author Suzanne Paola, and their son Jin.

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