Alumni Appear at Screening of Their First Feature Film

October 26th, 2018 § 0

Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell, recently graduated majors in English at SPU, have lost no time forming a film company producing some notable commercials and short films.

Their first feature film, Prospect, opens in theaters in November. Earl and Caldwell will make special appearances at two opening-weekend screenings in Seattle. Jeff Overstreet, national film critic and SPU professor of writing, will host an interview and Q&A with them after the showings.

Join all three either Thursday, November 8th at 6:45 p.m. or Friday, November 9th at 7:30 Regal Meridian 16 Cinemas in downtown Seattle.

Study Abroad Program in Rome

October 19th, 2018 § 0

The Department of English is pleased to announce preparations for the 2019 biennial Study Abroad Program in Rome, Italy, from approximately June 25-July 17th.

Students earn five upper-division literature credits, three creative writing credits (applicable to any genre workshop course), and two independent study credits–in just four weeks–all while living, studying in a Renaissance palazzo, exploring, eating, and playing in the most fascinating city on earth.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Maier ( if interested, and drop by our first INFORMATION SESSION, Tuesday, Oct. 16th, at 4:30 in Marston 255. Hear from former Rome students; learn how this program satisfies degree requirements for English literature, creative writing, and integrated studies majors, and discover what makes Reading and Writing Rome SPU’s most affordable study abroad program. (Hint: Summer tuition is discounted by 75%!)

Night Against Procrastination

October 9th, 2018 § 0

Tuesday, October 9th
6:00-10:00 p.m.

Please join faculty members and students at this year’s Night Against Procrastination, a late-night study hall in Ames Library.

There will be food, raffle prizes, study tables, and tutors to encourage everyone to get going on academic assignments.

Levertov Reading

October 2nd, 2018 § 0

Image’s 15th Annual Levertov Award
Reading and Reception with Award Recipient Carolyn Forché

Friday, October 5 | 7:30 p.m.
The New Hugo House
Seattle, Washington

Image Journal and its co-sponsors, Seattle Pacific University’s English Department and Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, cordially invite you to attend the 15th annual Denise Levertov Award presentation and reading. Named for the poet Denise Levertov, who spent her last years in Seattle, the award is given annually to an artist, musician, or writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with faith. This year’s event will honor poet and social activist Carolyn Forché, whose honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

We are delighted that the Levertov Award will be one of the first events hosted at the new Hugo House location in Capitol Hill. Founded by three Seattle-based writers, Hugo House has been a literary and cultural hub for two decades, where literary icons like Billy Collins, Amy Bloom, and Sharon Olds have led workshops and given readings. We are thrilled to partner with them as they launch their next chapter.

Join us on Friday, October 5, for the award presentation and reading, followed by a question and answer period, as well as a wine and dessert reception. For more information on the award and Forché’s work, please visit the Image website at

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