Senior Profile: Helen Martin

October 28th, 2021 § 0

Helen Martin, senior literature major, is graduating early this year. The Alaska native used summer-session courses to accelerate her pace through an undergraduate degree.

When asked to reflect on her time in the English major, Helen had much to say.

“I became an English major because I wanted to do something I loved in college,” she said. “I wanted to stay up late reading books, improve my writing abilities, and talk about literary analysis with my peers. I’ve always felt that anyone who is passionate about literature is passionate about life, and those are the kind of people I have always felt inspired by and wanted to be around.

“The greatest takeaway I’ve had from the major,” Helen added, “is just how complex it is! I think a lot of people outside the major perceive the study of English as a lot of essay writing (fair enough), but I’ve learned more about current issues, philosophical questions, and spirituality through the texts I’ve read than anywhere else.”

Her future plans? “Eventually, I want to teach English literature at the secondary level, but I would like to explore other opportunities with my degree first. I’m looking into speech and grant writing specifically, and, at some point, I would love to get my master’s degree abroad.”

Blessings and good luck, Helen!

Professor Mischa Willet Publishes Article on the Ascent Program

October 20th, 2021 § 0

Mischa Willet, Professor of Writing and English, recently published an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education about SPU’s Ascent Program, which supports students who are the first in their households to attend college. Find the article here:

SPU Career Fair Next Week

October 20th, 2021 § 0

Peter Moe’s Essay Selected for Best American Essays List

October 11th, 2021 § 0

An essay by Associate Professor of English and Writing Peter Moe titled “To Flense” was selected to be listed as a “Notable Essay” in the 2021 Best American Essays collection.

The essay was originally published in Fourth Genre, a journal of creative nonfiction. It then became Chapter Six of Moe’s book, Touching This Leviathan. Purchase or learn about the longer work at

Night Against Procrastination

October 4th, 2021 § 0

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