Senior Profile: Diaa Alsersawi

March 9th, 2022 § 0

Diaa Alsersawi graduates this June with two majors, in English literature and in Social Justice/Cultural Studies.

Diaa says he chose the English major “because I have always been interested in storytelling and how people perform their narratives, an interest that was further fueled by double majoring in cultural studies and social justice.” The combination has proven a powerful experience for many students.

“The two majors together allowed me to examine how the personal is implicated with larger structures of power and histories of race, gender, sexuality, class, and other constructs,” Diaa continues.

Then he sums up the arrangement succinctly: “Really, such a great combo to do the two majors!”

As for plans after graduation, Diaa is faced with a pleasant dilemma. He has been accepted into two Ph.D. programs, one in English at the University of Colorado—Boulder and one in comparative literature at UCLA. So he’ll need to choose which path to follow.

Best of luck with your decision, and with your graduate-school career, Diaa!

Dr. Moe Publishes Essay

March 4th, 2022 § 0

Peter Wayne Moe, Associate Professor of English and Writing, had his essay, “Bones, Bones: How to Articulate a Whale,” published in Longreads last month.

Here’s is the first paragraph of the essay:

I’m walking with my dog and the phone rings. It’s Jessie Huggins, stranding coordinator for Cascadia Research Collective. “A whale washed ashore an hour south of Seattle,” she says. “Do you want it?”

Find it at

Alumna Profile: Shelby Stuart

March 2nd, 2022 § 0

SPU alum and writer Shelby Stuart was in Seattle recently. She was a long way from where she’s been living since finishing her English major at SPU.

“I graduated from SPU in 2010 and spent the next four years trying to find ways to live in Switzerland,” Shelby said when contacted. “I finally moved there in 2014, making a life in Europe between temporary jobs, visas and artist residencies which allowed me to continue to focus on my writing before finally making my home in Basel.”

After a few years, Shelby felt the need for more schooling. “In 2017, I began a master`s program in Transdisciplinary Studies at an art school in Zurich,” she explained. “The program gave me a chance to explore writing in an artistic context and to build from the foundation I had received during my undergrad.”

About that undergrad experience Shelby said, “I am grateful for the literary training and mentorship I received at SPU, which served as helpful tools in both grounding and expanding my practice.” And we are grateful you began your writing career with us, Shelby!

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