Holiday Party

December 2nd, 2019 § 0

The Department of English and Cultural Studies will hold its annual holiday party for students on Friday, December 6th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  All students majoring or minoring in English or Cultural Studies, as well as those intending to do so, are invited.

Details have been sent to all students in any of the above categories.  Announcements are being made in classes as well.


Free Screening of Terrence Malick’s New Film

December 2nd, 2019 § 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019


AMC Pacific Place 11

600 Pine Street

Seattle, WA 98101


Based on real events, and from visionary writer-director Terrence Malick, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive.

Reserve a free ticket by visiting

Denise Levertov Reading

November 5th, 2019 § 0

Seattle’s Hugo House

November 7, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Poet, translator, and young adult author Marilyn Nelson is being honored with the Denise Levertov Award in 2019. She will read selections from her body of work and be interview on stage by James K.A. Smith, Image Journal’ s editor-in-chief. The Levertov Award is given annually by Image to an artist, musician, or writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with faith.  This event is co-sponsored by the Seattle Pacific University English department and MFA.

Marilyn Nelson was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is the daughter of one of the last of the Tuskegee Airmen. Her mother was a teacher. Nelson spent much of her youth living on different military bases and began writing poetry in elementary school. She earned her BA from the University of California at Davis, her MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. An accomplished poet and translator, Nelson has also written numerous books for children and young adults. She is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Robert Frost medal, and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors. In 2013, Nelson was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2017, she was recognized with both the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children and the prestigious NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. In 2019, she was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation.

St. Augustine and the Narrative Roots of Art

October 24th, 2019 § 0

Monday, October 28, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Hugo House

Seattle, WA

Augustine’s Confessions is often looked to as the beginning of a tradition of introspective writing that continues to influence contemporary narrative practice in fiction and nonfiction. In this talk sponsored by the journal Image, novelist Garth Greenwell talks to philosopher James K. A. Smith about what writers—both the skeptics and believers among them—can learn from Augustine’s Confessions.

Image is a literary journal founded in 1989 and dedicated to exploring contemporary art and literature that engage Western religious traditions, In 2000, Image, a self-supporting non-profit, took up residence on Seattle Pacific’s campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

Eryn Tan Takes Internship

October 21st, 2019 § 0

Eryn Tan, sophomore English major, has reported in on her current internship.  “I pursued an internship because I wanted to effectively use my time (and credits) during the quarter and gain experience in the line of nonprofit work and a career in writing,” she reports.  Many English majors find that an internship helps them investigate an area where they may hope to work after graduation.  

“So far, this internship has exposed and refined my skills in various styles of writing, training me in using appropriate diction and suitable measures of emotional language,” continues Eryn.  It often comes as a surprise to students that a “career in writing” can take many forms.

Many students worry about fitting an internship into their classs and work schedule.  Eryn takes this potential problem in stride. “Juggling classes with this internship has also challenged my ability to multitask and manage my time more efficiently.”  But she’s managed it well, reporting weekly to her faculty advisor about her internship activities.

“I believe that this internship will help to clear up some of my confusion about the kind of career I’d like to pursue with my English Literature major and provide me with realistic expectations for my life after graduating.”  Well said, Eryn!