Recent News

Kristen Millares Young
Kristen Millares Young (MFA ’12) is the current Prose Writer-in-Resident at Hugo House.  She is the author of Subduction, published by Red Hen Press in April 2020, a lyric retelling of the troubled history of encounter in the Americas. Ms. Magazine called the book an... Read more
Edward Alexander
Professor Edward Alexander, 1936-2020 English Matters thanks Professor Emeritus Joe Butwin for composing the following touching tribute to his recently passed good friend Professor Emeritus Edward Alexander.  A superb scholar, teacher and colleague, Professor Alexander will be missed.  Rest in peace. First, to be... Read more
Nanya Jhingran
Graduate: English department graduate students Nanya Jhingran and BrittNEY Frantece were awarded a Mellon Collaborative Summer Fellowship for Public Projects in the Humanities for their collaborative project, “Manifesting the Ecstatic: Spiritual Activism & Storytelling in Seattle Communities of Color.” Nanya and BrittNEY will be working with... Read more
typewriter creative writing
Faculty and Staff News   First a bit of great program news. has ranked the UW English department MFA program #1 in the country based on median early-career salary.  This  data was drawn from surveys of over 5 million graduates conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's higher ed information resource, College Scorecard.  The University of Washington’s MFA program claims this honor... Read more
Online Education
The Novel Coronavirus is affecting people and institutions worldwide.  The UW English department is obviously no exception.  Our most major adjustment last spring quarter (and once again this fall quarter) has been teaching a full catalog of classes remotely.  The English department’s response to this massive, short-order change has been impressively careful, ethical, and effective.  It’s truly been an “all hands on deck” situation.  And, to a person, the English Department has shown up topside... Read more
This past winter it was announced that the College of Arts and Sciences would undertake a major reorganization of humanities undergraduate advising.  All departmental undergraduate advising has since been consolidated into an integrated humanities undergraduate advising center called Humanities Academic Services, which will be fully operational in fall of 2020. Although we are extremely fortunate that Dr. Nancy Sisko, the English department’s Director of Advising, has accepted a position as... Read more
Retirement Announcement: Nikolai Popov English Matters applauds the noteworthy career of retiring Senior Lecturer Nikolai Povov.  Popov is a Bulgarian academic, writer, and translator who defected to the US in the mid 80s.  He translated James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man into Bulgarian, and introduced and/or edited translations into Bulgarian of novels of Tobias Smollett, Henry James... Read more
shawn wong
This past year Professor Shawn Wong has seen much well-deserved interest in the press around a new edition of 1974’s brash, canon-establishing Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers, and for his grassroots defense of the Okada family’s rights to... Read more
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Emeritus Professor Edward (Eddie) Alexander. Professor Alexander was a faculty member in the English department for 44 years before retiring in 2004. During his prolific and influential career as a Victorian literary scholar, a scholar of Lionel Trilling and Irving Howe, and a scholar of Jewish history and culture, Professor Alexander published numerous books, critical editions, and edited collections. In 1974, he co-founded the Jewish Studies... Read more
Anu Taranath's Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World has been named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. The book has also received the Foreword INDIE book award and has been named a finalist for several other awards.  The book has recently been included in Oprah Magazine's list of "Best Travel Books" as well as Fodors' Travel "Best Books to Bring on Vacation."