Recent News

Professor Brian Reed, Chair of the Department of English, has been appointed as the inaugural Milliman Endowed Chair in the Humanities at the University of Washington in recognition of the "phenomenal work he has achieved in the field of the humanities." This endowment has been established through the extraordinary generosity of Glen S. and Alison Wyckoff Milliman. Its primary purpose is to enhance the university's ability to recruit and retain faculty in the humanities, and the intent is that... Read more
As part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Collaboration Grant, the EWP will be hosting a series of five workshops throughout Winter and Spring 2018 that address ethical approaches to teaching personal writing, antiracist assessment, canonical literature, autoethnography, and multimodality. Participants will come away with practical... Read more
Professor Jesse Oak Taylor has won the 2018 Rudikoff Prize for the best first book by a Victorianist for The Sky of Our Manufacture: The London Fog in British Fiction from Dickens to Woolf. His book uses the many depictions of the London fog in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century novel to explore the emergence of human-caused climate change. This will be the second major prize for The Sky of Our... Read more
Frances McCue
Frances McCue's recently published Timber Curtain (Chin Music Press, 2017) is her fourth book of poems. A previous book, The Bled, won the 2011 Washington State Book Award for poetry.  McCue, a senior lecturer in the English department, co-founded Seattle's Hugo House and served as its director from 1996-2006. Timber Curtain offers a sustained reflection on the demolition of the original Hugo House and was recently featured in this... Read more
Brian Reed
Greetings from Padelford Hall. Fall quarter is coming to a close this week, and students are busily taking final exams, completing group projects, and putting last touches on research papers. Administrators, too, face a flurry of pre-holiday deadlines, one of which, for me, is the need to hurry up and wrap gifts for my niece and nephew (shh, don’t tell them, they’re getting plush toys that I bought in Seoul, South Korea, while at a conference in November on “world literature and the digital... Read more
Matthew Poland, a doctoral student in English, has won the Míċeál F. Vaughan Scholarship for 2017-2018. The award will support his traveling to London to study Victorian collecting practices of early English dramatic texts at the British Library and at the National Art Library, housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Professor Emeritus Míċeál F. Vaughan, long a member of this department, created this endowment to support travel to primary research libraries and archives for projects involving... Read more
UW English Department alum Jane Wong (Ph.D 2016) has been named as the 2017 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist by the Artist Trust | Frye Art Museum Consortium. Currently in its fourth year, the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award of $50,000 is the largest cash grant available to... Read more
The Expository Writing Program invites proposals for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Collaboration Grants for 2017-2018. We plan to fund 5-8 collaborative group projects that focus on developing composition curriculum, teacher resources, and/or research initiatives that center issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the writing classroom. To learn more about the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Collaboration Grant, please go to the following webpage, containing the... Read more
Juliet Shields
Juliet Shields has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor, and Priti Sandhu and Jesse Oak Taylor have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.   Congratulations on promotions well-earned. In additional personnel news, the English Department warmly welcomes three new members to the professional staff who keep us upright and smiling.  Suman... Read more
Books Study College
Not only professors won the Simpson Center’s Society of Scholars Fellowships (See Faculty Notes).   Graduate student Elizabeth Janssen has also been awarded support for her dissertation project, Terms and Conditions: Race, Literary Value, and US Reading Publics. And likewise, the following... Read more