Recent News

James Rush Daniel
James Rushing Daniel received his Ph.D. in English, with specialization in Composition and Rhetoric, from the University of Wisconsin in 2012. Before arriving at the University of Washington, he served as Assistant Professor of English at Tennessee State University and Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing at Thomas Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University). In the English department’s Interdisciplinary Writing Program, he teaches writing... Read more
Our new Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Jesse Oak Taylor, is a coeditor of an essay collection--Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times--that has just been published by Penn State University Press. The volume explores the long-standing dialogue between imaginative literature and the earth sciences and show how scientists, novelists, and... Read more
Jane Austen silhouette
      JaneFest 2017, a 200th anniversary celebration of the life and works of Jane Austen, will take place in Mary Gates Hall on Sat., Nov. 4, 2017. The Festival, where guests can learn about various aspects of Austen’s life, times, and work, such as Regency cooking, clothing, and embroidery, try Regency card games and dances, participate in trivia and book discussions, and more, is from 1-5:30 pm. The Regency Ball, featuring a live band and... Read more
The Department of English is proud to announce that one of our faculty and one of our graduate students have launched new books of poetry. Senior Lecturer Frances McCue has published Timber Curtain (Chin Music Press) which collects poems written during the filming of the forthcoming documentary... Read more
Brian Reed, Chair of English
I began this academic year on research leave on the other side of the globe, away in Canberra, Australia’s capital. Each day at dusk, after I’d put the books aside and closed my laptop, I would go for long walks and marvel at the loud calls of the local birds, the clattering cockatoos, the chortling kookaburras, and, above all, the “bold, cruel and melodious” currawongs, “quarrelling, talking, crying so,” as the poet Judith Wright once put it. On New Year’s Day, 2017, I arrived back in Seattle... Read more
Jane Wong
Jane Wong (Ph.D 2016) has been chosen as the 2017 Graduate Medalist in the Humanities. This award is given each year to the most exceptional graduate student in the Humanities Division at the University of Washington. Wong defended her dissertation in Fall 2016; its title is "Going Toward the Ghost: The Poetics of Haunting in Contemporary Asian... Read more
Bartley The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff
The English Department's graduate and undergraduate students have reeled off an impressive list of awards, prizes, and publications in 2016.  Congratulations to all! Graduate:  Nancy Bartley's script, The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff, based on her nonfiction book, was accepted into the Beverly Hill... Read more
Cherniavsky Neocitizenship
Anis Bawarshi, co-editor, Genre and the Performance of Publics (Utah State/University of Colorado Press, 2016). Genre and the Performance of Publics explores how genres such as blogs, vocational guides, jury instructions, petitions, news articles, dictionaries, public-health campaign websites, and various kinds of digital media... Read more
The English Department graduation ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at 2:00 pm in Meany Hall. Congratulations graduates!
Lydia Heberling Can Surf
Perhaps surprisingly, interest in surfing among the UW English department community is considerable and manifests itself both as a community-building, sanity-restoring pastime and the object of serious academic study. Recently minted Ph.D. Brian Gutierrez and his partner, local K-12 teacher Haley Rae Gutierrez, are avid surfers.   “Growing up near the Central Coast in California, the ocean has always been, for me, a place of rejuvenation” Brian explains... Read more