Recent News

Alysse Hotz Climbing
Alysse Hotz, like all of our graduate students working on Ph.D.s, pours blood, sweat, and we hope an absolutely minimal number of tears into her dissertation.  What’s not so typical is Hotz’s living arrangement for much of this work.  For as much of the year as can be made to work around her on-campus commitments, Hotz writes her dissertation on the road in her van.  Why does she choose to, literally, park her laptop in dusty lots and campgrounds?  Look to the horizon; our campus is surrounded... Read more
puget sound writing consortium
  For nearly 35 years, the University of Washington and English Department played an integral role in the success of the Puget Sound Writing Project (PSWP), inspiring effective writing teachers and student writers from Vancouver to Bellingham.  PSWP’s writing consultants ran writing institutes for K-12 faculty in Seattle, Tacoma, Burlington, South Whidbey Island, Peninsular, North Shore, and other districts.  They consulted in local... Read more
Roger Sale
I met Roger Sale in the summer of 1972, very shortly after I had arrived in Seattle from UC Berkeley as a new assistant professor.  I first heard about him from Alan Fisher, another faculty member who was to become one of my closest friends.  Alan had painted Roger as larger than life—though not in the most standard of ways.  “Roger,” Alan told me, “will bet on anything.  If two birds are sitting on a fence, he’ll take a bet on which one will fly away first.”  A few days later I met Roger... Read more
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