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The novel No-No Boy by John Okada, originally published in 1957, was barely read during the author’s lifetime. Shawn Wong, UW professor of English, will share how young Asian American writers urged a new audience to recognize the book’s importance and launched its journey from obscurity to canonical work in Asian American literature.  More information can be found... Read more
david shields lynch history
This past spring English Matters announced the imminent release of Professor David Shields’ documentary film, Marshawn Lynch: A History (click for the trailer).  Since then Lynch premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival to great acclaim, was selected to appear in the... Read more
Ashley Beeman
In the past six months English department graduate and undergraduate students have harvested a legitimate bumper crop of fellowships, prizes, and grants. English Matters isn’t sure if this is a record season, but it certainly wouldn’t surprise us if it was.  Two things, largely, have coalesced in making this fall’s graduate student grant news so very good: we have excellent students, and we have spectacular alumni!  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank all alumni and donors who’ve... Read more
Merce Cunningham Summerspace
Comedian Martin Mull once quipped that writing about music is like dancing about architecture—in other words, seemingly absurd. Nevertheless, since I first wrote a short story about a Cubist baby, I have been doing just that—using one art to engage with another. For the past year and a half, I have turned my attention to the art of choreographer Merce Cunningham. I’m not alone in paying attention to Cunningham this year. Throughout 2019, dance companies, dance historians and critics, former... Read more
The English department's Expository Writing Program has been awarded a 2019-2020 Certificate of Excellence from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. This is a major national recognition and a well-deserved tribute to the remarkable work that EWP director Candice Rai and the EWP associate directors and mentors (Elizabeth Simmons O'Neill, Kimberlee Gillis Bridges, Michelle Liu, Jake Huebsch, and the assistant directors... Read more
Ayash Callow Taranath
With sadness, Department Chair Anis Bawarshi announces that our UW colleague Kim Johnson-Bogart passed away on September 26, at home, peacefully, with her daughter Sabina and granddaughter Cece at her side. “Those of us who worked with Kim know her as a teacher, mentor, and colleague, someone who in her most recent position in Advancement worked tirelessly to help faculty secure funding to launch their careers and fuel their research.  She worked at the... Read more
Edward Harkness
The English Department Graduate Program’s Mary Malevitsis, Ali Dahmer, and Eva Cherniavsky have been busy creating resources that feature and honor the work and careers of our graduate alumni. In the English Graduate Office, they’ve curated a new physical library of alumni books.  And be sure to check out the new Ph.D. Alumni Spotlight page on the... Read more
The UW's Simpson Center for the Humanities has been engaged in a Next Generation Humanities PhD Special Initiative. This report from the Simpson Center reviews the transformative work supported by this three year project, including the department of English's participation, led by former Director of Graduate Studies Juliet Shields. The report highlights Juliet's work and some... Read more
The 1974 publication of Shawn Wong's co-edited Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers marked a watershed moment in the history of Asian American literature.  The New Yorker profiles this history and the debates surrounding it.
David Shields’s book Reality Hunger (2010) was named among 100 books that defined the past decade, according to LitHub.