Recent News

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
Carmen Kynard
In Winter 2017, the English Department’s Visiting Lecturers Committee (Alys Weinbaum, Gillian Harkins, and David Shields) hosted a panel and conversation about the challenges to teachers and teaching in the wake of the post-election rise in hate speech, white supremacy, and criminalization of immigrants and refugees. The panel, moderated by professor Alys Weinbaum, featured Carmen Kynard (John Jay College for Criminal Justice, CUNY) as a... Read more
The English department commends Frances McCue and Maya Sonenberg, finalists for this year's UW Distinguished Teaching Award.  The Distinguished Teaching Award requires nomination by one’s students.  All teachers selected as finalists exemplify mastery of their subject, innovative course design, are inspirational guides to students’ independent thinking, and work as... Read more
Pea Pickers Langley
Mark Patterson recommends STRAIGHT MAN by Richard Russo.  “A little self-referential, since it's about an English Department ….  If alums want a funny novel about a beleaguered English Department chair and his assortment of faculty misfits and malcontents, then this novel is for them.”                 Megan Callow recommends... Read more
James Diedrick
Professor James Diedrick (Ph.D. 1978) of Agnes Scott College has just published a biography Mathilde Blind: Late-Victorian Culture and the Woman of Letters (University of Virginia Press). Dr. Diedrick's Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington carried him first to Chapman University in Southern California, then to Albion College in Michigan, and finally... Read more