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“Your job is to find what the world is trying to be.”
— William Stafford
The English Department’s rigorous curriculum introduces students to a shared literary tradition while encouraging intellectual independence. Our classes acquaint students with a wide range of British and American literature, teaching students to engage with the texts through close reading and literary analysis. Small class sizes allow students to build close relationships with our dynamic faculty of active scholars and creative writers, and ensure that students receive individual attention during class time and office hours. In the classroom, students participate in an interactive process of discussion and collaborative interpretation. Professors continually challenge students to argue thoughtfully and communicate effectively, both on the page and in real time.
We are a community beyond our classes, sponsoring many literary events open to the public throughout the year. In addition to hosting nationally recognized authors and critics as Mark Edmundson, Geoffrey O’Brien, and Lyn Hejinian, we regularly showcase the scholarly and creative work of our own faculty and students in colloquia and readings. Many students are also involved with the Lewis & Clark Literary Review, a student-produced literary magazine sponsored by the English Department. See Wordsworth, our department newsletter, to learn more.
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The Department of English is pleased to co-sponsor the
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February 28th, 2017
2017 Dixon Award Presentation by Emma Cranston
Through the efforts of two English alumni, Hillary and Adam Dixon, this $2,500.00 award was established in 2002 by the Dixon Family Foundation to be given to one junior English major each year. Emma Cranston, the 2016 grant recipient, will present her research findings. The title of her talk is Derek Walcott, The BBC’s “Caribbean Voices”, and Emma Cranston.
Marketing, Publicity, and Editing with Mary Bisbee-Beek
For over thirty years, Mary Bisbee-Beek has been immersed in the world of books and literature, serving at different times as editor, publicist, and marketing consultant. She will talk to students about the world of publishing books – and the state it’s in, today. She will discuss what book publicity is, and what a potential career in the literary arena might look like, today, and in ten years.
March 7th, 2017
A Poetry Reading by L&C Alumna Rosalie Moffett
Rosalie Moffett is the author of June in Eden, winner of The Journal/Wheeler prize, forthcoming from OSU Press in 2017. Her poems and essays have appeared in Tin House, AGNI, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, the anthology “Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets,” and elsewhere. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, and the winner of the “Discovery” / Boston Review prize as well as the Ploughshares Emerging Writer prize. A Lewis & Clark alumna, Rosalie received her MFA from Purdue University.
March 15th, 2017
A Poetry Reading by Derrick Austin
Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions), selected by Mary Szybist for the 2015 A Poulin Jr Prize. He is a Cave Canem fellow. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, Callaloo, Nimrod, Puerto Del Sol, and elsewhere. Currently, he is the Ron Wallace Fellow at the University of Wisconsin.
April 5th, 2017
A Fiction Reading by Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje is one of the world’s foremost writers – his artistry and aesthetic have influenced an entire generation of writers and readers. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses poetry, memoir, and film, and reveals a passion for defying conventional form. His transcendent novel The English Patient explores the stories of people history fails to reveal by intersecting four diverse lives at
the end of World War II. This bestselling novel was later made into an Academy Award-winning film.