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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
Visiting Writer’s Series with Watzek Library.

Events

September 16th, 2014

  • Image preview 5:00pm: Director Shaye Areheart to Discuss The Columbia University Publishing Course
    The English department is delighted to welcome former Vice President and Publisher of two imprints at Random House, Shaye Areheart for a second evening to discuss the Columbia University Publishing Course, which she currently directs.   The Columbia University Publishing Course has – for more than 60 years – been training young men and women for careers as editors, literary agents, publishers, designers, publicists and more. Graduates can be found in every kind of job, at major magazines and publishing houses across the nation.

September 29th, 2014

  • Image preview 7:00pm: An Evening with Poet Marilyn Chin
    Please join us for a special evening with poet Marilyn Chin! This event is co-sponsored by Lewis & Clark College’s Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement and the English Department. It is free and open to the public.

October 23rd, 2014

  • Image preview 5:30pm: A Fiction Reading with Alexis Smith
    The English department is delighted to welcome author Alexis Smith.  Her first novel, Glaciers, was published by Tin House Books.  Her second novel, Islands, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin.

October 30th, 2014

  • Image preview 6:00pm: A Poetry Reading with Henry Carlile
    Please join the English department for an evening of poetry with Henry Carlile, who will read from his most recent publication, Oregon.  Refreshments will be provided.

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