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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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Events

February 26th, 2018

  • Image preview 6:00pm: A Poetry Reading by Paul Merchant
    Paul Merchant was born in Wales and taught for many years at Warwick University. Since 1988 he has lived in Oregon, where he was Director of the William Stafford Archives in Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College. His volumes from Five Seasons Press include Bone from a Stag’s Heart (1988 Poetry Book Society Recommendation), Some Business of Affinity (2006 Oregon Book Award finalist), and Bread & Caviar (2016). His translations from Greek, Modern Greek, Latin and Welsh have been published by Five Seasons, Trask House and Tavern Books. 

March 1st, 2018

  • Image preview 5:00pm: Realist Montage: Reinventing Modernism at the Mid-Century.
    Benjamin Kohlmann is Assistant Professor of English at Freiburg University, Germany, having previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. The title of his talk is “Realist Montage: Reinventing Modernism at the Mid-Century.”  This lecture is co-sponsored by the English and History departments.

April 5th, 2018

  • Image preview 4:00pm: A Poetry Reading by Samiya Bashir
    Samiya Bashir’s previous books of poetry, Gospel and Where the Apple Falls, exist.
    Sometimes she makes poems of dirt.
    Sometimes zeros and ones.
    Sometimes variously rendered text.
    Sometimes light.

    She lives in Portland Oregon, with a magic cat who shares her obsession with trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons at Reed College.

April 23rd, 2018

  • 6:00pm: Senior Poetry Reading
    Please join us for readings of original works of poetry by senior students from Mary Szybist’s Advanced Poetry Writing course. 

    Refreshments will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you there!

April 24th, 2018

  • 6:00pm: Senior Fiction Reading
    Please join us for readings of original works of fiction by senior students from Pauls Toutonhi’s Advanced Fiction Writing course. 

    Refreshments will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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