News and Events
- NEWSALLISON MACHLIS MEYER (LC English alum ’01) publishes her first book, Telltale Women: Chronicling Gender in Early Modern Historiography.
The book is scheduled for publication on January 1, 2021.A look into how an English major could find passion in a law degree at the Lewis & Clark Law School.Audrey Gutierrez ’19 is a recent Lewis & Clark College Rhetoric and Media Studies major who was heavily involved in the English department. She has worked as a resident advisor for the Fir Acres Writing Workshop and written for the LC Lit Review and the LC Journal of Social Justice. In college, she worked forCALYX Press and Artslandia Magazine. She has spent the last year teaching preschoolers and highschoolers English in southern Spain. She is currently writing her first novel about five sisters living on the edge of Cuba during the revolution. These sisters face the death of their parents, the siege of soldiers, and the threat of madness amidst their isolation. Audrey was also recently chosen as the winner of the F(r)iction Literary Magazine Winter 2019 Short Story Award. She will be attending the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the fall of 2020.We write today with updates about the fall semester. To borrow from Chaucer, “This world is now ful tikel, sikerly.” We’ve been working through the summer to prepare for the upcoming term, which, as you know, will be an unusually ticklish one due to the pandemic. The situation remains fluid, but we want to give you a sense of how we are currently envisioning our classes. No matter what form our instruction takes, we are committed to preserving your experience of the major.After the English Department’s heartfelt virtual send-off on April 30th, we wanted a place to keep in touch and share suggestions with our graduates.There is a new addition to Lewis & Clark’s Watzek Library Special Collections’ body of archival materials. Through a B.H. Breslauer Foundation grant, the college is now home to an Italian book of hours worth just over $45,000, which will make it the only Italian illuminated manuscript in the greater Portland area.Associate Professor of English Karen Gross has been awarded a Short Term Fellowship from the New York Public Library (NYPL). The NYPL offers such Research Fellowships so that scholars outside the New York metropolitan area may conduct on-site research using the Library’s extensive special collections.For Associate Professor of English Pauls Toutonghi, his grandfather’s journey from Aleppo, Syria to the United States in the mid-twentieth century provides powerful inspiration. Toutonghi tells his grandfather’s story in The New Yorker in a just-published essay, “Leaving Aleppo.”Two of just 37 poets selected from among 1,800 applicants, poets Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 and Nick Lantz BA ’03 are recipients of 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. One of Van Landingham’s poems was printed in the Jan. 16 issue of The New Yorker.
Lyell Asher’s essay, “Your Students Crave Moral Simplicity. Resist” appears in the Chronicle of Higher Education and The American ScholarA version of Lyell Asher’s article entitled, “Your Students Crave Moral Simplicity. Resist” appeared in theof the Chronicle of Higher Education. This essay originally appeared in The American Scholar.Associate Professor of English, Rachel Cole, has been selected to participate in an interdisciplinary seminar on slave narratives.Funding the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.”As the recipient of a prestigious fellowship at the International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, Dr. Pauls Toutonghi will spend four weeks in residency, working on his next book, The Lost Ocean.Dr. Rishona Zimring received a Newberry Library Short Term Fellowship for Summer 2015.
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Past EventsNovember 20, 2020Join us for a conversation with journalist and non-fiction writer, Santi Holley. Mr. Holley will discuss his newly-released book on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Murder Ballads album, that will be published by Bloomsbury Press in November.November 18, 2020Join us for a conversation with fiction writer Charles Baxter. Dr. Baxter will discuss fiction writing and the short story, “The Next Building I Plan to Bomb,” from his collection, Gryphon. Feel free to join the discussion!November 16, 2020Please join us for a conversation with poet Nikky Finney on her new book Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems and Artifacts.October 30, 2020Interested in majoring in English? Already a major and want to share the joy?
Come mingle (virtually) with majors, minors, and faculty. Hear updates about English courses and news for this autumn and spring. And prizes for best literary themed costumes—come as your favorite author, character or literary term. Those in costume may briefly recite a few lines, sing a short ditty, or otherwise nerdily introduce themselves. Did we mention that there will be prizes? (Gift certificates to local bookstores, coffeeshops, and a craft store—if we want to name names, Powell’s, Blue Kangaroo Coffee, Collage Crafts, Annie Bloom’s Books).October 16, 2020Join us for an intimate conversation with fiction writer Alexia Arthurs. Ms. Arthurs will join students in an informative discussion about the craft of fiction writing and the writing process. Ms. Arthurs will also discuss her short stories “Light-Skinned Girls and Kelly Rowlands” and her Paris Review Plimpton Prize-winning short story “Bad Behavior.” Be prepared to join our discussion with your questions!October 9, 2020Join us for a conversation with actor and non-fiction writer, Elena Passarello. Ms. Passarello will discuss writing and publishing creative non-fiction, and her essay, “Twinkle, Twinkle Vogel Staar, On Mozart’s Feathered Collaborator,” originally published in Virginia Quarterly Review.October 1, 2020Join us for a discussion with poet Janet McAdams. She will discuss her anthologized poems published in New Poets of Native Nations.July 28, 2020This is a new venture, and we’re envisioning it as a low-key and fun opportunity for English faculty, current students, recent alumni, and in-coming students to get together and geek-out over literature. Unlike most book clubs, you won’t have to read anything in advance: we’ll just be jumping on Zoom once a week to discuss a short piece of poetry or prose.
It promises to be a long, strange summer, and we could all use some beauty, connection, and intellectual stimulation. We would love you to join us!
Tuesdays, June 9-July 28, 2:00-3:00pm.