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Summer Reading Group!

Date: 2:00pm PDT June 9

This 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!

Tuesday, July 28 at 2pm, for our final group Andrea Hibbard will lead a discussion about three short poems by Eve L. Ewing: “Jump / Rope,” “I saw Emmett Till this week at the grocery store,” and “sightseers.”

All three come from Ewing’s collection 1919. For more on the significance of the year 1919 and the Chicago race riots that prompted Ewing to write the poems, reading group participants can listen to this four-minute Code Switch clip:

Tuesday, July 21 at 2pm, for our sixth group, Kurt Fosso led discussion on the Romantic-era poet Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet “Ozymandias.”

Shelley’s sonnet can be found here.

Tuesday, July 14 at 2pm, for our fifth group, Mike Mirabile led discussion on the following texts:

Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist (1999)
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010)
Don DeLillo, Zero K. (2016)

Exerpts for Whitehead and DeLillo can be found here as well as Egan attachment #1 and Egan attachment #2

Tuesday, July 7 at 2pm, for our fourth group, Kristin Fujie changed things up and looked at some prose writing. You can find the excerpts from Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1929) and Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying (1937) here.

Tuesday, June 30 at 2pm, no session.

Tuesday, June 23 at 2pm, for our third group, Will Pritchard chose a poem by Aphra Behn (1640-1689) entitled “To the Fair Clarinda, who made Love to me, imagin’d more than Woman.” The text can be found here.

On Tuesday, June 16 at 2pm, for our second group, Rishona Zimring led discussion for the following pair of poems:

“Exile! Exile!” by Eavan Boland

“For the sake of Retrieval” by Linda Bierds

We met Tuesday, June 9 at 2pm for our first reading group session. Rachel Cole led the conversation on a poem by African-American poet Danez Smith called “Tonight, in Oakland.” You can find it on

Event Contact

Tuesdays, June 9-July 28, 2:00-3:00pm.

Email Kristin Brown at and she will send you the link!