The 2020 volume of our campus’s student-made creative writing journal, Writers magazine, made it into print just before campus shut down, according to Lars Larson, English. This year’s edition explores the theme of “Where I’m From,” beginning with a poem by Owen Klinger, and moving through stories, illustrations, verse, essays, and photographs that articulate where we find ourselves. You can find the electronic version here. Additionally, Larson would be happy to send paper copies (“we have many”) to anyone interested. Email the proper campus (or home) address to email@example.com.
The 2020 NUCL keynote speaker will be UP English professor Jennifer McDaneld, who will present “Why We Should Take Literary Studies Public: The Case of the Suffrage Centennial” on Saturday, March 14, at 1:45 p.m., in the Brian Doyle Auditorium. All are welcome to attend her free lecture.
McDaneld teaches American literature and core curriculum courses in the English department. She is also a co-founder and coordinator of Public Research Fellows, a new public humanities program in the College of Arts & Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. in American literature from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate certificate in feminist studies from Duke University. Her research focuses on suffrage literature, the print culture of U.S. women’s right movements, and the scholarship of teaching and learning, with essays published and forthcoming in journals like Legacy: Journal of American Women Writers, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Teacher and Pedagogy. She also serves as a reviewer for several journals and presses, including Broadview, Legacy, and Teaching American Literature. Currently, she is working on a book project that examines the overlooked genres of U.S. suffrage literature to recover suffragism from its “bad literature” and “bad feminism” critical frameworks.
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Author Luis Alberto Urrea joins our campus as the fall 2019 Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writer on Thursday, November 7, in Buckley Center Auditorium at 7 p.m. He will also join us from 4-5 p.m. that day in BC 120 for an informal Q & A session, so bring your questions!
A member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of 17 books, and has won numerous awards for his poetry, essays, and fiction (The Hummingbird’s Daughter, The Water Museum, Into the Beautiful North). The Devil’s Highway, Urrea’s 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, won the Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest novel, The House of Broken Angels, set in San Diego, is a tragic-comic meditation by one sprawling family on the borderlands between life and death. He is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the U. of Illinois-Chicago.
The events are free and open to the public. For details and questions contact English chair Lars Erik Larson at email@example.com.
Author Luis Alberto Urrea joins our campus as the fall 2019 Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writer on Thursday, Nov. 7 in Buckley Center Auditorium at 7pm. He will also join us from 4-5pm that day in BC 120 for an informal Q&A: bring your questions! A member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of 17 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, essays, and fiction (The Hummingbird’s Daughter, The Water Museum, Into the Beautiful North). The Devil’s Highway, Urrea’s 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, won the Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest novel The House of Broken Angels, set in San Diego, is a tragic-comic meditation by one sprawling family on the borderlands between life and death. He is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the U. of Illinois-Chicago. The events are free and open to the public. For details and questions contact English chair Lars Erik Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Lakota poet and musician Trevino L. Brings Plenty for a reading at the UP Bookstore on Tuesday Oct. 29 at 7:30pm. A longtime resident of the Portland area, he has two poetry collections Wakpá Wanáǧi, Ghost River (2015) and Real Indian Junk Jewelry (2005), and was featured in the recent anthology New Poets of Native Nations (2018). A handout of five of his poems can be found under his listing here under “Works by Trevino Brings Plenty.” The event is free and open to the public. For details and questions contact English Chair Lars Erik Larson email@example.com.
The English department will present its next Reading and Lectures Series writer, Tracy Daugherty, on Wednesday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the UP Bookstore. His reading is free and open to all.
Daugherty is the author of four novels, six short story collections, a book of personal essays, and biographies of Donald Barthelme, Joseph Heller, Joan Didion, and others. He cofounded the masters of fine arts program in creative writing at Oregon State University, and has won the Oregon Book Award five times.
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Faculty, staff, and students are invited to learn about the poets, novelists, essayists, and biographers coming to campus for free readings this semester, according to Lars Larson, English: Pulitzer-winner Marilynne Robinson (this week!), five-time Oregon Book Award winner Tracy Daugherty, Lakota poet and musician Trevino L. Brings Plenty, and the fall Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writer Luis Alberto Urrea.
In anticipation of Urrea’s November 7 visit, the Schoenfeld series is offering his latest novel for free: House of Broken Angels, a humorous and heartfelt exploration of life and identity told through a sprawling San Diego family gathering in the borderlands between a birthday and a funeral. Email Schoenfeldt@up.edu to reserve your free copy. For details email Larson at email@example.com.
The Writing Center and Writing Program are gearing up to serve the UP community in fall 2019, according to Molly Hiro, English. The Writing Center (in the Learning Commons, BC 163) is a completely free resource, staffed with trained Writing Assistants who can help students at all levels, from all disciplines, at all stages of the writing process. We open for the semester Sunday, Sept. 1 (open daily except Saturdays). Please visit the Writing Center website to learn more and make appointments.
One of the best means of getting students to bring their work-in-progress to the Writing Center is for faculty themselves to encourage them to do so (some professors require at least one visit; some give extra credit to students for using our services). When talking to your students about the UP Writing Center, you might keep in mind the following:
- Our goal is not just to inspire better papers, but create better writers. This means we don’t “fix” papers; we work with students to improve their overall writing skills for this and future tasks.
- Writing assistance isn’t just for students with major grammar or mechanical problems. Instead, we focus on higher-order concepts such as argument, organization, development, and other areas. Even accomplished writers can make progress on their work in a half-hour session.
- While our Writing Assistants represent most majors as well as the professional schools, they are trained in a semester-long course to work with students from any discipline.
- You may have found that your students weren’t able to find appointment times in past semesters, especially in early fall as we await the newly trained Writing Assistants to come on staff. We’ve fixed that problem this semester, preparing the new Writing Assistants to begin working earlier in the term—so reassure students that if they want writing help, they should be able to get it!
- When a student meets with a Writing Assistant to discuss a paper for your course, you’ll get a copy of the conference report—a brief summary of what the student and Writing Assistant worked on (This is an easy way of keeping track of who visited the WC for assigning extra credit, e.g.).
- An effective way to familiarize your students with the Writing Center and to demonstrate your support for our services is to invite a Writing Assistant to visit your classroom to give a 5-10 minute presentation during the first few weeks of the semester. Email our hotline firstname.lastname@example.org the day and time of the class you’d like a Writing Assistant to visit and we’ll get back to you shortly.
- Lastly, all Moodle pages now have a link to the Writing Center—see the top left corner, under “Learning Resources.”
To foster student writing integrity at UP (i.e., find cases of plagiarism when they occur), consider using the Turnitin function through your class Moodle page. Instructions for using this paper-authentication software can be found here.
All of your students should possess a common writing handbook – The Pocket Cengage Handbook—as it’s required in their two writing-embedded courses. The Cengage Handbook helps keep our campus on the same page when it comes to grammar, punctuation, citation styles, and basic expectations for essay writing across the university. If you need a desk copy of this reference, please contact the Writing Center Director by the second week of the semester.
As the director of the Writing Program and the Writing Center, Hiro is happy to be a point of contact on all writing-related matters this semester. Need insight on crafting better writing prompts? Resources for integrating writing instruction into your class-time? Help with language to use when evaluating student writing? Please feel free to contact her at email@example.com or x8031.
Senior English majors will be presenting their Capstone projects in two sessions open to all members of the campus community on Wednesday, April 24 and Wednesday, May 1, 4:10-6:10, in Franz Hall room 120. Refreshments will be served. Please join us to hear about topics ranging from feminist dystopias to ghosts in American literature! For a full schedule, use this link.
For more information, contact Molly Hiro, English, at firstname.lastname@example.org.