Introducing: Jane Wong

by Jesse Henrickx As of fall semester 2016, the Pacific Lutheran University English Department has benefited from the addition of Visiting Assistant Professor Jane Wong, who is currently teaching courses in first-year and creative writing, as well as Asian American studies. Professor Wong describes her…

Introducing: Liam O’Loughlin

by Isabel Olson-Boger Dr. Liam O’Loughlin earned his Ph.D. in Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of emphasis in education and teaching are Postcolonial Studies, South Asian English Literature, Disaster Studies, The Novel, and Ecocriticism. This fall semester 2016 is…

Rick Barot’s CHORD wins prestigious poetry prize

Congratulations are in order for our very own Rick Barot, whose recent book of poetry has been recognized with the prestigious Rilke Prize. Please join us in congratulating him and celebrating this great achievement! UNT’s announcement about the prize and upcoming event in his honor:…

Dr. Jess R. Fenn (SUNY Geneseo) Visits PLU

A Report on the Public Lecture “Writing By Ear: Margery Kempe’s Aural Literacy” by Dr. Jess R. Fenn (SUNY Geneseo) By Grace DeMun (PLU Senior English Major) Dr. Jess R. Fenn, a scholar from SUNY Geneseo, stood in front of the audience on Friday, March 6…

Prof. Simpson-Younger’s work on *Macbeth*

Prof. Nancy Simpson Younger received great news early last fall: her article,  “Watching the Sleeper in Macbeth” was published online in  Shakespeare in October 2015. Here is an abstract of the article: This paper contends that the act of watching a sleeper in the early…

CHORD: Short-listed for the 2016 PEN Literary Award

This morning the English Department found out that our very own Rick Barot’s latest collection of poems has been short-listed for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award . The website stipulates that PEN awards recognize “some of the best writers and translators working today.” Please…

Chord: Prof. Rick Barot’s Latest Collection of Poems

Prof. Rick Barot’s latest collection of poems, Chord , has seen the light to great acclaim. We are proud to showcase some of the praise it has received so far: “At his best, Barot seamlessly weaves history, image, and etymology in ways that offer the…

English Department Welcomes New Faculty Members!

This fall semester, we are pleased to welcome two new faculty members to our English community at PLU. The arrival of Wendy Call and Nancy Simpson-Younger marks an exciting moment in the growth and development of our program as we embark on important conversations about…