2012 Fall Calendar

Tuesday, September 25

4:10 pm - 5:30 pm
So You're Thinking About Graduate School? An Informational Session, Eaton 209

Professors Chasar, DeGooyer, and Perez will be on hand to talk formally and informally about choosing, applying to, and succeeding in graduate school. If you're considering doing graduate work in English (a Ph.D., M.F.A. or M.A. in literature, creative writing, composition/rhetoric, or a similar field) next year or in the future, make plans to attend this event.

Thursday, September 27

7:30 pm
Catherine Chung will read from her critically acclaimed novel, Forgotten Country. Weaving Korean folklore and history within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country has been praised by The New Yorker as an "unflinchingly honest examination of grief, anger, familial obligation, and love."

Wednesday, October 17

7:30 pm
Readings by poet Stephanie Lenox and fiction writer Natalie Serber. In addition to teaching poetry classes at Willamette, Stephanie Lenox is an editor of The Blood Orange Review. Her debut collection of poems, Congress of Strange People, will be published by Airlie Press in October. Natalie Serber's debut story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in June 2012, and has garnered rave reviews in national publications, including in the San Francisco Chronicle, which described it this way: " I can't say enough about Serber's physical details: funny, wrenching, perfectly particularized to both locate us and fill us with urgency...Shout Her Lovely Name will reach inside readers, and squeeze."

Tuesday, Ocotber 23

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
David Houston Wood serves as Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of English at Northern Michigan University. A recent winner of the New Yorker's cartoon caption contest (#111), his current research focus involves English Renaissance disability represnetations, including his recent co-editorship of two volumes: Recovering Disability in Early Modern England (Ohio State, UP, forthcoming 2013); and Disabled Shakespeares, in Disability Studies Quarterly (Fall 2009). He has also published a monograph, entitled Time, Narrative, and Emotion in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2009), and has written articles on Renaissance topics for journals such as Shakespeare Yearbook, Prose Studies, Renaissance Drama, Interfaces, and Blackwell's Literary Compass.

Wednesday, November 14

7:30 pm
Winner of the Oregon Book Award for Poetry in 2011, David Biespiel is the author of four collections of poems, most recently The Book of Men & Women. He is the founder of the Attic Institute, an independent literary center in Portland, and writes a regular column on poetry for The Oregonian. Among his many awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, and a Lannan Fellowship.

Thursday, November 29

5:00 pm
The Art of Collaboration with Composer James Miley and Poet Katharine Rauk, Hatfield Room
The Willamette Jazz Collective will premier a collaborative composition by Willamette music professor James Miley and Minnesota poet Katharine Rauk. As a pre-performance event, Katharine will read from her work, and she and James will discuss the art of collaborating across media. The performance will follow at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Hallie Ford Chair in Writing.

Wednesday, December 5

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Everyday Reading: Poetry and Popular Culture in Modern America by Mike Chasar, Hatfield Room, Mark O. Hatfield Library
Join the English Department to celebrate the publication of Professor Mike Chasar's new monograph, Everyday Reading: Poetry and Popular Culture in Modern America (Columbia University Press 2012). Everyday Reading examines how Americans collected and maintained poetry scrapbooks, how they listened to poetry on old-time radio shows, how they encountered it on billboards advertising shaving cream, and how canonical writers engaged and were engaged by the culture of popular poetry more regularly than scholars have assumed.