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The English Department offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the needs of students with diverse interests and academic and professional backgrounds. By studying literature, rhetoric, composition, and critical theory, students in the English Department acquire experience in intertextual and cross-disciplinary inquiry across many cultures and historical periods. They learn critical approaches to texts and issues that enable them to interpret and compare positions; to read closely, critically, and with empathy; to conduct research; to weigh evidence; and to write with insight and expertise.

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Alumni Showcase: C. R. Grimmer, Genevieve Hudson, & Suman…

C. R. Grimmer, who also goes by Chelsea Grimmer, is a poet, scholar, and…
Add to my Calendar 2021-01-15 16:00:00 2021-01-15 17:00:00 Alumni Showcase: C. R. Grimmer, Genevieve Hudson, & Suman Mallick C. R. Grimmer, who also goes by Chelsea Grimmer, is a poet, scholar, and lecturer at The University of Washington Seattle and Bothell campuses. Their latest collection is The Lyme Letters, which was completed with support from a Harlan Hahn Disability Studies Fellowship and won the Walt McDonald First Book Award from Texas Tech University Press. They are also the author of *O–(ezekiel's wife)*, a chapbook and audiobook collaboration from GASHER Journal and Press that features visual art by PSU alum Colleen Burner and sound art by Judy Twedt. C. R. received their MFA from Portland State University and Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from The University of Washington, Seattle. They are the creator and host of The Poetry Vlog (TPV), a YouTube and Podcast teaching and social justice channel; and their poems have been published in journals such as Poetry, FENCE, and [PANK].  Genevieve Hudson is the author of the novel Boys of Alabama. Their other books include the critical memoir A Little in Love with Everyone and Pretend We Live Here: Stories, which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist. They hold an MFA in fiction from Portland State University, and their work has appeared in ELLE, Oprah Magazine, McSweeney’s, Catapult, Bookforum, Bitch, Tin House, and other places. They have received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, MacDowell, Caldera Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. They are a Visiting Fiction Faculty member at Antioch University-Los Angeles’s MFA Program, a freelance writer, and also work in advertising. They graduated from the Portland State MFA program and live in Portland, Oregon. Suman Mallick’s debut novel, The Black-Marketer’s Daughter, was a finalist for the Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize and is now available from Atmosphere Press. He has short stories forthcoming in The Gravity of The Thing and other publications. Suman is the Assistant Managing Editor of the quarterly literary magazine Under the Gum Tree, and received his MFA from Portland State University. He lives in Texas. **Register here for the C. R. Grimmer, Genevieve Hudson, & Suman Mallick reading. A link will be emailed shortly before the event.** An ASL interpreter will be present at this event. Visit http://pdx.edu/creative-writing/events for more Creative Writing events. Zoom webinar (Register below) eng@pdx.edu eng@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Meet the PSU Technical Writing Faculty: Carrie Gilbert

Welcome to the winter edition of the PSU Technical Communication Meetup.…
Add to my Calendar 2021-01-20 18:00:00 2021-01-20 19:30:00 Meet the PSU Technical Writing Faculty: Carrie Gilbert Welcome to the winter edition of the PSU Technical Communication Meetup. The purpose of the meetup is to create community around Tech Comm at PSU for students, staff, alums, prospective students and community friends.  This winter we kick-off a new meetup topic series—"Meet the PSU Tech Writing Faculty." This series, which will stretch into spring as well, is an opportunity to meet the excellent PSU tech writing faculty. All of our faculty have expertise and experiences that go far beyond what they bring to their classrooms at PSU. Prepare to hear wisdom, possibly be entertained and definitely plan to learn something new. On January 20, we will meet design expert and artist Carrie Gilbert. Zoom link: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/83656865617 Zoom: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/83656865617 eng@pdx.edu eng@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Writing Residencies, Conferences, & Fellowships

We're happy to announce a Winter 2021 Zoom discussion about writing…
Add to my Calendar 2021-01-29 16:00:00 2021-01-29 17:00:00 Writing Residencies, Conferences, & Fellowships We're happy to announce a Winter 2021 Zoom discussion about writing residencies, conferences, & fellowships. Our panel of PSU MFA students and alumni will share advice for finding ways to support your writing practice, both during and after the MFA. Mark your calendars!   To register to attend, click here!   Jennifer Cie is a southern writer who embeds pop culture throughout her work to preserve the histories of marginalized peoples and examine the idea of place beyond physical location. She was the October 2020 artist-in-residence for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has been selected for a 2022 Santa Fe Art Institute Revolution Residency. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Philadelphia Printworks, Empty Mirror, New South Journal, and elsewhere.   Cynthia Carmina Gómez was born in Camp 52, a migrant agricultural community, and raised on the U.S.-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona. She is the recipient of the Oregon Governors' Gold Civic Leadership Award and a Fishtrap: Writing in the West Fellowship. Cynthia delves into the radical imagination of our communities by documenting the experiences of ordinary people’s extraordinary lives.   David Naimon is the co-author, with Ursula K. Le Guin, of Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing. He hosts the literary radio show and podcast Between the Covers. He has attended writing residencies at Playa, Brush Creek, Centrum, Wellstone, and the Sou'wester. He is a graduate of PSU's MFA in Creative Writing program.   A.M. Rosales is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and translator originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia. They hold a literature degree from George Mason University and their favorite rodent is the capybara. A Pride Foundation scholar, an MFA fiction candidate at Portland State University, and a collaborating artist at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, their work has been supported by the Precipice Fund and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.    Nada Sewidan is an Egyptian American creative nonfiction writer and journalist. She holds an MFA in creative writing and an MA in English with a concentration in publishing from Portland State University. Nada is a recipient of the Snowden Excellence in Journalism internship and was an Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship finalist. She has published work in Portland Review, Oregon Humanities, East Oregonian, and elsewhere. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, she currently lives in Portland, Oregon and works as an adjunct instructor at Portland Community College.   Visit pdx.edu/creative-writing/events for more Creative Writing events. Zoom (Register below) eng@pdx.edu eng@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Meet the PSU Technical Writing Faculty: Chad Kreiger

Welcome to the winter edition of the PSU Technical Communication Meetup.…
Add to my Calendar 2021-02-17 18:00:00 2021-02-17 19:30:00 Meet the PSU Technical Writing Faculty: Chad Kreiger Welcome to the winter edition of the PSU Technical Communication Meetup. The purpose of the meetup is to create community around Tech Comm at PSU for students, staff, alums, prospective students and community friends.  This winter we kick-off a new meetup topic series—"Meet the PSU Tech Writing Faculty." This series, which will stretch into spring as well, is an opportunity to meet the excellent PSU tech writing faculty. All of our faculty have expertise and experiences that go far beyond what they bring to their classrooms at PSU. Prepare to hear wisdom, possibly be entertained and definitely plan to learn something new. On February 17, we will meet Madcap Flare expert and professional Chad Kreiger. Zoom link: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/89498183983 Zoom: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/89498183983 eng@pdx.edu eng@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public