CWUEnglish EventsEnglish Eventshttps://www.cwu.edu/english/calendaren-usLion Rock Speaker Series: Erin Stalcuphttp://www.cwu.edu/english/lion-rock-speaker-series-erin-stalcupTuesday, January 15Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:00:00Fine & Performing Arts<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" alt="" src="/english/sites/cts.cwu.edu.english/files/Stalcup%20photo.jpg"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>January 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;">Erin Stalcup is the author of the story collection,<em> And Yet It Moves</em> (Indiana University Press, 2016), and the novel<em> Every Living Species</em> (Gold Wake Press, 2017). Her fiction has appeared in <em>The Kenyon Review, The Sun, Monkeybicycle</em>, and elsewhere, and her creative nonfiction about her teaching experiences was listed as a Notable Essay in <em>The Best American Essays 2016</em>. Erin received her MFA from Warren Wilson College’s Program for Writers. After teaching in community colleges, universities, and prisons in New York City, North Carolina, Texas, and Arizona, she recently joined the faculty in the MFA Program in Writing &amp; Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Erin co-founded and co-edits <em>Waxwing</em>, and she is the Editor of <em>Hunger Mountain</em>. <a href="http://www.erinstalcup.com">www.erinstalcup.com</a></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Wednesday, October 31538606809Lion Rock Speaker Series: Lisa Norris, Joe Powell, and Jeff Suwakhttp://www.cwu.edu/english/lion-rock-speaker-series-lisa-norris-joe-powell-and-jeff-suwakTuesday, January 29Tue, 29 Jan 2019 18:00:00Fine & Performing Arts<p style="text-align: center;"><strong style="font-size: 17.6px;">January 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><img style="width: 150px; height: 188px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; float: left; margin: 3px;" alt="" src="/english/sites/cts.cwu.edu.english/files/Lisa%20Norris%209.18.jpg">Lisa Norris</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;">Lisa Norris is a professor of English at Central Washington University where she has taught since 2007. Previously, she was an instructor for 15 years at Virginia Tech. Her story collections are <em>Toy Guns</em> and <em>Women Who Sleep With Animals</em>, winners of the Willa Cather and SFASU Fiction Prizes, respectively. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in <em>Shenandoah, Ascent, Fourth Genre, Terrain.Org., Bullets Into Bells, Gulf Stream</em>, and others. Her website is <a href="http://www.lisanorriswriter.com" target="_blank">www.lisanorriswriter.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><img style="width: 150px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: left;" alt="" src="/english/sites/cts.cwu.edu.english/files/Powell%20photo%2010.18.jpg">Joe Powell</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;">Joseph Powell has published six full-length collections of poetry, including&nbsp;<em>Holding Nothing Back</em>&nbsp;(Main Street Rag, 2018),&nbsp;<em>Preamble to the Afterlife</em>&nbsp;(2013), and&nbsp;<em>Hard Earth</em>&nbsp;(March Street, 2010) and four chapbooks. Two books (<em>Getting Here and Counting the Change</em>) won the Quarterly Review of Literature's international book award. He co-wrote a textbook on meter with Mark Halperin called&nbsp;<em>Accent on Meter</em>, (NCTE, 2004). His book of short stories,&nbsp;<em>Fish Grooming &amp; Other Stories</em>, (2007) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and he won a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 2009. He is a CWU Univeristy Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Faculty of English at Central Washington University.</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><img style="width: 150px; height: 150px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: left;" alt="" src="/english/sites/cts.cwu.edu.english/files/Jeff%20Suwak%20pic.jpg"></strong></h2><h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Jeff Suwak</strong></h2><div>Jeff Suwak attended CWU after finishing his service in the Army. While deployed overseas, he swore that if he got through it alive, he'd pursue his passion for writing and literature. CWU was the beginning of that journey. Today an editor and writer in Tacoma, he's excited to revisit CWU, and particularly to talk with any veteran students who may want some perspective from someone who's made the readjustment to civilian life. He has been published in five different countries (he likes to say that because he thinks it sounds cool). In addition to an upcoming appearance in <em>Stupefying Stories</em> (run by cyberpunk legend Bruce Bethke), Jeff's recent publications include "Shang Qin's War" in Guardbridge Books' international anthology titled <em>Myriad Lands: Around the World</em>, "The Guitaissta's Lament" in<em> Dimension6</em> (run by Australia's most-eminent Keith Stevenson), and <em>The Familiar and his Alchemist</em> (audio version produced on Audible by Plympton and print in <em>Spark: A Creative Anthology</em>). Recently he's been experimenting with the Medium.com platform and is a "top writer" there. His novella <em>Beyond the Tempest Gate</em> was published by Vabella Publishing in 2013. He also writes about music, his locale, and “various doodads.” During his time as a student, he won a creative writing scholarship at Pacific Lutheran University and the Nursia Prize for Undergraduate Scholarship for his paper on Cormac McCarthy's <em>Suttree</em>. It's possible, though he can't confirm, that he is the only writer to ever have published work in four different institutions of higher learning while he was enrolled as a student in them.&nbsp; His website is <a href="http://www.beyondthetemepestgate.com">www.beyondthetempestgate.com</a></div></p style="text-align: center;"></strong style="font-size: 17.6px;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></h2 style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></h2 style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2 style="text-align: center;">Wednesday, October 31538606985Lion Rock Speaker Series: Jos Charleshttp://www.cwu.edu/english/lion-rock-speaker-series-jos-charlesTuesday, April 2Tue, 02 Apr 2019 18:00:00Fine & Performing Arts<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 200px; height: 270px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px;" alt="" src="/english/sites/cts.cwu.edu.english/files/Jos_Charles_photo_by_Cybele_Knowles.png"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>April 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br>Jos Charles is author of feeld, a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, and Safe Space. She is a recipient of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. Charles has an MFA from the University of Arizona and is pursuing a PhD in English from UC Irvine.</p><p style="text-align: center;">Charles will also be giving a Craft Talk from noon-1:00 p.m. on April 2, 2019. Room TBA.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br></p style="text-align: center;">Wednesday, October 31538607079Lion Rock Speaker Series: Kristiana Kahakauwilahttp://www.cwu.edu/english/lion-rock-speaker-series-kristiana-kahakauwilaTuesday, April 23Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:00:00Fine & Performing Arts<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 200px; height: 289px;" alt="" src="/english/sites/cts.cwu.edu.english/files/AtWater_6.2.16.png"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>April 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;">Kristiana Kahakauwila is a <em>hapa </em>writer of <em>kanaka maoli</em> (Native Hawaiian), German, and Norwegian descent. Her first book, <em>This is Paradise: Stories</em> (Hogarth, 2013), was named a 2013 Barnes &amp; Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Currently at work on a historical novel set on the island of Maui, she has published excerpts and essays in <em>Kartika Review, Red Ink, Mistake House</em>, and <em>GEO Magazine</em>, among others. Kristiana earned a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Michigan. She was a 2015-16 Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University. She also teaches in the Low-Residency MFA at the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe. <a href="http://www.kristianakahakauwila.com" target="_blank">www.kristianakahakauwila.com</a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Kahukauwila will alse be giving a Craft Talk from noon-1:00 p.m. on April 23, 2019. Room TBA.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Wednesday, October 31538607170Lion Rock Speaker Series: Erika L Sánchezhttp://www.cwu.edu/english/lion-rock-speaker-series-erika-l-s%C3%A1nchezTuesday, May 7Tue, 07 May 2019 18:00:00Fine & Performing Arts<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 200px; height: 172px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px;" alt="" src="/english/sites/cts.cwu.edu.english/files/images/Sanchez%20photo.jpg"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>May 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;">Erika L. Sánchez's acclaimed young adult novel, <em>I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter</em>, was nominated for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature and was an instant New York Times bestseller. A novelist, essayist, poet and self-described "cheerleader" for young women, she seeks to amplify the stories and voices of marginalized people everywhere through the power of storytelling.</p><p style="text-align: center;">Erika L. Sánchez’s first novel, <em>I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter</em>, was immediately heralded as one of the most significant works of young adult fiction in recent years. Born and raised in a working class town outside of Chicago to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants, Sánchez’s experience informed her moving depiction of the realities of undocumented life in America. Told through the eyes of a teenage girl trying to find her place between Mexican culture and American life after a tragedy upends her family, the book compassionately and powerfully touches on numerous contemporary issues including mental health, gender, and immigration.</p><p style="text-align: center;">Prior to publishing <em>I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter</em>, Sánchez received numerous grants and accolades in support of her work from the Poetry Foundation, the CantoMundo Prize, Bread Loaf Scholarship, the Guild Complex of Chicago, and the <em>Boston Review</em>, all of which added to her reputation as an emerging writer to watch. As a journalist, she’s been featured in <em>The Guardian, Jezebel, Rolling Stone, Salon, Buzzfeed</em>, and <em>Cosmopolitan</em>, and released her first book of poetry, <em>Lessons on Expulsion</em> to acclaim from outlets like <em>The New York Times</em> and <em>The Washington Post</em>.<br>When not writing, Sánchez is an enthusiastic advocate for young women everywhere, and speaks about the rights and experiences of undocumented immigrants and young people of color, using her platform and her journey as a writer to encourage her audiences to tell their own stories. Sánchez is available for speaking engagements with both English and Spanish-speaking audiences. Recently, she was awarded the Princeton Arts Fellowship and currently teaches in the creative writing department at Princeton University.<br><a href="http://www.prhspeakers.com/speaker/erika-sanchez" target="_blank">www.prhspeakers.com/speaker/erika-sanchez</a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Sanchez will also be giving a Craft Talk from noon-1:00 p.m. on May 7, 2019. Room TBA.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br></br></p style="text-align: center;">Wednesday, October 31538607310