Department of English
L&L Bldg., 423
I grew up near Portland, Oregon, earning my B.A. at Portland State University and M.A. at the the University of Oregon. During a 12-year hiatus from academics, I ran a family-owned advertising agency. After deciding I'd rather read books for a living, I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Washington. I have taught at CWU since 1998, specializing in eighteenth-century and Romantic period British literature, the novel, poetry, and literary theory. I am currently revising a book manuscript entitled Historical Space in the 18th-Century Novel. In it, I look at the way that the lived dimensions of space, and not just the details of place, are represented in British literature between 1660 and 1832. In my spare time I enjoy watching birds, peering through a telescope at faint nebulae, suffering defeat from my more skilled colleagues at ping pong, and trying to make my 1977 Alfa Romeo run keep my 1977 Alfa Romeo running.
Recent Conference Papers
Joe Powell's collection of poems, Preamble to the Afterlife, has been published by March Street PresStudent News
Jeff Suwak's short story "The Lighthouse" has been published in The Foundling Review. His fantFaculty News
Katharine Whitcomb received the 2013 College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Faculty Teaching Awa