CWUEnglish Department NewsEnglish Department News Alum Promoted at Norton, 18 Nov 2015 16:53:14<p>Trevor Penland (M.A. English 2013, B.A. English 2011) has been promoted to Marketing Manager for music textbooks at Norton. He will be one of only about a dozen marketing managers at Norton and will be coordinating messaging and marketing for the music textbooks. Prior to his promotion, Trevor worked as a regional sales representative, and his new position takes him to the national level. Congratulations Trevor!</p>Award-winning Poets Rock Visiting Writers Series November 10, 05 Nov 2015 11:00:52<p>Poetry aficionados will be treated to a literary doubleheader at the November Lion Rock Visiting Writer Series, which features poets Jennifer L. Knox and Xavier Cavazos.</p><p>Knox will read from her latest book, <em>Days of Shame and Failure</em>, and Cavazos will read from <em>Diamond Grove Slave State</em>, his book about the life of George Washington Carver.</p><p>The readings will take place at 7:30 p.m., November 10, in Central Washington University’s Student Union and Recreation Center Theatre. The authors’ books will be available for sale at the evening event, courtesy of the CWU Wildcat Shop. Earlier in the day, Knox will present "Zagging: Making Moves in Poetry that Surprise,” a craft talk held at noon in Black 151. The events are free and open to the public. Parking is free in CWU lots after 4:30 p.m., except in specially designated spaces (handicapped, loading) and in residence halls lots.</p><p>Knox is the author of five books of poems. Her work has appeared in the <em>Best American Poetry </em>series as well as the <em>New York Times</em>, the<em> New Yorker</em>, <em>American Poetry Review</em>, <em>McSweeney's</em>, and <em>Bomb</em>. Knox earned her BA from the University of Iowa, and her MFA in poetry writing from New York University. She has taught poetry writing at Hunter College and New York University, and currently teaches at Iowa State University.</p><p>Cavazos is the author of <em>Barbarian at the Gate</em>, part of the Poetry Society of America's New American Poets Chapbook Series and <em>Diamond Grove Slave Tree</em>, which received the inaugural Prairie Seed Poetry Prize from Ice Cube Press. Cavazos is a performance poet who won the 1995 Grand Slam Championship at the NuYoRican Poets Café in New York City. He will have poetry published in the <em>Best American Experimental Writing (BAX) 2015</em>. Cavazos teaches in the Africana and Black Studies and the Professional and Creative Writing Programs at CWU. He received his MFA from Iowa State University, where he served as poetry editor for <em>Flyway: Journal of Creative Writing and the Environment</em>.</p><p>Prior to the Lions Rock Series event, Knox will judge a free community Poetry Slam from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., November 9 at Brooklyn’s Pizza, 716 E. University Way, Ellensburg. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., all who are interested can sign up to compete in the slam, which is also a fundraiser. From 5:00 to 7:00 pm, 20 percent of all proceeds from sales will go to the Inklings Club, a creative writing club at CWU. The Poetry Slam is intended for mature audiences due to themes and language, and not appropriate for children. For more information about the poetry slam event, contact Cavazos at</p><p>For more information about the Lion Rock series, visit</p><p><br>Media Contact: Lisa Norris, professor, English, 509-963-1745,<br>Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>CWU Lion Rock series continues, 02 Oct 2015 08:01:06<p><img alt="" src="/english/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;">Central Washington University will bring author and death penalty investigator Rene Denfeld to Ellensburg this month as part of its annual Lion Rock Visiting Writer Series, according to a CWU news release.</p><p>There will be two opportunities to hear from Denfeld on Oct. 13. At 7:30 p.m. she will read from her latest work “The Enchanted,” which is inspired by her work with men and women facing execution, in the Wellington Event Center.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU Offers One of Top Ten Online English Degree Programs, 24 Sep 2015 08:05:59<p><img alt="" src="/english/sites/" style="width: 317px; height: 200px; float: left;">Central Washington University came in seventh in a national ranking of online bachelor’s degrees in English, as selected by, a leading resource for campus and online education. CWU’s program, <a href="">the bachelor’s degree in professional and creative writing</a>, was chosen based on the quality of its program, types and range of courses provided, and faculty strength, as well as its awards, rankings, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs. It was the only program ranked in Washington State.</p><p>“A bachelor’s degree in English, as with other liberal arts degrees, provides students with&nbsp; fundamental skills for the global marketplace,” said Stacey Robertson, dean of CWU’s College of Arts and Humanities. “Being able to communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively is essential in any career.</p><p>“This degree can lead to a career in law, business, media, entertainment, technical communication and countless others. It is also an important launching pad for pursuing careers in editing and publishing, and significantly for graduate work in creative writing."</p><p>The online professional and creative writing degree program is designed to prepare students for success in a technology-driven environment. It combines the rigor of creative writing in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting with the practical elements of professional and technical writing and editing. The major’s interdisciplinary range allows each student to shape the major with courses that best suit individual interests and goals using classes offered by English, communication, and other programs.</p><p>Students in the program gain an in-depth understanding of multiple genres. In practicums and internships, they gain valuable experience writing, creating websites, and editing for companies, government offices, and organizations.&nbsp;</p><p>“The online program gives students the flexibility to complete the degree in a way that suits his or her personal circumstances,” continued Robertson.&nbsp;</p><p> is an independent organization. For more information about the online English degree programs, go to</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Stellar CWU Graduate to Pursue Love of Languages, 10 Jun 2015 09:09:13<p><img alt="" src="/english/sites/" style="width: 427px; height: 320px;"></p><p>“I’ve always been interested in languages,” says soon-to-be-graduate Olivia Hirschey. “My mother remembers that in preschool, I tried to help a Japanese girl learn English.”</p><p>Hirschey still likes to help people overcome language barriers. A tour guide for Central Washington University, she noticed that students with Spanish-speaking parents weren’t able to follow the English-language, self-guided tour brochure, so she took it upon herself to translate the brochure into Spanish. Later she gave the university’s first face-to-face tour in Spanish.</p><p>“Many of our applicants are first-generation college students, and need support through this new experience,” she commented. “When we [at CWU] engage the family, we can help students in the long run.”</p><p>Hirschey will be graduating this weekend <em>summa cum laude </em>with dual bachelors’ degrees in English and Spanish and a minor in linguistics. The Newcastle, Washington native is also an Arts and Humanities Honors Scholar in the Douglas Honors College. Her DHC senior thesis, “Language and Legislation: Bilingual Education in the United States, 18th century-Present,” is a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between politics and bilingual education legislation in the US school system. In 2013, she was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society, and she was recently awarded the society’s annual fellowship to support her first year of graduate study.</p><p>Her parents encouraged her love of language from the beginning. They enrolled her in a dual-language elementary school, and for six years she was immersed in Spanish language and culture.</p><p>Last summer she was finally able to study abroad at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain—“I’ve always wanted to go, but between two jobs and two majors, it was difficult fitting it in.” After an “amazing” month of intensive language study, Hirschey did a whirlwind tour of Europe—“I saw 17 cities in six countries!”</p><p>This fall, she will enter the University of Colorado-Boulder to pursue a doctoral degree in linguistics, focusing on language acquisition and sociolinguistics.</p><p>Foreshadowing her career as an academic, Hirschey has pursued several research avenues. As lead writing tutor in the Learning Commons, she noticed students adjusting to the new format of question-based collaborative learning adopted by the faculty and staff. She conducted a research project, “Assessing the Expectations for Learning Commons Tutoring,” which she presented to students and faculty at the 2014 Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), where it won the Brooks Library Best Presentation Award. Hirschey later presented her research at the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.</p><p>Her research acumen and interest in linguistics caught the attention of mathematics professor Dominic Klyve, who had a languishing research project involving the linguistic research of 18th-century mathematician Leonhard Euler. Working with Klyve, Hirschey analyzed the previously unpublished documents—“I had to teach myself articulatory phonetics of the 18th century”— and wrote “The Missing <em>Meditatio</em>: Leonhard Euler’s (1707–1783) Contribution to Articulatory Phonetics,” which was published in <em>Historiographia Linguistica </em>42/1 (2015). Hirschey was first author on the paper, a singular achievement for an undergraduate.</p><p>“The work wouldn’t have been done if not for Olivia,” noted Klyve, who has nothing but praise for his motivated co-author.</p><p>“Truly, I could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience,” said Hirschey, a Newport High School graduate (’11) who came to CWU because she had heard that it had a great community and really cared about its students—“which I have experienced since the first day I got here. I have received so much support and motivation from staff and faculty. They have all encouraged me to pursue projects and set high goals.<br><br>“I want to come back as an alumna and say ‘I was part of that.’ I’m proud to be part of the Wildcat family.”</p><p>Photo credit: Mphotography</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br></br></br>C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Scholarship, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:44<p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;">This scholarship is available to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students at Central Washington University who are pursuing a fine arts project in Art, Music, Theater, or Creative Writing, or who are pursuing a research project pertaining to the History, Geology, Archeology of Kittitas Valley. This scholarship provides one year of in-state tuition, $200 book allowance, and project costs. Please see their website for more information.</p><p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"><strong><a href="/english/sites/" target="_blank">C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Scholarship</a></strong></p><p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"><strong>This scholarship is not distributed by the Department of English. &nbsp;Please see the website for deadlines, requirements, and eligibility. &nbsp;</strong><strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"><a href=""></a></strong></p><p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"><strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"><a href="/english/sites/ Description Guidelines and Application (2).doc" target="_blank"><img alt="Creaive Writing Scholarship" src="/english/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 345px;"></a></strong></p></p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"></p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"></p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"></strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"></p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"></strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Alumni News, 10 Sep 2014 16:56:39<p>Shannon Wilson (M.A. English 2007, B.A. English 2005) is now an Assistant Professor at Pierce College.</p>Alumni News, 02 Sep 2014 13:06:16<p>Stephanie Keahey (formerly Nielson), who completed our Writing Specialization in 2013, has published a story on entitled <a href="">"Mutual Trust – Thanking Olympia Police, Citizens after a Car Accident."</a></p>Faculty News, 07 Nov 2013 16:25:26<p>Joe Powell's collection of poems, <em>Preamble to the Afterlife,</em> has been published by March Street Press.</p>Student News, 09 Sep 2013 13:40:32<p><strong>Jeff Suwak's </strong>short story "The Lighthouse" has been published in <em>The Foundling Review.&nbsp; </em>His fantasy novella <em>Beyond the Tempest Gate </em>has been published by Vabella Publishing.</p>