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Name: Philip Garrison Rank: Emeritus Professor of English, CWU.

  • Courses recently taught:

    • American literature (surveys, upper-division and graduate courses)
    • World literature surveys (especially classical literature in translation
    • Upper-division and graduate courses in critical theory
    • Multicultural Education (with Professor Jose Licano Palma.)
    • Chicano Literature
    • Latin American Novel
    • I've been a frequent participant in Central's Latin American Studies seminar offered Spring Quarters.

  • Education:
    • University of Missouri at Columbia from l960-63, receiving a B.A. with Honors in English;
    • University of Missouri at Columbia from 1963-64, M.A. in English.
    • University of Iowa, in Iowa City, in l964-65, 1 year's worth of Ph.D. coursework

  • Academic specialization: My principal areas of graduate study were nineteenth and twentieth century British and American poetry,as well as Creative writing. For the last thirty-five years, my specialties have been those outlined above, in courses taught.

  • Teaching experience:
    • Various assistantships
    • Instructor, University of Texas at El Paso, from l965-67
    • 1967 - present: Professor of English
  • Teaching in a foreign setting:
    • I spent from September, l973, to March, l976, teaching students (principally from Washington state) in Central's program in Guadalajara. Part of my duties involved leading two different kinds of student tour: field trips of three or fours days duration, principally to the Morelia area, although other such trips left me familiar, as well, with Guanajuato and Cd. Obregon; more extensive excursions, two or three weeks in length, which involved traveling by chartered bus from Guadalajara through Mexico City to Vera Cruz, down the east coast to Merida, and then back through Oaxaca to Guadalajara. Since the latter amounted to a tour of archaeological sites, I have a pretty detailed understanding of Mexico's prehispanic past.
    • I spent eight other terms at CMI in Morelia, teaching students from the Pacific Northwest.
    • I spent from July through November of 1991 on Fulbright teaching ESL and American literature/culture at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
    • I spent Fall 2002 and Spring 2004 at the Universidad Latina de América in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, teaching the Migrant Studies Program.

  • Foreign languages: I speak, read and write Spanish fluently.

  • Public service:
    • In August 1995 two friends and I founded APOYO, the primary advocacy group for Kittitas County's mexicano population, and since that time I've served as president. APOYO's food and clothing bank currently serves 400 families a month, mainly from a population that stretches east from Ellensburg to Royal City.

  • Publications:
    • Augury, my collection of essays, won the Associated Writing Programs award for creative nonfiction in 1990, and appeared in June, 1991, from the University of Georgia Press. In 1992 it was awarded a Washington State Governor's Award for literary excellence. Seven of the fifteen pieces it contains deal with specifically Mexican subject matter.
    • Waiting for the Earth to Turn Over, my second essay collection, appeared in September, 1996, from the University of Utah Press.
    • My third essay collection, Because I Don't Have Wings, appeared in Spring 2006.
    • My most recent book, The Permit That Never Expires, appeared in 2009.

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