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2016 Manastash Student Literary Magazine now available in the English Department, LL 423. 

Free to all students.



Careers and the Value of an English Major


Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series

Tim O'Brien
April 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm
McConnell Hall

Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien is the author of one of the best novels ever written about the Vietnam war—The Things They Carried. Born in Minnesota, and graduated from Macalester College with a Political Science degree, he was drafted and served as a foot soldier from 1969 to 1970 with the 46th Infantry.  He was sent home with a Purple Heart and then attended Harvard University, where he wrote a memoir, If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home (1973). He then worked as a national affairs reporter for The Washington Post for a year, after which he began writing books full time. He published Northern Lights (1975), Going After Cacciato (1978) --which won the National Book Award, The Nuclear Age (1981), The Things They Carried (1990), In the Lake of the Woods (1994), Tomcat in Love (1999), and July, July (2002). He has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He currently teaches creative writing at Texas State University. O’Brien is visiting Ellensburg as part of an NEA Big Read grant and also is co-sponsored by the CWU College of Arts & Humanities, English Dept., CWU Brooks Library, CWU Center for Leadership Civic Engagement, CWU Museum of Culture & Environment, Ellensburg School District, Roslyn Friends of the Library, CWU Veterans’ Center, CWU Wildcat Shop, CWU Inklings Club, and Karen Gookin.

There will also be a craft talk by Tim at noon in the Music Recital Hall.


“NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.”
“El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.”





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