Joshua Beckman at WWU

February 9, 2019


Poet Joshua Beckman will discuss two of his two recent books, Three Talks and The Lives of the Poems (Wave Books, 2018), on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 6:00pm, at Western Washington University (Bond Hall, room 105), as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. The event is free.

Joshua Beckman is the author of many other books, including The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is editor-in-chief at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat, and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry
in Translation Award. He also co-edited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015). He lives in Seattle and New York.



July 22, 2017

Congratulations to Western Washington University and the Whatcom County Library System, which have been selected to serve as the host site for the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Naomi Shihab Nye.

May Hill Arbuthnot (1884-1969) was born in Mason City, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1922, receiving her master’s degree in 1924 from Columbia University. Along with educator William Scott Gray, she created and wrote the Curriculum Foundation Readers for children — better known as the “Dick and Jane” series. The annual lecture series was created in her honor.

The lecture will be held in the spring of 2018 and will be announced here as soon as a date is confirmed.

Read the announcement here.

Last chance!

March 21, 2014

Jeopardy Magazine

If you are a student, faculty, staff or alum of Western Washington University, today is your last chance to submit previously unpublished work for the 50th Anniversary edition of Jeopardy Magazine, the undergraduate-run literary and fine arts publication of WWU. Browse the website. Read the guidelines. Visit Jeopardy on Facebook. Submit your work by the deadline: 11:59pm today, Friday, March 21, 2014.

call for poems: Labyrinth

November 20, 2013

Labyrinth 2014

Labyrinth, the annual print journal of the Western Washington University Women’s Center, invites submissions for the 2014 edition. The editors welcome submissions from students, faculty and the general community. The theme is Communities (Un)bound: “an exploration of privilege and oppression when accessing, being denied, and moving through circles of communities.”

Submissions close January 10, 2014 at 11:45pm. More information and submission form here or follow Labyrinth on Facebook.

Kathryn Trueblood
Kathryn Trueblood
, associate professor of English at Western Washington University, will give a lecture titled “How Can Publishing Suit Your Purpose?” at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street in Bellingham.

The free, public talk is an installment of the WWU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham.

With so many kinds of publishing available — corporate, independent, print on demand, electronic — it’s hard to know which might be best for your book project. Although Trueblood has worked in editorial roles for both mainstream and small press publishers from the adult trade division at Random House to the West Coast’s first feminist press, Shameless Hussy, she admits it is hard to keep up with the rate of innovation in publishing.

The time when traditional New York publishers were influential as the primary arbiters of taste has passed, and authors now have other gateways through which to see their work into print. It is possible for an author to gain a groundswell of readers through blogs, online book clubs, and other forms of social media. Between corporate media conglomerates and independent presses, there now exists a vibrant community of print-on-demand options, e-book sales and co-op publishing. Trueblood will guide her audience on a tour of publishing options that will shake up your idea of what it means to be a successful author. The lecture will be recorded and shown on Bellingham TV Channel 10.

Stephen Burt at WWU

Poet/professor/literary critic Stephen Burt will offer a free public presentation at Western Washington University (Bellingham) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 5:00pm in Viking Union 552.

In The New York Times, Mark Oppenheimer called Burt “one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation” and “heir to the intellectual mantle long held by giants like Harold Bloom and Helen Vendler.”

Much more on Stephen Burt’s website. Event information on Facebook. Mark your calendar and find your way onto campus for this one. It’s sure to be lively.

Wilson Library, WWUYou are invited to a free poetry reading on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 4:00pm, at Western Washington University. “A Pod of Poets” — Bruce Beasley, Ryler Dustin, Allen Frost, Nancy Pagh, Suzanne Paola, Paul Piper, Jeremy Voigt and Misho Wooldridge — will read their own work and the work of others who moved or influenced them.

The reading will be held in the Library Presentation Room (southwest corner, street-level) of the old Wilson Library (just off High Street). Paid parking is available on campus (contact Parking office for assistance if needed 360-650-2945 or
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photo of Wilson Library

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