• Colleen McElroy, poet and UW’s first full-time Black female faculty member, dies

    Colleen J. McElroy, a nationally known poet and the first Black woman to serve as a full-time faculty member at the UW, died of natural causes Dec. 12. She was 88. Frances McCue, a teaching professor of English at the UW, is quoted.
    01/02/2024 | The Seattle Times
  • Opinion: ‘Translating’ a Times article to reach new audiences

    "College freshmen read a New York Times Magazine piece about issues in education, then communicate what they learned by experimenting with audience and format," writes Megan Butler, a doctoral student of English at the UW.
    11/15/2023 | The New York Times
  • ArtSci Roundup: Diversity Lecture Series, Jacob Lawrence Gallery Reopening, Sacred Breath, and more.

    This week, attend the Diversity Lecture Series “Unveiling Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the United States”, celebrate the Jacob Lawrence Gallery Reopening, listen to Indigenous storytellers at Sacred Breath, and more. November 13, 3:00 – 4:30pm | Diversity Lecture Series: “Unveiling Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the United States: Disparities and Challenges in Women’s Health”,...
    11/08/2023 | UW News
  • “Ways of Knowing” Episode 7: Material Culture

    Picture a series of uniform mounds of earth, each about 6-feet high. Enclosing 50 acres, the mounds form an octagon that is connected to a circle. This is The Octagon Earthworks, located in central Ohio, and it’s one of thousands of Indigenous mounds across the eastern half of North America. Chadwick Allen is a professor of English and American Indian studies at the University of Washington, and he studies Native American earthworks and cultural erasure.

    10/10/2023 | UW News
  • “Ways of Knowing” Episode 3: Close Reading Redux

    The autobiography of Frederick Douglass, published in 1845, was a standard bearer of the abolitionist movement. Having escaped slavery as a young man, Douglass became a famous activist, orator, statesman and businessman. But it is another aspect of his story that is just as intriguing to Habiba Ibrahim, professor of English at the University of Washington: Douglass never knew, nor is there an official record of, his exact age.

    10/10/2023 | UW News
  • “Ways of Knowing” Episode 2: Close Reading

    “Dover Beach,” a poem by 19th century British writer Matthew Arnold, can be read as both a romantic lament and, as many scholars have concluded, a dark, existential commentary on the loss of religious faith. Through close reading, a way of reading for insight, not information, English Professor Charles LaPorte dissects “Dover Beach.”

    10/10/2023 | UW News
  • “Ways of Knowing” Episode 1: Reading

    What marks the start of the Anthropocene – the geological epoch marked by human impact on the planet? The debate hinges, in part, on how we define “signature events,” the important information left behind as clues. But finding signature events transcends the study of the Anthropocene; it’s how we read to make meaning of a text, a collection of data, even a piece of art. This episode features Jesse Oak Taylor, associate professor of English.

    10/10/2023 | UW News
  • Ways of Knowing: Podcast featuring Faculty from the UW College of Arts & Sciences

    “Ways of Knowing” is an eight-episode podcast connecting humanities research with current events and issues. This season features faculty from across the humanities as they explore race, immigration, history, the natural world – even comic books. Each episode analyzes a work, or an idea, and provides additional resources for learning more. 

    10/10/2023 | UW News
  • A look inside Seattle's flourishing poetry scene

    While it's hard to determine if today's poetry scene is any more successful than other times without taking a deep dive into data, there's currently a lot to celebrate in the Seattle poetry world: local poets are receiving critical acclaim and national recognition, a slew of books are being published and poets are choosing to move to the city to develop their craft. David Nikki Crouse, director of the UW's Creative Writing Program, is quoted.
    07/27/2023 | The Seattle Times
  • Meet Our 2023 Graduate Medalists

    Three graduate students who earned doctoral degrees in spring 2023 received the Graduate Medal from the College of Arts & Sciences. 

    July 2023 Perspectives
  • Representation, immigration, and therapy: Ricardo Ruiz and Javier Zamora share poems and stories at Lee Scheingold Lecture

    Earlier this month, poets Javier Zamora and Ricardo Ruiz met at the sixth annual Lee Scheingold Lecture in Poetry & Poetics to discuss their work, immigration, and the importance of representation in all forms of media, including poetry and prose. In their latest, writer McKenna Sweet recaps the event and reiterates the key takeaways from the poets’ works

    The Daily
  • Edmonds Bookshop to host 'Signs of Disability' author

    Stephanie Kerschbaum, associate professor of English at the UW and author of the new book "Signs of Disability," will discuss her latest work at Edmonds Bookshop on May 18.
    Everett Herald
  • UW professor Stephanie Kerschbaum asks readers to challenge how they notice disability in new book

    The idea for UW English professor Stephanie Kerschbaum’s book “Signs of Disability” started with only one sign: a yellow road sign in her neighborhood that read “Deaf Person in Area.” Read writer Shira Zur's recap of the moment that lead to the creation of the Kerschbaum’s book.

    The Daily
  • ArtSci Roundup: Behzod Abduraimov, “Manzanar, Diverted” Screening and Director talk, and more

    Start the new year with lectures, performances, and more.

    UW News
  • An Animated Life

    Nathan Jones (2015) tells stories through animation. Both of his UW degrees — creative writing and art — are reflected in is his work. 

    January 2023 Perspectives