College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Visiting Writer Series - Spring

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rick Bass

Environmental Prose Writer and Activist


5:00 p.m., Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall

Bass is the author of twenty-two books. His first short story collection, The Watch, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, and his 2002 collection, The Hermit’s Story, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Bass’s stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been collected in The Best American Short Stories.

(Photo credit: Get Lit!)


Wed. & Thurs., March 26 & 27, 2014

William Cronon

Renowned Environmental Writer and Thinker

Wed., March 26, 6:30 p.m. CUB Auditorium

Cronon is the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and past president of the American Historical Association. His book, Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and awarded the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize and the Bancroft Prize. He also appeared in Ken Burn’s PBS documentary National Parks: America’s Best Idea. His presentation is titled, “The Portage: Time, Memory, and Storytelling in the Making of an American Place.”

Co-sponsored by WSU School of Biological Sciences, WSU Department of History, WSU Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach, WSU Culture and Heritage Houses, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, UI Department of History, UI Department of English, and UI Program in Pacific Northwest Studies.


Partner Event

Thursday, March 27, 2014

"The Personal Voice of Scholarly Writing"

An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion

with William Cronon and faculty from WSU and the University of Idaho

Adam Sowards, director, UI Institute for Pacific Northwest Studies; Mary Wack, vice provost, WSU Undergraduate Education; Mary Blew, UI English professor; and Larry Hufford, director, WSU School of Biological Sciences and Connor Museum of Natural History. Debbie Lee, WSU English professor, and Scott Slovic, UI English professor, moderators.

3:30-5:30 p.m. Whitewater Room, Idaho Commons Student Union on the University of Idaho campus

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rebecca Brown

Washington State Book Award Winner

5 p.m. The Musuem of Art

Prose writer Rebecca Brown, winner of the Washington State Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, Seattle's The Stranger Genius Award, the Boston Book Review Award for fiction, and many others, will read from her work. Brown is the author of over 9 works of fiction, several collaborations with visual artists, an opera libretto, a play, and, most recently, American Romances, a collection of dynamic essays that blend pop culture, literary history, and autobiography. Brought to you by the WSU English Department's Visiting Writer Series in conjunction with the WSU Museum of Art. The reading is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts, the Culture and Heritage Houses, and the Museum of Art.

Short Prose Forms and Visual Arts Workshop | Rebecca Brown

February 18-21 | English 358/Fine Art 499

Week-long, one-credit workshop, open to students in English and Fine Arts, in conjunction with the work of Outsider Artists on exhibit at the Museum of Art.

Other Creative Writing Events

LandEscapes Release Party

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m., The Atrium, Holland Library, WSU campus


LandEscapes Open Mic

Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., The Daily Grind, 230 East Main, Pullman

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Henry David Thoreau plaque on Library Way sidewalk in New York City

Visiting Writer Series - Fall

Thursday, November 7, 2013

W. Scott Olsen

Award Winning Writer and Editor

5 p.m. The Museum of Art

W. Scott Olsen's most recent book, Prairie Sky: A Pilot's Reflections on Flying and the Grace of Altitude, has been praised as "full of grace, style, lyricism, and sharp cloud-level insight." He is the author of over ten books, and he has been cited in the Best American Essays Notables age eight times. Having trained as a pilot, much of Olsen’s work focuses on his experience flying; Prairie Sky looks at how investigating the skies creates a change in one’s physical and personal viewpoint. A professor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, he edits the literary magazine Ascent.

Co-sponsored by WSU Honors College, the Culture and Heritage Houses, and the Museum of Art.

Publishing/Editing: Print & Web

Friday, November 8, 2013
12 Noon, Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall

A Roundtable with W. Scott Olsen, Bryan Fry/Blood Orange Review,
Rita Rudd/The Palouse Review, Jana Argersinger/Poe Studies

Editing and Publishing Workshop | W. Scott Olsen

November 4-8 | English 358

Week-long, one-credit workshop, open to all students, on the theory and practice of editing and publishing literary magazines.

Thursday, October 22, 2013

Kathleen Flenniken

Washington State Poet Laureate

7 p.m. The Museum of Art

Kathleen Flenniken is the 2012 – 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate. Her books are Plume, a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site and a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and Famous, named an ALA Notable Book. A WSU alum with a BS in civil engineering, Kathleen is bringing poetry events to all 39 counties in Washington State, including readings, workshops, and school programs, and publishes Washington State Poets on her blog, The Far Field ( She teaches through Writers in the Schools, Jack Straw, and other arts agencies, and is an editor for Floating Bridge Press, dedicated to publishing Washington State poets.

Co-sponsored by WSU Foundation, Common Reading Series, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Museum of Art.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014



Poetry Performance

The Bell Tower, 125 SE Spring Street, Downtown Pullman, 7:00 p.m.

Sand is the author of author of A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff (forthcoming), Remember to Wave, Landscapes of Dissent (co-authored with Jules Boykoff), and interval. She is artist-in-residence at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center.

(Photo credit: Ken Hawkins)

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Poetry Reading

Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Larking is author of The Identification of Ghosts, The Name of This Intersection is Frost, The Book of the Ocean, and other books and co-author of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press.

For more information about the 2013–2014 series, please contact Linda Russo or Debbie Lee, Visiting Writer Series Co-Directors.








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