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November 17th, 2015

  • 4:00pm: 2015 Dixon Award Presentations by English Majors Emile Dultra and Emma Post
    Dixon Award grant recipients Emile Dultra and Emma Post will present their research findings to faculty, students, and the community.  Please join us in celebrating their work.  In addition, this will be a unique opportunity for junior English majors to ask questions about the $2,500 research and travel grant and how to apply.

December 2nd, 2015

  • Image preview 6:30pm: A Fiction Reading by Willy Vlautin

    Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published four novels: The Motel Life (2007–NYT Editor’s choice and notable book, made into a major motion picture starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsh, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson), Northline (2008), Lean on Pete (2010-Winner of the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, short-listed for the IMPAC award), and The Free (2014-Winner of the Oregon People’s Choice Award).

January 27th, 2016

  • Image preview 7:00pm: A Fiction Reading by Natalie Serber

    Natalie Serber is the author of Shout Her Lovely Name, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest. Community Chest, (Two Sylvias Press), a memoir, was released in the fall of 2015. Her fiction has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, and Hunger Mountain.  Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, the Oregonian, The Rumpus, Salon, and Fourth Genre.  She lives in Portland with her family.

February 11th, 2016

  • Image preview 6:00pm: A Poetry Reading by Linda Gregerson
    Linda Gregerson’s books of poetry include Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976 to 2014 (Mariner Books, 2015);The Selvage (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012); Magnetic North (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007), a finalist for the National Book Award; Waterborne (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1996), a finalist for both The Poet’s Prize and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Fire in the Conservatory (Dragon Gate Press, 1982).

    In 2015, Gregerson was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She teaches American poetry and Renaissance literature at the University of Michigan, where she also directs the MFA program in creative writing.

February 24th, 2016

  • Image preview 6:00pm: A Poetry Reading by David Baker

    David Baker is author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Never-Ending Birds (Norton), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize in 2011, and a forthcoming volume, Scavenger Loop.  His five books of prose include Show Me Your Environment: Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems (Michigan, 2014) and, with Ann Townsend, Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (Graywolf, 2007).  Among his awards are prizes and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, and Society of Midland Authors.  He holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and is Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.

March 3rd, 2016

  • Image preview 7:00pm: A Poetry Reading by D.A. Powell
    D. A. Powell’s most recent books are Repast (2014) and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (2012) which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and an Arts & Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard, Powell has taught at University of Iowa, UT-Austin, Columbia, Davidson and Stanford. He lives in San Francisco.

March 16th, 2016

  • Image preview 6:00pm: A Poetry Reading by Mark Levine
    Mark Levine is the author of three books of poems, DebtEnola Gay, and The Wilds, and a book of nonfiction, F5

    A member of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop faculty since 1999, he has also worked extensively as a journalist for magazines including The New York Times MagazineOutside, and The New Yorker, and he currently writes a monthly column for Bicycling.


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    October 30
    Lewis & Clark professors are renowned researchers and scholars.
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    April 27
    The uncommon is Sheila Gallagher’s norm.
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    November 14
    David Oehler is the new office administrator for Public Affairs and Communications. What does this mean for you?
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    July 14
    Through poetry and prose, new generations discover the power of creative writing at Lewis & Clark.
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    October 7
    Portland Literary Arts featuring Salman Rushdie
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    October 7
    Alumni honored for literary accomplishments
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    August 26
    Rishona Zimring’s book, Social Dance and the Modernist Imagination in Interwar Britain, was released by Ashgate Publishing in August 2013.
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    January 31
    Amy Lowell, an American poet who died in 1925, established in her will an annual scholarship which supports overseas travel for American-born poets. Outstanding poets are selected to receive funding for one year of travel outside of North America in whatever location that will best improve their poetry. During this period, recipients are not allowed to return to North America and keep their scholarship without committee approval.
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    September 7
    The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest challenges college students to analyze current ethical issues in today’s world.
  • April 28
    Sidebar: Talking Recklessly
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    April 28
    William Stafford was a significant national figure in three overlapping fields. As a poet, he was and is revered by readers around the world; while he was alive he won many honors, including the National Book Award for Traveling through the Dark, and terms as poet laureate of Oregon and of the United States.
  • August 6
    Ask Pulitzer Prize–winner Alice Walker why she recently awarded her papers to Emory University, and she will tell you: “Having visited several libraries at different universities, I realized the importance to me of a lively, diverse, committed-to-human-growth atmosphere.”
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    August 6
    Karen Gross, assistant professor of English, won a 2008 Graves Award in recognition of her teaching accomplishments.
  • August 6
    In February, the Department of English hosted a well-attended poetry symposium, cosponsored by the Kinsman Foundation, to explore the relevancy of poetry in today’s world.
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