College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Visiting Writer Series - Spring 2015

Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow

Thursday, February 5th

Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow

Dinah Lenney

Allison Cobb and Robert Michael Pyle

Marcia Parlow

5:00 p.m., Museum of Art, Fine Arts Center

Dinah Lenney will be reading and answering questions the evening of February 5th.

Dinah Lenney has acted on stage and on television in shows too many to name: ER, Law and Order, and Sons of Anarchy among them. She co-authored Acting for Young Actors and wrote Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, published in the American Lives Series at the University of Nebraska Press. Dinah is the senior nonfiction editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books and serves as core faculty for the Bennington Writing Seminars, the Rainier Writing Workshop, and in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California. Her new book, The Object Parade, a collection of essays, was recently published by Counterpoint. (@dinahlenney on Twitter).

Marcia Parlow is managing editor of the New England Review, one of North America’s oldest and most distinguished literary journals. Parlow, a graduate of Middlebury College where the New England Review is based, is a former editor at William Morrow and Houghton Mifflin. She is involved with the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and was a critic for Publishers Weekly.

1-credit Editing and Publishing Workshop

February 2nd - 6th

6:00pm-9:00pm, CUE 407 & 412

Learn the nuts and bolts as well as the art of writing, editing and publishing during our two weeklong workshops. Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow will each lead a Editing and Publishing workshop, which will showcase the Editing and Publishing Certificate at WSU. Priority enrollment for the workshop goes to students with Junior standing up to Jan 16, after which time enrollment is open to all WSU students.

The Business of Publishing in Print, Web, and Beyond

A Roundtable Discussion

Friday, February 6th

12:00 p.m., Honors Lounge

Marcia Parlow, managing editor the New England Review, one of the oldest and most prestegious literary journals in the U.S., will be the featured editor in a panel alongside other personalities from WSU and University of Idaho publishing communities to discuss editing and publishing. Other panelists include Stephanie Lenox, founder and editor of Blood Orange Review, Scott Slovic, editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Alexandra Teague, faculty advisor for Fugue. Ana Schmidt, editor-in-chief of LandEscapes, the undergraduate literary journal, will moderate.

This event is co-sponsored by the Honors College, the Provost's Office, and Academic and Career Services.

Robert Michael Pyle and Allison Cobb

Tuesday, March 31st

Allison Cobb and Robert Michael Pyle

Robert Michael Pyle

Allison Cobb and Robert Michael Pyle
Allison Cobb

5:00 p.m., Museum of Art, Fine Arts Center

Allison Cobb and Robert Michael Pyle will be giving a joint reading and question and answer session on the evening of the 31st, focused on ecoreading.

Robert Michael Pyle, author of twelve books and many essays, stories and poems, is one of America’s best-known environmental writers and naturalists. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His 1987 book, Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land, won the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. He writes for Orion Magazine and is a trip leader for the National Wildlife Foundation’s annual Family Nature Summits. Pyle, among other things, studies Lepidoptera, an order of moths and butterflies.

Allison Cobb works in poetry, nonfiction prose, and visual arts to address issues of landscape, public space, politics, and ecology. In Plastic: An Autobiography, she tracks the reappearance of plastic in the environment. Her published works include Born2 (poetry), about Los Alamos and the legacy of the atomic bomb, and Green-Wood, a hybrid work that addresses histories and bodies—the war dead buried at the fabled Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn and her own in her attempts to conceive a child. Cobb was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, and currently works for the Environmental Defense Fund.

This event is co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program, School of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho, and CEREO.

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