College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Visiting Writer Series - Fall 2014


Brenda Hillman

Monday, October 20th


Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman

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

Brenda Hillman, award-winning author of nine volumes of poetry, is a teacher, activist and poet. Hillman’s books include Practical Water, winner of the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, winner of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry. Hillman has received numerous other awards and fellowships, including the Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 2012. She currently holds the Olivia Filippi Chair in Poetry at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

Hillman's appearance at WSU is co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program and Gonzaga University.



Ted Tremper

Thursday, November 13th


Ted Tremper

Ted Tremper

6:00 p.m., CUB Auditorium

Ted Tremper—WSU English/Creative Writing ’06—is a comedian, filmmaker, writer, and member of Chicago’s The Second City comedy troupe. He returns to WSU to present his work and lead a week-long comedy writing and performing workshop for students of all majors. Tremper created “Break-Ups: The Series,” an improvised web-based show that won “Best Original Series” at the 2010 Vimeo Global Film Festival + Awards. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Onion A/V Club. He holds an MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tremper's appearance at WSU is co-sponsored by the Student Entertainment Board.

Comedy Writing Workshop

November 10th - 12th

6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Room 216, Smith Center for Undergraduate Education

Ted Tremper will teach a weeklong Editing and Publishing Workshop, blending technology, dramatic performance, and the technical process of writing for theater, television and cinema. Tremper will emphasize the importance of scene and character development, dialogue, and lay out some of his tricks for comedic writing. Priority enrollment for the workshop goes to students with Junior standing up to October 15th, after which time enrollment is open to all students.




Visiting Writer Series - Spring 2015


Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow

Thursday, February 5th


Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow

Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow

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

Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow will be giving a joint reading and question and answer session on the evening of March 5th.

Dinah Lenney—writer, editor, teacher, actor—has performed on many television shows, including ER, Law and Order, and Sons of Anarchy. She is a writer who teaches at USC and serves on the faculty at the Bennington College MFA program and Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Publishers Weekly called her recent essay collection The Object Parade “...heart-stopping.” Lenney wrote the acclaimed 2007 memoir, Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, about her father’s murder.

Marcia Parlow is managing editor of the New England Review (NER), one of North America’s oldest and most distinguished literary journals. Parlow, a graduate of Middlebury College where NER 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.

Editing and Publishing Workshop

February 2nd - 6th

Time and Location TBA

Learn the nuts and bolts as well as the art of writing, editing and publishing during our week-long workshop. Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow will each teach a weeklong 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 a date TBA, after which time enrollment is open to all students.


Editing and Publishing Panel

February 5th

12:00 p.m., Honors Lounge

Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow will participate in a panel alongside other personalities from WSU and University of Idaho publishing communities to discuss editing and publishing.

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



Allison Cobb and Robert Michael Pyle
Robert Michael Pyle and 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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