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Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature, and Film On the OSU Corvallis campus, we offer a major and minor in English, a minor in writing, a minor in film, a minor in applied journalism, an MA in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing.

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05/20/2020
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Another huge congratulations to Instructor Clare Braun for receiving the 2020 Ecampus Innovation Award! We are so #dampr...
05/15/2020
Oregon State faculty, staff earn awards for online learning innovation, engagement - Oregon State Ecampus News

Another huge congratulations to Instructor Clare Braun for receiving the 2020 Ecampus Innovation Award!

We are so #damproud of the accomplishments from our distinguished faculty!

The video for Clare's award can be found here: https://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/news/2020/oregon-state-ecampus-awards/

The 2020 Oregon State Ecampus Awards honor five OSU faculty and staff members who demonstrate a commitment to student success in all they do.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter for the publication of her poem "Elegy with Aftershocks, Late an...
05/15/2020
Elegy with Aftershocks, Late and Soon by Jennifer Richter - The Los Angeles Review

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter for the publication of her poem "Elegy with Aftershocks, Late and Soon" in The Los Angeles Review! You can check out her remarkable poem here: http://losangelesreview.org/elegy-aftershocks-late-soon-jennifer-richter/

Some believe the earth is a big body that shakes sometimes like ours with fever or seizure or the rare tremor of its heart we think we can predict...

Lately, are you feeling that every day begins in the EXACT same way? If so, you may be experiencing #anaphora. Learn abo...
05/13/2020

Lately, are you feeling that every day begins in the EXACT same way? If so, you may be experiencing #anaphora. Learn about this poetic condition in the following video. Thanks, Lynn Ungar, for letting us use your recent poem "Pandemic" in the lesson! #literaryterms #remoteteaching
http://ow.ly/zdhW50zF8S3

04/30/2020
David Biespiel reads "Stranger" by Hazel Hall

Continuing our celebration for #NationalPoetryMonth, check out OSU Poet-in-Residence David Biespiel read "Stranger" by the legendary Oregonian poet Hazel Hall.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avTRbpxOOXI

To read more of Hazel Hall's body of work, you can order The Collected Poems of Hazel Hall, published by OSU Press, here:

http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/collected-poems-of-hazel-hall

David Biespiel is the founder of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in Portland, Oregon and Poet-in-Residence at Oregon State University.

Last day of #NationalPoetryMonth! Thanks to all the MFA poetry faculty and students for sharing such wonderful poems thr...
04/30/2020
National Poetry Month

Last day of #NationalPoetryMonth! Thanks to all the MFA poetry faculty and students for sharing such wonderful poems throughout this month.

Our last selection is from Carrie Vaughn:

"I Am Not Ready to Die Yet" by Aracelis Girmay

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me more relevant and essential than ever. This video might be the best fifteen minutes of your day. Settle in. Enjoy. In these wildly isolated times, isn't it lovely to be repeatedly addressed as "Friend...

#NationalPoetryMonth Selection from Meriden Vitale: "Species Prepare to Exist After Money" by Brenda Hillman "My father ...
04/29/2020
National Poetry Month

#NationalPoetryMonth Selection from Meriden Vitale:

"Species Prepare to Exist After Money" by Brenda Hillman

"My father spent his life thinking / about money though he knew / it causes most of this stupid violence."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me more relevant and essential than ever. This video might be the best fifteen minutes of your day. Settle in. Enjoy. In these wildly isolated times, isn't it lovely to be repeatedly addressed as "Friend...

04/29/2020
"What is a Portmanteau?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

Social distancing doesn't apply to word mashups. Stave off #covidiocy by watching a covideo on the origin of the term #portmanteau for the Oregon State University Guide to Literary Terms series. Watch out for the slithy toves! #distancelearning #elachat #engchat

https://youtu.be/P5TdpQXTkB0

What does a portmanteau mean? What are the origins of this strange word? Professor Raymond Malewitz answers these questions using examples from H.G. Wells', ...

#NationalPoetryMonth Selection from Morgan Corona: "Inertia" by Jane Kenyon "My head was heavy, heavy; / so was the atmo...
04/28/2020
National Poetry Month

#NationalPoetryMonth Selection from Morgan Corona:

"Inertia" by Jane Kenyon

"My head was heavy, heavy; / so was the atmosphere. / I had to ask two times / before my hand would scratch my ear."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me more relevant and essential than ever. This video might be the best fifteen minutes of your day. Settle in. Enjoy. In these wildly isolated times, isn't it lovely to be repeatedly addressed as "Friend...

Happy last week of #NationalPoetryMonth! Natalia Pagán starts us off this week with her selection "The Return" by Clarib...
04/27/2020
National Poetry Month

Happy last week of #NationalPoetryMonth!

Natalia Pagán starts us off this week with her selection "The Return" by Claribel Alegría, translated by D.J. Flakoll

"Return obsesses me / Faces fly by / through the open fissure."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me more relevant and essential than ever. This video might be the best fifteen minutes of your day. Settle in. Enjoy. In these wildly isolated times, isn't it lovely to be repeatedly addressed as "Friend...

Happy birthday, Bernard Malamud! Malamud was one of the best known American Jewish novelists in the 20th century, and he...
04/26/2020

Happy birthday, Bernard Malamud! Malamud was one of the best known American Jewish novelists in the 20th century, and he developed his reputation while teaching here at OSU! 📚 #malamud #swlf #damwrite #OSU

NPM Selection from Juliette Givhan: "For the Dogs Who Barked at Me on the Sidewalks in Connecticut" "I am like you / not...
04/24/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from Juliette Givhan:

"For the Dogs Who Barked at Me on the Sidewalks in Connecticut"

"I am like you / not crazy about that which towers before me / particularly the buildings here / and the people inside / who look at my name..."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me more relevant and essential than ever. This video might be the best fifteen minutes of your day. Settle in. Enjoy. In these wildly isolated times, isn't it lovely to be repeatedly addressed as "Friend...

Happy birthday, George Oppen!! Oppen was an Objectivist poet and winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1969. He also just so hap...
04/24/2020

Happy birthday, George Oppen!! Oppen was an Objectivist poet and winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1969. He also just so happened to be an OSU alum!! #osualumni #oppen #damwrite #swlf #objectivistpoetry

NPM Selection from Meriden Vitale:"Hammond B3 Organ Cistern" by Gabrielle Calvocoressi"I am the sun-filled / god of love...
04/23/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from Meriden Vitale:

"Hammond B3 Organ Cistern" by Gabrielle Calvocoressi

"I am the sun-filled / god of love. Or at least an optimistic / under-secretary. There should be a word for it."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

NPM Selection from Eloise Schultz: "Sorrow is Not My Name" by Ross Gay "No matter the pull toward brink. No / matter the...
04/22/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from Eloise Schultz:

"Sorrow is Not My Name" by Ross Gay

"No matter the pull toward brink. No / matter the florid, deep sleep awaits. / There is a time for everything."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

NPM Selection from Carrie Vaughn: "Introduction to Quantum Theory" by Franny Choi "There is a universe in which there is...
04/21/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from Carrie Vaughn:

"Introduction to Quantum Theory" by Franny Choi

"There is a universe in which there is no difference / between the past and the ground. Another / where the oceans pull the moon.

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

NPM Selection from Morgan Corona: "Good Bones" by Maggie Smith "The world is at least / fifty percent terrible, and that...
04/20/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from Morgan Corona:

"Good Bones" by Maggie Smith

"The world is at least / fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative
estimate, though I keep this from my children. / For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

04/20/2020
"What is Poetic Meter?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

Looking for a short lesson on types of metrical feet for #NationalPoetryMonth? (I know iamb!) Check out Prof. Malewitz's new video, "What is Poetic Meter?" for the Oregon State University Guide to #literaryterms!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S13Tg3RAUW4

What does does poetic meter mean? What are some examples of different kinds of metrical feet? Professor Ray Malewitz answers these questions using examples f...

NPM Selection from Natalia Pagán: "The Good Fortune of Material Existence" by Mary Reufle "All the rivers of the world /...
04/17/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from Natalia Pagán:

"The Good Fortune of Material Existence" by Mary Reufle

"All the rivers of the world / convene in me. They rush / over my hands, they enter / my mouth, they cover my face."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

NPM Selection from Karen Holmberg: "Recuerdo" by Edna St. Vincent Millay "From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere /...
04/16/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from Karen Holmberg:

"Recuerdo" by Edna St. Vincent Millay

"From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere / And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold, / And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

NPM Selection from Juliette Givhan: An excerpt from Tommy Pico's Nature Poem "America says some ppl are raised guilty. S...
04/15/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from Juliette Givhan:

An excerpt from Tommy Pico's Nature Poem

"America says some ppl are raised guilty. Some are innocent of everything. / Some ppl will always have to be good sports remain calm / Remain Calm / Remain Calm."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

NPM Selection from Eloise Schultz: "April" by Josephine Dickinson "She's wild. But  /  lamb sucks, seems OK. Next day no...
04/14/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from Eloise Schultz:

"April" by Josephine Dickinson

"She's wild. But / lamb sucks, seems OK. Next day not sucking plenty. / Next day the ewe breaks out of the lamb adopter. / Next day the lamb is dead. We bury it."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

Happy birthday, William W. Moreland!! On this day in 1845 our beloved building's namesake was born!  Moreland was head o...
04/14/2020

Happy birthday, William W. Moreland!! On this day in 1845 our beloved building's namesake was born! Moreland was head of the Primary department and a professor of Natural Sciences at Corvallis College. In 1868, Moreland, a legislative clerk, and Senator C. B. Bellinger made Corvallis College Oregon's land-grant institution. Under the Morrill Act of 1862, Corvallis College would be granted 90,000 acres of land. #swlf #damwrite #osu #morelandhall

NPM Selection from Jennifer Ricther: "Thank You" by Ross Gay "Instead, curl your toes / into the grass, watch the cloud ...
04/13/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from Jennifer Ricther:

"Thank You" by Ross Gay

"Instead, curl your toes / into the grass, watch the cloud / ascending from your lips. Walk / through the garden's dormant splendor. / Say only, thank you. / Thank you."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

NPM Selection from MFA Candidate Carrie Vaughn: "What the Living Do" by Marie Howe "For weeks now, driving, or dropping ...
04/10/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from MFA Candidate Carrie Vaughn:

"What the Living Do" by Marie Howe

"For weeks now, driving, or dropping a bag of groceries in the / street, the bag breaking, / I've been thinking: This is what the living do."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

04/10/2020
"What is Epistrophe?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

Turn away from the false outer world and look inward to YouTube...I mean, uhh...the rational self in "What is #Epistrophe?"--a new video in the #OregonState Guide to English #Literary Terms series. #distancelearning #remotelearning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rdlklOZs4o

What is epistrophe? What are some examples of epistrophe, and what effect does it have? Professor Ray Malewitz answers this question using examples from Abra...

NPM Selection from MFA Candidate Meriden Vitale: "We Got Here Yesterday, We're Here Now, And I Can't Wait To Leave Tomor...
04/09/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from MFA Candidate Meriden Vitale:

"We Got Here Yesterday, We're Here Now, And I Can't Wait To Leave Tomorrow": Song by John Giorno

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

NPM Selection from MFA Candidate Morgan Corona: "There is a little girl, maybe seven, fiddling with a tea set. / Her mot...
04/08/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from MFA Candidate Morgan Corona:

"There is a little girl, maybe seven, fiddling with a tea set. / Her mother inspects drapes for stains. / Sometimes the very old and lonely are looking for an opening."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

NPM Selection from MFA Candidate Natalia Pagán: “The Contract Says: We'd Like the Conversation to be Bilingual” by Ada L...
04/07/2020
National Poetry Month

NPM Selection from MFA Candidate Natalia Pagán:

“The Contract Says: We'd Like the Conversation to be Bilingual” by Ada Limón

"Do you have any poems that speak / to troubled teens? Bilingual is best...Don't read the one where you / are just like us."

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/mfa/national-poetry-month

April 1 "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Video of Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" Selection by Assistant Professor Jennifer Richter: Cycling through darkness and light, loss and love, grief and gratitude, Ross Gay's poem feels to me...

In honor of International Beaver Day, please enjoy the following poem by 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns!  While...
04/07/2020

In honor of International Beaver Day, please enjoy the following poem by 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns! While we are confident that the meaning has been preserved over the last 220 years, we have added a footnote at the bottom of the poem in case of confusion.

Johnie Lad, Cock Up Your Beaver (1791)

When first my brave Johnie lad came to this town,
He had a blue bonnet that wanted the crown;
But now he has gotten a hat and a feather,
Hey, brave Johnie lad, cock up your beaver*!

Cock up your beaver, and cock it fu' sprush,
We'll over the border, and gie them a brush;
There's somebody there we'll teach better behaviour,
Hey, brave Johnie lad, cock up your beaver!

*The beaver in the poem refers to a stylish hat of the time period made from beaver pelts. To "cock up" a beaver means to put a feather in that cap.

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Our School is the product of a forward-looking vision and mission. In scholarship, teaching and learning, outreach and public engagement, we recognize the importance of deep reading, textual analysis, creative expression, applied and persuasive writing, and research skills. We prepare students in textual disciplines for challenging careers and professions in a globally interconnected, information-rich, and humanly complex world.

On the OSU Corvallis campus, we offer a major and minor in English, a minor in Writing, a minor in Film, a minor in Applied Journalism, the MA in English (with concentrations in literature and culture; rhetoric, writing, and culture; or film and visual studies) and a high-residency, fully-funded MFA in Creative Writing (fiction, poetry, non-fiction). A low-residency MFA Program in creative writing is offered through the OSU Cascades Campus in Bend.

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It’s so awesome to see all the digital content for students during all this isolation/social distancing from the university! As a fellow student, switching to online school is tough, but It gives us a lot of free time outside of school! Just wanted to know what everyone was doing to stay busy, and wanted to share for my fellow film students/lovers a really awesome site I discovered called Film Festival Flix! It’s a streaming platform dedicated to bringing lesser-known, independent films from festivals to the streaming world, and has been a life safer during isolation! There’s definitely something for everyone from Horror to Outdoor/Adventure, and as a member, I can definitely say its worth it! Hope everyone stays safe!
Enjoy the latest submission from The Arts Center - Corvallis, OR's poetry intern and Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature, and Film student Juliette Givhan.
It’s so great to see students studying film! As a fellow film student I love reaching out to others and talking about films that they recently saw. I just watched a movie called Empathy Inc. it just came out of the festival circuit. It’s about this man who invests in a tech startup and when he finds out the truth behind what the business is really doing he decides to fix it by taking matters into his own hands. The story is really interesting, especially with how the filmmaker combines that and this psychological paranoia. If you’re interested in checking it out you can watch the trailer on YouTube and it’s now available to stream on VOD!
Help us pass the word along. Our education group posts new jobs, education trainings, and resources posted daily in our teacher/educator/support staff job and resource group in Arizona for individuals looking to work in our school systems or looking for resources. Positions like teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, school nurses, health professional, technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other related services, and/or any staff who would love to work with children in the K-12 system. We also want to provide as many resources to current educators in the field too! Join our group by searching Teacher/Educator Jobs in Arizona on Facebook or click below https://www.facebook.com/groups/Eduteachjobresourcesaz/?ref=share
ARTISTS, We Need You! Fri & Sat, Aug 23 & 24. Arts Alive is a fun event that promotes intimate interactions and collaborations between artists and the public. Join in the fun. Apply to participate and share your creative practices at Arts Alive 2019.
Thanks so much to the Steve Young, Don Share, and everyone at the Poetry Foundation for hosting my talk last night in Chicago on poetry and civic life. It was great to share the extraordinary achievements and activities going on with poetry at Oregon State University among undergraduates and MFA poets. Let's make this a great National Poetry Month at OSU.
Hey folks, check out our CFP, deadline Aug. 15. It's a great opportunity to discuss post-election campus tensions, pedagogical implications and adjustments, etc. It's not just for 2-year folks, as the Pacific NW Writing Center Association is our partner. And, of course, the first-year comp classroom is one we all share. Our speaker is Christie Toth (U of Utah), one of the preeminent 2-year college and writing center scholars in the country. Please share with anyone who may be interested. Hope to see some of you in Tacoma. Thanks!