Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature, and Film

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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FILM 480/580, Winter 2021Join Zach Price this winter to examine sickness on screen. Trace how media texts have shaped cu...
12/17/2020

FILM 480/580, Winter 2021
Join Zach Price this winter to examine sickness on screen. Trace how media texts have shaped cultural narratives of sickness and medical intervention today in different genres, ranging from outbreak films (Contagion) to hospital dramas (House) to body horror (Anti-Viral) to drug addiction TV shows (Euphoria).

Looking for another Winter 2021 course to take? SWLF is offering FILM 480/580 Studies in Film, Culture, & Society: Medic...
12/04/2020

Looking for another Winter 2021 course to take? SWLF is offering FILM 480/580 Studies in Film, Culture, & Society: Medicine & Media with Zach Price. http://ow.ly/WS6950CD2M3

11/24/2020
"What are Euphony and Cacophony?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

Need some #euphony to balance out the #cacophony of the end of the term? Check out Dr. Walter Moore's reading of sound in Allen Ginsberg's Howl for the Oregon State University
Guide to Literary Terms. #elachat #englishteacher #remotelearning #distancelearning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzELOczXWOY

What do euphony and cacophony mean? What are some examples of euphony and cacophony in poetry? English Lecturer Walter Moore answers these questions using ex...

Join us for our first 2020-21 Critical Questions Lecture Series talk with Associate Professor Raymond Malewitz on Wednes...
10/14/2020

Join us for our first 2020-21 Critical Questions Lecture Series talk with Associate Professor Raymond Malewitz on Wednesday, October 28th at 5:00 pm. In his talk “Foucault’s Flu, Rinderpest, and the Birth of Animal Politics” Professor Malewitz will discuss what the French philosopher Michel Foucault called “the birth of biopolitics” in the mid-18th century and its relevance to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Join the Zoom at: beav.es/one

Don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to meet Oregon State Alum, Chris Johns, world renowned photographer, story-telle...
10/14/2020

Don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to meet Oregon State Alum, Chris Johns, world renowned photographer, story-teller, and former Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Magazine. Chris’ talk, “Caring About Science, Nature, and Each Other,” will share his time with National Geographic and explore the vital role of story-telling for shaping the future.

Register to attend on Oct. 20th at 12 noon at: https://www.osualum.com/s/359/16/interior.aspx?sid=359&gid=1001&pgid=8824

Learn more about Chris in this video biography: https://oregonstate.app.box.com/s/9bi8ign5htkw8tlritn4i95sqcotdhtg/file/729751010650

Hope to see you there—bring a friend!

Looking for some strategies to write to this strange moment? Why not try the #epistolarynovel! Learn the history of this...
10/05/2020
"What is an Epistolary Novel?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

Looking for some strategies to write to this strange moment? Why not try the #epistolarynovel! Learn the history of this form in the latest video for the Oregon State University Guide to English Literary Terms. #elachat #remoteteaching #EnglishTeacher

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj40J8lFu7E

What does epistolary novel mean? What are some examples of epistolary novels and how should they be read? Professor Evan Gottlieb answers these questions usi...

Looking for an #epic video to help you learn blank verse as you prepare for the start of the new term? Check out Profess...
09/21/2020
"What is Blank Verse?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

Looking for an #epic video to help you learn blank verse as you prepare for the start of the new term? Check out Professor Evan Gottlieb's discussion of the term for the Oregon State University Guide to #LiteraryTerms. We can't wait to see you in a few days, SWLF-pack!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmwuGQIgj9A

What is blank verse? What are some examples of blank verse poems and how do they differ from free verse or rhymed poetry? Professor Evan Gottlieb answers the...

09/17/2020
"What is Ekphrasis?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is ekphrasis? Professor Rebecca Olson paints a picture of this literary device with words in the latest video for the Oregon State University Guide to English Literary terms. #elachat #remoteteaching #ekphrasis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySS-IZMPjjc

What is ekphrasis? What are some examples of ekphrastic poems, and how should we read them? Professor Rebecca Olson answers these questions using examples fr...

Are public lands still “public” when you can’t access them? Senior Instructor John Larison answers this question in his ...
09/05/2020
When Mountains Become Islands - Patagonia

Are public lands still “public” when you can’t access them? Senior Instructor John Larison answers this question in his new essay on flyfishing, "When Mountains Become Islands," for Patagonia. Check it out here:
https://www.patagonia.com/stories/when-mountains-become-islands/story-91167.html

Are public lands still “public” when you can’t access them? After the truck rumbled over a cattle-guard, I shut my phone off for good. Ahead loomed

After being inexplicably reposted by a famous celebrity with no discernible ties to Oregon State University, this video ...
08/23/2020
"What is Deus Ex Machina?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

After being inexplicably reposted by a famous celebrity with no discernible ties to Oregon State University, this video on "deus ex machina" teaches millions what the term means. #elachat #remoteteaching #distancelearning

https://youtu.be/GCpGV7fOp2M

What does deus ex machina mean? What are some examples of deus ex machina in literature? The novelist and Senior Lecturer John Larison answers these question...

The School of Writing, Literature, and Film announces a new home for writers: Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing (Fall...
08/21/2020

The School of Writing, Literature, and Film announces a new home for writers: Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing (Fall 2020)

Everyone is welcome – there is no application necessary to join.

The School has been home to many important thinkers and writers of our time. The Creative Writing major offers a vibrant writing community with a well-established MFA program and many opportunities to participate in campus-wide student-led initiatives in the literary arts.

For more information about the major, or simply to talk about creative writing at OSU, contact Advisor Dr. Liddy Detar at [email protected].

We look forward to hearing from you this Fall!

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf/undergraduate-programs/ba-creative-writing

08/12/2020
"What is Point of View?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

Thinking of playing a first-person video game later today? Sadly, there is no such thing. Find out why in Senior Lecturer John Larison's new video on #pointofview for the Oregon State UniversityGuide to English Literary Terms series. #remoteteaching #remotelearning2020 #engchat #elachat

https://youtu.be/acURl_KBiRI

What is a point of view in literature? What are some examples of different kinds of points of view? The novelist and Senior Lecturer John Larison answers the...

08/04/2020
"What is the Uncanny?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

Present fears have you yearning for the familiar, comforting anxieties of talking ravens and #Gothic conventions? If so, check out this new video on the #uncanny for the Oregon State University Guide to English #literaryterms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IHvGHGVAM0

What does the word uncanny mean? How does the uncanny appear in literature? Professor Ray Malewitz answers these questions using examples from Sigmund Freud,...

07/21/2020
"What are Vehicles and Tenors?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

Just because you can't travel very far this summer doesn't mean you should to leave your vehicles (and tenors) unattended. Check out our new video for the @oregonstate
Guide to #LiteraryTerms series! #edtech #remoteteaching #engchat #eltchat

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

What is a vehicle and a tenor in literature? How are they related to ground and tension? Professor Raymond Malewitz answers these questions using examples fr...

What does the term #oxymoron have to do with the #sonnet?  Find out in the latest video for the Oregon State Guide to En...
06/16/2020

What does the term #oxymoron have to do with the #sonnet? Find out in the latest video for the Oregon State Guide to English Literary Terms series!
http://ow.ly/uvGI50A9El3

Oregon State University Stands in Solidarity
06/12/2020
Oregon State University Stands in Solidarity

Oregon State University Stands in Solidarity

Our Pledge: We are all learning together. None of us is perfect. None of us always gets it right. But we pledge to you; OSU’s Black students, faculty, gradua...

Thanks to everybody out there for supporting our YouTube channel, which is now over 1000 subscribers!
05/20/2020
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Thanks to everybody out there for supporting our YouTube channel, which is now over 1000 subscribers!

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', ...

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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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I love that this program understands the role art, literature, and films plays in shaping our world by inspiring others. In my search to find more inspiring art, I came across a People magazine article about an upcoming Netflix documentary called "Kiss the Ground." The latest film from activist and director duo Josh and Rebecca Tickell, this movie focuses on an optimistic solution to climate change through regenerative agricultural practices and presents a unifying message that I believe will change the conversation about global warming and get everyone involved. This film features influential celebrities such as Woody Harrelson (narrator), Patricia Arquette, and Ian Somerhalder. I am really excited to see the impact this film will have, and I want to learn more so I signed up for the virtual watch party and Q&A on September 22nd! I'd love to hear your thoughts!
It’s incredible seeing how much you provide for your students to still be involved in the art of cinema. I’ve been relying on independent films to help me past time while at home and I’d love to suggest a film that I feel your program would love. I was able to see a premiere screening of the film Chief Zabu and it was an outstanding piece of 80s cinema recut for the modern day. Following Ben Sydney (Allen Garfield), the film follows the overly confident businessman as he tries to rope his associate Sammy Brooks (Zack Norman) into this “get rich quick” scheme involving the island of the title character. Allen Garfield brings a familiar cockiness that many say reminds them of the biggest businessmen to get involved in politics. His character's constant belief in things to go his way works well off Zack Norman’s realistic portrayal as a businessman with comedy dreams. In fact, Norman’s character and experience is based on something that happened to him in real estate. The film is extremely funny and shows how satire can stay relevant, even 30 years later. It’s expected to be on VOD platforms by August 7th, so feel free to let what you think of it when you see it. Hope you enjoy it, because I know I will!
Hi there, Poet Meg E. Griffitts just published an essay about John Blanton Edgar, former nonfiction MFA student at OSU. OSU was aware of his behavior before he even started classes at OSU. There is verifiable information to prove this. Details of John’s behavior can be found in this essay: https://medium.com/@meg.e.griffitts/dear-john-the-politics-of-belief-3162b2689c1d What will OSU do to make sure men like John are never around students or womxn? I want a statement addressing this issue.
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!