Hitchhiking to Bolivia (with Collin Stewart)

We’ve been enjoying updates from 2010 English alum Collin Stewart’s Hitchhiking to Bolivia blog.  The title isn’t a metaphor.

A sample:

A great hunk of rusting grey and spluttering metal was already swaying away from its stop.  A goat was standing on top of it, tethered to the rack, and would crash hard onto its side with every slightest bump.  I sprinted up the road yelling and the van put on its brakes.  The goat did a faceplant into the roof.  I came around the van to the side with the sliding doors to see about 40 people and about 80 eyes, all fixed on me from inside this 16 passenger van.  I was hustled inside, crouched double and facing everyone, with the gear shift in a precarious position between my legs.

Another sample :

His Photos are Good, Too.

Go take a look.

(And send us a note if there’s an article or blog or other alumni- or Enlgish-related anything out there you’d like us to consider posting on this blog.)

Note from the Chair: Update, the English Readings Endowment

I know that no one really likes to talk about money, but I’m going to do so for a bit.  Our English Readings Endowment is now over $128,000.  That’s a great accomplishment and something for all of us to be proud of.  That fund helps us bring nationally known writers to Whitworth for our readings.  As large as the fund is, it produces a little over $5,000  in interest that we can use for the readings.  While that does seem like a lot of money for a reading and classroom visits that fund also goes to cover the readers’ air fare, lodging and meals.  It’s strange to think that now, many big name writers now ask for $10,000-$20,000 for such appearances.

In addition, two years ago, with the passing of Nadine Chapman, the department established the Chapman Readings Endowment to help fund appearances by local and regionally recognized writers.  And, we would also like this fund to help support our new journal Rock and Sling.  The Chapman Fund, at this point, is very small, and we need to raise $25,000 in three years so the fund can be vested  (that is, allowed to exist).

I really don’t like fund raising, but I don’t mind doing so for causes such as these two readings endowments.  I’d appreciate anything that you could give to these funds, and so when you give, please designate where you’d like your money to go.  We couldn’t have these endowments and these readings without your support and attention.  Thank you for what you’ve given so far.

To give, please call the Advancement Office at 509.777.3243 (Spokane) or toll-free at 800.532.4668.

Doug Sugano, Chair

Student Film and Animation Contest Winners

1st Place: English major Ryan Graves’s short film “I Wonder.”

2nd Place: Art major Darrien Mack’s video for Ruby Parasols, “Grasshopper.”

3rd Place: Art major Cody DeJardin tied himself for third with “One Wish” and “Dropping In.”

And while we’re at it, you can take a look at last year’s winners.  (2nd, 3rd, and audience choice all went to current English majors, by the way.)

(1st) Kyle Kim’s “Closer
(2nd) Ryan Graves’s “Walcmune
(3rd) Garrett Young’s “Severed Hooves of Roquath
(Audience Choice) Jacquie Wheeler’s “Mo-Mo

Update Us

UPDATE on the UPDATE: Oops… The form’s not quite working yet.  We’ll post the link again when we get it up and running.

The new departmental update form is now live, here.  (There’s also a link over there in the blog’s right-hand column.)  Give us an update on what you’ve been doing.  We’d love to hear from you.