You’re Invited To The Rock & Sling 10th Anniversary Party On March 15

rock and sling anniverary

Get ready to celebrate Rock & Sling‘s 10th anniversary with festivities on Saturday, March 15 at Indaba Coffee (1425 W Broadway, Spokane). The fun starts at 7 p.m.

Readers include R&S contributors and poetry gladiators Jeffrey Dodd, Hannah Faith Notess, Kristina Pfleegor, and Ellen Welcker.

Live music! LED lights used in creative ways! Light foodstuffs! The launch of issue 9.1!

Get down with 10 years of faith-based writing. See you there!

Better Food For A Better World (A Peek At Nicole’s Summer Reading & Old-Time Shameless Self-Promotion)

Better Food for a Better World

I’ll bet you’re wondering what Nicole’s been reading this summer. And has she written any book reviews lately that she’d like us to know about?

If you’re at all interested in marriage, hippies, the power of positive thinking, or ice cream, you may wish to peruse my take on Erin McGraw’s Better Food For A Better World (Slant, 2013). Now available at your local Rock & Sling blog!

Jacquelyn Wheeler (’12) Writes About First Transgressions for Rock & Sling


Jacquelyn Wheeler (’12) recently submitted this essay for the Rock & Sling blog. Writes Wheeler, “I went to choir…where we sang songs about grace, but were rarely told about God’s unconditional sacrifice to save sinners, even thieves like me. They should have done more preaching to the choir.”

She also submitted the photo above, of herself at the age when this thievery episode went down.


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

Rock and Sling Relaunch — In Photos!

Last Friday, Rock & Sling celebrated our relaunch with a reading at Auntie’s Bookstore. Over 100 people showed up to support R&S, and hear readings from Leonard Oakland, Beth Cooley, Cathy Bobb and more.

The reading was followed by a reception (and delicious hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Andrew Larson!) at Dean Davis Photography.

Thanks to Auntie’s Books, Dean Davis and all our readers for a great evening!

Rock and Sling Relaunch

Whitworth is now the home of Rock & Sling, a journal of literature, art, and faith. Editors include Thom Caraway (editor-in-chief), Vic Bobb (fiction), Laurie Lamon (poetry), Julie Riddle (creative nonfiction), and Annie Stillar (managing editor). Subscriptions available to staff and alumni at a discounted rate. Visit the journal online at

Rock & Sling Relaunch Celebration, Friday, Feb. 11 @ 7 p.m.

The Rock & Sling Salon and Whitworth University invite you to celebrate the relaunch of the Rock & Sling literary journal with a reading at Auntie’s Bookstore, followed by a reception at Dean Davis Photography studio. The reading will feature authors Christopher Howell, Leonard Oakland, Jeff Dodd, Beth Cooley and Cathy Bobb. Reception entertainment will be provided by the Whitworth jazz trio.

Auntie’s Bookstore: 402 W. Main Ave., in downtown Spokane

Dean Davis Photography: 216 W. Pacific Ave., Suite 102

For more information, contact Annie Stillar by e-mailing or calling 509.777.3253.