Westminster Round Harvest Party!

Westminster Round is having their harvest party Friday, October 19th at 7:30 pm! The hostess being Emily Hanson!! The harvest party will be at her house that evening. There will be chili served along with refreshments. The entertainment for the evening will be a spooky reading followed by spooky, harvest BINGO! If you’re interested in Westminster round, chili, or spooky games and stories, or all of the above, Emily Hanson and the Westminster Round encourage you to stop by Friday night and check it out!

Address is posted, if you have questions feel free to contact Emily Hanson for more information at ehanson20@my.whitworth.edu

Post Reading Update

It was an honor to have Carly Joy Miller and Keegan Lester with us on October 11th. The atmosphere was very open, very easy going, and a whole lot of fun as four books were raffled off; two books from each author. In the audience was a fair mixture of curious students and interested staff. Keegan Lester shared poems both from his book This shouldn’t be beautiful but it was & it’s all I had so I drew it, and some that were not. A highlight was as Keegan Lester was reading his last poem, he turned it into a performance by walking into the audience on the chairs, almost falling but managing not to! Carly Joy Miller shared a few of her favorites from her recently published book Ceremonial. Her voice was strong and confident as she recited them from her memory. The authors remained available for some time after the reading to meet and greet those that were in attendance, and to sign their books to those that brought them or bought them. It was wonderful to have them present, and we are in great hopes of successful readings such as this one!

Thursday Reading at 6pm in Cowles Music Hall!

Dr. Thom Caraway has brought to Whitworth two touring authors! Carly Joy Miller and Keegan Lester are coming to Whitworth Thursday, October 11th, @6pm in the Cowles Music Hall 101!

Carly Miller has known Thom for a few years, she was published in the 2014 edition of Rock and Sling! Dr. Caraway is excited to have students view these readers because they are young authors. Carly Miller has one published book called “Ceremonial“, while Keegan Lester has two; “This Shouldn’t Be Beautiful But It Was” and “It Was All I Had So I Drew It“. Both are of the millennial generation of emerging artists, so this would be a great opportunity for English Majors to come see what it’s like to just be starting out. Dr. Thom Caraway says the guests are both great artists and that students should try to be there!00001


Carly Joy Miller is the author of Ceremonial (Orison Books, 2018), selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2017 Orison Poetry Prize, and the Chapbook Like a Beast (Anhinga Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize. Her Work has appeared in the Adroit Journal, Blackbird, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, West Branch and more. She is a contributing editor for Poetry International and is a founding editor of Locked Horn Press.

Keegan Lester is a poet splitting time between New York City and Morgantown, West Virginia. Mary Ruefle selected his first collection of poetry this shouldn’t be beautiful but it was & it’s all i had so i drew it for the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. His work is published in or forthcoming from the Boston Review, The Atlas Review, Powder Keg, Boaat Journal, The Journal, Phantom Books, Tinderbox, CutBank, Reality Beach and Sixth Finch among others and has been featured on NPR, The New School Writing Blog and ColdFront Mag. He is the co-founder and poetry editor for the journal Souvenir Lit.

Summer Reading Recommendations: Doug Sugano Edition

Hello, Whitworthians! Summer is coming, and Dr. Sugano is ready to help you create your summer reading list. Check out Doug’s recommendations for a wide variety of informative subject matters and engaging stories!


“Clever, funny, and a fantastical glimpse at post-graduation life.”


“Really good sci-fi, that is as much a psychological novel as sci fi.  Smart, insightful, and unusual look at what a trip to Mars might be like.”










“A Korean American remake of Jane Eyre with some American, Asian, and Asian American twists.”



“A lovely, simple, but moving book about a disabled Math professor and his housekeeper.  Hard to put down, and hard to forget.”


“I’m still reading it, but it is a thought provoking contemplation of the troubling link between mission work and colonialism.”

Thank You, Jericho Brown!

The Whitworth English Department had the honor of hosting poet Jericho Brown last week! More than sharing his beautiful and evocative poetry, Jericho had incredible things to say during an interview with Dr. Thom Caraway and Elyse Herrera. In his interview, he shared, concerning his writing process, “I have to grow my poems up.” Jericho’s philosophy of teaching and writing poetry aligns with the ways in which he writes his own work. Having grown up reading poetry, Jericho is now giving his poems space to grow themselves up as well. During Jericho’s Q&A, he was able to share his own philosophy of teaching poetry. Jericho believes poetry should be more than a short unit in elementary school, and that children should be exposed to poetry frequently and regularly. Just as his poems need “growing up,” he encourages his own students to read as much poetry as they can in order to let their own taste for and love of poetry “grow up” as well.

Please visit http://www.jerichobrown.com for more information about Jericho’s work as a poet. Thank you, Jericho Brown!


Photos by Caleb Scoon

Here’s to Doug, and Here’s to Finding Your People!

This Spring, Dr. Doug Sugano is finishing up his final and 30th year of teaching in the Whitworth English Department. In his time at Whitworth, Doug has taught many valuable courses as the department’s Medieval Drama and Literature Professor. Though, when asked about what he has taught at Whitworth, his response was, “beats the hell out of me.” There is no denying that Dr. Sugano is a well-loved and admired professor, and you may have had the pleasure to get to know Doug in courses such as Early British Literature, Asian American Literature, Multicultural American Literature and Literary Theory. Doug’s humorous and engaging nature is reflected within his teaching style and course material as well.

It is common to find Doug’s Shakespeare classes putting on performances in Whitworth’s HUB throughout the year, but it’s the uncommon moments of student-acting that Doug remembers most. According to Doug, the most “horrifying” yet memorable instance of student-performances took place about four years ago when his students were performing the final scenes of Shakespeare’s, Titus Andronicus. Doug describes that in the last scene, Titus had two men killed, “and made them into a pie.” The best part, Doug says, is that “the class decided, ‘we’re going to use red Jell-O for the pie!’” Every student and passer-by was “kind of horrified” by the makeshift pie, “but the real problem,” Doug says, “was that the next day, I got this email from Facilities saying, ‘do you realize what the Jell-O did to our carpet?’” Moments like these, along with many others, are what Doug loves about teaching Medieval Drama.

Doug describes that he was  “drifting” through his PhD program when during his third year at UCLA he enrolled in a Medieval Drama class. Before enrolling in this course, Doug says, “I was going to do 20thCentury American poetry, literature and Asian American literature.” However, the trajectory of his career changed shortly after taking Medieval Drama. Doug’s experience in Medieval Drama “was wonderful,” he says, “because it had a lot of things I was really looking for. It put together everything I understood about Christianity and the Bible.” More than Medieval literature’s intersection with the Bible, the uniqueness of this area of study appealed to Doug as well. “I found out there really aren’t that many medieval drama scholars,” Doug says, and not only this, but the few people there were, “were super nice.” Sharing their research and expertise, Medieval scholars welcomed Doug into their community as he (as a grad student) began attending conferences in the field; Doug had “found [his] people.”

Doug’s courses have brought people together, building community within the English Department; sometimes through the humor of student-performances, and other times by helping students to learn about and connect with their own culture through literature. One of Doug’s favorite memories from his time at Whitworth was when this January, Doug taught his final section of Asian American Literature. Because of one relationship with a student who had a strong desire for Asian American Literature and how it relates to her story and culture, Doug said, “okay I’ll change my schedule,” and in doing so, created an opportunity this specific student (and others who took the course) to learn about themselves, to “find their people” in a sense, through literature. Doug’s ability to create deeper connections for students between themselves and others is yet another reason why Doug loves what he teaches, and why we’re all so grateful he does.

Lucky for the Whitworth community, Dr. Sugano has made the English Department and its students part of his “people” as well. Owing the notion to an author friend of his, Leif Enger, Doug describes Whitworth students as being “clear-eyed.” According to Doug, “they’re awake, they’re eager, and they’re purposeful and present.” Surely, each of Doug’s students and fellow faculty members have been fortunate to experience his eager and present character in return. The English Department as a whole is filled both with gratitude and sadness in saying good-bye to such a valuable member of the English community. But more than sadness, there is pride and excitement in having the privilege to have known and learned from Dr. Sugano, and to celebrate what lies ahead for our beloved professor and colleague. Thank you, Doug! Here’s to finding your people!



The countdown to Spring Break and the Easter holiday has begun, and what better way to celebrate than with crime novels?


Norway’s long standing tradition, Påskekrim, is an Easter celebration in which families and friends come together to read crime novels, and now is your chance to join in on the fun!

Whitworth’s first ever Påskekrim event begins this week! Påskekrim involves reading for fun, community, crime and pizza. Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Visit your nearest Resident’s Hall, the Whitworth Library or Westminister Hall to choose a crime book (for FREE).
  2. Read your book over Spring Break for fun!
  3. Bring the crime novel you read-or attempted to read-over break as your ticket in to a FREE pizza party with your fellow Påskekrim participants!


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Editing and Publishing: A Minor Study with Major Perks

Do you like books? Are you interested in editing? Do you ever wonder about practical and fun post-grad job opportunities? The Editing and Publishing Minor might be for you!

The Editing and Publishing minor is an interdisciplinary minor which stems from the English department. The program is designed for students to gain practical exposure and experience with text production, editorial discernment, design and publishing.

Dr. Thom Caraway describes the Editing and Publishing minor as one that “puts together seemingly disparate elements of a liberal arts education and describes a career path for them,” a type of study which “plays to the strengths of those-in any discipline or major- who are interested in reading well or writing well.”

Courses such as Creative Writing, Book Design, American Literary Journals and Typography are only some of the many exciting classes this minor has to offer! Visit the Whitworth catalog for more specified information regarding course requirements, and make Editing and Publishing your new minor!