English Department News

Students Participate in Student Reading

Student Reading

On November 15, 2011, creative writers from the HPU student community gathered to read poetry and eat pizza at a reading event sponsored by the English department.  Students read a rich mix of original work, including poems about the beauties and terrors of nature, physical and spiritual intimacy, love, family, patriotism, death and the demigod Kamapuaʻa.

HPU English Department Welcomes Renshi Poets

The English Department presents the Fall 2011 Local Writers Reading Series with the authors of No Choice But to Follow. The event takes place on Wednesday, November 30 at 7PM at the Paul and Vi Loo Theatre (AC Building 3rd floor). The event is followed by a reception and Q&A that begins at 7:30PM. This event is open to the HPU community and public. For more information about this event, click here for event flyer.

Fall English Majors Meeting


Students and faculty enjoy each other’s company at the English Majors Meeting

English majors met with English faculty in Warmer Auditorium on Friday, October 21, to discuss courses being offered in Spring 2012 and the introduction of a new mentoring program. This program will be required for all new majors starting in Fall 2012, and calls for each freshman major to choose a faculty mentor when they enroll in ENG 1500. Transfers will be assigned a mentor when they enroll.  Majors will meet with the mentor every semester to discuss their progress in the major, reflect on what they are learning in their courses, plan their next semester’s course work, and any other concerns they may have. In the Senior year, majors will have to hand in a portfolio of their work over four years, and discuss it with the mentor.  (For more information about this, contact Christy Williams or Dr. Laurie Leach).  Students currently enrolled are invited to participate in this program as well, either by selecting a mentor when they take ENG 1500 next spring or requesting one now. 
Students who came to the meeting were greeted by faculty and served with pizza and snacks. The meeting lasted for two hours( 2-4pm), but students could come and go as they pleased. It is always satisfying for students and faculty to mingle and get to know one another. Some students signed up for a mentor, which is now optional for all English majors.  If you missed the meeting, we are also in the process of putting our course flyers online.

Sigma Tau Delta Sponsors Flash Fiction Contest


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ATTENTION ALL HPU STUDENTS! Sigma Tau Delta, HPU’s English honor society, is sponsoring a Flash Fiction contest.

 Please submit fictional works of 400 words or less to hpusigmatau@gmail.com as .doc or .docx attachments. The submission period is Tuesday Nov. 1 until Tuesday Nov. 15 (5pm deadline). Submissions will be evaluated by Sigma Tau Delta officers and faculty judge Tyler McMahon. The top three submissions will receive a copy of Tyler McMahon’s new book, How Mistakes Were Made, and the winning submission will be published in a future issue of Wanderlust, HPU’s student literary magazine. Please include your name, phone number, and preferred email address with all submissions. Questions? Email kkincaid@my.hpu.edu or hpusigmatau@gmail.com. 

Sigma Tau Delta's House of Blue Leaves Field Trip

House of blue leaves

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Join Sigma Tau Delta on Sunday, November 13 for a matinee (4 pm) showing of The House of Blue Leaves, directed by Joyce Maltby. The event takes place in The Paul and Vi Loo theater. Please RSVP to kkincaid@my.hpu.edu by Sunday, November 6 to ensure your seat and complimentary ticket. Space is limited. This event is for English majors only.

Reading of the original play Caliban and the First Tourist Luau by Mark Tjarks on November 29th       


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The ARTS at Marks Garage is hosting a series of Tuesday night play readings called PlayBuilders’ Tuesday Night Da Kine Readers Theatre! and one play by Hawai’i Pacific University English professor Mark Tjarks has been included. In this event, selected actors will be reading the original plays.  Caliban and the First Tourist Luau, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic The Tempest, is scheduled for November 29th at 7:30PM. The Playbuilders Festival opens November 8th, and continues on November 22nd, November 29th, December 6th, and December 13th, all beginning at 7:30PM. Tickets are $5 at the door and will be sold one hour prior to showtime. Refreshments will also be served. Reservations may be made in advance by calling Terri Madden at 218-0103. For the schedule of plays go to www.playbuilders.org and check under “Current Production.”

 The Hawai'i Pacific University English Department Presents Faculty Reading

Faculty Reading

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On October 12th at the Warmer Auditorium, English professors Patrice Wilson, Deborah Ross, and Adele NeJame will be reading a selection of poetry and creative nonfiction. The event is from 2:00PM to 2:55PM. Free food will be provided. Adele Nejame will be sharing poems from her new book The South Wind. 

BOOK SWAP Fall 2011       


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Each semester, the English Dept. organizes an HPU Book Swap. The spirit of the event is to encourage reading for PLEASURE among the HPU community.

We help people in the HPU community (students, faculty, staff, and admin) recycle reading material to share with others FOR FREE. We take magazines, books of all sorts (fiction,  non-fiction, textbooks, etc.). There is no requirement to leave an item in the place of the item you take. People are welcome to bring materials for others to take.

We will have a table in Sharky’s Cove (MP building, mall level, next door to building’s main entrance) from Monday (Sept 26) through Friday (Sept 30)  from 10:00AM-2:00PM or while supplies last.On the Hawaii Loa Campus, a table will be set up in the AC Building Lobby from Monday (Sept 26) through Friday (Sept 30)  from 10:00AM-2:00PM or while supplies last. 

Hawai'i Pacific Review 25th Anniversary Release Party


Readers at the at the release party: student Staff Editors Anasin Conner (seated); left to right front: Ingrid Hammer-Torp, Chaitanya Nichols, Melanie Segal, Cara Burgess, Alix Lunsford; back: Alex Traibatnobhas and Dr. Patrice Wilson, Chief Editor.

On Monday, September 19, a release party was held in Warmer Auditorium from 4-5pm for HPU’s literary magazine, Hawai‘i Pacific Review’s 25th volume. About 25 persons attended, including several English majors and some English faculty members. A program of readings by former and current student staff editors commenced at 4:15, and at the end of the reading there were drawings for door prizes:  7 consisting of three back issues of HPR, and 3 grand prizes of the backs issues plus a copy of the current issue. It was a perfect time to relax and enjoy colleagues and friends, and to hear some of what appears in the current volume of HPR. Everyone had a good time, and the English Department plans to hold this event every year in the future.

Submitted by Patrice M. Wilson, Phd

September 21, 2011