English Department

Department

The Pacific University Department of English welcomes writers and storytellers of all kinds.

We offer majors and minors in four areas, encouraging students to pursue their passion for words on the way to careers in publishing, education, and law. Study Creative Writing, Disability Studies, Editing & Publishing, and English Literature at Pacific.

We welcome writers who want to interrogate the literatures of the world, as well as those who want to make them. At Pacific, you can study abroad to hone your travel writing skills in Spain, as well as domestically to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to engage the drama of William Shakespeare then and now. You can also meet your literary heroes interning with Pacific’s MFA in Writing as well as in public readings given as part of the annual Visiting Writers Series.

We offer students many avenues through which to develop and showcase their writing, as well as explore the careers to publish others. You can work as an assistant editor on the literary magazine, Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads, as well as on the academic journal, IJURCA: International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry. Compete, too, for prizes and publication in PLUM: Pacific’s Literature by Undergraduates Magazine.

Come find your voice at Pacific.

Contact Us

Department of English | Pacific University
Bates House & Abigail Scott Duniway House
2043 College Way 
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116

Headlines

Student accepts award at 2018 NUCH.

Eight English Literature and and Creative Writing majors have been selected to present original research at the 2019 Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities. 

Kwame Dawes New Book

Kwame Dawes is not a native Nebraskan. Born in Ghana, he later moved to Jamaica, where he spent most of his childhood and early adulthood. In 1992 he relocated to the United States and eventually found himself an American living in Lincoln, Nebraska. In Nebraska, a beautiful and evocative collection of poems, Dawes explores a theme constant in his work—the intersection of memory, home, and artistic invention. The poems, set against the backdrop of Nebraska’s discrete cycle of seasons, are meditative even as they search for a sense of place in a new landscape. While he shovels snow or walks in the bitter cold to his car, he is engulfed with memories of Kingston, yet when he travels, he finds himself longing for the open space of the plains and the first snowfall. With a strong sense of place and haunting memories, Dawes grapples with life in Nebraska as a transplant.

MFA Booth at the PDX Book Festival

Please join the Pacific MFA in Writing program at the Portland Book Festival on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Located at the Portland Art Museum and neighboring venues, the Portland Book Festival is the largest celebration of books and storytelling in the Pacific Northwest.