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In November 2021, a major event occurred in the French literary world: A 31-year-old Senegalese writer, Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, won the country’s most prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt, for his novel “La plus secrète mémoire des hommes” (“The Most Secret Memory of Men”). It was the…

Western Professor of English Christopher Wise recently traveled to Africa, where he presented a paper in Rabat, Morocco, and in Congo-Brazzaville regarding his research on the West African Sufi brotherhood, the Umarian Tijaniyya. In Rabat, Wise presented at the “Colloque International du Devoir…

Marjorie Donker was born October 17, 1926, in Broadview Montana (pop. 192) to Paul Powell, a high school teacher, and Hertha Lehfeldt, a rich farmer’s daughter who suffered an untimely death from a stroke when Marjorie was only six. Over the years, reading was her refuge from the sadness and…

Professor of English Christopher Wise's translation of Hawad’s book-length poem In the Net was recently published with the African Poetry Series, edited by Kwame Dawes, at the University of Nebraska Press. Hawad is a Tuareg poet and painter of the Sahara, who writes in Tamajaght,…

Managing Editor B. Woods, a graduate student in the English department, and Editor in Chief and WWU Professor of English Susanne Paola Antonetta have announced the publication of Bellingham Review Issue 83, which is now live at bhreview.org.

Established in 1977, Western's…

Fists curling and uncurling. People who don't look each other in the eye. Food, and everyone coming together around it. These are the images at the core of Jane Wong's second collection of poems, How To Not Be Afraid Of Everything.

"That turning around when I walk down the…

WWU Professor of English Christopher Wise recently published "Decolonisation or Redemption? The One State Solution: 'Unsilencing Gaza' and 'Liberating Palestine'" in Arena Quarterly, No. 7 (2021). Go to https://arena.org.au/edition/arena-quarterly-no-7/ to read this…

Western's Disability Studies Steering Committee, History Department, English Department, and Anthropology Department will host Susan Burch, professor and director of American Studies at Middlebury College, for "Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and beyond Institutions…

On the first day of National Poetry Month, Washington state’s new poet laureate has been announced: Bellingham resident Rena Priest, whose debut poetry collection “Patriarchy Blues” won an American Book Award in 2018.

Priest, a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, is the first…

Western's English and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies departments will celebrate National Poetry Month with a virtual event featuring award-winning poet Anastacia-Reneé at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 22.

Anastacia-Reneé  is a writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist…

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