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Almost 200 creative writing professors have signed an open letter to Poets & Writers, criticizing its 2012 rankings of MFA/PhD programs. Poets & Writers is the bi-monthly magazine of the non-profit organization of the same name.

According to a…

Knute Skinner, an emeritus professor of English, had his poem "The Holy Well" published in Revival Literary Journal, Issue 20, July-Sept 2011, p. 33.

On July 29, Skinner gave a poetry reading with selections from his memoir "Help Me to a Getaway" at Banner Books in Ennistymon,…

Sometime in the first six months after I began working the counter at my first bookstore job, I started offering each customer a sack for their books. I say “started” because no one in the Pacific Northwest or their right mind says “sack.” We say “bag.” Actually, we say “bayg.”

“Sack”…

Pat Lombard planned to retire at age 55.
A nurse at St. Joseph Medical Center, she arranged for private health insurance, which she figured would cost about $300 a month until she was eligible for Medicare. But before she told her employer of her pending retirement, she was notified that…

 

Christopher Wise, a professor of English at Western Washington University, recently had an article published titled "The Wild West: The Assassination of the Outlaw Osama bin Laden by the President Barack Obama" in Arena Magazine, No. 112 (2011): 5-6.

Christopher Wise, an English professor at Western Washington University, has been one of the organizers for the Bellingham community's recognition and numerous events about the forced removal of the Chinese from the Puget Sound region around 1885.

"Emerald Bay," a ballet…

“Emerald Bay,” an original ballet about the forced removal of the Chinese community from the Puget Sound region based on a story by WWU Professor of English Christopher Wise, debuted May 15 at the University of Washington and will continue its local run at McIntrye Hall in Mount Vernon on June…

Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike issued a formal apology Thursday to the Chinese community for the Chinese expulsion 125 years ago.

Pike says the apology helps people understand that things that were done by people and the government were wrong.

When Mayor Dan Pike issues a formal apology to the Chinese community this week at a unique gathering at the Whatcom Museum, it’ll be part of an ongoing effort to make sure an ugly part of Bellingham’s history—specifically, the brutal 1885 expulsion of Chinese citizens from the area—never repeats…

Mayor Dan Pike will issue a formal apology to the Chinese community on Thursday, May 26, for what happened 125 years ago, when Chinese residents were forced out of the area at the urging of civic leaders and the town newspaper.

The formal apology is among the activities on Thursday night…

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