Thursday, November 17, 2011

Web genres and final presentations

Please be sure that your web genres page is linked from the main page and that it has your comments on it. The wiki is here:

The final presentations schedule is here: Please check the date so that you know when your presentation is scheduled.

If you are planning to use PowerPoint (you don't have to), you can upload it to a site such as or bring your own computer. If you want to send it to me 24 hours in advance by email, I can load it onto my computer.

Time your presentation carefully: no more than 5 minutes.

Also, if you haven't yet signed up, please email me as soon as possible for one of the available slots. You must sign up for a slot in order to be able to present your final project, and the presentation is 5% of that project grade.

Except for the first day (11/29), you will NOT be able to just come to class and present on one of the days, since the presentations are scheduled so tightly. You must sign up for a time. If you don't sign up, you can't present and will receive a 0 for that part of your grade.

Optional Paper 3 is due by 9 p.m. this evening in Angel.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Change to office hours for 11/15 and 11/17

My office hours tomorrow (11/15) will be from 1-2 rather than 12:30 to 2 because of a meeting; on Thursday, they will be from 1:30-2:30 for the same reason. However, I'll be on campus most of the day on Wednesday if you would like to meet with me then.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Web genres assignment

The Web Genres assignment for next week is now available here: You should also have received an invitation to join our wiki: feel free to log in over there and add a message.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Not required reading but of interest: Northwest Writers (Alexie, Walter, Ferch) in Basketball Game at U of I on 11/15
[Update: Today's paper says that WSU's own Buddy Levy will be participating.]
Some of you may be interested in this event at U of I. You'd get to see Northwest writers Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter, and Shann Ferch, although they won't be reading but playing basketball (along with some basketball stars).
But Spokane is home to a different literary type: the basketball-playing writer. You’ve heard of authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter – the region’s literary laureates who are also longtime basketball friends and friendly basketball rivals. Spokane is also home to Shann Ray Ferch, an excellent short-story writer and poet, Gonzaga professor and former college basketball star, and someone who’s played a lot of ball with Alexie and Walter.

Now, the region’s lit-hoops vortex is swirling together in a most interesting way. Kim Barnes, an author and professor of creative writing at the University of Idaho, has organized HooPalousa, a basketball game involving some of the region’s most celebrated authors, in Moscow on Tuesday night. The game is intended, in part, to create some fundraising momentum for an endowment to establish a scholarship in creative writing for American Indian students. Barnes calls it “an affirmation of that magical place where writing stories, playing basketball and Native American culture converge.”

“I think it’ll be fun – and there’s so much goodness around it,” said Ferch, whose collection of short stories, “American Masculine,” won the Bakeless Prize.

The game is billed as a contest between the Spokane Dirty Realists and the Moscow SuperSonnets, and though the rosters are heavy on writers, there are a few ringers.

“I think the key to an event like this is getting REAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS to fill in the gaps … otherwise it’s like coming out to watch dentists do ballet,” Walter wrote in an email.

So the Dirty Realists will have former Gonzaga standout David Pendergraft. The Moscow team is bringing Jonathan Takes Enemy, a Montana legend whom Alexie calls the “Michael Jordan of Indian basketball.” Two tribal chairmen – Chief Allan of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Brooklyn Baptiste of the Nez Perce – will also play.

“It’s not just a basketball-writer thing,” Alexie said. “It’s a Northwest all-Indian basketball thing.”

Full article at

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Schedule page for final presentations.

The link to the schedule page for the presentations on Paper Four is here:

As part of your Paper 4 assignment, you'll be presenting your original research to the class during the presentation days at the end of the semester.

Length: About 5 minutes for the presentation. (No additional written work must be turned in for a grade.) Time slots are 7 minutes long to allow for setup, transitions between people and groups, and so forth. You do not have to take the whole time for your presentation.

Your purpose is to inform the class about what you learned in writing your paper or web project. If you've done the "texts in context" paper, for example, you may want to discuss what you've discovered about the periodical or author you focused on for the paper. If you've completed a web project, you may want to show that project on the screen and discuss it with the class. If you've worked with someone else on the project, you can present your research together.

Directions: Sign up for the day you would prefer by leaving a comment at the bottom of this message or emailing me at
  • Remember, some of you may be presenting before actually turning in your final project on December 1.
  • If your presentation requires a computer, you can either bring your own or send any information (links, PowerPoint) to me ahead of time so that you can project the materials using my computer.
  • If you are working in a group, each person in the group will sign up for a separate slot, which will allow you to combine your times. You need not take the whole time, however. For example, if you have 4 people in your group (technically 20 minutes for the presentation or 28 minutes in terms of slots), you might take only 10-15 minutes to present.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Science fiction genres

Add your suggestions for other science fiction (or other contemporary) genres of fiction in the comments below.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Page numbers for tomorrow's assignment

On your syllabus, the pages for Microserf are listed as 179-196; the first page is actually page 173.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Two more poems for tomorrow: "New Orleans" by Joy Harjo and "Alabanza" by Espada

If you have a chance, please read Joy Harjo's "New Orleans" (p. 1483) for tomorrow in addition to the readings by Alexie and Espada; read Espada's "Alabanza" as well. We will read and discuss them tomorrow in class.