Come Home to English, Homecoming 2015

A Department of English Celebration of ASU Homecoming.  |   Download printable flyer [PDF]

Come Home to English 2015


All events are free of charge, open to the public, and take place at the ASU campus in Tempe.
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Write Now: Celebrating 30 Years of Creative Writing at ASU

through Sat., Nov. 14  |  Hayden Library (LIB) Upper Concourse

An exhibit featuring work by printmaker Karla Elling, photographer Rebecca Ross, and ephemera from the history of ASU's MFA Program in Creative Writing. Curated by Jennifer Irish and students in Creative Writing.

The Flash and Me: Television, Visual Effects, and Life after ASU

Mon., Nov. 9 @ 3 p.m.  |  John W. Schwada Bldg (SCOB) 228

ASU English and Film and Media Studies alum Luu Nguyen (BA 2014) discusses her path to gainful employment in Hollywood after earning her degrees in December, 2014—a year and a half early thanks to the FMS internship program. A firm believer that experience is one of the best ways to learn, she balanced her time at ASU between academics and hands-on film opportunities, including a summer internship with Walt Disney Studios. An Arizona native, she moved to Los Angeles early 2015 to pursue a career in film editing. She currently works for Warner Brothers Studios in the visual effects department on the CW show, The Flash. More information:

Navajo Poet Laureate Laura Tohe on the Code Talkers + Homecoming Writing Awards

Tues., Nov. 10 @ 3:30 p.m.  |  Language and Literature (LL) 316

Professor of English Laura Tohe, the newly named Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation, presents "Armed with Our Language, We Went to War: The Navajo Code Talkers." Following her talk, winners of English's Homecoming Writing Awards will be announced and will read from their work. This event is also part of ASU's Salute to Service programming.

During WWII a select group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon. Using the Navajo language, they devised a secret code that the enemy never deciphered. For over 40 years a cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talkers' service until the code was declassified and they were finally honored for their military contributions in the South Pacific by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and of the Navajo Nation. The Code Talkers' cultural background, how the code was devised and used, and how Navajo spiritual beliefs were used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) form this presentation. Tohe has a unique vantage point as a native speaker of Navajo and as the daughter of a Code Talker. 

Block Party

Sat., Nov. 14 @ 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  Cady Mall, outside LL

Part of the annual university-wide celebration, English hosts slam poet and emcee Myrlin Hepworth for a special engagement from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.! Hepworth is a nationally known performer and teaching artist as well as an ASU alum (BA English 2011). Stop by the booth to watch Myrlin slam, or try your hand at our giant crossword puzzle designed by Regents' Professor and Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos. Kids ages 3-12 can pick up a free book and kids of all ages can converse with our literary-costumed characters. Come join us on the mall!



Homecoming Writing Contest

The awards celebrate the creative and scholarly writing of undergraduate students in the Arizona State University Department of English. Prizes of $500 will be awarded in each of the following categories: poetry, short story/creative nonfiction, and scholarly essay.

Visit the website for more information and to apply.  |  Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2015, by 11:59 p.m.

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