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English

The English program at the University of Alaska Southeast provides an expansive foundation in the liberal arts as well as specialized training in writing and literature. Classes include rigorous study of multicultural literatures, contemporary writing, and literary theory. The B.A. in English offers an emphasis in Literature and Environment, Creative Writing, or Literature.

Tidal Echoes

Tidal Echoes Literary and Arts Journal is a softcover book edited and produced by undergraduate students under the mentorship of English professor Emily Wall. Tidal Echoes offers students a full cycle publishing experience, from soliciting and selecting prose, poetry, and artwork to working with a graphic designer and a printer. Each year, this accomplishment is celebrated with a book launch event, with author readings, artist presentations, and book sales.

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Faculty

Emily Wall, B.A., M.F.A.

Emily Wall, B.A., M.F.A.

Professor of English

My passion is for poetry. I’ve been studying, writing, and publishing poetry for 20 years. I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a connected and supportive writing community throughout Alaska.

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Kevin Maier, Ph.D.

Kevin Maier, Ph.D.

Professor of English

While my training is in 19th and 20th century American literature, my interests have always been in the cultural components of environmental concerns, often seen from the angle of sport hunting and fishing. Which is to say: I like to mix my outdoor recreation with hard questions about climate change, equity, and environmental justice.

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Richard F. Simpson, Ph.D.

Richard F. Simpson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Geography and Environmental Studies BA Coordinator

Literary Theory; Literary Urban Studies; Material Cultures of Education; Nineteenth-Century Labor and Economic Theory; Allegory and the Essay; Cultures of Finance Capital

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Forest J. Wagner, M.A.

Forest J. Wagner, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Studies, Humanities Department Chair

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Math Trafton, B.A., B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Math Trafton, B.A., B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

In the classroom, Dr. Trafton is committed to empowering students through rigorous interdisciplinary exercises that challenge students according to their interests and their abilities.  He strives to support students in developing the experience, confidence, and skills to discover their voice and to use it effectively.

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Teague Whalen, B.A., M.F.A.

Teague Whalen, B.A., M.F.A.

Associate Professor of English & Communication

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