Intro to Spine Poetry.

 Spine Poetry is the art of arranging book titles into poems and/or short prose. It’s a great way for both writers and visual artists to exercise their craft skills and get their creativity flowing.

 The following spine poems took 20 minutes all together to craft and photograph:

poetry 1

Once I lived,
Leaning towards infinity,
A lion among men.

poetry 2

The Guardians:
The woman who gave birth to her mother
and the girl who fell from the sky.

poetry 3

It is daylight, Wise Blood.
The weight of the sun, a love rock revolution
My dangerous desires
an empire of women.
We are,
the survival league.


To see some of Marylhurst’s awesome spine poetry projects visit:

(Spine poetry and photos by ELW student Darwin Riviere)

Campus: Beginning and End of Term. Short Photo Essay.

This Fall Term has been busy and at times overwhelming for a lot of folks. Staff, faculty, and students have been working hard as always to write final papers, hone their creative craft, and support one another through their educational journeys.

Post the chaos of finals, the inviting Marylhurst campus remains a steady anchor. It can be a very grounding thing to work in the cozy, living-room like spaces of the library or student lounge, or to take a stroll around outside to clear one’s head.

To acknowledge some of the hard work that goes into completing yet another term at Marylhurst, here are photos of the campus transitioning with us, anchoring us through.









(All images taken by ELW student Darwin Riviere)

What English Literature and New Media Students Have to Say

Soliloquy by Timothy Merritt

Soliloquy “Now I Might Do It”
text/image project by Timothy Merritt

The English Literature and New Media Program at Marylhurst University offers a tightly connected  system of support for online learners. ELNM students are assigned to cohorts: small groups that navigate, explore, and learn to utilize digital media for art, literature, and writing.


ELNM students are grounded in some on-campus work, and they always have access to on-campus supported when needed, but they spend most of their education online. The Marylhurst online learning experience uses social media, blogs, and the University’s online classrooms to explore literature and the digital age.


ELNM student Anne Paya writes, “It seemed, through this degree, I could create a unique identity that would funnel me towards my goals as a writer. This degree is new, fresh, and has just enough tradition to bridge the gap into the evolving world of literacy.”

Professor Keri Behre and Cohort

Professor Keri Behre and Cohort


ELNM student Ginny Harper writes, “I realized it was an amazing opportunity to not just have a traditional english [sic] degree, but one that provides so much knowledge into the electronic world.”




To learn more about Marylhurst’s English Literature and New Media degree, visit:

Marylhurst Reading Series Spotlight: Carrie Padian

This is writer and poet Carrie Padian closing for Dorothea Lasky at the 2013-2014 Marylhurst Reading Series.

MRS ft. Carrie Padian

The Marylhurst Reading Series is hosted by author Jay Ponteri and is open to the public. Come hear the work of many talented poets and authors in Marylhurst’s cozy, Edwardian-esque Old Library.

Coming up in the series:


Rachel Jamison Webster

Kevin Sampsell

Justin Hocking

Spotlight On ELNM Student: Vone Phouiphainh



(Pictured: ELNM student Vone Phouiphainh)


Marylhurst University’s English Literature and New Media student Vone Phouiphainh talks about how he is developing his writing skills and expanding his ability to navigate the creative side of new media.


What does English and New Media mean to you?


It means taking literature of any genre, and studying and applying their relevance to our current, digital world in an effort to create something great and magical.


What drew you to the ELNM program at Marylhurst?


The opportunity to hone and expand my love for literature; and the hope to apply this newfound knowledge to my life and future career.


What Modes of expression/Multimedia do you work with in ELNM?


During Orientation, each student was given an iPad so I’ve become well-versed in its use, along with several apps. Besides the iPad, the ELNM cohort mainly uses Twitter, Blogging, YouTube; and we’ve engaged in Google Hangout and video chats.


What type of writing do you do most often for your work in ELNM?


It varies, depending on the class. Sometimes we write traditional papers, but mainly we blog. A few terms back, however, I took Digital Humanities, and my writing manifested into comic strips, YouTube videos, and even a short, literary iMovie.


In what ways is the pursuit of an English and New Media degree going to help today’s students in the job market?


Besides becoming a better writer, which is useful in all fields, the knowledge gained from the study of New Media helps us to stay current with the latest trends in technology. In most job markets today, technological skills are needed, and this program not only provides the understanding of some of that knowledge, but how to make the most of it by introducing us to such a great variety of these very technologies.


To highlight some of the creative work he has been doing in the program, here is a poem by Vone, written in the Short Prose class that Marylhurst University offers as part of its English degree programs:



December Looms

By Vone Phouiphainh

Scattered texts and floating letters

Hover words that slip through lips

Crispy pages and inundation

Click, click, tap, tap, tips of fingers

Weight on shoulders, extend the tendons

Marathon thoughts running erratic

Minutes to hours, and weeks to months

The escalation and finish line

Click, click, tap, tap, post, submit

Breathe, inhale, breathe, exhale

Head hits pillow, light to dark

The satisfaction that December looms


Spotlight Article: ELNM student Megan Harrison

“Megan is a student in the inaugural BA in English Literature & New Media cohort at Marylhurst, now in its third term. It is a place where she can pursue, explore and intersect the analog and the digital, Tennyson and Twitter, medieval manuscripts and e-literature.”

Check out this illuminating article that explores one student’s journey with literature, writing, and an ever changing digital landscape:

Feature: Megan Harrison




Marylhurst ELNM student Cody Jo’s “A Patchwork”

“A Patchwork”

“The English Literature & New Media cohort of fall 2013 gathered at Marylhurst University last weekend to orient ourselves with the material and technology we’ll encounter throughout the program. We were issued fresh-off-the-assembly-line iPads and asked to create a brief video to describe some of our educational goals and visions we had for our literature blogs. There was so much to do and so little time, but here is my video. I hope viewers will forgive the unpolished feel of the footage, for I count it as my first attempt to film and edit a short video.” -Cody J


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