Archive for December, 2013

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