The Words

Visiting Professors Bring Their Expertise to Mac this Fall

Jen Katz ’19

The English Department is welcoming three new Visiting Assistant Professors this fall: Emma Törzs, Beth Weixel, and Sally Franson. Students have the opportunity to learn from the trio’s rich set of experiences and knowledge, and those of us here at The Words want to introduce them to the community! Enjoy these profiles of our new professors… 

Award-Winning Beat Poet Gary Snyder Visits Macalester

Miriam Moore-Keish ’19

Gary Snyder—poet, essayist, member of the Beat Generation, and leader of the San Francisco Renaissance—arrived on campus Wednesday, October 17 to host three events: a conversation on the fourth floor of Old Main in the morning, a poetry reading in Kagin Commons in the evening, and an EnviroThursday talk on October 18. Read more about Gary Snyder’s visit…

The English Department Spook-tacular!

Laura Berglund ’20

Halloween may be over, but scary books and the ghost of the Old Main elevator know no season!

Here are some recommendations from English majors and professors for keeping the Halloween spirit alive and haunting—in case midterms weren’t scary enough.

Read on for spooky book recommendations …

EHS Hosts Halloween Coffee House and Treat Night

Alex Harrington ’19 & Jen Katz ’19

Students chatting over Halloween snacksEnglish students, staff, and faculty flocked to the Old Main 4th floor lounge to celebrate a haunted Halloween evening with snacks, hot drinks, and lively banter hosted by the English Honor Society. They witnessed the unmasking of this year’s department shirt, appropriately featuring Mary Shelley, the creator of the science fiction classic Frankenstein. A showing of the 1931 film version of the novel, accompanied by spooky tunes, set the mood for the seasonal soiree. See photos of the Halloween festivities…


Alex Harrington ’19

We are honored to present the creative work of Andrea Salas-de la O ’20 for this month’s creative writing feature! Andrea is a California native studying Creative Writing and Media and Cultural studies. She is a fierce Latina who intends to reinvent the fashion magazine industry and take over Anna Wintour’s position at Vogue. In the meantime, you can find her stomping around campus in a pair of heels, figuring out her angle, her aesthetic, and her first big step after Macalester… Read Andrea’s poem

Newsletter Staff
Senior Editor
Alex Harrington ’19
Jen Katz ’19

Associate Editors
Laura Berglund ’20
Miriam Moore-Keish ’19

Social Media Strategist
Ben LeBlanc ’20