From the Chair








A man interviewing Robert Frost once dismissed poetry as an escape from life.  Frost’s answer: “Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.”  And not just poetry but great plays and essays and fiction.  In fact, Virginia Woolf once said, “Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.”  

Welcome to a new semester, a new academic year, a new opportunity to search out the filaments connecting art and life.  In deciphering one, you stand a much better chance of deciphering both.   And when you start finding connections, write about them: in your papers, in your journal, in your blog posts.  Write them up, write them down, write what occurred, what might have occurred, what could never occur, what is occurring right under our noses.  To quote Virginia Woolf again: “Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.

Lance Larsen
English Department Chair