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Tara Penry

By: Brady W Moore   Published 8:56 am / August 21, 2017

Studio portrait of Tara Penry.

Tara Penry

English Department
College of Arts and Sciences

Tara Penry served on the faculty of this year’s Idaho Humanities Council Summer Teacher Institute, held July 16-21 on the Boise State campus. The event brought together K-12 teachers, administrators and counselors from around the state. The theme for the institute was “Wallace Stegner and the Consciousness of Place.”

Penry lectured and led discussion on Stegner’s multi-genre memoir Wolf Willow, interviewed historian Richard Etulain about his field-defining conversations with Stegner in the ’80s and ’90s, and participated in daily scholar panels and other activities for the institute.

Earlier in the summer, Penry presented a paper at the American Literature Association conference in Boston. Her paper shared archival research on the context in which the popular California writer Bret Harte composed his classic post-Civil War short story, The Luck of Roaring Camp.