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Ingersoll Hall in Fall, image by Jill Salahub

  • SueEllen Campbell and John Calderazzo recently gave a talk at Northern Arizona University, “The Real Work: Facing Climate Change.” They were also interviewed on the local NPR station. John also spoke to an environmental communications class.
  • A portfolio of essays on “The Work of Poetry” has just been released by Free Verse, including, among various riches, work by Matthew Cooperman and Dan Beachy-Quick. The special feature marks the 25th edition of Free Verse, and can be found at http://english.chass.ncsu.edu/freeverse/Archives/2014/prose/WorkOfPoetry.html
  • The most recent issue of Shakespeare Studies, vol. 42, is now available. This issue includes Barbara Sebek’s contribution to a forum on “Diet and Identity in Shakespeare’s England,” edited by Kim Coles and Gitanjali Shahani Chopra.
  • Todd Mitchell ran two writing and craft sessions at ReadCon — a High Plains Library District Event in Greeley to celebrate texts and the creation of texts. Here’s an article from Thursday’s Greeley Tribune with more information on the event: http://www.greeleytribune.com/entertainment/13486821-113/readcon-greeley-downtown-event Lit Pick recently did an author interview with Todd Mitchell. If you’re curious to learn how love letters, DFW, and snakes have influenced Todd, you can find the interview here: http://www.litpick.com/author/todd-mitchell
  • Daniel Owen, INTO adjunct, has accepted an appointment as an English Language Fellow from the Department of State. He will have a 10-month Fellowship in Yamousoukro, Cote d’Ivoire. He will be teaching at National Polytechnic Institute Felix Houphouet Boigny (INPHB). INPHB is a prestigious public university with undergraduate and graduate degree programs in sciences, engineering, and business. He will be teaching general English courses and business English at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Sue Ring deRosset, (MA, Creative Nonfiction, Summer 2013), teaches creative writing workshops at Front Range Community College, recently taught a workshop through Northern Colorado Writers, and is a freelance editorial consultant for memoirists and novelists. Chapter 1 of her thesis, a memoir, appeared in the Spring 2013 Front Range Review as a stand-alone essay titled “The Chambered Nautilus.” Since graduation, she’s had poems published in the Rocky Mountain NP Poetic Inventory and online, and an essay published in the Fort Collins Courier. A book on vultures, the first in a series of limited-edition, hand-bound, letterpress books, is forthcoming from Wolverine Farm Publishing.
  • Greyrock Review Fundraiser Reading at Cranknstein Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7 pm to raise money for publication. Camille Dungy, Matthew Cooperman and others will read, and there will be many fabulous prizes!
  • Greyrock Review is now accepting submissions! Greyrock Review is an undergraduate anthology at Colorado State University. Submissions are open from October 6, 2014 to December 1, 2014 for original work in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts. Any undergraduate at CSU may submit their work at https://greyrockreview.submittable.com/submit for free and will be notified by December 15, 2014. Any questions may be sent to editor.csu@gmail.com

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Before joining the Center for Literary Publishing, Stephanie G’Schwind worked as a copyeditor at Group Publishing and then as senior production assistant and freelance copyeditor at Indiana University Press. As director of the Center, she is editor of Colorado Review and the Colorado Prize for Poetry Series, and directs an internship that trains graduate-student interns in basic publishing skills.

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Describe a typical day at Colorado Review. I answer a LOT of email: from current authors, previous authors, printers, advertisers, subscribers, interns, former interns, colleagues. Every day is different, but the one thing I can count on is answering email. Otherwise, I might read a few submissions, maybe discuss some of them with interns. I might edit a manuscript. I might teach someone how to copyedit or typeset. I might design a book cover or an ad, or teach an intern how to do that. I might send out some contracts.  I might send out fundraising letters (or thank you notes for funds raised). I might write a grant. Generally, my time is divided between publishing and teaching publishing. I love it.

What was the last really great book you read? The Lost Daughter, by Elena Ferrante.

What advice would you give a student who is interested in pursuing literary publishing? How did you become interested in publishing? Do an internship! Then do another internship. And do some research: If you know someone who works in publishing, ask to sit down with them and have a conversation about their experience and see if they have any advice. If you don’t know anyone who works in publishing, ask your parents, aunts/uncles, friends, neighbors, professors if they know someone who might be willing to talk with you.

I was always interested in publishing, but did not, unfortunately, take the advice above. I stumbled into it after graduate school when I took a temp position at Group Publishing in Loveland. My first job was to keyboard manuscripts into a tiny little Mac—manuscripts that had been typed on typewriters. I was so excited—I was working in publishing! After a few weeks, the head of the books department invited me to apply for a position as a copyeditor, and I was hired a couple of weeks later. And that’s how I got into publishing.

What is the best part about your job? Letting an author know I’d like to publish her story/essay/book. I have to say no way too often in this job (and I’m not very good at that), so saying yes feels really great. It also makes me super happy when former interns find jobs they love using some of the skills they’ve learned at the Center.

Who was the last great voice in literature you discovered through your work at Colorado Review? In the most recent issue, Summer 2014, we published a beautiful essay, “Natural Forces,” by Liza Cochran, who writes about depression, addiction, and finding one’s higher power in the natural world. You can read it here.

What would you like to see happen in the next few years in your work?  In May, we published our first nonfiction anthology, Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers & Fatherhood. Depending on how that sells, I’d like to put together another nonfiction anthology. Maybe one on names and naming? Maybe one on photos and photography? But I’m still catching my breath after the first one!

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SP15 Internships Available!

Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about classes for Spring 2015 – and that means it’s time to consider doing an internship! Below are currently available opportunities, though this list is likely to grow as the weeks pass, so stay tuned for more updates!

Unless otherwise noted, the internships listed below are open to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students. Please see English Department Internships Program webpage for more information on qualifying criteria: http://english.colostate.edu/undergrad/internships

Editorial and Publishing Internships

  • Editorial Interns, High Country News (Paonia, CO)
  • Editorial Interns, Bloomsbury Review (Denver, CO)
  • Publishing Assistant Interns (2), Bailiwick Press (Ft. Collins)

Education Internships

  • Grading Assistant, NCTE@CSU with Poudre High School (Ft. Collins)
  • Writing Coach and Grader, NCTE@CSU, Fort Collins High School (Ft. Collins)

Non-Profit/Communications/Other Internships

  • Production Assistant: KRFC 88.9 (radio) Poetry Show (Ft. Collins)
  • Communications Internship (2 positions): CSU English Department (Ft. Collins)
  • Communication and Social Media Intern: Poudre River Public Libraries (Ft. Collins)

Please contact Nancy Henke, Interim English Department Internship Coordinator, at Nancy.Henke@colostate.edu for more information on these internships and how to apply.

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The Creative Writing Reading Series is thrilled to present the Writers’ Harvest benefit reading THIS THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014, at 7:30PM at the UCA Museum, 1400 Remington Street, featuring award-winning authors Ira Sukrungruang and Sasha Steensen, in support of the Larimer Food Bank. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank (e.g., canned tuna, peanut butter) for a chance to win a gift basket from Whole Foods, breakfast for two at Snooze, or other great raffle prizes.

Ira Sukrungruang, a Chicago-born Thai-American, is author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He co-edited What Are You Looking At: The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology, both published by Harcourt Brace. What Are You Looking At? is the first book that looks at the fat experience through the lens of literature. His essays, poems, and short stories have appeared in many literary journals, including Creative Nonfiction, the Sun, the Bellingham Review, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Post Road, and Brevity. He is at work on several projects: a memoir about his time as Thai entitled Monk for a Month; a memoir about his love for dogs, titled Buddha’s Dog; a collection of short stories, Happy Ends; and a collection of poetry, The Green We Speak.

Poet Sasha Steensen grew up in rural Ohio and Las Vegas. She earned a BA and an MFA at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a PhD in poetics at SUNY Buffalo. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including House of Deer (2014), The Method (2008), and A Magic Book (2004), which won the Alberta DuPont Bonsal Prize, as well as several chapbooks, including the collaboration Correspondence: For La Paz (2004) with Gordon Hadfield. She is an Associate Professor at Colorado State University.

A book signing and raffle will follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public.

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  • Dan Beachy-Quick is writer-in-residence at Susquehanna University this week. He is visiting Susquehanna as part of the Raji-Syman Visiting Writers Series, and will be giving a reading while there.
  • Tobi Jacobi and Dr. Laura Rogers (Albany College of Health Science and Pharmacy) will deliver a talk entitled “Becoming Incorrigible: The Girls of the Hudson Training School, 1921-32” at the Hudson Area Library in upstate, NY on Oct. 29th.
  • Derek Askey (MFA fiction, 2013) has accepted the position of Editorial Assistant with The Sun in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • Ben Findlay (MFA Spring 2014) started work in Minneapolis as the Development & Publicity assistant at Coffee House Press.
  • Greyrock Review is now accepting submissions! Greyrock Review is an undergraduate anthology at Colorado State University. Submissions are open from October 6, 2014 to December 1, 2014 for original work in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts. Any undergraduate at CSU may submit their work at https://greyrockreview.submittable.com/submit for free and will be notified by December 15, 2014. Any questions may be sent to editor.csu@gmail.com
  • The first fundraising event for the 2015 Greyrock Review is coming up fast! On October 28th, please join them at CRANKNSTEIN (located in Old Town Fort Collins) for a spectacular reading featuring CSU professors such as Matthew Cooperman and Camille Dungy, as well as graduate and undergraduate CSU writers! During this event there will also be a raffle featuring prizes from local businesses such as Mugs, Bean Cycle, Momo Lolo, and more! Raffle tickets are only $3 each! Other raffle prizes include various novels donated by Old Firehouse Books. Pre-sales for raffle tickets will be held in the Clark C building on October 27 and 28. On these two days only you can get a tasty doughnut AND a raffle ticket for only $3! “Hope to see you all there and thank you for your support!”

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Eddy Hall is empty. “Where Did They Go?” banners direct students to the Writing Center in Johnson Hall and to the three buildings housing Philosophy and English faculty and staff: Clark, Behavioral Sciences, and Ingersoll Hall, where dorm rooms have become offices. Despite the relocations, English faculty continue to demonstrate that innovative teaching and learning are more about people than place. They are reaching beyond the traditional classroom in exciting ways. Here are just three examples.

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From Dan Beachy-Quick:

On July 22-24, 2015 we’ll be hosting a 3-day interdisciplinary symposium organized around the theme of “Crisis & Creativity.” In an effort to find a useful dialogue between sciences and arts in relation to the pressing issues of the day, we’ll be looking at “crisis” in all its forms — from sociological definition of an event that affects every strata of society, to the political in which crisis reveals the underlying disorders that allow injustice of many sorts to persist, to “crisis” as a primary metaphor for those purposes and motions that result in the making of a work of art.

Poet and activist Brenda Hillman, artist and curator Michael Swaine, and a colleague (soon to be determined) from CSU’s own esteemed faculty on Environmental Sustainability, will lead a group of writers, artists, educators, archeologists, scientists drawn from near and far through morning workshops designed to foster engaged collaboration across disciplines too often at a distance from one another.

Each afternoon will include open house “maker’s spaces” in which the community will be invited to join the conversation and its larger hopes of creating work of many sorts that address those crises affecting us all. Each evening will conclude with a public event: round-table discussion, presentation of work, and a reading/presentation by those involed in the workshop. We’ll also have a website that invites all who visit it to join in the effort of the whole, be they here or afar — details in greater abundance are soon to come.

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From Camille Dungy:

This semester, in E479, Recent US Poetry, students have the chance to meet seven acclaimed contemporary poets. American Book Award winner Jericho Brown, Kingsley Tufts winner Matthea Harvey, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Adrian Matjeka, National Poetry series winning Julie Carr and Yale Younger Prize winning Eduardo Corral are among the esteemed poets who will visit the class either in person or via teleconference.

After having read a book by each author as well as selected accompanying poems that demonstrate the robustness of contemporary poetry, students have the opportunity to speak directly with each poet about his or her influences, poetics, and practice. We’re learning a lot, and we’re having fun, too!

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From Antero Garcia:

Through a Creative Works Commercialization Award from CSU Ventures, Antero Garcia is currently developing The Educator’s Game Design Toolkit. Created in collaboration with a current high school teacher, this project is focused on developing a commercially viable product for teachers and teacher educators to increase the preparation of students’ 21st century learning. Building off of Antero’s research on game design within schools, this product will allow teachers to collaborate and create powerful gaming-centered opportunities in which youth can learn.

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This past summer, senior English major Joelle Hamilton traveled to Mexico to map and write about the hiking trails that wind through the Sierra Madre mountain range. This might not sound like the typical kind of work an English major would find themselves doing, but Joelle found that her English studies greatly aided her during her time abroad. Joelle recently discussed her internship and her experiences working in Mexico with English Department Communications Intern Tim Mahoney.


What was the internship about?
My internship was a collaborative trail writing project in Southern Mexico. I produced eight descriptions of trails in the Sierra Madre Range to promote tourism in the area. The trails ranged in difficulty from a dramatically inclined mountain ascent through primary forest, to a mildly winding path through remarkable stands of Ficus and Mezcal.

That sounds incredibly interesting. How did you find this internship?
The internship didn’t exist before — I worked with the generous support of Eduardo Bone of the Center for Conservation Leadership at CSU and the Mexican NGO Pronatura to create my role.

Was this your first time working abroad?
This was both my first time working abroad and my first time traveling by myself. There were challenges, (a mighty bout with food poisoning jumps to mind) but there were also extreme joys: communicating in a new dialect of Spanish with coffee farmers, learning to ride a motorcycle, and working with incredible specialists in birding and mapping at Pronatura.

How did your English studies help you?
My English Literature studies proved a great asset when writing the actual narrations of the trails. I was able to give attention to things like varied sentence structure, intelligible grammar, and concise description — practices I have learned through earning my degree. Studying English also bolstered the communication skills I needed in the initial phases of planning both the internship and the final deliverable product.

Why is it important to study English and the humanities?
More largely, I think studying English Literature teaches us about stories and storytelling. Stories articulate the past and foresee the future, and storytelling exists in every part of the world. You are one yourself! As an English major working abroad, I began to see myself as a storyteller, a transmitter of spoken and written information in a larger, more global context. I brought this more expansive, impactful sense of myself back home.

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The leaves turn color as renovations on Eddy Hall continue

The leaves turn color as renovations on Eddy Hall continue

  • Samantha Iocovetto (MA in Creative Nonfiction, 2014) has a craft essay, “Defining the Ideal Essay,” on the Brevity blog. You can read it here: http://brevity.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/defining-the-ideal-essay/
  • Dan Beachy-Quick gave a talk and a reading at University of Northern Texas.
  • Tobi Jacobi has been selected to deliver the 14th annual Women’s Studies Boyer Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 23. The Harriet Patsy Boyer Memorial lecture and reception will begin at 4pm in the Grey Rock Room in Lory Student Center. Tobi’s talk is titled “Seeing Beyond Our Feet: Understanding the Possibilities and Limits of Feminist Writing Workshops Behind Bars.”
  • Sasha Steensen recently read at the University of Nevada Las Vegas as part of the Black Mountain Institute’s alumni series. She was interviewed by KNPR, Nevada’s National Public Radio. You can listen to that interview here: http://knprnews.org/post/black-mountain-institute-hosts-poet-sasha-steensen
  • Six sections of Felicia Zamora’s (MFA 2012) long poem “Quotient” were accepted for publication in the Spring 2015 issue of Crazyhorse, and her poem “{Honest} Random {Caused by Desire to De-Categorize} Self” has been selected for publication in the next issue of the Carolina Quarterly. Her manuscript Quotient was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Sawtooth Poetry Prize and a semifinalist in the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Prize. Her set of poems was chosen as a finalist in The Iowa Review Awards in poetry 2014, and her chapbook Imbibe {et alia} here was selected as a semifinalist in the 2014 New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest.
  • Greyrock Review is now accepting submissions for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art, and cover art. Students can go to greyockreview.submittable.com/submit to submit and read the guidelines. Submissions are open through December 1st.

Fall Advising for Spring 2015 Registration

English department advising has changed over the last year or so. Basically, Academic Support Coordinators (ASCs) (Mandy Billings and Joanna Doxey) advise English majors who have completed up to 60 credits, and regular faculty advise students who have completed more than 60 credits and mentor students regardless of the number of credits they have completed. Mandy and Joanna’s office is Clark C-140.

English freshmen and sophomores should meet with an ASC for pre-registration advising for spring semester 2015. If you are uncertain who your ASC is, you can check your assignment on your RAMweb account. Please contact Sheila Dargon to schedule your advising appointment with either Mandy or Joanna.

Juniors, seniors, and transfer students with 60 or more credits will be advised and given their advising codes by their English department faculty advisor/mentor. They have also been assigned an ASC and can schedule an appointment with Mandy or Joanna through Sheila Dargon.

Please schedule your appointment in advance of your RAMWeb Registration date.

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Assistant Professor Doug Cloud, Composition Program Faculty: B.S. magna cum laude, Journalism, Ohio University. M.A. and Ph.D., Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University.

Professor Cloud teaches courses in rhetorical and composition theory, style, public writing, and argument. His research focuses on the rhetoric of social change, particularly the representation of marginalized group identities in public discourse. His current projects concern the use of identity categories in environmental discourse and the ways that language practices of marginalized groups are adapted and translated for new contexts. His work has appeared in Argumentation and Advocacy and Language in Society. He is a Founding Editor Emeritus at The Silver Tongue, a rhetoric and public affairs blog (www.silvertonguetimes.com).

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by Tim Mahoney

This semester, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Doug Cloud, a new addition to the English Department, in his office in Ingersoll Hall, where many of the Liberal Arts faculty have moved while Eddy is being renovated. I am currently taking his Principles of Writing and Rhetoric course, and although I see him every Tuesday and Thursday, it was a nice change of pace to speak with him about his research and work.


What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Lev Grossman’s Magician series. They are kind of like a grown up Harry Potter, but that’s an oversimplification. I recently finished Vincent Bugliosi’s Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That was one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read. I’m also reading Stephen King’s hard-boiled novel Mr. Mercedes, which is his first novel of the kind. After reading it, you will never look at ice cream trucks the same way.

Tell me about your education.

I earned my undergraduate degree in journalism from Ohio University. I really enjoyed studying journalism because I loved the process of tracking down facts and sources, and compiling everything into a piece of writing. Despite my love for the subject, I was unsure if I wanted to pursue journalism as a career. There is a stigma about journalists now, a certain distrust people have when meeting journalists. Luckily, I had a mentor in the English Department who suggested I give rhetoric and composition a try — he suggested Carnegie Mellon. I hadn’t been in the English Department as an undergrad, but took a creative writing course and loved it; it was fascinating to see how differently people approached writing. That experience definitely helped inspire me to earn my graduate degree, and Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition. I actually wasn’t sure that I wanted a Ph.D., but once I started as a graduate teacher at Carnegie Mellon, and got into the classroom setting, I knew teaching was for me.

What brought you to CSU?

This is a great school. Fort Collins is a friendly town, and people seem to like each other a lot here. Back in the East, people don’t like it if you slow them down or get in their way, but the people here are more relaxed.

What are you teaching?

Currently I am teaching E305-Principles of Writing and Rhetoric, and CO401-Writing and Style.


What is your favorite part about your job? If I’m to be one hundred percent honest, it’s talking and working with students. I know it sounds like the perfect answer, but it’s honestly what I enjoy the most.


What other work do you do besides teach at CSU?

There is a teaching, research, and service aspect of being a professor. Currently, I am researching the rhetoric of social change; looking at the ways in which certain marginalized groups use rhetoric to change public discourse. I have been working on an article for Argumentation and Advocacy analyzing the rhetorical techniques of the marriage equality debate. I specialize in the rhetoric of social change, so I’ve been looking back at Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and analyzing the changes in public discourse. Investigating past rhetorical issues is like looking at ice-core samples of public discourse.


Why do you think it is important to study English, or the Humanities for that matter? I think most of the problems facing humanity are not technical; that is, we don’t face many issues that we can’t find technological solutions to. Our weakness isn’t finding solutions to problems, but getting everyone to agree on a single, or set of solutions. We aren’t good at shared decision making because we live in a society where face to face communication is impractical; we can’t get everyone in a town hall meeting to agree on a course of action. It’s hard to solve the global issues facing humanity because we just don’t see the consequences of our shared decision making, which often have far reaching, but unforeseen implications. People are more alike than we are different, and by studying the humanities, we attempt to reconcile our values and our actions, and tackle the ideological problems of our society, and our world.

What is something that not everyone knows about you?

Well, I am a Lego enthusiast. I really like working on large, complicated builds. I’m an avid runner. And I can also insert a pop-culture reference into almost any situation.

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What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Someone once told me that “Life is about learning how to like people.” I really liked that and it has stuck with me.

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By Tim Mahoney

hallmonitorheraldprintThis week, rather than highlighting a single student, I had the opportunity to speak with the group of English majors responsible for publishing The Hall Monitor Herald, a student-led press, whose articles can be found in the Collegian on Fridays. Their work can also be found at thehallmonitorherald.com, and booklets of their work can be found on campus, being handed out by a man in a gorilla-suit as part of their “guerrilla marketing campaign.”

As a senior, I wish that I would have been involved in something like this earlier on in my collegiate career. The Hall Monitor Herald, and other writing communities like it, give students a chance to work with other English majors outside of class, and creates a community in which new writers can hone their skills and gain valuable experience. Any student interested in being a part of this publication can email them at thehallmonitorherald@gmail.com. They’re looking to bring new writers on as soon as possible.

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I first experienced The Hall Monitor Herald in the third floor restroom of Allison Hall, where copies had been taped to the walls. Then it was known as The Water Closet Weekly, and would appear intermittently throughout the semester, always in the same place: the restroom. Before the end of my first year, I moved across campus to Newsom Hall, where the sounds of perpetual construction could not disturb me, leaving behind the mysterious Water Closet Weekly and the talented group of writers whose quick wit and eye for comedy made it all possible.

Flash forward to last semester, the spring of 2014. I left Eddy Hall (back when it was more than a shell of building) and was headed to my next class when I was stopped by a man in a gorilla suit handing me a pamphlet. As a general rule, I do not take things people try to hand me while on campus, but then again those people are not usually dressed as gorillas. I took the small booklet and continued on my way, unaware that that I had discovered something truly special. That night I read the entire booklet cover-to-cover, only pausing to wipe away my tears of laughter and catch my breath. Still, I had no idea who the gorilla-man was, or the true value of the booklet in my hand.

Gorilla Marketing: Chris Vanjonack

Gorilla Marketing: Chris Vanjonack

It wasn’t until I met English major Chris Vanjonack, one of the minds behind The Hall Monitor Herald, that I was able to learn more about this amazing community of writers. Chris had this to say:

We started in Allison Hall the spring semester of our freshman year. Niles Hachmeister, one of our writers, and I had been kicking around the idea of writing something together. One day he knocked on my door and said, “I have this crazy idea: what if we started putting work up in the bathroom stalls where everyone has to read it.”

So we got a couple other friends from our hall including Patrick Hoehne, an incredibly funny person, who still writes for the Hall Monitor Herald, and eventually we settled on writing a weekly bathroom newsletter that we called The Water Closet Weekly. We’d tape them up in the stalls in the dead of night on Tuesdays, making sure no one (especially the RAs) would catch us doing it. For the first few months, no one living in Allison Hall had any idea it was us, so it had a really cool, anonymous vibe to it. We had to keep switching up the nights we’d distribute it because a few hallways were literally staking out the bathrooms to try and figure out who was putting them up.

We were finally caught one night and were almost written up for it, until we agreed to tone down the bathroom humor. That’s how we started moving into broader, satirical articles about CSU.

From there we started a partnership with ASCSU — who to our tremendous surprise were really excited, enthusiastic, and supportive about the work we were doing. I can’t say enough about the support they show for student organizations.

Our sophomore year they bought us monthly ad space in College Avenue to run articles. Nobody knew who we were back then. We didn’t know how to promote ourselves, and we were distributing it in coffee shops and bookstores around Old Town, in a really kind of desperate hope that it would take off somehow.

Our junior year, ASCSU made a deal with us that they’d print a full booklet of our work, and pack it in with the dining hall newspapers once a semester. That got the attention of The Collegian, and now we have a column that runs every other Friday, in addition to the once-a-semester-booklet. So really this whole time it’s just been a weird passion project for us that has inexplicably gotten off the ground. We like to call it: a rags-to-slightly-nicer-rags-story. Our humor is considerably better crafted than it was when we started, but the thrill of it has never worn off. It still feels like we’re getting away with something.

One word on the name – we held onto the name The Water Closet Weekly until last spring, when we found out that we had accidentally stolen the name from another, now-defunct DIY news parody. The guy behind it started calling ASCSU, The Collegian, and CSU Legal threatening to sue us. It was crazy. So, under threat of violating someone’s intellectual property rights, we folded and changed our name to The Hall Monitor Herald. We were bummed about the name change, but it really reinvigorated us. The whole sequence of events was so absurd that it sounds like one of our articles.

It’s been a ride. This whole experience has been inexplicable, and has led to so many weird adventures. Once, in the dorms, we were chased by a mob of people when we were caught taping copies up in their bathroom. Having legal action threatened against us was certainly interesting.

It’s all great though. I love meeting up with these weird, funny people once a week. I love staying up until four in the morning trying to hit our content deadline for the booklets. I think we’re all better writers because of it. We all have a good idea of the publishing process. If you’re interested in comedy writing, it’s a great thing to be involved with right now.

Meeting a deadline. From left to right: Andrew Walker, Patrick Hoehne, Niles Hachmeister

Meeting a deadline. From left to right: Andrew Walker, Patrick Hoehne, Niles Hachmeister

It’s a great group. There’s four of us writing it at the moment: Niles Hachmeister, Patrick Hoehne, Andrew Walker, and myself. We’re looking for new writers this year because three of us are graduating and we want it to continue after we’re gone. If there was something like this to join our first day freshman year, we absolutely would have, and we don’t think we’re alone in that. So long story short: The Hall Monitor-Herald is hiring. Please apply.

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