The new front of Eddy Hall

The new front of Eddy Hall

Welcome to Fall Semester!

  • Harvard Review has taken 3 of Dan Beachy-Quick’s poems, and The Nation has accepted one. A suite of short essays from A Quiet Book will also be appearing in the next Mississippi Review.
  • Leslee Becker’s “Terrier,” a story that originally appeared in The Kenyon Review, has been published by Redux. Leslee’s story collection, The Little Gentleman, received the Runner-Up Award from Snake Nation Press, and was named a Finalist for the Hudson Prize from Black Lawrence Press.
  • Matthew Cooperman has had new poems accepted by Word/for Word and Ampersand Review. In June, he attended the ASLE Conference at the University of Idaho, where he presented a paper, “Whether Underground: Notes Toward a Larimer County Almanac.” Work from that project has been accepted for publication in Big Oil: An Anthology of Global Warming, forthcoming from BlazeVox.
  • Over the summer Camille Dungy published a creative nonfiction essay in the Virginia Quarterly Review (“Inherent Risk, or What I Know About Investment”), another essay in the New England Review (“A Shade North of Ordinary”) and a poem in Orion (“Frequently Asked Questions: 6″)
  •  Airica Parker was privileged to reconnect with Wendy Videlock, Art Goodtimes, David Rothman, Uche Ogbuji, and a small group of other Coloradan thinkers, writers, and community leaders for a retreat in Breckenridge this summer. Also, one of her short poems appears in the current issue of Fungi magazine, Vol. 8 No.2. Speaking of short poems, an invitation: Airica edits an online community, Postcard Poems (https://www.facebook.com/postcardpoems), and she would love to feature some CSU poets, Airica.Parker@colostate.edu.
  • Dan Robinson will be reading from his newly released novel, Death of a Century, at Old Firehouse Books on Wednesday, September 2, at 6:00 PM.
  • Sasha Steensen’s fourth book of poetry, Gatherest, was accepted for publication with Ahshata Press.  West Branch published seven poems from her ongoing project, Hendes, in their Spring/ Summer issue.  An interview conducted with Joshua Marie Wilkinson was published in The Letter Machine Book of Interviews.  “Poems for Lent” was published in the anthology A Book of Uncommon Prayer.  “In Quiet,” a collaboration with Elizabeth Robinson, published recently in Likestarlings, can be read here: http://www.likestarlings.com/poems/elizabeth-robinson-sasha-steensen1/
  • Inspired by themes from Bill Tremblay’s novel, THE JUNE RISE, the Fort Collins Chamber Music Society will perform an original musical piece written on commission by Glenn Cortese, conductor of the Greeley Philharmonic. Briana Sprecher-Kinneer will read selections from the book under the title “The Story of Antoine Janis and First Elk Woman.” The performance will be at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 9:15 PM, in the Digital Dome [2nd floor] on Thursday, August 27, 2015. The concert is funded by Fort Fund, the Griffin Foundation, and Marilyn Cockburn. Musicians: Liz Telling, (oboe), Lola Kern, (violin), Amber Johnson, (cello), Ben Durfee, (viola), Madeline Greeb, (piano), Cille Lutsch, (flute), and Briana Sprecher-Kinneer, (voice).
  • James Work has signed a contract with FiveStar Publishing to publish his novel THE CONTRACTOR, based on a murder that took place during the construction of the Union Pacific railroad through Wyoming. FiveStar has also accepted the manuscript of a novel titled THE GRUB RIDER, which will be published as #6 in the Keystone Ranch series. Each novel in the series is based upon a segment of the King Arthur tales. THE GRUB RIDER, set in Wyoming, uses the narrative of Sir Gareth, one of King Arthur’s nephews, on his first heroic quest.

English Department Office Hours

 The English Office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (closed during lunch, 12:00-1:00 p.m.).

The Writing Center, Fall Hours – beginning August 31st
Monday-Thursday, Eddy Room 25
10-4pm
Friday -10-1pm (online consultations only)
Morgan Library
Sunday-Thursday – 6-8pm

Eddy 300 Computer Lab
Monday – Friday 7:30-10pm
Saturday 8-6pm
Sunday 10-6pm

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(left to right): Sandra Eddy (Willard O. Eddy’s daughter), Ann Gill (CLA Dean), John Didier (interim Chair of Philosophy), Irene Vernon (Chair of Ethnic Studies), Bruce Ronda (CLA Associate Dean), Tony Frank (President of Colorado State University and Chancellor of the CSU System), Christina Sutton (Senior Teaching appointment faculty member in the English Department), and Louann Reid (Chair of English)

Associate Dean for Faculty & Graduate Studies and former English Department Chair, and CLA Project Manager Bruce Ronda gave the opening remarks at the Eddy Hall Grand Reopening event that took place on August 19, 2015. What the video missed was the very beginning of his speech, which started with this:

Good afternoon and welcome to the official re-opening of Eddy Hall. I’m Bruce Ronda, Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts.

We are calling our event “Eddy Hall: Home Again.” By that we mean several things: home again for the faculty, staff, and students who were displaced from the building from May 2014 to May 2015; home again for the hundreds of former faculty and staff, some of whom have joined us here, who spent many years of their professional lives working in this building; home again to the building itself, kept together by patchwork and hard work since 1963, scarred by flood in 1997, then surrounded by fences, torn down, dug up, hammered on, and now emergent as an old and honored building made new, ready for the present and the future.

After his opening remarks, Dr. Ronda introduced the next speaker: “I’m delighted to introduce Christina Sutton, Senior Teaching appointment faculty member in the English Department. Christina was a graduate student here in the late 1980s, and returned to the department to teach in 1992, where she has been ever since, teaching courses in humanities, western American literature, and mostly in composition. Christina brings a unique perspective to life in Eddy Hall.”

Next up was College of Liberal Arts Dean Ann Gill.

And next, President of Colorado State University and Chancellor of the CSU System, Tony Frank.

And finally, the ribbon cutting.

The grand re-opening of Eddy Hall was a wonderful event, with opening remarks before the ribbon cutting given by Bruce Ronda, Christina Sutton, Ann Gill, and Tony Frank. There was even a band! A special thanks to Stephanie G’Schwind (Director, Center for Literary Publishing) and the new English department camera for the great pictures, which you can see on our Facebook page.

A note on video quality: Communications Coordinator Jill Salahub apologizes for her unsteady hand and the windy day.

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Karen Montgomery-Moore recently graduated from the English Literature MA program at CSU and has been hired to teach CO150 and CO130. We are excited to have her!

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What are you most excited about for teaching at CSU?

I love the start of school—buying school supplies, being back on campus, the energy that comes with fall semester. Similarly, I get really excited about welcoming students new to college and being a part of their foray into higher education. I love being able to be one of the instructors who students feel comfortable having conversations with, given our classes are much smaller than their lecture courses.

What do you like most about teaching in general?

I love working with students on their writing individually, and watching them dig in—both in class and one-on-one– when pushed to more clearly articulate their thinking. Seeing their confidence deepen as they meet new challenges over the course of the semester is always gratifying.


“I deeply value empathy, and try to lead with that in mind, as I engage with students and facilitate their engagement with each other and the material.”


 

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How would you describe your teaching style, your philosophy?

While I’m still quite new to teaching and so my philosophy is continually in formation, I would describe myself as committed to making connections, both across disciplines, but also from the classroom to the larger world. As such, I often emphasize cultural studies in readings and discussions; students need to feel like what they are learning and thinking about isn’t just for a grade or an exam, but relates in a deeper way to the world they want to be engaged with, whether that’s in terms of a career, relationships, or society at large. I deeply value empathy, and try to lead with that in mind, as I engage with students and facilitate their engagement with each other and the material.

When you’re not working or teaching what do you like to do?

I spend my down time with family and friends, especially my husband and four-year-old son, Archer. I also read a lot, often while drinking coffee. I’m usually working my way through a television series on Netflix, and I’m making an effort to see more movies. Whenever time allows, I also like to travel and go thrifting (sometimes, but not always together).

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Karen with Doctor Ellen Brinks

What are you doing with your summer before you start teaching?

Reading a stack of books that piled up during the past year (my last year in graduate school)! I’m continuing to stay involved with Colorado Review, especially the social media accounts, and I’m traveling a bit: to visit family in Arkansas, to the beach in Florida, to Tucson, and of course, getting up to the mountains. I’ve also spent a significant amount of time on the train in North Lake Park (in Loveland) with Archer.

What is something most people at CSU do not know about you?

Before returning to academia, I worked for a non-profit healthcare foundation. I remain deeply interested and committed to issues surrounding health.

 

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Faculty member Kristie Yelinek, who teaches CO130, CO150, and international sections of CO150, has spent her summer preparing to run a marathon, hiking fourteeners, volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, and dreaming about building a tiny house. Life is anything but boring for Kristie!

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What was your most memorable adventure this summer and why?

Running my first half marathon was pretty memorable, for two reasons. First, I was finally able to reach my goal of running a half, which has been a goal of mine for a few years, but I haven’t been able to train because of an injury. Finally, being injury free and running the race felt really good. Also, three of my friends came to the race, so I had a pretty big cheering section at the end when I finished.

How long have you been preparing to run a half marathon (and are you preparing for a full marathon)?

Running the half marathon was actually part of my training plan for the full marathon I’m planning to run in October: the Blue Sky Trail Marathon. The half fell on a day that my training plan called for a 13 mile run, so I figured I’d combine my training for the full marathon with my goal of also finishing a half marathon at the same time. I’ve been slowly building up mileage since April so I don’t re-injury my calf. I don’t run every day, usually four times a week, with one day for cross training (usually biking or hiking-sometimes a hike up a 14er!) and then two days off. The half went really well and I felt good at the end of it. I’d like to focus on building up mileage this year and then start working on speed next year.

What compelled you to hike three fourteeners this summer? What were those experiences like? 

I’ve always really enjoyed hiking and starting to hike 14ers just seemed like a fun new challenge. I enjoy seeing what I’m physically capable of and adding the challenge of hiking 14ers seemed like a good next step in my love of hiking. I hiked Mt. Elbert first and it was definitely a bit humbling. I’m used to just kind of bounding up the side of the mountain and at that elevation I definitely needed to stop a few times and catch my breath. The view from the summit, however, was amazing. We went on a clear day so we could see a lot of the mountains surrounding Mt. Elbert. Grays and Torreys were also challenging, but I knew more of what to expect and better how to pace myself. I’m hoping to hike at least two more this summer/early fall.

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On top of Mt. Elbert!

What inspired you to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity? What was that experience like? 

I’ve always thought that it’d be interesting to see how a house is built, especially since I’m considering building my own tiny house on wheels. The experience with Habitat is completely different from anything I’ve done before. The first day I volunteered, we put up most of the exterior walls of the first floor of the house they’re building and it was really exciting to be able to look at it at the end of the day and know that I helped build it. Everyone at the build site is friendly and helpful. I joined through a program called “Women Build,” which caters especially to women and made it less intimidating.


“The great thing about teaching is having time in the summer to be able to pursue passions that I have in addition to my passion for teaching.”


 

Have you been doing any more planning for your tiny house?

Since tiny houses on wheels aren’t legal permanent residences (yet!), it’s really just a dream at this point. I’ve heard a number of horror stories of people who have built and are living in their tiny house, only to have to leave it because of zoning laws. Tiny houses are new and most cities aren’t sure what to do about them yet. I think they’re a great way to leave a smaller environmental footprint since they tend to use less energy and many are off grid. I’m excited to see what kind of changes the Tiny House Movement might make to the way we envision our living space.

I’ve gone to a couple home shows in Denver that have had tiny houses on display, so I’ve gotten the chance to tour some show homes. They get really creative in the way they use the space!

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At the Denver Home Show

On top of all your adventures, you went to the AP Grading Conference in Kansas City and have been doing online scoring as well. How do you manage all this? 

It hasn’t been a boring summer, that’s for sure! The great thing about teaching is having time in the summer to be able to pursue passions that I have in addition to my passion for teaching. It’s just been a matter of planning and making sure I have time to do everything.

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Mastering the art of French Eating

Pam Coke recommends Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris Bistros to Farmhouse Kitchens, Lessons in Food and Love by Ann Mah (Penguin 2013)

“Mah takes the reader on a personal and culinary tour of France, describing the landscape in terms of sights and tastes.  In each chapter, she includes a recipe from a particular region in France.  I started reading this book in preparation for my own trip to Paris this summer, and my family and I have enjoyed cooking our way through the recipes.  Our 11-year-old son, Rikky, is enjoying the book, too, and it was incredible to walk him through how to make a reduction sauce for Bavette aux Echalotes (skirt steak with shallots).  Mah does a fine job of carrying on the work of Julia Child, making me a further believer that anyone can cook [French food].  This book was a vacation for the senses.”

 

the mersault investigationNeil FitzPatrick recommends Kamel Daoud’s The Mersault Investigation.

“Daoud is an Algerian writer who writes in French, and the book is a retelling of Camus’ The Stranger. The narrator is the brother of the man Mersault (the protagonist of The Stranger) murders, the man known in Camus’ novel only as “the Arab.” Harun, the narrator, tells the story from a bar stool, and through his repetitive, shifting speech you get a sense for the ways in which colonialism uproots almost everything. By the end there is little that that the reader or Harun are certain about, whether it’s the truth of the murder case, the morality of killing, time, place, language, etc. Beyond that the book is a beautiful exercise in storytelling. Plus it’s a quick read (summer!). I’d recommend taking a long weekend and reading it and The Stranger back-to-back.”

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Sue Doe recommends Atul Gwande’s Being Mortal

Being Mortal is about what people actually want as they reach old age and end of life–and surprise, surprise, what we want has nothing to do with medical intervention. Most of us want to feel useful, or even needed and certainly do not wish to leave a legacy of burden or trouble or a failure to have articulated our do-not-resuscitate orders! Additionally, having responsibility for a dog or a bird or even a houseplant while we reside in the old folks’ home is likely to extend our quality of life and reduce our dependence on medicine.”

 

 

Joelle Paulson recommends Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.hyperbole and a half

“Hyperbole and a Half is a graphic narrative/memoir filled with hilarious and heartbreaking stories of Brosh’s past. As described on the front cover, this book is about ‘unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened.’ Throughout the book, Brosh juxtaposes comical vignettes about her life with some very profound descriptions of what it is like to cope with severe depression. The result is a deeply moving and layered depiction of Brosh’s life. I highly recommend that everyone read this!”

 

 

Ellen Brinks recommends Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia by Karen Tranberg Hansen

salalua“This book follows the clothes we donate to charity in the West on their journey to far-flung parts of the globe, in this case most particularly to Zambia. There they become enmeshed in local economies and become cultural forms of expression wildly different from their original purpose! I got to see the importance of Salaula (the word means “to rummage through a pile”) in the local markets in Livingstone, Zambia this summer, and I’m fascinated by the creativity and resourcefulness of the Zambians in recycling these clothes, as well as the larger issues of charity and global environmentalism that the author, a cultural anthropologist, addresses in her book.”

 

 

 

Leif Sorensen recommends Saad Z. Hossain’s Escape from Baghadad!escape from bagdad

“I really enjoyed the Bangladeshi author Saad Z. Hossain’s debut novel Escape from Baghdad!, which is a strange thing to say considering  that this is a deeply unsettling representation of the violence and bad faith of the US’s nation building exercises in the last fifteen years. Hossain mixes together a searing indictment of US foreign policy and adventurism with a playful, fantastic conspiracy narrative about the quest for eternal life into a narrative that is philosophical, pulpy, hilarious, and deeply political, sometimes all at once. It’s also published by a very exciting small publisher, Unnamed Press, that is doing a great job of bringing less-known international authors to the attention of US readers.”

 

 

Kristie Yelinek recommends Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat

the boys in the boat“Brown’s nonfiction book (which reads like a novel) takes the reader on the journey of the 1936 American 8-oar Olympic rowing team. Focusing mainly on one rower, Joe Rantz, the story combines the struggles of the rowing team to reach the Olympics with Rantz’s determination to rise above his difficult childhood (abandonment and poverty) to become a member of the University of Washington’s rowing team. These struggles are given historical context with parts of the book devoted to descriptions of major historical events in the United States (such as the Dust Bowl and the Depression) and the growing turmoil in Germany leading to WWII.”

 

Leslee Becker recommends Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road

“I recommend Revolutionary Road, but anything I recommend is sure to put the kiss of death on it, something I’ve learned by sending movie reviews to department members, people being thoroughly convinced that L. Becker has chosen yet another “downer,” as if I’ve been doling out meds, and need to counteract the side-effects of “downers” with a robust dose of “uppers.”revolutionary road

“Remember your hopes, for they are what brought you here.” This line from The Divine Comedy comes to mind, as does anything connected with real estate and buying a dream house. Yates’s characters live in the suburbs in the 50s in Revolutionary Hill Estates, an area not really designed to accommodate calamities.

What I love about Revolutionary Road is how Yates allows us to see his characters forever performing, forever rehearsing scenes and lines for each other. His people entertain the sort of hopes and delusions endemic to a period in which the American Dream and the idea of non-conformity persuade Frank and April Wheeler into believing that they’re special, gifted, and just putting in time in their “Purgatorio” until they can shuck it all, and act out their Bohemian roles by moving to Paris. I love them for their pretensions, their hopes, fears, and their misbehavior. They are not role models.”

(Images taken from Amazon.com)

 Professor Ellen Brinks with Linda Farm Community children making ecobricks for the CSU compost project.

Professor Ellen Brinks with Linda Farm Community children making ecobricks for the CSU compost project.

 

English Professor Ellen Brinks took a group of 12 students to Livingstone, Zambia this summer. For three weeks, they took part in experiential learning and internships through our Colorado State University Study Abroad program (and African Impact). The group, which was in Zambia from May 22 to June 15, included students from a variety of CSU departments. Their story was recently featured in Colorado State University’s Campus Newspaper, SOURCE. Check it out here. 

Also, make sure to check out more stories from Zambia on our blog:

Field Report: Study Abroad in Zambia, 1st Entry

Field Report: Study Abroad in Zambia, 2nd Entry

Field Report: Study Abroad in Zambia, Final Entry

Planning is already in the works for next summer’s trip. Tentative dates are May 22-June 11, and the program will once again be led by Brinks. Program coordinators hope to find ways to support students over the next year to fund the 2016 trip. A three-credit independent study course titled “Reading and Writing the Zambia Experience” is available for students who wish to receive credit for the trip. Interested applicants can visit CSU’s Education Abroad website for more details; anyone is welcome to apply.

 

English student Jackson White with sixth graders from Libuyu Community School.

English student Jackson White with sixth graders from Libuyu Community School.

 


“There’s a seismic shift that happens after really experiencing Africa for all that it is, which I think is the point of the whole program. It’s about enriching students in ways they cannot get in a classroom and allowing them to imagine possible futures for themselves.”

-Ellen Brinks


 

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Andrew Altschul was the Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Literary Arts at San Jose State University. He earned an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and was Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing from 2002-2004 at Stanford University. He has published two novels as well as short fiction and essays. He received an O. Henry Prize in 2007 for “A New Kind of Gravity,” and his first novel,Lady Lazarus was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Fiction. He has taught undergraduate and graduate fiction workshops as well as literature courses such as Evolution of the Short Story, 20th Century Fiction, and a graduate seminar in Postmodernism and Postmodernity. Finally, he has significant administrative experience. As the Director of the Center for Literary Arts, he has written grants and raised funds for the nonprofit literary center that hosts approximately 25 events a year, and he initiated and funded Writers@ Work, a program that pays local authors to visit English classes.

What brought you to CSU?  

I’ve spent the last thirteen years in the Bay Area, first as a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, then teaching at San José State University and directing the Center for Literary Arts. San Francisco was a wonderful place to start out as a writer and teacher, but I’ve been eager to join a first-rate creative writing program, with talented and dedicated faculty, where people have a real sense of possibility and excitement about the future. When I visited CSU in March, I was bowled over by how happy people are to work and study here, and I was impressed by how strongly the department and the college believe in the value of writing and the arts in general. I could tell this was a place where my energy as a writer and a teacher would fit in well. And I loved Fort Collins, with its arts and its outdoor culture and its microbreweries – my wife and I have always wanted to end up in a college town, so it feels like a great fit.

 

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Andrew and his wife, Vauhini, and son, Kavan at a Grateful Dead reunion concert.

 

What is your favorite thing to teach? What is your favorite thing about teaching?

Of course I love teaching workshops, and I’m a die-hard believer in the value to young writers of having their work closely read and discussed by other writers. I also very much enjoy teaching craft and special topics courses, particularly when I can challenge students to see something new, more complex, or more mysterious about how writing works; to reexamine the conventions and orthodoxies they’ve inherited; and to forge connections among writers working in different genres or even different art forms. I’m constantly dreaming up new classes and I hope to offer many of them at CSU.

How would you describe your teaching style, your philosophy?

I take it as a given that we don’t know what we’ve written until it’s been read. What that means is that a workshop helps us to understand what readers perceive in our work, and how that might differ from what we thought or hoped we’d written. That, to me, is tremendously exciting: the opportunity to find new possibilities in a story, to discover there’s more to it than we were conscious of. So I run the workshop as a process of excavation and discovery, not one of praise and disapproval. I honestly don’t care whether students “like” or “dislike” a manuscript; I don’t think it benefits a writer to know that or helps them decide what they want to do next. We’re not there to have a referendum, or to reach some kind of consensus. What we’re there to do is provide the writer with as many perspectives on a piece of writing as we can, to discuss how the work speaks to other literature and to the world outside the classroom, to broaden the writer’s sense of what she might say.

I think being a writer is a great privilege and also a great responsibility. It’s difficult, what we do – and so I give wide latitude to writers who are working hard to create something new, to find their voice, to add to the great conversation we call literature. I do all I can to encourage and facilitate and guide that process. On the other hand, I have little patience for those who are lazy or show-offy or think of writing as a hobby or a popularity contest. You’ve got to go all in.

 


I think being a writer is a great privilege and also a great responsibility. It’s difficult, what we do – and so I give wide latitude to writers who are working hard to create something new, to find their voice, to add to the great conversation we call literature.


 

Are you working on any special projects right now?

I’m in the very late stages of writing my third novel. Which means all I can think about is how desperately I want to go back to writing short stories.

When you’re not working or teaching what do you like to do?

Travel, read, hike, cook (badly), practice yoga… though in all honesty writing and teaching take up the vast majority of my time. My two big goals for life in Fort Collins are to start a vegetable garden and to learn how to cross-country ski. Also, one day I’d like to teach myself how to play the cello.

 

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Andrew and his son Kavan.

 

What are you doing with your summer before you start teaching?

Well, my wife and I had our first baby, a boy, in April. So my summer has involved a lot of diapers and not much sleep. We spent most of it in Seattle, with my mother-in-law, so we did get to enjoy the glorious Pacific Northwest summer, including time at the beach (see photo) and a few days in the San Juan Islands, before coming back to San Francisco to prepare for the move to Colorado.

The highlight of the summer, however, was taking my wife and infant son to the Grateful Dead reunion concerts in Santa Clara, CA in June. I was a pretty big fan back in the day (fifty-five shows!), so it felt weirdly meaningful to see the band one more time and to share it with my son. I’m sure he’ll have vivid memories of the occasion.

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wolverine press

Wolverine Farm Publishing is a 501(c)3 non-profit literary/arts organization based in Fort Collins, Colorado. They publish books, newspapers, and online content, run a bookstore inside The Bean Cycle Coffee Shop and host/organize community events and projects related to their mission.

This summer Wolverine Farm Publishing is embarking on an exciting journey–to open a new letterpress print shop and community event/work space in the River District of Fort Collins. In March 2013 they purchased the small commercial building at 316 Willow Street, and since then they’ve been working to renovate and expand the current building. The space will be their new world headquarters and workspace, but one that has a working print shop, bar, and event hall inside. The majority of our programming will focus on their mission of mindful engagement with the world around us, and more specifically on craft and community. Coffee, beer, and food will be available to people participating in workshops and events, but will also be available to the public.

When will you open?
Mid August 2015 or early September.

How will the space benefit local makers?
For other makers in town, we’ll have retail space available to promote their goods, as well as a Maker-A-Month program where we’ll highlight makers of all sorts–bicycle, book, wood workers–with special displays and programming. Our conference room and our event hall will be available for workshops and events both big and small.

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What about the event hall and bar?
Our programming will revolve around community engagement and craft, and will likely feature a diverse mix of author readings, documentary films, demonstrations, life skills, music, townhall meetings, and yes, the occasional dance party. We will be working with many of our friends in the non-profit community to offer more outreach and event possibilities. The bar will feature locally-roasted coffee, as well as a fine selection of local beer, wine, and cider. We’ll also have food from local producers on a seasonal basis. The space will be available for rent by community members–we’ll do our best to accommodate a wide variety of users and uses–but it will also function as a traditional coffee house during the day, and a publick house at night.

I heard something about bicycles being part of this. What’s that about?
Local bicycle collector Jeff Nye will feature a revolving exhibit of bicycles from his collection. We hope the presence of his carefully-restored wonders inspires our work to include new bicycle literature, ephemera, and events.

What about the print shop?
The print shop will evolve with our experience. For now we’ll print mostly our own goods–chapbooks, broadsides, postcards, notebooks, though we will take on other work to gain more skills. We anticipate a lot of collaboration amongst the growing letterpress community here in Fort Collins. Eventually we’ll open the shop up to our own volunteers, and as we gain more experience, we’ll start to offer workshops and other services to our community.

Will there be volunteer or paid opportunities?
Yes, we envision both with the new space. Future job postings and volunteer opportunities will be posted on this page.

Will you have books at the new space? Are you closing the bookstore?
We will feature some books relevant to the new space—craft, how-to, letterpress and design—but books will not be the focus. And the answer is no—we are not closing our bookstore inside the Bean Cycle.

This information was taken from: http://www.wolverinefarm.org/brick-mortar/letterpress-publick-house/ with permission from the owners.

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