~From English Department Communications Intern Beth Campbell

Chris is a character. I have seen him in several of my classes, and he always has some insight that will push those in the class deeper into the reading. He stands apart, not just because he is a little older than the average student or because of his looping tattoos, but because of his constantly inquisitive nature. When I asked if I could interview him for as a Human of Eddy, he was more than happy to help.

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What’s your name? Your major? When do you expect to graduate?
My name is Chris Buford. I’m studying English Education, and I’m graduating in December, 2016.

How do you spend most of your time in Eddy Hall?
I’ve had a few classes and meetings there (both before and after renovation).

Favorite moment in Eddy Hall?
Before the renovation, I liked watching people navigate the broken floor tile by the door. It tripped 80% or more of those going in and out. Hilarious!

Favorite English class or teacher?
My favorite English class and teacher would be Adolescent Lit with Antero Garcia.

How would you describe Eddy Hall?
Love the rebuild!

What’s your favorite book, poem, quote, lyric, genre? Who is your favorite author?
My favorite quote is “Don’t sweat the small stuff… it’s all small stuff,” and my favorite author is Tom Robbins.

If you were to give advice to incoming CSU English majors, what would it be?
Take the time to do the work. There’s plenty to take in.

What’s your biggest goal, priority right now?
Get through this semester and I still want to teach.

Did you always want to be an English teacher?
No, actually. I have been a welder for years, but then my daughter started college and I realized I wanted to teach. I want to help kids that don’t learn in a traditional way to feel like they can learn and that someone is on their side.

Are you working on any projects? If so, what?
I’m struggling a little with non-motivated kids and disrespect.

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  • On Friday, February 5th, Pam Coke gave two invited presentations at the Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA):  “Teaching as Close Reading: Igniting a Sense of Wonder about Why I Teach” and “If I Stay: Developing a Plan for Keeping a Sense of Wonder about Why I Teach.”  Dr. Coke was thrilled to have the opportunity to reconnect with several CSU English department graduates who are currently teaching in schools in Colorado and Nebraska, including Nick Bonnet, Dakota Davis-Powers, Marissa Kast, Marie Paul, and Emily Schlehuber.
  • Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri’s “Carousel” has been accepted for publication online in Flash Fiction Magazine on March 19th.
  • Mary Crow has had her poem, “My City,” accepted for publication by Blue Moon Literary and Art Review.
  • Bill Tremblay’s latest book, Walks Along the Ditch: Poems, will be published in early April, 2016, by Lynx House Press.

CO301B, Writing in the Sciences, Information Session

During this one hour session, Dr. Sue Doe and Christina Sutton will capture what the Writing in the Sciences course is here at CSU. The following will be described:

  • history of CO301B
  • rhetoric in science communication
  • campus interest in science communication
  • rigors of the course

If you feel you might be interested in teaching CO301B in the future, you will want to come hear about this exciting course.

You have the opportunity to attend on either Wednesday, March 9th at 2:00 P.M. OR Thursday, March 10th at 2:00 P.M. We will meet in the Whitaker Room.

 

Outstanding Literary Essay Awards

The English Department’s Literature Program announces the 13th annual Outstanding Literary Essay Awards contest, which recognizes outstanding critical writing and interpretive work in literary studies. Applicants must be registered graduate or undergraduate English majors or minors.  Awards of $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place will be offered at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  Winners will be honored at the English Department Awards on Monday, April 25, 2016.

Submission Guidelines: Students should submit an essay that represents their best critical work in literary studies. Undergraduate essays should be no longer than 15 pages and graduate essays should be no longer than 20 pages. Shorter papers are welcome. Only one submission is allowed per student.

Eligibility:     (1) Essay should be written for a course taken in the CSU English Dept.

(2) Writer should be an English major or English minor

Submission deadline is Monday April 4, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

Please submit:

  • TWO clean copies, with no name, address, or instructor’s comments. Only a title and page numbers should appear on the paper.
  • Include with your essay a separate cover letter with your (a)name, (b)address, (c) phone number, (d) e-mail address, (e)university ID number, (f) title of your essay (g) course for which the essay was written and the professor who taught the course, and (h) indicate whether you are an undergraduate English major, minoring in English, or a graduate student at CSU.

Address your cover letter to: Professor Aparna Gollapudi, Department of English, Campus Delivery 1773, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1773. Cover letter and submissions can be dropped off at the English Department Office in Eddy Bldg.

 

Tools from the Workshop: Theory and “Hands On” Practice with Multimodal Engagement in UD Composition Courses Part II

The Upper Division Composition Professional Development Workshop Series is proud to present the second installment of our spring 2016 offerings: During the week of March 21st we will hold our second workshop: The Possibility of Actually Composing a Visual Argument (Days and times to be determined by a coming Doodle poll!)

Come join us as we discuss a sprinkling of theory that connects visual argument with the course goals of CO 300. The bulk of the workshop will be devoted to a “hands on” exploration of the new Photoshop software that has been installed on the computers in Eddy 2 and 4. Help us explore this rich visual editing software and envision ways that it can be effectively utilized in the classroom. A nice takeaway from the workshop will be the production of a flyer to advertise one of your upcoming classes. (Never be caught unprepared when the call for a class flyer is issued!)

All are welcome to join.

Four great incentives:

  1. Conversation with your awesome peers
  2. Certificate of Completion for those pesky Evaluation files
  3. Intellectual Engagement
  4. Snacks!

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~From English Department Communications Intern Kaitlyn Phillips

Performance by Ram Nation at the unveiling of the new art installation by Cannupa Hanska. Ram Nation Drum Group is a Native American drum group comprised of CSU students, staff, and community members. The group was initiated to promote Native American traditions, to learn about the drum, and to serve as a support group. There are about 12 active members who perform at various pow wows and other community events.

This past Monday, CSU was visited by the very talented Cannupa Hanska, an artist based out of Santa Fe focused on creating modern Native American art. Hanska recently created an installation for CSU’s Duhesa Gallery, located on the second floor of the Lory Student Center; thanks to the combined efforts of the LSC and the Native American Cultural Center, Hanska was able to take part in a night of Native American culture here on campus, as well as present his work to the many students and community members in attendance.

The night began with a gallery walk, where attendees were encouraged to walk the gallery and enjoy the installations created by Hanska. The pieces themselves consist mainly of clay casts made to look like animal skulls, surrounded by different fabrics and clothes, and each piece included a sheathed knife at its bottom.

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This was followed by a powerful presentation of drum and song performed by RamNation and an introduction to the artist, at which point Hanska began to explain what the pieces mean to him and why he created them specifically for CSU’s gallery.

“I began thinking about the kind of trophy cases that would present my art here, and trophies made me think taxidermy, and that led to the idea of animal heads as trophies or relics, hence the name of the installation: Reliquary, a collection of relics.”

He continued to say that, as a young artist, he noticed a lack of modern Native American artists creating modern Native art, something he described as a “cultural freeze.”

He describes a desire to unfreeze his culture, saying “I wanted to raise questions and have conversations that we hadn’t been having and make Native art here and now.”

The evening ended with a Q & A session with the artist and the Native American Cultural Center presenting him with a gift.

Cannupa Hanska’s installation Reliquary will be in the LSC’s Duhesa Gallery through June 1st; it is an intriguing and visually stunning display, so make sure you stop by and see it before this summer!

If you want to see more of Hanska’s work, he is supported by the Blue Rain gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and can be found online at cannupahanska.com.

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~From English Department Communications Intern Ashley Alfirevic

Dan Beachy-Quick at his Pub Talk

Dan Beachy-Quick at his Pub Talk at Letterpress & Publick House

Walking up to the Wolverine Farm Letterpress and Publick House, it instantly felt like quintessential Fort Collins. The smell of new, raw wood mingled with looseleaf tea and amber microbrews. Actual bikes, pictures of bikes, and pictures of people on bikes lined the walls. Far from overly boisterous, the small and subtle details – old turquoise book spines, purple carnations, and small white flowers I’ve never quite learned the names of – captured the most attention.

It only felt appropriate for Dan Beachy-Quick’s Pub Talk: “The Poem, the Shield, and the Ardent Pursuit.” A provocative exploration of the relationship between poetry and violence, Dan’s talk drew ties between the affront of brutality and the ambiguity of verse, where killing often straddles the line between horror and heroism.

The talk began slowly, with a tortoise. In order to make the lyre, the young Hermes killed the animal, in that casually violent way that Greek mythology tends to do, and strung its innards for strings.  Then, eternally rambunctious, Hermes fails in an effort to steal Apollo’s cows, and in recompense offers up the lyre. The God of Poetry, Apollo handles an instrument made from the easily executed strikes against the tortoise’s shell. The tool of poetry emerged from a violent act.

Dan discussed how the shields of Greek legends both “invite and bear damage.” Like poetry, the shields use images as a “magical protection you stand beneath,” sporting a Gorgon’s  visage. Combining syllables retrieved from ancient poetry and personal stories, Dan’s poetry contends that shields, unlike the songs of the lyre, do not deny but do not obsess over the damage borne inside.

The talk beautifully navigated through what felt like a comprehensive overview of great works and their histories of violence, stretching from the muses to Medusa, Crassus to Keats, in an entrancing way that felt like poetry without performance. Throughout, Dan talked in a measured tone that simultaneously kept you focused on the excerpts he was reading and allowed you to get wrapped up in thought. The breaks in this careful countenance, brief flashes of anger and sadness, came when recalling reading a poem about Charles Whitman while, in a surreal moment, news of the Columbine shooting broadcasted simultaneously on the radio. Moving from Greek literature to modern tragedies and back again, Dan discussed how poetry comes to us as an ardent pursuit, to help us refrain from our desires and become students of the damage of violence. For all the war and death in the Iliad, it produced one of the most empathetic and human moments in the face of suffering, as the conflict’s best archer lays immortally wounded: “I feel you in your pain. I feel you in your sorrow.”

Though “the string of the lyre and the string of the bow are the same,” and poetry toes the line between ambiguity and atrocity, Dan closed by reminding us that poetry strengthens “the need to stay wounded, to resist the urge to heal.” He called for us to let down our shields and open up to receive, to let the world harm as it must.

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~From English Department Communications Intern Ashley Alfirevic

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I ran into two classmates from my English Renaissance Drama class in the wonderfully echoey Eddy stairwell. Both were kind enough to agree to interviews while waiting for class. I sat near my first interviewee, Larissa, during today’s small group topic on bodily decay in Valpone, so the discussion was a convenient, albeit somewhat gruesome, introduction for us as acquaintances. This interview gave us the chance to talk about much more pleasant things, like the bright new colors of Eddy Hall.

Larissa asked, “So what is Humans of Eddy/Humans of New York?” I explained that Humans of Eddy is humans in Eddy Hall – so an English major or a faculty member or someone just taking a class in here. It’s kind of Humans of New York-esq, but don’t have to tell your whole story. It’s just kind of what you’re doing in Eddy and why you like being an English major, stuff like that. Pretty standard.

What’s your name and your major and when do you expect to graduate?
My name is Larissa. I’m an English Literature major with a History minor, hopefully. And then again, hopefully, I graduate in Spring ’17.

So what are you working on or doing in Eddy today?
I’ve got a class at four – Medieval Literature: Writing the Crusades.

And how do you like that class?
I enjoy it. It’s a lot of stuff I haven’t worked with before. And there again, it combines history with English.

How do you spend most of your time in Eddy?
(Laughs) Frantically running around. No, but…

I imagine that’s what most of us do in Eddy.
I have an internship on the third floor, so I practically live up there.

Oh, are you with the CLC?
I am with the CLC.

How do you enjoy it?
I love it. It’s great. It’s challenging in all the best ways.

Do you have a favorite moment in Eddy Hall?
Off the top of my head – not exactly. Maybe it was just when they reopened it. I was like, “Oh! Color!” Having been in here before, it was a dreary drab prison-esq building. And now it’s got color with its cinderblocks!

Do you have a favorite English class or English teacher?
That’s a cruel question. I know that I enjoy working with Lynn Shutters. I took Women’s Literature last semester and that was really enjoyable.

Describe Eddy Hall in one word.
One word? Square.

Do you have a favorite – I’m going to give you a lot of options but you only have to pick one – book, poem, quote, genre, or author?
Cruel and unusual punishment. Right now it’s Ray Bradbury and The Martian Chronicles.

If you were to give incoming CSU English majors advice, what would it be?
Be willing to speak with your professors and have fun with it. It’s good to take your education seriously, but it’s also valid to have fun with it.

Last one – what’s your biggest goal or priority right now?
(Laughs) Right now I think it’s just to keep everything somewhat balanced and not totally drop the ball on some things.

 

 

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The upcoming issue of the College of Liberal Arts enewsletter, where this post will be featured, is a special issue in which all the stories feature development-focused content that showcases the impact of our CLA donors. We were asked to contribute a story “about the impact of a scholarship on a student’s time here at CSU, a faculty member who was able to complete a research project due to a donor gift, or a profile piece on a major donor to your department.” After giving it only a little thought, our obvious choice was to write about Deanna Ludwin — a two time alumna, 16 year faculty member, and a dear friend of the English department. It was a joy working with Deanna to put this profile together.

Embracing One’s Community through Giving

Deanna Ludwin, at Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Deanna Ludwin, at Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Deanna Ludwin is nothing if not invested in CSU. She first entered the community by way of the English department as a graduate student.

Soon after my husband, Gary, and I made our home in Fort Collins, in 1978, the English Department became an invaluable part of my life. In 1980, I began taking graduate-level classes so I could renew my secondary teaching certificate and return to teaching once our younger son was in school. Gary had joined The Fort Collins Women’s Clinic and, as one of only three physicians in the practice, often worked 70- or 80-hour weeks, so I was the primary care giver for our two children. Graduate school — with its accomplished and encouraging faculty and bright and lively students — provided me the intellectual stimulation I sought and the support I needed to complete an MA in Literature.

Before completing her MA in 1988, Deanna started teaching at Poudre High School but continued to attend lectures, colloquia, and readings at CSU even after completing her degree. She took a creative writing class, and soon was back in her beloved English Department, earning her MFA in Poetry in 1995.

Less than a year later, Professors Pattie Cowell and Richard Henze invited Deanna to join the faculty as coordinator of the English Department Internship Program and the Creative Writing Teaching Program for graduate students teaching introductory creative writing courses. She also taught undergraduate creative writing (all levels of poetry and intermediate fiction) and Introduction to Poetry, as well as a graduate course in grant proposal writing. Deanna co-directed the Greyrock Institute, a summer program that later became The Greyrock Writers’ Festival, and taught a graduate course to secondary teachers.

Throughout my time at CSU, I was warmly accepted as a student and a colleague. I’d found a home in the English Department, nurtured by fine intellects and generous hearts. So it was only natural that I would want to encourage others in their intellectual and artistic pursuits.

Deanna working with a student intern

Deanna working with a student intern

Deanna felt fortunate as a student, having access to the programs she wanted right in her hometown, not having to deal with moving or paying out-of-state tuition. “But during my time as a student, then faculty member, I encountered students who were struggling to balance academics and economics.” Accustomed to paying tuition for their two sons, Deanna and Gary decided to put that money toward helping other students once their sons completed their degrees.

In 2003, Deanna and Gary established the Tremblay-Crow Fellowship for graduate students in the Creative Writing program. In 2005, they established the Smith-Schamberger Fellowship for literature students. Both merit-based fellowships honor professors whose talents, inspiration, and tireless efforts contributed to the many successes of these programs and their students, and both are intended for graduate students who do not have teaching assistantships in the English department; fellowship monies are deposited directly toward tuition. Although she is not involved with the selection of the recipients, Deanna often receives letters from students telling her how the fellowship monies have provided them with much needed assistance. Deanna and Gary also established the Crow-Tremblay Alumni Reading Series, which supports the visits of MFA program graduates who have recently published books. “Over the years, the amount of our contributions has varied; some years we are able to contribute more than other years. On occasion, others’ contributions have supplemented ours, but the fellowships are in dire need of additional support.”

During her time at CSU, Deanna was a valued member of the English community. As an MFA candidate, Deanna was awarded the John Clark Pratt Award “for excellence in creativity, scholarship, and service.” As a faculty member, she received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts (2003), a Best Teacher Award from the Alumni Connection and Student Alumni Connection (2006), and two Golden Apple awards from the Organization of Graduate Student Writers. Deanna felt appreciated, “which certainly has something to do with my desire to contribute to the department.” Deanna continues to be important to the English community, joining us for readings, retirements, and other department events—when she is in town.

I retired after sixteen years, ready to enjoy more time with family members (most of whom live in Iowa, including my parents, ages 95 and 90; and Gary and I now have four grandchildren, ages three to fourteen). In addition, I’m traveling every chance I get (we recently returned from Cuba) and am working on an investigative memoir. I continue to serve on the Colorado Review Advisory Board and to host potlucks for visiting writers. Of course, I still count many former colleagues and students among my dearest friends.

Deanna with Justin Hocking at a potluck she hosted for him, a visiting writer and English alumnus

Deanna with Justin Hocking at a potluck she hosted for him, a visiting writer and English alumnus

Deanna spent her early years on a farm in Iowa, “in a family for whom giving was natural — though we never referred to it as ‘giving.’ If a need existed, someone responded to that need.” Deanna is passionate about the arts, including the arts of research and writing, whether it’s termed creative or critical.

Little Deanna in Iowa

Little Deanna in Iowa

According to my mother, I was writing before I learned to read. My mother read to me every day — and my father read me the “funny papers” on Sundays. I was enamored with the pleasure and power of language and, after I learned to read myself, at age five, I delighted in my interactions with other lives, other places, other cultures. My parents owned few books, but we had an abundance of children’s books and visited our small-town library often. I wanted to create such magic myself, of course, and spent hours making little rhymes and stories. For serious students of language, literature, and culture, these creative impulses persist.

Students who pursue English degrees are well aware of the ways their studies deepen self-reflection and connect them to others. Engagement in the arts promotes involvement in cultures other than our own, too, and if I can add to these scholarly pursuits in any way, I feel compelled to do so. Such riches belong to all.

Deanna is also the founder of Books for Humanity, a project in which volunteers deliver a bookcase and reference library to every existing Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity family. She’s also on the steering committee for Fort Collins Habitat’s Women Build and several English Department faculty members have contributed toward the building of two houses for single-parent families.

Deanna is a wonderful example of someone who has invested effort, money, and heart into her community, and the benefit has both been hers and ours. When asked why she gives, Deanna responded,

Why do I give? I wish I could provide an enlightening, instructive answer, based on recent theories and studies, but giving seems to me simply a way of participating in — no, embracing — one’s community. To do so, people offer whatever they’re able to contribute: time, talent, energy, ideas, perspectives, money. Each does what she can to nurture the health of the whole.

Thank you, Deanna! We appreciate you and what you give, so much.


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Blue skies over Eddy Hall

Blue skies over Eddy Hall

  • Dan Beachy-Quick will be the Hurst Visiting Professor at Washington University from Feb 22 to March 3.
  • Hannah Caballero (aka Nizam-Aldine – she got married and changed her name!) will present the results of her year-long classroom-based research project, “L2 English Writers’ Perceptions of Audio Versus Written Summative Feedback,” at the 2016 American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference.
  • Brittany Goss’s (MFA ‘13) short story “A Simple Life” was published in the Fall 2015 issue of Confrontation.
  • Mary Crow’s poem, “A Poem in Which Sand Figures Prominently Again,” has been accepted for publication by Cargo.
  • “Floodables,” by Dr. Kayann Short (BA 1981; MA 1988), an essay about the aftermath of the 2013 Front Range flood, appears in the inaugural issue of Mad River Review.

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Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence (JUR) is a peer-reviewed, undergraduate journal registered with the Library of Congress that accepts submissions of any subject, from any undergraduate institution.

This is a journal where undergraduates have an opportunity to publish their own work and showcase their talents in any academic subject. Research, poetry, reviews, and art can be featured side-by-side as a testament to the scholarly power of undergraduate students.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Artistry in the Institute for Learning and Teaching Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, JUR Press is an undergraduate-run publishing house. Their mission is to print outstanding undergraduate research, scholarly articles, and creative works to make them available to the public and connect the worldwide community of college undergraduates. Their flagship product is the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence, printed annually and open to students internationally.

Previous publications in JUR, the sort of things an English major might write and submit:

 

  • Inequitable marriage: Financial dependence of women in the Victorian novel 
  • A commentary on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt through Erikson’s eight stages of psychosocial development theory 
  • An Appeal to Anyone Writing Anything
  • The Geology of Who You Share Your Bed With 
  • Unique spaces, unique states of mind: the Thai forest monks and the Abhidhamma method of conscious states and meditation 
  • Judging emotion in reason: the effect of emotion in the Anglo-American legal system

 

Submission Deadline: March 14th, 2016

Internships: They aren’t planning on hiring any new interns for the Spring, but there are plans for positions in the Fall.

Looking for more places to submit your work? Check out Local Literary Magazines, Places to Publish Your Work: a Listicle from Ashley Alfirevic.

 

 

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Our “Humans of Eddy” feature (inspired by the project “Humans of New York“) is where we showcase the people of Eddy in their “natural habitat,” doing what they do here. We introduce you to the vibrant and diverse humans who inhabit Eddy Hall (and beyond) and all the interesting things they are working on and thinking about. This week’s post comes from our returning communication intern, Ashley Alfirevic.


Geneva and I first met in our Creative Nonfiction class last semester. We both signed up for the first day of workshop, and while I was trying to hide my terror, she struck me as having a very calm and friendly demeanor. Throughout the course, she always had such insightful compliments for everyone’s writing, and I was constantly amazed by her kindness and generosity of spirit. I ran into her in Eddy and asked if she would oblige an interview.

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Geneva not in Eddy Hall but at Piha Beach in Auckland

 

bloWhat’s your name and your major? When do you expect to graduate?
My name is Geneva McCarthy and I am a double concentration in English Literature and Creative Writing with a minor in Linguistics and Culture. My anticipated graduation date – if all goes well – is next spring. So the Spring of 2017.

What are you up to in Eddy Hall today?
I have classes here, but also I’m dropping off a payment for membership to Sigma Tau Delta.

Oh, is that the Honors Society?
It is. I’m just joining so, it sounds really interesting.

How do you spend most of your time in Eddy?
(Laughs) Mostly I’m taking classes in Eddy, although I occasionally have conferences with teachers and run into classmates, you know.

What inspired you to do two concentrations in English?
I was raised in an environment deeply literary, so I’ve always had an interest though I didn’t label it. I didn’t recognize it because it was so commonplace to me. I just assumed everyone was that deeply entrenched in literature. It took me going to college for a while to recognize the affinity that I had for it. And then subsequent to taking several classes, it was suggested to me that I should pursue an interest in Creative Writing. And Linguistics and Culture is just a personal interest of mine.

Yeah, and it all ties in. Do you have a favorite class or teacher?
This semester specifically or historically at CSU? I’ll do it this semester for now. Favorite class… I don’t know that I can qualify that. I’m actually very much – and this is going to sound really bizarre – really enjoying Syntax and Semantics, which is a linguistics/language class. There’s something I really like about all of my classes. I’m finding my capstone in Emily Dickinson amazing. But there’s something about the Syntax and Semantics that’s helping me understand links in all three of my areas of interest that really speaks to me. I can understand how to read better; I can understand how to write better; I can understand what those gaps for me to be a teacher might be. For me, that is one of the reasons I’m really enjoying the class.

So, I know this is probably also a tough question, but what’s your favorite book or poem or quote or genre or author?
So I have to pick one of those?

You can do more if you want! I just offer them because some people don’t have a favorite book and some people don’t have a favorite author.
Yeah, I think that would be accurate for me, too. I don’t think there’s a single book or a single author. I think it’s the variety that appeals to me. I like the flexibility there.

Favorite poem – you’re killing me. Or quote, even. You know, I’m going to go goofy with the quote, I think. “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” It’s Edgar Allen Poe. But I like the idea that the sanity is the part that we’re avoiding, and just the inversion of the thought there. I like the paradox of it.


If you were going to give advice to incoming CSU English majors, what would it be?
Get to know your teachers. I think that it’s something invaluable. And I know that that’s difficult, because I myself am something of an introvert, contrary to what it seems. But I think it’s important to have that kind of connection. I tend to ask a ton of questions. But I’m older than the average student and I think that when you’re younger you feel a little more self conscious, which would make it all the more necessary to talk to your professors.


Last one: What’s your biggest goal or priority right now?
At this particular moment? My biggest goal… whew. Getting as much as I can from my education.

I like it. Well that’s pretty much it unless there’s anything else you want to talk about.
I still haven’t given you my favorite poem, but I’m thinking about it (laughs). I’m going to say, for right now,  John Keats’ “To Autumn.”

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  • Dan Beachy-Quick is giving a “Pub Talk” at Wolverine Farm’s Publick House on Tuesday the 16th at 7:00 pm: “The Poem, the Shield, the Ardent Pursuit.”
  • Matthew Cooperman has a new poem up at Spiral Orb, at http://www.spiralorb.net/eleven/cooperman. He will be launching his new book Spool, and reading from it, alongside Graham Foust, this coming Saturday, Feb. 13, 7:30pm, at the Fort Collins Letterpress and Publick House, 316 Willow St.

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