~From English Department Communications Intern Beth Campbell
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The air seems to shimmer with excitement as students trickled in to the beat of a Bollywood song playing over the sound system. Conversation bubbled between the rows of seats as the main attraction settled at the front of the auditorium. The transgender poetry performance duo Dark Matter had been invited to campus, and, as they were known for confronting taboo social issues head on, it was little wonder that so many people had turned out for the event.

The flyers had advertised a workshop followed by a poetry performance. However, the workshop was not the mutual sharing of poetry that we all expected. The duo had prepared a meaty presentation on the perpetuation of our harsh noninclusive societal norms. They explained in no uncertain terms that we are unconsciously silencing minority groups for the betterment of something as trivial as the economy. They pointed out how prevalent discrimination against minorities and people of non-traditional sexualities are in today’s society with passion that would bring anyone to tears. We were all taken aback a bit at first, but despite the very forward start, they went on to point out that student activists are essential for change. We are the body of the university, and as such, we have the power to change what we view as wrong and sometimes backwards. We can change the world if we so choose, but we have to make the choice to act. They encouraged us to stand for what we each believe in, holding true to our personal values no matter what obstacles we may face. While it was not the workshop most of us had anticipated, we were inspired in a different way. Our writing may not have been touched, but our lives had. Hearing Dark Matter speak was like being given the validation each one of us craves in our lives, and it sparked us to stand tall for ourselves.

After a short break, in which many more students poured into the room and took over the empty seats, the actual poetry performance began. Filled with Indian overtones and rhythmic chants, the words that saturated the room felt foreign and familiar, like looking at a photograph taken of a memory from years before. The lines flowed around each other like incense smoke and danced on the ears of the captivated listeners. Snaps of approval would echo when a statement was particularly striking. Dark Matter thrived from the intensity of the audience, adjusting their actions and volume if the crowd showed delight or approval. By now, the room was packed with people from all walks of life, including two service dogs who would softly woof their opinions on the event. My friend Matt, who is not an English major but who rallies behind anything that addresses today’s social issues, sat beside me, swaying slightly in time to the chanted words. I had never seen him so wrapped up in words, and he was not the only one.

The power in that room kept building throughout the night. Maybe it was the tension as the dueling voices wrenched hearts with stories of pain and triumph in our tumultuously cruel world, or maybe it was the emotion that held us all captive throughout the performance. Wherever it came from, it held us spellbound until Dark Matter took their final bow and the crowd filed out into the night, social controversies dripping from our tongues and our minds tingling with the urge to act. We left gasping for air, as if we had all been holding our breath throughout the performance. With each new gulp of cold night air, I felt my mind shifting and my thoughts twisting in consideration. I had been challenged to use my words for action, but I had also been challenged to live my words.

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~From English Department Communications Intern Beth Campbell

Kara can only be described as colorful. When I first met her, she beamed a terrific smile at me and, before I could finish asking her name, launched into how nice it was to meet a new friend. I began to ask her questions about her major and what she liked about Eddy Hall. She was more than willing to talk, telling me stories of her own experience as an English major and as a writer.

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What’s your name? Your major? When do you expect to graduate?
Kara Zehner. I’m studying English Education, and I expect to graduate in 2018.

How do you spend most of your time in Eddy Hall?
I’m usually here going to class and office hours. All of my professors are here.

Favorite moment in Eddy Hall?
That would have to be hanging out with one of my professors and talking about Plato and Literary Theory.

Favorite English class or teacher?
I loved my LGBT Literature. That’s not something that’s discussed a lot.

Describe Eddy Hall in one word.
Colorful.

What’s your favorite book, poem, quote, lyric, genre?
“I must be a mermaid… I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living. ”

Who is your favorite author?
Nick Miller.

If you were to give advice to incoming CSU English majors, what would it be?
Read. Or try to. Falling behind in the reading can really suck in the long run.

What’s your biggest goal, priority right now?
Just getting through this year.

Are you working on any projects? If so, what?
I am a co-host for KCSU. My friend and I have a show on Fridays from 9-11 am called the Space Babez from Earth. It is a lot of fun!

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Fort Collins Discovery Museum, image by Jill Salahub

Fort Collins Discovery Museum, image by Jill Salahub

  • Dan Beachy-Quick’s book of poems, gentlessness, has been named a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in Poetry.
  • Dan Beachy-Quick’s poem, “Endangered Species,” is up today at the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day site: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem-day
  • SueEllen Campbell and John Calderazzo spent the week of spring break at the University of Montana and in Missoula.  SueEllen read a personal essay and talked about dealing with the emotions raised by the idea of climate change and ran a workshop about teaching climate change in the humanities. John led a community writing workshop on the subject of health. Both were partly sponsored by the Health and Humanities Institute, and SueEllen was also sponsored by the department of English. SueEllen also interviewed faculty and students in the university’s climate change minor for a program review.
  • Camille Dungy’s poem “because it looked hotter that way” is a featured women’s month selection on Poets.org, the online archive for the Academy of American Poets, https://m.poets.org/poetsorg/womens-history-month
  • Roze Hentschell is attending the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America conference in New Orleans, for which she wrote a seminar paper, “Reimagining a New St. Paul’s Cathedral.”
  • Tobi Jacobi’s essay “Austerity Behind Bars: The ‘Cost’ of Prison College Programs” appears in Composition in the Age of Austerity, a new collection edited by Anthony Scott and Nancy Welch (Utah State University Press).
  • Leif Sorensen presented a paper on pulp magazines as incubators for contemporary popular genre categories at the meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in Boston.
  • Leif Sorensen’s book, Ethnic Modernism and the Making of US Literary Multiculturalism just came out from Palgrave Macmillan. The book focuses on the remarkable careers of four ethnic fiction writers: Younghill Kang, D’Arcy McNickle, Zora Neale Hurston, and Américo Paredes and shows how their works played a crucial role in the development of what we now call multiethnic literature in the US.
  • On April 2nd, Sasha Steensen will give a reading at the Ivy Writers Series, a bilingual reading series in Paris, France.
  • Neil Fitzpatrick’s story “The Future of Statues” is featured in the latest issue of A Public Space. He’ll be reading in Manhattan on April 6 with another Emerging Writer Fellow and their mentors. Here’s the link to the issue: http://apublicspace.org/magazine/issue_24. And the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/982453681849010/.

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~From English Department Communications Intern Ashley Alfirevic

Recently, two of my classmates were kind enough to agree to spontaneous Humans of Eddy interviews. I run into Dougie quite a bit throughout the department and various English events, but this is the first time we stopped to chat about hidden libraries and haikus.

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What’s your name and your major and when do you expect to graduate?
My name is Douglas William Hindman the Third (officially) or Dougie for short. I am a double major in English and History and I’m expecting to hopefully graduate in December of 2016.

What are you working on or doing in Eddy today?
I am going to my lovely Medieval Literature class. And I’m trying to catch up on the reading for all of my other classes.

And what’s your favorite thing about that class?
I like the material that we’re studying. As a little boy I was obsessed with knights in shining armor, so it’s kind of second hat.

How do you spend most of your time in Eddy?
I spend most of my time in Eddy in class, although I have checked out the Philosophy library in the basement that no one knows about…

I didn’t even know that was there.
…Or the Flood Library. That’s how I spend most of my time. Oh, and bugging professors. Which I pride myself on chasing, particularly with Trembath and Marvin, and trying to find them.

Do you have a favorite moment in Eddy?
My favorite moment in Eddy would probably be freshman year, the first time I saw the basement in Eddy before the remodel, and kind of the sheer terror of the basement of Eddy. Which has now been transformed.

Do you have a favorite English class or English teacher?
I love all of my English professors. I think Marvin’s probably going to take the cake just because his classes are crazy fun and you never know what to expect.

Describe Eddy hall in one word.
It’s on the tip of my tongue… not sporadic…

…Spontaneous?
Yes, spontaneous!

I’ve thought about asking people to do haikus about Eddy, but I don’t think that would go well. It’s hard enough for us to think of just one word.
I can give it a try if you want. I forget how many…

Larissa: Five, seven, and five syllables.

I can bug you for it in class or something if you want to do it. I’m sure it’d be easier to write.
I’m a poet and you’ve challenged me to write a poem. I’ll have to come up with a haiku.

Do you have – I’m going to give you a lot of options but you only have to pick one – a favorite book, poem, quote, lyric, genre, or author?
I think I’m going to try them all. I think my favorite author is between John Steinbeck and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I think I’m going to have to pick Steinbeck for the author. My favorite book would probably be Cien Anos de Soledad or A Hundred Years of Solitude. Favorite genre is historical fiction. Poem… probably “Leaves of Grass”… all of “Leaves of Grass.”
Quote… not because I necessarily like it… but I think “Alas, poor Yorick” is probably what comes to mind the most, probably because I identify with the grave diggers. Being a custodian is kind of like being a grave digger. I don’t have a lyric but it would probably be a limerick if it was.

If you were to give advice into incoming CSU English majors, what would it be?
Do the reading the first time and start your papers early. And have fun while doing all those things and juggling college.

All advice English majors definitely need. What’s your biggest goal or priority right now?
(Laughs) Probably to graduate, honestly. Just to get through the year and to have fun doing it.

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Image by Jill Salahub

Image by Jill Salahub

  • Antero Garcia has a new chapter titled “Teacher as Dungeon Master: Connected learning, democratic classrooms, and rolling for initiative” in the book The role-playing society: Essays on the cultural influence of RPGs (MacFarland).
  • Antero Garcia has been announced as a judge for the art and writing youth “Twist Fate” challenge. He will co-edit a collection of the entries to be published after the competition challenge ends. The deadline for entries is April 6th and more info can be found here: http://dmlhub.net/newsroom/media-releases/twist-fate/.
  • Sasha Steensen published five poems in the March/ April issue of Kenyon Review, two of which are featured online: http://www.kenyonreview.org/journal/marapr-2016/selections/sasha-steensen/  She was also interviewed for Kenyon Conversations.  You can read the interview here:  http://www.kenyonreview.org/conversation/sasha-steensen/ She will be reading at Mountain Fold bookstore in Colorado Springs at 7pm on March 19th.
  • Karen Montgomery Moore will be presenting “Affect, Anxiety, and the Abject Corpse in A Study in Scarlet” at the Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association conference in Seattle on March 24. She was advised regarding this paper (her final graduate project) by Ellen Brinks and Debby Thompson, and she received NTTF professional development funding to support travel for this presentation.
  • Sean Waters published a cool piece about Seth Jansen and Poudre Valley Community Farms, which came out last week in Fort Collins’ Scene Magazine.  http://scenenoco.com/2016/03/02/poudre-valley-farms/
  • Davis Webster’s (an undergrad in creative writing) essay “Wyo.” was accepted for publication in Fourth Genre.
  • Embracing Community through Giving,” an article about Deanna Ludwin’s contributions to the English Department, is included in the February 27 issue of the College of Liberal Arts Newsletter. Jill Salahub is the article’s author. Deanna’s poem “Focus” was published in Fjords Review’s “Free Womens Edition.” (Go to fjordsreview.com and click on “Featured” then “Archives.”) Her article about attending a poetry workshop in France, “Opening the Senses in Southern France,” was included in volume 6, issue 1 of CSU’s Society of Senior Scholars Newsletter.
  • Edward Hamlin, winner of Colorado Review’s 2013 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, will read from his recently published collection Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award and one of two finalists for this year’s Colorado Book Award (short story collection category), at Wolverine Farm’s Publick House Saturday April 16, 7:30 pm. (Please note: this event was rescheduled due to weather, and will take place at the same location on May 20, 7:30 pm).

 

Commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this summer in E343: Shakespeare II with Dr. Roze Hentschell. Registration begins March 22nd.

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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  (Room and Time TBA after the Doodle Poll Results are In)

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 Beth Campbell

Night had settled over the whole of Fort Collins, but Old Town still shown bright with the glow of street lights, shop windows, and the strobing pulses of lasers to the beat of bar playlists. Groups of people milled over the sidewalks, their voices weaving a delicate harmony to the melody of cars rushing by and shouts from the pubs. A dog barked as I turned down a darker street and found a parking spot outside the Wolverine Letterpress & Publick House.

It was quieter here, the roar of the crowds now just a dull buzz. Warmly lit windows and the smell of coffee and hops beckoned me in from the cold. People in hipster skinny jeans, beanies, and plaid clustered around the bar and the tables under the windows, sipping lattes and microbrews. It was how I imagined a hobbit hole would be-hidden away, but full of laughter, welcoming, and bustling with activity.

I was directed to the upstairs loft by a smiling young woman in a purple fleece shirt and leggings where Matthew Cooperman, a professor here at Colorado State University, was holding his book release. The wooden stairs creaked to life under my steps as I made my way up. A small door at the top of the stairs opened into a room that felt bigger than it was. A lofted ceiling lit with low lamplight bounced conversation back toward the crowd of people who were already jostling about. A wall of windows let the stars look in on our gathering and made me feel like we were standing on the edge of the roof. I glanced around as I took my seat. I recognized faces from the hallways between classes or from glances exchanged in Eddy between meetings, but I knew no one personally. That was fine. I wasn’t there to people-watch. I was there for the words.

Writers are a unique breed. In large groups, they all treat each other with almost a British form of respect and kindness, but most remain extremely humble. They let their work speak for them, and some look flustered or slightly embarrassed when complimented on it. They all speak very softly, too, for some reason. There must have been sixty people in that room, yet the volume never rose out of control, maintaining a gentle hum. Someone even spilled a glass of beer, but no commotion was raised. It was mopped up and over before a second thought could be given to it.

Everyone settled extremely quickly when the first reader was introduced. It was like a calm before a storm as we all sat waiting to hear what Dr. Graham Faust, a professor of poetry at the University of Denver, would read from his work. He had been asked to read as well, and we waited with baited breath. His poetry spoke of childhood, of memories we all had but maybe had never looked back on. His hands shook as he read, but his words never faltered. The emotion behind several of the poems made the lines catch in his throat and our hearts pause for a brief second. I closed my eyes and let the poems paint themselves before my eyes. Some were short snippets of his life as a graduate student. Others trailed on about the power of feeling, actually feeling. The poems made me feel like I was floating somewhere else, that I was in a new unfamiliar place just drifting about.

It was the harsh slapping applause that jerked me back to reality. Dr. Faust gave a half-grin before nonchalantly making his way back to his seat. As he did so, the master of ceremonies introduced her husband, Dr. Matthew Cooperman, and his new book, Spool. Behind the microphone, he was a little more at ease than Dr. Faust, but his words were just as powerful. He explained that he had taken on a new style, only allowing three words to each line in each poem. When asked how he came up with idea, he laughed and said that he had begun to run out space in his notebook on his honeymoon with his wife, so he came up with a way to save space. It had just grown from there.

Those three word lines dripped in to the room like a slow flood; we had no idea we were drowning in his work until he would pause between poems and we would come up for air. Then he would plunge us down the Poudre River, guide us through the Rocky Mountains, and walk with us through the field behind his neighborhood. We heard his daughter laugh and smiled when his son begged him to come play on that steamy July afternoon. The love he had for his wife filled the air, as did his sorrow when the way ahead was not clear. Yet through it all, he read with a steady, clear voice. His tone rose and fell with each passing phrase, his eyes darting across the page before him almost faster than he could speak. He seemed to be the only one immune to the beautiful chaos flowing from his words, while the rest of us were willingly tossed back and forth.

The new book is bound to be a success, judging from the loud applause and the heaps of compliments that were piled on after the reading. Both featured writers simply smiled and nodded their thanks, taking it humbly and blending into the crowd when possible. The cheery music of conversation slipped out the door with me when I left, a light tune to carry me out to the car. Everything was still, and the stars twinkled just a little bit brighter, but I suppose poetry has that effect on everyone.


Stay tuned for an upcoming faculty profile of Matthew Cooperman, also from Beth Campbell.

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~From English Department Communications Intern Kaitlyn Phillips

At 7:30 in the Lory Student Center’s Cherokee Park Ballroom, people began to filter in and take their seats. They talk excitedly, browse the books for sale in the corner, and await author Steve Almond to take the stage and recite a sample of his work.

Having never read Almond’s work before this event, I didn’t know what to expect; the people around me ranged from elderly gentleman in suits with pristine copies of Almond’s work in hand, to undergraduate English majors like myself, dressed in jeans and flannels and gathering to laugh and talk loudly in the room’s corners. There was, however, a conspicuous lack of younger children in the room, and I soon found out why.

After several introductions from faculty and grad students alike, Steve Almond took to the podium followed by an almost rowdy round of applause from the audience.

What followed was an hour of the audience laughing almost nonstop.

Almond’s work, to my surprise, was mostly satirical, blending crude humor and serious debate in an absolutely unique and hysterical way that kept the viewers present (myself included) close to tears with laughter throughout the reading.

As Almond read his work, I began to realize that the lack of children was for good reason; Almond’s work, while hilarious, is definitely not meant for a younger audience.

He began with several excerpts from his book Against Football, a brilliant critique of the dark side of America’s favorite game that reveals its tendencies to promote violence, over indulgence, homophobia, and racism. Though the topic of the piece is in-depth and often times heavy, Almond is able to highlight these ideas more effectively through humor, both provoking the audience to thought and leaving them laughing.

He continued by introducing books he had written and published himself, short and contained novellas or essays whose contents range from hate mail he receives and his (hysterical) responses to them, to a collection of “short shorts” that he describes as “little bursts of empathy.” These small samples of Almond’s work can only be purchased in cash and from him directly; this project was set up this way intentionally; as Almond explained, “everybody who owns one of these books has taken it from my hands; an interaction had to have occurred for them to read it.”

One of the most memorable moments of the reading for me came from an excerpt from one of these small novels called “Bad Poetry,” in which Almond showcases the few years he “decided [he] could write poetry,” as he puts it. He read, reciting his own evaluation, “the worst poem ever written” entitled “Hobo Chant, 1938.” Almond’s reading and response was (of course) hysterical, but he ended his response to the poem with a lesson he took away from writing it, saying “Anytime you fail at a piece of writing, it is only because it was a story you were not ready to tell.”

It’s safe to say the rest of the audience enjoyed the reading at least as much as I did; there were lines out the door to purchase Almond’s work, and many waited for nearly an hour after the event’s end to purchase the smaller collection he carries with him.

As someone who is normally wary of satirical essays and notoriously hard to impress with crude humor, I couldn’t recommend Steve Almond’s work more; as a balanced collection of humor, satire, and thought-provoking reality, Almond’s novels, essays, and short stories are definitely worth a read.

 

Much of Almond’s work is available in CSU’s bookstore, including Against Football  and his newest release, a collection of short stories titled God Bless America. All of his work, with the exception of the short novels described here, can be purchased on  http://againstfootball.org/


The Creative Writing Reading Series at CSU is organized by English Department faculty and the Organization of Graduate Student Writers (OGSW); Creative Writing faculty serve on a rotating basis as director of the series and faculty advisor to OGSW. The series has a small annual budget and relies on the support of the Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU), the College of Liberal Arts dean’s office, donors, local businesses, and CSU’s English Department. Its spring 2016 events are made possible with support from CSU’s Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment, a premier funder of the arts at CSU. Please help grow this fund with a gift at: http://president.colostate.edu/lillabmorgan/index.aspx. All events are free and open to the public.

Next reading: MFA Thesis Reading (Nonfiction), Thursday March 24. 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the Clara Hatton Gallery, Visual Arts Building.

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~From English Department Communications Intern Ashley Alfirevic

I had often been warned about this, that agreeing to too much, even willingly and excitedly, might have its pitfalls. “Of course I can handle covering two events in one night. It won’t be a problem. The readings are always fun, anyways,” I thought.

That is, until I walked past the UCA’s Art Gallery to find it empty. I followed the sound of voices through the halls until I accidently startled some (presumably) theater majors. “The Hatton Gallery’s not in here, is it?” I asked.

They looked at me sympathetically. “That’s on the other side of campus.”

So, after admitting my defeat and driving to the Visual Arts building, I guiltily opened the door during the middle of Camille Dungy’s opening for Luke Dani Blue & Stephanie Lenox. “I went to the wrong building,” I whispered to the strangers sitting next to me.

A Colorado Review-er introduced Blue, commenting on the particular pleasure that came from accepting the story that had so captured her attention, and also from the knowledge that Blue’s cattle dog could do backflips.

Luke Dani Blue

Luke Dani Blue

“I lied about my dog,” Blue admitted when stepping up to the front. “It’s more of an uncoordinated half-spin than a backflip.” Prize winning dog or not, Blue certainly has her fair share of things to be proud of, including a Nelligan Prize for her story “Bad Things That Happen to Girls.”

An entrancing combination of fairytale and coming-of-age narratives, immigrant mother Birdie fills a role neither Godmother nor Stepmother, as her best attempts to rescue her child seem to the girl an imprisonment. Birdie wants to save her daughter Trish from the burdens of female adolescence on her thirteenth birthday. She sells their most prized possessions and quits her job to surprise Trish with an RV, so that they can travel the country together along a silver ribbon of road where “just beyond today, dawns lined up.” The secret gives her jitters, but the ultimate reveal falls flat in a world without magic, one where the Rapunzel wants to cut her hair and doesn’t want to leave the tower.

After Birdie’s failed fantasy in “Bad Things,” with its beautiful but strained relationship between mother and daughter, Stephanie Lenox’s poetry came with lighthearted laughter. Her book The Business both “challenges and celebrates societal performativity of the day job and the office routine.”

Stephanie Lenox

Stephanie Lenox

Lenox held up the nametag that inspired it all, a symbol of her working office life where a co-worker whispered to her both a plea and a promise of hilarity: “You’re a writer, right? Write about this.” Simultaneously analytical, scathing, and laugh-out-loud funny, The Business provides commentary on the work of work, discussing the potentially meticulous afterlife of secretaries in heaven or the unwarranted nostalgia for unused fax machines. The audience contributed their own personal disdain and small affections for office life by helping to chant Lenox’s chorus for one of her poems, “Employees Must Wash Hands,” prompted for the proper recitation with a gold sign bearing the instruction. Finally, the evening ended on the raucous laughter and identification of the “Take This Job and Shove It” Ode.

Though the night consisted of a string of admitted defeats – of losing touch with a teenage daughter, of losing sanity in the rat race, and of losing the belief that you can do it all – each story preserved and held their own happy endings: for “Bad Things That Happen to Girls,” an endearing belief in fairytales and an unshakeable love between mother and child; for The Business, the ability to maintain a sense of humor and unbridled amusement amongst the day to day; for me, a pleasant reminder that I am always absorbed and enlightened by an author’s work, even if I’m a little late in hearing it.

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Luke Dani Blue & Stephanie Lenox

 


The Creative Writing Reading Series at CSU is organized by English Department faculty and the Organization of Graduate Student Writers (OGSW); Creative Writing faculty serve on a rotating basis as director of the series and faculty advisor to OGSW. The series has a small annual budget and relies on the support of the Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU), the College of Liberal Arts dean’s office, donors, local businesses, and CSU’s English Department. Its spring 2016 events are made possible with support from CSU’s Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment, a premier funder of the arts at CSU. Please help grow this fund with a gift at: http://president.colostate.edu/lillabmorgan/index.aspx. All events are free and open to the public.

Next reading: MFA Thesis Reading (Nonfiction), Thursday March 24. 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the Clara Hatton Gallery, Visual Arts Building.

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~From English Department Communications Intern Beth Campbell

I had seen Kim around campus before, but I never really got to know her until we had Shakespeare II together. She warmly greated me on our first day like I was an old friend, despite being merely aquaintences. In conversation with her, it quickly becomes apparent to whomever is listening that she is genuinely passionate about what she does and she wants to share it with everyone she meets.

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What’s your name? Your major? When do you expect to graduate?
My name is Kim Pemberton. I am an English Creative Writing Major and a sophomore.

Favorite moment in Eddy Hall?
When the weather was nice, my friends and I would sit outside on the ledge by the bike racks before class and just talk about books and what we we learning and what we found interesting and I really enjoyed those moments.

Favorite English class or teacher?
I think my favorite English class was Literary Criticism and Theory with Paul Trembath. It was fantastic! I came out of class everyday with my mind just sort of blown. I loved it.

How would you describe Eddy Hall?
I love Eddy. I love sitting on the benches in the courtyard and reading when the weather is nice. It’s a great place to concentrate and get stuff done.

What’s your favorite book, poem, quote, lyric, genre? Who is your favorite author?
Honestly I really love Sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, anything that puts me in another world and takes me on a journey. I like to be swept away by books.

If you were to give advice to incoming CSU English majors, what would it be?
If I could give advice to incoming English majors, it would be to always always do the reading. Even if you’re tired, even if you don’t really understand it-just do it and it will make everything else so much easier.

What’s your biggest goal, priority right now?
My biggest priority right now is just to nurture myself, like I’m just trying to make time for creative pursuits l like writing and drawing and just doing what I love and loving what I do. It’s so easy to get caught up in whatever is going on and forget to really enjoy yourself, and enjoying yourself is healthy. It’s necessary for our well being.

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