Established in 1992 and housed in the English Department at Colorado State University, home of Colorado Review, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, the Series in Contemporary Fiction, and Bonfire Press, the Center for Literary Publishing’s mission is two-fold: to publish contemporary short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and to offer graduate students opportunities to learn about and participate in literary publishing through a professional internship.
Beginning in February of 2014 with its first post, a welcome note from department chair Louann Reid, the department blog is a place where we tell the story of English at CSU. In that inaugural post, Louann hoped that this blog would become “a virtual community of readers, writers, and thinkers who are passionate about all that English studies offers.” The blog keeps readers up to date about upcoming events and current news, along with an ongoing set of regular features — Notes from the Chair, Alumni and Faculty Profiles, the Humans of Eddy series, Student Success Stories, as well as news about our Reading series and other events of interest to the faculty, students, staff, prospective students, administration, and other friends of English.
Before we had a blog, we had The Freestone. The first issue of Freestone was printed in 1994, and it was published annually until the last issue in 2012. The writing and publication of Freestone was overseen by a faculty advisor, along with a graduate student editor and assistant editor. From the first issue of Freestone, printed in 1994: “We chose the name Freestone — which refers to a mountain stream with a bed composed of slowly shifting stones — because it is an apt metaphor for the nature of change in English departments. Except during the spring runoff (or massive budget reallocations), those changes typically come slowly, and aren’t always noticed by a student who is here for only four or five years. Nonetheless, over time, accumulated changes can result in profound differences.”
Freestone Archive [pdfs]
Recent Faculty Publications
Our faculty are a diverse, vibrant, exciting group working on an amazing array of projects and collaborations, putting together texts that span all genres. We recently set up a bookshelf near the English department main office (between the elevator and the computer lab) where we are featuring recent faculty publications, books and otherwise. To see a sampling of recent faculty publications — books, articles, book chapters, edited collections, poems, essays, short stories, book reviews, blog posts and other online publications — you can also check out our virtual “bookshelf.”