Eleven students graduated with distinction Fall 2014 – Spring 2015: Anton Gerth (English Education), Kimberly Daggett (Lit), Karen Montgomery Moore (Lit), Olivia Tracy (Lit), William Winham (Lit), Amanda Casolo (Fiction), Jessica Hill (Creative Nonfiction), Reyila Hadeer (TESL/TEFL), Hsin-Yi (Kenshin) Huang (TESL/TEFL), Angela Sharpe (TESL/TEFL), and Shelly Reed (Rhet/Comp).
Three students were awarded the Outstanding Literary Essay Award at the 2015 Awards Ceremony:
1st Place: Kylan Rice, Postbellum Multeity in Clarel: A Geotextual Epic
2nd Place: Olivia Tracy, Rise up through the words: Postcolonial Haitian Uncoverings of Anacoana
3rd Place: Karen Montgomery Moore, Reading the Dead Bodies on Bones
One student was also awarded the Outstanding Graduate Writing Award in Composition, Rhetoric & Literacy: Paul Binkley
Neil FitzPatrick is one of A Public Space’s 2015 Emerging Writer Fellows. With this fellowship, Neil will receive:
- A mentorship from an established author who has previously contributed to A Public Space;
- Publication in the magazine;
- A contributor’s payment of $1,000
- Free workspace in Public Space’s Brooklyn offices
At the 2015 Graduate Student Showcase, 16 graduate students from the English Department (listed below) presented their work. The GradShow is a one-day graduate conference at CSU that provides an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their talents, connect with other graduate students, and enjoy the possibility of winning a cash award.
Kristin George Bagdanov
Karen Montgomery Moore
Two of our students won the Undergraduate Choice Award. In the Creative category, Cedar Brant won second prize ($75) for The Hidden Hinge: Mapping Memory and Myth through Poetry, and in the Research category John Whalen won third prize ($50) for The Utilization of Web-based Resources for Computer Assisted Vocabulary Learning.
Faculty and Student Collaboration
Dr. Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker and TEFL/TESL MA student Angela Sharpe also presented their research at the Spring 2015 Colloquium. The title of their presentation was “Teaching Researching, and Creating with Corpora and Corpus Tools.” Tatiana and Angela argued that using corpora and corpus tools can inform the pedagogy of the language classroom by helping instructors develop conscious-raising activities where learners can examine form(s) and meaning(s) in a variety of environments. In addition, Tatiana and Angela demonstrated how instructors can use corpus data as a tool to analyze their pedagogical materials in order to improve implicit and explicit learning opportunities in the classroom.
Travel Scholarships and Opportunities
There were 10 recipients of the Department Travel Funding Spring 2015: Kristen George Bagdanov, Mandi Casolo, Alhassane Ali Drouhamane, Joni Hayward, Moriah Kent, Angelina Maio, Karen Montgomery Moore, Courtney Pollard, Kylan Rice, and John Whalen. Below are some other students who traveled to conferences to present.
Courtney Pollard presented a paper titled “Exploring Alternative Literacies: Reading English Broadside Ballads as Multimedia Texts” at the University of South Florida’s English Graduate Student Conference in Tampa March 27-28, 2015.
Courtney also presented a poster titled “Creating Public Literacy: Reading Text and Image in Broadside Ballads” at the CSU Gradshow on February 25, 2015.
Lastly Courtney was a recipient of the Graduate Student Travel Award this spring and was just recently notified that she is one of the recipients of the Smith-Schamberger Literature Fellowship
for Fall 2015.
Olivia Tracy presented her paper “‘Rise Up Through the Words’: Nature and Power in Haitian Uncoverings of Anacaona” in June at the 2015 ASLE Biennial conference in Moscow, Idaho. She presented as part of the panel “Postcolonial Uncoverings: Caribbean Ecologies.”
Cedar Brant received a scholarship to attend the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers Conference in June 2015.
Five CSU graduate students went to central China Summer 2015 to teach English as a second language at Xi’an Jiaotong University including Kristen Mullen, Kathleen Hamel, Joni Hayward, Tarran Carver, and Jenna Franklin. For four weeks, they taught six hours a day, five days a week. Their primary duty was teaching language skills to Chinese college students, including reading, writing, and verbal communication in English.
Steven Church (MFA, ‘02), published Ultrasonic, “a collection of linked essays that explore how sound can be used to search for deeper meaning beneath the surface of everyday life.” Read more about Steven in this Alumni Profile.
Chloe’ Leisure (MFA, ’06), 2015 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, released The End of the World Again, a collection of poems, from Finishing Line Press.
Janelle Adsit MA student (’09) in the English department (Communication Development) has accepted a tenure-line position at Humboldt State University. She will be teaching creative writing workshops there. Humboldt State is the northernmost Cal State school.