Tag Archives: Matthew Cooperman

  • Matthew Cooperman currently has new poems out in The Laurel Review and Saltfront, in print. Online, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, is featuring three of his poems at http://maryjournal.org/fall2016/?page_id=416
  • On Wednesday, April 5, Camille Dungy will present at the Newberry Library, Chicago as part of a panel in celebration of the centennial of poet and former US Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks. As part of a citywide celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks marking the one-hundredth anniversary of her birth, the Newberry will gather poets, scholars, historians, and archivists to discuss the historical context of Brooks’ groundbreaking first book of poems, A Street in Bronzeville. Published in in August 1945—the same month that World War II ended—the collection expresses the rich complexities of life on Chicago’s South Side within the larger fight for democracy both at home and abroad. https://www.newberry.org/04052017-gwendolyn-brooks
  • Todd Mitchell attended and delivered a session on “Teaching Dystopian Fiction” at this year’s Colorado Teen Literature Conference in Denver.
  • Debbie Vance’s short story, “Choose Your Own,” was accepted for publication in the next issue of Black Warrior Review.
  • Steven Schwartz’s Madagascar: New and Selected Stories is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction and the Foreword Review Award for Short Stories.
  • Rico Moore, MFA Summer 2011 (Poetry), has had four poems (“Immanence of Star,” “Three Lyrics Composed of Words from Seneca’s Epistle, ‘On the God within Us,’” “When Awakened at Night by the Quiet,” and “What You’ve Unearthed from the Past,” appear in the journal, LVNG, number 17, online at https://lvngmagazine.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/lvng17.pdf.In addition, Rico has been a freelance writer for the past two years with Boulder Weekly. He writes about plans through which the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife hopes to kill mountain lions and bears in the name of boosting mule deer populations. His articles include “Off target: are mountain lions and bears about to be killed for the sins of the oil and gas industry?,” “Update: Commission asked to delay killing of mountain lions and bears in the name of sound science,” and “CPW and the oil and gas industry can’t have it both ways.”  An update, published Thursday, deals with an injunction filed by WildEarth Guardians.  You can read these articles online at http://www.boulderweekly.com/author/ricomoore/.
  • On March 27 at a ceremony at the Tishman Auditorium in New York, Natalie Scenters-Zapico accepted the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry for her book The Verging Cities, published by the Center for Literary Publishing as part of the Mountain West Poetry Series.

Rekindle the Classics 

The next Rekindle the Classics discussion will be on Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 pm at Wolverine Farms Publick House. MFA student Lauren Matheny will lead a discussion of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Rekindle the Classics brings together CSU English faculty and graduate students and lovers of literature in the Fort Collins community. For more information, see http://blog.poudrelibraries.org/2017/01/rekindle-a-love-of-the-classics/

English Department Writing Contests

The English department has FOUR different writing contests running right now. Check out the details here, and submit something!

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  • SueEllen Campbell has three recent publications: “Making Climate Change Our Job,” the lead article in Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities, eds. Siperstein, Hall, and LeMenager, Routledge, 2017; the forward, “Sunrise, Celebration,” to Ellen Wohl, Rhythms of Change in Rocky Mountain National Park, Univ. of Utah Press, 2016; and “The White-tailed Ptarmigan,” an excerpt from Even Mountains Vanish, in The Rocky Mountain National Park Reader, ed. James H. Pickering, Univ. of Utah Press, 2016. She continues her work on the 100 Views of Climate Change website, http://changingclimates.colostate.edu, endeavoring to deal with a backlog of good new accessible sources of information of all kinds.
  • Harrison Candelaria Fletcher just had a prose poem sequence accepted for the Manifest West anthology on “Women of the West.” The anthology is due out later this year.
  • Doug Cloud’s article, titled “Re-Writing a Discursive Practice: Atheist Adaptation of Coming Out Discourse” has been accepted for publication in Written Communication. It will be out this April.
  • Matthew Cooperman’s essay “Notes Toward a Poetics of Drought” is up at Omniverse right now. The essay, part of panel proceedings from a panel organized and chaired by Kristen George Bagdanov (MFA ’15), is a three-part series being run by Omniverse. You can find it here: http://omniverse.us/poetics-of-drought-matthew-cooperman/
  • From Sue Doe: “I am excited to announce a new online journal, Academic Labor:  Research and Artistry. ALRA is published by the Center for the Study of Academic Labor, a CSU center supported by President Tony Frank (see http://csal.colostate.edu/about/tony-franks-statement/) and Dean Ben Withers. We seek to provide perspectives from the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts on contingency, tenure and the future of higher education. Please consider submitting something for the inaugural issue, and please circulate the CFP to your colleagues and distribute it to disciplinary list-servs, journals, websites, discussion boards, etc. Note that the journal invites varied genres, including art.”
  • Todd Mitchell launched a new program today to encourage literacy, creativity, and caring for our earth by delivering free books and free author visits to underfunded schools in Colorado. If you want to learn more (or become a supporter), check out http://youcaring.com/Books4Change.
  • Todd Mitchell cover reveal. After years of writing and countless drafts. I’m finally able to share with you the cover for my new book. It’s coming out in August, 2017. Just in time for the new school year. I can’t wait to release this one into the wild, along with several new presentations for schools! Click to read early reviews, preorder a copy, and learn more about why I wrote this book.  lastpanther
  • Sasha Steensen’s essay “Bellwethers: Shame and My Left Breast” is up at Essay Press: http://www.essaypress.org/ep-83/
  • Felicia Zamora’s (MFA ’12) poems are in the January 2017 issue of OmniVerse and other poems have recently been accepted in the Raleigh Review, Bellingham Review, and Sugar House Review. Her blogpost “Consideration of Self in Poetry: You & the Page” is up at North American Review, and a new interview with poems can be found online at HocTok.

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Winter lights in Old Town Fort Collins, image by Jill Salahub

Winter lights in Old Town Fort Collins, image by Jill Salahub

  • Harrison Candelaria Fletcher has been named one of “The Top Ten New Latino Writers to Watch (and Read) for 2017” by the by LatinoStories.com literary website. http://latinostories.com/Top_Ten_Lists/top_10_authors.htm. The recognition was based on feedback from editors, faculty, librarians and readers. Also, a section from his book, Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams, was just nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize from Autumn House Press. Lastly, a new essay, “Outline Toward an Essay on Ethnicity and Miracles,” from a collection in progress, was accepted for publication by the University of Alaska’s hybrid journal, Permafrost.
  • Matthew Cooperman is pleased to report that Aby Kaupang is recovering nicely from back surgery (a discectomy; three weeks now), feeling stronger each day and remembering the joy of walking. Matthew and Aby are also pleased to report that their long-running collaborative project NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified) has been accepted by Futurepoem, a NYC press. A portion of the manuscript appeared last year as an electronic chapbook called disorder 299.00, from Essay Press. It can be found here, http://www.essaypress.org/ep-52/ A recent review of that chapbook is now up at Rain Taxi, http://www.raintaxi.com/disorder-299-00/
  • Our own Camille Dungy will be reading the names at Commencement on Saturday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. Several faculty are already coming to the ceremony, but please join them If you want to hear Camille and recognize the graduates from our department. Senior Tim Cuevas will carry in the English banner. Thank you, Tim and Camille!
  • Kudos to Nancy Henke and Beth Lechleitner, who led a third fantastic year of the Finals Friends extravaganza. With the extra time and effort they gave, faculty had something special to look forward to in their mailboxes this week last week of classes. If you participated, thank Beth and Nancy next time you see them for this bright, cheerful reminder of how much we enjoy and appreciate each other.
  • Mike Palmquist presented a talk on writing across the curriculum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on November 9th. He followed the talk with a day-long workshop the following day.
  • Mary Crow’s translations of lines by Roberto Juarroz were published in “Versailles: Aesthetics of the Ephemeral” by Christine Buci-Glucksmann; July, 2016. Catalog for the Exhibit: Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfall. Versailles, France. (7 June – 30 Oct. 2016)

CSU Writing Center

The CSU Writing Center will have limited hours during finals week. We will be open Monday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Eddy Hall, room 23. We will be closed during the break, and will reopen on Monday, January 23.

Eddy 300 Lab

The Eddy 300 Lab hours for finals week: Monday –Thursday 7:30-8:00pm

Friday 7:30-4:00pm. We will be closed for winter break from Saturday, December  17th  and return on Tuesday, January 17th.


Greyrock Review: Get your work published!

Fiction: 5,000 word limit, format should be double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman or Galibri fonts. Two pieces of your best work may be submitted.

Nonfiction: 5,000 word limit, format should be double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman or Calibri fonts. Two pieces of your best work may be submitted.

Poetry: Up to 5 poems may be submitted, each poem should be placed on a separate page in a single document. If poems have a visual formatting component, please use Adobe PDF files. Otherwise, Word (.doc files) are preferred.

Visual Arts: Any visual art form is accepted, excluding video. Please photography your work and submit digitally. 300 dpi and CMYK colored .TIFF file is preferred.

For more information please visit http://greyrockreview.colostate.edu or email Baleigh Greene at bmgreene@rams.colostate.edu


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~From English Department Communications Intern Beth Campbell


How would you describe you work in the English Department?
I teach mostly graduate courses, and every so often an undergraduate course. I usually teach creative writing, poetry, and ecopoetics.

What brought you to CSU?
I came to CSU in 2003. I grew up in California, but I came to the University of Colorado in Boulder for my undergraduate degree. I taught there for a bit and eventually my career led me here.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy working with the students. You all have such intelligent and well-formed ideas and I like helping students reach their full potential.

Why are the Humanities important?

We need to be able to think for ourselves as well as become well-rounded individuals in today’s society. The Humanities help us express emotion and what our existence really is. That is what helps us define our own ideas and form our own opinions, and the Humanities are essential to that.

What inspired you to pursue a degree in English, the Humanities?

It’s very personal for me. I had great English teachers who inspired me and pushed me, and I wanted to pass on that gift. It goes back to why the Humanities are important. Literature and writing the portal to a complete understanding of the world. I wanted to help show students what a gift that can be.

What had the greatest influence on your career path?
Working with great teachers and students. It drives me to think about how I am living my life and how I can model a thinking life, where we are always learning and pushing forward to a new level of understanding.

You recently had a book of poetry published. How did that book come about?
It was actually started years ago when I married my wife, although I had no idea what it would become at the time. We were on our honeymoon, and I was running out of room in my notebook, so to save space, I started writing poems with just three words in a line so I could fit more on a page. Eventually that form became something to shape and play with. It took on a more formal measure as I kept writing in it. It has a kind of feral intensity, what with being so brief on each line. There is no room for extra useless words. It was all about compression, like how the architecture on the cover of the book is brief and compact, but still flowing and emotional. The topics are more domestic, since I was writing it as my family was growing and we were settling into our home. My daughter was born with severe medical issues, so for the first few years of her life, I wrote to escape. It makes you creative in times of distress. The book became my refuge and over time, it shaped itself. I’m pleased with out it turned out.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?
(laughs and smiles to himself) I wanted to be an astronomer. I thought it would be about looking at stars and planets, but then I found out it was all about math and numbers and equations. Writing has always been there in the background for me, though. It made sense when I decided to try that instead.

When you’re not working, what do you do?
I spend time with my family. I have two kids, and my beautiful wife is the Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, so we go out to readings and sometimes go hiking together. I like being outdoors. I also like cooking. I was a chef for a time, so I enjoy going back to that, even if it’s just for dinner.

What don’t your colleagues know about you?
They probably don’t know I was chef, or about my list of 14ners. I want to complete them all, but I’m only about halfway right now.

What is your favorite word and why?
Sublime. It’s a very misunderstood word. We think sublime means “beautiful” or “stunning,” but it really means “below ground.” It means that something is so terrible and beyond words that it practically has to be buried in the earth to escape it. Yet we never use it to mean that.

What is the one thing you dream of being able to accomplish in your tenure at Colorado State University?
I would like to continue the Creative Writing program here, maybe get more funding for it for we can allow it to grow to its full potential. I also want to see a greater community dialogue between not just the different departments, but also the different colleges as a whole. We are a great university, but we need each other to really grow.

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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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Signs of spring

Signs of spring

  • Dan Beachy-Quick’s book of poems, gentlessness, was named a finalist for the Rilke Prize.
  • Matthew Cooperman recently gave a number of readings in North Carolina to support his new book. He’ll be reading at the University of Wyoming this Friday, March 4, 7pm. He also has new poems up at Word/for Word at http://www.wordforword.info/vol27/cooperman1.html
  • Sue Doe led a workshop for graduate students in the LEAP Program (Institute for Arts Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Advocacy) on Thursday evening, March 3. The focus of the workshop was on grassroots activism using Boalian theatre techniques.
  • Camille Dungy’s poem, “Natural History” is in the newest issue of Boston Review (March/April 2016).
  • Kiley Miller’s grammar game, called “Translation, Please” will be published in the Spring 2016 edition of The Dangling Modifier, an “international newsletter by and for peer tutors in writing and produced in association with the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW).”
  • Meagan Wilson is attending Northeastern’s graduate student conference, The Imaginary, this weekend, presenting “Remembering a New Past: Alice Notley’s Restorative Imagination,” adapted from her MA project on imagination.
  • March 7th is the deadline for proposals for for NCTE@CSU’s Literacy Through Popular Culture conference. See http://nctecsuconference2016.weebly.com for additional information.


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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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snOval, image by Colorado State University

snOval, image by Colorado State University

  • Aby Kaupang and Matthew Cooperman’s book NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified) was recently a finalist for the Essay Press Book Prize. Largely detailing the challenges and joys of raising their autistic daughter Maya, the book has been in progress for many years. A chapbook from that collection, Disorder 299.00, has just been released from Essay Press, and can be found at http://www.essaypress.org/ep-52/
  • Thanks to the amazing work of Shoaib Alam and Karen Montgomery Moore, Colorado Review now has 10,000 followers on Twitter.
  • Fabiola Ehlers-Zavala has been appointed to serve as Editor of the American Association for Applied Linguistics Newsletter.  She will serve a three-year term (2016-2019).  Fabiola is also currently serving in the Editorial Review Board for Volume 70 of The Reading Teacher (RT) for the 2015-2016 period. Fabiola’s latest 2015 publication is: Meeting the reading comprehension challenges of diverse English language learners in K-12:  Key contributions from reading research (pp. 147-164).  In M. Daniel & K. Mokhtari (Eds.), Research and instruction that makes a difference in English learners’success.  Lanham, MD: Roman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Fabiola, together with Tony Maciejewsky (Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at CSU), will be presenting the results of their investigation titled “Mental imagery experienced by both pathway and non-pathway graduate students in an engineering course at a US Research I institution” at the upcoming 2016 AAAL Conference in Orlando.
  • Sarah Louise Pieplow’s poem, ghazal [16.], will be published in the spring edition of burntdistrict. You can find the journal at http://burntdistrict.org/
  • Mary Crow’s poetry is the subject (along with Karen Swenson’s) of a chapter in Marilyn Krysl’s Yes, There Will Be Singing, published in the University of Michigan series, Poets on Poetry.
  • Here’s James Work’s latest contribution to world literature. Publication expected in July. jameswork
  • Two of Felicia Zamora’s (MFA ’12) poems are in the newest issue of TriQuarterly Review. Her poem “In tuck” has also been selected for publication at The Cincinnati Review and her poem “& in wonder too,” first printed in Meridian, will be the poem of the day on Poetry Daily on February 11.
  • The English Department is pleased to award the following graduate students departmental funds for travel associated with professional activities. The department gave a total of $7,420 in award money to students this year. The grants ranged from $300-$750. Students will be traveling to conferences from Alaska to points eastward. Congratulations to all our students who are sharing their research and creative work in professional circles!
    Paul Binkley
    Denise Garrett
    Kelsey Hatley
    Abby Kerstetter
    John Koban
    Cole Konopka
    David Mucklow
    Kathleen Naughton
    Meghan Pipes
    Kylan Rice
    Lara Roberts
    John Whalen
    Meagan Wilson
    Catie Young


On April 9th of this year we will be hosting our first conference.

“Literacy Through Popular Culture.”


The conference theme is on research-based strategies for teaching literacy through popular culture. This theme engages students and teachers in embracing the rele-vance and power of popular culture—from comic books to teen novels to video-games— as a form of literacy in the classroom. Presentations and workshops should offer teachers concrete, actionable strategies that they can incorporate into their own language arts classrooms. We invite secondary (grades 6-12) language arts teachers and students, university professors and students, and other related profes-sionals to send in proposals for workshops or presentations.


Email proposal submissions to ncte@colostate.edu

We are very excited about this event and are working hard to make it an amazing and memorable one. Please visit the website for information: http://nctecsuconference2016.weebly.com

Show Up & Write

“show up & write” sessions started this week.  “show up & write” runs from February 1 to May 4, on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: 9-9:50 in Eddy 100 and 2-2:50 in Eddy 200. These drop-in writing sessions offer a regularly scheduled time in a communal, academic setting for writers to make progress on writing projects. Look for information in your mailbox to share with your students. And, “show up & write” regularly to see what you accomplish this semester!


Workshop Reminder: UD Composition

On February 16 from 5-7, in Eddy 4, we will offer the first installment of our series — “Sound Matters”. In this workshop we will discuss rationales for including multimodal elements in the composition course and work with sound recording equipment to produce a short piece using Audacity. More specifically, we will record vocal tracks using department equipment, gather and import music and sound effects, and mix these down into a finished audio version of a children’s story.  Faculty and graduate students from all areas are welcome to attend, but due to space limitations preference for attendees will go to those scheduled to teach UD Comp in upcoming semesters. Attendees should bring along a USB drive to save your creations. Snacks will be provided!

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  • Dan Beachy-Quick gave a reading in Salt Lake City for the University of Utah and the Utah Arts Council. A poem, “A Century of Meditation,” has been accepted for the Kenyon Review’s special issue on long lyric forms.
  • The Center for Literary Publishing received funding from the VPR’s FY2016 Quarterly Strategic Investment Process to support travel to this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Los Angeles, to be held at the end of March. Twelve graduate student interns will receive travel funds, as well as the director and two faculty editors.
  • Matthew Cooperman’s new book, Spool, winner of the New Measure Prize, has been released by Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press. Information re: the book can be found at http://www.parlorpress.com/freeverse/cooperman
  • Sue Doe’s article, ‘Affective Activism: Answering Institutional Productions of Precarity in the Corporate University,” and  coauthored with Janelle Adsit, Maria Maisto and others, was published in Feminist Formations (Volume 27, Issue 13, Winter 2015) and is now viewable via Project Muse: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/feminist_formations/toc/ff.27.3.html
  • Sue Doe gave a presentation at the January 2016 Modern Language Association annual convention entitled “Academic Freedom for Contingent Faculty Members: Strategies for Establishing Due Process.”
  • Sue Doe’s workshop, “Don’t Throw Up Your Hands, Throw Up a Scene” has been accepted as part of the Spring 2016 LEAP (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Arts Advocacy and the Public) Masters program in Arts Leadership and Administration.
  • Todd Mitchell’s graphic novel project Broken Saviors received a generous grant from Colorado Creative Industries and National Endowment for the Arts to continue producing issues of the story. Many thanks to all who have helped support this project. You can view the first 47 pages of the project at www.ToddMitchellBooks.com. Todd is traveling to several elementary and middle schools across the state this month (including a full day visit to McGraw Elementary in Fort Collins on February 10th) to run workshops and give presentations focused on promoting literacy and developing creativity.
  • Airica Parker is featured in CALYX Journal’s blog: https://calyxpress.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/identity-by-airica-parker/
  • Kristina Quynn’s article “’My Vagina Had Rewritten Joyce:’ Teaching Critical Engagement from Virginia Woolf to Shelley Jackson” has been accepted in the MLA’s options for teaching volume Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English.
  • Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri’s 50 word fiction piece, “Procedures” has been accepted for publication at the *82 Review, in a special 50-word themed issue, to be released at some point between May and August.
  • For its commemorative issue, Pinyon magazine has selected Mary Crow’s poem, “And Though He’s Cut Out for Noble Acts.”
  • Black Warrior Review has accepted Mandy Rose’s lyric essay, Incident Checklist, for publication.


CSU Writes is honored to announce Dr. Joli Jensen—expert on faculty writers and writing programs—from University of Tulsa will guest present and lead workshops for graduate students and faculty writers.  Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27 on the topics of PROTECTING TIME, SPACE AND ENERGY (graduate student), STALLED PROJECTS: FINDING WAYS TO MOVE AHEAD (faculty), and SEMESTER WRITING PLAN & LAUNCH (faculty).

If you are interested in the topic of faculty writers and faculty writing support, you are welcome to join Joli and Kristina on Thursday evening for conversation (more details to follow). Email Kristina at quynn@colostate.edu if you are interested.

CSU Writes fosters writing groups for faculty, graduate students, and creative/life-writers who write for publication or degree completion. CSU Writes also offers workshops, regular drop in writing sessions, and consultations. The Spring Workshop Schedule includes: INTRODUCTION TO WRITING GROUPS (Feb 3 & 4); CLOCKWORK MUSE WORKSHOP (Feb 9 & 10); JOLI JENSEN GUEST PRESENTER (Feb 26 & 27); and SUFFERING FROM JARGONITIS? (Apr 5 & 6).

More information on workshops and CSU Writes offerings can be found at: http://english.colostate.edu/csu-writes/

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  • Tim Amidon and Mike Caggiano (Forestry) received funding from the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute for an interdisciplinary research project that seeks to learn how landowners, land managers, and emergency personnel in the Front Range understand the potential risks and benefits associated with Defensible Space migration efforts. The researchers have nearly completed their interviews, and will begin analysis of the data later this semester.
  • “Composing MOOCs: Conversations about Writing in Massive Open Online Courses,” a collaborative, scholarly webtext, appeared in the current issue of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, & Pedagogy. The webtext, created by Tim Amidon, Chris Andrews (McMurry University), Elkie Burnside (University of Findlay), D. Alexis Hart (Allegheny College), & Margaret M. Strain (University of Dayton), is structured like an interactive MOOC discussion board and offers insights from leading scholars within rhetoric and composition who have recently taught or designed massive open online courses in composition in local or national contexts. The webtext can be found at http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/20.1/interviews/amidon-et-al/index.html.
  • Dan Beachy-Quick has an essay on Moby-Dick up at the Boston Review: http://bostonreview.net/poetry/dan-beachy-quick-moby-dick
  • Pam Coke’s proposal entitled “What Are They Selling?  What Are We Buying?: Eating Disorders as Cultural Artifact” has been accepted for the international conference The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers due to take place June 23-24, 2016, at the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France.
  • Camille Dungy’s  poem “Frequently Asked Questions: #10” is featured in the October issue of Poetry, as well as on the journal’s podcast.
  • On October 1st, Roze Hentschell gave an invited lecture, “Church, Playhouse, Market, Home: The Cultural Geography of St. Paul’s Precinct,” at the Early Modern Center at UC Santa Barbara, where she had the good fortune to see two alumna from our MA program, Megan Palmer Browne (M.A. ’06) and Katie Adkison (M.A. ’14). Roze received her Ph.D. at UCSB in 1998.
  • EJ Levy’s essay “Of Liars” was published last month in After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays (2015), in which 28 contemporary essayists–from Philip Lopate to Maggie Nelson, Jared Walker to Wayne Koestenbaum, Lia Purpura to Vivian Gornick–“re-write” Montaigne’s topics, just out from University of Georgia Press.
  • Leif Sorensen attended the seventh conference of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) in Greenville, South Carolina from September 24-27. He presented two papers: “Constructing Punk Counterpublics: Neoliberalism and the Rise of Punk in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and São Paulo” and “‘Always start with a big explosion’: Representing Violence in Post 9/11 Genre Fiction,” in panels on the aesthetics of punk rock and violence and globalization, respectively.
  • Sasha Steensen had five poems published in Northside Review. She was interviewed for the series 12 or 20 questions: http://robmclennan.blogspot.com/2015/09/12-or-20-second-series-questions-with_29.html?m=0
  • Cedar Brant had a poem accepted for publication in Black Ocean’s Handsome Journal.
  • Mandy Rose’s essay “Five” has received a nomination for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net. Her poem, “Nom de Guerre” was accepted by University of Hell Press for an anthology to be published in Spring 2016. Mandy will also be a guest editor for the next issue of Scissors and Spackle, http://scissorsandspackle.net/submissions/, an ELJ Publications imprint. Submissions open October 1st and are read blind, so please consider sending your work!
  • Vauhini Vara has a story in the newly published O. Henry Prize Stories anthology.  The story, originally published in Tin House is called, I, Buffalo


Professors Lynn Shutters and Matthew Cooperman will facilitate a professionalization workshop/brown-bag event entitled “Applying to PhD Programs” next Wednesday, October 7, from 12-1:30 in Aylesworth C108. It’s designed for our MA and MFA students who are considering going on to a PhD program. Shutters and Cooperman will cover many topics such as: researching programs and institutions of interest; entrance exams; the application process de-mystified; financial assistance; and online resources. It’s an invaluable seminar designed to help graduate students make their applications as strong and successful as possible.


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