As CSU English professor Andrew Altschul prepared to publicize his new novel in person, the outbreak of COVID-19 set the stage for a summer at home.


The Department of English is a vibrant community of critical thinkers pursuing works of creative artistry and interdisciplinary scholarship within and beyond the walls of Willard O. Eddy Hall — our primary residence at CSU.


CSU English senior Natalia Sperry recounts studying abroad, collaborations with professional writers, department community

LIVE ONLINE: Creative Writing Reading Series 2020-2021

Each fall and spring semester, the Department of English welcomes distinguished literary voices to share their work and engage with the local community. Visiting writers hold audience question-and-answer sessions, book signings, and more.


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Whether you are looking for a multi-dimensional undergraduate major or graduate program, a complementary minor, or an interesting course, you can find what you seek in the CSU English department.

The English department and the University Composition Program offer a wide range of courses and experiences. As an undergraduate, you choose one of five concentrations for your BA. Graduate students likewise choose from four MA programs or an MFA in Creative Writing.

Throughout your program, participate in internships, clubs, workshops, and more. Attend an event in the Creative Writing Reading Series. Discover the limitless possibilities of an English degree.

The English department supports and abides by The Principles of Community, which in turn support the CSU mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service and engagement.

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If you want to join a diverse and inclusive group, which values individual voice and the power of community, and if you're curious about studying challenging ideas and texts, take the next step toward your English education at Colorado State University.

Click one of the options below to schedule a visit, apply to CSU or find more of the information you seek.

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Application open for McBride Teacher-Scholar Award, Ruff Scholarship

By Ashley Benintende | September 7, 2020

About the Awards The McBride Teacher-Scholar Award honors Bill McBride, who taught for 45 years in Colorado schools, including Manzanola, Poudre and Fort Collins High Schools, and Colorado State University. Established when he retired in 1998, the endowment continues Bill’s […]

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University Writing Center services offered remotely

By Ashley Benintende | September 1, 2020

All Writing Center services are offered remotely this semester

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CSU English’s Dungy to read poem during Democratic National Convention Aug. 18

By Gabriel Saldana | August 17, 2020

Poet and Colorado State University Distinguished Professor Camille Dungy has been chosen to read one of her poems as part of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Sue Doe

A New Faculty Council Chair

By Gabriel Saldana | July 15, 2020

Sue Doe, professor in the Department of English, now serves as a representative voice for around 1,500 CSU faculty members in her new role as Faculty Council chair at Colorado State University.

English Quick Bits

Assistant Professor Lynn Badia co-authors environmental humanities journal special issue

Lynn Badia portraitA special issue of the journal Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities has been co-authored by English department Assistant Professor Lynn Badia, who also co-wrote the issue's introduction. The issue is titled “Climate Realism: The Aesthetics of Weather, Climate, and Atmosphere in the Anthropocene.”

New books from Professor Dan Beachy-Quick
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Dan Beachy-Quick

Dan Beachy-Quick — English Department Professor, Assistant Chair & Undergraduate Coordinator, and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar — has authored a new book of poems titled ARROWS. Find the book at Tupelo Press.

Beachy-Quick has also authored a book of translation from the Ancient Greek. Stone-Garland is available from Milkweed Editions.

He discusses both books with Srikanth Reddy in an interview for BOMB Magazine.

A guide to teaching with discord from instructor Mark Bresnan

Portrait of Mark BresnanEnglish department instructor Mark Bresnan has written "Teaching with Discord: A beginner’s guide (written by a beginner)." The guide appears in Pedagogy and American Literary Studies.

Lyric essays from Associate Professor Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Harrison Fletcher profileEnglish department Associate Professor Harrison Candelaria Fletcher has garnered publication of several lyric essays, slated for distribution this fall. “Basic Training” appears in the journal Unbroken. “Imprint of Passage” will appear in Pithead Journal. Each is part of a collection in progress.

Candelaria Fletcher's lyric essay “Open Season,” will be featured in the Best of Brevity anthology and Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer’s Guide & Anthology.