Jill Salahub

Contact Information

Email: jill.salahub@colostate.edu

Office: 312 Eddy Hall

Role: Faculty

Position: Administrative Professional: Editor and Communications Coordinator

Department: English

Biography

Administrative Professional, Editor and Communications Coordinator. B.A., English, Oregon State University (magna cum laude); M.A., English (Communication Development), Colorado State University, where she was granted distinction for her thesis, a hypertext entitled Fear, Happiness and the American Way: The Difficulty of a Simple Life.

Jill Salahub started at CSU as a graduate student, and during that time she worked as a tutor in the Writing Center, as a Writing Teaching Assistant, and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. After graduating, she taught various Composition courses for the English department. From 2004 until 2010, she was the Editor/Programmer for Writing@CSU, acting as a Project Director from 2008 to 2010. She currently is an Administrative Professional: Editor and Communications Coordinator in the English department, working with the department's Facebook page and blog, and acting webmaster of both the Composition Program and Writing Center websites, among other things. She also occasionally teaches CO302 Writing Online, CO300 Writing Arguments, and CO150 College Composition.

Her academic special interests include computers and composition, professional development for teachers using technology and hypertext/hypermedia in the classroom, multimodal composition, creative nonfiction writing, and writing for the Web. She has a long history of mentoring writers and teachers of all skill levels, at each stage of their process, and enjoys helping them develop their voices.

Aside from her work at CSU, Jill is a practitioner of writing, meditation, yoga, and dog. She is a certified yoga teacher and a blogger. She is recently finished an ebook based on her Self-Compassion Saturday series, and is working on two memoirs, one about how she saved herself through practice and another about her own experience with self-compassion.

Education

M.A. English: Communication Development CSU

Publications

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~by Michaela Hayes

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures, photo credit: Bob Adelman, all rights reserved

Summer is an exciting time for me. I always craft an extensive list of books that I want to read and then get through about half of them. In early August, with a good chunk of books left to go and only two weeks before the fall semester began, I had to make a choice. Which book was I going to devote my last precious days to? After thorough research (i.e. looking at Goodreads reviews), I made my choice — Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.

Giovanni’s Room captured me in the first sentence — “I stand at the window of this great house in the south of France as night falls, the night which is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life.” Baldwin’s ability to craft situations so psychologically real arrested me. His prose is sharp without forfeiting beauty and his characters are so poised and strong I feel as though I know them. 

Giovanni’s Room is lauded as a gay literature classic, despite the early date of its publication (1956). However, this is not the only classic penned by Baldwin. Baldwin began churning out literature by his mid-late 20s, when he moved to Paris in attempt to escape the suffocating effects of racism in the United States. He released his first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, shortly after moving in 1953. He then moved from Paris to New York to Istanbul, continuing to release novels and books of essays along the way.

Baldwin did not live abroad forever, though. He returned to America in order to take part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Baldwin had already reached critical and mainstream acclaim for his works, so he remained a key representative throughout the movement.

His work is varied but often focuses on common themes— racism, social alienation, class tension, and sexuality in mid-century America. Throughout his life, he released five novels and countless other literary works, solidifying himself as one of the most influential advocates for equality of the 20th century.

From one reader to another, my advice to you is simple: read some James Baldwin this week.

 

 

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Filipino writer Peter Bacho grew up in Seattle’s Central District during the 1950s and 60s. His working class family struggled to make a living in Seattle. As Bacho explained in an interview with International Examiner, it was an “era that was very hostile to people of color.”

It was through his childhood experiences that Bacho found his influence for writing and that “these were the stories that needed to be told.”

Bacho went on to be one of few from his generation to earn a college degree. In 1971, he went to law school, graduating four years later and passing the bar exam. This career path doesn’t align with Bacho’s eventual writing career, but in the same interview he mentions that he doesn’t “regret the education that law provided.” Instead of pursuing the traditional path of becoming a lawyer or attorney, Bacho became a teacher in the 1980s. Currently, he teaches in the Liberal Students Program at The Evergreen State College, Tacoma Campus in Washington.

Bacho is most known for his 1991 book called Cebu, winner of the American Book Award. As the book explains, it follows Ben Lucero, a Filipino American priest, and his journey to “come to terms with his bifurcated notion of home as well as his own religious commitment.” Through this book, Bacho hoped to bridge the gap and “examine the cultural differences between Filipino and Filipino American cultures.”

Last year, there were rumors of Cebu being turned into a movie. For Bacho, writing the book was a challenge. As he explained in his interview, writing “is just the writer, his imagination and skill, and a pad of paper and a pen–a very solitary, intimate existence. A writer worries about every sentence, every word. A script, on the other hand, is mostly scene and dialogue, and it is just the starting point, and so many others are involved.” Hopefully, as pursuit of Cebu as a movie will help bring Bacho’s Filipino American narrative to life. His interview with International Examiner included a preview of the trailer for Cebu. [Trailer link: http://www.iexaminer.org/2016/01/peter-bachos-award-winning-novel-cebu-may-be-made-into-a-film/ ]

Since Cebu, Bacho published his 1996 collection of short stories, Dark Blue Suit, a work of nonfiction called Boxing in Black and White, and two other novels. His latest work was a piece of young adult fiction called Leaving Yesler, released in 2010.

The University of Washington Press explains that “Bacho’s dramatization of the conflict between Filipino and Filipino American cultures conveys the concerns of the post-World War II generation with boldness and skill.” Bacho continues to encourage a dialogue about Filipino and Filipino American culture, and influence literature surrounding those often untold stories.

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Virginia Woolf in 1902; photograph by George Charles Beresford

Virginia Woolf was born as Adeline Virginia Stephen in 1882. Like many other great authors, Woolf’s path to literary fame was not ordinary. Her parents were both intelligent and social within their community, resulting in ample connections and opportunities for their children. However, their good fortune did not last long. Her mother died in 1895, when Woolf was 13, which was followed by a string of other deaths within her family, including her half-sister, brother and father.

Woolf and her sisters were educated at home rather than going to school, while the boys attended college. Despite dealing with personal losses, Woolf continued her studies at home and then later at the Ladies’s Department of King’s College London.

While at King’s College, Woolf came into contact with the radical feminists of her day, which likely inspired some of her later work. She began writing professionally when she was 26, at Times Literary Supplement. Woolf then fell into a group of intellectuals and artists where she met her husband, Leonard Woolf.

Throughout her life, Woolf published somewhere in the region of 500 essays and 9 novels. She is credited as one of the founders of the modernist literary movement. In between writing, Woolf suffered from mental illness and nervous breakdowns, for which she was briefly institutionalized several times.

Despite being married, Woolf carried on several close relationships with women throughout her lifetime. It is rumored that Woolf’s lover Vita Sackville-West served as inspiration for the protagonist of her novel Orlando. Nigel Nicholson, Sackville-West’s son, has been quoted with saying that the book is “the longest and most charming love letter in literature.”

Today, Woolf remains one of the most influential authors and feminists of the 21st century.

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Katherine Indermaur
MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry
Managing Editor, Center for Literary Publishing

What drew you to the Center for Literary Publishing and how did you first get involved?
While I was studying English and creative writing as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, there was a wonderful opportunity to intern with Algonquin Books, so I worked as their publicity intern for one semester, doing things like market research and preparing galley copy mailings to bookstores. Though the internship was unpaid, I was encouraged to take as many books home as I wanted. I loved my experience there and knew I’d enjoy any future opportunity to work in publishing, so when I was researching CSU’s MFA program and came across the Center for Literary Publishing, I made sure to visit and meet Stephanie G’Schwind, the director of the Center and the editor of Colorado Review. I’d already heard of Colorado Review, but I didn’t know it was published at CSU. Other MFA students bragged about how wonderful the experience of interning at the CLP had been for them, so I was excited to intern. Then, in the summer of 2016, Stephanie selected me as the Center’s Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence fellow, a one-year position serving as assistant managing editor, which came with a stipend and required me to be in the office 9 hours a week. So that’s how I began my journey in the fall of 2016.

Can you tell us a little more about your current role as the managing editor at the CLP? 
As the managing editor, I am in the office 20 hours a week. I help train and manage all our interns, fellow graduate students in the English department, who are busy reading and processing submissions to Colorado Review as well as copyediting, proofreading, typesetting, and designing new issues and other books we publish here at the Center. I also correspond with our authors, poets, and book reviewers regarding their work and publication. Behind the scenes, I process subscriptions and work to keep our website interesting and relevant.

Katherine and Associate Editor Christa Shively discussing online submissions to Colorado Review

What’s been your favorite memory in the CLP so far?
Every year an outside judge selects one poetry manuscript for the Colorado Prize for Poetry, which we then publish. Last year, Mike Lala came to Colorado State University to give a public reading from his winning collection, Exit Theater. Meeting him, seeing how happy he was with his book, and watching him meet everyone who made it possible was so rewarding.

I heard that the CLP is moving locations in the future. Can you tell us some more about that? What are you most excited about with this move?
Yes, we are moving! Because the university is set to tear down Aylesworth, we had to look for a new home. The old Alumni Center, a quaint white house on the corner of Pitkin Street and College Avenue, opened up when construction on the new stadium finished and the Alumni Center relocated there. If all the renovations go according to plan, we should be able to move to the house along with our new housemates, the Public Lands History Center, after the Spring semester ends in May. Not gonna lie, I’m most excited about having my own office with a nice window! The location is great too, right on College. I also look forward to a quieter work environment without all the class-changing foot traffic we hear currently in Aylesworth.

For a student interested in the CLP, what is the best thing about the CLP? And is there a book/story/poem that has stuck out to you the most? Favorite issue?
There are several great things about interning at the CLP. If you’re at all interested in getting your work published or potentially working in publishing, the internship is an excellent way to learn about the industry from the inside while acquiring those 1-2 years of experience every job listing wants you to have. As an intern, you also get a broad sense of what kinds of work people are writing nowadays. Some of my favorite work we’ve published recently in the magazine include Kaveh Akbar’s poem “On Bridges and the Shadows of Bridges,” Mark Cox’s poem “Emergen(ce) of Feeling,” Jill Talbot’s essay “Transparent,” and Karin Lin-Greenberg’s short story “Touring.” I also love Christopher J. Johnson’s poetry collection &luckier, which we published in 2016.

I know that you’re in the MFA Poetry program. What are you reading/writing? Is there something you’re currently working on?
Outside of required reading, I’m currently reading Maggie Smith’s Good Bones, Wittgenstein’s On Certainty, and Timothy Morton’s Humankind: Solidarity with Non-Human People. I’m working on some prose poems that try to look at the human bodily experience in a holistic way, as well as a project on the environmental history of Western expansion through Wyoming as seen through our relationship with specific species of flora and fauna. You can read my poem about bison here. I plan to read poems from that project, which I’m calling “This Land Open,” at the GradShow on CSU’s campus on November 9.

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Jose Garcia Villa, a Filipino poet, critic, short story writer and painter, is an important person to recognize during Filipino American History Month.

Villa was born in 1907 in the Philippine Islands. His early path did not involve poetry. Instead he began a pre-medical course of study at the University of the Philippines, eventually switching to pre-law. After some time, Villa recognized that his true passion was in the creative arts, and his career as a writer began.

In 1929, he published a collection of erotic poems called Man Songs. This collection was met with some controversy. But that same year, he was selected for the Best Story of the Year from the Philippine Free Press magazine for his story called Mir-l-Nisa.

Villa moved from the university in the Philippines to attend the University of New Mexico where he went on to found Clay, a “mimeograph literary magazine.” After finishing his BA there, he moved to Columbia University for his post-graduate education.

Aside from publishing various collections of poetry, Villa also added to the world of poetic style, introducing a new rhyme scheme called “reversed consonance.” As Villa explained, “The last sounded consonants of the last syllable, or the last principal consonant of a word, are reversed for the corresponding rhyme. Thus, a rhyme for near would be run; or rain, green, reign.”

Villa also wrote something he called “comma poems,” where a comma is included after each word in the poem. As he explained in the preface to his Volume Two, “The commas are an integral and essential part of the medium: regulating the poem’s verbal density and time movement: enabling each word to attain a fuller tonal value, and the line movement to become more measured.”

Here are some samples of his comma poetry, if you need to see then for yourself. [http://aaww.org/four-poems-jose-garcia-villa/]

Villa has won numerous awards, including the 1973 National Artist of the Philippines for literature. His work in both poetry and challenging traditional poetic style continues to have an impact in modern poetry, both for members of the poetry community and other Asian American writers.

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Fall morning on the Poudre River, image by Jill Salahub

  • There’s an essay titled “Atlantis” from Dan Beachy- Quick’s forthcoming book, Of Silence and Song, just published at The New Orleans Review: http://www.neworleansreview.org/atlantis/.
  • Genesea Carter was a panelist on the panel “Composition, Curiosity & Technical-Major Students” at the Two-Year College English Association’s Midwest conference this past week in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Sue Doe gave an invited plenary talk, “Cross-Ranks Activism in the Academic Labor Movement,” at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Dayton, OH, Oct 5.
  • The University of Georgia Press publishes Bruce Ronda’s The Fate of Transcendentalism.  Secularity, Materiality, and Human Flourishing in October.
  • Katherine Indermaur will read several original poems at the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research’s annual Boyer lecture on Thursday, October 26, 4-6PM, in the Long’s Peak Room of Lory Student Center.”

Fort Collins Book Festival: October 21

Find out more: https://www.focobookfest.org/

 

Greyrock Review is Taking Submissions!

 

 

Rekindle the Classics

The next Rekindle the Classics discussion will be on Wednesday, October 18, 6:30-8:30 pm at Wolverine Farms Publick House. MA student James Rankin will lead a discussion of Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories. Rekindle the Classics brings together CSU English faculty and graduate students and lovers of literature in the Fort Collins community.

 

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~by Michaela Hayes

 

 

Scott Heim has had a varied and somewhat quiet career. He was born in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1966 and later attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence to earn a B.A. in English and Art History in 1989 and an M.A. in English Literature in 1991. After earning 3 degrees, Heim decided to go for one more at the M.F.A writing program at Columbia University.

It was while he was at Columbia that he published his first book, Mysterious Skin. Mysterious Skin set the tone for most of his fictional works since, with similar settings and themes. The book is set in Hutchinson, Kansas and centers around the divergent lifestyles of two young men who both experienced a similar trauma inflicted upon them by their little league baseball coach. The storyline follows the boys as they attempt to make sense of what happened to them, independent of one another at first and then together.

I read Mysterious Skin a few years back and I hold it close to my heart because it is such a beautifully crafted story, but also because I am also from Kansas and I recognize Heim’s settings as home. Some of the characters he describes could be characters from my own youth. Heim also touches on important topics that are not often talked about in rural Kansas — how difficult it is to grow up queer in a community that does not allow for it, and the disastrous impact that can have on one’s life.

Mysterious Skin is Heim’s most popular work, adapted both for stage and screen. He has also published two other novels, a book of poetry, and is currently the editor of a non-fiction series titled The First Time I Heard in which writers and musicians tell stories about the first time they heard certain notable bands and artists. Six books within this series have been published so far, but Heim is working on more. Heim’s third novel, We Disappear, won the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men’s Fiction and is also set in rural Kansas.

After living for 11 years in New York, Heim now lives with his partner Michael in Boston.

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Because we got a late start for Hispanic Heritage Month, (it actually started September 15), we are going to spend this whole week, the final week of this particular celebration, featuring Hispanic authors, scholars, educators, and speakers. Next week we’ll get back to celebrating LGBT and Philipino American History.

Sandra Cisneros is an activist poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist and artist. Born in Chicago, she was the only daughter in a family with six brothers. The constant migration of her family between Mexico and the United States instilled in her the sense of “always straddling two countries … but not belonging to either culture.” She continues to be a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States.

Cisneros wrote her first poem at age 10. She describes much of her initial writing as trying on other voices, copying authors she admired. She didn’t discover her own unique voice until working on a MFA degree in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. It was in this workshop that she discovered how her particular social position and cultural experience made her unique.

It wasn’t as if I didn’t know who I was. I knew I was a Mexican woman. But I didn’t think it had anything to do with why I felt so much imbalance in my life, whereas it had everything to do with it! My race, my gender, and my class! And it didn’t make sense until that moment, sitting in that seminar. That’s when I decided I would write about something my classmates couldn’t write about.

Even though she has been writing for over 50 years, she’s also done many other things as well. She’s worked as a teacher, a counselor, a college recruiter, a poet-in-the-schools, and an arts administrator, and has maintained a strong commitment to community and literary causes.

Cisneros’s numerous awards include:

  • NEA fellowships in both poetry and prose
  • the Texas Medal of the Arts
  • a MacArthur Fellowship
  • several honorary degrees
  • both national and international book awards
  • the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship
  • Chicago’s Fifth Star Award
  • the PEN Center USA Literary Award
  • the Arthur R. Velasquez Award from the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago
  • Loyola University’s Arts & Science Damen Award
  • the 2015 National Medal of Arts, presented to her by President Obama at the White House
  • the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 2017 CHCI Chair’s Award in Washington, D.C.

Cisneros is best know for her first novel, The House on Mango Street, a coming of age story that has sold over six million copies and been translated into more than twenty languages. Literary critic Claudia Sadowski-Smith has called Cisneros “perhaps the most famous Chicana writer,” and Cisneros has been acknowledged as a pioneer in her literary field as the first female Mexican-American writer to have her work published by a mainstream publisher. At the ceremony where President Barack Obama presented Cisneros with a National Medal of Arts, he said Cisneros was being honored “for enriching the American narrative. Through her novels, short stories, and poetry, she explores issues of race, class, and gender through the lives of ordinary people straddling multiple cultures. As an educator, she has deepened our understanding of American identity.”

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Because we got a late start for Hispanic Heritage Month, (it actually started September 15), we are going to spend this whole week, the final week of this particular celebration, featuring Hispanic authors, scholars, educators, and speakers. Next week we’ll get back to celebrating LGBT and Philipino American History.

~by Michaela Hayes

About a week ago, a friend and I decided to spend our Saturday poking around Indigo Rose Books in old town. I enjoy poking around any bookstore, but I particularly love Indigo Rose Books. It is the perfect size, the books are piled high in all directions, and the entrance is at the top of an unnecessarily long set of old creaky stairs. What I enjoy most about the store though is the older gentleman who owns it. I have not gotten his name yet, but every time I visit I wind up in a long conversation with him about a different book. He seems to have read them all.

On this particular Saturday, I picked up The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. This novel caught my interest because I had just read a few short stories from his collection Drown and found them to be extraordinarily alluring. The man noticed my choice and asked me if I had read it, which I suspect was just a polite introduction to him telling me his own opinion on the book. I didn’t mind. I told him no and waited patiently. He told me quite simply that he believes the book will one day become a classic. High praise.

Junot Díaz immigrated from the Dominican Republic to New Jersey when he was six. He is now 48 and working as a creative writing teacher at MIT, as well as a fiction editor at Boston Review, but like many other great writers his road to the top was not easy. He worked his way through college (Rutgers and then Cornell) delivering pool tables, as a dishwasher, and at a steel mill.

Díaz began writing his first major published work Drown while working towards his MFA at Cornell. It was published in 1996, and his next book (Oscar Wao) wasn’t published until 2007. This is How You Lose Her, another short story collection, was released in 2012. It has been rumored that he is working on a second novel. We imagine he is awfully busy.

Díaz’s writing often centers around the struggles of growing up as a Dominican immigrant. Díaz also manifests this concern outside of the literary world, as evidenced by his widespread activism. He is a member of Pro-Libertad, the Communist Dominican Workers’ Party, and has called for immigration reform in both the United States and the Dominican Republic.

Díaz works more slowly than other authors we have featured recently, but we trust he has something good coming. Until then, several of his short stories are available for free online for anyone who is interested: http://www.openculture.com/2015/02/seven-stories-from-junot-diaz-free-online-in-text-and-audio.html

 

 

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Because we got a late start for Hispanic Heritage Month, (it actually started September 15), we are going to spend this whole week, the final week of this particular celebration, featuring Hispanic authors, scholars, educators, and speakers. Next week we’ll get back to celebrating LGBT and Philipino American History.

Isabel Allende is a Chilean journalist and author born on August 2, 1942, in Lima, Peru. As a young woman, Allende started her writing career as a journalist working in television and for magazines in the 60s and 70s. After a military coup in 1973, Allende fled Chile with her first husband and two children. They lived in exile in Venezuela for the next 13 years.

Upon learning that her grandfather, who was still in Chile, was dying, she wrote him a letter. The letter ended up being the basis for her first novel, The House of the Spirits, which became a worldwide bestseller and launched her literary career. She was 40 years old. Sadly, her grandfather died before he got to read the letter.

The author calls her writing style “realistic literature, rooted in her remarkable upbringing and the mystical people and events that fueled her imagination.” She explains that her writing is “equally informed by her feminist convictions, her commitment to social justice, and the harsh political realities that shaped her destiny.”

In addition to her work as a writer, Allende also devotes much of her efforts to human rights.  For example, following the death of her daughter, Paula, in 1992, she established a charitable foundation in her honor dedicated to the protection and empowerment of women and girls worldwide. “For over 20 years, I have lectured internationally about women’s rights and the empowerment of women; Latin American and world politics; Chile; writing and the creative process; spirituality; and my own work.”

Allende has been called “the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author.” In 2004, Allende was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2010, she received Chile’s National Literature Prize. President Barack Obama awarded her the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom. She gave a TED Talk called “Tales of Passion” in which she discusses “women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion,” which has been viewed 3,753,765 times.

On her website, she includes this impressive list of her accomplishments in her biography:

Isabel Allende became a U.S. citizen in 1993, but lives, she says, “with one foot in California and the other in Chile.”

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