Department communications intern and English major Michaela Hayes recently had the opportunity to ask Assistant Professor Lynn Shutters some questions about the Rekindle the Classics project she’s helping to facilitate. Here’s what she had to say about it, and a few other things.

Lynn Shutters and Kelly Weber (top left) discuss Beloved

Lynn Shutters and Kelly Weber (top left) discuss “Beloved”

 

Why Beloved?

To start with, it’s an amazing novel. And it’s widely recognized as an amazing novel. In 2006, The New York Times conducted a survey of the best U.S. novels, 1981-2006, and Beloved came out on top. Also, we want to recognize that classics are produced by men and women, as well as by people of all ethnicities. For this reason, too, Beloved seemed like a great choice.

How did Rekindle the Classics start?

Ellen Brinks, a Professor of English at Colorado State University, came up with the idea, and she developed it as a collaboration between the CSU English Department and Poudre River Public Library District. Currie Meyer, Council Tree Library Manager, has also been working with Rekindle since the beginning. The basic idea behind the program is that a lot of people are curious about “classic” literature, but might be a little intimidated by it, or might want someone with whom they can talk about it, or might just want to have a regular monthly meeting to encourage them to actually read that book. Rekindle the Classics is a program for those people. Also, it’s a great way to connect CSU to the wider community.

I should mention that Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House also contributes to the program by letting us hold our meetings there.

Is it a nice break from Medieval literature? Or a nice addition?

It’s a bit of both. We actually did discuss a medieval classic last year, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. But Rekindle definitely gets me reading books outside medieval studies. For example, I’ve read Beloved before, but well over 15 years ago. I remember it being amazing, but, when I reread it, I was really blown away. And I’m excited for October’s book, H. P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories. Lovecraft is someone whom I’ve been curious about but never actually read.

Even as I’m reading more contemporary literature, I always have wheels turning in my mind about medieval literature. I ask myself: How are these classics similar to the medieval? How are they different? And that’s something I bring to the table in our monthly discussions. Even with a novel like Beloved, which seems as different from medieval literature as you could get, I found myself thinking about how memory and history are represented in that novel, and I was reminded of medieval ideas about both.

What do you like about the meetings?

They’re in a fun, casual place – we meet at Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House. You can have coffee or a beer, if you like. There’s a discussion leader – someone from the CSU English Department, who provides some contextual information about the classic. So you have someone who’s done some extra thinking about the classic to help you along. And, most importantly, the meetings attract a variety of people. We have people in their 20s and people in their 60s, some from Oklahoma or Chicago, others who are Coloradoans born and bred, some who studied literature in college and want to get back into it, others whose studies and careers focus on other things.

Everyone has something to bring to the table. Discussions are lively and fun, smart but highly accessible. I encourage anyone who’s interested to show up for a session and check it out – no advance sign-up or anything like that is necessary.

Why do you like classic literature?

I think for me it started when I was a kid and was curious about authors whom I heard were “great.” I wanted to know why they were great and to be in on their greatness. I was about eight when I first tried to read Shakespeare (I didn’t get far, that time!) While I also like contemporary classics, I tend to be drawn to books that have made generations of people think, and I like to imagine how my thinking about a book compares to my parents’ thinking, or people from a 100 years ago, or 500 years ago.

I’ve heard jokes about English majors – what could they possibly do with Shakespeare that hasn’t been done before. But, to me, there’s always something more to do. Reading a classic isn’t about unlocking its true meaning. It’s about treating the text as a companion and thinking with it, and that’s what I enjoy.

What is a book you love to teach, or would love to teach given the opportunity? Why?

I actually really love teaching Milton’s Paradise Lost, even though as a seventeenth-century poem, it’s quite a bit later than the medieval literature I research. As the story of Adam and Eve, we all know how Paradise Lost is going to end, and yet, every time I read the poem, I find myself believing that there’s an alternative for the couple and feeling crushed that they just can’t take it. A scholar named Stanley Fish wrote a book about Paradise Lost titled Surprised by Sin – Fish examines how Milton manages to put us in the position of Adam and Eve and, like them, to be surprised by the story they’re caught up in. To me, that’s amazing, and when my students get surprised by sin in Paradise Lost, that’s amazing, too.


There are three Rekindle the Classics sessions remaining this semester, one being next week, Thursday October 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Wolverine Farm Latterpress & Publick House. We hope to see you there!

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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.

Paul Coelho was born in 1947 in the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. When he was younger, he had dreams of becoming a writer. But when he tried to explain this to his mother, she said “My dear, your father is an engineer. He’s a logical, reasonable man with a very clear vision of the world. Do you actually know what it means to be a writer?”

This advice from his mother didn’t dissuade Coelho from pursuing his passion, but he was institutionalized by his family at the age of 17 for these passions. This experience at the institution inspired his 2006 novel Veronika Decides to Die.

After his release, he tried to follow his parents wishes, enrolling in law school. He lasted one year before dropping out to live as a “hippie” throughout South America, North Africa, Mexico and Europe. At the end of this journey, in 1986, he walked the 500 mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a trip that inspired his 1987 autobiography titled The Pilgrimage. This autobiography explained the spiritual awakening he had on his journey and led him towards the path of devoting himself to writing full-time.

Arguably, Coelho is best known for his novel The Alchemist, published in 1988 in Brazil. Initially, they ran a print of 900 copies and decided to not reprint more novels. But, when Coelho moved to a larger publisher and printed his next novel, Brida, sales for The Alchemist skyrocketed. This book became a Brazilian bestseller and HarperCollins decided to print the book in the United States in 1994.

Coelho puts a lot of himself into his works. As he mentioned in an interview for New Idea magazine, “There are no universal truths…But there is a soul of the world. I’m not trying to explain the universe. I believe life is a mystery, and it is better to try to fill our lives with meaningful things than to understand it. I use symbolic language because then you talk to your own soul.”

Coelho’s 2006 novel The Zahir continued to build from his own experiences. As he explained in an article from The New York Times, released in the same year, “Each book is a little bit more about me. What surprises me is when I’m called a spiritual writer. For me, the pursuit of happiness is a lie, as if there were a point when everything changes, when you become wise…I’d have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.”

Ultimately, Coelho has not let his early experiences in life set him back from pursuing his writing. He had written at least 21 novels, established a virtual Paul Coelho foundation with over 80,000 documents and a physical location of the Foundation in Geneva, and has won countless awards internationally. Paul Coelho continues to publish at the age of 70 and deeply weave his own thoughts and explorations into his writing.

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  • There’s a short interview with Dan Beachy-Quick up at the New England Review’s website about the poem they recently published, “Memory-Wax, Knowledge-Bird”: http://www.nereview.com/category/behind-the-byline/.
  • Matthew Cooperman and Aby Kaupang (MFA ’07) recently gave three readings in Utah, courtesy of the Utah Humanities Book Festival, and its Director, Michael McLane (MFA ’08)-one at the Salt Lake City Public Library, one at the University of Utah, and one at Utah State, in Logan. Matthew’s long hybrid piece, “Difference Essay,” is out in the latest issue of Seattle Review.
  • On October 5, Camille Dungy was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Outdoor Afro. The organization “celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature.” The award recognizes Dungy’s continuing role as an environmental writer, editor, teacher and activist.

    On Saturday, October 7, Dungy took part in the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival in Berkeley, CA, where she was featured along with writers such as Bob Hass, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tess Taylor and Maw Shein Win.

  • Tobi Jacobi presented a paper entitled, “Dazzled by Lila: Telling Stories from the 1920s Hudson Training School for (Incorrigible) Girls” at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Dayton, OH.  She also led a “morning meeting” session with Dr. Wendy Hinshaw on incarcerated writing and feminist tactics for literacy activism.
  • Mike Palmquist led two workshops and presented the keynote address at the College Reading and Writing Conference at Valencia College in Orlando on September 22nd and 23rd.  Mike’s talk, “WAC and Critical Thinking: Enhancing Student Learning through Writing,” explored the connections between writing-across-the-curriculum and critical thinking.
  • Skyhorse, the publisher of the paperback and ebook editions of Dan Robinson’s 3rd novel, Death of a Century, is doing an October BookBub promotion for Death of a Century.  BookBub is an online ebook book club.  Give it a look, buy the ebook, write a rave review (or don’t buy the book and still write a rave review).
  • Several MFA and MA students from the English Department will be reading original work at the GradShow on Thursday, November 9 in the Grand Ballroom in Lory Student Center:

    – 9:50AM: Emma Hyche

    – 10AM: Katherine Indermaur

    – 10:10AM: Sam Killmeyer

    – 10:50AM: Michelle LaCrosse

    – 11AM: David Mucklow

    – 11:10AM: Zach Yanowitz

    – 11:20AM: Catie Young

  • Three translations by Mary Crow of Olga Orozco’s poems are featured in the current newsletter of the Academy of American Poets online. Her new translation of a poem by Roberto Juarroz will be part of an exhibit in Dublin at the Instituto Cervantes. Both poets are Argentine. The Orozco poems are from Crow’s book of Orozco translations, Engravings Torn from Insomnia, published by BOA. She also has two books of Juarroz translations: Roberto Juarroz: Recent Poems and Roberto Juarroz: Last Poems, both from White Pine. The latter book was a finalist for the Pen America translation award.
  • Aby Kaupang’s paired tribute poems to David Bowie and C.D. Wright, “Flame Falls As Falls The World Down” and “Sunlight Come Shining,” were accepted for publication by The Laurel Review in their upcoming issue.
  • Steven Schwartz’s essay “The Loneliest Moon” has been accepted for publication by The Missouri Review and will be published in the spring 2018 issue.

 

Zambia Study Abroad Program, Summer 2018.

Info Session Wednesday, October 18 at 4pm in LCS room 304.

 

Fort Collins Book Fest

Writings and Riffs celebrates books, poetry and music as a means of storytelling, self-expression and social conversation. The day-long event is free and open to the public, and will include presentations, panel discussions, writing workshops, author readings and book signings. The event takes place at venues throughout Old Town Fort Collins from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. The full schedule and more information is available at www.FoCoBookFest.org. Also read more on LibartsSOURCE.

 

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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.

Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez is a Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist. She was born in New York City on March 17, 1950, the second of four daughters. Three months later, her parents returned to their native Dominican Republic. They wouldn’t return to the U.S. until Alvarez was 10 years old, although she continued to spend summers in the Dominican Republic.

When I’m asked what made me into a writer, I point to the watershed experience of coming to this country. Not understanding the language, I had to pay close attention to each word — great training for a writer. I also discovered the welcoming world of the imagination and books. There, I sunk my new roots. Of course, autobiographies are written afterwards. Talk to my tías in the D.R. and they’ll tell you I was making up stuff way before I ever set foot in the United States of America. (And getting punished for it, too. Lying, they called it back then.) But they’re right. As a kid, I loved stories, hearing them, telling them. Since ours was an oral culture, stories were not written down. It took coming to this country for reading and writing to become allied in my mind with storytelling.

All through high school, college, and then a graduate program in creative writing, Alvarez knew she wanted to be a writer.

But it was the late sixties, early seventies. Afro-American writers were just beginning to gain admission into the canon. Latino literature or writers were unheard of. Writing which focused on the lives of non-white, non mainstream characters was considered of ethnic interest only, the province of sociology. But I kept writing, knowing that this was what was in me to do.

In order to make a living, Alvarez became a teacher, mostly of creative writing. At first, she traveled around teaching, (what she called being a “migrant writer”), but finally she decided to put down roots. First she taught high school, then college, and finally took a tenure track teaching position at Middlebury College. The same year she earned tenure at Middlebury College, she published her first novel, How The García Girls Lost Their Accents, the first major novel written in English by a Dominican author. “I was forty-one with twenty-plus years of writing behind me. I often mention this to student writers who are discouraged at nineteen when they don’t have a book contract!”

The success of her first book enabled her to finally “make her living as a writer,” and yet it was difficult for her to leave teaching at first, as she’d grown to love it. “After several years of asking for semester leaves, I gave up my tenured post. Middlebury College kindly invited me to stay on as a writer-in-residence, advising students, teaching a course from time to time, giving readings.” She and her partner created Alta Gracia, a farm-literacy center dedicated to the promotion of environmental sustainability and literacy and education worldwide, purchasing the farm in 1996 with the intent to promote cooperative and independent coffee-farming in the Dominican Republic. Her published works include five novels, a book of essays, four collections of poetry, four children’s books, and two works of adolescent fiction

Many literary critics regard Alvarez to be one of the most significant Latina writers. She has achieved critical and commercial success on an international scale, with her writing beloved by readers around the world.

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CSU English’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage month would be amiss if we did not mention Gabriel García Márquez. In and outside of the literary world, Márquez is an impressive figure.

Márquez was born in 1927 in a coastal Colombian village, where he lived with his maternal grandparents until he left for school in the 1940s. After graduating secondary school, he attended law school near Bogota, the capital of Colombia. However, he was never able to finish his degree due to riots prompting the school to close, so he hit the road again, this time to become a journalist.

Márquez jumped between jobs and locations for years, attempting to strike the delicate balance of keeping his family afloat while also allowing himself the room to write creatively. Márquez and his family teetered until the mid 1960s, when he finally wrote the book that catapulted him to fame — One Hundred Years of Solitude.  In Solitude, Márquez draws on his experience as a Colombian man living in a time of political strife and mixes it with captivating magical realism.

And thus, the life of Gabriel García Márquez truly began. His accomplishments as an author, journalist, and political activist are many. In 1982, we was awarded the Nobel Prize for “his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts,” (nobelprize.org). Márquez served as a father of fiction in Latin America and was beloved across the continent. In fact, his 80th birthday party was attended by the king and queen of Spain as well as five Colombian presidents. If only CSU English had been invited too.

 

 

 

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Carlos Bulosan

Carlos Bulosan

“The human heart is bigger than the world.” ~Carlos Bulosan

Carlos Bulosan was born in 1911 in the Philippines, although his actual year of birth is uncertain. He left the Philippines for America, arriving in Seattle around the age of 16/17. His goal was to escape the poverty and economic turmoil of the rural farming village he grew up in, to help support his family and further his education. When Bulosan arrived however, he barely spoke English and hardly had any money left.

In America, Bulosan was only able to find menial jobs harvesting in the fields, washing dishes, and working at Alaskan canneries. During this time, he suffered racism, economic distress, hunger, and illness. His experience of discrimination and poor working conditions led him to participate in union organizing with other Filipinos and various workers. He became involved in the labor movement, and helped edit the 1952 Local 37 Yearbook for the International Longshore Warehouse Union, a Seattle-based union that mainly involved Filipino American workers.

These experiences led to Bulosan’s 1946 semi-autobiographical novel America is in the Heart. The Pacific Northwest Quarterly says this “gripping memoir-novel of a young Filipino immigrant long ago secured its place in Asian American literature…[Bulosan’s] call to action resonates with the same urgency today as it did seven decades ago.”

“We in America understand the many imperfections of democracy and the malignant disease corroding its very heart. We must be united in the effort to make an America in which our people can find happiness. It is a great wrong that anyone in America, whether he be brown or white, should be illiterate or hungry or miserable.” ~ from America is in the Heart

During his life, he wrote other books and essays, dealing with the Filipino narrative and the labor movements in America, but America is in the Heart still gains recognition for the voice it gave to immigrant workers and the Asian/Filipino perspective.

The Postcolonial Studies department at Emory describes America is in the Heart as something that “continues to hold weight in literary discussions on Filipino American identity today.” Even though Bulosan died in 1956, his stories remain as a touchstone for many Filipino Americans today.

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Federico Garcia Lorca

Federico Garcia Lorca, image by Ciudad Crepuscular

Federico Garcia Lorca was born in 1889 in Spain. Throughout his life, he worked as a playwright, a theatre director, and a poet. He gained recognition when he joined Generation of ‘27, a group predominantly comprised of Spanish poets who wanted to share their avant-garde poetry and art with people.

Many people don’t recognize Federico Garcia Lorca as an LGBT poet.  Lorca’s homosexuality was something that he struggled with throughout his whole career. Occasionally, it appeared in his work, but wasn’t an identity he could proudly share. As an article from The Independent explains, “for decades Spain’s literary establishment, and even his own family, refused to acknowledge that the country’s best loved poets, Federico Garcia Lorca, was gay.”

Lorca’s biographer, Ian Gibson, also explained that his “works were censored to conceal his sexuality.” In fact, it wasn’t until nearly 45 years after his death that his sexuality was widely acknowledged and accepted. As Gibson said, it was because “Spain couldn’t accept that the greatest Spanish poet of all time was homosexual.”

Lorca worked closely with Salvador Dali, a Spanish surrealist artist, and the two became long-time friends. It was rumored that their friendship went further, and the two exchanged letters throughout their relationship.

Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca

Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca, image from 24 Horas

In 1936, Lorca was assassinated by Spanish fascists for his right socialist views. As a police report from the incident describes, he was killed for being a “freemason belonging to the Alhambra lodge” and someone who partook in “homosexual and abnormal practice.”

Now, scholars and poets are able to read Lorca’s work and understand the impact he made, not only in the poetry world but within the LGBT community.

Poem by Federico Garcia Lorca

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Spring semester of 2017 we ran a series of features on the blog. We celebrated Black History Month (February), Women’s History Month (March), and National Poetry Month (April).

For Black History Month, we focused in particular on the role of African Americans in literature. All month long, we featured African American authors, as well as keeping you informed about various CSU Black History Month events of interest. It was an opportunity to profile amazing authors, scholars, educators, and speakers who enrich our studies, our understanding, and our lives.

For Women’s History Month, we honored the wisdom, innovation, determination, creativity, compassion, humor, and strength of female authors, scholars, educators, and speakers.

One of our favorite poets, Camille Dungy, reading some of her poetry.

One of our favorite poets, Camille Dungy, reading some of her poetry.

For National Poetry Month, we featured poets and poems. It was a challenge to limit ourselves to just a month’s worth of influential poets and poetic forms, while including space for CSU’s own poets. Poetry is a powerful magic, a potent medicine, and poets are the ones we look to when “she cannot find the words/for the nothing in her center.”

We really enjoyed these celebrations. Not only did we get to honor those who had an impact on us, we got to share them with you. In particular, we hope you learned about someone you hadn’t heard of before, and maybe that led you to read something you’d never read. Communications Coordinator Jill Salahub was reminded of Octavia Butler, an award winning science fiction author who we featured during Black History Month, and has since read three of her novels and is looking forward to more.

This semester, we wanted to continue the celebration. Much to our surprise, rather than being one per month, we found that THREE history celebrations converged in October: Hispanic Heritage Month (which actually starts mid September and runs to mid October), Filipino-American Heritage Month, and LGBT History Month. For the rest of October, we are excited to share with you authors, scholars, educators, and speakers from each of these communities, to honor the ways in which they’ve enriched our studies and our lives. For today, here’s a quick introduction to each celebration.

Hispanic American Heritage Month

Photo Credit: U.S. Army graphic

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) is when we recognize the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States, celebrating their heritage and culture. It was first celebrated for a week, enacted by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. In 1988, it was expanded for a full 30 days, beginning on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries. This year’s presidential proclamation explains, “During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans who have helped shape our great Nation. We are grateful for the many contributions Hispanic American men and women make to our society and the vibrancy they weave into our American culture.”

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Isabella Villacampa holding sign with facts about Filipino American History Month

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Filipino American History Month was established by the Filipino American National Historical Society in the year 1988. In 2009, it became a nationally recognized celebration in the U.S. In a message about the celebration in 2016, Barack Obama said, “They have been the artists who challenge us, the educators who keep us informed, and the laborers of our growing economy. And throughout our history, they have served as members of our Armed Forces, helping safeguard our Nation and the values upon which we stand” and “As we mark this special month, we celebrate the ways Filipino Americans have lent their unique voices and talents to changing our country for the better. Their immeasurable contributions to our Nation reaffirm that as Americans we will always be bound to each other in common purpose and by our shared hopes for the future.”

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LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements first celebrated in 1994. In the United States, it is celebrated in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

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Brooke hugging a tree

Brooke Buchan
Journalism and Media Communications Major
Business Administration Minor

Besides your current classes, what else are you doing or have you done that we should know about? Awards? Special projects? Travel? Service work?

I traveled this past summer to Italy and Croatia. It was an awesome experience that helped me learn about myself and the world around me. I can’t wait to go back.

What inspired you to choose your specific degree path? Why CSU? 

Writing and words have always come easy to me and helped me make sense of the world. It would be awesome to use those writing to be able to help others understand their worlds. I chose CSU because of its location and the feel of the campus. Everyone is friendly and Fort Collins has a small city vibe that I like.

Why do you think the humanities are important?

The humanities are important because they embody how we experience the world. If there is not one there to describe and analyze those experiences, we lose the importance of them, and in a way begin to lose our humanity. They help us understand the positives and the negatives to decisions, they help us understand other people. We operate in a world that needs to understand communication and morality and expression in order to reach the potential we hold.

 

What advice do you have for current CSU English Department students?

Stay on top of your work. Do as much as you can now and learn from it before getting out in the “real world.”

What was the last piece of writing you read or wrote? OR, What are you currently reading, writing?

I’m currently reading Wild Minds by Marc. D. Hauser. It’s about the idea that animals experience and feel things in ways similar and different to ourselves. It’s hard to grasp at times, and has to be read with an open mind, but it’s very interesting.

What are your hobbies or special interests, what do you enjoy doing with your free time?

I love to hike and take photographs. If I could, I’d be in the mountains every weekend.

Where will we find you in five years?

In 5 years you’ll find me still in Colorado, hopefully closer to the mountains and purposing something I love to do. Writing and photography will always be involved.

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Group discusses the classic novel "Beloved" at Wolverine Letterpress & Publick House as part of Rekindle the Classics

Group discusses “Beloved” at Wolverine Letterpress & Publick House as part of Rekindle the Classics

  • On August 28, Pam Coke co-presented the paper “Examining Attrition in English Education: A Qualitative Study of the Impact of Preparation, Persistence, and Dispositions in Teacher Education” with Heidi Frederiksen and Ann Sebald of the CSU Center for Educator Preparation at the 19th International Conference on Education Studies in Paris, France. This research is part of a longitudinal qualitative study on why English Education students do/not stay in their education programs.  If you would like to learn more, you can view the abstract here: file:///C:/Users/pamel/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/abstract.pdf
  • Matthew Cooperman’s Spool received two very positive reviews in the past few months, one at Sugar House Review (scroll to second review) http://sugarhousereviews.blogspot.com and one at Mayday Magazine http://www.maydaymagazine.com/issue11reviewburzynskispool.php
  • Camille Dungy was the keynote speaker at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference on 9/15/17. https://womenwriters.as.uky.edu/
  • Sarah Green’s poem “Scar Stars” was selected as the winner of Ghost Proposal‘s Instagram contest, and appears in this month’s issue of Letterboxes.
  • Katherine Indermaur’s poem, “American Bison,” that was just published this morning, at Muse /A Journal: http://www.museajournal.com/2017/09/k-indermaur/
  • Meghan Pipe’s short story “Alternating Current” appears in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Nimrod. The story was an Honorable Mention for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction.
  • John Calderazzo will tell a story about hiking in the mountains of Bhutan as part of KUNC’s “The Great Outdoors” Live Storytelling Event at Wolverine Farm’s Publick House next Wednesday, September 20, starting at 6 p.m. Further details here: http://www.kunc.org/post/great-outdoors-live-storytelling-event John is also slated to run four workshops for City of Fort Collins’ Climate Action Plan employees on how to use stories to communicate science and environmental research to the public.
  • Ricki Ginsberg’s article, “Opportunities for Advocacy: Interrogating Multivoiced YAL’s Treatment of Denied Identities” was published in English Journal.
  • Four of Colorado Reviews essays made the Notables list in the Best American Essays 2017: CSU MFA Fiction (1992) alum Wendy Rawlings‘s “Portrait of a Family, Crooked and Straight,” Emily Strasser’s “Exposure,” Stephanie Harrison’s “What We Have Left,” and Rose Whitmore‘s “Witness.”
  • Todd Mitchell recently completed two Books for Change author visits to Colorado schools. He was at Dunn elementary last week, and Columbine Elementary School in Boulder this week, speaking with over 700 elementary school students, and giving interactive writing presentations with students and teachers to inspire literacy, creativity, and positive activism. Many thanks to all the kind souls who supported Books for Change, and helped make these visits possible. Todd Mitchell also participated in a YA and middle grade author tea party talk with the fabulous YA author Anna-Marie McLemore (author of Wild Beauty, The Weight of Feathers, and When the Moon Was Ours, a Stonewall Honor book) at Old Firehouse Books.
  • Debbie Vance’s short story, “Tilting at Windmills,” was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2017 American Short Fiction Prize.
  • Mary Crow has had two poems, “Theory of the Angelic Figure” and “Theory of the Human Figure,” accepted for publication by 2river (Fall 2017).
  • Shoaib Alam has recently taken on the role of Chief of Staff at Teach For Bangladesh, a nonprofit based in Dhaka, his hometown. Alam spends his evening writing fiction and is currently hoping to draw the attention of American poets and writers to the ongoing Rohingya genocide currently engulfing Bangladesh. Please get in touch with him to learn more about this crisis. great–shoaibalam@outlook.com.

 

CSU to launch a Feminist Fight Club with Events & Book Signing on Sept 25

Feminist Fight Club author gives public talk

In keeping with the University mission to improve campus culture and climate around gender and make Colorado State University the best place for women to work and learn, CSU has joined with Feminist Fight Club author Jessica Bennett to establish the first campus chapter of the Feminist Fight Club on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

Purchase a copy of Feminist Fight Club and get it signed by Jessica Bennett!
Book sales and book signing will be available from 10:30-11:30am outside of Ballroom D in the Lory Student Center.

Fireside Chat on Challenging Subtle Sexism in the Workplace with author, Jessica Bennett
1:00-2:15 in Ballroom D of the Lory Student Center
(This event is free and open to the public; no registration required).

 

 

Symbols and History of Lynching in America

Symbols of Lynching event flyer

CLA along with the Departments of Communication Studies, Ethnic Studies, and History are working with BAACC and ACT to host a special event during the Diversity Symposium: Symbols and History of Lynching in America. The event is Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 5:30–7 p.m. in the LSC Theatre. It’s free to attend and contributes to the college’s thematic focus on diversity, inclusion, and free speech. Read more about the film and filmmakers here: http://www.aaihs.org/an-outrage-a-new-film-about-lynching-in-the-american-south/

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