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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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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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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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Amanda in her Creative Writing class in Eddy Hall

Amanda Micek
Freshman
English Major: Literature

What inspired me to be an English major? I actually switched from a biology major to English because with biology there was no passion for me. English gives me the opportunity to express myself in ways no other subject was ever able to.

As an English major I want to be a journalist for the New York Times. The New York Times is very highly ranked, and it is my dream to write for such an amazing news company. Being able to speak what you believe and have your opinion matter to the lives of others who want to know what you write is the highest honor any English major could strive to achieve.

The CSU English department is very open and inviting, as is the liberal arts college in general. Students who decide to be a part of the English department will find people around them who care and want to help you succeed, along with cheerful and like-minded people who have an understanding of your passions.

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~from Intern Katie Haggstrom

Mackenzie (Mack)
English Education Major with Spanish Minor

I notice that you brought some veggies into the Writing Center today. 
My parents have an urban farm down in Denver for the joy of gardening. It has exploded with so much produce they could stock our local King Soopers. They make pizza sauce and other canned goods but still had too many vegetables. That’s when I stepped in and was able to bring baskets and coolers full of vegetables for the Writing Center and other community members in Eddy.

How do you spend most of your time in Eddy Hall? 
I spend my time in Eddy as a Writing center consultant, a student and an advisee. I have had several classes in Eddy and also have a wonderful academic advisor named Joanna Doxey. I’m most excited to spend my time in Eddy as a consultant for the Writing center because writing is a very fluid process and everyone can use support to make their dreams realities.

It’s only the third week of classes, but what has been your favorite moment in the Writing Center so far? Or favorite moment in Eddy? 
The staff in the Writing Center is so warm and welcoming that it’s hard to not want to spend an afternoon with any of them. I myself had a presentation coming up and didn’t know where to start so I created an appointment with one of my co-workers to brainstorm ideas. It was so helpful that I have no idea why I didn’t use the Writing Center for every paper I ever had while attending CSU.

What’s your favorite book, poem, quote, lyric? Or favorite writer? 
Currently my favorite book is “Life of Pi” but if you ask me in a week the same question my answer might change.

Can you describe Eddy in just one word? 
Ready.  Ready to help and support anyone with all their needs.

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Cory Cotten-Potter is a second-year M.F.A. student in fiction. In addition to his academic work, he is the assistant director of the CSU Writing Center.

 

What do you like most about your work at the Writing Center?

I like being able to quickly connect students with services that will really help them. Many students come in overwhelmed or bewildered, and if we can’t help them directly, odds are I can put them in contact with someone who can.

Do you have a favorite memory of your time at the CSU Writing Center?

My favorite moments are those when clients call in or email, saying how helpful a consultation was, and I get to pass that along to the consultants. Our consultants work extremely hard–coping with less than ideal schedules and pay–and I love it when they get the recognition they deserve.

What brought you to CSU?

The Creative Writing faculty.

Describe Eddy Hall in one word.

Tiny-desk-tiny-chair

Do you have a favorite book? Why is it your favorite?

That’s hard. At the moment, I’d have to say Mathias Svalina’s I Am a Very Productive Entrepreneur.

What’s one thing you’d like students and faculty in the English department to know about the Writing Center?

We offer video conferencing consultations, and it would be great more humans utilized this resource.

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Caleb Gonzalez
First Year M.A. Student, Creative Nonfiction
Graduate Teaching Assistant for CO150

How do you spend most of your time in Eddy Hall? I spend my time in the computer lab on the third floor, doing my homework, printing out stories for my classes and getting ready for my CO150 classes.

What’s your favorite English class or teacher? Debby Thompson. It’s really fun to go to her office and gripe about the current political situation with her, as we have very similar views about the world. She just gives really good feedback, especially on the current “Cheese” essay that I wrote for workshop.

Tell us about the “Cheese” essay. I’m very excited about it! It’s my newest essay that I wrote based on a prompt in Debby’s class. Cheese is a metaphor for identity, class, race, and individual growth as a person.

Describe Eddy Hall in one word. Unpredictable. Also, my favorite word is “whimsical.”

What’s your favorite author or work of literature? One of them is Russian Journal by Andrea Lee. It’s a creative nonfiction book about her and her husband living in Russia as academics. She uses her experiences to make sense of the former Society Union and its relationship to the United States, as well, which is interesting. She was a staff writer for The New Yorker and has done a lot for the New York Times Magazine. Russian Journal was published in 1981.

If you were to give advice to incoming CSU grad students, what would it be? Trust yourself. Have confidence in your own writing. As hard as it might be, learn to be a part of the community.

Caleb’s mug says “I’m not saying I’m Batman, I’m just saying nobody has ever seen me and Batman in a room together.”

What’s your biggest goal or priority right now? I’m going to be facilitating Rekindle the Classics, and it will be on Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. So my biggest goal is to read that work and do a good job facilitating that work.

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(Left to Right) Tiffany, Mackenzie, Emily, Danny, Leah, Katherine, and Kiley

Today’s Humans of Eddy doesn’t feature one person, but a group of humans who make their home in Eddy. These lovely individuals are some of Eddy’s own Writing Center consultants. The Writing Center is made up of 17 consultants who are both undergrad and grad students with various degree backgrounds.

Where are you located?
The CSU Writing Center is located in the basement of Eddy, room 23, Monday through Thursday.

What does the Writing Center do?

Our consultants can assist writers at all stages of the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting, revising, and polishing. Our clients come from all types of disciplines, with writing that ranges from research papers and essays to lab reports, resumes, and applications. There are three types of consultations: face-to-face appointments, online draft submission, and synchronous video conferencing for online and off-campus students. As our website says, we work “to help create better writers, not just better writing.”

How can a student make an appointment?
Visit our website at writingcenter.colostate.edu and click “Make and Appointment.” If you don’t already have an account, you can quickly register for one to access our availability. Or feel free to stop by our office for any questions or assistance. We have coffee and tea and great conversation!
Favorite words from various consultants:  
Resilience
Schaderfreude
Superfluous
Create
Mommicked

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~from intern Joyce Bohling

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Caitlin Montgomery
Major: Psychology and Pre-Med

What are you doing in Eddy Hall today?
I am working. I do a work study, and I am a lab monitor.

When do you expect to graduate?
Never. *laughs* I’m expected to graduate in 2019. I’ll be taking an extra year.

How do you spend most of your time in Eddy Hall?
I have a majority of my classes here, and I work here for 13 hours a week, so I do a lot of studying. This is my “library.”

Favorite moment in Eddy Hall?
I just like being in here [the computer lab] and interacting with everyone who walks through the door. There’s a lot of different personalities, especially with English majors. I feel like English majors are very fun.

Favorite English class or teacher?
Sean Waters — he made class [CO300] fun.

Describe Eddy Hall in one word.
Studious. Everyone’s just on the move, ready to go.

What’s your favorite book?
There’s just so many. I like Harper Lee. My childhood was J.K. Rowling, so there’s that too. But I like all different kinds of literature.

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~from intern Katie Haggstrom

Danny's favorite quote

Danny Bishop’s favorite quote

Danny Bishop
Double Major: English and Journalism & Media Communication

You mentioned that up until last year you wanted to be a news reporter. What made you change your path?
Like most liberal arts students, I have had several professional identity crises. I always planned on reporting for a newspaper after graduation (and that remains a viable backup plan), but last year I realized my heart wasn’t in it. After working for various newspapers, I found that reporting felt stifling, and was just a substitute for my actual goals regarding more substantial writing. I found that I enjoyed my writing in literature classes and creative workshops much more than reporting, and my English classes were a better fit for my voice as a writer. Being a double major is a great compromise because I get a chance to test my chops in a variety of genres — both professional and creative.

What is your biggest piece of advice for peers or underclassmen considering a MA in English?
Having just finished my applications last month, I urge students to get started early and be selective. First, it is a long process considering the various drafting, editing, and testing that is required. Make it a priority early to ensure your best work is showcased. Second, be aware that the application requirements vary, so you will have to spend time tailoring the documents to each program, so the workload increases substantially with each program you apply to. If you’re like me and are applying while also taking classes, working, attempting a social life, then applying to 10+ programs is not reasonable (or affordable). Try to pair down to the necessities to maintain a shred of sanity.

What’s your favorite book, poem, quote, lyric, genre, author?
Favorite Book: Today my favorite book is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. That is subject to change tomorrow.
Quote: “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth” – Albert Camus
Poem: “This World is Not Conclusion” – Emily Dickinson

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