Poudre River, image by Jill Salahub
Poudre River, image by Jill Salahub


  • EJ Levy was a Visiting Writer at Wabash College in Indiana on February 12-13, 2015. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in both fiction and nonfiction and will be a Fellow at the Aspen Summer Words conference this June.
  • Todd Mitchell was recently interviewed by The Denver Post for a piece on ghost stories published on 2/15. He also did an interview for the Northern Colorado Writer’s Podcast that’s now available, he did a reading that will air on KRFC next Tuesday, and (in an odd turn) he’s quoted in an article on YA post-apocalyptic fiction that will go out next week in Stylist Magazine (a U.K. magazine with a circulation of over 400,000). For a link to any of these articles, interviews, or podcasts, please visit www.ToddMitchellBooks.com.
  • Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker and Tony Becker will deliver a paper presentation titled, “Project-Based Learning in ESL Classrooms: Planning Goals and Outcomes,” at the 2015 TESOL Convention (http://www.tesol.org/convention2015) held on 25-28 March 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Debra Lewis was invited to present a small collection of poetry at Sigma Tau Delta’s national convention over spring break (coming up in a couple of weeks). Sigma Tau Delta is the English Department’s Honors Society. She is the only representative from CSU. Read more about Debra in our “Student Success Stories” series.


  • Creative Professionals Panel, GenFKD presents a moderated panel of Fort Collins professionals discussing ways to monetize creative and artistic passions — Stephanie G’Schwind, editor at The Colorado Review, and Todd Simmons, founder of Wolverine Farm Publishing, and Dulcie Willis, Fort Collins theater producer, and Booger, First Friday poetry slam host. Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:30pm, Clark C238.
  • Spring 2015 Reading Series – Kyle Dargan – Poetry -7:30pm CSU Art Museum University Center for the Arts. Free and open to the public.
  • Grant Writing Workshop for English department graduate students: Grant writing is a terrific skill to acquire, though it’s unnecessarily shrouded in mystery. Not only can it be a means to locate or secure funding for your own projects, but prospective employers would love to know that you have an interest and/or experience in grant writing. We’d like to demystify grant writing for you with a workshop on Monday, March 9, from 1-2 pm, in Lory Student Center 324. Two accomplished grant writers are leading the workshop, and they’re looking forward to introducing you to the world of grant writing: Tobi Jacobi is an English faculty member in the Rhetoric and Composition Program and director of the Center for Community Literacy, and Stephanie G’Schwind is the Director of the Center for Literary Publishing here at CSU, which publishes the nationally renowned Colorado Review. Tobi and Stephanie are looking forward to sharing their expertise with you and answering all your questions.


Outstanding Literary Essay Awards: The English Department’s Literature Program announces the 12th annual Outstanding Literary Essay Awards contest, which recognizes outstanding critical writing and interpretive work in literary studies. Applicants must be registered graduate or undergraduate English majors.  Awards of $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place will be offered at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  Winners will be honored at the English Department Awards on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Submission Guidelines: Students should submit an essay that represents their best critical work in literary studies. Undergraduate essays should be no longer than 15 pages and graduate essays should be no longer than 20 pages. Shorter papers are welcome. Only one submission is allowed per student.

Submission deadline is Monday April 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Please submit TWO clean copies, with no name, address, or instructor’s comments. Only a title and page numbers should appear. Include with your essay a separate cover letter with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, university ID number, and title of your essay. Also indicate the course for which the essay was written (if it was composed for a course) and the professor who taught the course. Indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student at CSU. Address your cover letter to: Professor Aparna Gollapudi, Department of English, Campus Delivery 1773, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1773. Cover letter and submissions can be dropped off at the Behavioral Sciences Building, Room A104.