News of Note Weeks of November 6 and 13

  • Genesea Carter’s edited collection Class in the Composition Classroom: Pedagogy and the Working Class was just published by Utah State UP. She has co-written the introduction with her co-editor, Bill Thelin, and has a single-author chapter in the collection titled “’Being Part of Something Gave Me Purpose’: How Community Membership Impacts First-Year Students’ Sense of Self.” To learn more about the collection, visit the book’s page at:
  • Doug Cloud did an interview for Bustle magazine on why word choice matters in news stories about sexual assault. You can read it here:
  • EJ Levy is the fiction judge for Carve’s Prose & Poetry Contest. Deadline November 15, 2017. For more info on how to enter, see:
  • Sasha Steensen’s chapbook Thirty-Three Hendes was recently published by Dancing Girl Press.  You can have a look here:
  • Lauren Lynn Matheny (third year fiction) has been selected as one of the best emerging poets from Oklahoma by Z Publishing. Her poem “Seizures” will be featured in their new book, Oklahoma’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology. 
  • David Milofsky’s short story, “Rumors,” has been published in The Ink Anthology (UK). Earlier this year I published my fifth novel, Managed Care.
  • Nate Barron, MFA graduate, won the Iron Horse Literary Review Prize for his novel-in-progress.
  • Dan Beachy-Quick’s poem, “Syllabus for Homer,” accepted by the journal known as The Journal, and have had three sections from the forthcoming book Of Silence and Song accepted by Diagram.
  • Leslee Becker won 1st Prize in Writers@Work Flash Fiction Contest for her story, “The Contender.”
  • Camille Dungy has been awarded a 2018 fellowship in prose from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Todd Mitchell’s middle grade novel, The Last Panther, was selected as a “Best New Book for Kids” by Southern Living magazine. Over the past several weeks, Todd Mitchell has visited several elementary and middle schools across the state to encourage literacy, creativity, and positive activism. So far this semester he’s talked with over 3,000 students and teachers about environmental and social challenges, and how reading and writing can be used to create a better future. Todd Mitchell also recently presented sessions on writing and teaching writing at the Castle Rock Writing Conference, the Niwot Writers Conference, and a Windsor CCIRA teacher meeting.
  • Several of Catie Young’s poems from “Stopgap” were published by The Elephants this week:
  • The GradShow Awards recognize excellence in research, creativity and entrepreneurship in a variety of categories.  The 2017 winners were announced by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research Nov. 9 at the reception following a day of presentations and professional development.  Among the top 50 winners are two from the English Department, honored for Distinction in Creativity: 1st Place for $250, Michelle LaCrosse – College of Liberal Arts, English AND 2nd Place for $150, Katherine Indermaur – College of Liberal Arts, English.
  • MFA alum Devin Murphy’s debut novel has been selected as a Fall 2017 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers title and received a terrific review in last week’s The New York Times (see link below). His second novel recently sold to Little Brown.


Writing Center Position: Graduate Student Assistant Director (GTA)


The CSU Writing Center Graduate Student Assistant Director (GTA) Application

The CSU Writing Center is currently accepting applications for the Graduate Student Assistant Director (GTA) position for AY 2018/19. If you have worked at the CSU Writing Center for at least one semester and are/will be enrolled in the English Department graduate program (MA or MFA) in 2018/19, we invite you to apply.  The pay scale for this position is the same as a teaching GTA position in the CSU English Department: tuition remission and salary of approximately $13,932.00 per 9-month contract.  (Note that this is the 2017/18 salary; if next year’s budget follows past patterns, we can expect a 2-3% increase in the base stipend.)

The Graduate Student Assistant Writing Center Director (GTA) position entails the following responsibilities:

  • A commitment of 20 hours per week to the CSU Writing Center.
  • Collaboration with the CSU Writing Center Directors to
    • Develop and implement CSU Writing Center policy,
    • Contribute to procedures for consultant training and supervision,
    • Coordinate daily administrative operations (e.g., determine consultant schedules, oversee payroll procedures, supervise work-study staff, maintain records of meeting minutes and online appointment system information, etc.).
    • A commitment to working in the CSU Writing Center for fifteen hours per week in summer, 2019. Summer pay, at $12/hour, is in addition to the 9-month GTA stipend.

                                                                                                                     If you would like to apply, please complete the following:

  • A brief, 1-2 page cover letter to the Writing Center GTA Hiring Committee that describes your interest in the position, the skills you will bring to the position, and other relevant information you’d like us to know.  Be sure to describe any administrative experience you’ve had, including supervisory or leadership positions.
  • A current vita or resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation from CSU faculty.

Deadlines:  Application materials are due on Friday, January 12, 2018. Please email applications to CSU Writing Center Director, Dr. Lisa Langstraat (, and don’t hesitate to contact her with any questions about the application procedures.  After reviewing the applications, the Writing Center GTA hiring committee will schedule interviews with qualified applicants. Interviews will take place in early February, 2018.