MFA Cohort
Professor Camille Dungy got these great pictures of our MFA cohort at the final MFA reading of the 2017-2018 Creative Writing Reading Series
  • Dan Beachy-Quick has a short essay up at The Brooklyn Rail, part of a critic’s section curated by Ann Lauterbach, on Why Poetry Now:
  • EJ Levy’s hybrid essay, “Natural World,” which appeared in Passages North, has been awarded a Pushcart Prize; it will appear in the 2019 Pushcart PPXLIII anthology this fall.
  • Sasha Steensen has new work in Tupelo Quarterly, which can be read here: Her new book Gatherest was reviewed in Carolina Quarterly: She will be reading at Old Firehouse Books at 6pm on April 12th.
  • Cory Cotten-Potter’s hybrid essay, “Pylon Essay: Six Definitions” has been picked up by Ghost Proposal. 
  • Mandi Casolo’s (MFA-Fiction 2015) story “Fortuna” appears in Glimmer Train’s Spring/Summer 2018 issue!
  • The results of year long conversation/collaboration from the SoGES funded Crisis & Creativity Workgroup were on display at The Green Room (344 East Mountain Ave). The project is called Thinning: Of Species. On April 19th there was a reception and reading.
  • From English Ed: We were proud to host the nationally renowned Get Lit players in our Spoken Word Poetry in the Classroom workshop. We are pleased to share that the event sold out! Attendees included faculty, students, local teachers, local high school students, and individuals from the office of the provost. CSU students shared their own spoken word poetry during the open mic session, as well. Several students mentioned folks in our department shared the event with them or offered extra credit to attend the event, and we sincerely thank you for helping us make this event a success.
  • At the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Genesea Carter chaired a panel titled “Class in the Composition Classroom: Pedagogy and the Working Class” which brought together contributors and her co-editor to discuss their edited collection and ongoing research; she facilitated a half-day workshop titled “Strategies for Facilitating Intellectual Inquiry and Discourse in a Post-Truth World”; and she presented a talk on the panel “Seeking Justice for Basic Writing and English Language Administration Through Networked Theories,” which developed enough interest to start the groundwork for an edited collection.
  • Tobi Jacobi facilitated a morning session on prison teaching and research and an afternoon session on community writing and engagement at the Conference on Composition and Communication in Kansas City.  She also presented a paper on a panel focused on prison pedagogy.
  • Todd Mitchell’s novel THE LAST PANTHER was selected for the Bank Street College of Education “Best Children’s Books of the Year” 2018 list. THE LAST PANTHER was also recently selected as a finalist for the Colorado Authors League Award,
  • Bill Tremblay read Saturday, April 14, at 2:30 PM at the 30th Colorado Poetry Rodeo at the Mercury Cafe in Denver. On Friday, April 27, he read with Phil Woods at the United Methodist Church in Evergreen, CO, from 7 PM to 9 PM as part of the Mad Blood poetry series.
  • It is a truth universally established that Jane Austen knew neither Latin nor Greek.  Mary DeForest disputes this.  A classical education, she argues, shapes Austen’s characters, their language, and their stories.  Her recently released book, Jane Austen: Closet Classicist, is available now and attractively priced.
  • Ricki Ginsberg presented two papers at the American Educational Research Association’s conference in New York. The papers were: “Complicating the Focus: Nine White Teachers Instruct Multicultural Young Adult Literature” and “Tensions Between Envisioned Aims and Enacted Practices: Whiteness, Cultural Identity, and Teaching Muslim Literature.”
  • EJ Levy’s brief memoir “Sweeties” is up at High Desert Journal ,
  • The Courtship of Winds journal will publish a one-act play by Airica Parker in its Summer 2018 issue. Journals that publish drama are relatively rare, so it is a wonderful opportunity – still, Parker also hopes to see the play produced by a theatre company in the near future.
  • Sasha Steensen will participated in a panel on Experimental Criticism at CU.  She also read at Counterpath in Denver.  She has new work up at Pinwheel:
  • Catie Young has a poem in the new issue of Sixth Finch:
  • In print or online this summer, watch for Issue 510 of The Sun magazine to read an interview with Camille T. Dungy called “Poetic Justice: Camille T. Dungy on Racism, Writing, and Radical Empathy” by Airica Parker.
  • From Camille Dungy, Director of the Creative Writing Reading Series: On behalf of the Creative Writing Reading Series, Cole Konopka and I would like to thank you for your role in making the 2017-18 season a resounding success. Last week’s event with Ross Gay drew a crowd of nearly 200 people and ended with a standing ovation for this outstanding reader. There were plenty of students and faculty members in the audience, and we appreciate all you have done to promote the Creative Writing Reading Series to your classes and students. As you plan your book orders and syllabi for the Fall, please consider including books are writing samples from our scheduled CWRS 2018-19 readers. It’s looking like next year might be another wonderful season! Kathryn Miles (Quakeland), Sept. 27; Khadijah Queen (I’m So Fine), Oct. 25; Rebecca Brown (Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary), Nov 15; Eduardo Corral (Slow Lightning), February 21; CLP readers TBA, March 7; Devin Murphy (The Boat Runner), Crow Tremblay Alumni reader, April 25.
  • We hope you have a few minutes to take a look at some hopes, questions and accomplishments in the Community Literacy Center’s SpeakOut! program as we close out the Spring 2018 semester. As always — happy to hear from you! Thanks for your support.
  • Todd Mitchell’s novel The Last Panther received the Green Earth Honor Book award (on Earth Day!).
  • Katherine Indermaur’s poem “Replication of a Miracle” has been published by Voicemail Poems. Listen to a recording of it here:
  • James Rankin’s article “The Contingency of History: Approaching Historical Truth in Don DeLillo’s Libra” has been accepted for publication in The CEA Critic. Thanks!
  • SueEllen Campbell has begun twice-monthly contributions to Yale Climate Connections, posted online and sent out in Friday emails. See, look for items categorized as #ICYMI climate, and sign up! She also just gave a talk called “Let’s Talk about Climate Change” to a hearteningly good crowd at West Texas A&M University. (And she is catching up on her backlog for the website she curates, 100 Views of Climate Change: Her summer “work” plans include speaking to the Front Range Forum about Terry Tempest Williams and organizing, moderating, and in one case participating in four lunch-hour climate change talks as part of the month-long music, art, and science Off the Hook Arts SummerFest: Mission Earth. Look for posters around town.


Intern with the CLC flyer

2017-18 winners of Graduate Student Travel Grant Awards

James Rankin: Presented ”Sex, Punishment, and the Body Politic: Blood and Moral Agency in Measure for Measure” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) conference in Spokane and “The People of the Apokalis: The Ecoeschatology of Animal’s People” at the ASAP/9 conference hosted by UC Berkeley.

Mikey Borgard: attended GrubStreet’s annual “The Muse and the Market” writing conference in Boston.

Joseph Lewis: attended the Vagantes graduate student conference on the Middle Ages hosted by the University of Minnesota.

Cole Konopka: attended the 2017 American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) conference in Minneapolis.

Christina Usler, Lilly Halboth, and Alexis Yeager: Presented “Rhetorics of Childhood in Popular Culture: Bridges to Critical Media Literacies” at the College English Association (CEA) conference in St. Petersburg, FL.

Katie Haggstrom: Presented “Intertextuality and 13 Reasons Why: Tumblr, Teenagers, and Mental Health” at the College English Association (CEA) conference in St. Petersburg, FL.

Caleb Gonzalez: Presented “Re-imagining Authorship Through Decoloniality in the Children’s Books Magicians by the Sun by Gerald McDermott, La Leyenda del Maíz Adapted by Ángel María Garibay, and U Chan Kaambal Máaki Uxmal/El Enano de Uxmal Coordinated by Francisca Zalaquett-Rock” at the 13th Annual University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate History Conference.

Sarah Green will attend the Summer Writing Program at Naropa.

AWP Attendees with Funding: With support from the office of the Vice President of Research, the College of Liberal Arts, the English Department, and the Center for Literary Publishing, the following graduate students received funding to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Tampa in March: Catie Young, Claire Boyles, Caleb Gonzalez, Michelle LaCrosse, Sam Killmeyer, Zach Yanowitz, Chelsea Hanson, Megan Pipe, Emily Harnden, David Mucklow, Katherine Indemaur, Cole Konopka, Debbie Vance, Kristin Macintyre, and Christa Shively.