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  • Leslee Becker’s story, “The Airman,” has been accepted for publication in Fiction War Magazine.
  • Matthew Cooperman and Aby Kaupang shared their new book, NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified), at Naropa University, on Tuesday, September 25. Matthew also has new poems out in Posit, which can be found here:
  • Debby Thompson’s essay “The Best Dog Essay Ever” (an homage to Brian Doyle’s “The Best Nature Essay Ever”) is up on
  • Caleb González’s travel essay “To Go/Atravesar”, a piece on language-switching and crossing over from English to Spanish while boarding an international flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Madrid, was accepted for publication by Wanderlust-Journal. It is set to appear online in its November edition.
  • “Bones Beneath Bark: The Ecological Kinship of Trees and Humans” by Dr. Kayann Short (BA 1981; MA 1988) appears in the fall 2018 issue of Hawk & Handsaw.
  • On October 1 Nancy Henke gave a fireside chat in the Honors College entitled, “Why Students Should Know About (and Care About) Labor Issues in American Universities.”
  • Tobi Jacobi’s essay (co-authored with 2 students and 3 community writers), “Mothering through Addiction and Jail,” appears in an edited collection titled Mothers, addiction and recovery: Finding meaning through the journey, eds, Wendy Peterson, Laura Armstrong, and Michelle Foulkes from Demeter Press.
  • Tobi Jacobi’s essay, “Institutional Mothering: Middling between University, Home, and Jail,” appears in a collection titled Mothering and/in/through Mid-Life, eds,  Kathy Mantas and Lorinda Peterson from Demeter Press.
  • Bruce Ronda’s review of “The Best-Read Naturalist”: Nature Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson appears in the current issue of Nineteenth-Century Contexts: an interdisciplinary journal
  • Dr. Sebek presented a paper “Webster’s Duchess of Malfi and Elizabeth Cary’s Tragedy of Mariam (1613) and/versus English Domestic Tragedy” at “Death and Domesticity: A Conference on Domestic Tragedy” in Atlanta, GA in September. In October, she is presenting on “Global Aspects of London Material Culture in Jasper Mayne’s The Citye Match (1638)” at the Rocky Mountain MLA in Cheyenne.
  • Ben Greenlee has been nominated for Best of the Net 2018 by The Citron Review for his flash CNF piece, “Baton.”  You can read it here:




DEADLINE: Tuesday, OCTOBER 9, 2018 by 4:00pm

The Creative Writing Program is conducting its annual university-wide creative writing competition for Creative & Performing Arts scholarships. Students can submit multiple genres. Undergraduate submissions may include one or more of the following genres: three to five poems OR one short story OR one creative essay. Awards are typically $500 per academic year in the form of tuition waivers; awards of $1,000 – $5,000 may be given for special merit. Multiple awards are available.


1) Students may submit3 to 5 poems OR 1 short story OR1 creative nonfiction essay (not an academic paper).

2) DO NOT PUT NAME OR ADDRESS ON THE MANUSCRIPT. Include only page numbers and title on manuscript.

3) Attach a cover letter stating name, address, phone number, CSU I.D number (NOT ssn number), and genre

4) Address manuscripts to: Professor Sasha Steensen, Director, Creative Writing Program, Eddy Hall, CSU.

5) Please be sure to either Mail OR Hand-Deliver submissions to English Department mailbox in Eddy Hall by Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Criteria for Award

1) Must have a minimum 2.4 GPA.

2) Must be undergraduates (working on first bachelor’s degree).

3) Must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits).

4) Should be making satisfactory progress toward a degree, i.e., must have satisfactorily completed 75% of CSU courses attempted and must not have accumulated excessive credits. (See Office of Financial Aid for further details.)

5) Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

The Creative Writing Faculty cannot comment on the writing; manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.