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Image by Jill Salahub

Image by Jill Salahub

  • Antero Garcia has a new chapter titled “Teacher as Dungeon Master: Connected learning, democratic classrooms, and rolling for initiative” in the book The role-playing society: Essays on the cultural influence of RPGs (MacFarland).
  • Antero Garcia has been announced as a judge for the art and writing youth “Twist Fate” challenge. He will co-edit a collection of the entries to be published after the competition challenge ends. The deadline for entries is April 6th and more info can be found here: http://dmlhub.net/newsroom/media-releases/twist-fate/.
  • Sasha Steensen published five poems in the March/ April issue of Kenyon Review, two of which are featured online: http://www.kenyonreview.org/journal/marapr-2016/selections/sasha-steensen/  She was also interviewed for Kenyon Conversations.  You can read the interview here:  http://www.kenyonreview.org/conversation/sasha-steensen/ She will be reading at Mountain Fold bookstore in Colorado Springs at 7pm on March 19th.
  • Karen Montgomery Moore will be presenting “Affect, Anxiety, and the Abject Corpse in A Study in Scarlet” at the Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association conference in Seattle on March 24. She was advised regarding this paper (her final graduate project) by Ellen Brinks and Debby Thompson, and she received NTTF professional development funding to support travel for this presentation.
  • Sean Waters published a cool piece about Seth Jansen and Poudre Valley Community Farms, which came out last week in Fort Collins’ Scene Magazine.  http://scenenoco.com/2016/03/02/poudre-valley-farms/
  • Davis Webster’s (an undergrad in creative writing) essay “Wyo.” was accepted for publication in Fourth Genre.
  • Embracing Community through Giving,” an article about Deanna Ludwin’s contributions to the English Department, is included in the February 27 issue of the College of Liberal Arts Newsletter. Jill Salahub is the article’s author. Deanna’s poem “Focus” was published in Fjords Review’s “Free Womens Edition.” (Go to fjordsreview.com and click on “Featured” then “Archives.”) Her article about attending a poetry workshop in France, “Opening the Senses in Southern France,” was included in volume 6, issue 1 of CSU’s Society of Senior Scholars Newsletter.
  • Edward Hamlin, winner of Colorado Review’s 2013 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, will read from his recently published collection Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award and one of two finalists for this year’s Colorado Book Award (short story collection category), at Wolverine Farm’s Publick House Saturday April 16, 7:30 pm. (Please note: this event was rescheduled due to weather, and will take place at the same location on May 20, 7:30 pm).


Commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this summer in E343: Shakespeare II with Dr. Roze Hentschell. Registration begins March 22nd.

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Tools from the Workshop: Theory and “Hands On” Practice with Multimodal Engagement in UD Composition Courses Part II

The Upper Division Composition Professional Development Workshop Series is proud to present the second installment of our spring 2016 offerings: During the week of March 21st we will hold our second workshop: The Possibility of Actually Composing a Visual Argument  (Room and Time TBA after the Doodle Poll Results are In)

Come join us as we discuss a sprinkling of theory that connects visual argument with the course goals of CO 300. The bulk of the workshop will be devoted to a “hands on” exploration of the new Photoshop software that has been installed on the computers in Eddy 2 and 4. Help us explore this rich visual editing software and envision ways that it can be effectively utilized in the classroom. A nice takeaway from the workshop will be the production of a flyer to advertise one of your upcoming classes. (Never be caught unprepared when the call for a class flyer is issued!)

All are welcome to join.

Four great incentives:

  1. Conversation with your awesome peers
  2. Certificate of Completion for those pesky Evaluation files
  3. Intellectual Engagement
  4. Snacks!  

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  • SueEllen Campbell and John Calderazzo will be busy at the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual conference in San Francisco. SueEllen is a co-convener of three sessions about the need for multidisciplinary approach to climate change education, two oral sessions and one poster session. She will also present a poster at the latter. John will moderate and co-present a workshop, Sharing Science in Plain English; he’ll also co-chair and moderate a panel on The Many Sides of Sharing Science. Both will also talk about science communication with the general public in an informal Ask an Expert forum.
  • Antero Garcia’s most recent book Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students (co-authored with Nicole Mirra and Ernest Morrell) is out now through Routledge.
  • Antero Garcia has an article in the most recent issue of English Journal with Nicole Mirra and Danielle Filipiak titled “Revolutionizing Inquiry in Urban English Classrooms: Pursuing Voice and Justice through Youth Participatory Action Research.” It can be accessed here.
  • Tobi Jacobi has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the College Composition and Communication (CCC) journal editorial board.
  • An interview with EJ Levy about her fiction and essays appears in the current issue of Superstition Review, which has a wonderful archive of author interviews with Maggie Nelson, George Saunders, Tayari Jones, among others. https://superstitionreview.asu.edu/issue16/interviews/ejlevy
  • Sarah Sloane read from an essay-in-progress about her father, “Sammy Safety,” at the Western Literature Association Conference in Reno, Nevada, on October 15, 2015. She has also collaboratively written an article with artist Joe Joe Orangias and Professor Jeannie Simms (School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) called “Pink Icons: LGBTQ2 Monuments and their Displacement of Culture,” invited and under consideration by Public Art Dialogue. Orangias, Frank Pega (University of Otega, NZ), and Sloane were collaborators on the Pink Dolphin Monument installation in Galveston, TX: http://pinkdolphinmonument.com Finally, Sloane was one of four winners of a local essay contest, “This is Fort Collins,” held annually by The Coloradoan. Her essay was published online and in the September 2, 2015 weekend edition. She also gave a reading of it at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House.
  • Debby Thompson’s essay “Canine Cardiology” has been accepted for publication by the Bellevue Literary Review.
  • Felicia Zamora’s (MFA ’12) poems have been recently accepted for publication in Columbia Poetry Review, Hotel Amerika, Juked, Meridian, Phoebe, and The Burnside Review. Her manuscript, Silence for the Rest of Class, was a finalist in the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize. Three of her poems are currently highlighted on The Normal School website.

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Image by Colorado State University

  • There’s a review of Dan Beachy-Quick’s book of poems, gentlessness, up at Rain Taxi: http://www.raintaxi.com/gentlessness/
  • Antero Garcia reflected on Teacher Professional Development and Loss, Trauma, and Empathy for DMLcentral. You can read his post here: http://dmlcentral.net/loss-trauma-and-the-digital-language-of-empathy-in-schools/
  • Antero Garcia wrote a blog post for the Compose Our World research project funded by Lucas Educational Research. You can read his George Clinton-quoting post here: http://composeourworld.org/blog/2015/11/13/we-do-this-this-is-what-we-do/
  • Stephanie G’Schwind presented on a panel, “The View from the Slush Pile,” at the NonfictioNow conference in Flagstaff, Arizona, last month.
  • Cindy O’Donnell-Allen and Antero Garcia were featured guests on the NWP Radio program to discuss their new book, Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction. The archived broadcast is available here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nwp_radio.
  • Debby Thompson’s essay “The Four Stages of Cancer,” published in Upstreet, was listed as a “notable” in Best American Essays 2015.
  • Airica Parker’s poem “Form” will appear in the Winter 2015 issue of The Nature of the West: Camas.
  • Beth Stoneburner has an essay up at xoJane.com on rape and justice. Link is:
  • MA and MFA students showed out in full force at the Graduate Student Showcase on Wednesday, November 11th. Their posters and presentations revealed the diversity and depth of the creativity and scholarship in this department. They even garnered prizes to boot. We want to call attention and thank all the participants in the Showcase from English, and give a special shout-out to those who won awards for their work. The participants were, in alphabetical order, Alhassane Ali Drouhamane, Paul Binkley, Cedar Brant, Lindsay Brookshier, Leslie Davis, Annette Gabriel, Kathleen Hamel, Kelsey Hatley, Melissa Hohl, Abby Kerstetter, Samantha Killmeyer, Kaitlyn Mainhart, John McDonough, Kristen Mullen, Kathleen Naughton, Courtney Pollard, Sarahbeth Stoneburner, John Whalen, Michelle Wilk, and Meagan Wilson. The prizewinners were: Melissa Hohl (College of Liberal Arts Award), Abby Kerstetter (Distinction in Creativity Award) and John Whalen (Great Minds in Research Award).
  • Melissa Hohl was awarded Highest Achievement in Performing Arts from the College of Liberal Arts at the Graduate Student Showcase.
  • Abby Kerstetter was awarded 2nd Place in the category of Distinction in Creativity at the Graduate Student Showcase.
  • John Whalen was awarded 2nd place in “Great Minds in Research” for his project entitled “Which Reporting Verbs Characterize Successful Academic Writing?” at the Graduate Student Showcase.


    John Whalen at the Graduate Student Showcase

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Eddy Hall atrium

Eddy Hall atrium, image by Jill Salahub

  • Dan Beachy-Quick went to Yale University last week to meet with the Poetics Work Group to discuss his most recent book, gentlessness.
  • Antero Garcia published a blog post for DMLCentral discussing the racism of #BoycottStarWarsVII and the implications for classrooms: http://dmlcentral.net/boycottstarwarsvii-racism-and-classroom-responsibility/
  • Cindy O’Donnell-Allen presented last week at the annual conference of the Associations of Science and Technology Centers along with Holly Le Masurier from the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Their presentation featured work with local youth participating in the Youth Science Civic Inquiry (YSCI) Institute focused on water use and protection that was held last summer at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. The work is part of a large grant sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Writing Project that centers on the intersections between science and literacy practices.
  • Debby Thompson’s essay “Meta-Hamster” has been accepted for the Ruminations section of January’s issue of Under the Sun.  The essay is both an analysis of pet-keeping in the US and a rumination on the place of analysis in creative nonfiction.
  • Catherine Ratliff successfully defended her dissertation on the female expatriate communities of interwar Paris.
  • The Literature Program was awarded a $500 mini-grant from the CSU Graduate School to be used for recruiting MA students.
  • Kayann Short (BA 1981; MA 1988) presented her paper “Between War and Wheat: The Cultivation of Ellen Webb in Mildred Walker’s Winter Wheat” at the recent Western Literature Association conference in Reno, NV.
  • Dancing Girl Press has accepted Felicia Zamora’s (MFA ’12) chapbook, Imbibe {et alia}here, for publication in summer 2016. She also has poems accepted in the Indian Review, North American Review, Pleaides, and Matter Journal. Her poem “Decoy” was a runner-up in the 2015 Indiana Review ½ K Prize and her poem “Not not” was a finalist in the Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest.


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Image credit: Colorado State University’s Facebook page

  • Next week, John Calderazzo will present two science communication workshops.  He’ll work on basic communication skills with 20 or so CSU researchers in energy, vet-med, and ecology who will soon present their work at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to members of Congress, the press, and potential funders.  He’ll also run a science storytelling workshop at CSU Pingree Park campus for the Center for Collaborative Conservation.
  • In June, John Calderazzo will present a talk at ASLE: Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, on his various communication outreach efforts with scientists and their organizations.
  • SueEllen Campbell will be running a half-day, pre-conference workshop on teaching climate change in English and humanities courses at the biannual meeting of ASLE, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, at the University of Idaho, in June. Then she will focus on catching up on her backlog of sources to consider adding to the Changing Climates website!   The URL is http://changingclimates.colostate.edu.
  • Matthew Cooperman and Aby Kaupang just returned from readings in L.A., including Cal State San Bernardino, where they addressed the MFA students in a thesis workshop. A long portion of Matthew and Aby’s collaborative hybrid project NOS, is just out in the latest issue of Verse.
  • Antero Garcia has been selected to be a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. This fellowship will support his ongoing ethnographic research into learning, literacies, and tabletop gameplay.
  • Along with Lee Nickoson, Kris Blair, and Mary P. Sheridan, Tobi Jacobi edited a special issue of Feminist Teacher on feminist community work (available in June 2015).  She and Mary P. Sheridan co-authored a piece entitled, “Critical Feminist Practice and Campus-Community Partnerships: A Review Essay.”
  • Bruce Ronda’s essay, “’Tender Spirits Set in Ferment’: Transcendentalism and the Aesthetics of Conversation” appears in “Whither Transcendentalism?,” a special issue of Revue Française D’Études Américaines/French Review of American Studies, third trimester, 2014.
  • Barbara Sebek’s paper, “Confounding Local and Global in Frank McGuinness’s Mutabilitie (1997)” was accepted for the conference, “Appropriation in an Age of Global Shakespeare,” which will take place at the University of Georgia in November.
  • Mandi Casolo’s short story “Goat’s Mouth” is a finalist for the national literary journal Arts & Letters Fiction Prize.
  • Anton Gerth was accepted to complete his student teaching abroad at the International School of Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf, Germany for Fall 2015 semester.  This is offered through a partnership with CSU’s STEPP program and the University of Northern Iowa.
  • Natalya Stanko, M.A. student in Creative Nonfiction, had her most recent feature story for Sierra Magazine appear in the May issue.  “Enough Is Enough” profiles a small Louisiana town fighting back against a proposal to build a coal terminal inside its city limits.
  • The Washington Post recently ran a fascinating feature article on Tracy Ekstrand, who took many nonfiction writing courses in the department and who also worked on The Colorado Review and helped start the Slow Sanders writing group in town.  You can read that here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/03/27/how-one-woman-climbed-her-way-out-of-scientologys-elite-sea-org/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_3_na
  • MFA graduate Matt Goering’s satirical literary journalism story, “The Truth of What’s Really Happening Here,” about UFO “researchers” in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, has been accepted by The Normal School.

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This past semester, we’ve been asking people in various interviews and profiles, “What are you looking forward to most about moving back into a remodeled Eddy Hall?” Here are some of the responses:

“Next semester, I plan on studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland, so I won’t be able to see Eddy right when it gets finished, but I am excited to see it a year from now. Being scattered across campus has been a bit of a pain, though Eddy needed the remodeling, and any updates to modernize the structure are welcome.” ~Colin Stevens, Double Majoring in English (Creative Writing) and Journalism and Technical Communications, Senior

“Even though I’ve graduated, I’m honestly excited that Eddy’s getting a facelift. As charming as the old building was, it needed to be updated like none other. I can’t recall the floor plans, but I hope they kept the central courtyard. That was such a nice space and it really gave Eddy some good character.” ~Lauren Cofer, English: Creative Writing, Graduated Spring 2014

“Being in a classroom that doesn’t smell like science chemicals, being in a classroom that isn’t located in a basement or windowless, not having to make the trek to Ingersoll, and having a central place to store my jacket and lunch. I also think it will provide an even bigger sense of community and help with communication within the English department, because we won’t be spread out all over the place.”~Kristen Mullen, MA English: Literature, Graduating Spring 2016

“When I visited CSU as a prospective MFA student last March, one of the things that drew me to the program was the fact that the entire department had its own building. I am looking forward to bringing that sense of community into the new Eddy.” ~Alex Morrison, MFA Fiction, Assistant Director of the Community Literacy Center, and Writing Center Consultant

“The thing I’m looking forward to the most about moving back into Eddy is to see it for the first time ever! When I moved to Colorado, Eddy was already under renovations, so I’ve never actually been in the building!” ~Kathleen Hamel, MA English: Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TEFL/TESL), 1st year

“Seeing familiar faces on those crowded stairs! We are all so spread out right now, and I am excited to get everyone back where I can corner them more easily.” ~Sarah Hansen, MFA Creative Writing: Fiction, Writing Center Assistant Director, Intern with the Center for Literary Publishing and the Literacy through Prose and Poetry Program

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Workers on a lunch break. Ingersoll Hall is officially under construction.

Workers on a lunch break. Ingersoll Hall is officially under construction.

  • Antero Garcia recently received grant funding as a co-PI on a project funded by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. “Composing Our World: Supporting Literacy and Social and Emotional Learning through 9th Grade ELA Project-Based Learning” is a three year study taking place throughout Northern Colorado.
  • On May 2, Nancy Henke will be inducted into the Forensics Hall of Fame at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.  She and the other members of the 2005 Boise State University Speech and Debate team are being honored to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the team’s first national championship.  Boise State has won three more national titles in forensics since the first win in 2005.
  • Kristina Quynn’s article “Elsewheres of Diaspora: Dionne Brand’s In Another Place, Not Here” will be published in the spring special topic issue on theorizing elsewhere of the Journal of Midwest Modern Language Association.
  • Three Community Literacy Center interns presented research at the 2015 Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity poster showcase. English major Meg Monacelli and Sociology major Chelsea Mitchell presented their collaborative poster on prison re-entry education and training programs. English major, Hannah Polland presented a poster on her research on literacy and sex trafficking. Hannah’s poster/presentation earned 1st place in the service-learning category. Congratulations, Meg, Chelsea, and Hannah!
  • Kristin George Bagdanov’s poem “Moon Body” was accepted for publication by Berkeley Poetry Review.  She has also accepted an offer to attend UC Davis’s PhD in Literature program, where she will be a Provost’s Fellow in the fall.
  • Olivia Tracy will be presenting her paper “‘Rise Up Through the Words’: Nature and Power in Haitian Uncoverings of Anacaona” in June at the 2015 ASLE Biennial conference in Moscow, Idaho. She will be presenting as part of the panel “Postcolonial Uncoverings: Caribbean Ecologies.”
  • Earlier this week Alam Shoaib (MFA, fiction) heard from the editors at the British literary magazine Wasafiri. They have accepted his poems “Customs,” “Sepulchre,” and “Apartment 651J” for their upcoming November special issue on Writing from Bangladesh.
  • Davis Webster, a current English (Creative Writing) undergraduate, is a finalist in the New York Times “Modern Love” College Essay Contest. His essay, one of ten chosen out of 1800 essays from 400 colleges, will be appearing on the New York Times’ website next week.
  • Janelle Adsit, MA student (’09) in the English department (communication development) has accepted a tenure-line position at Humboldt State University. She will be teaching creative writing workshops there. Humboldt State is the northernmost Cal State school.

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image by Jill Salahub

image by Jill Salahub

  • Spring Break at CSU begins Saturday, March 14 and ends Sunday, March 22.
  • Next week, Tim Amidon will be traveling to Tampa, Florida to attend the Conference on College Composition and Communication. While at CCCCs, he will be leading the annual meeting of CCCC Intellectual Property (IP) Caucus, attending a meeting of the CCCC (IP) Committee, chairing a roundtable discussion of IP luminaries that includes a representative of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and presenting a talk during a roundtable entitled “Researching Extracurricular Literacies through Interdisciplinary Practices. Follow the conference virtually with hashtag #4c15; follow activity related to the CCCC IP Caucus by following #4cIP and/or #ask4cIP.
  • From March 10-12 Camille Dungy was the Aetna Writer in Residency at the University of Connecticut where she gave a poetry reading, visited classes, and conducted several tutorials.
  • From March 13-15 Camille Dungy was a presenter at the Geography of Hope: Women and the Land.  “The biennial Geography of Hope Conference brings together leading writers and activists in the coastal village of Point Reyes Station for a three-day feast of readings, discussions, and activities to inspire and deepen an understanding of the relationships between people and place.”  Presenters: M. Kat Anderson; Camille Dungy; Gretel Ehrlich; Carolyn Finney; Susan Griffin; Robert Hass; Brenda Hillman; Wendy Johnson; Robin Wall Kimmerer; Kathleen Dean Moore; Melissa K. Nelson; Ann Pancake; Claire Peaslee; Rhiannon; Kim Stanley Robinson; Lauret Savoy; Rebecca Solnit, Priscilla Ybarra.
  • Antero Garcia has a co-authored study on “Race to the White House” featured on the recently launched Civic Media Project Website. His work is featured in the Play & Creativity section found here: http://civicmediaproject.org/works/civic-media-project/playandcreativity
  • EJ Levy was a visiting writer at Hope College and Albion College in Michigan from March 3-6.
  • Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers & Fatherhood (Center for Literary Publishing, Stephanie G’Schwind, ed.) has been named a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ Indiefab Book of the Year Award in the anthology category. Winners will be announced at the end of June at the American Library Association’s annual conference. maninthemoon

Outstanding Literary Essay Awards – Submissions due by April 6th


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.

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English Department Communications Intern Marina Miller recently attended the first session of the CSU Writing Project Speaker Series on the Literacies of Contemporary Civic Life and has this to share:

Attending the first of several events in the CSU Writing Project Speaker Series on the Literacies of Contemporary Civic Life was my first assignment as a blogger for the English department. I had some idea that the audience would be mainly English Education majors or students who are already teaching, and while this event is not something I would have attended under other circumstances, I was pleasantly surprised at how welcoming the group was.

The speakers on the night of January 27th were Danielle Filipiak and Nicole Mirra, who have both taught in urban areas like Detroit and Los Angeles. Their presentation was titled: “Creating Spaces Where Choices Can Be Made: Critical Literacy in 21st Century Classrooms.” The opening slide was a writing prompt that all audience members were asked to respond to, either using the phrase #CSULitCrit15 on Twitter, or a good old fashioned pen and paper. The question was “What is your working definition of critical literacies?”

Danielle Filipiak and Nicole Mirra

Danielle Filipiak and Nicole Mirra

After reading this I had a tiny moment of panic; I felt like I was just handed a pop quiz but I was the only one who was unprepared. I sat there blankly for a minute thinking seriously about writing “I have no idea,” and then decided that I should at least give it a shot. I thought back to my Literacy and Gender class and various other courses that seemed to help prepare me for this specific moment and came up with this answer: “Critical literacy means the ability to analyze the world around you and relate that back to your own story and create your own meaning and space within different literacies.”

Nicole Mirra

Nicole Mirra

I was feeling pretty confident with my answer until we were told to find a partner and share our definitions. I kept thinking “Man, I’m in a room with all teachers, they are going to give me a terrible grade on this writing prompt.” However, the girl I spoke to, who is student teaching this semester, seemed to agree with my answer and even mentioned that if she was given more time, her answer would have looked similar to mine.

Once we finished our conversation and the audience members re-grouped, Filipiak and Mirra asked if anyone was willing to share. (Again my shy freshman self came out and I avoided all eye contact and waited for someone else to raise their hand). A young man behind me raised his hand and said that in his group one of the answers to the prompt was “I have no idea,” I could feel the grin spread across my face. Suddenly I was not the only one who was unsure of themselves and their answer. I decided that maybe this presentation would not be so far out of my comfort zone after all.

One of my favorite quotes from the presentation came from Danielle Filipiak when she was explaining her purpose teaching critical literacy, to students who feel as though they don’t always have a voice in their world. She said, “I want my students to know the power in words. I want them to know that words can manipulate and I want to make sure that they are not manipulated themselves.”

When Nicole Mirra explained her focus when teaching critical literacy, she was very honest with the group. She spoke about how when she first became a teacher she wanted to pass on her love of books to her students and she hoped that books could help them figure out who they were, like they did for her. When she became a teacher, her outlook changed as soon as she met her students. She quickly determined that she wanted her students to use critical literacy skills to advocate for themselves and use their voice to take social action.

Danielle Filipiak

Danielle Filipiak

The whole night was filled with powerful quotes like these and pictures of student work that showed a glimpse into what these students were feeling every day and how that reflected in their daily school lives. The speakers both talked about how they had to learn not only to get the students to listen to each other, but to listen to their students and learn from them as well. The overall presentation made me think back to all the teachers I had in public schools in my life and to wonder which ones I failed to appreciate. While teaching is not a profession I have seriously considered entering, if I did I would try to think back to this presentation and apply it to my classroom.

Assistant Professor Antero Garcia also wrote about this session, in his post on dmlcentral, Defining a Participatory Critical Literacy. The session was also recorded, so even if you had to miss it, you can watch it here.

More about this series: Throughout the spring semester we’ll be hosting nationally recognized literacies-based researchers and educators to discuss how literacy and youth civic participation intersect from varying, interdisciplinary perspectives. The speakers will be presenting their work and engaging in dialogue from 5:30-6:30, followed by a brief reception. These events are free and open to the public. All of the speakers will be presenting at the CSU campus in Clark A 205.

Up next: February 17th, Dr. Ben Kirshner, Faculty Director, CU Engage: Center for Community-Based Learning and Research, “Literacies of Youth Activism: from Colorado to Cape Town.”

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Geese hanging out on the Ingersoll Hall lawn.

Geese hanging out on the Ingersoll Hall lawn.

  • The Boston Review, during National Poetry month, will be featuring an essay on their website earlier presented by Dan Beachy-Quick at University of Louisville for the Wittreich Lecture: “Poetic Geometries: Moby-Dick as Primer to Creative Crisis.”
  • Antero Garcia recently co-authored an article in Teachers College Record titled, “‘So We Have to Teach Them or What?’: Introducing Preservice Teachers to the Figured Worlds of Urban Youth Through Digital Conversation.” (available here: http://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=17804). Antero did a video interview describing the research that can be viewed here: https://vialogues.com/vialogues/play/19584
  • Antero Garcia also co-authored another recent publication in Reading & Writing Quarterly titled “The Council of Youth Research: Critical Literacy and Civic Agency in the Digital Age.” (available here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10573569.2014.962203#.VMqzAF7F-Qg)
  • Antero Garcia is featured in the latest Deloitte Review issue on “Digital Education 2.0” (available here: http://dupress.com/articles/future-digital-education-technology/)
  • Mandi Casolo’s “The Promise of Too Much Happiness: Alice Munro’s Undertaking of Contemporary Feminist Concerns in Literary Narrative” has been accepted by the North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference taking place on June 11th-13th in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and will feature keynote speakers Steven Schwartz, Patricia Hampl, and Martín Espada.
  • Samantha Tucker Iocovetto, 2014 graduate of the MA program in Creative Nonfiction, has a new essay, “Kitchen Remodel,” posted on Guernica. It can be viewed here: https://www.guernicamag.com/daily/samantha-tucker-kitchen-remodeling/

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