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Katherine Indermaur
MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry
Managing Editor, Center for Literary Publishing

What drew you to the Center for Literary Publishing and how did you first get involved?
While I was studying English and creative writing as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, there was a wonderful opportunity to intern with Algonquin Books, so I worked as their publicity intern for one semester, doing things like market research and preparing galley copy mailings to bookstores. Though the internship was unpaid, I was encouraged to take as many books home as I wanted. I loved my experience there and knew I’d enjoy any future opportunity to work in publishing, so when I was researching CSU’s MFA program and came across the Center for Literary Publishing, I made sure to visit and meet Stephanie G’Schwind, the director of the Center and the editor of Colorado Review. I’d already heard of Colorado Review, but I didn’t know it was published at CSU. Other MFA students bragged about how wonderful the experience of interning at the CLP had been for them, so I was excited to intern. Then, in the summer of 2016, Stephanie selected me as the Center’s Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence fellow, a one-year position serving as assistant managing editor, which came with a stipend and required me to be in the office 9 hours a week. So that’s how I began my journey in the fall of 2016.

Can you tell us a little more about your current role as the managing editor at the CLP? 
As the managing editor, I am in the office 20 hours a week. I help train and manage all our interns, fellow graduate students in the English department, who are busy reading and processing submissions to Colorado Review as well as copyediting, proofreading, typesetting, and designing new issues and other books we publish here at the Center. I also correspond with our authors, poets, and book reviewers regarding their work and publication. Behind the scenes, I process subscriptions and work to keep our website interesting and relevant.

Katherine and Associate Editor Christa Shively discussing online submissions to Colorado Review

What’s been your favorite memory in the CLP so far?
Every year an outside judge selects one poetry manuscript for the Colorado Prize for Poetry, which we then publish. Last year, Mike Lala came to Colorado State University to give a public reading from his winning collection, Exit Theater. Meeting him, seeing how happy he was with his book, and watching him meet everyone who made it possible was so rewarding.

I heard that the CLP is moving locations in the future. Can you tell us some more about that? What are you most excited about with this move?
Yes, we are moving! Because the university is set to tear down Aylesworth, we had to look for a new home. The old Alumni Center, a quaint white house on the corner of Pitkin Street and College Avenue, opened up when construction on the new stadium finished and the Alumni Center relocated there. If all the renovations go according to plan, we should be able to move to the house along with our new housemates, the Public Lands History Center, after the Spring semester ends in May. Not gonna lie, I’m most excited about having my own office with a nice window! The location is great too, right on College. I also look forward to a quieter work environment without all the class-changing foot traffic we hear currently in Aylesworth.

For a student interested in the CLP, what is the best thing about the CLP? And is there a book/story/poem that has stuck out to you the most? Favorite issue?
There are several great things about interning at the CLP. If you’re at all interested in getting your work published or potentially working in publishing, the internship is an excellent way to learn about the industry from the inside while acquiring those 1-2 years of experience every job listing wants you to have. As an intern, you also get a broad sense of what kinds of work people are writing nowadays. Some of my favorite work we’ve published recently in the magazine include Kaveh Akbar’s poem “On Bridges and the Shadows of Bridges,” Mark Cox’s poem “Emergen(ce) of Feeling,” Jill Talbot’s essay “Transparent,” and Karin Lin-Greenberg’s short story “Touring.” I also love Christopher J. Johnson’s poetry collection &luckier, which we published in 2016.

I know that you’re in the MFA Poetry program. What are you reading/writing? Is there something you’re currently working on?
Outside of required reading, I’m currently reading Maggie Smith’s Good Bones, Wittgenstein’s On Certainty, and Timothy Morton’s Humankind: Solidarity with Non-Human People. I’m working on some prose poems that try to look at the human bodily experience in a holistic way, as well as a project on the environmental history of Western expansion through Wyoming as seen through our relationship with specific species of flora and fauna. You can read my poem about bison here. I plan to read poems from that project, which I’m calling “This Land Open,” at the GradShow on CSU’s campus on November 9.

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  • Dan Beachy-Quick has poems accepted at Poetry, New England Review, and Cincinnati Review.
  • Harrison Candelaria Fletcher had a couple of lyric essays published during the summer break – “Family Cookbook” in Florida Review and “Flight” in Somos en escrito. He also and taught a few hybrid image and found text workshops at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program and the VCFA Post Graduate Writing Conference. He’s glad to be back.
  • Camille Dungy’s new book of poems, Trophic Cascade, received a favorable reading in Harvard Review. http://harvardreview.org/?q=features/book-review/trophic-cascade
  • Sarah Louise Pieplow has six ghazals published in the most recent edition of the Denver Quarterly, under her publishing name ‘slp.’
  • In May Leif Sorensen gave a talk on his book in progress titled Worlds of Difference: Race, Ethnicity and Science Fiction at the invitation of the Sogang Institute of American Studies and the American Culture Program at Sogang University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He also facilitated a special symposium for the American Cultural Studies Graduate Program at Sogang titled “Revisiting Octavia Butler’s Kindred in 2017″ that focused on Butler’s 1979 novel and Damian Duffy’s 2017 graphic adaptation of the novel.In August Leif presented a talk, “Vanishing Races and Endangered Species” that focuses on representations of endangered species in Native American fiction from the 1920s and 1930s at the Modernist Studies Association Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.His 2016 essay “Region and Ethnicity on the Air,” published in the Summer 2016 issue of MELUS won an honorable mention for the Don D. Walker Prize sponsored by the Western Literature Association to honor the best essay published on western American literary studies.
  • Catie Young’s chapbook, What is Revealed When I Reveal it to You, will be published by dancing girl press in early 2018. During the summer, poems from Language Object and Stopgap appeared in Gramma and Ghost Proposal.
  • The Center for Literary Publishing, which produces Colorado Review and other publications, is featured in SOURCE, CSU’s news website.  CR editor Stephanie G’Schwind is assisted by English Department student interns, among them Chelsea Hansen and Kristen Macintyre, who are featured in a special story at http://source.colostate.edu/center-serves-hands-publishing-laboratory-students/.

 

English Department Office Hours 

The English Office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (closed during lunch, 12:00-1:00 p.m.).

 

Eddy 300 Computer Lab

Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 7 pm
Friday – 7:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday 10 am – 2pm

Writing Center Hours

Starting August 28

Eddy Hall, Room 23
Mon-Thurs: 10 am – 4 pm

Morgan Library, Room 171
Sun-Thurs: 6 pm – 8 pm

 

Fall 2017 Internships Available!

 Unless otherwise noted, the internships listed below are open to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students.

Please contact Cassandra Eddington, English Department Internship Coordinator, at Cassie.Eddington@colostate.edu for more information on these internships and how to apply.

 

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  • The Center for Literary Publishing’s latest nonfiction anthology, Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays, will officially release May 15. The production team was Cedar Brant, Dana Chellman, Cory Cotten-Potter, Michelle LaCrosse, Morgan Riedl, and Stephanie G’Schwind. The book is available from CLP’s distributor, the University Press of Colorado, or via Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, powells.com, and elsewhere.
  • Cassie Eddington’s manuscript if the garden was one of seven finalists in Kelsey Street Press’s 2017 FIRSTS! competition. Her poems will be featured on Kelsey Street Press’s blog.
  • Tobi Jacobi will deliver an invited lecture on jail volunteer training and self-care at the University of Sheffield’s workshop on the Volunteer Sector in Criminal Justice in early June in Sheffield, UK.  The workshop launches an international, multidisciplinary network of researchers, practitioners and policymakers working in the criminal justice voluntary sector led by scholars at the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield.
  • Lauren Matheny’s short story, “The Dark”, won honorable mention (second place) in the Third Coast 2017 Fiction Contest, chosen by Desiree Cooper 🙂 Lauren says, “Don’t know if that’s worthy of the newsletter, but I’m super excited!!”
  • David Mucklow’s poem “Leaving Sediment” was published in the most recent issue of Iron Horse Literary Review.
  • Kelly Weber has poems forthcoming or now appearing in Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, The Flat Water Stirs: An Anthology of Emerging Nebraska Poets, Triggerfish, and Grasslimb.

Eddy 300 Lab
Summer Hours
May 15th– May, 19th, 2017
(Please stop by the English Department office
for access)
May 22nd-August 4th, 2017
10:00am-3:00pm

The Writing Center
Summer Hours
May 15th– August 3rd, 2017
10:00am-12:30pm
In Eddy Hall, Room 23
Online hours TBA

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  • Matthew Cooperman currently has new poems out in The Laurel Review and Saltfront, in print. Online, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, is featuring three of his poems at http://maryjournal.org/fall2016/?page_id=416
  • On Wednesday, April 5, Camille Dungy will present at the Newberry Library, Chicago as part of a panel in celebration of the centennial of poet and former US Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks. As part of a citywide celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks marking the one-hundredth anniversary of her birth, the Newberry will gather poets, scholars, historians, and archivists to discuss the historical context of Brooks’ groundbreaking first book of poems, A Street in Bronzeville. Published in in August 1945—the same month that World War II ended—the collection expresses the rich complexities of life on Chicago’s South Side within the larger fight for democracy both at home and abroad. https://www.newberry.org/04052017-gwendolyn-brooks
  • Todd Mitchell attended and delivered a session on “Teaching Dystopian Fiction” at this year’s Colorado Teen Literature Conference in Denver.
  • Debbie Vance’s short story, “Choose Your Own,” was accepted for publication in the next issue of Black Warrior Review.
  • Steven Schwartz’s Madagascar: New and Selected Stories is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction and the Foreword Review Award for Short Stories.
  • Rico Moore, MFA Summer 2011 (Poetry), has had four poems (“Immanence of Star,” “Three Lyrics Composed of Words from Seneca’s Epistle, ‘On the God within Us,’” “When Awakened at Night by the Quiet,” and “What You’ve Unearthed from the Past,” appear in the journal, LVNG, number 17, online at https://lvngmagazine.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/lvng17.pdf.In addition, Rico has been a freelance writer for the past two years with Boulder Weekly. He writes about plans through which the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife hopes to kill mountain lions and bears in the name of boosting mule deer populations. His articles include “Off target: are mountain lions and bears about to be killed for the sins of the oil and gas industry?,” “Update: Commission asked to delay killing of mountain lions and bears in the name of sound science,” and “CPW and the oil and gas industry can’t have it both ways.”  An update, published Thursday, deals with an injunction filed by WildEarth Guardians.  You can read these articles online at http://www.boulderweekly.com/author/ricomoore/.
  • On March 27 at a ceremony at the Tishman Auditorium in New York, Natalie Scenters-Zapico accepted the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry for her book The Verging Cities, published by the Center for Literary Publishing as part of the Mountain West Poetry Series.

Rekindle the Classics 

The next Rekindle the Classics discussion will be on Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 pm at Wolverine Farms Publick House. MFA student Lauren Matheny will lead a discussion of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Rekindle the Classics brings together CSU English faculty and graduate students and lovers of literature in the Fort Collins community. For more information, see http://blog.poudrelibraries.org/2017/01/rekindle-a-love-of-the-classics/

English Department Writing Contests

The English department has FOUR different writing contests running right now. Check out the details here, and submit something!

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  • Sue Doe’s chapter, “What Works and What Counts: Valuing the Affective in Non Tenure-Track Advocacy,” co-authored with Maria Maisto and Janelle Adsit, was just published in Contingency, Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor and Action in English Composition. Edited by Seth Kahn, William B. Lalicker, and Amy Lynch-Biniek.
  • Darcy Gabriel has happily accepted a place in the University of Minnesota’s PhD program in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication (RSTC) starting this fall.
  • SueEllen Campbell’s contribution to the post-election series “Letters to America” in Terrain.com appeared online last week at this link:  http://www.terrain.org/2017/guest-editorial/letter-to-america-campbell/.
  • The Verging Cities, by Natalie Scenters-Zapico—published by the Center for Literary Publishing as part of its Mountain West Poetry Series—has been awarded the 2017 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. The award, for which the poet receives $5,000, is given in odd-numbered years and recognizes the high literary character of the published work to date of a new and emerging American poet of any age and the promise of further literary achievement. The book’s publishing team was Karen Montgomery Moore, Cedar Brant, Melissa Hohl, Katie Naughton, and Stephanie G’Schwind.
  • Airica Parker’s poem “Disjointed” appears in Central Michigan University’s Temenos: Skin Suits & Bare Bones online and in print. See it here for free on page 29: http://www.temenosjournal.com/current-edition.html
  • Mary Crow has had two poetry acceptances; “Beyond Tahrir” will be published by Hotel America and “Happiness Production Line” will be published by American Poetry Review.
  • Tirzah Goldenberg (MFA – Poetry, Summer 2013) has a recently published book of poetry, entitled Aleph, published by Verge Books.
  • Deanna Ludwin has been nominated for the 2017 Team Fort Collins Wellness & Prevention Lamplighter community service award.

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  • The Center for Literary Publishing is delighted to announce that The Verging Cities, by Natalie Scenters-Zapico, a 2015 Mountain West Poetry Series title, has won the Utah Book Award in Poetry. This is the second year in a row that a CLP title has won the award (last year it went to The Logan Notebooks, by Rebecca Lindenberg). Karen Montgomery Moore was the copyeditor; Cedar Brant, the proofreader; Katie Naughton, the typesetter; Melissa Hohl, the cover designer; and Stephanie G’Schwind and Donald Revell, the acquiring editors.
  • Debbie Vance’s short story, “Quartzsite,” won second prize in Blue Mesa Review‘s 2016 Summer Contest, judged by Jensen Beach. The story will be published in Issue #34 this November.

Colloquium 

Please join us Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm, at the home of Louann & David Reid, for the fall semester colloquium, at which we gather, with fine appetizers and drinks in hand, to enjoy one another’s company and hear about the work that our colleagues are doing. All department faculty and graduate students are invited.

Here’s a preview of the evening:

Doug Cloud will present some in-progress work on how speakers conceal animus toward marginalized groups in public discourse. He’ll show the results from an analysis of recent “bathroom bill” and transgender-rights discourse, to show how speakers are able to make prejudicial claims about transgender people indirectly. Understanding and revealing these techniques can help us be smarter consumers and producers of public rhetoric.

Kristina Quynn will talk about the phases of CSU Writes so far: where it started last year, where it currently is, and where she sees it going. She will touch on the reasons she started CSU Writes (including her own research agenda), the writing productivity research and models of women’s collectives that guide its vision, and some of the wonderful success stories of graduate students and faculty who have participated in CSU Writes organized retreats, workshops, and writing groups.

It’s always a fabulous event, so please treat yourself and make time in your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Greyrock Review: Get your work published!

 

Fiction: 5,000 word limit, format should be double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman or Galibri fonts. Two pieces of your best work may be submitted.

Nonfiction: 5,000 word limit, format should be double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman or Calibri fonts. Two pieces of your best work may be submitted.

Poetry: Up to 5 poems may be submitted, each poem should be placed on a separate page in a single document. If poems have a visual formatting component, please use Adobe PDF files. Otherwise, Word (.doc files) are preferred.

Visual Arts: Any visual art form is accepted, excluding video. Please photography your work and submit digitally. 300 dpi and CMYK colored .TIFF file is preferred.

For more information please visit http://greyrockreview.colostate.edu or email Baleigh Greene at bmgreene@rams.colostate.edu

Submissions accepted from October 3, 2016 – December 16, 2016

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Colorado State University Center for Literary Publishing Director Stephanie G'Schwind talks with an intern about a project, April 2013. Image by CSU Photography.

Colorado State University Center for Literary Publishing Director Stephanie G’Schwind talks with an intern about a project, April 2013. Image by CSU Photography.

Congratulations to the Center for Literary Publishing (CLP) and the director Stephanie G’Schwind for receiving this prestigious honor!

Programs are awarded this designation because they have achieved great distinction and set a standard for excellence in research, teaching, and service that may serve as a model for programs throughout the institution and externally. Thus, the Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence (PRSE) designation will provide enhanced visibility and enable advocacy in the context of the larger research and training missions of CSU. An annual graduate fellowship allocation from the Graduate School will accompany the PRSE designation. Additional funds will be made available to PRSE-designated programs through an annual Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) competition mechanism.

Stephanie G’Schwind, the Center’s director and Editor in Chief of Colorado Review, applied for this honor, and we are very proud that her hard work and dedication to the Center have been recognized by CSU. Home of Colorado Review, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, and the Mountain West Poetry Series, the Center for Literary Publishing’s mission is two-fold: to publish contemporary short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and to offer graduate students the opportunities to learn about and participate in literary publishing through a professional internship. The Center was established in 1992 and is housed in the English Department at Colorado State University.

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  • Dan Beachy-Quick gave a reading in Salt Lake City for the University of Utah and the Utah Arts Council. A poem, “A Century of Meditation,” has been accepted for the Kenyon Review’s special issue on long lyric forms.
  • The Center for Literary Publishing received funding from the VPR’s FY2016 Quarterly Strategic Investment Process to support travel to this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Los Angeles, to be held at the end of March. Twelve graduate student interns will receive travel funds, as well as the director and two faculty editors.
  • Matthew Cooperman’s new book, Spool, winner of the New Measure Prize, has been released by Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press. Information re: the book can be found at http://www.parlorpress.com/freeverse/cooperman
  • Sue Doe’s article, ‘Affective Activism: Answering Institutional Productions of Precarity in the Corporate University,” and  coauthored with Janelle Adsit, Maria Maisto and others, was published in Feminist Formations (Volume 27, Issue 13, Winter 2015) and is now viewable via Project Muse: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/feminist_formations/toc/ff.27.3.html
  • Sue Doe gave a presentation at the January 2016 Modern Language Association annual convention entitled “Academic Freedom for Contingent Faculty Members: Strategies for Establishing Due Process.”
  • Sue Doe’s workshop, “Don’t Throw Up Your Hands, Throw Up a Scene” has been accepted as part of the Spring 2016 LEAP (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Arts Advocacy and the Public) Masters program in Arts Leadership and Administration.
  • Todd Mitchell’s graphic novel project Broken Saviors received a generous grant from Colorado Creative Industries and National Endowment for the Arts to continue producing issues of the story. Many thanks to all who have helped support this project. You can view the first 47 pages of the project at www.ToddMitchellBooks.com. Todd is traveling to several elementary and middle schools across the state this month (including a full day visit to McGraw Elementary in Fort Collins on February 10th) to run workshops and give presentations focused on promoting literacy and developing creativity.
  • Airica Parker is featured in CALYX Journal’s blog: https://calyxpress.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/identity-by-airica-parker/
  • Kristina Quynn’s article “’My Vagina Had Rewritten Joyce:’ Teaching Critical Engagement from Virginia Woolf to Shelley Jackson” has been accepted in the MLA’s options for teaching volume Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English.
  • Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri’s 50 word fiction piece, “Procedures” has been accepted for publication at the *82 Review, in a special 50-word themed issue, to be released at some point between May and August.
  • For its commemorative issue, Pinyon magazine has selected Mary Crow’s poem, “And Though He’s Cut Out for Noble Acts.”
  • Black Warrior Review has accepted Mandy Rose’s lyric essay, Incident Checklist, for publication.

 

CSU Writes is honored to announce Dr. Joli Jensen—expert on faculty writers and writing programs—from University of Tulsa will guest present and lead workshops for graduate students and faculty writers.  Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27 on the topics of PROTECTING TIME, SPACE AND ENERGY (graduate student), STALLED PROJECTS: FINDING WAYS TO MOVE AHEAD (faculty), and SEMESTER WRITING PLAN & LAUNCH (faculty).

If you are interested in the topic of faculty writers and faculty writing support, you are welcome to join Joli and Kristina on Thursday evening for conversation (more details to follow). Email Kristina at quynn@colostate.edu if you are interested.

CSU Writes fosters writing groups for faculty, graduate students, and creative/life-writers who write for publication or degree completion. CSU Writes also offers workshops, regular drop in writing sessions, and consultations. The Spring Workshop Schedule includes: INTRODUCTION TO WRITING GROUPS (Feb 3 & 4); CLOCKWORK MUSE WORKSHOP (Feb 9 & 10); JOLI JENSEN GUEST PRESENTER (Feb 26 & 27); and SUFFERING FROM JARGONITIS? (Apr 5 & 6).

More information on workshops and CSU Writes offerings can be found at: http://english.colostate.edu/csu-writes/

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  • 2016 Summer Education Abroad Program in Zambia. Information Session TODAY! 12:00 pm, LSC 308. Read more about it here: http://english.colostate.edu/2016/01/2016-summer-education-abroad-program-zambia/
  • On Saturday, January 23rd, Doug Cloud gave a talk on the rhetoric of atheism at the annual Fort Collins Skepticamp, a gathering of local atheists, humanists and agnostics.
  • Camille Dungy is featured and quoted in the LA Review of Books essay, “Toward a Wider View of ‘Nature Writing'” January 10, 2016. https://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/toward-a-wider-view-of-nature-writing
  • Abby Kerstetter’s proposal was accepted to present at the 2016 Alaska Native Studies Conference in Anchorage. She will be reading a selection of poems from her thesis project.
  • Ivy Scherbarth, a graduate student in the Creative Nonfiction program, will have her essay “Enchantment” published in the next issue of Taproot Magazine (Issue 17: Myth).
  • Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri’s flash piece, “Mothers and Sons” has been accepted for publication in Cease Cows (101 words). Publication date is forthcoming!
  • The Verging Cities, by Natalie Scenters-Zapico, published in March 2015 as part of the Mountain West Poetry Series by the Center for Literary Publishing, has been awarded the Great Lakes College Association’s New Writers Award. The book has also won the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies award for best poetry collection about a significant topic related to the Mexican-American and/or Chicana/o experience. And it is included in Poets & Writers’ annual Debut Poets feature — a “highlight of ten of the most compelling and inspiring first books of poetry published in 2015” — in the January/February 2016 issue. Karen Montgomery Moore, Katie Naughton, Melissa Hohl, and Cedar Brant were the editorial and production team.

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Brittany Goss
Content Creation Manager, Association of National Advertisers (NYC)
MFA: Fiction, 2013

How did you get from your major to the work, the life you have now?

My current day job is in the advertising industry. I write for a trade organization about best practices and new trends in the field. As far as I can tell, writing fiction and teaching persuasive rhetoric for three years is more or less the equivalent of a degree in advertising. When I graduated from CSU’s MFA program I didn’t know what to do. I wanted a job that would use my skills but wouldn’t require too much sacrifice, so that I could still do my creative work. I attended an artist’s residency and met an author who worked as an agency copywriter, and she was so enthusiastic about her work that I was inspired to move in that direction.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments (both personally and professionally)?

Every time I finish a story it feels like my greatest accomplishment to date, just because it’s done. So far I have been most proud to get a story in Joyland Magazine, which led to some fortuitous meetings with other writers who are now my friends. That story was in my MFA thesis.


What did you like about the English program? Why did you choose to study here?

My favorite writing professor from college suggested that I look into the MFA program at CSU, so that put it on the radar for me. And I was very serious about researching programs; I had Kealey’s MFA Handbook all dog-eared and highlighted throughout. What he says about CSU’s program is how happy the students are. You can tell from his tone how implausible it is that a group of writers in workshops could enjoy each other’s company. I applied because I prefer nice people to jerks. It turned out to be true; CSU’s English Department is full of lovely people, and the people were what I liked most about the program.


How did your CLP internship contribute to your career path?

The job I’m in now is all about writing and publishing our own content, and trying to design an experience that’s enjoyable for the reader, so I learned a lot from the CLP internship that applies to my work. I know that it helped tremendously when I got my first job after graduate school, which was in editorial at a publishing house. The internship offers opportunities to play with design, blogging, and social media, which are all valuable for any kind of work in communications. As far as my writing, interning for a literary magazine helped me develop my instinct for good storytelling.

Do you have a favorite or funny story from your time with the English Department?

Leslee Becker is a legend. Every meeting with her was an adventure. I showed up at her house unexpectedly once with a late stack of papers when she was busy gardening, and she dropped everything to offer me a soda and chat.

Was there a specific class, professor, advisor, or fellow student who made an impression on you, helped you, or inspired you when you were at CSU in the English Department? Do you still keep in contact with your classmates or professors?

Everything I read and thought about in Sasha Steensen’s hybrid literature class continues to inspire me. I have been in touch with my classmates and professors, and some CSU graduates also live in New York. Recently, Kir Jordan and I were blessed with a visit from Joanna Doxey, who ventured into the gritty city for Moroccan food and a game of darts.


What would you like to tell prospective CSU English Department students? 

For prospective MFA students, I would say that the MFA is an intensive period of growth for you as a writer/person. Do it because you want that specific experience and not because it seems like the logical next step. It’s a personal decision that should be based on personal desires over professional goals.


What advice do you have for current CSU English Department students?

The wine pours are bigger in Fort Collins. Take advantage.

What are you currently reading, writing?

I’m currently reading Sick In the Head, Judd Apatow’s book of interviews with comedians. I’m still writing fiction and I’m also playing around with theater and screenplays.

What are your hobbies or special interests?

I like to run. I recently completed my first 10K and I see more races in my future.

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