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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

The Writing Center
Summer Hours
May 15th– August 3rd, 2017
In Eddy Hall, Room 23
Online hours TBA

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Cory Cotten-Potter is a second-year M.F.A. student in fiction. In addition to his academic work, he is the assistant director of the CSU Writing Center.


What do you like most about your work at the Writing Center?

I like being able to quickly connect students with services that will really help them. Many students come in overwhelmed or bewildered, and if we can’t help them directly, odds are I can put them in contact with someone who can.

Do you have a favorite memory of your time at the CSU Writing Center?

My favorite moments are those when clients call in or email, saying how helpful a consultation was, and I get to pass that along to the consultants. Our consultants work extremely hard–coping with less than ideal schedules and pay–and I love it when they get the recognition they deserve.

What brought you to CSU?

The Creative Writing faculty.

Describe Eddy Hall in one word.


Do you have a favorite book? Why is it your favorite?

That’s hard. At the moment, I’d have to say Mathias Svalina’s I Am a Very Productive Entrepreneur.

What’s one thing you’d like students and faculty in the English department to know about the Writing Center?

We offer video conferencing consultations, and it would be great more humans utilized this resource.

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~from English Department Communications Intern Joyce Bohling

At the first ForkSocket reading of the 2016-2017 school year, on the evening of September 23 at Wolverine Farm Letterpress and Publick House, I decided that I like gummy bears better than wine.

There are a lot of things I love about ForkSocket, a reading series featuring first-year graduate students in the fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction master’s programs. The literature, of course. But also the free popcorn, the bicycles hanging from the wall, the fact that you can order drinks of various kinds, depending on your age, and the Highly Important Civic Discourse.

Allow me to clarify what I mean by Highly Important Civic Discourse. The event’s organizers, Cole Konopka and Cory Cotten-Potter, began the night by pontificating on the importance of millennials’ participation in politics. Our parents and grandparents, they said, see us as the apathetic generation, the generation that doesn’t care. But we can change that.

Cole gave an eloquent speech to raise awareness that if we don’t act now, the city of Fort Collins could take further measures to outlaw the use of hovercraft in Old Town.

I also recall ceramic mugs and a lamp smashed with a hammer and a plastic igloo being sawed in half with a chainsaw. I couldn’t quite decipher the message Cory was trying deliver in this passionate display, but I did pick up that it was Highly Important.

Then came the introductions of the readers. Each introducer was tasked with eating a large plastic cup’s-worth of gummy bears during their introduction. (Although poetry master’s student Leah White, a vegetarian who turned down the bears due to their gelatin content, opted for beer instead.) No one actually succeeded in emptying their cup, including Leah, but each made an admirable attempt.

So there were plenty of gummy bears to be passed around, after eating a handful, I decided that my wine was nice and all, but not nearly as delicious as gummy bears.

Gummy Bears
Small, sweet, adorably
Cute. Pineapple- and lime-flavored
Very chewy.

Did I forget anything?

Oh, yes, there was also the reading of literature. That was pretty cool too.

But in all seriousness, the most inspiring part of the night, by far, was the literature. Both poet Kristin MacIntyre and fiction writer Alice Stopher shared works about loss, so moving and vivid that I closed my eyes and let the shards of lamp and igloo fade away, lost instead in pictures of oceans collapsing and airplanes flying into the night.

Oh, and there was a creative nonfiction writer who was pretty good, although I’d already heard her essay about a dozen times. Mostly because I was the nonfiction writer and it was my essay.

The next ForkSocket Reading will take place on October 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 at Wolverine Farm Letterpress and Publick House. Protective gear not required but not a bad idea, either.

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