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Welcoming new English majors

  • Leslee Becker was named the 3rd-Place Winner of the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction, sponsored by Rosemont College/Philadelphia Stories & PS Books (“the POWER of Small”) for her short story, “The Grotto.”
  • The Community Literacy Center is happy to welcome six new interns for Fall 2017-Spring 2018. Interns who will develop research and outreach projects with the CLC while facilitating SpeakOut! workshops for youth and incarcerated adults are: Zoe Albrecht (Creative Writing/Fiction with minor in Sociology), Emmy Earsom (Psychology with minor in Spanish), Laney Flanagan (English), Kelly Kuhn (Criminal Psychopathology), Kelly Martin (graduate student, English Rhetoric/Composition), Shelby Spies (Human Development and Family Studies with minor in Business and English).
  • SpeakOut! is still seeking a few serious volunteers for this engaging work! Trainings on August 30 and September 1. Please contact clc@colostate.edu immediately with your application found here: https://csuclc.wordpress.com/intern-resources/
  • A book launch party to celebrate the release of Todd Mitchell’s The Last Panther (Delacorte Press) took place August 25th at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House.
  • Emma Hyche’s poem “Field Trip to the Dead President’s House” was published in the Tampa Review over the summer!
  • This summer, Kelly Weber presented poetry in Detroit at the Twelfth ASLE Biennial Conference Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery. She read as part of a panel considering rusting language/languaging rust, as well as participating in conversations around environmental crisis and recovery. https://www.asle.org/conference/biennial-conference/


Hope Behind Bars 

“Hope Behind Bars” is a musical presentation at Old Town Square on Saturday, August 26 from 4pm to 8pm, which highlights Blues music and other, from groups in the Larimer County Jail (LCJ). The Community Literacy Center and SpeakOut! will be present to represent the writing that comes from its programs in the LCJ. Stop by and send your friends to connect with these programs that do important creative work in our community.

Rekindle the Classics 

The next Rekindle the Classics discussion will be on Wednesday, September 13, 6:30-8:30 pm at Wolverine Farms Publick House. MFA student Kelly Weber will lead a discussion of Morrison’s Beloved. Rekindle the Classics brings together CSU English faculty and graduate students and lovers of literature in the Fort Collins community.

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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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Kelly Weber is a first-year graduate student in the MFA Poetry program and graduate teaching assistant (GTA) for CO150. She’s been featured in our Humans of Eddy series and recently facilitated a Rekindle the Classics discussion about Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. She was kind enough to report back to us about how it went.


~from Kelly Weber

“While reading, like writing, may feel like a solitary endeavor, it’s perhaps best shared as part of a community.”


You know that feeling when you just need to talk out a book with friends?

On Wednesday, February 8, I and faculty from CSU gathered with members of the Fort Collins community for a conversation about Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness as part of the Rekindle the Classics series. At Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, we shoved a couple tables together and crowded glasses, books, and knees around it to start the conversation. Several of us sneaked in a few gibes about one another’s book covers–the literary “Who wore it best?” of icy vistas plastered across trade paperbacks. (Don’t lie, English majors live for this stuff.) After a few minutes of settling and a proper introduction from Lynn Shutters, we jumped in.


Feminism. Ambisexuality. Ice. Anthropology. Ethnography. Science fiction. Loyalty. Nationalism. Love. War. Every topic was fair game in our conversation, and as we talked, I slowly found that others had crossed the same imaginary ice I did. People thumbed through pages more and more frequently to read aloud passages. Someone in the group would offer a question and another a theory with parts of the text, and then yet another would jump in with an alternative reading of the same scene. We ranted about characters we didn’t like, raved on the ones we did. Is the world of The Left Hand of Darkness the main character, or is it a tool only developed as much as it needs to be?

By break time, people were laughing and circling into little knots and groups as they got up to stretch or order refills. When we found our seats again, we reached a consensus: each of us needed to finally process a major character’s death. (No spoilers.) How did we interpret that final scene? How had rereading opened new perspectives on it for us? I felt–years after flipping through those final pages on a dark, cold winter night–that I could finally reach some closure. Toward the end of the conversation, we veered away from Left Hand to talk more generally about “genre” literature’s representation and the underrepresented benefits of good literary science fiction and fantasy. The evening’s talk ended with excited chitchat about stories even as people were walking out the door.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin, author of Left Hand of Darkness

The best part of discussing books with a good group of people (and this is something we talked about during our conversation) is a) being able to talk about lit in a way that’s fruitful and b) finally sharing what’s been on your mind about what you’ve read: the challenges, the heartaches, the head-scratchers. While reading, like writing, may feel like a solitary endeavor, it’s perhaps best shared as part of a community. A passionate conversation about a novel, or poetry, or memoir, or what-have-you, becomes of course precisely what the best literature stands for: a passionate conversation about what we think and feel about our everyday lives. To talk about reading is to talk about thinking and dreaming, and that’s kind of an amazing thing to bring into a communal space.

I’ve already got my calendar marked for next month’s Rekindle the Classics. I look forward to paging through a classic again with a great group of people–and I hope to keep seeing new faces.


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  • On November 16 and 17, Camille Dungy spoke at the University of Arizona Poetry Center as part of their Climate Change & Poetry Series. “Starting in October 2016, the UA Poetry Center features eight world-class poets as they address what overlaps, contradictions, mutual challenges, and confluences the categories of Climate Change & Poetry share with each other; in a series of investigative readings, we hope to offer some answers, some questions, and some new ways of thinking. In this second installment of readings built around a common question, we wonder: what role does poetry have in envisioning, articulating, or challenging our ecological present? What role does poetry have in anticipating, shaping – or even creating – our future?” http://poetry.arizona.edu/climatechange
  • Harrison Candelaria Fletcher’s newest book, Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams, just received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, whose editors also chose it as a “Kirkus’ Indie Books of the Month Selection” for January. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/harrison-candelaria-fletcher/presentimiento/
  • Todd Mitchell spoke on the Author Panel last weekend at the Loveland Library Author Showcase. He also spoke with the IRS after they read one of his books (the IRS is the Poudre Library’s Interested Reader Society of teen readers. If you’re interested in finding engaged teen readers, contact the IRS. They’ll give you hope for our future).
  • In recent months, John Calderazzo has run science communication workshops for the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, the Graduate School, the College of Engineering, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. He continues to both volunteer and consult for the City of Fort Collins’ Climate Action Plan. John will also be the Guest Judge for the 2017 Waterston Desert Writing Prize. You can find out more about it here: http://www.writingranch.com/waterston-prize-for-desert-writers/
  • Bill Tremblay’s commentaries on drawings by Norman Olson will appear in Lummox #5, forthcoming 2017.
  • Felicia Zamora’s (MFA ’12) second book, & in Open, Marvel, has been accepted by Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press for publication in 2017. She also has a new poem in Tupelo Quarterly, a poem in a special election issue of Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, a poem accepted at Mid-American Review where she was a runner up for the 2016 Fineline Competition, a new poem accepted in The New Guard where she was semi-finalist in the Knightville Poetry Contest, three poems in the newest issue of Witness Magazine, four poems available in the newest issue of West Branch featuring women and the avant-garde, and she is currently participating in the Tupelo 30/30 Project for the month of November.


2016 Graduate Showcase Awards


English Department Distinction In Creativity Award – The Distinction in Creativity award is presented in Collaboration by the Graduate School and Office of Vice President for Research. This award recognizes the passion and personal contributions of these talented graduate students, and honors their commitment and efforts in their area of work.

1st Place – Kelly Weber

2nd Place – Cedar Brant


College of Health and Human Sciences Excellence in Creativity

Alyson Welker



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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~ from intern Joyce Bohling


Kelly Weber is a first-year graduate student in the MFA Poetry program and graduate teaching assistant (GTA) for CO150.

What projects are you working on currently?

(In my poetry,) I’ve been trying to explore different methods of form and also going back and forth between things that are more autobiographical and things that are totally fictional, using a lot of personas. I try to swerve back and forth between the two. That way every project I do is really different. I just finished up a collage work for one course, for example. I’ve never done a collage work before, and I’ve never done political work before, too; it turned out strangely political, which was very new for me.

How do you spend most of your time in Eddy Hall?

When I’m in Eddy, it tends to be for the classes that I’m taking, or printing. A lot of printing goes on in Eddy Hall.

Do you have a favorite English class or instructor?

I haven’t had a chance to take a class with every instructor, and it’s hard to pick favorites. It’s pretty tough to beat (fiction) workshop, obviously, for various reasons, but I also really love this Crossing Boundaries class that I’m taking. I’ve always been really interested in a lot of the themes that we talk about for this class. The thesis work that I did for my previous master’s was in that topic, and so now I get to take a whole class in, which makes my heart happy.

Could you describe Eddy Hall in one word?

Home. At my previous university, I also had to go up three or four flights of stairs, so it feels very familiar.

What’s your favorite book or poem?

It would be really hard to narrow that down to just one, and it always depends on what I’m reading currently. I think I’m always going to enjoy the poem “Howl.” It was the first poem (I encountered) that was not Robert Frost, so it was the first poem that I really liked. A book that I also really enjoy is Sarah Kay’s No Matter the Wreckage. Love that book. It’s a collection of her spoken word pieces. That really interests me in terms of what spoken word works on the page and what doesn’t. I highly recommend it for a book to read!

If you were to give advice to incoming CSU English grad students, what would it be?

I would say just finding a good work-life balance in terms of what’s manageable and what’s kind to you as you go through this process. Probably, too, just remembering: what were your incoming goals with a program in English in graduate school? What are you really hoping to get out of graduate school? And making sure that you don’t lose sight of that. Dan Beachy-Quick has used the phrase, “You can start to feel a little like a bee drowning in honey.” You have so many wonderful opportunities. And so I would say just to keep some kind of balance in your life, be kind to yourself, and keep in mind your goals and your priorities as you go through grad school.

That leads right into my next question, which is: What is your biggest goal or priority right now?

I think probably doing just that: finding a manageable amount. But really, my biggest goal in grad school and in general is just to get better at writing and take this time for three years to have a kind of focused laboratory, in a way. To have a group of people who are forced to read and respond to my work, which is nice. *laughs It’s really nice to have this time to take all kinds of work to them. A lot of that work will probably be a failure, but I think it’s beautiful in so many ways that we have this time to do that.

Is there anything else you wanted to add?

I love being around trees again! After living in Nebraska for ten years and watching the leaves get ripped from the trees, it’s really nice to see the beautiful autumn here. I really love this community and this campus, and it’s been extremely welcoming.

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Moonlight over Eddy Hall

Moonlight over Eddy Hall

  • “Points of Intersection,” a conversation between Andrew Altschul and the writer-brothers Geoffrey and Tobias Wolff, has been published in the most recent issue of Zyzzyva.
  • Tim Amidon’s peer-reviewed article, “(dis)Owning Tech: Ensuring Value and Agency at the Moment of Interface,” was published in Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Technology. Those interested in reading this work can find the article at http://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/hybridped/disowning-tech-ensuring-value-agency-moment-interface/
  • Airica Parker‘s poem “Whispering” appears in the anthology Mycoepithalamia, edited by Art Goodtimes and Britt A. Bunyard. You can learn more about Fungi Press and its citizen-science mission by visiting: fungimag.com
  • Sarah Pieplow would like you to know/be reminded that the GLBT Resource Center’s Safe Zone training is back! It’s fun! (And she is one of the trainers!) If you would like to better learn how to support students, faculty, and staff in the GLBTQQIA community (and figure out that acronym), these trainings can help you do that. If you go to a training, you can also sign a pledge to work toward ally-ship, and get a Safe Zone triangle sticker for your office. These stickers are meant as visual symbols to signify where people in the GLBTQ+ community can go for support or feel free to speak openly about their experiences. To sign up for a training, go to http://www.glbtrc.colostate.edu/safe-zone. To ask more questions about what the heck this involves, go to Sarah.
  • This summer Kelly Weber had poems picked up in the following publications: The Midwest Quarterly, The Bone Parade, Clade Song, Allegro Poetry, and two forthcoming anthologies.
  • The NTTF Committee met on August 26, 2016 and elected positions for the 2016-17 academic year. We all look forward to working as a committee and representing NTTF during the upcoming year.  Positions are as follows:




      Chair: Catherine RatliffSecretary: Joelle Paulson


      Co-Public Relations Officers: Kristina Quynn and Hannah Caballero


      Executive Committee Representative: Sean Waters


      CLA-AFA Representative: Kristina Quynn



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