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Winter lights in Old Town Fort Collins, image by Jill Salahub

Winter lights in Old Town Fort Collins, image by Jill Salahub

  • Harrison Candelaria Fletcher has been named one of “The Top Ten New Latino Writers to Watch (and Read) for 2017” by the by LatinoStories.com literary website. http://latinostories.com/Top_Ten_Lists/top_10_authors.htm. The recognition was based on feedback from editors, faculty, librarians and readers. Also, a section from his book, Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams, was just nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize from Autumn House Press. Lastly, a new essay, “Outline Toward an Essay on Ethnicity and Miracles,” from a collection in progress, was accepted for publication by the University of Alaska’s hybrid journal, Permafrost.
  • Matthew Cooperman is pleased to report that Aby Kaupang is recovering nicely from back surgery (a discectomy; three weeks now), feeling stronger each day and remembering the joy of walking. Matthew and Aby are also pleased to report that their long-running collaborative project NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified) has been accepted by Futurepoem, a NYC press. A portion of the manuscript appeared last year as an electronic chapbook called disorder 299.00, from Essay Press. It can be found here, http://www.essaypress.org/ep-52/ A recent review of that chapbook is now up at Rain Taxi, http://www.raintaxi.com/disorder-299-00/
  • Our own Camille Dungy will be reading the names at Commencement on Saturday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. Several faculty are already coming to the ceremony, but please join them If you want to hear Camille and recognize the graduates from our department. Senior Tim Cuevas will carry in the English banner. Thank you, Tim and Camille!
  • Kudos to Nancy Henke and Beth Lechleitner, who led a third fantastic year of the Finals Friends extravaganza. With the extra time and effort they gave, faculty had something special to look forward to in their mailboxes this week last week of classes. If you participated, thank Beth and Nancy next time you see them for this bright, cheerful reminder of how much we enjoy and appreciate each other.
  • Mike Palmquist presented a talk on writing across the curriculum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on November 9th. He followed the talk with a day-long workshop the following day.
  • Mary Crow’s translations of lines by Roberto Juarroz were published in “Versailles: Aesthetics of the Ephemeral” by Christine Buci-Glucksmann; July, 2016. Catalog for the Exhibit: Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfall. Versailles, France. (7 June – 30 Oct. 2016)

CSU Writing Center

The CSU Writing Center will have limited hours during finals week. We will be open Monday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Eddy Hall, room 23. We will be closed during the break, and will reopen on Monday, January 23.

Eddy 300 Lab

The Eddy 300 Lab hours for finals week: Monday –Thursday 7:30-8:00pm

Friday 7:30-4:00pm. We will be closed for winter break from Saturday, December  17th  and return on Tuesday, January 17th.


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


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Nancy Henke with the Puget Sound in the background, along with a sculpture that’s part of the Seattle Art Museum.

Nancy Henke
Senior Teaching Faculty
MA English: Literature, 2010 (she’s also an English department alumna!)

What brought you to CSU?

I came to CSU in 2008 as a graduate student.  I had gotten offers from several different schools and I had narrowed my choices to either Georgetown and CSU.  I chose CSU for several reasons, one of them was because I really wanted to stay in the West and had heard Fort Collins was an amazing town (which of course it is!)

What made you want to stay?

During grad school I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) teaching CO150 and I absolutely loved it.  About halfway through my grad program I decided that after graduation I’d try to get a full-time teaching position with the English department and I was lucky enough to achieve that goal.  I started as a full-time instructor in Fall of 2010, teaching CO150, literature courses, and doing professional development with GTAs who were teaching composition.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I like the variety quite a lot.  I teach a variety of different classes (composition and several different literature courses), I work with graduate students – observing their CO150 classes and reviewing their grading and feedback on student papers, help develop CO150 curriculum, and help run the Composition Placement program.  Plus, teaching naturally lends itself to diversity in since I can always try out new assignments and readings.

Why are the Humanities important?

Wow! There are so many answers to that question.  I’d say that the two big things that come to mind are that the humanities help teach someone how to think.  They require productive thought: making connections, drawing conclusions, and thinking big.  And knowing how to think – how to puzzle through difficult questions – is a valuable skill for a lifetime.

What inspired you to pursue a degree in English, the Humanities?

When I was an undergraduate I changed my major four times. I started out thinking I’d major in Political Science, then switched to German, then Communication Studies, then History, then finally landed on English.  I ended up with English because I liked the intellectual challenge of literary studies. I still do, in fact.  I was constantly confronted with texts, old and new, that I found helped me think about the modern world in new ways.  I found that fascinating: that a text from the Early Modern period could help me see and understand the world I was living in.  I still love that about literature and try to get my students to think in those ways, too.


Nancy Henke with her favorite non-fiction author, Bill Bryson, who visited campus last March.

What special project are you working on right now?

I imagine you mean work-related project, but all I can think about is the patio my husband and I are building in our backyard! We’re not really fans of grass (I hate watering it, my husband hates mowing it, and I’m allergic to it) so we’re ripping out grass in our backyard and putting in pavers/cobblestones.  It’s a ton of work.  My weekends have been occupied with that. A few weekends ago we moved seven tons of road base into our backyard, and pretty soon we’ll start laying out about 1500 pavers (!) to make the patio.  But it will look great when we’re done.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

It changed, as I imagine is true for most people.  I always liked school, so being a teacher was always on the list.  For quite a while I wanted to be an archaeologist, actually.  I love rocks and thought the idea of uncovering fossils was impossibly cool.  Even though I didn’t pursue that, I still love rocks and fossils.  I have rocks displayed all over my house.  And I have a pretty impressive rock collection (all of which I’ve found myself).

What moment in the classroom stands out to you as most memorable?

I think it was probably when I was an undergraduate, rather than since I’ve been an instructor.  My Shakespeare prof was talking about some play (I truly don’t remember which one) but somehow he started telling a story about how his best friend died in Vietnam.  It was a really gruesome death that I won’t recount here, but needless to say his friend was tortured and killed in the war.  He used that story as a way of demonstrating a larger point about humans’ inhumanity toward each other, and I never forgot it.  Funny that I’ve completely forgotten the text he was talking about, but the actual “big picture” point will probably stick with me forever.

What is your favorite thing to teach? Favorite thing about teaching?

I love different classes for different reasons.  I’m teaching E270 (Intro to American Lit) this semester and it’s one of my favorites.  I love seeing the changes in American literature over the past 400-ish years and making connections between American literature and American history.  I also really love E140 (The Study of Literature) since we explore so many genres in that class and it lends itself nicely to looking at pop culture and popular texts.  And CO150 was my first teaching love!  It was what got me hooked on teaching.

I think my favorite thing about teaching more generally is how much I learn as a teacher.  My guess is plenty of instructors say that, but it’s true.  I learn so many new things every semester and I can’t imagine a more satisfying career for me than one where I can learn something every single day.


Nancy Henke at the top of Pike’s Peak.

What advice would you give to a student taking a class in the English department?

Visit your professors’ office hours!  I can’t even count the number of times where I wished and hoped a student would come by my office for help.  And it’s a great way to get to know your professors’ interests – academic and otherwise.

What’s the best advice you ever received?

When I was a GTA, the Director of Composition at the time, Sarah Sloane, told all the GTAs advice she had received or read somewhere along the way.  It was something to the effect of, “The good news is that you can teach a terrible lesson and students may not really notice.  The bad news is you can teach a great lesson and students may not really notice.”  I think about that on tough teaching days (and try not to think about it on great teaching days).

What’s your favorite word?

Schnarchen.  It’s the German word for “to snore.”  When I teach E140, the Study of Literature class, it’s my go-to example of onomatopoeia.

What are you currently reading?

I’m about halfway through The Known World by Edward P. Jones.  I’ve been stuck at that point for a few weeks.  At certain points in the semester it seems that my reading consists mainly of readings for class and student papers, so my personal reading slows down a bit.


Nancy Henke in Arches National Park.

What don’t your colleagues know about you?

Most people probably don’t know I’m a painter.  I started taking an acrylic painting class earlier this year and have just loved it.  I love arts and crafts in general, and for years my main crafty hobby was scrapbooking.  I still have a ton of scrapbook stuff and still do it once in a while, but now my focus is painting.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

In my whole life so far, one of my proudest accomplishments was when I was an undergraduate.  I was the commencement speaker at my college graduation.  That was pretty amazing. I got to give a speech to thousands of people, which was actually really fun.  It was one of my best days.

More recently, I’d say I was pretty proud last semester being a finalist for the Ann Gill Excellence in Teaching Award.  And this summer I was chosen to attend a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar at the University of Oklahoma where I studied westward expansion in the early American republic.  It was fascinating.

When you’re not working, what do you do?

In addition to painting and building patios, which I mentioned earlier, I’m also a runner.  I do races here and there, most recently the CSU Homecoming 5k, and I plan to do a half-marathon in the spring.  My husband and I like doing house projects, I love working in my vegetable garden in the spring and summer, reading (of course), and traveling when I can.  I’m visiting family in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving and spending some time in Washington, DC and northern Virginia after Christmas. I have a lot of international destinations on my wish list, but those are more expensive and take a lot more planning: Japan, India, England, Australia, New Zealand.


Nancy Henke at Colfax Marathon Relay in 2015.

Anything else you want to add?

My husband and I were having a discussion the other day about if we got the chance to travel in time, but could only go forward in time OR back in time, which we would choose.  I would choose to go back in time to see what it was like to really live in some of the time periods I study (like going back to colonial America – any time in the 17th or 18th century – would be completely fascinating to me.  Though I’ll admit I would want to kind of be a spirit that could float around invisibly and just observe stuff but not have to interact with anyone or drink the water.)  He’d choose to go forward in time to see what happens to humanity.  I think it’s an intriguing question…you should add it to the list of questions you ask people when you interview them!


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The trees in front of Eddy Hall are starting to get a few golden leaves. Fall is on its way! #greenandgoldforever

The trees in front of Eddy Hall are starting to get a few golden leaves. Fall is on its way! #greenandgoldforever

  • On June 23-24, 2016, Pam Coke participated in an international, interdisciplinary conference titled “The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers” in Le Mans, France.  Scholars from around the world, including South Africa, New Zealand, Austria, and the United States, gathered to share research and “to shed light on those cultural artifacts that target not only teenagers but an increasingly wider public – including television series, films, young adult novels, among others – and explore the images of teenagers.”  Pam presented her paper, “What Are They Selling? What Are We Buying?:  Eating Disorders as Cultural Artifacts,” where she shared findings from her qualitative research study examining how eating disorders have become an intricate part of the web of American behavior patterns, a way for teenagers to perform adolescence.
  • Over the summer, Sarah Louise Pieplow’s poetry manuscript was a finalist for the Ahsahta Sawtooth Prize. She also had 5 ghazals accepted for publication in Denver Quarterly. Sarah Pieplow would also like you to know that the GLBT Resource Center’s Safe Zone training is back! It’s fun! (And she is one of the trainers!) The purpose of Safe Zone is to reduce homophobia and heterosexism at CSU, thereby making our campuses a safer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The Safe Zone program prepares members of the CSU community to serve as a resource on LGBTQ issues, and also strives to educate the organization about the Safe Zone program.  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. 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.
  • Over the summer Dan Robinson gave a fiction reading, presented a paper, and moderated a round table discussion at the International Hemingway Conference in Oak Park, IL; He also had a couple of radio interviews on writing about and on the science and art of wildfire fighting.
  • Shoaib Alam received an Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train May/June Short Story Award for New Writers contest.
  • This summer, Felicia Zamora (’12 MFA) has two poems in the newest issue of Poetry Northwest, was interviewed on the Indiana Review website as runner-up to the 2015 1/2K Prize, had poems accepted to Witness Magazine and Michigan Quarterly Review, was a finalist for the 46er Prize with The Adirondack Review where three poems are featured, and her second chapbook, Imbibe {et alia} here, was released from Dancing Girl Press.
  • Leslee Becker received the 1st-place Award in the 2016 Moondance Film Festival’s Short Story category. She also had stories accepted by Carolina Quarterly and Fifth Wednesday, and was awarded a writing fellowship/residency at the Anne LaBastille Foundation in the Adirondacks.
  • Ellen Brinks gave a plenary talk in early July at the University of London, Birkberk College, on the forgotten geographies of the transnational fairy tale in late 19th- and early 20thC fin-de-siecle literary culture.
  • Matthew Cooperman’s long piece “Difference Essay” was accepted recently by Seattle Review. This summer he gave two readings in California, at the Sacramento Poetry Center, and Poetry Flash/Moe’s Books, Berkeley. He and Aby Kaupang will be reading at Mountain Folds, in Colorado Springs, Sept 24. Two upcoming readings Matthew and Aby suggest for your radar. First, hosted by Cole Konopka and Sam Killmeyer for the Fork Socket series, September 14, Julie Carr, Amaranth Borsuk and Sam Killmeyer, 7:30 pm, The Forge. Second, for EveryEye, Sept. 21, Susan Briante and other luminaries, tea.
  • Sue Doe’s article, “Stories and Explanations in the Introductory Calculus Classroom: A Study of WTL as a Teaching and Learning Intervention” which was co-authored with Mary Pilgrim, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Calculus Center, was accepted this week for publication in the The WAC Journal.  
  • Beth Lechleitner will read a few of her poems at a community reading in celebration of autumn.  The event is from 1 to 3 on Sunday, September 18 at the Loveland Museum and Gallery on Lincoln in downtown Loveland.
  • Dana Masden’s poem “The Missing” appears in the Fall Issue of the Adirondack Review.
  • In two weeks, Airica Parker will be a featured reader and workshop leader at a regional poetry retreat hosted by Wendy Videlock in Palisade, Colorado. All are welcome to attend: tickets available through: http://coloradawendy.wixsite.com/mysite
  • Barbara Sebek kicked off sabbatical with some research in London at the Guildhall Library and the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Sebek’s paper, “Temporal and Geographical Mash-Ups in Jonson and Shakespeare” was part of a seminar “Of an Age: Shakespeare and Periodization” at the World Shakespeare Congress, which convened in Stratford-upon-Avon and London in July and August.  In addition to seeing five plays in seven nights by Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Jonson at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe, she met the British Sign Language interpreter for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, visited the British Library’s stunning “Shakespeare in Ten Acts” exhibition, and saw the Royal College of Physicians exhibition of the library of alchemist/scholar/global navigation promoter John Dee, regarded as one of the inspirations for Shakespeare’s Prospero.
  • Rebecca Snow’s poem “Sestina for Adjuncts” is in the current issue of Rattle: http://www.rattle.com/print/50s/i53/
  • The Contractor, a historical western by James Work, professor emeritus, is now available in hardcover from FiveStar Publishing. The reviews have been unanimously positive, and the publisher has submitted The Contractor as a nominee for the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Prof. Work’s next western, The Grub Rider, Number 8 in the Keystone Ranch series, will be published by FiveStar in April of 2017.
  • Lots and lots of good news from Tim Amidon, who had a very busy summer:
    • In May, Tim Amidon presented a research talk at Computers & Writing in Rochester, New York on the ethics of disclosing geospatial knowledge through Instagram titled “#nolandmarks: technorhetorics, watersheds, & de/coloniality.”
    • In May, Tim Amidon led a mentoring roundtable at the Graduate Research Network, a one day workshop for graduate students concentrating in computers, writing, and digital rhetoric at Computers & Writing in Rochester, New York.
    • In May, Tim Amidon was appointed to the faculty of the Colorado School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.
    • Tim Amidon traveled to Heifei, China, with a delegation from the Natural Resources Ecology Lab (NREL) to envision how the composition program might best support English language learners from Anhui Agricultural University who will be coming to CSU as part of a 2X2 program.
    • In May, Tim Amidon helped to coordinate (and, participated in) an exciting two-day professional development workshop lead by UD Composition Admins Ed Lessor and James Roller. Participants spent time working with digital composing tools such as cameras, audio recorders, as well as photo, audio, and video editing software, and theorized how pedagogies and assignments can scaffold multimodal literacy learning in their Upper Division composition courses.
    • In June, Tim Amidon and W. Michele Simmons (Miami University, Oxford, OH) had a peer-reviewed paper on research methodology in community based research accepted in the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication. Tim and Michele will give a research talk on their paper at SIGDOC ’16 and the paper will be published in the proceedings thereafter.
    • In June, Tim Amidon spoke at and participated in a one-day workshop hosted by an interdisciplinary research team and lead by Dr. A. R. Ravishankara to envision a National Smoke Warning System. Stakeholders from the EPA, US Forest Service, CDC and researchers discussed challenges and opportunities associated with attempting to design and implement a warning system that could effectively alert publics to the health and safety risks associated with wildfire.
    • In June, Tim Amidon gave short-workshop on ethnographic and naturalistic field-based research methods for exploring and writing about place for students affiliated with an exchange program between CSU and Tomsk Polytechnic University (Tomsk, Russia) led by Dr. Tatiana Nekrasova-Becker and Dr. Tony Becker.
    • In August, Tim Amidon participated in a one-day educator institute at InWorks in Denver hosted by Hypothes.is, a web-based annotation tool that allows students to tag, comment, and offer meta-level commentary on any web-based content. Participants from both secondary and post-secondary levels envisioned and shared ways of utilizing the tool to support learning in their courses. Dr. Jaime Jordan was one of the leaders of the excellent workshop.
    • In August, Tim Amidon was invited by Dr. Lori Peek to consult on the design of a digital survey-instrument that FEMA is developing to help U.S. property owners, businesses, and government actors conduct cost-benefit analyses about the value of building or re-engineering structures to meet performance-based engineering standards for seismic activity.
    • In August, Tim Amidon participated in components of the weeklong graduate teaching assistant orientation organized and led by Composition Admins Nancy Henke, Amanda Memoli, Kristina Yelinek, Hannah Caballero and Composition Director, Dr. Sue Doe.



Essayist, Memoirist, and CSU Fiction alumnus Steven Church will give a reading of his work. The reading takes place in the Lory Student Center, Long Peaks Room 302 on Thursday, September 8 at 7:30pm. The reading is free and open to the public. Steven Church is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, Ultrasonic: Essays and a forthcoming fifth book of nonfiction, One with the Tiger: Sublime and Violent Encounters between Humans and Animals, which will be released in Fall 2016 by Soft Skull Press.

On Thursday, September 14 poets Julie Carr, Amaranth Borsuk, and MFA student, Sam Killmeyer will give a reading of their work. The reading will take place at the Forge Publick House, located at: Back Alley, 232 Walnut St., Fort Collins CO, 80524.

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  • Nancy Henke learned this week that she’s been chosen as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. She will spend two weeks in June at the NEH Summer Institute on “Westward Expansion and the Constitution in the Early Republic,” at the University of Oklahoma.
  • Todd Mitchell will be delivering two sessions at this year’s Colorado Teen Literature Conference in Denver on April 2nd (one session on using a practitioner’s approach to understand and teach graphic texts, and the other on approaches to teaching and improving dialogue and setting in fiction).
  • English Department Website: We’ve added new pages to the website that include listings of the department’s courses — Summer and Fall 2016; Composition (CO), English (E), American Studies (AMST), and Education (EDUC); and links to the current Rambler as well as a Rambler archive. Check them out: http://english.colostate.edu/courses/


Outstanding Literary Essay Awards

DEADLINE IS MONDAY! The English Department’s Literature Program announces the 13th 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 or minors.  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 25, 2016.

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.

Eligibility:     (1) Essay should be written for a course taken in the CSU English Dept.

(2)  Writer should be an English major or English minor

Submission deadline is Monday April 4, 2016, 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 on the paper.
  • Include with your essay a separate cover letter with your (a) name, (b) address, (c) phone number, (d) e-mail address, (e) university ID number, (f) title of your essay (g) course for which the essay was written and the professor who taught the course, and (h) indicate whether you are an undergraduate English major, minoring in English, or a 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 English Department Office in Eddy Bldg.


CSU Writes

 This next week, CSU Writes offers a short workshop on academic style:  Suffering from Jargonitis? — For all interested faculty and students.

Have reviewers, professors or friends commented on your superfluous and superior linguistic bravura? Well…you, too, might suffer from Jargonitis.  You are not alone. Most academic writers suffer from Jargonitis at some point in their career. There is a cure and this workshop is part of the treatment. Bring samples of your own work or jargon-filled examples from your academic reading to this session, and we will consider quick fixes and long-term writing strategies to help maintain the well-being of you and your prose.

Tuesday, April 5 (11 – 12:30pm, LSC 376)
Wednesday, April 6 (3 – 4:30pm, LSC 372)


 MA or PhD Programs, Professional Workshop

All students interested in applying to MA or PhD program in English a workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 12th from 3:00-4:00pm in Eddy 107, led by Pam Coke, Aparna Gollapudi and Roze Hentschell. Topics covered will be “Researching programs of interest, entrance exams, the application process, funding, and online resources.



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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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Chloe’ Leisure’s (MFA, Spring 2006) Chapbook, The End of the World Again

Chloe’ Leisure’s (MFA, Spring 2006) recently published chapbook, The End of the World Again

  • CLA Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting and Awards Ceremony: Three of our MFA students — Abby Kerstetter, Matt Truslow, and Nate Barron — will be featured readers at the College of Liberal Arts Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting & Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 8th. Past spring meetings have included entertainment from theatre and music students, and we are proud that Abby, Matt, and Nate were chosen to showcase the liberal arts and the creative writing program this year. Five English department faculty members will be recognized with awards for teaching, research/creative artistry, and service. Please come support not only our department faculty and students but also faculty from the rest of the college. This is always an upbeat and celebratory event. The ceremony from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm in the Durrell Center Seminar Rooms A & B. There is parking available near Moby.
  • Leslee Becker’s story, “The Continental,” has been accepted for publication in Ascent.
  • Next week, Doug Cloud will be giving at talk in Athens, Ohio at the third annual Ohio University Queer Studies Conference titled, “Coming Out Gay, Coming Out Atheist: Re-Thinking the Long-Term Influence of the LGBTQ Movement(s).” He’ll also lead a workshop for queer students and students of color titled, “Queer in the Workplace, Queer in the World: Some Key Concepts for Talking About Categories of Difference in Public and Professional Contexts.”
  • Roze Hentschell is attending the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in Vancouver, B.C., where she presented a paper, “‘They Sing’: Comedy, Choirboys, and Actors at St. Paul’s.”
  • A French edition of EJ Levy’s story collection, Love, In Theory, will be issued by Payots & Rivages on May 5, 2015.
  • This week, Nancy Henke learned that she received a Senior Teaching Appointment. She joins 19 other department faculty whose long-term, high-quality teaching and service have been recognized with this honor.
  • Todd Mitchell attended and presented two sessions at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference last weekend (one on developing layered characters, and one on developing engaging conflicts).
  • Todd Mitchell also launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the continued production of a graphic novel he’s working on with the Irish artist, Patrick Mullholland. The story uses a matriarchal alien invasion to explore crucial environmental, social, and political questions. If you’re curious, the first issue is produced and available for free off the Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/1OCQTP9
  • Mid-American Review interviewed Kristin George Bagdanov about her poem in their recent issue here: http://casit.bgsu.edu/marblog/mar-asks-kristin-george-bagdanov-answers/ She will also be reading at MAR’s 35 year anniversary party at AWP next week: Friday, April 10th at 8pm, Gallery13 in Minneapolis.
  • The Moscow Arts Commission and Broadsided Press has selected Kristin George Bagdanov’s poem “Earth Body” as one of the four ASLE-member poems to be broadsided for the “Broadsides on the Bus” program this summer in Moscow, Idaho. The broadside will be on display on the Moscow buses during the ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) conference, and copies of the poem and accompanying original art will be on display in the Transit Center; the broadsides will also be downloadable.
  • Undergraduate Choice Award: The Graduate School partnered with the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry to sponsor the Undergraduate Choice Awards through which each category of the Graduate Student Showcase will be judged by a team of undergraduate scholars. This category is designed to expose undergraduates to graduate level scholarship, facilitate the training of undergraduates in the critical analysis of scholarly products, and to reward graduate students whose work is perceived to be among the highest quality by the undergraduate team of judges. Two Graduate students in the Department of English received awards. In the Creative category, Cedar Brant won second prize ($75) for The Hidden Hinge: Mapping Memory and Myth through Poetry, and in the Research category John Whalen won third prize ($50) for The Utilization of Web-based Resources for Computer Assisted Vocabulary Learning

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SP15 Internships Available!

Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about classes for Spring 2015 – and that means it’s time to consider doing an internship! Below are currently available opportunities, though this list is likely to grow as the weeks pass, so stay tuned for more updates!

Unless otherwise noted, the internships listed below are open to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students. Please see English Department Internships Program webpage for more information on qualifying criteria: http://english.colostate.edu/undergrad/internships

Editorial and Publishing Internships

  • Editorial Interns, High Country News (Paonia, CO)
  • Editorial Interns, Bloomsbury Review (Denver, CO)
  • Publishing Assistant Interns (2), Bailiwick Press (Ft. Collins)

Education Internships

  • Grading Assistant, NCTE@CSU with Poudre High School (Ft. Collins)
  • Writing Coach and Grader, NCTE@CSU, Fort Collins High School (Ft. Collins)

Non-Profit/Communications/Other Internships

  • Production Assistant: KRFC 88.9 (radio) Poetry Show (Ft. Collins)
  • Communications Internship (2 positions): CSU English Department (Ft. Collins)
  • Communication and Social Media Intern: Poudre River Public Libraries (Ft. Collins)

Please contact Nancy Henke, Interim English Department Internship Coordinator, at Nancy.Henke@colostate.edu for more information on these internships and how to apply.

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Zambia Info Session Flyer
English Department Students,

There’s talk about an exciting opportunity to go to the lovely and quiet town of Livingstone, Zambia, right next to the world-famous Victoria Falls…for three-weeks…and with the possibility of earning up to three undergraduate or graduate internship credits! Would you be interested in such a thing? If so, keep reading…

Dr. Ellen Brinks will be taking students to Livingstone, Zambia over Summer 2015 to do experiential learning and internships through our Colorado State University Study Abroad program (and African Impact).

“I don’t know. What would I be doing?!?”

The course would run for three weeks and center on a personalized project within the Livingstone community that fits your own interests. There are lots of internship projects – such as working one-on-one or in small groups with children in the classroom, leading a reading club, math club, or adult literacy club, helping with afterschool activities at school or at a youth community training center, as well as offering HIV education – that would be suitable for any concentration or area of study in English and for which you could gain three internship credits. Additional projects in the areas of health care, sports, community development, conservation, wildlife care, and reforestation initiatives are available, though you would not be eligible for English internship credit if you elected to design your stay in Zambia round these activities. (Click here to check out project descriptions.)

“Why would I want to go to Africa?”

This experiential course would count for E487 or E687 credit. It gives you a very unique international internship opportunity in a stable and beautiful country, Zambia. You will be residing and working in the town of Livingstone, right at Victoria Falls, a center of African eco-tourism and safari tours. (Livingstone is the size of Fort Collins). The program likely ties in to coursework you have done in the areas of world literature in English, literacy, and teacher training. And most of all, it enables you to use your skills to give back to underprivileged and wonderful children in this friendly and welcoming community.

“How much would it cost?”

Projected expenses run around $5000, which includes airfare, tuition, vaccinations, and a bunch of other stuff, for three weeks in Africa, including three internship credits. A real bargain!

“I think I’d be down for that!”

If this sounds like an important opportunity that you might want to take advantage of come summer 2015, please come to our informational meeting on Thursday, October 9th, from 4-5pm in Lory Student Center 372. There will be time to address all your questions, along with a PowerPoint presentation with pictures of the program.

**NOTE: By coming to the October 9 meeting you are not committing yourself to taking part. If you’re at all curious or interested, come by simply for more information on this opportunity.**

Nancy Henke, English Department Internship Coordinator, Nancy.Henke@colostate.edu



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Unless otherwise noted, the internships listed below are open to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students. Please see English Department Internships Program webpage for more information on qualifying criteria: http://english.colostate.edu/undergrad/internships

Editorial and Publishing Internships

  • Editorial Interns, Bloomsbury Review (Denver, CO)
  • Publishing Assistant (2), Bailiwick Press (Ft. Collins, CO)

Education Internships

  • Grading Assistant, NCTE@CSU with Poudre High School (Ft. Collins)
  • Writing Coach and Grader, NCTE@CSU, Fort Collins High School (Ft. Collins)

Non-Profit/Communications/Other Internships

  • Social Media and Communications Intern, Poudre River Library District (Ft. Collins)
  • Production Assistant: KRFC 88.9 Poetry Show (radio)

Please contact Nancy Henke, Interim English Department Internship Coordinator, at Nancy.Henke@colostate.edu for more information on these internships and how to apply.

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Things are blooming at Eddy Hall

Things are blooming at Eddy Hall, image by Jill Salahub

  • There’s a review of various work Dan Beachy-Quick has written at Pleiades: http://www.ucmo.edu/pleiades/news/Tayson.html, and a short essay about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, “The Fragile Bow: On Imagination and Atrocity” is published at Ghost Proposal: http://www.ghostproposal.com/issue4/danbeachyquick.php
  • Tatiana Nekrasova-Becker and Tony Becker will be presenting their topic, Evaluating a Project-Based Activity: Moving from Theory to Practice at the K-12 and University Level (Integrating STEM Content and Foreign Language Education), on April 19th at the 2014 Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes in Boulder, CO.
  • Lisa Langstraat, Sue Doe, Emily Morgan, Nancy Henke, and Vani Kannan presented a roundtable at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, 4C’s, on March 21. The presentation focused on the CO150 course reader, The Ethics of Higher Education, and a research study conducted in the fall on the potential effects of curriculum and curricular intervention on student, faculty, and public attitudes toward academic labor issues. Maria Maisto, President and Executive Director of the New Faculty Majority, was respondent.
  • The latest issue of AWP Writer’s Chronicle includes a feature interview on Camille Dungy.
  • Last weekend, Roze Hentschell participated in a seminar at the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in St. Louis. She presented new work, “Paul’s Boys: Actors, Choristers, Students, and Children in St. Paul’s Cathedral Precinct,” which is part of her book-in-progress.
  • Airica Parker’s poetry will appear in CALYX Vol. 28, No. 2.

Upcoming Events of Interest

  • April 21, 2014: Literature MA Showcase at Cranknstein, 215B N. College Avenue. Monday, 4:00-7:00pm – Remarks and presentations start at 4:45 pm.
  • April 24, 2014: Reading Series – Robert Hass & Brenda Hillman (Poetry), Thursday, 7:30pm North Ballroom in the Lory Student Center.
  • April 27, 2014: Slamogadro Poetry Slam – Avogadro’s Number will be hosting a Poetry Slam on the final Sunday of every month, April 27th is the first one. 7:00pm signup 7:30 start – All are welcome.
  • May 1, 2014: Reading Series – Kaelyn Riley & Ben Findlay MFA Thesis Reading (Poetry & Fiction), Thursday, 7:30pm University Art Museum.

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