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Poudre River, image by Jill Salahub

Poudre River, image by Jill Salahub


  • EJ Levy was a Visiting Writer at Wabash College in Indiana on February 12-13, 2015. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in both fiction and nonfiction and will be a Fellow at the Aspen Summer Words conference this June.
  • Todd Mitchell was recently interviewed by The Denver Post for a piece on ghost stories published on 2/15. He also did an interview for the Northern Colorado Writer’s Podcast that’s now available, he did a reading that will air on KRFC next Tuesday, and (in an odd turn) he’s quoted in an article on YA post-apocalyptic fiction that will go out next week in Stylist Magazine (a U.K. magazine with a circulation of over 400,000). For a link to any of these articles, interviews, or podcasts, please visit www.ToddMitchellBooks.com.
  • Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker and Tony Becker will deliver a paper presentation titled, “Project-Based Learning in ESL Classrooms: Planning Goals and Outcomes,” at the 2015 TESOL Convention (http://www.tesol.org/convention2015) held on 25-28 March 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Debra Lewis was invited to present a small collection of poetry at Sigma Tau Delta’s national convention over spring break (coming up in a couple of weeks). Sigma Tau Delta is the English Department’s Honors Society. She is the only representative from CSU. Read more about Debra in our “Student Success Stories” series.


  • Creative Professionals Panel, GenFKD presents a moderated panel of Fort Collins professionals discussing ways to monetize creative and artistic passions — Stephanie G’Schwind, editor at The Colorado Review, and Todd Simmons, founder of Wolverine Farm Publishing, and Dulcie Willis, Fort Collins theater producer, and Booger, First Friday poetry slam host. Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:30pm, Clark C238.
  • Spring 2015 Reading Series – Kyle Dargan – Poetry -7:30pm CSU Art Museum University Center for the Arts. Free and open to the public.
  • Grant Writing Workshop for English department graduate students: Grant writing is a terrific skill to acquire, though it’s unnecessarily shrouded in mystery. Not only can it be a means to locate or secure funding for your own projects, but prospective employers would love to know that you have an interest and/or experience in grant writing. We’d like to demystify grant writing for you with a workshop on Monday, March 9, from 1-2 pm, in Lory Student Center 324. Two accomplished grant writers are leading the workshop, and they’re looking forward to introducing you to the world of grant writing: Tobi Jacobi is an English faculty member in the Rhetoric and Composition Program and director of the Center for Community Literacy, and Stephanie G’Schwind is the Director of the Center for Literary Publishing here at CSU, which publishes the nationally renowned Colorado Review. Tobi and Stephanie are looking forward to sharing their expertise with you and answering all your questions.


Outstanding Literary Essay Awards: The English Department’s Literature Program announces the 12th annual Outstanding Literary Essay Awards contest, which recognizes outstanding critical writing and interpretive work in literary studies. Applicants must be registered graduate or undergraduate English majors.  Awards of $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place will be offered at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  Winners will be honored at the English Department Awards on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Submission Guidelines: Students should submit an essay that represents their best critical work in literary studies. Undergraduate essays should be no longer than 15 pages and graduate essays should be no longer than 20 pages. Shorter papers are welcome. Only one submission is allowed per student.

Submission deadline is Monday April 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Please submit TWO clean copies, with no name, address, or instructor’s comments. Only a title and page numbers should appear. Include with your essay a separate cover letter with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, university ID number, and title of your essay. Also indicate the course for which the essay was written (if it was composed for a course) and the professor who taught the course. Indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student at CSU. Address your cover letter to: Professor Aparna Gollapudi, Department of English, Campus Delivery 1773, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1773. Cover letter and submissions can be dropped off at the Behavioral Sciences Building, Room A104.

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English Department Communications Coordinator Jill Salahub and author Neil Gaiman. Jill waited in line for seven hours at Old Firehouse Books to meet Gaiman, who stayed at that table signing books for eleven hours, until there was no more line.

English Department Communications Coordinator Jill Salahub and author Neil Gaiman. Jill waited in line for seven hours at Old Firehouse Books to meet Gaiman, who stayed at that table signing books for eleven hours, until there was no more line.

  • Tim Amidon’s collaboratively authored chapter (with Jessica Reyman) titled “Authorship and Ownership of User Contributions on the Social Web” is now out in Cultures of Copyright  (Eds. Dànielle Nichole DeVoss and Martine Courant Rife). Additionally, this semester he is teaching “CO402: Principles of Digital Rhetoric and Design” which is the first time this course has been offered here at CSU. He will be presenting an interactive talk titled “Navigating Fair Use: Remix, Appropriation, Attribution” at the TILT MTI next Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 PM at TILT 105.
  • Leslee Becker has won the CLA John N. Stern Distinguished Professor Award.
  • Next week, John Calderazzo will conduct a science communication story-telling workshop for SoGES Ph.D and post-doctorate scholars. Also in February, he’ll give a talk/reading–“High Culture: Mountains & Our Minds”–at the Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, Colorado.
  • Todd Mitchell spent a day last week working to inspire literacy and creativity with elementary and middle school students and faculty at Littleton Academy, in (not surprisingly) Littleton.
  • Kristina Quynn was awarded a Ripple Effect Grant to fund the first year of “CSU Writes,” a program that will set up and foster writing groups on campus for faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and the CSU community. “CSU Writes” will start in Fall of 2015 and will help support those at CSU who research and/or write for publication.
  • Kristin George Bagdanov’s poetic sequence “The Somatic Wager: A Proof in Verse” was accepted for publication in Juked (Print).
  • Kylan Rice had a chapbook of poetry published digitally on February 5th at Gauss-PDF: http://www.gauss-pdf.com/post/110170340600/gpdf155-kylan-rice-captions
  • Kendall Umetsu, currently student teaching at Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School in Fort Collins, recently attended the University of Northern Iowa Overseas Recruiting Fair, where she signed her first teaching contract.  Starting in August, she will be moving to The Kingdom of Bahrain to teach 10/11th grade English at the Modern Knowledge School.  Congratulations, Kendall!
  • Mary Crow has had her poem, “As Can Happen with an Island,” accepted for publication by Greensboro Review and she has been accepted for this year’s Ashbery Home School workshop.
  • Steven Schwartz will be the featured reader for fiction at the 2015 Rosenberry Writers’ Conference on Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m. in the University Center Panorama Room of the University of Northern Colorado campus. Admission is free.
  • James Work’s Christmas video “Stone Soup Christmas” on Vimeo reached more than two thousand people over Christmas. His poem “The Empty Cross” is being set to music for the Easter cantata at Mountain View Presbyterian Church.

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Construction progress on the main entrance of Eddy Hall

Construction progress on the main entrance of Eddy Hall

  • John Calderazzo did a talk/workshop on January 14 to the staff and field workers of the National Wildlife Research Center on using story-telling to communicate science to the public.
  • Doug Cloud’s journal article, “The Social Consequences of Dissociation: Lessons from the Same-Sex Marriage Debate” is now out in ‘Argumentation and Advocacy,’ a publication of the American Forensic Association.
  • Camille Dungy has been named as one of 10 young American poets changing the face of poetry, http://theculturetrip.com/north-america/articles/10-young-american-poets-changing-the-face-of-poetry/. On a side note, one of the others on the list visited Camille’s class via Skype last semester.
  • Over winter break, Todd Mitchell performed readings and presented sessions on creative writing at Antioch University in Los Angeles and at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, Washington.
  • Kristin George Bagdanov’s poem “Resurrection Body” was accepted for publication in The Cincinnati Review.
  • A review Meagan Wilson wrote of Emily Skillings’s book of poems, Backchannel, was just published in Heavy Feather Review. It’s in the Reviews section of heavyfeatherreview.com.
  • Mandy Rose has a creative nonfiction piece, titled Five,  published in Alyss. The essay can be found here: http://alysslit.com/2014/12/29/five/

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Some of the recent publications and award winners from faculty and alumni

Some recent and award winning books from faculty and alumni

New faculty publications and awards reveal the diversi­ty of scholarly and creative strengths in this department.

  • Sue Doe and Lisa Langstraat, Generation Vet: Composition, Student-Veterans, and the Post-9/11 University
  • Zachary McLeod Hutchins, Inventing Eden: Primitivism, Millennialism, and the Making of New England
  • Tobi Jacobi (with co-author Ann Folwell Standford), Woman, Writing, and Prison: Activists, Scholars, and Writers Speak Out
  • Todd Mitchell, Backwards, winner of the 2014 Colorado Author’s League Award, and a finalist for the 2014 Colorado Book Awards
  • Sasha Steensen, House of Deer
  • Steven Schwartz, Little Raw Souls, 2014 Colorado Book Awards Literary Fiction Winner


It’s been a productive time for not only the publication of books but also for essays, poems, book reviews, and cre­ative nonfiction pieces. Current and emeritus faculty with new work include (but are not limited to) Leslee Becker, Tony Becker, John Calderazzo, SueEllen Campbell, Pam Coke, Pattie Cowell, Mary Crow, Sue Doe, Judy Doenges, Camille Dungy, Aparna Gollapudi, Stephanie G’Schwind, Roze Hentschell, Tobi Jacobi, Lisa Langstraat, Ellen Levy, David Milof­sky, Cindy O’Donnell-Allen, Airica Parker, Dan Robinson, Bruce Ronda, Jill Salahub, Barb Sebek, Sarah Sloane, Debby Thompson, and Bill Tremblay.


We are also happy to share the news of recent alumni publications.


In other publishing news, the Center for Literary Publishing’s grant request to the National Endowment for the Arts has been funded for 2015 in the amount of $15,000. The grant will go toward printing, mailing, and author payments for Colorado Review and to support the publication of two new titles in the Mountain West Poetry Series (forthcoming in June and November 2015).

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Professor Roze Hentschell and family (husband, Thomas Cram, daughter Eleanor, and son Felix) pictured attending the Newly Promoted and Tenured Faculty Reception at Colorado State University on Dec. 1. Other English faculty, Professor Ellen Brinks and Associate Professor EJ Levy, were also honored.

Professor Roze Hentschell and family (husband, Thomas Cram, daughter Eleanor, and son Felix) pictured attending the Newly Promoted and Tenured Faculty Reception at Colorado State University on December 1st.

  • Several faculty members began the academic year with changes in rank or appointment. EJ Levy received tenure and promotion to associate professor and Ellen Brinks and Roze Hentschell were promoted to full professor. Sharon Grindle, Jenny Levin, and Dana Masden received Senior Teaching Appointments in recognition of their years of excellent teaching. Todd Mitchell moved to the non-tenure-track rank of Assistant Professor and was reappointed as Director of Creative Writing Pedagogy.
  • Sue Doe was awarded the Paulo Friere Educator Award for 2014 on December 6 by the Denver-based Romero Theater Troupe for “work on behalf of contingent labor in higher education.” The Romero Theater Troupe, a Denver-based group, addresses social justice issues through organic theater.  Along with several graduate students and NTTF, notably led by former grad student Vani Kannan (now at Syracuse U), Sue helped put together last year’s performance called, Contingency: A Crisis for Teaching and Learning which was performed on the campuses of CSU and Front Range Community College. The Fort Collins performances were subsequently folded into a larger production of the Romero Theater Troupe. An Adjunct at Ludlow integrated stories of adjunct faculty, undocumented workers, discarded senior workers, marginalized female workers, and embattled union workers, among others. Organic theater is participatory theater that depicts the everyday, often invisible violences that people experience, in the workplace, on the streets, at home, and elsewhere. Participant-actors write short scenes to depict their own experiences. The act of writing the play brings people together to address the social justice issues in question and the differences between actors. This work builds on Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed.
  • Tobi Jacobi and Ann Folwell Stanford (DePaul University) are pleased to announce the release of Women, Writing, and Prison: Activists, Scholars, and Writers Speak Out, an edited collection of essays and narratives on women’s experiences in prison (Rowman and Littlefield).
  • Tobi Jacobi presented a paper ((Re)writing ‘Lila: Stories from the New York Training School for Girls, 1920-1935) at the National Women’s Studies Association conference in San Juan.
  • The Community Literacy Center is pleased to announce the launch of the fall 2014 SpeakOut! Journal.  The issue, titled, “We Make Our Future,” features 68 community writers from our youth and adult programs.
  • Kristin George Bagdanov’s panel “Cultivating and Communicating Crisis in Ecopoetics” was accepted for the Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) in Boulder this June. Also presenting on this ASLE-sponsored panel is 3rd year poet, Gracie McCarroll.
  • Kayann Short’s (English BA 1981; MA 1988) essay, “Floodables,” about the aftermath of Colorado’s 2013 flood, appears in the Winter 2014 issue of The Fort Collins Courier.
  • Chris Vanjonack has two short stories accepted for publication: “The Last Times You Saw Jenny McCreary” – Buffalo Almanack – Issue 6 – December 15th and “Last Letter Home” – New Haven Review – Issue 15 – Winter 2014.
  • Upcoming Event: SpeakOut fall journal launch. Tuesday, December 16, 6:30-8 pm at the Wild Boar Coffee Shop (lower level).  “Please join us to celebrate writing with Fort Collins poet laureate and English Department alumna, Chloe’ Leisure, and our youth writers. Refreshments will be served.”

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Ingersoll Hall in Fall, image by Jill Salahub

  • SueEllen Campbell and John Calderazzo recently gave a talk at Northern Arizona University, “The Real Work: Facing Climate Change.” They were also interviewed on the local NPR station. John also spoke to an environmental communications class.
  • A portfolio of essays on “The Work of Poetry” has just been released by Free Verse, including, among various riches, work by Matthew Cooperman and Dan Beachy-Quick. The special feature marks the 25th edition of Free Verse, and can be found at http://english.chass.ncsu.edu/freeverse/Archives/2014/prose/WorkOfPoetry.html
  • The most recent issue of Shakespeare Studies, vol. 42, is now available. This issue includes Barbara Sebek’s contribution to a forum on “Diet and Identity in Shakespeare’s England,” edited by Kim Coles and Gitanjali Shahani Chopra.
  • Todd Mitchell ran two writing and craft sessions at ReadCon — a High Plains Library District Event in Greeley to celebrate texts and the creation of texts. Here’s an article from Thursday’s Greeley Tribune with more information on the event: http://www.greeleytribune.com/entertainment/13486821-113/readcon-greeley-downtown-event Lit Pick recently did an author interview with Todd Mitchell. If you’re curious to learn how love letters, DFW, and snakes have influenced Todd, you can find the interview here: http://www.litpick.com/author/todd-mitchell
  • Daniel Owen, INTO adjunct, has accepted an appointment as an English Language Fellow from the Department of State. He will have a 10-month Fellowship in Yamousoukro, Cote d’Ivoire. He will be teaching at National Polytechnic Institute Felix Houphouet Boigny (INPHB). INPHB is a prestigious public university with undergraduate and graduate degree programs in sciences, engineering, and business. He will be teaching general English courses and business English at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Sue Ring deRosset, (MA, Creative Nonfiction, Summer 2013), teaches creative writing workshops at Front Range Community College, recently taught a workshop through Northern Colorado Writers, and is a freelance editorial consultant for memoirists and novelists. Chapter 1 of her thesis, a memoir, appeared in the Spring 2013 Front Range Review as a stand-alone essay titled “The Chambered Nautilus.” Since graduation, she’s had poems published in the Rocky Mountain NP Poetic Inventory and online, and an essay published in the Fort Collins Courier. A book on vultures, the first in a series of limited-edition, hand-bound, letterpress books, is forthcoming from Wolverine Farm Publishing.
  • Greyrock Review Fundraiser Reading at Cranknstein Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7 pm to raise money for publication. Camille Dungy, Matthew Cooperman and others will read, and there will be many fabulous prizes!
  • Greyrock Review is now accepting submissions! Greyrock Review is an undergraduate anthology at Colorado State University. Submissions are open from October 6, 2014 to December 1, 2014 for original work in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts. Any undergraduate at CSU may submit their work at https://greyrockreview.submittable.com/submit for free and will be notified by December 15, 2014. Any questions may be sent to editor.csu@gmail.com

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Find this donation box on a table across from the Eddy Computer Lab if you have some books to share

Find this donation box on the table across from the Eddy Computer Lab if you have some books to share

  • John Calderazzo recently spoke on climate change at the Steamboat Springs Library speaker series. Next week he will speak at The Loveland Connection presentation series on “My Joyful & Difficult Life Helping Scientists Talk to the Public.” In June he’ll speak on communication at a meeting of the American Meteological Society. Later in June he’ll co-lead a three-day yoga/creative writing workshop with department M.A. alum and yoga teacher Jessica Patterson.
  • Gerry Delahunty‘s abstract, A Comparative Analysis of the Rhetorical Moves and Stancetaking in Fundraising and Amnesty International (AI) Appeal Letters, has been accepted for presentation at the Societas Linguistica Europaea conference, 11 – 14 September 2014, in Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland.
  • Todd Mitchell will be attending and presenting at the Colorado Teen Literature Conference in Denver on April 5th. He’ll be giving a presentation on “Using Creative Nonfiction to Inspire Literacy and Creativity,” and another on “Bullying and Suicide Prevention Through Books.” His novel, Backwards, was recently selected as a finalist for the Colorado Author’s League Book Award in the Young Adult Fiction category.
  • Kristin George Bagdanov presented her paper “Barry Lopez’s Ethic of Desire: Learning to Love the Wasteland” last weekend at University of Wyoming’s graduate conference, Searching for Place: Interpretations of the Environment and Landscape.
  • Bill Tremblay‘s poem, “The Colonel Comes Calling,” from Magician’s Hat: Poems on the Life and Art of David Alfaro Siqueiros, Lynx House Press: 2013 was just published in With Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century, West End Press, Albuquerque: 2014, which will also feature Sam Hamill, Margaret Randall, Bruce Weigl, Afaa S. Weaver, Teresa Mei Chuc, and Yusef Komunyakaa as well as poets from five continents around the world. Bill will read his poems and do a workshop at the University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL) on April 15-16. Bill will judge a poetry contest and do a workshop he’s calling “The Turn” at Arapaho C.C.’s (in Littleton, CO) annual Writer’s Studio on Saturday. He will read with Leslie Ullman. Call Kathryn Winograd 303 797 5815 for details. Or email: Kathryn.Winograd@arapahoe.edu.

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