Monthly Archives: September 2014

News of Note: Week of September 22nd

image by Jill Salahub

image by Jill Salahub


Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship Competition Deadline: Friday, October 3rd by 4:00 p.m. Find out more about this scholarship here: https://englishcsu.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/creative-and-performing-arts-scholarship-competition-in-creative-writing/.

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Gary Snyder Reading

image by Tim Mahoney

Gary Snyder reading, image by Tim Mahoney

Poet Gary Snyder read on September 17, 2014 at the University Art Center. This event was attended by English Department Communications intern Tim Mahoney, who had this to share:

Last week, CSU’s English Department invited renowned author, Gary Snyder, to campus for a reading of his latest work. While I was annoyed that I had missed the turn for the University Center for the Arts, instinctively heading towards the library (where I spend many of my nights), I was excited that this visit was not strictly for business.

I’ve always enjoyed attending the readings sponsored by the English Department. Our reading series draws many talented authors to campus to share their fiction, non-fiction, or poetry with students, faculty, and the Fort Collins community. This semester, we were lucky enough to have Gary Snyder come and read from his new volume of poetry, beautifully entitled, This Present Moment. Before he began his reading, we were told that the event was to be moved to a larger auditorium to accommodate the large number of people in attendance. There was a slight delay as the ushers clambered to set up the new venue, and move the audience row by row to the new location, but the move was quick and seamless. Although I heard a few groans from some of the patrons, as they gathered their things and prepared to move down the hall, it was amazing to see so many people come out and show their support for the English Department’s reading series. Soon after everyone was settled, Snyder was welcomed to an uproarious applause and the reading was underway.

Gary Snyder reading, image by Tim Mahoney

Gary Snyder reading, image by Tim Mahoney

Snyder, who was immortalized in Jack Kerouac’s novel The Dharma Bums, and who participated in the historic Six Gallery Reading — which launched the Beat Generation Movement — took the stage to read selections from his latest volume including poems about his college sweetheart, his late wife, the beauty and destructive nature of forest fires, Indian marital arrangements, relaxation, and life’s many paths.

He opened with the poem dedicated to his college sweetheart, reminiscing about the time he spent with her, perfectly capturing the wonderful power of nostalgia and past love. His next poem, “Off the Trail,” dedicated to his late wife Carole, took us even deeper into that strangely wonderful feeling of remembrance. His ability to look back at his life with such clarity and grace moved me in ways that might have been missed had I only read his poems in print.

No path will get you there, we’re off the trail,
You and I, and we chose it!
~Gary Snyder, “Off the Trail”

Gary Snyder reading, image by Sarah Sloane

Gary Snyder reading, image by Sarah Sloane

Hearing poetry read has a completely different feel; the author’s voice and tone enhance the words. To fully experience a poem, I need to hear it performed. Snyder’s performance of his work was spectacular to say the least; his voice, breaths, and personality all contributed to an experience that cannot be contained on paper. I left the auditorium that night a true enthusiast of his work.

I recommend that every English major should attend these readings. It was incredible to hear Snyder’s work, and to see him perform his poetry. Sitting there with friends, classmates, and professors, as well members of the larger community, I couldn’t help but be moved by Snyder’s poetry and his passion for life, nature, and love of living in the present moment.

Gary Snyder singing books, image by Tim Mahoney

Gary Snyder singing books, image by Tim Mahoney


Next reading in the Creative Writing Reading Series: Writers’ Harvest with Ira Sukrungruang and Sasha Steensen, Poetry and Prose, University Center for the Arts, Museum, Thursday October 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsors of the Reading Series include the English Department and Creative Writing Program at Colorado State University, Organization of Graduate Student Writers through ASCSU, Mike Liggett, Tae Nosaka, and the Poudre River Library District.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information e-mail andrewnmangan@gmail.com. For a full listing of 2014-2015 Creative Writing Reading series events, please visit: http://english.colostate.edu/docs/reading-series-poster.pdf

Humans of Eddy: Krista Reuther

For this week’s Humans of Eddy post, intern Tim Mahoney talked with fellow English major Krista Reuther.


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What English classes are you currently taking?
I’m taking Survey of British Lit II, Gender in World Literature, and the Creative Nonfiction workshop.

What has been your favorite class so far in you English career?
The class that challenged me the most was, in all honesty, Todd Mitchell’s Adolescent Literature course — which is why I took it twice.

What are you reading?
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene’ Brown. She’s a genius and an incredible researcher. I can’t recommend her books highly enough.

Why is it important to study English?
Studying English is important not because of the books we read, or the homework we begrudgingly complete, though admittedly those are important. The study of English is important because it gives young writers the chance to receive, and give, feedback. That’s the only way we grow as writers.

In what ways has your study of English helped you?
I’ve met a fair number of interesting people with vastly different life experiences through my English studies. Learning new perspectives has allowed me to reevaluate my own, both strengthening and challenging my ideals, plans, and dreams.

What are your future plans?
I’m going to Minnesota next summer but I’m not staying. Instead I’ll be hanging out with my best friend and her colony of poets—maybe I’ll learn something wonderful.

News of Note: Week of September 15th

Flashback: Eddy courtyard, Fall 2013 (image by Jill Salahub)

Flashback: Eddy courtyard, Fall 2013 (image by Jill Salahub)

  • Leslee Becker’s story, “The Twilight Club,” has been accepted for publication in Alaska Quarterly Review. Another story, “If You Lived Here,” received an Honorable Mention in The New Millennium Fiction Contest.
  • John Calderazzo will give several science and literature talks at the south rim of the Grand Canyon, at the only public school in a U.S. national park. He will be in residence there for two weeks.
  • Sue Doe’s co-authored article with Psychology faculty member Karla Gingerich, Washington University (St. Louis) faculty member Julie Bugg, and several others, was recently published in Teaching of Psychology. It is titled “Active Processing via Write-to-Learn Assignments: Learning and Retention Benefits in Introductory Psychology.”
  • Leif Sorensen will present at the Latina(o)/Latin American Studies Scholars Colloquium at CSU on Monday September 22. His paper is titled “Region and Ethnicity on the Air: Reconstructing Américo Paredes’s Radio Career.” The event is part of a series of brown bag talks by CSU scholars working on topics in Latina(o)/Latin American Studies and it will take place in the Morgan Library Event Hall from noon until 1:00 p.m. Coffee and tea will be provided and the event is free and open to all.
  • Debby Thompson’s personal essay “Scavenger Love” was listed as a “notable” in the 2014 Best American Essays.
  • Kristin George Bagdanov’s poem “Purge Body” was accepted for publication in Mid American Review.
  • Maura Smith’s personal essay “Omphalos,” which was part of her 2012 Creative Nonfiction thesis and published in the Bellevue Literary Review, has been named a “Notable” in the 2014 Best American Essays list.

Study Abroad: Zambia, Summer 2015

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

 

 

Update: Eddy Remodel

Department Chair Louann Reid and Office Manager Amparo Jeffrey recently took a tour of Eddy Hall, which is currently being remodeled.

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Safety first!

Here are some pictures Amparo took, as well as a few “before” pictures Jill Salahub took in the weeks before the big move.

Third floor of Eddy hallway, before

Third floor of Eddy hallway, before

Third floor of Eddy hallway, now

Third floor of Eddy hallway, now

Third floor Eddy back hall, before

Third floor Eddy back hall, before

Third floor Eddy, back hall, now ADA compliant with added office space

Third floor Eddy, back hall, now ADA compliant with added office space

The Writing Center, now

The Writing Center, now

The center courtyard, before

The center courtyard, before

The center courtyard, now

The center courtyard, now

Eddy first floor Lounge in North Hallway, now

Eddy first floor Lounge in North Hallway, now, (also, Louann in a hard hat)

Third floor Eddy Computer Lab, before

Eddy 300 Computer Lab, before

Eddy 300 Computer Lab, now

Eddy 300 Computer Lab, now

Louann contemplating the new lounge space in front of the Eddy 300 Computer Lab

Louann contemplating the new lounge space in front of the Eddy 300 Computer Lab

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Specializing in Fiction

image by Jill Salahub

image by Jill Salahub

POSITION DESCRIPTION: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CREATIVE WRITING SPECIALIZING IN FICTION, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Position: The Department of English at Colorado State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Creative Writing specializing in Fiction. The successful candidate will be appointed untenured and at the rank of Assistant Professor. This entry-level position is a tenure-track, nine-month appointment, beginning August 16, 2015.

Required Qualifications
• MFA or PhD in Creative Writing and/or English at time of appointment
• A promising record of scholarship/creative activity/teaching
• At least one book in Fiction

Desired Qualifications
• An application will be enhanced by experience teaching and writing about literature at the college level
• Applicants are encouraged to describe any additional teaching or scholarly interests and experiences.

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities include four courses a year (typically two per semester) in the graduate and undergraduate programs. The successful candidate will also be expected to establish a scholarly and creative agenda, mentor students, and provide service to the department, university, and community. Candidates who can advance the Department’s commitment to diversity through scholarship, creative activity, and teaching are encouraged to apply.

Salary: Will be commensurate with entry-level assistant professor rank and experience.

Application Procedures and Deadlines: Please submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a 35-page writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Semifinalists will have the opportunity to send in more extensive writing samples.

Submit applications electronically through Interfolio by clicking on this link: https://apply.interfolio.com/26304. The Department will conduct interviews of semifinalists at the MLA convention in Vancouver, January 8-11, 2015. Based on those interviews, we will then bring finalists onto campus beginning in January, 2015.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications must be submitted by October 31, 2014 11:59pm MST. Routine inquiries should be directed to Sue Russell at (970) 491-1898 or Sue.Russell@colostate.edu.

See job listing here: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/6238