- 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.
English Department Office Hours: The English Office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (closed during lunch, 12:00-1:00 p.m.). We are located in the Behavioral Sciences Building, Room A105.
- Omnidawn will be publishing a chapbook by Dan Beachy-Quick titled Shields & Shards & Stitches & Songs this spring. Poems from it have just appeared on The Academy of American Poets “poem-a-day” site as well as large selection at the online journal Fogged Clarity.
- Leslee Becker has received a writing residency at the Brush Creek Foundation Ranch in Wyoming.
- Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker, Yana Rozanova, and Tony Becker will be presenting their topic, Examining ESP Course Materials: Language Exposure and Learning Opportunities, on September 26th at the 2014 American Association for Corpus Linguistics in Flagstaff, AZ.
- Matthew Cooperman and Dan Beachy-Quick both have poems up at the latest Fogged Clarity. In addition, there are interviews with both of them, and snappy photos. http://foggedclarity.com
Did you know that Eddy Hall is undergoing a remodel? It will begin soon and take about 16 months. This week, they put up one panel of the new facade on the south side of the building (see above image), and half of the third floor is packing their things into boxes to be temporarily moved into other locations while the work takes place. The English Department main offices will move over to the Behavioral Sciences Building, Rooms 104-112, (the phone number will remain the same). Stay tuned!
Today is the last of Spring 2014 classes! Good luck to everyone on finals, as well as final papers and projects, teachers and students, and a special wish for the best of luck to our graduating seniors.
- Libby James (MA English ’71) is a local and national running legend who lives here in Fort Collins. She is featured in this great story on ESPNW, Libby was also featured recently in an article in the Denver Post, “Libby James, 75, ready for Colorado Running Hall of Fame.”
- Leslee Becker’s story, “The Bonaventure,” has been accepted for publication in The Vermont Literary Review.
- Two of Camille Dungy’s poems were translated into French and published in a special section of Siècle 21: Littèrature & Société edited by Marilyn Hacker.
- EJ Levy will judge Tupelo Quarterly’s Open Prose Contest (Prize $1,000): May 27, 2014, deadline. For additional information, see: https://tupeloquarterly.submittable.com/submit/29128 EJ’s essay “Bread” appears in the current issue of The Normal School. EJ’s short-short story “Talk to Her” appeared in Kenyon Review online in April.
- Sasha Steensen’s new book House of Deer is now out with Fence Books: http://www.fenceportal.org/?page_id=5195. She has several new poems out in the latest issue of Jubilat, and next week she leaves for a week-long reading tour on the east coast.
- Beth Lechleitner’s mezzo-soprano daughter, Kate Mathews, will be presenting Copland’s settings of 12 Emily Dickinson poems on June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Magnolia Music Studio (210 W. Magnolia, Corner of Magnolia and Mason). Tickets available at: http://emilydickinson.brownpapertickets.com/ To learn more about Kate, visit her website: http://www.katemathews.com/
- Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers & Fatherhood, published by the Center for Literary Publishing and distributed by the University Press of Colorado, is now available (www.upcolorado.com or amazon.com). The anthology features essays selected from several literary magazines and includes work by our own Debby Thompson and Dan Beachy-Quick, plus many other fine writers.
- The University of Nebraska Press, observing that they consider it a “lasting contribution to Western literature,” recently released a Bison Books paperback edition of David Mogen’s memoir, Honyocker Dreams, Montana Memories (2011).
- There’s a podcast interview with Dan Beachy-Quick at Poetry Northwest.
- Leslee Becker won First Prize in the Boston Review’s 2014 Fiction Contest for her story, “Severance.”
- Basic Veterinary Immunology co-authored by Gerry Callahan and Robin Yates was published this month by University Press of Colorado, Boulder, Co.
- Antero Garcia is the featured guest on the Connect Learning Alliance Podcast today. I talk about “Making Learning Relevant.” The program can be streamed or downloaded here: http://clalliance.org/whatsnew-main/antero-garcia-podcast-making-learning-relevant/
- Tobi Jacobi gave a presentation on developing self-care strategies for volunteers working in jail/prison writing programs at recent workshop on “Innovations in Prison” sponsored by UCLA and the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
- Elise Yenne (CLC intern) won 1st place for her service-learning poster presentation for the 2014 CSU CURC competition. She highlighted her work as an intern and writing workshop facilitator with the Larimer County Detention Center men’s writing group.
- Rachel Linnea Brown’s poem “Memento” has been selected for publication by Gulf Coast. She has also accepted a position at University of Kansas as a PhD student of Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Rachel will be attending KU with a research fellowship, a department fellowship, and a $5,000 Mary Elizabeth and Andrew P. Debicki Scholarship for graduate studies. She is excited to begin her KU studies in the fall.
- Kristin George Bagdanov’s poems “Damage Body” and “Commodity Body” were accepted for publication in Word Riot.
- This year’s issue of the Greyrock Review is now available for purchase! Please stop by the English Department office, Eddy Building, Room 359. The Journal is $12 and T-Shirts, white with this year’s cover and green with the Greyrock logo are $20.00. Stickers are available in black & white and green & gold for $2 each.
Alumni News: Kayann Short, PhD, (CSU, Alumna 1988) has received the following awards: for A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography:
- Sarton Memoir Award Finalist from Story Circle Network
- Nautilus Silver Award in Green Living & Sustainability
The Sarton Memoir Award is presented annually by Story Circle Network, an international network of women lifewriters. The award is named in honor of May Sarton (1912-1995), distinguished American poet, novelist, and author of twelve memoirs and journals.
Nautilus “Better Books for a Better World” Awards recognize exceptional literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change.
Published by Torrey House Press, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography is a memoir of reunion with a family’s farming past and a call to action for farmland preservation through community supported agriculture today. These awards exemplify the way A Bushel’s Worth engages readers across generations and diverse backgrounds through stories that portray the relationship between food, farming, and the environment.
A retired award-winning teacher from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Short farms and teaches writing at Stonebridge Farm, the first community-supported agricultural farm (CSA) in Boulder County. Established in 1992, Stonebridge is committed to small-scale, organic farming and agricultural land preservation on the Front Range. Short offers writing workshops to community groups, libraries, and book clubs. She also teaches at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast. She will offer a “food preservation stories” workshop September 18-19 at her farm outside Lyons, CO.
A Bushel’s Worth is a books-in-a-bag selection of the Longmont Public Library. More about A Bushel’s Worth, including a virtual book tour, press kit, links to reading videos and digital excerpts, and book group suggestions and discussion questions are available at http://abushelsworth.com