- John Calderazzo will soon give a talk about science communication at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins.
- Tobi Jacobi presented a workshop on historical documents from the 1920s New York State Training School for Girls at the Hudson Area Library in late October.
- Tobi Jacobi presented a critical paper on the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black and women’s prison writing at the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy conference in Reno, NV in early November.
- Sasha Steensen and Martin Corless-Smith interviewed one another for The Conversant. You can read the discussion here: http://theconversant.org/?p=8495.
- Karen Montgomery Moore’s proposal “Reading the Dead Bodies on Bones” was accepted for presentation at the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Symposium with the theme “Constructing Humanity” at the University of Nevada-Reno in February. She adds, “They extended their proposal deadline to the 15th! I’d love company!”
- On Saturday, November 1st, eleven English department faculty members helped award $14,000 in scholarship money at the CSU Senior Scholarship Day. In conjunction with the Admissions Office, Dan Beachy-Quick, Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker, Ellen Brinks, Pam Coke, Ashley Davies, Katie Hoffman, Zach Hutchins, Tobi Jacobi, Ed Lessor, Sarah Sloane, and Leif Sorensen conducted writing workshops with and read timed essays from 91 Colorado high school seniors. We are thankful for their hard work!
- On October 10-11th, undergraduate and graduate students from the CSU English department attended the Colorado Language Arts Society Regional Conference at the School of Mines in Golden, CO. Past NCTE@CSU President and current student teacher Tyler Arko served on two separate panels. Pam Coke moderated one of these panels, and she presented a second session with CSU alum Steven Ray Parker, who is now a full-time English teacher at Kinard Core Knowledge School in Fort Collins. Student attendees included current NCTE@CSU President Anton Gerth, NCTE@CSU Vice-President Belle Kraxberger, and NCTE@CSU member Jenna Franklin. Louann Reid and Antero Garcia attended as well; Antero will be a featured presenter at next year’s conference.
- For English Department graduating undergraduates and MA graduate students: Thursday, November 13th, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Academic Village C141 (Engineering Hall). “Pursuing an MA or PhD in English: Everything You Wanted to Know.” This workshop will focus on the following: what advanced work in higher education entails; how to identify good graduate programs for your needs; what to expect from the application process and how to maximize your chances of success. After a presentation, faculty from various areas of English will be on hand to answer any questions you have and to speak personally about their own experiences.
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
- 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.
- Dan Beachy-Quick is speaking at the Finding Moby-Dick Symposium at Northwestern University. His long poem, “Inf-, Inf-” has been accepted by The Seattle Review. And, there’s a new review of his John Keats book at New Pages: http://www.newpages.com/bookreviews/2014-04-01/#Brighter-Word-Than-Bright-Dan-Beachy-Quick
- Tony Becker, Tatiana Nekrasova-Becker, and Bert Vermeulen have had their proposal, Teaching Content and Language to International Engineering Students, accepted for inclusion at the ACTFL 2014 Convention in San Antonio, TX.
- Who Are Your Favorite Poets?, a post on the Creative Writing Program blog by Camille Dungy. “When I am asked, as I am almost weekly asked, if I can list my favorite poets, I recount a list of five to ten writers. The list invariably includes Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman. Imagine how excited I am that these two writers are coming to Fort Collins to celebrate National Poetry Month at CSU.” Hass and Hillman are coming to campus April 24th (Lory Student Center, North Ballroom, 7:30 pm). This event is free and open to the public.