Forest_BooksCU-Boulder’s Department of English hosts a dynamic community of scholars, writers, and students exploring the rich diversity of creative expression in English. The Department is home to distinguished faculty working in every major field of English and American literature, and in many cases developing new fields of inquiry. From Anglo-Saxon literature to digital media studies, from the first English novels to contemporary graphic novels, faculty and students work to advance our understanding of the ongoing history of the literature and culture of the English language.

English offers several scholarly and creative journals, including English Language NotesGendersSubito Press, and Walkabout Creative Arts Journal; sponsors numerous lectures and readings from visiting scholars and writers each year; and actively participates in various centers across campus — Center for British and Irish Studies, Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Center for the American West, and Center for Humanities and the Arts, to name only a few. In addition, English is home to the new Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture (RAP Lab) and the Media Archaeology Lab, both cutting edge venues for new teaching and research in the humanities.  In sum, the Department of English is characterized by its vital intellectual engagement and creativity.

Each year, the Creative Writing Reading Series brings innovative writers to the University of Colorado for a free, on-campus reading. Past readers include National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, Susan Steinberg, CAConrad, Ronaldo Wilson, Brian Evenson, Lynne Tillman, Claudia Rankine, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout. Please visit the events calendar on the English Department’s website for reading locations, dates, and times!

Englishinspires. Englishpropels. Englishworks.