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English community mourns student Jacob Koltun’s tragic death

Feb 26, 2015: We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of one of our English majors, Jacob Koltun, a senior at CU-Boulder. Jacob died in a skiing accident Monday, February 23, 2015, in Breckenridge, CO. Our hearts go out to those who knew and loved him — his family, friends and many others who were part of his life. We would like to reach out to those in our…

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Severed dragon head morphs into bomb cappuccino threat in LitBuffs story

At our last Lit Buffs meeting (2/12/15), we did an activity that is similar to a one word story, but where everyone adds a sentence. Each person only knew the sentence just written, and none of the rest of the story. Here is the outcome: His eyes rolled like grey-glass marbles in his sockets. Mesmerized by the elusive dragon he chased so persistently. The tail whipped in…

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Literary Buffs first annual Literature and Arts Festival slamming success!

Check out photos of the event! The first annual Literature and Arts Festival on February 11, 2015 at Innisfree Bookstore and Café was a great success with standing room only during the 3-hour event. Students and café visitors treated themselves to engaging talks by guest speakers English alum Yuri Chicovsky; CU professors Adam Bradley, Lori Emerson, and Oliver W…

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Evolutionary nature of creative writing programs: “writers keep writing and the readers keep reading.”

by Ruth Ellen Kocher, Associate Chair of the Creative Writing Program.   I have been often asked what has inspired me to become a poet. Since most writers and readers are drawn to their study early on, I’m unsure of the significance of this question or any answer I might give. A more significant question would be what has inspired me to remain a writer, and more…

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A Graduate Researcher’s Guide to the British Library

by Deven M. Parker, PhD student. One of the most exciting aspects of pursuing a career in higher education is, for me, the opportunity to conduct research overseas. As a graduate student specializing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British writing, my interests have taken me to the British Library, the institution that holds many of the hard-to-access manuscripts and…

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Boulder English Looks Like a Leader in National PhD Reform Debate

by John Stevenson At the end of May this year, the Modern Language Association released the “Report of the MLA Task Force on Doctoral Study in Modern Language and Literature.” Press coverage, which has been extensive, invariably calls the report “long-awaited,” and it was indeed highly anticipated, and for a number of reasons. As I hardly need remind anyone reading…

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