Faculty photo: Ruth Ellen Kocher

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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Faculty photo: John A. Stevenson

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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