Essay highlights Lucia Berlin’s masterful work

This essay is adapted from the foreword to “A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories,” by Lucia Berlin, out this month from FSG. This essay is adapted from the foreword to “A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories,” by Lucia Berlin, out this month from FSG. I have known Lucia Berlin’s work for more than thirty years—ever since I acquired the…

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Use LinkedIn to write

So you want to write? If you're an English major, chances are you do. You can write as much as you want. But if you want people to actually read what you're writing, then pay attention. The Internet and especially social media outlets have a plethora of opportunities to hone your writing skills. LinkedIn is one of the best. Read this article, 10 Tips for Young Professionals…

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EndGoalSM Four Steps to Choosing a College Major

Many students struggle with determining what major they should choose, often making a decision based on what others want or what they think they should be doing in the future. Read this NY Times article about four steps every student could take to determine how to create a rewarding life: Four Steps to Choosing a College Major. Wondering how an English major can help you…

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Do we know how to judge teaching?

July 27, 2015 from Inside Higher Ed with response from Professor Martin Bickman. By Stephen L. Chew, professor and chair of psychology at Samford University. Early in my career, there was an incident involving a senior professor in another department. He was a mild-mannered man but deeply embittered about his career. He began savagely berating…

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English graduate students rock Comic Con

Several English Department graduate students participated in and presented papers at the 2015 Comic Con event in Denver May 22-25. Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference (DCC) is a three-day family friendly, pop culture fan convention. The event features the best in comics along with popular sci-fi and fantasy T.V. shows, movies, Japanese animation, cosplay…

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Career Options for English Majors

by Rochelle Ceira, CU-Boulder, Class of 2011 Don’t let anyone tell you that you are out of option with an English major. No one is ever out of options! What some say is a downside of the program—the fact that it is too “general” and not specific to any field—is in fact an advantage to majoring in English. It is a highly flexible program that enables you to…

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Stephen Graham Jones explains the attraction of horror

Check out latest student-created video featuring Stephen Graham Jones: From vampires to werewolves to zombies to knife, axe and chain saw wielding slashers, horror movies have been scaring audiences ever since motion pictures came on to the scene - and today more so than ever before. Horror writer and CU-Boulder English Professor Stephen Graham Jones explains why we love…

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CU-Boulder to host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016

March 4, 2015: CU-Boulder has been selected as the host site for the state of Colorado for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a…

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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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