Graduate Student Groups

Graduate Student Groups, Digital Communities, etc.


  • GRADUATE BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES – composed of two Ph.D. students and two M.A. Students who will: attend faculty and committee meetings to keep the graduate students informed of departmental issues; attend a monthly Graduate Board meeting to discuss the progress of plans and events and address graduate concerns; organize meetings and social events for graduate students and faculty; coordinate with existing reading groups in order to facilitate advertising and scheduling of events; other tasks and duties as they arise. Elections occur near the end of each Spring semester for the following academic year.

2013-2014 Graduate Board of Representatives:

Ph.D. – Alexander Corey and Daniel Larson
M.A. -Grace Rexroth and Angela Rovak
Lead GPTIs: Jarad Krywicki and Christie-Anne Putnam
Lead MFA-TA: Monica Koenig
UGGS (The United Government of Graduate Students) rep – Alaina Bupp

  • student CREATIVE WRITING ASSOCIATION (sCWA) – meets on the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 PM in HLMS 124 (Dilts reading room). Our mission is to create, support, and fund new programming as well as sustain current projects aligned with literary innovation, cultural diversity and educational encounters with focus on creative writing.

sCWA is the official MFA student group which receives University funding for sponsoring and co-sponsoring guest speaker events, including the CU-Boulder Creative Writing Reading Series; Reading in the Raw Series; Timber journal; 2-part Professional panel – academic & commercial jobs; among other endeavors. Visit the sCWA website for further information.

  • CREATIVE WRITING OUTREACH (CWO) – is a volunteer organization funded through the CU-Boulder Outreach Committee and teaches Imaginative Writing to elementary school students in the Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools, Boulder Valley School District, and surrounding areas. We set up residencies in the schools and teach lessons in fiction, poetry, playwriting, and collaboration. And our time in the classroom culminates by making an anthology of the kid’s writing, which we then publish. We have a huge book event at the end of a residency and give books to all the kids, and we celebrate. CWO is intended to be a unique service learning experience and a significant platform for lasting civic engagement. We are in our second year of immortality, and we are writing friends. Contact Professor Julie Carr, CU Writing Outreach Leader, for more information or if you are interested in joining up!
  • GRADUATE WORKS-IN-PROGRESS COLLOQUIUM - is an ongoing series of presentations designed to workshop and showcase English department graduate work in all theoretical fields and historical periods.  The Colloquium aims to foster a strong intellectual community among English department graduate students by creating a professional space for us to present our current work and to receive much-needed feedback to move our work toward publication. The presentations are free and open to the public, and we welcome participants from all stages of the PhD program and MA program. The Colloquium holds 6  meetings per semester, located in the Dilts Lounge from 1-2 PM on Wednesdays. We aim for at least 3 PhD level presenters per semester.The format for presentations will be a 20 minute presentation followed by a discussion-based Q+A period of 30-40 minutes.  Current co-directors are Grace Rexroth and Dan Larson; please contact one of them at  or for more information or if you would like to present your work.Dates for fall, 2013 are Wednesdays: August 28, September 11, September 25, October 9, October 23, November 6
  • GRAPHIA READING GROUP – This reading group which examines comics, graphic novels, and hybrid forms of image-text from the point of view of critical analysis while also providing a place for discussion on the creative aspects of production and story. Issues of race, gender, as well as the historiography and history of comic books as source documents are covered. We meet monthly, usually at a local comic book store, Time Warp, where we read comic and comics criticism. Open to Lit theorists, geeks, and the curious.
  • LOW THEORY AND SILLY TEXT READING GROUP -Summer Only! The aim of this group is to explore subjugated ways of knowing and unknowing, to stray from the discipline and the canon into the realm of the silly, the weird, and the counterintuitive. We will be meeting every other Tuesday from 10AM to Noon during the summer in the Dilts Reading Room (HLMS 124).
  • MARGINALIZED MODERNISMS – is a weekly reading group which will focus on transnationalism and postcolonial thought in the 20th century with special attention paid to international networks of modernism. Further, we will seek to understand how recent Modernist Studies seeks to open spatial, temporal, and theoretical boundaries. For Fall 2012, this group will meet every Monday at 8 PM at the Buchanan’s Coffee Pub on the Hill (1301 Pennsylvania Ave. Boulder).
  • THE QUESTYNGE BEESTES (Medievalist Reading Group)- This Reading Group grew out of a desire to further the study of medieval texts and their critical counterparts. We are a group made up of medievalists and non-medievalists, graduate students at various levels and professors. We come together once a month to read medieval texts, primary and secondary, and discuss issues pertinent to the study of medieval literature, including language, politics, religion, asceticism, and much more. Contact Christie-Anne Putnam ( for location and details.
  • MA MONTHLY WORKSHOP – meets once a month, on Thursdays, at 5pm to get feedback from our peers. As much a social outing as anything, we welcome almost anything for workshopping, from applications, to term papers, to creative work, to lesson plans. For questions and location, email TBD.
  • THE SWAGGREGATE - is the brainchild of the CU Boulder Creative Writing MFAs. It’s a common posting ground for events, photos, publications, dance moves, audio/video of readings, and recipes, if we are so inclined. While we don’t take creative work, we are always looking for more posts to keep each other, as well as the larger public, informed with all that CU Boulder MFAs are doing. It’s your one-stop-shop, your alternative to Facebook, your information juicer. Just the essence, not the bulk.
  • THEORY AND PHILOSOPHY READING GROUP - meets the first Monday of every month, in the Dilts Reading Lounge, Hellems 124 from 6-7:30 PM. This reading group is made up of graduate students in the English Department here at CU-Boulder and is intended to serve the graduate community at CU by providing a venue to discuss contemporary critical theory alongside classical and modern philosophy.  Please contact for details.