Graduate Student Groups

English Graduate Student Council

2015-16 Graduate Board of Representatives:
Josette Lorig – PhD Rep and UGGS Rep (The United Government of Graduate Students)
Melanie Stein – PhD Rep
Dillon Mader – MA Rep
Maite Urcaregui – MA Rep
Stephanie Couey – MFA Rep
Morgan Goad – MFA Rep

The English Graduate Student Council (EGSC) exists to serve as the representative body for CU Boulder’s English PhD and MA students. We are committed to improving work and study conditions by maintaining open communications, encouraging professional development, advocating on behalf of the graduate students, and promoting a supportive department culture.

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Mentor Program

We aim to ease the transition into graduate school for incoming students by pairing experienced student with those new to the program, encouraging both strong graduate teachers and a strong graduate community across the MA, MFA, and PhD programs and the department faculty.

PhD Application Workshops

Each fall we provide workshops for those second year MAs and third year MFAs applying to doctoral programs. We offer support in the form of writing partners, PhD Mentors, and Faculty Panels.

Professional Development Workshops

EGSC wants to help each student in the graduate community as they begin their professional development both in and out of academia. We are currently creating preparation workshops for comprehensive exams, navigating your first year, and preparing for academic and/or alternative academic careers.

Works in Progress (WIP) Colloquium

The Works in Progress Colloquium (“WIP”) is an ongoing series of presentations designed to workshop and showcase English department graduate work. We aim to create a professional space to present our work and receive much-needed feedback. WIP is held in the Dilts Lounge Fridays from 11:30-12:30pm. Lunch is provided. Please consider participating and sharing your work. Check the website calendar for more details.

Spring Speaker Series

Each spring semester the EGSC hosts one distinguished speaker events in order to meet some of the great minds in our fields. The EGSC organizes the event, which usually includes a private lunch or seminar before the main lecture as well as a dinner reception with the featured speaker. Requests for theorists, authors, or poets welcome! Please email us at any time at with your nominations!

Funding Opportunities

EGSC wants to support you in your efforts to share your interests and your scholarship, and to assist with this, we offer travel grants for conferences and/or research within the United States as well as funding for reading groups. We will offer a travel grant in the fall and the spring, and you’ll be receiving information about how to apply when the deadline approaches. If you’d like to create a reading group or fund books or events for your current reading group, let us know, and we can give you more information!

Community Building and Social Events

One of our main goals is to build a strong, supportive, and exciting community of graduate students. We have many events planned for the upcoming semester, so be on the lookout for emails and posters inviting you to participate!

Find our Facebook groups “CU Boulder Literature” and “CU Boulder MFA’ers” for more information and events!

Feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions or just to say hi! We’re here to support you as you move through your program!

Check out other graduate student groups: 

 The Gutter!

“The Gutter” is a graduate student reading group that provides a space for graduate English students to critically read and discuss comics, as well as workshop their writing in the field of comics. The Gutter’s content and meetings will be guided by the specific interests of the group members, and we welcome students of any background, from the comics scholar to the novice just seeking to learn more about the form.  Please join us in The Gutter as we explore the art of comics! Contact Chris Haynes at for more info.

18/19 Reading Group

The 18th- and 19th-century Graduate Student Reading Group (‘18/19’) was founded to serve as a forum for CU Boulder’s growing community of scholars working across (trans)national traditions in the periods traditionally defined as spanning the Restoration through the Victorian Era (approximately 1660 to 1900) and that others call the Baroque to modern periods. Modeled on successful eighteenth-century groups at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, the 18/19 will host seminar-style discussions of selected readings, works-in-progress, faculty lectures, and visiting scholar talks. We intend for this group to be a space where graduate students and faculty can share their research interests, exhibit findings, and generate new ideas.

Critical Theory Reading Group

The purpose of the Critical Theory Reading Group is to promote discussion of current works in critical theory and extend the interest beyond the classroom. Reading and discussion will focus on the primary text from the reading list. The group hopes to achieve an environment of insightful analysis and encourage members to extend their interest in theory by recommending resources to supplement their learning and research. The group will be composed of both seasoned and first-year graduate students. This close reading group composed of doctorate and master’s students will strengthen the community of graduate studies by providing a space for discussion on campus. It will also promote the formation of ideas through the support of a strong and encouraging intellectual environment. Participants in The Critical Theory Reading Group will decide on future readings and format.

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.


The 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.


Swaggergate 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.

Lead GPTIs: Christie-Anne Putnam and Allison.Shelton
Lead MFA-TA: