Graduate Student Groups

English Graduate Student Council

The English Graduate Student Council (EGSC) exists to serve as the representative body of PhD and MA students in the department of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Graduate Board of Representatives is composed of two PhD students and two M.A. students who 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.

 2014-2015 Graduate Board of Representatives:
Ph.D.: Allison Shelton and Deven Parker
M.A.: Alyssa Quintanilla and Jennifer Stroh
Lead GPTIs: Jarad Krywicki and Christie-Anne Putnam
Lead MFA-TA: Monica Koenig
UGGS (The United Government of Graduate Students) rep: Logan Blizzard

The EGSC receives University funding to maintain departmental colloquiums, host guest speakers, and enhance the intellectual culture of the department. Overall, the EGSC is charged with working to support and to strengthen the culture, standing, and effectiveness of the English Department at CU Boulder. For more information, see the EGSC bylaws. The EGSC maintains several departmental events and projects including:

Spring Speaker Series

Each year the graduate student community votes to select a prominent literary critic to invite as a guest lecturer in the spring.  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.  

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!
First meeting: Thurs, Jan 22, 6:30-7:30pm, Mabel Van Duzee Room, Norlin Library

Works In Progress Colloquium (WIP)

The English Graduate Student Works in Progress Colloquium Series is designed to workshop and showcase English department graduate work in all theoretical fields and historical periods. The series aims to foster a strong intellectual community among English department graduate students by creating a supportive and professional space for us to present our current work and to receive much-needed feedback to move our work toward presentation and/or publication. The Colloquium is held every other week during the semester and welcomes participants from all stages of their degree program, MA, MFA, or PhD. Sessions consist of 20-minute presentations (short papers or selections from longer papers), followed by a discussion-based question and answer period of approximately 30-40 minutes. Participants are encouraged to present writing at any stage of development, including (but not limited to) conference papers, dissertation chapters, seminar papers, research projects, and potential publications.   Information for AY 2014-15.

PhD Application Workshop Series

The PhD Application Workshop Series is designed to guide second year MA students through the PhD application process while helping them revise the main components of their application: the writing sample, the statement of purpose, and the CV.  The series consists of four, two-hour workshops held monthly during the fall semester.  During each workshop, MA students receive guidance from select faculty and PhD mentors who advise and assist them through the application process.       

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 first text proposed for reading is Lauren Berlant’s Cruel Optimism, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 4:30pm in the Dilts Reading Lounge (Hellems 124).

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.


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