Creative Writing Program

Known for its rigorous and innovative approach, the Creative Writing program at CU Boulder English enables you to:

  • Learn from and interact with award-winning faculty members. See profiles below.
  • Study and practice creative writing across a variety of different genres, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry and playwriting.
  • Connect with a close, supportive community of fellow creative writers, eager to expand their experiences and learn from each other: undergraduate student groups and graduate student groups.
  • Make the most of and contribute to publishing opportunities.
  • Attend readings and colloquiums on campus and at local venues that explore ways to polish your skills, calendar of events.

Learn more about the English major with a creative writing track or a creative writing minor.
Learn more about our MFA program and graduate-level student group opportunities.
Check out university requirements for the bachelor’s/master’s degree programs and a minor in our creative writing program.

Literary readings stimulate ideas, discussion, emotion. Check out this promo video on “Code Switching & Recoding Language,” hosted by the Creative Writing Association, CU-Boulder English.

Selected published books from our faculty:

Faculty photo: Elisabeth Sheffield

Elisabeth Sheffield, Associate Professor

Elisabeth Sheffield is the author of three novels, Gone (2003), Fort Da: A Report (2009), and Helen Keller Really Lived (2014), as well as a critical monograph on James Joyce, feminist and poststructuralist theory (1998). She has received a National Endowment of the Arts Award (2012) and two Fulbrights, in Germany (1999/2000), and Northern Ireland (2014). Recent…

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Faculty photo: Jeffrey DeShell

Jeffrey DeShell, Professor

Jeffrey DeShell has published six novels, most recently Expectation (2013) and Arthouse (2011), some art criticism, and a critical book of Poe’s fiction. He was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Budapest, and has taught in Northern Cyprus, the American Midwest and Bard College. Currently he’s a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he lives with the…

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Faculty photo: Julie Carr

Julie Carr, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Creative Writing Program

Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, 2010), RAG (Omnidawn, 2014), and the forthcoming Think Tank (Solid Objects, 2015). She is also the author of Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry (Dalkey Archive, 2013), and the co-editor of Active Romanticism: The Radical Impulse in…

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Marcia Douglas, Associate Professor

Marcia Douglas is the author of the novels, Madam Fate (Women's Press, London and Soho Press, NY) and Notes from a Writer's Book of Cures and Spells (Peepal Tree, Leeds) as well as a poetry collection, Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom (Peepal Tree) which received a Poetry Book Society Recommendation from the British Arts Council. Her work has appeared in journals and…

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Faculty photo: Noah Eli Gordon

Noah Eli Gordon, Assistant Professor

Noah Eli Gordan is the author of eight books, including The Year of the Rooster (Ahsahta Press, 2013), The Source (Futurepoem, 2011), and Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007), which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and subsequently chosen for the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award. Gordon is the co-publisher of Letter Machine…

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Ruth Ellen Kocher, Professor

Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press 2013), One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press 2003), When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering, Winner of the Green Rose Prize in Poetry (New Issues Press 2002), and Desdemona’s Fire winner of the Naomi Long Madget Award for African American Poets (Lotus Press 1999). Her poems have been translated into Persian in…

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Faculty photo: Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones, Professor

As of Spring 2014, Stephen Graham Jones has 20 books out — five collections and 15 novels. This year he has two or three more out as well: the young adult Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (Dzanc, with Paul Tremblay), After the People Lights Have Gone Off (horror collection, Dark House), and Once Upon a Time in Texas (Trapdoor), the second installment of his…

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