ENG-LIGHTENED CSU Department of English — Winter 2024 Newsletter


  • Professor Sarah Sloane retires after 23 years at CSU
  • Creative & Performing Arts Scholarship Winners
  • Upcoming Events
  • Alumni Features
  • CSU English in the News
  • Fall 2023 Dean's List

Congrats on retirement!

Sarah Sloane, professor of writing studies in the Department of English, has retired from Colorado State University after 23 years of teaching, scholarship, and service.

Creative & Performing Arts Scholarship Winners

Each year, the English department’s Creative Writing Program conducts a university-wide competition that seeks to award the best undergraduate work in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Find this year’s winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions at the link below. Congrats to all!

Upcoming Events

Fort Collins Book Fest

Fort Collins Book Fest, an annual multi-week celebration of all things local and literary, will run Feb. 1-19 and feature more than 20 authors, including several Colorado State University alumni and faculty.

All Campus Career Fair

The All Campus Career Fair will be held on February 13 and 14, 2024 at the Lory Student Center Grand Ballrooms. Connect with employers in person, practice your elevator pitch, learn more about companies, and get free swag.

Rekindle the Classics

Rekindle your love of classic literature with the CSU Department of English and Poudre Libraries! Join graduate students, faculty, and the public in lively and informative discussions of literature favorites.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Gryphon Games & Comics (1119 W. Drake Rd. C-30). Danny Saldana will lead a discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring.

Creative Writing Reading Series

The Creative Writing Reading Series will host several events this spring featuring acclaimed writers and poets. All readings are set to take place in the Lory Student Center's University Ballroom and begin at 7:30 p.m.

February 29: Kazim Ali and Vauhini Vara

March 7: Samantha Tucker and Kristin George Bagdanov (Mary Crow Alumni Reading)

April 4: Gale Marie Thompson and Hermione Hoby

MFA Thesis Readings

Each semester, students in their final year of CSU's graduate program in Creative Writing give a public reading from their thesis or other major work in progress. Please join us as we celebrate these promising writers! All readings will take place at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art's Hoffert Learning Center and begin at 7 p.m.

February 1: Nicole Piasecki, Carolina Bucheli Peñafiel, Bianca Melendrez Valenzuela

March 21: Ben Freedman, River Grabowski, Laura Roth

April 25: Lauren Furman, Tashiana Seebeck, Nicole Pagliari

Alumni Features

Advocating for a Human-Centered Approach to Teaching

MFA alum Caleb González is a PhD candidate whose research about first-year writing programs at Hispanic-Serving Institutions got him an invitation to VP Harris's home.

Alum-run literary magazine Twenty Bellows delivers community, publishing opportunities for emerging creatives from the West

Founding editor James Stuart (B.A., '11) discusses the origin story of the literary journal, Twenty Bellows, and why the Denver-based magazine seeks to showcase voices of the modern West.

Alumni Spotlight: Q&A with Andrea Day (B.A., ’21)

Learn how Andrea Day has used their undergraduate degree in English to grow in their communications role at Old Firehouse Books and craft an emerging literary career.

Alumni Spotlight: Q&A with Meg Prekeryte (B.A., '23)

Making an impact in her community: Meg Prekeryte shares how a degree in English led to her current role as a grant writer for a nonprofit in the healthcare industry.

Congrats to our Fall 2023 Dean's List students!

  • Joy Akintola
  • Riney Arnold
  • Rachel Beller
  • Andrew Bennett
  • Giselle Bentley
  • Samantha Bilodeau
  • Isabel Blosser
  • Braden Bomgaars
  • Kendra Brecka
  • Brooke Burkey
  • Molly Campbell
  • Cairn Carr
  • Cailee Chapman
  • Aidan Chesemore
  • Cayden Clark-Johnson
  • Emerson Clute
  • Sammie Cohen
  • Caroline Collignon
  • Jamison Cremeans
  • Mikayla Crotchett
  • Zoe Dial
  • Claire Douglas
  • Emma Dubas
  • William Engle
  • Mae Ferry
  • Ian Forrester
  • Justin Frigault
  • Erin Fuller
  • Danielle Gagne
  • Erica Giuliani
  • Mandy Gonzales
  • Jessie Gossett
  • Annie Gotfredson
  • Serena Gouverneur
  • Dillon Gross
  • Brier Gunderson
  • Eric Haabestad
  • Joya Haskin
  • Jules Heatley
  • Maddi Hembach
  • Jaylyn Hew
  • Alexa Holmes
  • Kodi Holt
  • Izabelle Hood
  • Carli Houston
  • Jessica Hughes
  • Anna Jewett
  • Kate Jussila
  • Camie Kampbell
  • Shannon Kavanagh
  • Elise Kelley
  • Medhaa Lakshman
  • Elle Lewis
  • Maddie Meyer
  • Alex Molai
  • Marlene Moran
  • Kaylee Nance
  • Adelade Nason
  • Annie Ness
  • Despina Norway
  • Emmanuella Omari Anim
  • Maggie O’Riley
  • Brandi Osland
  • Genevieve Pan
  • Andy Parker
  • Payton Parker
  • Cana Peirce
  • Jenna Pfenning
  • Neil Princic
  • Lexi Rampone
  • Jade Roberts
  • Ellie Roshak
  • Hannah Rowton
  • Dante Saenz
  • Abigail Shea
  • Ashton Shisler
  • Jona Siverly
  • Anna Skarupa
  • Trevor Stewart
  • Paige Stock
  • Alissa Stoddard
  • Parker Sullivan
  • Andrew Swim
  • Melanie Ternlund
  • Jesse Venegas
  • Ricky Waggoner
  • Emma Ward
  • Rylee Weniger
  • Aimee White
  • Kylynn White
  • Emma Woody
  • Cole Zimmerman