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programs, publications, & outreach the beginning creative writing teaching program provides interested mfa students with ways to teach poetry and fiction, and supports students as they design and teach their own undergraduate section of Beginning College Creative Writing for compensation. The program is currently directed by Todd Mitchell, author of three young adult novels: The Traitor King, Backwards, and The Secret to Lying (winner of the 2011 Colorado Book Award). the center for literary publishing, directed by Stephanie G’Schwind, publishes the literary journal Colorado Review as well as the Colorado Prize for Poetry and Mountain West Poetry book series. It also sponsors two national manuscript competitions—the Colorado Prize for Poetry and the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. clp interns serve as readers for Colorado Review and also have opportunities to copyedit, proofread, and typeset; learn about book & magazine design, production, and management; gain proficiency in current publishing software; and participate in social media campaigns; and assist in grantwriting.

literacy through prose and poetry is a program that uses creative writing to improve the level of literacy in Fort Collins elementary and middle schools. Graduate students from the mfa teach eight-week creative writing courses to students in the Poudre School District, using poetry and prose to facilitate writing and reading, improve literacy, and expose students to the pleasures of literature.

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The Creative Writing Reading Series brings writers of national and international repute to the University, offering students, faculty, and the Fort Collins community the chance to hear our most important literary figures read and discuss their work. Recent readers include: Dorothy Allison, Pam Houston, Jorie Graham, Charles Baxter, Don Revell, Claudia Keelan, Ron Carlson, Jennifer Egan, and Lyn Hejinian. In addition to these readings, the series coordinates readings that feature our faculty and graduating mfa students.

changing climates @ csu is a nationally recognized, multidisciplinary outreach and educational program, co-founded and co-directed by creative writing faculty member John Calderazzo and literature faculty member SueEllen Campbell. The program has organized campus and community climate change talks from 100+ faculty and researchers from 28 CSU departments and all eight colleges. Calderazzo and Campbell now consult with several organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the American Geophysical Union, to help scientists use traditional storytelling techniques to communicate their research to the public, the media, and policymakers.

master of fine arts

creative writing Established in 1985, the Colorado State University Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a three-year program designed for students with advanced abilities in the writing of fiction and poetry. We accept fewer than 5% of our applicants per year, making our program one of the most highly competitive programs in the College of Liberal Arts. Most of our students go on to become professional writers, college-level teachers, and/ or publishers. The nationally ranked program offers a balance of intimate and intensive writing workshops, seminars, and literature classes where students study the craft of writing with our nationally (and internationally) recognized faculty.

greyrock review, Colorado State University’s undergraduate literary arts journal, gives voice to the writing community throughout the Front Range. Established in 1979 and published annually in the spring semester by the Department of English, it is staffed, edited, and designed by undergraduates and an mfa graduate student advisor.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit and indicate in the comments section that your gift is intended for the Creative Writing Program.

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writing faculty Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of five books of poetry, two essay collections, a novel, and a book on John Keats. In 2013, he received the prestigious Monfort Professor Award, making him the university’s first recipient from the humanities. Leslee Becker has won the Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Prize, the Mid-List Press Award for Short Fiction, the Ludwig Vogelstein Award, and the Pennock Distinguished Service Award. John Calderazzo is the author of three nonfiction books, and he is the winner of a Best csu Teacher award and a creative writing fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts. Matthew Cooperman is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Imago for the Fallen World, as well as three chapbooks. A Provincetown Fellow, he has received numerous awards for his work, including the Lena Miles Wever Todd Prize, the Jovanovich Award, and Utah Wilderness Prize.

EJ Levy’s fiction and essays have appeared in the Paris Review, Best American Essays, The New York Times, and The Nation, and have won many awards including a Pushcart Prize. Her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, received a Lambda Literary Award. She is the author of a memoir, Amazons: A Love Story, and a story collection, Love, In Theory. Steven Schwartz is the author of three story collections and two novels. He has received the Nelson Algren Award, the Sherwood Anderson Prize, the Cohen Award, and the Colorado Book Award. He is also the recipient of two O. Henry Prize Story Awards, the Cleanth Brooks Prize in Nonfiction from the Southern Review, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sasha Steensen is the author of several chapbooks and three collections of poetry, including A Magic Book, winner of the Alberta duPont Bonsal Prize.

Mary Ann Cain mfa 1984 Steven Church mfa 2002 M. Evelina Galang mfa 1994

George Kalamaras ma 1982

notable alumni

Yusef Komunyakaa ma 1978

Judy Doenges has published a novel and a story collection. The latter was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Winner of a PEN/O. Henry Award, Doenges has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, and the Ohio Arts Council. Camille Dungy is the author of three collections of poetry and the editor of three anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. Named one of the top 200 advocates for poetry in America, Dungy is an American Book Award winner, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a twotime naacp Image Award nominee.

Jacqueline Lyons mfa 1999

Sandra Meek mfa 1989

Aaron Abeyta mfa 1997 Jiro Adachi mfa 1992

Jody Rambo mfa 1997 Christopher Arigo mfa 2000

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Wendy Rawlings mfa 1996

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Program Brochure  

A brochure I designed for a cultivation event for potential donors to CSU's graduate program in creative writing.

Program Brochure  

A brochure I designed for a cultivation event for potential donors to CSU's graduate program in creative writing.