2019-2020 Newsletters

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  • Senior Instructor Miranda Egger successfully defended her dissertation, and is now Dr. Miranda Egger!
  • Associate Professor Nicky Beer's essay, "My Brother Says ‘What the Fuck’” (originally published in The Cincinnati Review), was listed as “Notable” in Best American Essays 2021.
  • Professor Wayne Miller has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship of $10,000. The award will support the translation of Moikim Zeqo’s Sellers of Chaos from the Albanian into English. Miller is one of 24 Literature Translation Fellows selected for fiscal year 2022. The NEA’s announcement is accessible here.
  • Teaching Assistant Anthony Ballas discusses the events of January 6, 2021 in an interiew with Iranian Labour News Agency. Ballas is also featured in Tehran Times, where he discusses racial violence in American Cinema. 

English Faculty Accomplistments 

  • John Tinnell and Cameron Blevins of the History Department have been awarded a CU system-wide Next Award for their proposal, Data Advocacy for All: An Open Access Digital Repository for Innovative Data-Driven Curricula. The grant provides $297,000 of funding over three years. As part of the proposed project, John will be revising Multimedia Composition (ENGL 3084), an established course within our English Writing Rhetoric and Technology major, to fit the goal of teaching data literacy. The revised version of the course will frame data literacy as a useful tool in environmental advocacy work.
  • Congratulations to Miranda Egger on receiving a CETL Teaching Enhancement grant. The grant will fund an experimental inquiry group of six English faculty members, who will read theories of contract grading and develop a plan for implementation. The participants will then apply these new assessment practices to their English writing courses during Spring 2023.
  • In addition to her recent article on medical storytelling in Technical Communication Quarterly, Kari Campeau has published two more articles, both of them as part of a research team from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Writing Studies. The articles, which appeared in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication and in JMIR Human Factors, examine user experience among voice patients at an Ear, Nose, and Throat clinic. Congrats to Kari!
  • Congratulations to Wayne Miller on receiving a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Translation Fellowship to support his collaborative translation of the short story collection Sellers of Chaos by the Albanian writer Moikom Zeqo. Wayne Miller's 2021 poetry collection We The Jury is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in Poetry. Congrats Wayne!
  • Congratulations to Sarah Hagelin and Gillian Silverman on the publication of The New Female Anti-Hero: The Disruptive Women of Twenty-First Century US Television, which has just been published by the University of Chicago Press. Sarah and Gillian recently landed on article on the subject of their book in The New York Times, entitled “Why We Love Lazy, Drunk, Broke Women on TV”.
  • Congratulations to Nicky Beer on the publication of her new book of poems, Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes, just out from Milkweed Editions The book was recently reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly. Congratulations to Nicky!
  • Congratulations to Kari Campeau for the publication of her article “It Makes Everything Just Another Story”: A Mixed Methods Study of Medical Storytelling on GoFundMe., co-authored with Yee Thao, just out in Technical Communication Quarterly. The article focuses on the implications of digital storytelling on crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe.

English Department Student Awards

  • We are pleased to announce that Daniel Trevithick, Lejla Muric and Celeste Briefs are the winners of the 2021-2022 Michael S. Gorniak Scholarship. Congratulations to these three students!
  • We are very happy to announce that Rachel Davis, Lejla Muric, and Jonathan Prater are co-winners of the Richard T. Dillon Scholarship award, which recognizes undergraduate excellence in the English Department. Congratulations to Rachel, Lejla, and Jonathan on the well-deserved honor!
  • Congratulations also to Sara Webster and James Watkins for winning honorable mentions!

English Department Student and Alumni Accomplishments 

  • Martha Tesfalidet will be entering the English Ph.D. program at the University of California, Irvine this fall to study contemporary African diasporic literatures. Congrats to Martha!
  • Congratulations to Tobias Tegrotenhuis for being accepted as a fellow to the 2022 Lambda Literary Writer's Retreat for Emerging LGTBQ+ and for receiving the 2022 Outstanding BA Undergraduate Award from CLAS. 
  • Congratulations to Alejandro Lucero, who was admitted to the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, an extremely competitive national award. 
  • Creative Writing student Alejandro Lucero wins first place in the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award through West Chester University for his sestina, “Returning".
  • Congratulations to Steven Espada Dawson, an alumnus of the Creative Writing program, on being a finalist for a Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Well done, Steven!
  • Kayla Drummond, who is completing an MA degree, will be chairing a panel on “Folklore and Fairy Tale in Gothic Literature and Film” at the 2022 NEMLA conference. Congrats to Kayla on the panel’s acceptance! CU Denver students and faculty are invited to submit abstracts, due by Sept. 30, through the following Link ->. The 2022 NEMLA conference will be held in Baltimore from March 10-13.
  • Creative Writing alumnus Taylor Kirby’s essay, “The Scopophiliac’s Gift Shop,” which was originally published in Cream City Review, is now listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2021. Congrats to Taylor!