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Support the English Department


Private support for the department is crucial to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty in our competitive and increasingly global world. In order to continue providing the outstanding educational experiences Cal Poly is known for, we need your support.

Contributions allow the department to provide Learn by Doing opportunities for students and faculty, such as:

  • Sponsor guest lecturers:
    The visiting speakers programs consistently brings nationally famous authors as well as emerging writers to read and to meet with students. Past visitors include: WS Merwin, Tim O’Brien, Sandra Gilbert, Ishmael Reed, Tobias Wolff, Joy Harjo, Stanley Plumly, Charles Wright, and Ai.

  • Finance the annual Al Landwehr Creative Writing Contest:
    For over thirty years, the English Department sponsored the campus wide creative writing contest named after the widely published fiction writer Al Landwehr who started the contest in 1970. In each genre, three department faculty members from outside the creative writing program choose the winners in a blind judging. First, second and third place prize money in both poetry and fiction is often provided by off-campus donors.

  • Finance the annual Byzantium magazine:
    All the winners of the creative writing contest are published in Byzantium, Cal Poly’s prize-winning literary annual. Students compete to become co-editors. The Art & Design Department chooses an Art Director who works under the auspices of the co-editors. For their senior project, the editors work all year long on all aspects of editing and production, frequently parlaying the end result into jobs in publishing.

  • Support student scholarships and events

  • Fund faculty and graduate-student travel to professional conferences

Give Now

Support the department — give online. If you prefer to provide a check, please print and fill out our giving form. Mail the form and check to:
Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts
Office of Advancement
One Grand Ave #47-31
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

To learn more about department needs and how you can help, please contact the CLA Advancement Office at (805) 756-6246.

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