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Cal Poly Senior, Amelia Meyerhoff created "The Clapback" to promote empathy for victims of sexual violence.

Apr 8, 2019

Cal Poly Senior, Amelia Meyerhoff created "The Clapback" to spark a movement that will promote empathy for victims of sexual violence, provide survivors a validating platform to voice their experiences, foster a community of survivors, and raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault and rape on college campuses.

Cal Poly English Alumnus Johannes Lichtman, class of 2008, debuts his first novel Such Good Work!

Mar 5, 2019

Lichtman was born in Stockholm and raised in California. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Los Angeles Review of Books, Oxford American, The Sun, Sydsvenskan, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland and Ukraine. 

Read more about Johannes Lichtman's novel here:

Hailey Hokenson has won the Mary Catherine Reedy Scholarship Award.

Nov 13, 2018

The English department is pleased to announce Hailey Hokenson has won the first Mary Catherine Reedy Scholarship Award. 

Established in 2018, the Mary Catherine Reedy Scholarship is named for the mother of Cal Poly English major alumnus Roger Reedy ('88). 

The award was created in honor of her memory. "She was a very special individual. She believed in helping others - volunteering her time to great causes throughout her life. She was an avid reader - inspiring all of her eight children to read books from an early age. She was always putting others first, being kind to everyone she met, caring about the world around her, and always trying to make a positive difference."




Cal Poly English Department Launches New Blended B.A. + M.A. Program

Oct 9, 2018

The Department of English at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Blended BA + MA degree program. This unique new program — the only one of its kind with the CSU system — offers driven, passionate, and high-achieving students the opportunity to complete their Bachelors and Masters in English in an accelerated, five-year time frame. Majors in good academic standing (3.5 major / 3.25 cumulative GPA) can apply to the program as sophomores or juniors. Those admitted to the program will transition from Bachelors to Masters standing and begin taking graduate seminars in their fourth year, and receive both degrees at the culmination of their five-year experience. Students in the blended program complete a senior project and an MA “capstone” portfolio project. 

There are many excellent reasons to consider applying to our new blended program — not least the fact that it gives our very best majors the opportunity to earn a graduate degree in half the time and at half the cost of our traditional two-year M.A. Moreover, for those looking to pursue careers in secondary or post-secondary education, technical and professional writing, publishing, and editing, an M.A. in English considerably expands and deepens students’ knowledge and skill sets, making them competitive on a broad range of job markets. It is also an excellent option for students considering, though not yet fully committed to, applying to PhD programs after graduating from Cal Poly. Beyond all these particular reasons (and there are indeed many more), our new blended program was designed for those students who love learning about literature and language so much that they want to read more, learn more, and accomplish more than a traditional BA program permits. 

Any and all questions about the blended program can be addressed to Ryan Hatch, Director of Graduate Studies in English, at

Chelsea Milbourne

Assistant Professor Chelsea Milbourne Wins ACLS Fellowship

Jul 31, 2018

Dr. Chelsea Milbourne, Assistant Professor with the English Department and Director of the Technical and Professional Communication certificate program, was awarded a fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year through the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). This fellowship will allow her to further her research next year and complete her current book project called The Utility of Wonder: Spectacle, Gender, and Public Science Rhetoric in 18th Century Great Britain.

As recent recipients of the the Technical and Professional Communication Certificate, English students Han Choi and Rebecca Gates were excited to sit down with Milbourne to hear more about the wonderful opportunity and her interesting field of study.  

Morgan Condict Wins Academy Of American Poets Prize.

May 14, 2018

English major Morgan Condict (Paso Robles, CA) has won Cal Poly’s Academy of American Poets Contest for his poem “To an Old Coworker,” which investigates the homelessness crisis in San Francisco through a compelling, personal perspective. He will receive a $100 award from the Academy. 

English major Lauren Miller receives Academic Excellence Award

English Major Receives 2018 Academic Excellence Award

Apr 25, 2018

English major Lauren Miller has been named one of two CLA recipients for the University's Academic Excellence Award. Congratulations, Lauren!

Academy of American Poets contest

Academy of American Poets Contest

Apr 13, 2018

The Academy of American Poets contest is open to all Cal Poly students! The first place prize is $100. Apply by Friday, April 27, at 4 p.m.

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CLA Diversity & Inclusion Flyer Design Competition

Apr 6, 2018

The College of Liberal Arts invites you to design a flyer you believe communicates a meaningful and inclusive message that aligns with the CLA value of promoting diversity and inclusion.

  • The first place flyer will receive a prize of $200
  • The second place flyer will receive a prize of $100

Contest is open to CLA students only. Flyers must be 8.5 by 11 inches and submitted in PDF form to by April 20. Include "Flyer Design" in the subject line. All entries may be used for distribution by the CLA.



Writers-at-Work Reading Series Presents Piotr Florczyk

Apr 2, 2018

Writers-at-Work Reading Series Presents a Conversation with Translator

Piotr Florczyk

Wednesday, April 11 10:10 am-12:00 pm
Cotchett Education Bldg. 02-205

“Anna Świrszczyńska's elemental, extractive accountings of the Warsaw Uprising present a history of pain and of personhood so irremediable and unembellished that neither can be stripped from even the dead. Building the Barricade, harrowing and demanding, here takes its place in English among the twentieth century's master works of war-witness.” —Jane Hirshfield

*2017 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award winner
*2017 Found in Translation Award winner

This event is free and open to the public, generously sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts.
Questions? Email Mira Rosenthal at


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