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English Department Announces Academy Of American Poets Contest

Apr 19, 2017

Cal Poly's English Department has announced that the 2017 Academy of American Poets contest is now open. All registered Cal Poly students are eligible to enter.

The winning poet will receive a $100 first prize and a chance to win the $1,000 Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. The judge will also select an honorable mention.

Dr. Chelsea Milbourne chosen as 2016's Best Article Reporting Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical Scientific Communication!

Apr 3, 2017

Congratulations to Chelsea Redeker Milbourne, whose recent article in Technical Communication Quarterly was chosen by NCTE as 2016's Best Article Reporting Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical or Scientific Communication! For a limited time, the publisher is providing free access to this excellent article--read it today!  

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2017 Al Landwehr Fiction Writing Contest and Kevin Clark Poetry Writing Contest Winners

Mar 23, 2017

Cal Poly’s English Department is pleased to announce that English major Maria Woodson has won the 2017 Kevin Clark Poetry Writing Contest and psychology major Emma Sturm has won the 2017 Al Landwehr Fiction Writing Contest.

Speed Networking Event

Feb 9, 2017

Come to the English Department's Speed Networking Event taking place on Saturday, February 25th from 1-3PM. Located in Building 7, ATL.

Take this opportunity to engage with alumni and and learn about exciting careers. 

Please RSVP to: by noon on Thursday, Feb 23rd with your name, year and Cal Poly email address.



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Unite Cal Poly!

Jan 19, 2017

Attend the first annual celebration of diversity and inclusivity!

Tuesday, January 31st in the Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6PM.

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English Career Week Feb. 22-25

Jan 11, 2017

Cal Poly Career Services presents English Career Week Feb. 22-25, 2017. 

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English major Maria Woodson wins songwriting contest!

Oct 25, 2016

Maria Woodson of San Luis Obispo has won the grand prize of $1,000 in the Protest Song Songwriting Contest, a competition put on by the nonprofit Ecologistics Inc.

Woodson, who is a student studying English at Cal Poly, won for her haunting melody “Daffodils.” 

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Be Part of English's 200 for 200!

Jun 8, 2016

As this academic year comes to an end, we are looking to the future of the English Department. And you can help ensure that students get the same first-rate, hands-on education you received.

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Dorothy Cooper Memorial Scholarship

Jun 1, 2016

The English Department is pleased to announce the first three recipients of the Dorothy Cooper Memorial Scholarship for study abroad. English majors Molly Canfield and Madison Utley join Animal Science major/English minor Katherine Miller in winning $1000 scholarships to help support their upcoming study abroad experiences. Canfield and Utley travel to London this summer through Cal Poly's program, and Miller will study at Massey University in New Zealand next fall.


Jun 1, 2016

Nationally published poet and translator Mira Rosenthal has chosen English Major Rebecca Liberatore as winner of Cal Poly’s 2016 Academy of American Poets Contest for her poem “Night Roulette.”


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