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Cal Poly English Major Wins Academy of American Poets Award

Jun 9, 2015

Cal Poly English major Marissa Ahmadkhani of Gilroy, Calif., won Cal Poly’s Academy of American Poets Contest.

Ahmadkhani took top prize for her poem “On Remembering,” which renders the aftermath of a love relationship. She will receive a $100 award from the academy.

Cal Poly Creative Writers to Read at 25th Anniversary Byzantium Event May 28

May 13, 2015

Cal Poly’s English Department will hold a reading and celebration for the release of the25th edition of Byzantium, the department’s literary annual, at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Sally Loo’s Café in San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly English Department Names 2015 American Scholar Prize Winner

May 7, 2015

Cal Poly English junior Abigail Johnson was named the 2015 American Scholar Prize winner for a literary essay she wrote. She will receive her award and $500 at the English Department commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 14.

Cal Poly English Department Now Accepting Poetry Contest Submissions

May 4, 2015

Cal Poly's English Department is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Academy of American Poets contest.

All registered Cal Poly students are eligible to enter for the chance to win the $100 first-place prize. To enter, students can submit up to three poems totaling no more than 150 lines.

SUNY English Professor to Talk on Biopolitics of Immortality May 7 at Cal Poly

May 1, 2015

Tim Dean, English and comparative literature professor at State University of New York, Buffalo, will present “Who Wants to Live Forever? Henrietta Lacks and the Biopolitics of Immortality,” from 2:10 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in the Science North Building (No. 53), Room 215, at Cal Poly. 

2015 American Scholar Prize Winner Announced

Apr 29, 2015

The American Scholar Prize Announces Its Third Winner - April 29, 2015

Congratulations to Junior Abigail Johnson


           “The scholar is that [person] who must take up into himself all the ability of time, all the
           contributions of the past, all the hopes of the future….[S/]he is the world’s eye. [S/]he is
​           the world’s heart.”
                         - excerpt from the essay,“The American Scholar,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

2015 Landwehr Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

Mar 20, 2015

Cal Poly English major Rhiannon Kelly and manufacturing engineering major Kory Barri won the university’s 2015 Al Landwehr Creative Writing Contest.

Kelly’s story “Richard” and Barri’s poem “Sand Castles” each won $100 first-place prizes and will appear in the Cal Poly literary magazine Byzantium, co-edited in 2015 by English students Monique Nicholas and Adrienne King.

English Professor Named CSU Bakersfield Writer in Residence

Mar 13, 2015

Cal Poly English Professor and author John Hampsey has been named the 2015 CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) Stiern Library PG&E Writer in Residence.

Faculty Monthly Kudos, March 2015

Mar 2, 2015

Please join me in congratulating our colleagues on the following accomplishments!

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Faculty Monthly Kudos, February 2014

Feb 2, 2015

Kevin Clark's poem "Marie Cavanaugh Learns the Art of the Bustle" appears in the current issue of The Antioch Review. Additionally, two earlier poems ("Le Secret" and "Sixties Noir") are reprinted in the anthology On Human Flourishing. In November Kevin taught and gave a reading at the Sanibel Island Writers Conference, and on February 12 he will serve as a judge in the SLO County Poets Out Loud competition. 

John Hampsey's book Kaufman's Hill has been published! John gave a terrific standing-room-only reading on Saturday evening, and is scheduled for over thirty other readings across the country in the upcoming months. Additionally, he has been selected as the CSU Bakersfield Stiern Library PG&E Writer in Residence for 2015. 


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