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Marissa Ahmadkhani wins Academy of American Poet's Contest.

May 15, 2017

English graduate student, Marissa Ahmadkhani won Cal Poly’s Academy of American Poets Contest for her poem “Only Half,” which investigates her Iranian heritage. She will receive a $100 award from the Academy.

Catherine Waitinas earned a 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award.

May 10, 2017

Catherine Waitinas earned a 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award. The annual awards, administered by Kennedy Library and a cross-college faculty committee, recognize outstanding scholarship within Cal Poly’s signature Learn by Doing pedagogy.

Rebecca Gates is this year's American Scholar Prize winner!

May 8, 2017

The English department is pleased to announce that Rebecca Gates was chosen as the winner of the department's American Scholar Prize. She will be presented with her award at the English Department Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 17.

An Afternoon With Author T.C. Boyle

Apr 24, 2017

The PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist and “short-storyista” will discuss his extensive career and the immense joy he finds while creating his work. The author will then perform a new story… which will remind us all  of the elemental pleasure of hearing a single voice in a darkened auditorium, taking us to new places.

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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