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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.”

Cal Poly Creative Writers to Read at Byzantium Celebration May 23

May 24, 2016

Cal Poly’s English Department will hold a reading and a celebration for the 26th edition of Byzantium, the department’s literary annual, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo.

Disney Animator Tom Sito to Speak at Cal Poly

May 24, 2016

Next Tuesday the College of Liberal Arts will present Disney Animator, Tom Sito to speak on how the digital revolution has changed the production of animation over the past twenty-five years.

Cal Poly English Department Names 2016 American Scholar Prize Winner

May 12, 2016

Cal Poly English junior Jacquelyn Morris was named the 2016 American Scholar Prize winner for her literary essay. She will receive her award and $500 at the English Department commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 12.

Al Landwehr Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

May 10, 2016

Cal Poly’s English Department is pleased to announce that English majors Isabella Lazzareschi and Devon Hayes have won the 2016 Al Landwehr Creative Writing Contest.

Prize-Winning Poet and Cal Poly Professors to Read Work at Cal Poly May 12 and 19

Apr 27, 2016

Wendy Barker, poet-in-residence at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will visit Cal Poly to read from her recent book, “One Blackbird at a Time,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Agricultural Engineering Building (No. 8), Room 123.

Academy of American Poets Contest

Apr 19, 2016

Cal Poly's English Department has announced that the 2016 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 place prize.

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