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Kirsten Kensinger Receives CLA Awards at June Commencement

Jun 16, 2014


The department was pleased to name Kirsten (Kiki) Kensinger as our CLA Outstanding Graduate Student. Kiki’s excellent performance in the graduate program earned her this award, and she recognized Writing Director Brenda Helmbrecht as her faculty mentor. Following graduation, Kiki is planning to apply for doctoral programs in literature. 

Eli Williams Named CLA Outstanding Senior, 2014

Jun 16, 2014


Each spring, the College of Liberal Arts recognizes an Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Graduate Student in each program. This year’s students were recognized at a ceremony hosted by the college on Friday, June 13, and again at our department commencement ceremony the following day. Each student recognized a faculty mentor in the department and was invited to say a few words.

What is Being an English Major All About?

Jun 16, 2014


Senior Kathleen Grigsby (B.A., English, 2014) worked all year on a video project to showcase our program. For her senior project Kathleen interviewed 18 students and two alumni, providing us with over two hours of video footage. She then used the skills she acquired in the media arts and technology minor to create a fabulous video featuring students’ perceptions of the English program, their fellow students, and our faculty. In this video you will see why I refer to our department as “the best kept secret at Cal Poly”: students eloquently capture the heart of our program as they discuss the skills they acquire, the close-knit community they join, and the relationships they form with faculty. We invite you to watch our video and share it on your social media sites.  

Faculty Monthly Kudos, June 2014

Jun 2, 2014


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Grad Student Named CSU Pre-Doctoral Scholar

Jun 1, 2014


Congratulations to Anthony Breakspear for being selected as a California State University (CSU) Sall Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar for 2014-15. 

Grad Student Wins Academy of American Poets Award

May 28, 2014


Congratulations to Jonathan Maule

English graduate student Jonathan Maule has just won Cal Poly’s Academy of American Poets Contest for his poem “Repurposed.” He will receive a $100 award from the Academy.

Faculty Monthly Kudos, May 2014

May 5, 2014


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Monique Nicholas Wins American Scholar Prize

May 1, 2014


Cal Poly English Department Names American Scholar Prize Winner

The Cal Poly English Department selected Monique Nicholas as the recipient of the 2014 American Scholar Prize. She will receive her award at the English Department commencement ceremony Saturday, June 14.

2014 Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

Apr 7, 2014


Cal Poly’s English Department is proud to announce that English majors Erica London and MacKenzie Soldan have won the 2014 Al Landwehr Creative Writing Contest.

Faculty Monthly Kudos, April 2014

Apr 6, 2014


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