Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly

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Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly is a collection of writing that represents the effort, commitment, and talent of students who complete our first-year composition courses. The Composition Program firmly believes that students can learn a great deal about writing by reading and studying the work of their peers. Fresh Voices is a required text in most sections of ENGL 102, 113, 133, and 134. The essays featured in the collection are typical of the intellectual engagement encouraged in Cal Poly’s writing classes.  

Each year, hundreds of students submit their work to be considered for publication in this collection. While the selection committee (which is comprised of composition instructors) generally accepts about twenty essays to be included, we always have many ambitious and dynamic pieces from which to choose. We value the work of these writers because they took sophisticated approaches to the same assignments you are likely to meet in your English 134 course.

If you'd like more information about submitting your first-year essays to be considered for Fresh Voices, please take a look at our Fresh Voices Submission Invite page.  

We invite you to look through the previous editions of Fresh Voices to see the kind of essays you will be asked to write in your first-year composition courses.

"I sincerely thank you for the effort you put forth in compiling Fresh Voices. It was an ingenious idea to create a book with papers written solely by Cal Poly students. The book has helped me greatly this year in English 134!

—Jaymi Boynton 
ENGL 134 student, winter 2015


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Fresh Voices Selection Committee 2014 (L to R): Chelsea Lynn, Dawn Janke, Brenda Helmbrecht, Jonathan Gotsick, Morgan Livingston, Rebekah Maples, and Annie Garner.
Congratulations to each of these very talented students! 

View photos of the Awards Ceremony here.

Fresh Voices 2015-16Fresh Voices 2015-2016

June 2015

Volume IX

Table of Contents and Bylines 


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June 2014

Volume VIII

Table of Contents and Bylines 


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Fresh Voices 2013-2014

June 2013

Volume VII

Table of Contents and Bylines


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Fresh Voices 2012-2013

June, 2012

Volume VI

Table of Contents and Bylines

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Fresh Voices 2011-2012

June, 2011

Volume V

Table of Contents and Bylines

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Fresh Voices 2010-2011

June, 2010

Volume IV

Table of Contents and Bylines



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