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Colorado Poet Creates A Handbook For A Modern Minstrel Show

Poet Ruth Ellen Kocher casts Martin Luther King Jr., singer Eartha Kitt and even Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura as characters in her latest book. She says "Third Voice" is a how-to book for a modern minstrel show but instead of white actors in black face it captures what it's like to be a black person today. Her book is a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. Listen to her podcast with "Colorado Matters" of Colorado Public Radio here.Read more »

Congratulations 2017 Class Veledictorian Breanne Marie Pye (at microphone) and all CU English Graduates!

On Friday, May 12, 2017, graduate and undergraduate students in literature and creative writing filled the Mary Rippon Theater with friends and family to celebrate the well-earned receipt of their BA, MA, MFA and Doctorate Degrees. Congratulations all CU English Department graduates. Best of luck in all your future endeavors, careers and continued academic pursuits!Read more »

Ruth Ellen Kocher in Conversation with Colorado Matters

This Thursday, May 18, Professor Ruth Ellen Kocher will discuss Third Voice (Tupelo Press, 2016) with Ryan Warner of "Colorado Matters" (Colorado Public Radio). For Third Voice, Professor Kocher received the Independent Publisher Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Book Award in Poetry, the Rilke Award for Poetry and the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award.Read more »

Applied Shakespeare graduate certificate program

CU Boulder allows Shakespeare enthusiasts to gain a professional education through our Applied Shakespeare certificate program. This one-of-a-kind program is a partnership with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, which allows our students to gain hands-on experience as they work alongside nationally recognized experts.Read more »

The CU English Graduate Program ranked #35 by US News & World Report

Several University of Colorado Boulder graduate programs fare well in the US News & World Report. Among them, English is ranked #35 (top 25% nationally).Read more »

CU scholar brings innovative hands-on teaching approach to English

Accolades such as “groundbreaking” or “revolutionary” are rarely garnered for achievements in teaching. University of Colorado Boulder English Assistant Professor Thora Brylowe, however, brought an especially innovative teaching approach to the plainly titled course, “ENGL 2036: Introduction to Media Theory in the Humanities,” which she taught last fall.Read more »

When does ‘na na na nah’ become poetry?

When it’s part of a synergistic fusion of classic literary devices in verse and music, as in ‘Hey Jude,’ CU Boulder scholar contendsRead more »
study space

Students have a new place to study in Hellems

Jan. 16, 2017

Students searching for a space to study alone or in groups now have a new option: Four offices in the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building have been converted to shared student space.Read more »

‘Teddy’ Hamstra, humanities scholar, just getting started

Dec. 23, 2016

Hamstra will one day be an ecocriticism scholar for an English department not unlike the one here at CU Boulder, “or maybe this exact one,” said Hamstra.Read more »

Writer and CU professor Marcia Douglas helps others find their voice

Dec. 19, 2016

In the nooks and crannies of each day, Marcia Douglas finds herself listening to echoes from her childhood in Jamaica, imagining ways to share stories that develop in her mind’s eye.Read more »