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Commitment to Diversity

The Department of English at Utah State University is a diverse community of teachers, scholars, and students who work together towards a better understanding of the English language and its manifestation in literature, writing, and culture. Please see our complete Statement on Diversity.


9/23 Helicon West Featuring Chadd Van Zaanten

On Thursday, September 23rd, Helicon West will feature writer Chadd Van Zaanten. The reading will be held at 7 p.m. at the USU Amphitheater. Chadd will read from his new book On Fly-Fishing the Bear River Watershed, which was published in April of this year. As a Hooks & Books event, the reading will be coupled with a demonstration of fly-tying by Tim King, which they refer to as “interpretive fly-tying.” Following the event, Chadd will be selling copies of his book, and Helicon West will hold an open-mic session.

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10/3 Creative Writing Faculty Reading

Shanan Ballam and Star Coulbrooke will be reading their poetry for the Steamboat Mountain Reading Series in Helper, Utah, on October 8th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the K2Gallery. This event is part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival and is sponsored by the Utah Humanities Council, The Helper Project, K2Gallery, and Peczuh Printing.

Shanan Ballam is a Senior Lecturer in the USU English Department. In 2019, she was named the Logan City Poet Laureate and will serve a 5-year term. Shanan is the author of three poetry collections: The Red Riding Hood Papers, Pretty Marrow, and Inside the Animal: The Collected Red Riding Hood Poems. To read more about Shanan and her work as Logan City Poet Laureate, please visit her website.

Star Coulbrooke is the inaugural poet laureate of Logan, Utah, and founder of the Helicon West reading series. Her most recent poetry collections are Thin Spines of Memory, Both Sides from the Middle, and City of Poetry.


The Bull Pen

The Bull Pen, the English Department’s club for creative writers of all kinds, offers opportunities for writers to share their work, learn from others, and generate new ideas. See their excellent fall programming for opportunities to get involved.