New Year, New Start for the Alumni Newsletter

By Abby Kerstetter January 27, 2015  |  Uncategorized  |  no responses

Happy New Year! 2014 was an exciting year here at Colorado State University.

Third-year student Kristin George Bagdanov has had poems published (or accepted & forthcoming) in The Laurel Review, Word Riot, Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, and Image Magazine. Her manuscript was a finalist in the 2014 Cleveland State Poetry First Book Award.

Matt Truslow, also a current student, had a crown of sonnets accepted for publication in the winter edition of Julep (forthcoming), out of Nashville.

Recent graduate Rachel Brown had some of her poetry published in the latest issue of Gulf Coast.

Graduate Brittany Goss was awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center this past fall.

Graduate Derek Askey also began working for The Sun Magazine.

Sasha Steensen’s latest book of poetry, House of Deer, was published in April by Fence Books.

EJ Levy’s debut story collection, Love, in Theory (winner of the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction) received the 2014 GLCA New Writers Award, previously awarded to Alice Munro, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, and Mary Szybist, among others, for their first books. Additionally, she published a controversial essay (on being a lesbian marrying a man) on, as well as fiction in Kenyon Review.

Equally exciting has been the Creative Writing Reading Series, which hosted poets Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman in Spring 2014 and poet Gary Snyder in the autumn, among other literary luminaries. In addition, Dinty Moore taught a craft workshop in flash nonfiction in the autumn. The Series hopes to include such craft classes with Visiting Writers in the future.


Looking forward to 2015, the Creative Writing Reading Series is excited to announce another terrific line-up of readers, including bestselling novelist and nonfiction writer Peter Heller (2/5), bestselling memoirist Cheryl Strayed (4/2), and 2013 National Book Award winning poet Mary Szybist (9/17). We hope alumni will join us! For a complete list of Reading Series events, visit

If you’re an alumna of CSU, we’d love to hear what you’ve been up to. This spring, we hope to revive the Alumni Newsletter, and we need your help. Send us notice of your awards and publications. What great jobs have you had since graduating? What not-so-great jobs have you had, and what have they taught you? Our current students would love to talk to you, and for those of you still in the area or passing through, we’d love to keep you updated on the Reading Series!

Send your announcements and current contact information to me at, or email program director, Dan Beachy-Quick.

I can’t wait to hear from you. It’s going to be an exciting year.



Abby Kerstetter

Abigail Kerstetter is an MFA candidate in poetry. She views poetry as an exercise in applied anthropology: that we are human is an accident of evolution—our language makes us so.

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