English at the University of Northern Colorado

The Department of English grounds students in the knowledge and practice of literary interpretation and history, as well as rhetorical theory and practice.
In addition, we train teachers in a variety of pedagogical models and encourage them to reflect critically upon the teaching profession and their place therein. We offer courses in film, creative writing, and a variety of national and transnational literatures. We produce literate citizens and teachers of exceptional merit, with the ability to interpret and contextualize acts of signification in relation to their conditions of production and reception.

The University of Northern Colorado Rosenberry Writers’ Conference

The University of Northern Colorado Rosenberry Writers’ Conference is dedicated to promoting cultural creativity and diversity through free public readings and classroom conversations that identify and support exceptional contemporary writers. These events focus on crossing the boundaries between campus and community, between writer and reader, and between text and genre.

All readings are free and open to the public. All readings are on the UNC campus at the University Center in the Panorama Room, 11th Avenue and 20th Street, Greeley, Colorado, at 7:00 PM followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Writers will also be hosting an informal Q&A for students and faculty from 9-11 a.m. the morning following their reading. Light breakfast and coffee will be served, and this event is open and free to students and faculty. See the Conference Schedule for details.

Made possible with the support from the Walter S. Rosenberry III Charitable Trust, KUNC, The Department of English, and HSS.

For more information, please contact the English Department at (970) 351-2977.

2016 Conference Schedule:

All readings will take place in the Panorama Room of the UC at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Informal Q&A sessions over coffee and breakfast will be at 9 a.m. the morning following each writer’s reading in either the Panorama Room or Columbine Suites, and are open to UNC students and faculty.

Monday, February 29, 2016: Fiction Writer Jon Clinch
Q&A and Breakfast with Jon Clinch: Tuesday, March 1, 9 - 11 a.m., Panorama Room

Jon Clinch was raised in upstate New York. His first novel, Finn—the secret history of Huckleberry Finn’s father—was named an American Library Association Notable Book and was chosen as one of the year's best books by the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor. His second novel, Kings of the Earth was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and led the 2010 Summer Reading List at O, The Oprah Magazine. Jon lives with his wife in the Green Mountains of Vermont. They have one daughter.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016: Poet Beth Bachmann
Q&A and Breakfast with Beth Bachmann, Wednesday, March 2, 9 - 11 a.m., Panorama Room

Beth Bachmann’s first book, Temper (2009), won the AWP Donald Hall Poetry prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her most recent book Do Not Rise—about war, memory, and PTSD—was selected by poet Elizabeth Willis for the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and published in the Pitt Poetry Series in January 2015. She lives in Nashville and teaches in the MFA program at Vanderbilt University.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016: Creative Nonfiction Writer Steven Church
Q&A and Breakfast with Steven Church, Thursday, March 3, 9 - 11 a.m., Columbine Suites

Steven Church holds an MFA from Colorado State, and he is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record (Winner of the 2006 Colorado Book Award in Creative Nonfiction), Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, and most recently, Ultrasonic: Essays. A fifth book, a collection of essays, will be released in 2016 by Dzanc Books. His essays have been published in Colorado Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Creative Nonfiction, AGNI, The Rumpus, Passages North, and in many others. He is a founding editor and nonfiction editor for the acclaimed literary magazine, The Normal School, and he is the Hallowell Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Fresno State.

Previous Conferences


  • Ava Chin - March 2, 7 p.m.
    Creative Nonfiction writer Ava Chin, author of Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal
  • Ilyse Kusnetz - March 3, 7 p.m.
    Poet Ilyse Kusnetz, winner of the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry with Small Hours
  • Steven Schwartz - March 4, 7 p.m.
    Fiction writer Steven Schwartz, author of Little Raw Souls and other books of fiction

As a student of English you will gain the following:

  • Knowledge of canonical and non-canonical works in American and British literatures in their historical contexts;
  • Awareness of global perspectives in the study of language and literature;
  • Ability to analyze and interpret texts using appropriate critical terminology and methods;
  • Understanding of major theoretical and critical approaches to the study of literature, film, and culture;
  • Familiarity with the structure and/or history of the English language;
  • Proficiency in written and oral expression;
  • Commitment to effective teaching of language and literature.







News and Events

The English Education Program and University Libraries will revive a tradition, the Read-In. On the first Tuesday of each month, from 11:00
am-1:00 pm, there will be public readings of texts (literary or otherwise) that celebrate or commemorate a theme relevant to that month.

Read-In schedule