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Chapman University and the Department of English have a variety of organizations, publications and annual events designed to foster each student’s creative potential. Students are encouraged to participate and to lend their time and talent to the furtherance of each organization's goals.

+-Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau DeltaSigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society with over 750 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States; more than 1,000 faculty sponsors; and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually.

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

The Sigma Tau Delta chapter at Chapman University is more than just another college club. It is a unique entity that opens the doors of opportunity for its members and facilitates academic, professional, and personal growth.

+-John Fowles Center

Fowles CenterThe John Fowles Center for Creative Writing promotes and advances the discipline of creative writing in all its aspects: fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction, and film. The Center offers students and non-students an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the written word and those who write it.

To view the schedule of upcoming lectures by national and international authors, visit the John Fowles Center’s homepage.

+-Tabula Poetica

Tabula PoeticaTabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University is dedicated to creating an environment that celebrates poetry in a variety of forms and venues. The Center hosts an annual series of poetry readings and lectures, showcases new and existing talent, shares poems and information about poetry, and encourages a collaborative exchange of ideas.

To view the schedule of upcoming events and featured authors, and to see archived photos, videos, interviews, and book reviews, visit the Tabula Poetica homepage.

+-The Writing Center

Writing CenterThe Writing Center is designed to help all Chapman University students—from first year to graduate level—with any part of the writing process, from understanding the assignment and finding a significant topic to editing the final drafts.

Students are encouraged to call or email the Writing Center to schedule an appointment, or to stop by anytime the Center is open. The Writing Center is located within the Tutoring, Learning, & Testing Center in DeMille Hall.

For more information, including contact details and an FAQ, visit the The Writing Center homepage

+-Pub(lishing) Crawl

Pub CrawlThe Literary Pub(lishing) Crawl is an annual event hosted by the Department of English and Leatherby Libraries to provide students with exposure to current authors and publishers working in today's market.

The speakers will discuss their experiences and views in navigating the publishing process. Students are invited to ask questions of each speaker related to the discussion and their own interests.

The Crawl is typically held in the spring semester. Food and wine are provided before and after the meeting, and students are encouraged to stay for the after-Crawl reception, when they can briefly chat with or have their books signed by the speakers.

2014 Schedule of Events

This year's Literary Pub(lishing) Crawl will be held on Tuesday, April 8th. The talks will begin at 3:30 pm; each speaker will answer questions from the audience at the conclusion of their talk. The book signing will begin at 6:30 pm, featuring the day's speakers and members of the Chapman University English Department. The author's books will be available at the event and the evening will include a reception. The event will conclude at 8:00 pm.


Speakers (3:30 pm - 6:30 pm)

Stephanie Brown is the author of two books of poetry, Allegory of the Supermarket, published by the University of Georgia Press in 1999 and Domestic Interior, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2008.  She was awarded an NEA Fellowship in Poetry in 2001 and a Bread Loaf fellowship in 2009.  Her work has been published in American Poetry Review (including two covers, in 1996 and 2005), Ploughshares, Slope, Pool, LIT, ZYZZYVA, Green Mountains Review and other journals and has been selected for six editions of The Best American Poetry annual anthology.  Her poetry and essays were anthologized in American Poetry: The Next Generation, Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, and The Grand Permission: New Writing about Motherhood and Poetics, among others. From 2004-2010 she curated the Casa Romantica Reading Series in San Clemente, California, which brought nationally and internationally known poets and fiction writers to read to a community audience.  She is currently the poetry editor for Zócalo Public Square and a former book review editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. She has taught creative writing at the University of California, Irvine and at the University of Redlands but has primarily made her living as a public librarian and library manager. She is an Administrative Manager for the OC Public Libraries and lives in San Clemente.

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and five grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California. 

Suzanne Greenberg received her MFA from the University of Maryland. Her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including the Mississippi Review, West Branch and The Washington Post Magazine. Her latest novel Lesson Plans (Prospect Park Books, 2014) explores the challenges of homeschooling. Her collection of short stories, Speed-Walk and Other Stories, was the recipient of the 2003 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. She is the co-author of Everyday Creative Writing: Panning for Gold in the Kitchen Sink and co-author of the children’s novels Abigail Iris: The One and Only and Abigail Iris: The Pet Project.

Kevin Staniec is an arts advocate, author, and publisher. In 2002, Kevin co-founded ISM, a non-profit organization publishing paperback projects and producing international art experiments. In 2013, he co-founded Black Hill Press, a publishing collective dedicated to the novella. Kevin is the author of And This Was My Happy Ending, I Am. You Are., The Adventures of Super Bunny and Giant Cat Bear and Charlie, How to Catch a Cloud, How to be a Super Hero, Begin, and 29 to 31: A Book of Dreams.

Scott Creley holds an MFA in writing from California State University, Long Beach. He is one of the founding directors of The San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival. His work has been featured in the collection Bear Flag Republic, and in journals as diverse as ”Sentence”,”Miramar”, and ”Carnival Literary Magazine”. His collection of prose poetry & flash fiction, Digging a Hole to The Moon, is forthcoming from Spout Hill Press in April. He writes futurist material for corporations trying to stay on the bleeding edge, and has drafted material for many mercilessly huge corporate juggernauts, including Fox Media, HBO, and other companies who would crush him should he violate their NDAs. 

Book Signing Participants (6:30 pm - 8:00pm)

Guest SpeakerMary Platt has been director of communications and media relations at Chapman University since 2007, having previously served on PR teams at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Getty Center.  A graduate of Michigan State University (B.A. and M.A., Phi Beta Kappa), she has been a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast since first reading Conan Doyle's novels and stories in middle school.  Her favorite adaptation of Holmes and focus of Holmesian study is the current Warner Bros. movie series.  She co-administrates the Sherlock Breakfast Club (the newest scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars) in Los Angeles and volunteers as PR/marketing director for the Sherlock Holmes in Brentwood (www.sherlockholmesinbrentwood.com) play-reading series in L.A.  Her work in the new essay collection "The One Fixed Point in a Changing Age" is her first published Sherlockian effort, but she promises there will be more to come.  She is currently working on her first novel, which is, of course, a Sherlock Holmes pastiche.  In what's left of her free time, she's an artist, photographer, musician and jewelry designer.

Chapman Authors: Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, James P. Blaylock, Ryan Gattis, Alicia Kozameh, Anna Leahy, Martin Nakell, and Tom Zoellner.

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The Department of English produces three major publications in which all content is created by students in the Creative Writing and Journalism programs. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities during their stay at Chapman.


Prowl Magazine

Prowl Magazine is an online magazine covering pop culture, local events, and other articles of interest to the university community. The magazine maintains connects to jobs, internships, and alumni through its Facebook page. The entire magazine is written by students in the Journalism program; the corresponding class is available every spring semester. Students interested in working on Prowl are asked to contact the Journalism Program Director, Professor Susan Paterno.

The Panther

The Panther is Chapman University’s nationally recognized, award-winning, student-run newspaper. It is available online and in print with no prior faculty or administrative review. Journalism students update the online Panther five days a week with breaking news, except during summers and academic breaks. The printed version of the paper is published weekly and distributed on campus for free. Students interested in working for The Panther are invited to enroll in ENG 210 or ENG 211 to learn the basics of reporting, writing, and digital journalism. Successful reporters and photographers are encouraged to apply for paid editorial staff positions; pay goes up to $400/week for the Panther Editor-in-Chief.

The Calliope

The Calliope literary journal replaced the The Elephant Tree in 2012, which replaced Calliope in 2006; Calliope had been the Department of English's literary magazine for more than twenty years. The change in name was chosen to reflect a change in submission and production processes. Now, all Chapman students are invited to submit their work; the editors are graduate and undergraduate students who volunteer both time and talent. Students exercise creative control over each issue in which 12-15 poems and 4-10 stories are published.