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Spring 2021 News

LTWR Alumnus, Alfredo Aguilar, accepted to the Michener Center for Writers!

Check out the full story from the NewsCenter. Aguilar's first book of poetry, “On This Side of the Desert,” was published last year by Kent State University Press and was selected by poet Natalie Diaz for the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. He has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell, the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences and The Frost Place Poetry Conference, and his writing has appeared in such places as The Paris ReviewPoetry Northwest and “Best New Poets 2017.” 


LTWR 360 Open for Summer 2021!

Register online via MyCSUSM to enroll in LTWR 360 for Summer 2021. This course satisfies the university Global Diversity & Equity graduation requirement as well as the core requirement for LTWR majors. The class will run from 7/12/21 to 8/14/21. Contact Professor Moukhlis with any questions!

Professor Andy Stewart's Book Launch Event

Andrew Kelly Stewart's first book, WE SHALL SING A SONG INTO THE DEEP, comes out on March 9, 2021. Help us celebrate by joining this virtual book launch party from 5:30-6:30pm PT on the 9th!

Andy will read from the book and then engage some fellow writers in a conversation about the craft of writing and publishing. There will be an open Q&A and some time to socialize at the end. We'll meet in a Zoom Room. Please register to access the link.

Learn more about the book, and pre-order a copy, visit's website:

We're looking forward to seeing you! 

Information about CSUSM's MA in LTWR

Check out the Future Students page for application info!

LTWR Alumni Pegah Motaleb and the Importance of the Humanities

San Diego Mesa College English professor, and LTWR graduate, Pegah Motaleb inspires scholars to succeed in the humanities to better the San Diego community. Read the full article here! 

CHABSS Voices: Creative Works Monthly Contest 

CHABSS Voices is a campaign to engage and inspire our CHABSS community to come together to emphasize anti-racism, inclusive excellence, social justice, social responsibility, ethics, and global culture. 

Every month from September 2020 to May 2021 (excluding December), the CHABSS Voices Contest will have a different theme. Submissions can be any creative work, such as posters/graphic art, poetry, spoken word, photography, mixed media, short story (no more than 1,000 words) or video (no longer than four minutes). Only entries in digital format will be accepted. Find out more!

The Chronicle is looking to recruit new staff members for Spring 2021, both intern and non-intern!

I hope you will consider joining us. If you are interested in joining as a regular staff member (non-intern), you don't need to fill out an application, just email that you will be signing up. If you want to apply for an editor or internship position, email for the application form and be sure to apply by Dec. 20 for priority consideration. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all. Contact Editor-in-Chief Anneliese Esparza at

Seats are still available in LTWR 502-6 for Spring 2021!

In Spring 2021, this section will meet R 6:00-7:50pm and asynchronously. This course satisfies the Literature Distribution or Elective Distribution. Instructor consent is required for this course. Email Dr. Stoddard Holmes ( if interested!

Faculty News

Professor Susie Lan Cassel's research featured as part of AAPI Heritage Month! Her participation in various events and panels on Combating Asian Hate led to an informative and important interview featured on the CSUSM Homepage! Read the full article here. 

Professor Andy Stewart's novel is out now! Andrew Kelly Stewart's first book, WE SHALL SING A SONG INTO THE DEEP, came out on March 9! Learn more about the book or order a copy, visit Tor's website

Professor Mary Stewart published "Strategic, User-Centered Design for a Globally Distributed, Condensed Format, Online Graduate Course"! Her chapter in the edited collection presents a case study of engaging in strategic, user-centered design for a globally distributed online course that aimed to train first-year writing instructors in hybrid and online pedagogy. The fifteen graduate students in this course represented six time zones, from California to China. Drawing on the Community of Inquiry framework, she analyzes her design decisions and demonstrates how she initially designed the course to be responsive to her particular student population, and how she adapted the design in response to student feedback as the course progressed. The chapter aims to provide an example that can inform how other writing instructors design flexible and responsive online writing courses.

Access the full collection Access Mary's chapter

Professor Syndee Wood bridges the gap with food donations! Outside of the classroom, Professor Wood is actively helping and inspiring her community. She has been collecting donations to purchase food from local restaurants for healthcare workers, and now has a team of volunteers to help with the continuous donations. Read the full story here. 

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