Creating Community

The English Department offers and supports a number of student community-focused events, groups, and opportunities including our Visiting Writer Seriesdepartmental and AMC college writing contests, our Literary Publishing Practicum, SpeakEasy (a student-led spoken word group), and any of the college’s magazines and publications including the department’s own Hairstreak Butterfly Review. Creative Writing courses are also supported by or include a connection with the Press at CC, the Fine Arts Center, and Tutt Library’s Special Collections. Students are encouraged to take classes with the Press at CC, the Journalism Institute, the department’s literary journal adjunct, and attend literary events throughout a number of disciplines.

Student Led Community

2024-2025 English Department Student Reps: (tba)

The Student Reps organize events, distribute information, provide feedback, and attend departmental meetings. Stay tuned for the call for next year's student reps!

Student-Run Literary and Art Journals


The leviathan is a student-led publication that features visual art, fiction, and poetry created by Colorado College students. 

Cipher Magazine

Cipher is a magazine managed by Colorado College students and published every other block. The writing is primarily non-fiction, showcasing narrative journalism, creative non-fiction, and personal memoirs, with one fiction piece per block.

Faculty Led Community

 Hairstreak Butterfly Review 

Hairstreak Butterfly Review is an online literary journal published by Colorado College’s English Department. English faculty, guest editors, student assistant managers, and the Literary Publishing Practicum bring Hairstreak Butterfly Review to life. For more information, please visit the department Hairstreak Butterfly Review page.


The Literary Publishing Practicum

The Lit Pub Practicum (EN299) is a 1/2 credit adjunct course for students interested in publishing--as editors, book sellers, publishers, and/or readers. 

Local Community Engagement

The Visiting Writers Series at CC features writers from all backgrounds, stages of their career, and genres through a reading event that is open to the public. The series is sponsored by the Colorado College English Department with the support of the MacLean Visiting Writers Endowment. Please visit our Visiting Writers Series page for more information.

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