» Organizations & Publications

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.

+ - Calliope

Calliope literary journal replaced the The Elephant Tree in 2012. 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.


Chapman Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities is an innovative, interdisciplinary project that draws together faculty from across departments into 14 research groups, such as Image Text Interface and Bohemia, The Counterculture, and the Avant Garde. Graduate students can connect with this project as collaborative projects emerge from group interests.

+ - 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.

+ - 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.

+ - 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.

+ - Publications

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.

+ - 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.

+ - Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma 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. The Alpha Zeta Iota chapter at Chapman University was founded in 1996.

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.

Sigma Tau Delta 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 with workshops. It also serves as a voice for English majors and minors within the department.


+ - 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.

+ - WordTheater®

No other MFA program in the country collaborates with the amazing WordTheater to bring Hollywood actors to campus for dramatic readings. Each event celebrates one contemporary short story writer, who also visits campus. The first season featured authors Jill McCorckle, David Means, Percival Everett, and Danzy Senna and actors like Leslie Nicole from Downton Abbey and Robert Wisdom from Nashville.

+ - 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

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