The Department of English

The English Graduate Student Council

The purpose of EGSC is to serve as a forum for the discussion of matters pertaining to the welfare of graduate students enrolled in the Department of English at California State University, Chico.

Our goals for the 2020–2021 academic year are:

  • To facilitate the academic progress, growth, and excellence of graduate students,
  • To improve our resourcefulness in serving between the graduate student body and the Department of English, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the University,
  • To contribute to the recognition and integration of graduate students on campus,
  • To foster unity among graduate students within the English Department as well as at California State University, Chico,
  • And lastly, to build connections with the organizations and councils of other campuses.

For more information, please email

Our Annual Symposium

The EGSC Fall Symposium is a scholastic forum where English graduate and undergraduate students from any CSU can present their creative manuscripts or their research and writing in the fields of literature and composition. The EGSC Symposium is a dynamic, creative event that facilitates scholarly discourse and is helpful for students who seek to further their education after Chico by adding to their professional resume.

Students interested in presenting their creative works in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction as well as research and development papers in English disciplines (literature, linguistics, literacy, composition, and rhetoric) are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. Multimedia presentations are welcome, but you must include what technology you will need for your presentation in your submission.

For more information on how to submit work to the symposium, contact

The Manzanita

Spring 2018 Manzanita book cover

The projects and papers presented during the symposium are eligible to be submitted for review and consideration for publication in the Manzanita, the well-established EGSC annual publication. Representative of the work presented at the EGSC Symposium, the Manzanita showcases the talent of students in a variety of specialties. It features creative works in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction as well as research works in English disciplines. 

Meet Our Officers

Alondra AdameAlondra Adame, President

Alondra Adame grew up in the small town of Sutter, CA before moving to Chico in order to attend Chico State. There she received her BA in English Education before making a last-minute decision to pursue her MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She currently works at the Writing Center as a tutor and assists in an Anthropology-English UCourse as an ISA. Alondra plans on pursuing her MFA before obtaining a Ph.D. in order to one day teach at a 4-year university. Her interests include creative non-fiction (particularly the personal essay), poetry, feminist literature, LGBTQ+ literature, Chicanx literature and more. When she isn’t at school or her two jobs, she can be found playing video games, watching scary movies, looking for new anime and manga, or messing around with her dog Buu (named after Majin Buu from Dragon Ball Z).

Hannah DuranMegan Mann, VP for Academic Affairs & Secretary

Megan Mann received her BA in English Literature from Chico State in May 2016. She is currently pursuing her MA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, and hopes to complete the program this Fall. Megan is originally from Arbuckle, a small farming town less than an hour north from Sacramento. Because of her origins, she drops the “l” out of the word “almonds” when the nuts are off the tree and leaves the “l” in when they’re still on, something many of her friends, coworkers, and acquaintances are confused by. After completing her MA, Megan will continue serving Chico State students as a staff member on campus, but will keep writing in the hopes of publishing a book of creative work one day. When not on campus, Megan is usually holed up in her apartment, binge watching shows, reading her never-ending list of “to read” books, playing the Sims, or scrapbooking in her planner.

Isaiah HamiltonIsaiah Hamilton, Treasurer

Isaiah Hamilton is a Chico native and graduate student pursuing an MA in Literature. He chose to study Literature because it provides a fascinating lens through which to study humanity. Isaiah began his collegiate career at Butte College before graduating from UC Irvine. He now plans to accumulate all the teaching experience he can while at Chico State. Upon completion of his Master’s, he would like (hopes and prays) to find a position teaching Literature and Composition. In his free time, Isaiah can be found experimenting with coffee and playing video games.