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 2018–2019 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

Mary GiabldiMary Gibaldi, President

Florida native Mary Gibaldi is a graduate student pursuing her MA in Literature. Her academic interests include feminist scholarship, spatial theory, and liminality. In addition to her studies, she serves as EGSC President, Assistant Director of the ESL Support Services, and a literature teaching associate. Upon completion of her master’s, she hopes to further pursue her scholarly interests by earning a PhD. When she is not studying, she can be found testing new vegetarian recipes, drinking coffee on her porch, and hiking in the woods with her dogs Samson and Jack London.

Hannah EllettHannah Ellett, VP for Academic Affairs

Hannah Ellett received her B.A. in English in May of 2017 from Whittier College where she also played water polo for four years. She recently just completed her first year in the English M.A. program here at Chico State. After the completion of her M.A. she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. studying the use of animals as representations for marginalized groups, specifically women of color. Her other interests besides reading include eating, camping, and competing in open water swims with her family. When she isn’t on campus or bussing tables at Nash’s, she can be found running around outside with her Queensland Heeler puppy, Rita.

Hannah DuranHannah Duran, VP for Social Affairs

Hannah Duran grew up in small town Cottonwood before moving to Chico in order to attend Chico State University. There she received her BA in English Studies with a minor in Linguistics. She currently teaches freshman composition while attending graduate school. Upon completion of her MA, Hannah plans on pursuing her Ph.D. in order to one day teach at a 4-year university. Some of her current research interests include rhetoric, composition, literacy, and linguistics. When she is not willfully indulging in her studies, she enjoys coffee and reading, watching movies with her husband, being outside, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Kyler Dill and his wifeKyler Dill, Secretary

I began studying at the University of Iowa, but finished my undergraduate degree at CSU-Chico. I am studying Early Modern literature with an interest in monsters and, currently, the way they depict the Christian Other or the liminal Christian (in specifically post-Reformation texts). In my "free" time, I play too much chess, roast and brew coffee, and treat my plants as children. 

Shane LaVigneShane LaVigne, Treasurer

Shane LaVigne is a native of Chico, California and graduated from CSU Chico with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Japanese. During his undergraduate career, he studied at Kansai Gaidai in Osaka, Japan. After completing his B.A. he lived and worked in Shizuoka, Japan as an assistant English teacher. He is currently engaged in writing mentorship opportunities while completing an M.A. in English Language & Literacy at CSU Chico. His current research focus is on the liminality of language in Japanese L2 learning practices. When he is not working, writing or researching, he enjoys studying Japanese, reading mystery novels and singing karaoke.