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 2021–2022 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

Katherine WascheKatherine Wasche, President

While receiving her BA in English Studies height of the COVID-19 pandemic in May of 2020, Katherine Wasche has witnessed first-hand the struggles of pursuing higher education during such an uncertain time. Now pursuing her MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, she uses the lessons of patience and resilience she learned during this time while working with her own students in her current English 130W: Academic Writing course. When not in the classroom, Katherine spends much of her time binging in the newest horror movie while voraciously reading spooky gothic literature. A true foodie and coffee-holic at heart, Katherine also enjoys cooking while looking for new and interesting recipes to add to her repertoire.

Ben VandersluisBen Vandersluis, Secretary

Ben Vandersluis earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Chico State in 2017. Then, like any true English major, he proceeded to spend the next three years working in the rice industry near Richvale. He is relieved to be back in the world of academia pursuing a master’s degree in Language and Literacy, which he hopes will help him begin a career in editing and publishing. Ben’s interests include gaming (PC and tabletop), cooking, and just about anything to do with the horror genre. When he’s not working or studying, you can usually find him diving into his most recent short-lived hobby.

Hayden WrightJ. Hayden Wright, Treasurer

Hayden Wright is a musician, a writer, a student, and a prospective professor. In late 2020, shortly after graduating from CSU Chico with a B.A. in English Education, Hayden returned to earn a master's degree in Language and Literacy Studies. After graduating, Hayden plans on combining his passions in a way that could help future students better tap into their intrinsic motivations to accomplish their goals. Besides a lifelong passion for music and language, his hobbies include creating art, fly fishing, watching baseball, and collecting vinyl records.