English Department at Chaffey College
Information about courses, faculty, the major, and handbook.
The Chaffey Review
The review is committed in celebrating artistic expression, by any form:
encompassing visual, auditory, and written media.
The Chaffey Review is published by the students and faculty of Chaffey College to promote and celebrate literary and visual arts. By blending the creative writing and journalism programs, students gain experience in the publishing industry that can be a platform for future endeavors.
The Chaffey Review is an editorial collective that publishes poems, short stories, creative non-fiction, photography, graphic art, and fine art. The intent of this literary journal is to broaden the scope of thoughts, ideas, questions, and the willingness of our readership to be active participants in the world around us.
The One Book, One College Program is a collaborative effort at Chaffey College wherein faculty, students, staff, and administration select and read an agreed upon work of fiction or nonfiction during each academic year.
Each semester, the One Book, One College Committee holds a series of free events related to the current One Book, One College, and many instructors incorporate the One Book, One College into their syllabi.
Library guides that will assist you in finding research sources for One Book One College. These guides are a great place to start looking for a topic, finding books, articles and more.
77: Latinx Lit Zine
Pour Vida is proud to host Professor Martinez's (aka PV co-founder Adam) Chaffey College-created Latinx Lit zine for the Fall semester of 2019. This zine is a collection of digitized pages created by the students of Martinez's English 77: Introduction to Latino Literature course at Chaffey College. It touches on topics and texts students discussed throughout the semester, culminating in this artistic expression by strong Latinas/Xicanas from the Chaffey College community. We look forward to hosting future zines created by Chaffey College students.
Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
From Poetry to Rap: The Lyrics of Tupac Shakur
Walter Edwards writes about Tupac Shakur's literary virtue.
From Films On Demand Database:
Poetry in America Series
Poetry in America gathers distinguished interpreters from all walks of life to explore and debate 12 unforgettable American poems. Athletes and poets, politicians and musicians, architects, scientists, actors, entrepreneurs, and citizens of all ages join host and Harvard professor Elisa New to experience and share the power of poetry in this visually dazzling and archivally rich series.
Know Your Poetry Series
What is poetry all about? How can we make sense of it? What are the main poetic forms? This comprehensive series helps students to boost their poetry knowledge and appreciation in a light-hearted and user-friendly manner.
2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry
Set in and around Oakland and San Francisco, this film examines urban teen life in the Bay Area through the rising popularity of poetry and spoken word. Youth performers include Emiliano Bourgois-Chacon, San Francisco’s Youth Poet Laureate, who reveals what it’s like to live with a physical disability; Meilani Clay, who voices her political and personal beliefs regarding race, body image, and family; San Francisco Youth Speaks slam champion Shannon Matesky; Yosimar Reyes, who explores the immigrant experience and personal challenges of race and sexuality; and George Watsky, who expresses his concerns about equality and privilege. Adult performers are also featured, including Marc Bamuthi Joseph, James Kass, Aya de Leon, Abiodun Oyewole, Raquel Topete, Saul Williams, and Ruben Zamora. “Adults will be gratified to see young people deriving enormous power from words, but the film’s greatest impact will be on middle and high school students,” says KQED Public Media for Northern California. (62 minutes)
Truth Underground: Three Poets Discover the Power of the Spoken Word
The lives of three outspoken poets intersect as they harness the power of the word. CJ Suitt confronts the racial injustice of a Southern black male. Kamaya Truitt-Martin competes in poetry slams across the country to heal a broken home. Jeremy Berggren employs art and poetry to cope with PTSD and to bear witness to the suffering of veterans. The 19th-century poet John Keats said, “Truth is beauty,” and beauty is harsh.
The Last Poets: Made in Amerikkka
Woven into the roots of hip-hop, slam poetry, and other socially conscious forms of expression is the seminal work of the Last Poets, a confederation of musicians and spoken-word artists who began performing together in 1968. This film documents a 2011 concert and recording session in which the Poets reintroduce some of their best known compositions, displaying as much energy and passion as when they first took on the mantle of Black Power advocacy. Mingling the performance sequences with lyrics splashed across the screen in urban-cool graphics, the program also features a vivid parade of talking-head discussions that take viewers from the group’s origins and the formative experiences of its individual members to the heady atmosphere of today’s hip-hop scene. In the latter, the Last Poets remain dazzlingly relevant. Contains potentially offensive language and mature subject matter associated with artistic expression. Viewer discretion advised. (52 minutes)