The study of English language and literature improves our ability to think, read, write, and speak on a highly sophisticated level. Mastery of these critical skills is crucial to success in any career. The CSU Bakersfield English Department is committed to making the entire university community more articulate, better educated, and more productive citizens of the world we inhabit.



Ekphrasis Project

An Ekphrasis is a work inspired by another work, in this case, a written work is the inspiration for a piece of artwork. Being a student, no matter what your major is, there are not a lot of opportunities to be creative. There are always essays and papers that must be written a certain way in a certain order with 20 references that are all from scholarly journals. The purpose of this project is to express yourself and the ‘criteria’ is only there so everyone has somewhere to start and share comradery. There is a possibility that some, or maybe all, of the participants will be featured in the 2017-2018 issue of the Orpheus, the English Department’s literary journal. I will give you more information once everything is figured out.

  • Writing Criteria:
    • Typed and MLA format (12 point font, double spaced, Times New Roman, Justified margins), 20 pages MAX (not including cover page)
      • Cover Page includes the title of your work, your first and last name (middle is optional), and date that is all completely centered (Also, please use TNR for the font as it is easier to read)
        • Example:


“For the Love of God, Why Are You Doing This?!”

Jayme S. Reyna

May 10, 2017


  • It can be a poem (or a series of poems), a play, or a short story
  • Theme:
    • Memory Lane ~ We all take trips down memory lane, whether willingly or by force, and we reminisce about all sorts of things. From significant memories that define our character and make us who we are, to the seemingly random memories that happen to pop out of nowhere and make us go, “Why did I remember that?” Write about you or your character’s memory lane.
      • For instance: What does it look like? Where does it go? How do you or your character feel about it?
      • Art Criteria:
        • You’re welcome to do any of the following:
          • Painting (Traditional: includes oil and acrylic)
          • Drawing (Traditional: includes pencil, ink, and charcoal)
          • Sculpture (Includes metalwork, woodwork, and clay)
          • Video (Minimum of at least one and a half minutes)
          • Photographs (Minimum of 5)
          • Digital Art (such as Photoshop or Drawing tablets)
          • Mixed Media
          • Series (involves more than one of the previous either within the same category or a mix)
  • Whatever you choose to do, however, it should be able to be sent via email whether as picture(s) (such as with the sculpture or traditional mediums) or as an attachment (such as with the video or digital art).

There will be a Reading Exhibit in August on the CSUB campus where you’re invited to showcase your work and join us for some refreshments. This is not part of the project; however, it would be nice to see and talk to everyone about their thoughts and feelings about the project. Also, you will not be judged for the ‘quality’ of your writing or your artwork. The purpose of the Reading Exhibit is to come together and enjoy the company of fellow writers and be inspired.


Due: August 1, 2017*

Reading Exhibit: August 12, 2017*

If you have any questions about anything and/or if you don’t see what you would like to do for the Art portion, please don’t be afraid to email me at jreyna4@csub.edu I will do my best to respond as quickly as possible!

You do not have to participate, this is purely up to you whether or not you would like to volunteer. If you are thinking about participating, go ahead and send me an email. If you end up not being able to participate, no harm no foul. This is open for both students and staff.

*Dates are subject to change

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I initially chose English because of my love for books. I was a reader long before I was a writer and, though I didn't much care for writing when I began, I could not resist a good story. […] They always say that the chances of becoming a professional writer and doing what you love are slim to none. They were wrong, and my experience at CSUB showed me that. Close Quote
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