About the Department

For more than a century, the Department of English and Comparative Literature has fostered a deep engagement with literature and language at San Diego State University. In our classrooms, students develop depth of perspective and critical acumen as they study the literatures of the world—from ancient times to the digital era—and prepare for careers in law, business, education, digital industries, writing, editing and publishing, and public service. 

The department affirms San Diego State University’s Commitment to a diverse campus climate that promotes human dignity and mutual appreciation for each member of our community. Freedom from discrimination, harassment, and violence against persons or property is a basic right and is requisite for learning.


Brent Ameneyro

Parallel Paths Converge on Poetry Alumnus’ Journey

Brent Ameneyro works at the intersection of community and creativity 

Brent Ameneyro is an active poet juggling a writers’ life while fully engaged in the poetry community. He graduated in spring 2022 with an MFA in Poetry, and in September received a Poetry Coalition Fellowship to work with the University of Notre Dame on Letras Latinas at the Institute for Latino Studies. 

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Upcoming Events

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Rick Barot

APR 26

Living Writers' Series
 7:00 pm
Rick Barot will read from his most recent publications, including The Galleons.

ENGL 503 Social Media Symposium

MAY 2 & 4

Social Media Symposium
 11:00 am
Join ENGL 503 students to see the amazing progress of their #kidlit #bookstagram, #booktube, and #booktok experts!.

2023 MFA Graduate reading


MFA Reading
 7:00 pm
Scripps Cottage
Join us for readings from the 2023 MFA graduating students.


Department Bookshelf

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Twenty Twenty cover

Twenty Twenty
Stephen-Paul Martin

Patchwork cover

Matt de la Peña


“‘A Hundred Tiny Hands’: Slavery, Nanotechnology, and the Anthropocene in Midnight Robber”
Diana Leong

Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism

“Disruptive Ruptures: The Necessity of Black/Girlhood Imaginary.”
Lashon Daley

Performances for the End of Time

Performances for the End of Time
Harold Jaffe

Forgive the Body This Failure

Forgive the Body This Failure
Blas Falconer


Digital Humanities National Center for the Study of Children's Literature SDSU Press Fiction International Pacific Review Poetry International