Why English at CSB/SJU?

Situated on over 3,200 acres of lakes, prairie, oak savanna, and forest, our campuses not only create community but also provide an inspiring location for exploration of the book and the written word with faculty and students from around the world.

Our students gain field-specific experience through service learning, internships, independent learning projects and practicums. Faculty work closely with students to design a course of study suited to their goals, and our small classes foster an energetic environment where students and faculty discuss literature as it relates to contemporary issues, ideas, and our lives.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are two of the nation's best colleges for students seeking great academics, outstanding career preparation, and generous financial aid, according to The Princeton Review. The College of Saint Benedict is also among the top bachelor's institutions for producing the most Fulbright Students for 2014-15, according to a ranking released Thursday, Feb. 12, by the Institute of International Education for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Our alumni become global citizens, influencing the world as teachers, advocates, writers, doctors, attorneys, editors, publishers, NGO workers, and business leaders.



Sally Wen Mao
February 04, 2020 7pm. 


Mao is the is the 2019-2020 Sister Mariella Gable Award recipient for her work Oculus

From her publisher Graywolf Press, "Sally Wen Mao is the author of a previous poetry collection, Mad Honey Symposium. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize and fellowships at Kundiman, George Washington University, and the New York Public Library Cullman Center. Her work, Oculus, explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement, but as a migration through time and a reckoning with technology[...] With a speculative imagination and a sharpened wit, Mao powerfully confronts the paradoxes of seeing and being seen, the intimacies made possible and ruined by the screen, and the many roles and representations that women of color are made to endure in order to survive a culture that seeks to consume them."

The Literary Arts Institute of the College of Saint Benedict introduces the first McNeely Creative Writer in Residence
About the McNeely Creative Writer in Residence

Each year, the Literary Arts Institute will host the McNeely Creative Writer in Residence for a month-long writing residency. The McNeely writer will visit classes, share meals with faculty and students, and give two separate public presentations: a craft talk, and a reading of his or her creative work. Additionally, the recipient will mentor CSB/SJU creative writing undergraduates in individual meetings, providing constructive feedback and advice about the students’ work.

Thanks to the generous help of Manitou Fund, The Literary Arts Institute of the College of St. Benedict is delighted to announce our first McNeely Creative Writer in Residence, Susan Steinberg. 

Susan Steinberg
On Campus: March 9 through April 3, 2020


 Susan Steinberg’s first novel Machine will be published by Graywolf in August 2019. She is also author of the story collections Spectacle (Graywolf), Hydroplane (FC2), and The End of Free Love (FC2). Steinberg is Professor and Chair of English at the University of San Francisco and is also currently the Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor in the graduate Creative Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

She is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, The Rumpus, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, and other journals and magazines.