Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly

About This Journal

About Fresh Voices

Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly is a collection of writing that represents the effort, commitment, and talent of English 134 students. Each year, hundreds of students submit their work to be considered for publication in this collection. While the selection committee (which is comprised of composition instructors) generally accepts about twenty essays to be included, we always have many ambitious and dynamic pieces from which to choose. The essays featured in the collection are typical of the intellectual engagement encouraged in Cal Poly’s writing classes.

The Composition Program firmly believes that students can learn a great deal about writing by reading and studying the work of their peers. As such, Fresh Voices is a required text in most sections of ENGL 102, 113, 133, and 134.

I invite incoming students to look through the previous editions of Fresh Voices to see the kinds of essays they will be asked to write in their first-year composition courses. The most recent edition of Fresh Voices can be purchased in the El Coral Bookstore on campus.

Dr. Brenda Helmbrecht
Director of Writing
Fresh Voices Editor


To submit your English 134 essays and artwork for publication consideration in Fresh Voices, visit the Cal Poly English Department website for details.


Please contact Dr. Brenda Helmbrecht, Director of Writing in the English Department for questions about Fresh Voices.