Patrick Horrigan's New Novel Pennsylvania Station

We are pleased to announce the publication of Pennsylvania Station, a new novel by Professor Patrick Horrigan (English). 

Horrigan writes:

I am so happy to announce the publication of my new novel, Pennsylvania Station, out now from Lethe Press, about the volatile relationship between an architect and a gay-rights activist, set against the Civil Rights Movement and the burgeoning Historic Preservation Movement of the mid-1960s.

I started working on the book almost ten years ago after seeing a wonderful exhibition at Columbia University about the gorgeous and glorious old Penn Station, which was demolished in 1963, and after subsequently teaching a course at Columbia on post-WWII queer fiction. I thought it would be interesting to explore gay relationships in the context of the politics and cultural debates of that turbulent period in modern American history.

Kirkus Reviews calls Pennsylvania Station “[a] frank yet subtle novel about the old and the new and about the steps that led to the gay rights movement,” and Jerry L. Wheeler of “Out in Print” says, “Pennsylvania Station . . . is a detailed and totally believable examination of a mid-Sixties gay relationship. Its characters are real and its attitudes are wholly in line with the sentiments of the time. Well-written and accessible, it’s a classic in the making. . . . I know this one will show up on my ten best list in December. Count on it.”

You can order a copy through Amazon or through my website:

Also, mark your calendar for the book launch on Thursday, June 7th, 2018, at 7pm, at the Bureau of General Services, Queer Division, 208 West 13th Street in Manhattan. More info to come! 

Louis Parascandola: New Book

Congratulations to Professor Louis Parascandola (English) on the upcoming publication (early summer 2018) of his new book Heroine of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Gwendolyn Bennett's Selected Writings (Penn State UP).

Barbara Henning: New Book

Congratulations to Professor Barbara Henning (English) on the upcoming publication (June 2018) of her fictional memoir Just Like That (Spuyten Duyvil).

Zahra Patterson: Alumni News

Zahra Patterson (Creative Writing MFA, 2010) will graduate (summa cum laude) this spring from the Teaching and Learning program at NYU Steinhardt. 

This is her second master's degree in Secondary English Education/Special Education. 

She also recently joined NYU's Beta Pi chapter of Kappa Delta Pi international honor society in education. 

Congratulations, Zahra!

Howard Pflanzer (Former English Adjunct Professor): Staged Reading of New Work

Writing Center: Long Night Against Procrastination

LIU Brooklyn Earth Day Event

Please join us for LIU Brooklyn's commemoration of Earth Day, sponsored by the Campus Community Urban Sustainability Program (CUSP) the Humanities Division of Conolly College, the Gender Studies program, and the Art Department.

Creative Writing MFA Program: Free Fiction Writing Workshop With Hirsh Sawhney

Jonathan Haynes: Fulbright Fellowship

We are very happy to report that Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to research his sabbatical project in Nigeria over the next year. 

Tina Barry: Writer in Residence

Tina Barry (MFA, Creative Writing, 2014) will be artist in residence as a writer this summer at the Byrdcliffe Artists Guild in Woodstock. She will be completing work on a manuscript about Marc Chagall's lover and her daughter. 

There will be a show that includes Barry's writing and the work of 14 women artists in October at the Wired Gallery in High Falls, NY. The gallery is on the same street where Chagall once lived.