Friday, April 28, 2017

Jonathan Haynes: Upcoming Presentations

On May 9, 2017, Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) will give an invited presentation, "Nollywood: Trajectories of the Nigerian film industry," at Ben Gurion University in Israel. 

On June 7, he will give the keynote address, "Keeping Up: Paradigms for studying Nollywood and African screen media," at a conference in Berlin sponsored by Humboldt University, the University of Bayreuth, and Indiana University's New Media and Literary Initiatives in Africa program. 

On June 15th, he will present "Lagos and the Nollywood Imaginary" at the Second Lagos Studies Association Conference at the University of Lagos. The same day, there will be a special panel devoted to his new book, Nollywood: The creation of Nigerian film genres.

Creative Writing MFA Thesis Reading 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Jonathan Haynes: Paper Presentation

On April 20, 2017, Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) will give a paper entitled "Neoliberalism with Nigerian Characteristics: Theorizing urban identities in recent Nollywood films" at Texas A & M University, as part of a symposium in honor of the retirement of Kenneth Harrow.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Katrinka Moore & Sarah Francois: Reading at KGB Bar

Katrinka Moore, alum (MA, Teaching of Writing) and former adjunct professor in the LIU Brooklyn English Department; and Sarah Francois, also an LIU Brooklyn English Department alum (MFA, Creative Writing) will be reading in the Trumpet Reading Series at KGB Bar.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
85 East 4th Street, Manhattan

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We are pleased to note that Howard Pflanzer (formerly an adjunct professor in the LIU Brooklyn English Department) will be performing as part of Ad Lib Pub's Tract 187 Culture Clatch: Women Spring Into Action Edition.

When:   7:00-9:00
Where:  THE WEST END LOUNGE 955 West End Ave @ 107th  (#1 to 103)
Event:    $10 door/ $7 advance tickets here

Kidnap Road - A New Play by Catherine Filloux

We are pleased to note the debut of Kidnap Road, a new play by Catherine Filloux (formerly an adjunct professor in the LIU Brooklyn English Department).

Friday, March 10, 2017

Voices of the Rainbow Event: Mark Chiusano

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Paumanok Lecture: Claudia Rankine

Updated 10 March with photos from the event...

Claudia Rankine
(photo: Jake Matkov)

The LIU Brooklyn English Department is delighted to announce that poet and 2016 MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Claudia Rankine will deliver the 2017 Paumanok Lecture on American Literature and Culture. 

(l) Professor Erica Hunt (Creative Writing
MFA Program, LIU Brooklyn
(r) Claudia Rankine.
(Photo: Jake Matkov)

Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; and numerous video collaborations. She is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the MindFor Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in New York City and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

Rankine may read from recent work and take questions from the audience. Her books will be available for purchase (and possible signing by the author).

More information will follow. Watch this space.

For now, direct any questions to Professor Leah Dilworth (English).

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