Friday, January 23, 2015

Alum Update: Sarah [Kolbasowski] Ghoshal, Creative Writing MFA Alum

Many of you knew Sarah when she was a grad student here in the English Department. She's now teaching at Montclair State University and publishing poems all over the place. For example, check out new poems at Empty Mirror.

Marlon James Chooses Jessica Hagedorn's Novel DOGEATERS for WSJ Book Club

We are pleased to congratulate Jessica Hagedorn (Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the LIU Brooklyn English Department's MFA Program in Creative Writing) on having her novel Dogeaters chosen as WSJ Book Club selection for February 2014!

More information about the WSJ Book Club.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Poem by Daniel Soto Named One of 2014's Best

The poem "The Other Side," by Daniel Soto (Creative Writing MFA candidate), has been selected by the moderators of Poets Responding to SB 1070: Poetry of Resistance, as one of the 25 best poems published in 2014 on the Chicana Chicano poetry blog La Bloga. Congratulations, Daniel!

Willie Perdomo Nominated for National Book Critics' Circle Award

Congratulations to Willie Perdomo (MFA, Creative Writing, 2012) on the nomination of his poetry collection The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin Books) for a 2014 National Book Critics' Circle Award! 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

One-Credit Course Connected to Gary Shteyngart's Paumanok Lecture

As we announced earlier, this year's Paumanok Lecture on American Literature and Culture will be delivered by Gary Shteyngart.

In connection to the lecture, Professor Louis Parascandola will be teaching a one-credit course, English 203.

Russian American writer Gary Shteyngart is the author of the highly praised and best selling works Little Failure (a memoir) and three novels Super Sad True Love Story, Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook. All  of these writings,  poignantly and with an abundance of humor,  discuss the author's experiences as an immigrant learning his ways in America. 

Students will attend a reading/discussion by the author at LIU from 6:30-8 on Monday, February 9 (we will meet at 6 in H 464, for a brief introduction to the author's work) and then meet two other dates (dates and times will be arranged) to discuss Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story. Students will write short papers on the reading and the two works.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Barbara Henning: A New Website & An Interview

Barbara Henning (Professor Emerita, English) has launched a new website.

Professor Henning was also recently interviewed by Deborah Diesen for the "Michigander Monday" series on the blog Jumping the Candlestick

Our Condolences to the Family & Friends of Rosemary Mayer

We are saddened by the news that Rosemary Mayer, an adjunct professor in the English Department at Long Island University from 1988 to 2009, died on Saturday morning, October 18, after a long illness. In recent years, she was a lecturer in the Fine Arts Department at LaGuardia Community College.

Rosemary was born in Ridgewood, Queens and lived in New York for most of her life. She studied classics at St. Joseph’s College and at the University of Iowa and art at the School of Visual Arts and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. She was most well-known for her sculptural work and installations in the 1970s and 1980s as well as her involvement in the feminist art movement. Her translation of the diary of the Italian Mannerist artist Jacopo da Pontormo, which included a catalogue of Mayer’s work, was published in 1979. Her most recent projects involved illustrating the epic stories of Beowulf and Gilgamesh and the history of the women of the Roman Empire. She received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Council on the Arts, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She had solo exhibitions at A.I.R Gallery, the Monique Knowlton Gallery, the Pam Adler Gallery, among many others.

She lived for forty years in a loft in Tribeca and most recently in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Please send letters of condolence to Lewis Warsh at

UPDATE 10/23/2014: Link to New York Times obituary.

UPDATE 12/19/2014: Link to SOME reflections in ARTFORUM by Adrian Piper and Bernadette Mayer.

Amazing and accurate line from Adrian Piper: "She remained, as always, quiet, clipped, self-contained and shy, with a surpisingly mordant sense of humor."

Wonderful line from Bernadette Mayer (Rosemary's sister): "She lived for forty years in a loft on Leonard Street in Manhattan, where she had seven desks, each for a different purpose."