Jonathan Haynes: Two New Publications

We are pleased to note that Professor Jonathan Haynes recently published a book chapter and a film review.

The book chapter: “Nollywood and Nollywood Studies: Thoughts on the Future” Media Studies in Nigeria: Genesis & Detours. Eds. Onookome Okome and Marcel Okhakhu. Ibadan: Stirling-Horden, 2016. 67-88.

The film review: The Wedding Party. Dir. Kemi Adetiba. Nigeria: Elfike Film Collective, 2016. African Studies Review 60.3 (2017): 261-62.

Save the Date! Paumanok Lecture 2018: Yusef Komunyakaa

We are very pleased to announce that this year's Paumanok Lecture on American Literature and Culture will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

The lecture will be Thursday, April 12, 2016; at 6:30 PM; in the Kumble Theatre.

This event is co-sponsored by the English Department's Voices of the Rainbow reading series.

Watch this blog for further information as the date approaches!

Erica Hunt: Reading with Charles Bernstein at Zinc Bar

We are pleased to note that Professor Erica Hunt (English Department / Creative Writing MFA Program) will be reading with Charles Bernstein as part of the Segue reading series at Zinc Bar (82 West 3rd St., Manhattan).

Charles Bernstein and Ted Greenwald started what is now the Segue/Zinc series at the Ear Inn forty years ago. PennSound has archived many of the readings.

More info.

Erica Hunt is the author of Local History, Arcade, Piece Logic, A Day and Its Approximates, & Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes. With Dawn Lundy Martin, she co-edited the anthology Letters to the Future: Radical Writing by Black Women. Hunt is the Parsons Family Professor of Creative Writing at LIU Brooklyn.

Bernard Schweizer: New Book

We are pleased to note that Professor Bernard Schweizer (English) is the co-editor of a new volume, Reading Heresy: Religion and Dissent in Literature and Art (De Gruyter, 2017).

More info.

Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing


call for submissions! deadline extended!

We are happy to announce that the university is funding the production of our 27th issue! The stipend has been cut by two-thirds, so we don't know what will happen next year, but for now, we're still alive!

Please consider submitting new work for our consideration, and please also encourage your classmates, professors, and/or colleagues to send us work, too! See flyer below (hard copies of which are available in the English Department).



the latest issue

We were fortunate that the university again funded our work in the 2016-17 academic year, and we were able to publish #26, which was the first issue to appear in the form of a Tumblr blog (no print, no PDF). See link below. Enjoy!

Read Issue #26

previous online issues

In 2014, budget cuts at the university forced us to abandon print and publish #23 of the magazine online. 

We also published #24 online in 2015, but the message we seemed to be getting from the university at that time was that there would be no further funding, so the editor reluctantly announced that #24 would be the last issue. 

However, since then, the university has provided enough financial support for us to publish additional issues. We are now operating on a year-to-year, wait-and-see basis. Keep your fingers crossed!

Issues #23-25 are available in PDF via the following links.

Read Issue #25

Read Issue #24

Read Issue #23

back issues in print

Issues #1-22 are available for reading in the periodicals collection of the LIU Brooklyn Library (they cannot be checked out). 

A limited number of free copies of some of these issues may be available from the Editor. See Wayne Berninger in Humanities 454.

Issues #1-22 are also available for study in the Little Magazine Collection at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

writing assignments from the editor

Visit our Facebook page for a steady stream of tongue-in-cheek (or are they?) "writing assignments."

about the magazine

The university environment exposes us to a variety of personalities and ideas, but on a primarily commuter campus, it's easy to feel alienated from each other and from the overall campus culture. It's difficult to take advantage of what your campus has to offer if you always have to rush straight to the subway after class. It's hard enough just to get to class on time, let alone find out that the person next to you in the elevator is a great writer. But who knows?

The person sitting behind you in class might be your future favorite novelist or the next [insert name of favorite poet]. If you aren't tuned in to what other people are doing on campus, you're really missing out.

The literary magazine of the English Department at LIU Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing (ISSN 1536-8475) was founded in 1992 to showcase poetry and literary prose by writers at LIU Brooklyn. One issue has appeared every year since 1992. The magazine showcases a wide variety of work (in traditional forms as well as more experimental styles) by undergrads; grad students; alumni; current and former faculty; and administrative, clerical and other staff from across the Campus—not only from English. Our aesthetic is eclectic. Our mission is to promote not any particular style but all the different kinds of writing being created on campus.

Watch this blog for the next call for submissions and for news about the publication of each new issue.

Daniel Owen: Furniture Press Poetry Prize

We are pleased to note that Sandra Simonds' pick for the 5th Annual Furniture Press Poetry Prize is Restaurant Samsara by LIU Brooklyn Creative Writing MFA alum Daniel Owen.

More info.

Sam Farhi: New Film

Sam Farhi, an alum of the Creative Writing MFA program, has written a short film commissioned by Adidas and directed by Daniel Arsham and Ben Nicholas. 

Hourglass - Present is the second chapter of a film series commissioned by adidas Originals to accompany an ongoing collaboration with Daniel Arsham. Films that explore the life and thoughts of Daniel Arsham through alienation, discovery & archaeology. The screenplay was written by Sam Farhi, Ben Nicholas and Daniel Arsham. 

Holiday Party!


Creative Writing MFA Program: Student / Faculty Reading