Downtown Brooklyn: Submission Deadline is February 1

Please submit new work to Downtown Brooklyn, the literary magazine of the English Department.


•We accept submissions between September 1 and February 1. THIS DEADLINE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED!

•Your submission should include a cover page listing your phone & e-mail.

•We accept submissions from all students, faculty & campus staff. Cover page should also tell us how you are connected to LIU.

•Save your submission as an MS Word 2003 document and send it attached to an e-mail to, OR save it on CD & place it in Wayne Berninger’s faculty mailbox in the English Department (Humanities Building, fourth floor).

•Within a few days of submission, you should receive confirmation by e-mail or phone that we received your work. We will notify as to acceptance as we receive submissions.

•We cannot return electronic files, CDs, or manuscripts, so please be sure to keep a copy of your submission.

•For additional information, please visit Downtown Brooklyn online.

How to Find New Places to Submit Creative Writing

In addition to our very own Downtown Brooklyn, the faculty of the MFA Program also recommend the searchable database of literary magazines (Poets & Writers Online) as a way to find places to publish your work.

According to the site, the database offers you a way to
"Connect your poems, stories, essays, and reviews to the right audiences by researching hundreds of literary magazines in our database. Here, you'll find editorial policies, submission guidelines, contact information—everything you need to direct your work to the publications most amenable to your vision."
Good luck!

Voices of the Rainbow: Spring 2009 Schedule

Watch this blog for room announcements as the dates approach.

Kwame Dawes & Willie Perdomo
Monday, Feb. 23, 11 am, Humanities Building, Room 210

Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana but grew up in Jamaica. He is an essayist, dramatist, fiction writer and author of more than a dozen books of poetry.

Willie Perdomo, of Puerto Rican descent, has written two books of poetry, Where a Nickle Costs a Dime and Smoking Lovely.

Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Africana Studies Programs.


Suheir Hammad & Joyce Zonana
Wednesday, March 11, noon, Health Sciences Building, Room 121

Suheir Hammad was born in Jordan to Palestinian refugee parents. She is author of the poetry collections Born Palestinian, Born Black and Zantar Diva. She was a featured author in Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam.

Joyce Zonana was born to a Jewish family in Egypt and grew up in Brooklyn. She returned to New York recently after fleeing New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina. She has written a memoir, Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, An Exile’s Journey.

Co-sponsored by the Gender Studies Program.


Colum McCann
Thursday, April 2, 6 pm, Health Sciences Building, Room 119

Colum McCann, a native of Ireland, has written 2 short story collections and 4 novels. His latest novel, Let the New World Spin, will be published shortly.


Ellen Litman & Nathalie Handal
Tuesday, April 7, noon, Library Learning Center, Room 124

Ellen Litman is author of the short story collection The Last Chicken in America, on Russian Jewish immigrants trying to assimilate in America.

Nathalie Handal, born in Haiti to Palestinian parents, has written essays and plays as well as two poetry collections, The Neverfield and The Lives of Rain.