Holiday Party!

You are invited to the English Department's Annual Holiday Party!

When & Where
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Start Time: 4 PM
Spector Lounge, 4th Floor, Humanities Building

As always, this is a potluck event.

Please bring a dish and a beverage.

Contact Karen or Patrina with questions (718-488-1050).

Writing Program Conversation: Technology Mashup

Please join us for the next event in "Conversations: Reading, Writing, Research," a series of conversations on reading, writing, and research -- hosted by the Writing Program.

Technology Mashup: iPhones, iPads, Flips, Document Cameras, and MacBooks in the Classroom

Thursday, December 1, 2011
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
The Spector Lounge
4th Floor
Humanities Building

Presenters: Sharman Yoffie, Tom Peele, Deborah Mutnick, John Killoran, Mike Bokor.


MFA Reading Series Event: HELP IS ON THE WAY #2

Readings by students in the English Department's Creative-Writing MFA Program.

Where & When
Bowery Poetry Club
303 Bowery in Manhattan
(between Houston & Bleecker)

December 2, Friday

Tiani Kennedy
Pamela Arnett
Elspeth Macdonald
Desiree Rucker
Joey Infante
Aimee Herman
Felice Belle
Marita Downes
Michael Grove
Jon Jenkins
Shari Seraneau
Robyn Hillman-Harrigan
John Casquarelli
Gulay Isik
Willie Perdomo
Wendi Williams
Tony Iantosca

Lewis Warsh Reading at Launch Party for Roberta Allen's New Book

Lewis Warsh (English Department) will be reading as part of the launch party in celebration of the publication by Ellipsis Press of The Dreaming Girl by Roberta Allen.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
7:00 pm

85 East 4th Street
New York City, NY

Roberta Allen is the author of eight books, including two collections of short fiction, The Traveling Woman (Vehicle Editions) and Certain People (Coffee House Press); a novella in short short stories, The Daughter (Autonomedia); a memoir, Amazon Dream (City Lights); the novel The Dreaming Girl (Painted Leaf, 2000, and Ellipsis Press, 2011).  Allen was on the faculty of The New School for many years and has also taught at Columbia University. She was a Tennessee Williams Fellow in Fiction in 1998. She has exhibited her visual art worldwide, with work in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lewis Warsh is the author of over twenty-five books of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary Books), A Place in the Sun (Spuyten Duyvil), The Origin of the World (Creative Arts) and A Free Man (Sun & Moon). He is editor and publisher of United Artists Books and director of the MFA program in creative writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn.

Deborah Mutnick's Spring-2012 Honors Elective

HSM 110 Brooklyn Campus Town Hall: Dialogue for Social Change
Professor Deborah Mutnick (English Department)
Thursdays 3-5:30 PM

For English majors, this Honors-Program course may be used to satisfy an English elective requirement in the Literature concentration, or a literature requirement in the Creative Writing concentration, a writing-and-rhetoric workshop requirement in the Writing & Rhetoric concentration, or a literature requirement in the Writing & Rhetoric concentration.

Non-English majors can apply this course toward a minor in English. Please discuss your plan with Wayne Berninger in the English Department.

Non-Honors students must see James Clarke or Cris Gleicher in the Honors Program Office to get permission to take this course.

Civil Rights in Brooklyn: Stories of Struggle and Protest

Please join us at the Brooklyn Historical Society [BHS] this Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 2-4 PM for a program on Civil Rights in Brooklyn: Stories of Struggle and Protest,  planned in conjunction with the Pathways to Freedom learning community that English-Department Professors Michael Bokor, Sara Campbell, and Deborah Mutnick are teaching this semester.

Please pass this information along to anyone you think might find the program interesting. 
All BHS events are free during the three years of our partnership with the Society to anyone with an LIU ID.

Fifty years ago the freedom riders rode interstate buses into the segregated South to test the Supreme Court ruling against Jim Crow laws. Those riders traveled the roads of Mississippi and Tennessee, but how did the civil rights movement play out on the streets of Brooklyn? How did freedom ride into local neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, government, and arts and culture? A panel of activists will address Brooklyn as a site of struggle and protest, followed by audience “talk back” with more stories and Q&A. Attendees will be invited to tell their own stories about the civil rights movement, past and present. This program is free with museum admission.

Africana Studies Courses Spring 2012 & Summer 2012

Spring 2012

Black Female Creativity
Humanities 181: T/TH 4:30-5:45
Prof. Carol Allen: 3 credits

This course explores black female creativity across disciplines. The aim of the course is to construct potential theories of black female creativity. That is: determine if black women share any common impetuses (historical, biological and/or cultural) that compel them to make artistic products that comprise a tradition of works. We begin by examining theories of black female creativity from several perspectives including that of Alice Walker and Ntozake Shange along with contributions from the likes of Monique Wittig and Robert Farris Thompson. Then we study a variety of primary texts from literature (novel, poem and play); art (photography, textiles, and mixed media pieces); oratory (sermon and speech); and performance (music, fashion, dance, drill teams and jump rope). Required texts include Flash of the Spirit, Beloved, and handouts. Assignments include informal writing, midterm, final exam, and recovery project with presentation. Prerequisite: English 16

Male in America: Black, White, Straight and Gay 
Humanities 183: Wed. 6:00- 8:00
Profs. Eric Lehman and Orlando Warren: 3 credits:

This course explores the American male from multiple vantage points in text, film, art, and music. Prerequisite: English 16

Femme Fatales and Women of Color
Independent Study, Tues. 6:00-8:00
Prof. Orlando Warren: 718 488-1053: 3 credits

In the film noir genre the femme fatale is the epitome of irreverence, ambiguity, and, fear. Prerequisite: English 16

African Cultures
Anthropology/Sociology 133: Tues. 12:00-2:30
Prof. Yusuf Juwayeyi: 3 credits

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Race in the Americas
Anthropology/Sociology 512: M 6:10-8:00
Prof. Halbert Barton: 3 credits

The course focuses on how culture and history shape the experience of racial categories in the Americas. Prerequisites: Intro. to Anthro. and instructor’s permission.

Summer I: 2012

African American Narrative Fiction
English 150: M/W 2:00-4:50
Prof. Carol Allen: 3 credits

This course looks at fictional and nonfictional narrative accounts by African American writers from the Slave Narrative to Barack Obama’s recent autobiography. Prerequisite: English 16

Black Women in Cinema 
Independent Study, TBA: 3 credits
Prof. Orlando Warren: 718 488-1053

This course will focus on Black women in film from the mid 1930’s to the mid 1970’s. Prerequisite: English 16.

Contact Professor Carol Allen (English Department) at or 718 488-1053 for more information these courses and/or about the Africana Studies minor program.

Voices of the Rainbow Event: Tina Chang

This event was originally scheduled for Monday, 11/7, but it was cancelled due to illness. The reading has been rescheduled as follows...

Tina Chang
Monday, November 14, 2011
12 noon
Humanities Building, Room 210

Tina Chang is author of the poetry collections Half-Lit House and Of Gods and Strangers. Raised in New York City, Tina is the current Brooklyn Poet Laureate.

Eric Alter Reading at KGB Bar

Eric Alter (Creative-Writing MFA student) sends along the following announcement about a reading in which he will be participating.
Uphook Press is proud to showcase nine more incredible poets and spoken word artists from our third anthology "-gape-seed-".


KGB is a beautiful bar in the East Village with a fascinating history. If you have never visited, check it out!
Free admission


ERIC ALTER has been published in Spectrum, the Brooklyn Paramount, Downtown Brooklyn, and By the Overpass. You can find himon Mt. Loretto Beach, in Staten Island, every Friday morning making sculptures.

RYAN BUYNAK is a very good-looking young man who happens to be the future of American poetry.

DEBORAH HAUSER is the author of the poetry collection Ennui: from the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Femine Disorders (Finishing Line Press, 2011).

R. NEMO HILL is editor of EXOT BOOKS, and author of Pilgrim’s Feather (Quantuck Lane Press, 2002), The Strange Music of Erich Zann (Hippocampus Press, 2004), and Prolegomena To An Essay On Satire (Modern Metrics, 2006).

ELIEL LUCERO has served as co-editor of Acentos Review, been an Urban Word mentor, a facilitator with the Alzheimer's Project, and Production Manger at the Bowery Poetry Club.

VICTORIA LYNNE McCOY's work appears in The November 3rd Club, PANK, Mudfish 17, and Union Station Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.

ROBERTO F. SANTIAGO writes placing pen to paper and fingertips to QWERTY, all as an act of translation. He also writes and produces music, and has been known to dance until he rips his pants.

MARK WISNIEWSKI's Mark Wisniewski's second novel, Show Up, Look Good, is published by Gival Press in fall 2011. His poetry has appeared New York Quarterly, Tribeca Poetry Review, and Poetry.

MFA Reading Series Event: HELP IS ON THE WAY

Two readings this semester by students in the English Department's Creative-Writing MFA program.

Both readings are at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (between Bleecker & Houston)

When & Where
Friday, November 18, 2011 
5-6:45 pm

Daniel Owen
Tina Barry
Liz Dalton
Michael Atkinson
Patia Braithwaite
Amyre Loomis
Kyle DeOcena
Jessica Wedge
Uche Nduka
Asja Parrish
Micah Savaglio
Alicia Berbenick
Willie Perdomo
Lisa Rogal

When & Where
Friday, December 2, 2011
5-6:45 pm

Tiani Kennedy
Pamela Arnett
Elspeth Macdonald
Desiree Rucker
Joey Infante
Aimee Herman
Felice Belle
Gulay Isik
Marita Downes
Michael Grove
Jon Jenkins
Shari Seraneau
Robyn Hillman-Harrigan
John Casquarelli
Sarah Wallen
Wendi Williams
Tony Iantosca

Willie Perdomo to Lead Creative Writing Workshop in Miami

Willie Perdomo (grad student, Creative Writing MFA program) will lead a writing workshop called Poetry, Lyricizing and Speaking at the University of Miami in January 2012.

From the University of Miami website:

"The University of Miami's MFA in Creative Writing Program and VONA Voices Writing Workshop announce the first VONA/Voices regional writing workshop to be held January 13, 14, and 15, 2012 at the University of Miami. The Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation is dedicated to nurturing writers of color and has been holding summer workshops for twelve years in the Bay Area."

Read more.

Jon L. Peacock Performing at LIU

Jon L. Peacock (alum, English Department grad program) will appear in The Marriott Shorts, a set of 10-minute plays set inside the Marriott by the Brooklyn Bridge.

Performances November 2, 3, and 5.

This is a production of the Theater Program of the Performing Arts Department at LIU.

Writing Program Conversation: Valuing Student Writing

Please join us for "Valuing Student Writing," a faculty development workshop to be held from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, in the Spector Lounge.