Book Launch Events for Jessica Hagedorn

The paperback edition of Jessica Hagedorn's novel Toxicology is coming out soon from Penguin Books, and two events being held to mark the occasion.

Reading with Lysley Tenorio
April 5, 7:30 PM
Greenlight Bookstore

Renaissance Renegade: Jessica Hagedorn
     & Guest Artists

April 27, 2:00 - 8:30 PM
Casa Italiana NYU

Jessica Hagedorn is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing and teaches in the LIU Brooklyn English Department's Creative-Writing MFA program.

Inside the Faculty Studio: Joanne Hyppolite

The English Department is very proud to note that one of our own -- Joanne Hyppolite, an alum of the English Department's undergraduate major program -- is the new Associate Director of Student Support Services at LIU-Brooklyn.

Dr. Hyppolite will be the guest at the next event in a new campus series called Inside the Faculty Studio.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
11 AM - 12 PM
Library Learning Center, Room 124

Congratulations, Joanne!

Voices of the Rainbow Event: Patricia Smith & David Mills

Wednesday, March 28, 12:00 pm
Health Sciences Building, Room 121
Patricia Smith is an acclaimed performance poet and author of five well-received collections of poetry, including Blood Dazzler, a national Book Award finalist, and Teahouse of the Almighty, winner of a Hurston/Wright Award in poetry.

David Mills, poet and playwright, has created and performed a one-man play on Langston Hughes. His collection of poetry, Dream Detective, is a small-press bestseller.

Faculty Forum Event: Michael Bokor

Please join the English Department for the next Faculty Forum event, which will be a presentation by Professor Michael Bokor entitled "The African Public Intellectual: A Prime Mover in African Politics and Governance." 

Friday, March 30, 2012
3:30-4:30 PM (after the English-Department faculty meeting)
Spector Lounge (Humanities Building, 4th Floor)

As always, wine and cheese will be served.

Yolaine St. Fort Reading at St. John's 
Yolaine St. Fort (English graduate program alum) will be reading at St. John's University in a program called "Readings and Conversations with Caribbean Writers."

More info here.

MFA Program Event: Alternating Currents--A Panel on Independent Publishing 

March 30, Friday 6-8, Media Arts Lounge, Humanities Building, 2nd Floor

Note: the location on the flyer below is wrong. The event will be in Media Arts Lounge.


  • E. Tracy Grinnell (Litmus Press)
  • Anna Moschovakis (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  • Bob Hershon (Hanging Loose Press)
  • Willie Perdomo (Cypher Books)
  • Tod Thilleman and Nava Renek (Spuyten Duyvil)

Moderated by Lewis Warsh (United Artists Books)

Writing Program Conversation: Syntax 
Please join us on Monday, March 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m., in the Spector Lounge for a Writing Program "Conversation" on Syntax: Teaching the Sentence, to be facilitated by Mike Bokor and Sharman Yoffie.

Lewis Warsh Reading at Unnameable Books

Alyson Waters, Lewis Warsh, Donald Breckenridge
March 24 at 7:00 PM
600 Vanderbilt Ave Brooklyn New York
Alyson Waters has translated works by Vassilis Alexakis, Louis Aragon, RenĂ© Belletto, Emmanuel Bove, Eric Chevillard, Albert Cossery, and Yasmina Khadra, among others. She is currently completing her translation of art historian Daniel Arasse’s On n’y voit rien (forthcoming from Princeton University Press). Alyson has received a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, a PEN Translation Fund Grant, and residency grants from the Centre national du livre, the Villa Gillet in Lyon, France, and the Banff International Literature Translation Centre in Canada. She teaches literary translation at Yale University and NYU and lives in Brooklyn.

Lewis Warsh is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including A Place in the Sun (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010), Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary, 2008), Ted's Favorite Skirt (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002) Touch of the Whip (Singing Horse, 2001),Debtor's Prison, in collaboration with Julie Harrison (Granary, 2001) and The Origin of the World (Creative Arts, 2001.He is co-editor of The Angel Hair Anthology, editor and publisher of United Artists Books, and director of the MFA program in creative writing at LIU Brooklyn.

Donald Breckenridge is the Fiction Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, Editor of The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose Press, 2006) and co-editor of the Intranslation web site. In addition, he is the author of more than a dozen plays as well as the novella Rockaway Wherein (Red Dust, 1998), and the novels 6/2/95 (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002), You Are Here (Starcherone 09) and This Young Girl Passing (Autonomedia 11). A second Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology is forthcoming (BR/BSE summer 2012) and he is working on his 4th novel.

MFA Program Event: The Literary Marketplace in the 21st Century

How does one get published? What are some of the major challenges confronting a writer in today’s changing world of books and publishing?

The MFA Creative Writing Program at LIU Brooklyn presents

The Literary Marketplace in the 21st Century
a panel on the publishing industry moderated by Jessica Hagedorn & Harold Augenbraum

Friday, March 23, 6pm
HS119, Health Sciences Building
Reception following the discussion.

Guest speakers:

  • Harold Augenbraum - executive director of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards.
  • Faith Childs – literary agent, Faith Childs Literary Agency.
  • Kirby Kim – literary agent, William Morris Endeavor.
  • Denise Scarfi – assistant editor, W.W. Norton.
  • Johnny Temple – publisher & editor-in-chief, Akashic Books, chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival.