Lewis Warsh at Sidewalk Cafe (with Tsipi Keller)

Thursday, May 3, 2012
6:30 to 7:45 p.m. (starts & ends on time!)
The back room of the East Village's SideWalk Café
94 Avenue A at 6th Street, NYC
F to Second Avenue, exit at First Avenue
One drink minimum (or purchase a munchie). No cover charge but we do ask for a generous contribution, which goes to the readers.
Tsipi Keller’s latest novel, The Prophet of 10th Street, published this March, has been called a literary love story “about” writing itself, about using language—opinionated, fanciful, foolish and inspired—as ways and means to absorb, consume and in a sense outlast the Holocaust. “In elegant, pitch-perfect prose, Tsipi Keller explores what it means to be a writer in a post-Holocaust world. Her evocation of Marcus Weiss—at once tender and wise—lays bare the felt life of the novelist,” wrote Andrew Furman, author of Israel Through the Jewish-American Imagination.
Lewis Warsh, best known as a poet, has published two books of stories and four novels, most recently A Place in the Sun, 2010. He is editor and publisher of United Artists Books and director of the MFA program in creative writing at LIU Brooklyn. About A Place in the Sun, Michael Lally writes: “Lewis Warsh brings his poet's sensibility to a mash up of literary and genre fiction techniques—including constantly shifting perspectives and unexpected interconnections—to create an intriguingly compelling and deeply satisfying reading experience. I loved it.”

MFA Reading Series: Graduating MFA Students

Please join us for a celebratory reading by 2012 graduates of the MFA program in creative writing.

Friday, May 4
6-8 PM
Spector Lounge, 4th Floor, H Building

Alicia Berbenick
John Casquarelli
Aimee Herman
Micah Savaglio
Patia Braithwaite
Uche Nduka
Gulay Isik
Willie Perdomo
Tony Iantosca

Book Party for Uche Nduka

Join Overpass Books for a release party for Ijele, the ninth collection of poems from Uche Nduka (a student in the Creative Writing MFA program), which is now available at overpassbooks.com.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
7:30 PM
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Avenue

Deborah Mutnick's Honors Students Host Town Hall

Please join Professor Deborah Mutnick (English) and her Honors elective (HSM 110) students in a Brooklyn Campus Town Hall on student debt. The students have been learning about public sphere theory and tools for engaging in civic dialogue for social change. They chose the topic of student debt, and are excited to be putting theory into practice. 

Lewis Warsh Reading at Launch Party for Joe Brainard's COLLECTED WRITINGS (LOA)

Lewis Warsh (English Department; Director, Creative Writing MFA) will read at a celebration of the Library of America’s publication of The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard. Its 450 pages present, for the first time, the full range of Brainard’s writing in all its deadpan wit, madcap inventiveness, self-revealing frankness, and generosity of spirit.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
8:00 pm

Poetry Project
St. Mark's Church
10th Street & 2nd Ave., Manhattan

With Anselm Berrigan, Lee Ann Brown, Michael Brownstein, Bill Corbett, Donna Dennis, Larry Fagin, Ed Friedman, Michael Lally, Keith McDermott, Thurston Moore, Charles North, Ron Padgett, David Shapiro, Johnny Stanton, Tony Towle, Anne Waldman, Edmund White. Reading followed by reception. Co-presented with The Library of America and Bomb Magazine.

Jonathan Haynes: Sabbatical Activity

Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) will speak on a panel at the Brown University Africana Film Festival on Friday, April 20, with filmmakers Tunde Kelani and Andy Amadi Okoroafor.


In March, Professor Haynes gave a paper called “Kunle Afolayan and the 'New Nollywood': Nationalism, Transnationalism, and Cosmopolitanism” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Boston.

Writing Program Conversation: Google Docs in Composition @ LIU

Please join Professor Tom Peele (English) and Norm Sutaria (Information Technology) for this Writing Program Conversation.

9:30 to 10:30 AM
Tuesday, April 17
Spector Lounge

H Building, 4th Floor

RSVP Deborah Mutnick, 718.488.1110, deborah.mutnick@liu.edu

Sigma Tau Delta Event: Induction Ceremony

Please join us for the induction of new members to the Omicron Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society.
In addition to inducting new members, we will honor graduating seniors who are chapter members.

New inductees:

Victoria Abolencia
Samantha D'Acunto
Andrani Foster
Joanna Gonzalez
Jake Matkov
Chase Melvin
Imani Nasir
Sarah Reynolds
Roksolana Sheverack
Michael Sunday
Krystal Walcott

The short induction ceremony will be followed by a reception.

Please bring family and friends.

When & Where
Thursday, April 26, 2012
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Spector Lounge, Humanities Building 4th Floor

RSVP by Friday, April 20 @ 718-780-4323.

Lewis Warsh Featured in PASSING STRANGER, audio walking of East-Village poetry scene

Lewis Warsh (Professor, English Department; Director, Creative Writing MFA) is featured in Passing Stranger, an audio walking tour bPejk Malinovskiof poets and poetry associated with the East Village. Narrated by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, the tour contains site-specific poetry, interviews with poets, archival recordings and music by John ZornThe audio file can be downloaded at eastvillagepoetrywalk.org and allows the user to take the tour using an mp3 player. The tour is about 2 miles and lasts about 95 minutes.


April15, 2012
4:00-5:30 PM
308 Bowery, Manhattan

Readings by: Anselm Berrigan, Brenda Coultas, Hettie Jones, Anne Waldman, Lewis Warsh

New Spring 2012 Course: Scientific Literacy and Sustainability

As part of the LIU Brooklyn Sustainability Initiative's observation of Earth Day 2012, Professor Sara Campbell (English Department) will be teaching ENG 210: Scientific Literacy and Sustainability (one credit). 

An interesting (and important) topic and a good way to earn an extra credit before summer session starts!

Students will meet twice with the professor in class, attend an Earth Day Conference at LIU, and write a research paper. Prerequisite: ENG 16 (you may be taking ENG 16 in Spring 2012). See flyer for more details.

For more information, contact Professor Campbell at 718-488-1050 or sara.campbell@liu.edu.

Creative-Writing MFA / LACS Event: The Part About the Translator

The English Department's Creative-Writing MFA Program and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) present a program about literary translation.

The Part About the Translator: Natasha Wimmer (translator of Roberto Bolaño) in conversation with Gary Racz and Jessica Hagedorn.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 6:30 PM
Humanities Building, Media Arts, Room 222

Reception after the program. 
Seating limited. RSVP by phone or e-mail if you plan to attend. Contact Jessica Hagedorn at 718-488-1092 or jessica.hagedorn@liu.edu.

A Tribute to Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

Please join the English Department, the Gender Studies program, and others in celebrating the life and work of one of the greatest essayists / thinkers / activists / poets of the past century. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Spector Lounge (4th floor Humanities Building)

We will be reading aloud from her many works. 
All are invited to participate. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Harriet Malinowitz (harriet.malinowitz@liu.edu).

Two MFA Readings for the End of the Semester


We are pleased to announce two upcoming readings by students in the MFA program in creative writing at LIU Brooklyn.

Both events will be held at the Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (between Houston and Bleecker)

Friday, April 13, 5-6:45

Felice Belle
Jacob Matkov
Kyle DeOcera
Patia Braithwaite
Marita Downes
Jon Jenkins
Lisa Rogal
Elspeth Macdonald
Daniel Owen
Shari Seraneau
John Casquarelli
Liz Dalton
Sarah Wallen
Tony Iantosca
Tiani Kennedy
Uche Nduka

Friday, April 20, 5-6:45

Jessica Wedge
Michael Grove
Desiree Rucker
Aimee Herman
Amyre Loomis
Micah Savaglio
Pamela Arnett
Asja Parrish
Tina Barry
Joey Infante
Kaya Arnoux
Gulay Isik
Alicia Berbenick
Wendi Williams
Willie Perdomo