Jonathan Haynes: Sabbatical Activity

Jonathan Haynes has guest-edited a special issue of the Journal of African Cinemas devoted to the Nigerian film industry.  It includes his introduction and a remarkably extensive bibliography of academic work on Nigerian and Ghanaian video films on which he has been working for a long time.  

It is hot off the press and available here:,id=2254/.  

Voices of the Rainbow: Fall 2012

For more information, e-mail Professor Maria McGarrity or Professor Louis Parascandola -- or contact them via phone at 718-488-1050.  

Paolo Javier & Irina Reyn
Wednesday, October 3, noon
Health Sciences Building, Room 121

Paolo Javier is the current Queens Borough Poet Laureate. He is the author of 4 chapbooks and 3 full-length poetry collections, including The Feeling is Actual.

Irina Reyn, born in Moscow, is the author of What Happened to Anna K. The novel has been described by Publishers Weekly as a worthy remake [of Anna Karenina] set among early 21st-century Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York City.   

Elizabeth Nunez & Kamala Nair
Tuesday, October  9, noon
Health Sciences Building, Room 119

Elizabeth Nunez, a native of Trinidad, has published 8 novels including Bruised Hibiscus (winner of an American Book Award), Anna In-Between, Prospero’s Daughter, and her most recent, Boundaries (a New York Times’ Editors’ Choice).

Kamala Nair was born in London and grew up in the United States. Her debut novel, The Girl in the Garden, has been described as “lovely” and “lush. “Set in the southern tip of India, the story is a part fairy-tale and part coming-of-age novel.”

Martha Witt & Glenville Lovell
Wednesday, November 14, 11 am
Health Sciences Building, Room 121
Martha Witt’s novel, Broken as Things Are, is set in North Carolina, the author’s home state. The novel has been described by Library Journal as “a much-touted debut about a young girl’s close relationship with her autistic and ultimately violently jealous brother.”

Glenville Lovell, born in Barbados, is the author of several prizewinning plays, the literary novels Song of Night and Fire in the Canes and two murder mysteries Too Beautiful to Die and Love and Death in Brooklyn.

New Graduate Course for Fall 2012: Editing (with Professor Michael Bokor)

Need to improve your skills for effective writing, interpersonal communication, and language use?

Take English 519 Editing (3 Credits)

This course includes style/grammar review sessions and emphasizes hands-on editing activities, using the theories and principles of editing. It will: help you learn how to edit texts to suit the needs of specific audiences; help you know how to construct style guides; help you develop the discipline to get work done on schedule; and prepare you for careers in editing in academic and professional writing.

It is suitable for graduate students in all disciplines, especially those interested in improving their grammar and mechanics.

Wednesday, 6:30pm–9pm

For more information, contact Professor Michael J.K. Bokor.
Office: H. 446 (Humanities Building, 4th Floor)
Tel: 718–488–1000 Extension 1112

MFA Fall Orientation / Reception

A good time to welcome the new students, talk to your teachers about everything, and reunite with old friends..
Friday, September 7, 6-8 
Robert Spector Lounge, 4th floor (English Department), H building.

For more information, contact Lewis Warsh, Director of MFA Program in creative writing.