Handan Arikan Interviews Alex Dawe

Handan Arikan (English Department graduate alumna) has just published an interview with Alex Dawe, one of the two translators of The Time Regulation Institute, a novel by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, in The Turkish Review.  Her interview is entitled “On translating an interpreter of Istanbul” and can be found here.

Nobel Laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk called Tanpinar (1901-62) “undoubtedly the most remarkable author in modern Turkish literature.”  First published in 1962, this is the first English translation of the novel, to be published this month in the U.S. by Penguin Classics.  Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Martin Riker called the book “a first-rate comic novel” and wrote, “Tanpinar’s elaborate bittersweet sendup of Turkish culture over a half-century ago speaks perfectly clearly to our own, offering long-distance commiseration to anyone whose life is twisted around schedules and deadlines — pretty much everyone, in other words — provided you can find the time to read it.” 

Harriet Malinowitz to Speak at Soka University of America and Chapman University

Professor Harriet Malinowitz (English Department) will be giving two invited talks in California in February, at Soka University of America (Aliso Viejo) and Chapman University (Orange), on “Rhetoric, Zionism/Palestine, and Academic Freedom.”  She will also speak with Writing-Center and other interested faculty (at Soka) about the Student Writing Group Project at LIU-Brooklyn, and she will be a guest speaker about the novel Mornings in Jenin by the Palestinian writer Susan Abulhawa in a class (at Chapman) on “Writing About Diverse Cultures."

MFA Reading Series Event: Jocelyn Lieu

The Creative Writing MFA Program is pleased to announce a reading by the Spring-2014 Visiting Writer, Jocelyn Lieu, who is teaching a graduate fiction workshop this semester, with a focus on the art of the short story.

The event will not only be a festive way for new and returning MFA students to meet and catch up after a long holiday break, but also a time to bring all students up to date on our growing program.

A brief Q & A, wine reception and book signing will follow the reading.  Lieu’s books will be for sale on a cash-only basis.

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Barbara Henning's New Book: A SWIFT PASSAGE

As we reported earlier, Barbara Henning (Professor Emerita of English) recently published a new book of prose and poetry entitled A Swift Passage.

The webjournal Necessary Fiction invited Barbara to describe the research that went into the writing of the book. That article is available here.

Also, the poet and critic Jon Curley (New Jersey Institute of Technology) conducted a one-question interview with Barbara for The Conversant ("a monthly journal featuring serial interview projects, talk poetries, and interviews between poets and other language-based artists"). That interview is available here.

Be You Media Group has published a review of the book and an interview with Barbara. See here.

There's also a review at HTMLGiant. See here.

Listen to this "Write the Book" podcast, in which Shelagh Shapiro interviews Barbara about the new book.

Barbara Henning to Read at Manchester Community College (CT)

Aimee Herman Teaching in Workshop Series

Aimee Herman (Creative Writing MFA alum) is part of a poetry collective called Poetry Teachers NYC (PTNYC), which is excited to announce its February workshop series, From Page to Stage, taught by Herman, along with Dan Dissinger and Megan DiBello.

According to their website: "Our unique three-instructor approach sets this class apart, serving to spark open dialogue dialogue and cultivate a collaborative environment. Get to know your own writing through performance. Challenge yourself to Revive, React, and Represent your work! Our instructors will address individual students' needs, focussing on writing craft, performance style, editing, and poetry." 

Classes start Sunday, February 2.

Register here.

NYPL Lecture by Sealy Gilles

You may recall that last year, Professor Sealy Gilles (English Department) presented a lecture ("Plagues and Poxes: Epidemic Disease in Medieval and Early Modern London") at the New York Public Library (NYPL). 

We are excited to announce that Professor Gilles will once again be speaking at NYPL, this time on the topic of leprosy, or Hansen's disease. This is a second installment of work from her sabbatical project.

Lepers: Real and Imagined, in Medieval and Early Modern England

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
1:15 PM
The Schwarzman Building (aka "The Lions"), Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. 

To find the South Auditorium, go through the glass doors in the left rear corner of the main lobby. The hall is downstairs.

2014 Paumanok Lecture: Edwidge Danticat

Click here for more information about the Paumanok Lecture Series.

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