More News from Daniel Soto

We announced last week that a poem by Daniel Soto (Creative Writing MFA candidate) had been selected as one of 2014's best.

Here is some additional news...

Daniel is a finalist for the 2014 Ræd Leaf International Poetry Award and will have five poems published in the Ræd Leaf Poetry Award Anthology 2014. Read more about Ræd Leaf Poetry (India).

In April, Daniel will be a guest lecturer (on the subject of gentrification in NYC) in Professor Diane Wong's course Government 1101 at Cornell University. Professor Wong has assigned one of Daniel's articles ("Gentrifyng New York City's Underground"), from his series at

Daniel's poems will appear in the forthcoming anthology Fathers, Fathering, and Fatherhood: Queer Chicano Desire and Belonging (Gibrán Güido and Adelaida R. Del Castillo, Editors).

Marlon James Chooses Jessica Hagedorn's Novel DOGEATERS for WSJ Book Club

We are pleased to congratulate Jessica Hagedorn (Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the LIU Brooklyn English Department's MFA Program in Creative Writing) on having her novel Dogeaters chosen as WSJ Book Club selection for February 2014!

More information about the WSJ Book Club.

Poem by Daniel Soto Named One of 2014's Best

The poem "The Other Side," by Daniel Soto (Creative Writing MFA candidate), has been selected by the moderators of Poets Responding to SB 1070: Poetry of Resistance, as one of the 25 best poems published in 2014 on the Chicana Chicano poetry blog La Bloga. Congratulations, Daniel!

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One-Credit Course Connected to Gary Shteyngart's Paumanok Lecture

As we announced earlier, this year's Paumanok Lecture on American Literature and Culture will be delivered by Gary Shteyngart.

In connection to the lecture, Professor Louis Parascandola will be teaching a one-credit course, English 203.

Russian American writer Gary Shteyngart is the author of the highly praised and best selling works Little Failure (a memoir) and three novels Super Sad True Love Story, Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook. All  of these writings,  poignantly and with an abundance of humor,  discuss the author's experiences as an immigrant learning his ways in America. 

Students will attend a reading/discussion by the author at LIU from 6:30-8 on Monday, February 9 (we will meet at 6 in H 464, for a brief introduction to the author's work) and then meet two other dates (dates and times will be arranged) to discuss Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story. Students will write short papers on the reading and the two works.