Lewis Warsh: Two Readings in Bay Area

Professor Lewis Warsh (English) will be giving two readings in the San Francisco Bay area this summer. Details are as follows.

June 25, 7-9 PM

Toni Mirosevich
Tod Thilleman
Lewis Warsh

Bird & Beckett
653 Chenery St.
San Francisco, California

More info.


June 28, 2-4 PM

Gloria Frym
Tod Thilleman
Lewis Warsh

La Commune
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland, California

Sigma Tau Delta, Omicron Zeta Chapter

A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta is composed of over 560 chapters throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean. Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is by invitation, extended through a local chapter on behalf of the international organization. Students who meet the qualifications for membership must apply through the chapter on their campus. Once a student contacts the local chapter, the sponsor will check the qualifications and recommend that student for membership.

Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment. It provides opportunities for those interested in English language and literature to join with like-minded persons on the local, regional, national, and international levels and to participate in and present professional work at conferences and conventions at these levels. Members receive the Newsletter while they remain active in their local chapters. They also receive and have the opportunity to contribute to the award-winning literary publication, The Rectangle, and are eligible to compete for several $1,000-$2,500 scholarships and awards. There are also internship and graduate assistantship opportunities available for members.

In 1957, the Omicron Zeta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta was organized at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. The purpose of the chapter is to encourage advanced study in English literature and to honor outstanding students in the field by election to membership.

All undergraduate and graduate students who meet the following requirements are eligible for membership in Sigma Tau Delta. Membership is by invitation so if you meet the following requirements, please submit your name to the faculty advisor,srividhya.swaminathan@liu.edu.

Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed a minimum of two upper division courses (meaning 100 level or above) in literature, rhetoric studies, or creative writing. Students in the Honors Program who have taken an upper division elective with an English faculty member may count that course as one of their two courses. The candidate must have a minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA and have earned no grade lower than a B in all upper division English courses. Eligible candidates may not have any outstanding incompletes on their transcripts.

Candidates for graduate membership must be enrolled in a graduate program in English, or one of its specializations, have completed six credits of graduate work or the equivalent, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. To be eligible, graduate students must also have no incompletes on their transcripts.

The Longest Island for announcements of upcoming chapter events, including the next member induction ceremony.

For more information, contact the faculty sponsor, Professor Srividhya Swaminathan.

English Department Clubs & Events

The English Department organizes a variety of programs and occasional events that provide students with valuable opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow students, with members of the faculty, and with a wide range of guest speakers and other campus visitors. 


We have an active chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society, and chapter members have a chance to present papers at the society's annual conference.


From time to time, members of the department faculty present research in progress as a part of the English Department Faculty Forum.

We host readings by established and emerging poets and fiction writers in the Voices of the Rainbow reading series, by distinguished Visiting Writers who teach in our Creative Writing MFA program, and by our own graduate students in the Creative Writiting MFA program's M.F.A. Reading Series.

For over thirty years, we have also welcomed a stream of distinguished scholars and writers to campus to deliver the Paumanok Lecture on American Literature and Culture.


Watch The Longest Island for announcements about upcoming events. 

You will also find announcements about Voices of the Rainbow events, MFA Reading Series events, and the Paumanok Lecture listed in the calendar on our LibraryThing venue page.

English Department Faculty Forum

Photo credit: David Gallagher (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
The English Department Faculty Forum promotes scholarly activity among full-time faculty members in the English Department by providing them with the opportunity to circulate their research among colleagues. Interested faculty members then respond to the circulated work over wine and cheese, offering feedback for the work's revision and collegial support towards its publication.

Note: Participation in this forum is open only to full-time faculty members in the English Department and is distinct from the Conolly College Faculty Forum.

Readings by Barbara Henning & Sarah Anne Wallen at Ugly Duckling Presse 6 X 6 Release Party

Ugly Duckling Presse publishes a magazine called 6 X 6, each issue of which features six pages each by six different poets. The latest issue features Professor Barbara Henning (English) and Sarah Anne Wallen (alumna of the English Department's Creative Writing MFA program).

There is to be a release party with readings by the contributors and live music.

Saturday, June 20
7-10 PM
J & B Cafe
300-302 Seventh Street

More info.

A Reading by Patrick Horrigan

Professor Patrick Horrigan (English) will be giving a reading from his new novel Portraits at an Exhibition (Lethe Press) on at St. Mark's Book Shop in the East Village, He will be reading with Sara Lippmann (author of the short story collection Doll Palace) and Jacob M. Appel (author of the short story collection Einstein's Beach House).

Monday, June 22, 2015
7:00 PM
136 East 3rd Street (just west of Avenue A)

The image at right is one of the paintings featured in the novel, the portrait of Juan de Pareja (1649-50) by Diego Velazquez, now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York. Pareja was an artist and also Velzaquez's workshop assistant and slave. 

REMINDER: NYC Performances of YOU ARE CONFUSED! (a play by Eduardo Leanez & Patrick Horrigan)

Don't forget about these NYC performances of "Your Are Confused!" -- a play by Eduardo Leanez and our very own Professor Patrick Horrigan. Last night was opening night! 

Alumnus Jon L. Peacock in 2 Plays at this Summer's Camden Shakespeare Festival

For more information about Jon, visit his website.
Jon L. Peacock, a 2010 alumnus of the English Department's Creative Writing MFA Program, will be appearing in two plays in the 2015 Camden Shakespeare Festival. Jon will play Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Banquo in Macbeth.

Break a leg, Jon!

Launch Party for Patrick Horrigan's Novel PORTRAITS AT AN EXHIBITION

Don't forget the launch party for Professor Patrick Horrigan's novel Portraits at an Exhibition (Lethe Press).

For more information about the book, read our earlier post.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
7:00 PM
Bureau of General Services -- Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210

Official page about this event.