Auditions for LIU Production of Messages for Gary by Patrick E. Horrigan

AUDITIONS for the LIU Theatre program's fall 2015 production of...

a drama in voicemail
by Patrick E. Horrigan (Professor of English, LIU Brooklyn)

Wednesday, September 30, 6:30-9pm

Thursday, October 1, 6:30-9pm

Room H609

The Barbara and Melvin Pasternack Little Theatre

Please email or with your preferred time slot to book an audition.

Monologues from the play will be provided at the audition.

Rehearsals begin October 7 and run through November, evenings after 6pm & Saturdays.  Rehearsal Schedule will be set once the show is cast.

Performances:  November 17-21 at 7pm.

Questions?  Please email us or contact Dr. John Sannuto:, 718.246.6405, H413.

Patrick E. Horrigan & Eduardo Leanez present another evening of ACTORS WITH ACCENTS

"Everybody has an accent.  What's yours?"

Performances by Gregory Couba, Martha Marina Dao, Caridad Del Valle, Basil Horn, Patrick E. Horrigan (Professor of English, LIU Brooklyn), Eduardo Leanez, Katie Parrotte, John Sannuto, Reggie Street, Jasmine Spiess, Raquel Vargas, and more!

Friday, September 25
7-10pm (performance to start at 8pm)

Teatro Circulo @ 64 East 4th St. between Bowery and 2nd Ave., 3rd floor walkup; New York, NY 10003

Admission: FREE! (but donations are welcome)

For more information, or to find out how to participate in an upcoming ACTORS WITH ACCENTS, visit us on Facebook or email us at

Lewis Warsh: Reading at Berl's Poetry Shop

(L-R: Bill Berkson, Lyric Hunter, Lewis Warsh)

Lewis Warsh (English / Creative Writing) will be reading with Lyric Hunter & Bill Berkson, at Berl's Poetry Shop, in an event sponsored by Coffee House Press.  

More info

Saturday, October 3, 2015
4:00 PM
Berl's Poetry Shop
126A Front Street
DUMBO, Brooklyn

Sandra Cisneros Will Deliver This Year's Paumanok Lecture!

The acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros will be delivering the annual Paumanok Lecture on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 6:30 PM, in the Kumble Theater.  The event is free and open to the public.

Please consider bringing your classes or offering extra credit for students who attend. Perhaps you could assign some of Cisneros’ writings in your course.

Also, Professor Louis Parascandola (English) will be teaching a one-credit course tied to Cisneros and the Paumanok.

Cisneros will be reading from and discussing her forthcoming memoir, A House of My Own.  Professor Jessica Hagedorn (English / Creative Writing MFA Program) will conduct a brief on-stage interview, and Cisneros will take questions from the audience.

Professors: the reading is free and open to the is free and open to the public, but the Kumble Theater is asking for attendees to RSVP so they can know how many people to expect and save seats for LIU students. If you plan to bring your classes to the event (and we hope you do!), RSVP with a head countYou can do this the first week of class.

More details are forthcoming...

SANDRA CISNEROS is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The House on Mango Street, and the story collection, Woman Hollering Creek. In addition to other novels and short stories, she has published collections of poetry, essays, and, most recently, a memoir, A House of My Own.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, the Thomas Wolfe Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages. Cisneros is the founder of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral and Macondo Foundations, which serve creative writers.

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New Poem by Sam Farhi

Sam Farhi, Creative Writing MFA candidate, has a poem in the new issue of Packet. The issue will be available at the magazine's table (A12) in the zine tent at the 2015 New York Art Book Fair at MOMA PS 1 this weekend.

Thursday, September 17, 6-9 PM
Friday, September 18, 1-7 PM
Saturday, September 19, 11 AM - 9 PM
Sunday, September 20, 11 AM - 7 PM

2225 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City

Jessica Hagedorn to Be Honored by Filipino American National Historical Society

Jessica Hagedorn, director of the Creative Writing MFA Program, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society at the Opening Ceremonies for Filipino American History Month on October 2, 2015.

Harry McEwan: New Work in Your Impossible Voice

The latest issue (#9) of the online literary magazine Your Impossible Voice features "Trashed," by Harry McEwan (MFA, Creative Writing, 2015). You may recall that Harry read this piece at the 2015 MFA graduation reading in May 2015. 

Read the issue here.

Barbara Henning, Chia-Lun Chang, and Tony Iantosca: Reading at St. Mark's Bookshop

Professor Barbara Henning (Professor of English), Chia-Lun Chang (Creative Writing MFA, 2014), and Tony Iantosca (Adjunct Professor of English and Creative Writing MFA, 2012) will be reading together at St. Mark's Bookshop, on 28 September 2015. 
This is the fourth event in a new series called Heart Star Salon, which is being run by two alums of the Creative Writing MFA program: Sarah Anne Wallen (2013) and Lisa Rogal (2013).

More info about the series and this event.

Jessica Hagedorn in T Magazine Group Photo of NYC Cultural Icons

T (the New York Times style magazine) included Professor Jessica Hagedorn (Director of the Creative Writing MFA program) in a group photo of 28 artists, writers, musicians, and others who defined the cultural scene of NYC in the late 1970s and early 1980s. See article ("They Made New York") here.

Jessica Hagedorn, front and center.

Katrinka Moore: Reading from New Book

Katrinka Moore, an alumna (MA, Teaching of Writing) and a former adjunct professor in English, will be reading at Cornelia Street Cafe, on September 24, 2015, at 6PM, along with Sarah Stern, Elizabeth Poreba, and Guillermo Filice Castro.

Poetry by Daniel Soto to Appear in The Border Crossed Us: An Anthology to End Apartheid (Vagabond Press)

Work by Daniel Soto, Creative Writing MFA candidate, has been accepted for publication in the anthology The Border Crossed Us: An Anthology to End Apartheid (Vagabond Press), selection by Mark Lipman, with a forward by Luis J. Rodriguez. 

The book is set for publication on October 12, 2015 (Indigenous Peoples' Day / Columbus Day), and there will be a national reading tour, which will include NYC, over the course of this fall and next spring. More updates will follow.

Congratulations, Daniel!

Proposals Now Being Accepted for Fifth Annual LIU Brooklyn Teaching Narratives Conference / Keynote Speaker: James Paul Gee

Creative Writing MFA Program -- Fall 2015 Orientation

Please save the date for the fall MFA orientation on Friday September 11th from 6pm-8pm in the English Department Spector Lounge (4th floor, Humanities Building).

All students in the MFA program are expected to attend orientation, as it is a time to welcome new and returning students and to kick off the fall semester.

Since refreshments will be served, your RSVP is much appreciated. Please confirm your attendance with Lindsay Infantino at

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