John Casquarelli: News

John Casquarelli (Creative Writing MFA, 2012) has been awarded a Kafka Residency Prize and will be in Hostka, Czech Republic this summer.

English Department Holiday Party

Tina Barry: Readings from Mall Flower

Come hear Tina Barry, LIU MFA graduate, read from Mall Flower, her newly released, first book of poetry and short fiction, at the Inquiring Minds Book Store in Saugerties, NY (corner of Main and Partition). Saugarties is a 2 hour drive from NYC, or Trailways bus ride from Port Authority. The date is 12/19 at 3 pm.  Sugarties and the neighboring towns in Upstate NY, is a beautiful place to spend a day or two, full of great bookstores, restaurants and stunning scenery.

Jessica Hagedorn said Mall Flower “shimmers with delicate and gritty insights.”

Poet Joanna Fuhrman says, “Tina Barry is a master of the image that packs it all in: social commentary, pathos, humor, you name it.”

Short story writer Jen Knox, says,  “With a sort of precision and attention most poets would reserve for the mapping of a butterfly wing, Barry dedicates both her short fictions and poems to something equally perplexing and full of beautiful angles and confusing symbols - she points the magnifying glass so that it reflects the sun against the sheen of plastic, the semi-precious, the hair-sprayed, fast-food fed realities that usher many of us into and out of days, years, and even decades of
longing for genuine connections.”

Any questions, call Tina at 646-925-0281, or send an email to

Patrick Horrigan: Actors With Accents

Patrick E. Horrigan (Dept. of English) and Eduardo Leanez present ACTORS WITH ACCENTS.

Celebrate the holidays and sing your heart out with ACTORS WITH ACCENTS. We have a very special program of comedy, drama, and music in store for you, featuring Serena Candiani, Gregory Couba, Martha Dao, Inma Heredia, Patrick E. Horrigan, Basil Horn, Eduardo Leanez, Priyank Rastogi, John Sannuto, Jasmine Spiess, Reggie Street, Raquel Vargas, and Adam Wiggins.

Mark your calendars!

Date: Friday, December 18, 2015

Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM (performance to start at 8:00 PM)
Place: Teatro Circulo @ 64 East 4th St. between Bowery and 2nd Ave., 3rd floor; Manhattan
Admission: FREE! (but donations are welcome)

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Update From Jonathan Haynes

Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) delivered the keynote address, “Nollywood and Nollywood Studies,” at the Media Studies in Nigeria: Genesis and Detours Conference, at the University of Ibadan, in Ibadan, Nigeria, November 2015.

Haynes was also a speaker in a roundtable discussion -- New Media and Literary Initiatives in Africa -- at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, in San Diego, November 2015.