Our Condolences to the Friends and Family of Marilyn Boutwell

We are saddened to learn the news that Marilyn Boutwell died on December 19, 2016 (see obituary). An alumna of the LIU Brooklyn English Department's graduate program in creative writing and a long-time adjunct professor in English, Marilyn went on to serve full-time as the department's Graduate Advisor. She was a fierce advocate for students, a beloved professor, and a wonderful friend.

LIU Faculty & MFA Alums Reading at New Year's Day Marathon at Poetry Project

Creative Writing MFA professors Erica Hunt and Lewis Warsh and MFA alums Chia-Lun Chang, Dan Owen, Tony Iantosca and Sarah Anne Wallen are reading at the 43rd Annual New Year's Day MarathonJan 1-Jan 2, at the Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, 10 St & 2nd Ave., in Manhattan.

New Review of Charles Matz's Book Columbus, The Moor

Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters has published Natalio Wheatley's review of Columbus, the Moor, the most recent book by Professor Charles Matz (English Department).

Lewis Warsh: Reading with Laura Sims & Jennifer Stella in Ugly Duckling Presse's Cellar Series

December 1
7, 2016

Doors open at 7pm

Reading starts by 7:30

* The Cellar Series is for subscribers, supporters, and friends of the Presse.

* Please bring a friend or two and feel free to tell others, but not on social media.

* You are welcome to bring anything you'd like to add to the refreshment table.

The Cellar Series is recorded. Previous readings are available as free podcasts.

Ugly Duckling Presse
Studio #E-303 (third floor)
@ The Old American Can Factory
232 Third St. (corner of 3rd Ave, in Gowanus)
Brooklyn NY 11215

Trains: [F] at Carroll St. or 4th Ave, [R] at Union St.

Jonathan Haynes: Paper Presentation

Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) gave a paper, "iROKOtv: Nollywood Meets Internet Capitalism,” at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on December 3. He was chair and organizer of the session Transforming Nollywood: Corporate Interventions I. He also had a book signing for his new book Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres

Voices of the Rainbow Event: Kevin Baker

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Angus McLinn Nominated for Pushcart Prize

Three Rooms Press has nominated Angus McLinn (Creative Writing MFA candidate, English Department) for a Pushcart Prize for his short story "Baby Teeth," from Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Stories.

More info.

(Readers with sharp eyes -- or perhaps just eyes of a certain age -- will note that Three Rooms has also nominated Naomi Rand, formerly a full-time professor in the English Department.)

Holiday Party 2016

The Humanities Building Fourth Floor holiday party is Wednesday, 12/14 at 5pm. 

We will be providing food from Caffe e Vino. All faculty should contribute a bottle of wine (or some other beverage) and a small dessert/food item. Please let Karen and Patrina know what you would like to bring in. 

Jon L. Peacock Hosts a Night of Shakespeare, Music, & Theater at LIU Brooklyn

Jonathan Haynes: Recent Scholarly Activity

Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) recently presented “Transformations in Nollywood and its Diaspora" on a panel at the Nollywood Producers Guild USA Inauguration, Queens, October 15, 2016.

Haynes also presented “Contexts for Nollywood Portraits” on the panel Iké Udé’s Nollywood Portraits: A radical beauty, at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, November 10, 2016. More info.

John High: Reading in Santa Fe

Professor John High (English) will be reading at Teatro Paraguas (in Santa Fe, NM) in a group event co-hosted by John Casquarelli (LIU Brooklyn Creative Writing MFA 2012). 

More info.

Jake Matkov: Queer/Art/Mentorship 2015-2016 Annual Exhibition

As many of you know, Jake Matkov (English Department) was a 2015-2016 Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellow. Read our earlier post here.

To mark the end of the fellowship year, Queer|Art|Mentorship has partnered with Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art for its third annual public exhibition at the Museum's Price St. Project Space from November 18-20th. A weekend long series of exhibitions, screenings and performances will take place throughout the weekend, featuring work by the 2015–2016 Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellows -- Rodrigo Bellott, Monstah Black, Caroline Wells Chandler, Erin Greenwell, Doron Langberg, Jacob Matkov, Mylo Mendez, Eva Peskin, Hugh Ryan, Justine Williams and Brendan Williams-Childs.

An opening reception for the Annual Exhibition will be held on Friday, November 18th from 6-8pm with a special one-night-event with screenings, performances and readings on Saturday, November 19th from 6-9pm. The multi-disciplinary, inter-generational arts program that pairs and supports mentorship between emerging and established queer artists in NYC, broadens its reach with this public program, exhibiting artwork from each of its participant from the 2015–2016 program.

Prince St. Project Space
127-B Prince Street

Opening Reception: Friday, November 18th, 6-8pm

Special One-Night Event: Saturday, November 19th, 6-9pm

Open Gallery Hours: November 19th and 20th, 12-5pm

Voices of the Rainbow Reading Series Event: Eric Gabriel Lehman, Andrea Libin, & Barbara Henning

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Voices of the Rainbow Reading Series: Fall 2016 Schedule of Events

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Lewis Warsh: Reading at Unnameable Books

Professor Lewis Warsh (English / Creative Writing) will read with Fiona-Sze Lorrain at Unnameable Books on Halloween! 

Monday, October 31, 2016
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Avenue

LEWIS WARSH'S most recent books are Alien Abduction (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), One Foot Out the Door: Collected Stories (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), A Place in the Sun (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010), and Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary, 2008). He is editor and publisher of United Artists Books and teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Long Island University (Brooklyn).

FIONA-SZE LORRAIN is a poet and translator who writes and translates in English, French and Chinese. Her third poetry collection, The Ruined Elegance (2016), published by Princeton University Press, was a finalist for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was also chosen by Library Journal as one of the "Best Books of Poetry 2015." She is the author of two previous books, My Funeral Gondola (2013) and Water the Moon (2010). She lives in Paris.

Idra Novey: Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize

We are pleased to announce that Professor Idra Novey, Fall 2016 Visiting Writer to our Creative Writing MFA Program, has won the Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize for her novel Ways to Disappear.

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Patrick Horrigan: Actors With Accents

Please join Patrick E. Horrigan (Professor of English) and Eduardo Leanez when they host the 10th edition of 


Thursday, October 27th @ 7pm
Teatro SEA
107 Suffolk Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side

Admission is FREE!

Everybody has an accent.  What's yours?

Deborah Mutnick: ENG 173 Writing in the Community, Spring 2017

Study-Abroad Opportunity (Summer 2017) with Deborah Mutnick (English) & Ellen Short (Education)

The course is a graduate course, but it's open to qualified (mostly upper-division) undergraduates. For information, see flyer below, and/or come to one of the following Informational Open House sessions.

Wednesday, October 12
4:45-5:45 PM Pratt 321

Tuesday, October 25

6:30-7:30 pm
9 Hanover Place
4th floor, Conference Room B

Angus McLinn: Reading at Manhattanville College

Angus McLinn (Creative Writing MFA candidate) will be reading at Manhattanville College as follows, with several other contributors to the book Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Stories (Three Rooms Press).

More info.

Graduate Courses, Spring 2017

Row Houses on Bond Street in Brooklyn, New York City (Danny Lyon, July 1974)
No known copyright restrictions.

Undergraduate Courses: Spring 2017

by George Eastman House.
No known copyright restrictions.

These course descriptions are provided by the professors teaching the courses.

For more information, write to them directly. 
Get English Department faculty contact info here.

English Majors — Before you register, make an appointment to meet with Wayne Berninger to review your outstanding requirements. Then register as early as possible to keep courses from being canceled.

Non-Majors — The writing and analytical skills gained in English courses are useful in a variety of professions. Any student may take these courses as general electives. A minor in English (four courses 100 or above) will satisfy the Distribution Requirement for any major. For more information, make an appointment to meet with Wayne Berninger.

Tina Barry: Award Nomination & Two Readings

We are pleased to report that a poem/story – “Come Back” – by Tina Barry (Creative Writing MFA, LIU Brooklyn, 2014) has been nominated for a Best of the Net award by the editors of Flash-Frontier.

Also, Barry will be reading twice in October, as follows.

Reading by writers whose work appears in The Best Small Fictions 2016.
Saturday, 10/22
7:00 PM
KGB Bar, the Red Room
85 East 4th Street

Reading by poets whose work appears in RedSky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women.
Sunday, 10/23
7:00 PM
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street

Jonathan Haynes: New Book

We are pleased to congratulate Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) on the publication of his book Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres (University of Chicago Press, 2016). 

More information about the book. 

Available from Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions.

Patrick Horrigan: Reading at Virginia Museum of Fine Art


Professor Patrick E. Horrigan (LIU Brooklyn English Department) will read from his recent novel, Portraits at an Exhibition (Lethe Press), winner of the 2016 Art in Literature Award, on Friday, October 14, 2016, at 6PM, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, Virginia. The reading is open to the public and all are welcome. Purchase tickets.

Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award, sponsored by the Library of Virginia along with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, recognizes an outstanding book published in the previous year that is written primarily in response to a work (or works) of art while also showing the highest literary quality as a creative or scholarly work. This unique award, established in 2013, is named in honor of Mary Lynn Kotz, author of the award-winning biography Rauschenberg, A Life. The inaugural award recipient was The Innocence of Objects by Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk. The 2014 award winner was Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda for The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Last year's winner was Susan Vreeland for her novel Lisete's List.  

John High: Reading at Unnameable Books

Th 9/29 @ 8pm

An evening of readings with
John High, Nathan Austin, & Emily Wallis Hughes
surprise guests from LIU Brooklyn's Creative Writing MFA Program
Music by O.A.E

Readings will take place in the white rock stone garden or, in inclement weather, the comfortable book-lined basement.

600 Vanderbilt Avenue
near the corner of St. Marks
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Jonathan Haynes: New Publications

Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) has two new publications.

“Ola Balogun’s Lost Classics Aiye and Orun Mooru" appears in the book The Magic of Nigeria: On the cinema of Ola Balogun (Filmkollektiv Frankfurt).

“Neoliberalism, Nollywood and Lagos” appears in the book Global Cinematic Cities: New landscapes of film and media (Wallflower Press / Columbia UP).

In addition, Professor Haynes writes informally about his contribution to Global Cinematic Cities in a special section of the online journal Mediapolis.