Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing -- Issue 26 -- Call for Submissions!

Attention all LIU Brooklyn poets & writers!

Please submit poems and/or fiction for issue #26 of



the literary magazine of the LIU Brooklyn English Department

Submission deadline: 6 March 2017!

Who can submit work? Students, faculty & staff at LIU Brooklyn. This includes alumni & former employees of LIU Brooklyn, as well as Visiting Writers who are teaching or have taught in the Creative Writing MFA program & writers who visit campus to read in the English Department’s Voices of the Rainbow reading series. We consider poetry &/or fiction in a wide variety of traditional as well as experimental forms.

How to submit? Save your submission as a single Word document (not a separate file for each piece) & send it as an attachment to wayne [dot] berninger [at] liu [dot] edu. The first page of your document should be a cover letter. Include your name as you’d like it to appear, your e-mail address, & a short bio statement, in which you describe how you are connected to LIU Brooklyn. Are you a student? Say whether you are undergrad or grad, what your major or degree program is, & your expected date of graduation. If you are an alum, tell us what your major was & what degree you earned, as well as the year you graduated. Are you faculty or former faculty? Tell us your department, what your title is or was & what you teach or taught. Are you a staff member or former staff member? Tell us your title & what kind of work you do or did. If relevant, list recent publications, productions, or performances of your work. You will receive confirmation by e-mail that we have received your submissions. We will then notify as to acceptance ASAP, and the new issue should come out in time for the start of the Fall 2017 semester.

Please note: At this time, we are an online magazine. To read Issue 25, please visit our website.

Hafeezah Nazim: News

We are pleased to note that Hafeezah Nazim (English major, Class of 2017; and Editor of LIU Brooklyn's student newspaper Seawanhaka) won a competitive internship at NYLON magazine last semester. She was a Digital Editorial Intern, and she is back at the magazine this year, having been promoted to Contributor.

English Department, Visual Arts Department, and Learning Communities Co-Sponsor Lecture/Demonstration by Rusty Zimmerman (The Free Portrait Project)

The English Department, along with the Visual Arts Department and LIU Brooklyn Learning Communities, welcomes to campus Rusty Zimmerman, a portrait artist whose paintings of Crown Heights residents are currently on exhibit in the Salena Gallery, for a lecture / demonstration.

1-3:30 PM, Thursday, Feb. 23, in room H901-B.

Zimmerman will be painting a live subject and demonstrating how he takes an oral history at the same time.

At the exhibition, you can listen to the oral histories if you have a QR code scanner on your smartphone.


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Barbara Henning: Reading at KGB Bar

Professor Barbara Henning (English) will read with Hugh Seidman & Burt Kimmelman at KGB Bar April 4th, 2016,  7-9 PM.

85 East 4th Street
NYC 10003

Born in Detroit in 1948, Barbara Henning moved to New York City in 1983 with the father of her children, Allen Saperstein (d. 4/25/1997). She is the mother of Michah Saperstein and Linnée Snyder, with two grandchildren, Luke and Logan Snyder. In 2005 Barbara moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico briefly and then to Tucson, Arizona where she taught for the University of Arizona and for the Poetry Center, serving on the board of the literary group POG and Chax Press. In 2010 she returned to the East Village in New York City where she is presently living. She’s the author of three novels and nine collections of poetry. A Day Like Today was released in the spring of 2015 by Negative Capability Press. Other recent books include two collections of poetry and prose, A Swift Passage (Quale Press, 2013) and Cities & Memory (Chax Press, 2010); a novel, Thirty Miles to Rosebud (BlazeVox, 2009); a collection of objectsonnets, and My Autobiography (United Artists, 2007). She is also a board member on Belladonna and the author/editor of a book of interviews, Looking Up Harryette Mullen (Belladonna, 2011), and The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins (Blazevox, 2012). For a number of years she published limited editions (108) of a series of 16 photo-poem pamphlets, distributed to a list of poets. The last of this series was published a few years ago, My Animal Eyeball. She is a long-time yoga practitioner, having lived and studied in Mysore, India with Shankaranarayana Jois and she brings this knowledge and discipline to her writing and her teaching at Naropa University (2006-14), and Long Island University in Brooklyn, where she is Professor Emerita.

Louis Parascandola: Professional News

Professor Louis Parascandola (English) and Adjunct Professor of English Rajul Punjabi (MA, Literature, 2012, LIU Brooklyn) are co-authors of an article, "Language, Otherness, and Acculturation among Chinese Immigrants in the Short  Stories of Ha Jin," which has been ​accepted for publication in the Summer 2017 issue of the journal Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies. LIU Brooklyn English Department MA student Leah Jones helped to collect information on Flushing, Queens, for the article.  

Professor Parascandola has also received a contract for a book on Harlem Renaissance author Gwendolyn Bennett, scheduled to be published by Pennsylvania State University Press next year.