Katrinka Moore & Sarah Francois: Reading at KGB Bar

Katrinka Moore, alum (MA, Teaching of Writing) and former adjunct professor in the LIU Brooklyn English Department; and Sarah Francois, also an LIU Brooklyn English Department alum (MFA, Creative Writing) will be reading in the Trumpet Reading Series at KGB Bar.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
85 East 4th Street, Manhattan

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We are pleased to note that Howard Pflanzer (formerly an adjunct professor in the LIU Brooklyn English Department) will be performing as part of Ad Lib Pub's Tract 187 Culture Clatch: Women Spring Into Action Edition.

When:   7:00-9:00
Where:  THE WEST END LOUNGE 955 West End Ave @ 107th  (#1 to 103)
Event:    $10 door/ $7 advance tickets here

Kidnap Road - A New Play by Catherine Filloux

We are pleased to note the debut of Kidnap Road, a new play by Catherine Filloux (formerly an adjunct professor in the LIU Brooklyn English Department).

Voices of the Rainbow Event: Mark Chiusano

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Paumanok Lecture: Claudia Rankine

Updated 10 March with photos from the event...

Claudia Rankine
(photo: Jake Matkov)

The LIU Brooklyn English Department is delighted to announce that poet and 2016 MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Claudia Rankine will deliver the 2017 Paumanok Lecture on American Literature and Culture. 

(l) Professor Erica Hunt (Creative Writing
MFA Program, LIU Brooklyn
(r) Claudia Rankine.
(Photo: Jake Matkov)

Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; and numerous video collaborations. She is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the MindFor Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in New York City and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

Rankine may read from recent work and take questions from the audience. Her books will be available for purchase (and possible signing by the author).

More information will follow. Watch this space.

For now, direct any questions to Professor Leah Dilworth (English).

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Jonathan Haynes: News

Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) has been named to the Board of Directors of the Lagos Studies Association.

At the Association's second international conference (June 2017, University of Lagos) there will be a panel devoted to Nollywood, Haynes' new book on the Nigerian film industry.

Creative Writing MFA Reading Series Event

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Graduate Courses, Summer 2017 & Fall 2017

Danny Lyon, "Three Boys and 'A Train' Graffiti in Brooklyn's Lynch Park in New York City." 06/1974.
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Undergraduate Courses, Fall 2017

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.