Uche Nduka: Reading

John Casquarelli (LIU Brooklyn Creative Writing MFA alum and chairperson of the Santa Fe chapter of the New Mexico State Poetry Society) writes to inform the English Department of the following event.

Worlds through Words: A Multicultural Poetry Celebration featuring Uche Nduka (LIU Brooklyn Creative Writing MFA alum) and three other poets. Hosted by Ebony Isis Booth.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 18th (3-5:30pm)
Location: Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe, NM)
Four poets from four of the corners of the world come together to offer an expansion of our own boundaries. Haleh Lize, Brynn Saito, Uche Nduka, and James Thomas Stevens will be sharing work infused with sounds, senses and experience fragranced by their diverse cultural heritages.
Each poet will read, followed by a Q&A and discussion with the audience, as well as a chance to meet and mingle with the poets and buy their books.
This event is free to the public.
Haleh Liza (Iranian/Persian) has toured through the US and Europe playing venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Bonnaroo Festival, UNC Chapel Hill, and the Mimi Fest in Marseilles with past projects Haale, The Mast, and Sabila Sabila. Her poems have been published by Columbia University Press and Rattapallax Press and she has recited her poems at the MET, the Fetzer Institute's Gathering for Love and Forgiveness in Assisi, Italy, and at Verses of Hope hosted by Brainpickings and the Academy of American Poets.
Brynn Saito (Japanese/Korean) is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace, a chapbook of poetry from Diode Editions. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry Northwest, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other journals. She is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship, the Poets 11 award from the San Francisco Public Library, and the Key West Literary Seminar’s Scotti Merrill Memorial Award.
Uche Nduka (Nigerian) is the author of numerous collections of poetry and prose, including Nine East (2013), Ijele (2012), and eel on reef (2007), all of which were published after he arrived in the United States. Earlier collections include Heart’s Field (2005); If Only the Night (2002); Chiaroscuro (1997), which won the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize; The Bremen Poems (1995); Second Act (1994); and Flower Child (1988). Belltime Letters (2000) is a collection of prose.
James Aronhiótas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk) received a 2000 Whiting Writers Award, a Witter Bynner Foundation poetry grant, the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Prize in Poetry, and the City of Santa Fe Writer’s Award. Nominated for the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award and a Pushcart Prize. He was a 2005 finalist for the National Poetry Series. His work has been included in several anthologies, including Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust (2006, edited by MariJo Moore), Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary (2006, edited by Joan Retallack and Juliana Spahr), and Visit Teepee Town: Native Writing after the Detours (1999, edited by Diane Glancy and Mark Nowak). Stevens has taught at Haskell Indian Nations University, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and SUNY Fredonia.
Ebony Isis Booth is a 2006 National Poetry Slam Champion, and recipient of Westword’s Mastermind Award in Literary Arts for her work as hostess of Café Nuba; Ebony Isis Booth is committed to her work. Since relocating to Albuquerque in early 2015, Isis has continued to fuel her drive toward art-ivism as Programs & Communications Coordinator for Harwood Art Center while simultaneously writing and performing original poetry and prose; heralding social justice, self love, and perseverance in and around New Mexico. In 2016, Ebony celebrated the inaugural edition of Burque Noir, a multimedia performance and art showcase which centers Black artists in New Mexico. Ebony Isis Booth serves on the Board of Directors for YWCA New Mexico as a steward of the organization’s mission, “Eliminating racism. Empowering women.”

English Department Awards Ceremony 2017

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the English Department held its annual awards ceremony to recognize this year's graduates and this year's winners of the English Department's various awards and prizes.

Beginning this year, the ceremony will be a joint event for the whole Humanities Division. 

Also presented at the ceremony, therefore, were Humanities Division minor awards presented to Africana Studies minor Tatyana DeJean and Gender Studies minors Mark McCook and Hasanna Taitt.

The Foreign Languages & Literature Department presented awards to French minor Donovan Desir and Spanish minor Esmerelda Castro.

The Philosophy Department presented the Philosophy Honor Award to Penelope Triantayllou.

Congratulations to the following English majors and graduate students who completed their degrees this academic year.

September 2016

Cristina Cutrone: English MA; Louis & Ann Parascandola Graduate English Award 2016; Sigma Tau Delta

Danielle Moskowitz: English MA; Sigma Tau Delta

January 2017

Michael Atkinson: Creative Writing MFA

Diane Etienne: English BA, Literature

Julie Lonon: English MA

Angus McLinn: Creative Writing MFA

Rebecca Rimple: English BA, Creative Writing

Michelle Szetela: English MA; Sigma Tau Delta

May 2017

Sarai Arroyo: English BA, Creative Writing

Tatum Crawford: Creative Writing MFA; Sigma Tau Delta

Sam Farhi: Creative Writing MFA

Celina Flores: English BA, Creative Writing

Lydia Flores: Creative Writing MFA; Esther Hyneman Graduate Award in Poetry 2016

Joann Jeannot: English BA, Literature; Sigma Tau Delta

Strawbry Jiles: English MA; Sigma Tau Delta

Belynda Jones: Creative Writing MFA

Sarah Kaplan Gould: Creative Writing MFA; Esther Hyneman Graduate Award in Poetry 2015

Madison Lukosius: English BA, Literature

Keila Matthews: English BA, Literature

Hafeezah Nazim: English BA, Creative Writing

Raquel Pimentel: Creative Writing MFA

Gabrielle Robinson: Creative Writing MFA
Medgine Salim: English MA

This Academic Year's Inductees to Sigma Tau Delta, Omicron Zeta Chapter

Tamanna Afroze
Tatum Crawford
Yu June Lee
Erica Lee Mazewski
Nathalie Meyers
Sarai Rivera Polanco
Patricia June Quintall
Jermaine Richards
Susan Elizabeth Stuart
Jason Wong
Leslie Jo Wrightington

The Edward Edelman and Susanne Popper-Edelman English Essay Prizes

Freshman Composition (English 16): Gennica Uy, "The Dark Truth of Inequality: A World Full of Inequality and Violence," Professor Andrea Libin

Upper Division: Sarai Rivera Polanco, "Inquiring into Identity and Literacy: First Generational Spanish Women," Professor Deborah Mutnick

Senior Thesis in Literature: Karen Zhang, "Feminine Traits and their Spheres," Professor Sealy Gilles

Excellence in English, Undergraduate

Celina Flores

Joann Jeannot
Madison Lukosius
Hafeezah Nazim

Excellence in English, Graduate

Michael Atkinson
Tatum Crawford
Cristina Cutrone
Sam Farhi
Lydia Flores
Sarah Kaplan Gould
Belynda Jones
Julie Lonon
Angus McLinn
Danielle Moskowitz
Raquel Pimentel
Medgine Salim

Louis and Ann Parascandola Graduate Award

Raquel Pimentel

Marilyn Boutwell Graduate Award in Fiction

(The Creative Writing MFA faculty announced at the ceremony that this award, formerly known as the Esther Hyneman Graduate Award in Fiction, has been re-named in memory of Marilyn Boutwell, our former graduate advisor, who died in December 2016.)

Sam Farhi

Esther Hyneman Graduate Award in Poetry

Tatum Crawford


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Maria McGarrity: Presentation at Taste of Yeats Summer School 2017 (NYU)

This weekend, Professor Maria McGarrity (English) will give a talk entitled "Yeats and Walcott: ‘Easter 1916' and Irish Visual Culture in Omeros” at Taste of Yeats Sumer School 2017, an event organized by the Yeats Society of New York and Glucksman Ireland House NYU. In her talk, McGarrity examines Yeats amid the global Irish culture in the pan-Caribbean epic of Derek Walcott, the Nobel-Prize-winning poet from St. Lucia.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
2:50 PM
One Washington Mews

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Howard Pflanzer: Staged Reading of RAUS

Richard Strauss with Joseph Goebbels
We are pleased to note that there will be a staged reading of RAUS, written and directed by Howard Pflanzer, formerly an adjunct professor in the English Department.

Who is RAUS?  Is he a great German composer?  A naïve Nazi collaborator?   Is he a tormented hero struggling to liberate his Jewish daughter-in-laws’ grandmother from the Theresienstadt concentration camp?  Is he a man with a crisis of conscience?  Come and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 PM   
Medicine Show Theatre 549 West 52nd Street, 3rd floor, (10th and 11th Aves)

Reservations: 212-262-4216