Jonathan Haynes: Scholarly Activity

On October 27, 2017, Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) will moderate a panel discussion of the films of Femi Odugbemi at Northwestern University. See flyer below.

Then, on October 30, 2017, Professor Haynes will deliver a lecture, "Trajectories of the Nigerian Film Industry," at Illinois State University in Normal.

Lewis Warsh: New Book

We are pleased to announce that Professor Lewis Warsh's new book -- Out of the Question: Selected Poems (1963-2003) [Station Hill Press of Barrytown, 2017] is available for purchase through Small Press Distribution. It will also be available at Warsh's upcoming reading with Cedar Sigo at the Poetry Project. See our earlier post for further information about that reading.

Undergraduate Courses, Spring 2018

Danny Lyon, "Turn of the Century Brownstone Apartments Being Painted and Renovated by Their Owners in Brooklyn" (1974).
US National Archives, No known copyright restrictions. Link

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.

Downtown Brooklyn: Call for Submissions -- Issue 27

Poets & writers!

Please submit poems and/or fiction for issue #27 of


the literary magazine of the LIU Brooklyn English Department

Submission deadline: 8 December 2017!

Who can submit work? Students, faculty & staff at LIU Brooklyn. This includes alumni & former employees of LIU Brooklyn, as well as Visiting Writers in the Creative Writing MFA program & writers who 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 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 2018 semester.

Patrick Horrigan: Reading

Professor Patrick E. Horrigan (English) will give a reading of new work as part of the COOL STORIES performance series on Friday, October 27th @ 7pm, at El Barrio's Artspace PS 109.

215 East 99th Street

Admission is FREE! 

Barbara Henning: Upcoming Reading

Professor Barbara Henning (English) will be reading with fellow poets Cliff Fyman and John Godfrey.

Sunday, October 22, 2017
4:30 PM

Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street

Lewis Warsh: Upcoming Reading

photo: Dan Wonderly

Professor Lewis Warsh (English / Creative Writing) will read with Cedar Sigo at the Poetry Project.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
8:00 PM

More info.

Carol Allen: New Book

Professor Carol Allen (English) is the author of the new book Journeys and Journals: Women's Mystery Writing and Migration in the African Diaspora (Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, December 2016). 

From the publisher's website: "Using literary criticism, theory, and sociohistoric data, this book brings into conversation black migrations with mystery novels by African American women, novels which explore fully the psychic, economic, and spiritual impact of mass migratory movements."

More info.

Srividhya Swaminathan: New Book

Professor Srividhya Swaminathan (English) is co-editor of a new volume. The Cinematic Eighteenth Century: History, Culture, and Adaptation is a collection of essays that focus on the broad variety of interpretations of the eighteenth century onto film and television. The essays push the concept of adaptation in film studies to new theoretical models and examine both the straightforward text to film works, like the lucrative Jane Austen franchise, and appropriations of the eighteenth-century milieu, like the Caribbean pirate narrative and the African slave institution. Co-edited with Steven W. Thomas (Wagner College), this collection seeks to break new ground in the crossover between film and literary studies.

More info.