Volume 51.7

October 9th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.7)

1. Announcements

On Wednesday, October 16th, Rick Mitchell will be speaking about the work of dramatist Sam Shepard at A Noise Within Theatre, Glendale, immediately prior to the production of Shepard’s Buried Child. The talk, part of the theatre’s A Symposia Within series, begins at 6:45 p.m., followed by a performance of the play at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.anoisewithin.org/play/buried-child/.

CSUN Faculty Mentor Program & Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has issued a Call for Nominations for
Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards for 2019, which awards exceptional contributions to the mentoring of past or present CSUN students, especially EOP students. Application deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit Apply.

Im addition to normal travel funds for students through Graduate Studies and Associated Students, this year Graduate Studies is offering an additional $300 for students to attend (not even necessarily present) at a conference for educational and/or career advancement (networking with potential faculty, learning more about a given field, etc). Contact Hedy Carpenter in Graduate Studies if you have questions (hcarpenter@csun.edu).

2. Reminders

The Office of Community Engagement is offering Faculty SEED/Mentorship Grants (up to $1000 per faculty member applicant) and Student Scholar Grants (up to $500 to pay for a student scholar to support your teaching). Deadline: October 15 by 5:00 p.m. to communityengagement@csun.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Spratt, Director of Faculty Engagement, at danielle.spratt@csun.edu.

Please let Wendy Say know which classes you will have evaluated this semester by October 15th. (wendy.say@csun.edu)

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS). The goal of this program is to bring prominent artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to campus to engage CSUN students and faculty. The deadline is Monday, October 15, but the DSS program will fund speakers during the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, it is not necessary that you have already secured the speaker. A faculty committee will review and make recommendations for funding.

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following workshops:

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information, visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

3. Opportunities

The STARTALK Russian Language and Cultural Immersion Program is seeking a student assistant to support the program director for approximately 10 hours per week. Specific hours and scheduling has some flexibility. Computer knowledge and advanced skills in standard office software – including Microsoft Office Suite – is required. Thorough knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation is also required and some experience creating professional documents – letters, reports, emails, etc. – is highly preferred. Salary: $14.25 per hour. Email resume to dina.mokhnatkin@csun.edu. Please include all relevant skills and work experience.

Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program supports high-caliber scholarship in the social sciences and humanities, making it possible for the recipients to devote time to research and writing that addresses pressing issues and cultural transitions affecting us at home and abroad. For more information, guidelines can be found at: 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. If you have any question, please contact Liza Johnston, Grants & Contracts Analyst in RSP at liza.johnston@csun.edu or at ext. 3441.

This is an invitation to participate in a showcase of student work (113A/114A/115)! All composition instructors, students, writing support centers, departments, programs are welcome. The Whitsett room has been reserved for the following dates/times:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 6, 2019: 8:00-11:00 a.m.

This event is an opportunity for faculty and students to share the wonderful work produced by students in writing courses. Each participating class will have a space in the Whitsett room to display their work. CSUN Campus Writing Centers, Tutoring Centers, Writing Labs, and Supplemental Instruction (and S.I.), and tutors are also invited to share their excellent student support services.

CSUN’s Research and Sponsored Programs office is hosting two faculty workshops this fall on proposal development. On Friday, October 18th from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Laura Serrano, Central Grants Officer, will lead the workshop, Making Your Match: Aligning Research to Funding Opportunities, where faculty can learn about the major federal grantmaking agencies and the mechanisms through which they award funding. The workshop will also provide an overview of foundation funding, cover how to analyze funding announcements to determine if your research is a good fit, and help assess deadlines and proposal deliverables to determine feasibility. On Wednesday, November 6th from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Shirley Lang, Senior Grants & Contracts Analyst, will lead the SciENcv and ORCID Workshop, where faculty can learn about the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) tool to help create biographical sketches in the required format for grant applications. The workshop will also cover how to set up your required Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) and link it to your eRA Commons personal profile.

4 Achievements

Katherine Coldiron (aka Katherine Mason, a CSUN English M.A. program alumna) has written a lyric novella, Ceremonials, which will be published by KERNPUNKT PRESS in February 2020

Noreen Lace has been invited to read from her new book, How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party, as well as from Eddy (a fictional story of an actual event in Poe’s life) at The Open Book on Soledad Canyon in Santa Clarita on Saturday, Oct. 12th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Ten Dollar Books on Tampa in Northridge on Saturday, Oct 19th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.; and Gatsby’s Books in Long Beach on Saturday, Oct 26th, at 5:00 p.m. A Q & A and refreshments follow the book signing. A psychic will be available to give readings.

Rick Mitchell’s poem “Bone” was recently published in After Moby-Dick: An Anthology of New Poetry, and he participated in a couple of conferences during the summer. In May, he presented a paper focusing on storms in 19th century Puerto Rico, in “Winds of Resistance: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm,” VII International Colloquium: Diversity in the Caribbean, at Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba, and in June he presented “Energy Imperialism, Decolonization, and Resistance In Post-Maria Puerto Rico,” as part of Ecotones #5, The Caribbean: Vulnerability and Resilience, at Manhattanville College in New York.

Volume 51.6

September 25th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.6)

1. Announcements

The Office of Community Engagement is offering Faculty SEED/Mentorship Grants (up to $1000 per faculty member applicant) and Student Scholar Grants (up to $500 to pay for a student scholar to support your teaching). Deadline: October 15 by 5:00 p.m. to communityengagement@csun.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Spratt, Director of Faculty Engagement, at danielle.spratt@csun.edu.

Please let Wendy Say know which classes you will have evaluated this semester by October 15th. Thanks.

2. Reminders

The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

The annual Open Enrollment period for benefits is going on now through Friday, October 4, 2019. Changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective January 1, 2020. For detailed information, please access the Benefits Administration Open Enrollment Information website, and follow the instructions. All Open Enrollment elections must be submitted in the eBenefits module by close of business on October 4, 2019.

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS). The goal of this program is to bring prominent artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to campus to engage CSUN students and faculty. The deadline is Monday, October 15, but the DSS program will fund speakers during the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, it is not necessary that you have already secured the speaker. A faculty committee will review and make recommendations for funding.

3. Opportunities

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following sessions and workshops:

Get Inspired Session! Online Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. or
Wednesday, October 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Oviatt Library 30

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

4. Achievements

Gianne Braza’s (current Senior in CW) poem “We’re All Trying To Get Back Home” will be published in Pidgeonholes Literary Journal as part of their THE BODY contest. The poem is currently long-listed for the prize.

Leilani Hall will be honored as one of seven Faculty Mentors at the Northridge Scholars and Faculty Mentors Reception on Friday, October 11, 2019 at University House.

Congratulations to both!

Volume 51.5

September 18th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.5)

1. Announcements

Cheryl Spector has student success wallet cards (produced by Matador Momentum) for you and your students. The cards have a QR code that takes users to a comprehensive list of CSUN student resources. If you would like a card for yourself, or cards for all your students, please let her know (via email) and she will do her best to put them in your English Department mailbox. (sheryl.spector@csun.edu)

Responding to the climate emergency, a worldwide climate strike from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27, 2019 has been called with support from young people and labor unions. The General Secretary of Amnesty International issued a public request to more than 27,000 schools around the world, asking that they allow students to participate in the climate strike. The Labor Federation, representing 30 million workers, has called on all unions to join the strike. High schools in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of Los Angeles are already organizing for the strike, and there will be similar actions at CSU campuses. Faculty and students at CSUN are organizing a strike action locally to take place tomorrow, Sept 20. If interested, please meet at 10:30 a.m. between the Oviatt Library and Sierra Tower. The event organizers are requesting not only your participation, but that you announce the strike to your classes. For more information, visit https://globalclimatestrike.net/start/.

The Banned Books Readout (with Pizza) will take place today from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room in the Oviatt Library. This year’s theme is Censorship & Comedy, and the guest speaker is Beth Lapides, comedian and author of Did I Wake You?: Haikus for Modern Living. For more information, visit https://library.csun.edu/events/banned-books-readout-2019.

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS).
The goal of this program is to bring prominent artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to campus to engage CSUN students and faculty. The deadline is Monday, October 15, but the DSS program will fund speakers during the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, it is not necessary that you have already secured the speaker. A faculty committee will review and make recommendations for funding.

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following sessions and workshops:

Get Inspired Session! Online Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. or
Wednesday, October 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Oviatt Library 30

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

2. Reminders

Please email your syllabus/syllabi for the Fall semester to Wendy Ventura at wendy.vertura@csun.edu.

The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

3. Opportunities

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce the following the Spring 2020 grant cycle:

Faculty SEED/Mentorship Grants–up to $1000 per faculty member applicant

Student Scholar Grants–up to $500 to pay for a student scholar to support your teaching

Deadline: October 15 by 5:00 p.m. to communityengagement@csun.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Spratt, Director of Faculty Engagement, at danielle.spratt@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

Mauro Carassai has published “Why Data Sciences Increasingly Need the Humanities” in Inside BIG DATA (https://insidebigdata.com/2019/09/12/data-sciences-need-humanities/).

Frank De La Santo has been selected for the 2019-2020 cohort of the CSUN Shine from Within program. The program was developed to advance the university priority on employee success. CSUN Shine from Within is a cross-divisional staff development cohort program for advancing core competencies, developing a sense of connection and community with other individuals and units across campus, broadening understanding and knowledge about the university and other divisions, and investing participants more deeply in the mission of the university and its planning priorities.

Noreen Lace published How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party (ReaDLips Press, 2019), a collection of short fiction. For more information visit https://www.amazon.com/Noreen-Lace/e/B01B2GBSH4.

Mandy Macklin (B.A. ’09 – Literature; M.A. ’13 – Rhetoric & Composition) graduated from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in English (Language & Rhetoric) and accepted the position of Teaching Faculty/Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Antioch University Seattle.

Congratulations to all!

Volume 51.4

September 12th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.4)

1. Announcements
It’s that time of the academic year for FT faculty to sign up to conduct Exit Interviews. Please click the Doodle link Heidi Jorgenson recently sent via email as soon as possible, and no later than September 20, to sign up. Thanks.

Beth, Frank, Lauren, and Danielle are organizing a meet and greet with graduate students immediately after the first department meeting in JR 319. This would be a great opportunity for you to tell the graduate students a couple of sentences about your research and teaching interests and hear more about what they are interested in as well. We will also offer some time to chat with individual or small groups of students. We hope many of you can attend!

Our department meetings will continue to take place on the second Friday of the month, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in JR 319. This year’s date are:
9/13/19, 10/11/19, 11/8/19, 2/14/20, 3/13/20, 4/10/20, 5/8/20.

The Center on Disabilities will be holding their first Webinar on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. This “Introduction to Assistive Technology” will provide a quick overview of basic knowledge of the topic. Registration deadline: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please visit COD.

2. Reminders
The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

The Learning Resource Center has published its September workshops on its website. Please encourage students to attend the workshops. The workshop schedule can be found at www.csun.edu/lrc/writing-workshops. For more information on how the LRC may serve your students, contact Trista Payte at Trista.payte@csun.edu or by phone at (818) 677-2033.

The College of Humanities has several grant and fellowship opportunities available this year, such as the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program and the Research Fellowship Program. For more information about College funded activities and research, please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

Applications to the Fulbright scholar program are due September 16, 2019. For more information, visit https://awards.cies.org.

The application deadlines for the 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship are quickly approaching. Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world. Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present. Applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts are due by September 12, 2019, and applications in science, engineering, and mathematics are due by October 3, 2019. For more information, please write to fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

3. Opportunities
The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) at the University of California, Berkeley, is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2019 issue and would like to extend this call for papers to all interested undergraduates and recent graduates. They invite research papers from all those working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature. Papers in any language are welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to papers comparing at least two authors or texts, interdisciplinary research engaging multiples disciplines within the humanities, and research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism. For more information and full submission guidelines, or to view past issues of CLUJ, please visit their website’s submissions page. Submissions are due this Sunday, September 15, 2019.

4. Achievements
Since we did not receive any news of particular achievements at Thursday’s Notes, we extend a general congratulations to all of the faculty who continue to provide first-rate scholarship, fine educations, and service to our students and communities. We acknowledge the many untold stories of faculty who accomplish this work while attending to the often-competing demands of their lives, from caring for family and friends to cooking, cleaning, paying bills, commuting on slow moving and sometimes hazardous freeways, finding time for sufficient rest and relaxation, and civic engagement.

Volume 51:3

September 4th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51:3)

1. Announcements

The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

Professor Irene Clark has updated the Writing and Rhetoric Minor handout. The updated version includes additional courses that can be used as “core” courses, the addition of which makes it easier for students to complete the minor.  She would appreciate your encouraging your students to sign up for it.  Whatever major they have, this minor is likely to be useful for them.  Copies of the updated handout can be found in your campus mailbox and outside of Sierra Tower 710.

The Learning Resource Center has published its September workshops on its website.  They are working hard this year to make workshops more engaging and learner-centered.  Please encourage students to attend. The workshop schedule can be found at www.csun.edu/lrc/writing-workshops.For more information on how the LRC may serve your students, contact Trista Payte at Trista.payte@csun.edu or by phone at (818) 677-2033.

The many and various responsibilities we have as faculty and staff members of the English Department can leave us little time to get to know each other.  We also do not have a faculty lounge where we can leisurely socialize between classes, meetings, etc.  As a forum for learning more about each other, Thursday’s Notes will soon periodically include a new section that spotlights the cultural and literary interests of faculty and staff members.  For more information, or if you would like to share your interests in Thursday’s Notes, please contact Anthony Dawahare at adawahare@csun.edu.

2. Reminders

Please submit your disclosure form, office hours, syllabi, and current contact information to the Department of English Main Office.

The Academic Programming Fund and Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program applications are due on September 11.

The College of Humanities has several grant and fellowship opportunities available this year, such as the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program and the Research Fellowship Program.  For more information about College funded activities and research, please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

Applications to the Fulbright scholar program are due September 16, 2019. The deadline applies to candidates for all countries. For more information, visit https://awards.cies.org

The application deadlines for the 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship are quickly approaching. Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world. Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present. Applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts are due by September 12, 2019, and applications in science, engineering, and mathematics are due by October 3, 2019.  For more information, please write to fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

3. Opportunities

The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) at the University of California, Berkeley, is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2019 issue and would like to extend this call for papers to all interested undergraduates and recent graduates. They invite research papers from all those working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature. Papers in any language are welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to papers comparing at least two authors or texts, interdisciplinary research engaging multiples disciplines within the humanities, and research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism. For more information and full submission guidelines, or to view past issues of CLUJ, please visit their website’s submissions page.

4. Achievements

Joseph Galasso has recently published a follow-up to his earlier 2016 monograph entitled “Recursive Syntax: A Minimalist Perspective on Recursion as the Core Property of Human Language, and its Role in the Generative Grammar Enterprise” in LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, 61 (2019).

An Audiobook of the novel Seneca Lake, written by Emily Heebner, an English Department alum, is #3 in “Hot New Releases and #9 in Best Sellers on Amazon. For more information, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/audible/18581008011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_bsnr https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/audible/18581008011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_audible

Leilani Hall’s discussion of Codeine Diary, by Tom Andrews, appears in Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and other Personal Narratives (Macmillan 2019).

Arthur Kayzakian (MA 2013) has three poems forthcoming from the esteemed literary journal Prairie Schooner:  “Rain,” “Ararat,” and “Armenian Folk Dance, 1915.”

We are proud of our students’ and faculty’s continued success!

Volume 51:2

August 28th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51:2)

1. Announcements

We are pleased to announce that Heidi Jorgenson will join the English Department office staff next week, on Tuesday, September 3, as the new Subject Matter/Composition Administrative Assistant. You can find her in ST 707 (Erin’s old office).  Please stop by and welcome her!

As discussed at the recent English Department Retreat, the English Department will be conducting a job search for two positions:  African American Literature & Culture and Latinx Literature & Culture. Anthony Dawahare, Chris Higgs, and Sandra Stanley compose the Search & Screen Committee and look forward to the opportunity to fill these important positions.

2. Reminders

The Academic Programming Fund and Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program applications are due on September 11.

The College of Humanities has several grant and fellowship opportunities available this year, such as the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program and the Research Fellowship Program.  For more information about College funded activities and research, please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

3. Opportunities

Applications to the Fulbright scholar program can now be made until September 16, 2019. The new deadline applies to candidates for all countries. For more information, visit https://awards.cies.org

The application deadlines for the 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship are quickly approaching. Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world. Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present. Applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts are due by September 12, 2019, and applications in science, engineering, and mathematics are due by October 3, 2019.  For more information, please write to fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

4. Achievements

Matt Bernstein, an alum who  graduated from CSUN with an M.A. in Literature in 2005, has a forthcoming article, “The Playwright Who Captured Geronimo,” in the upcoming issue of Wild West magazine.

Steve Wexler presented his paper, “The Alethization Problem and Our Transformative Digital Publics,” at MIT’s Media in Transition 10: “Democracy and Digital Media” Conference.

Volume 51:1

August 22nd, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51:1)

1. Announcements

Welcome back to another school year!  As the new Associate Chair, I look forward to compiling and editing Thursday’s Notes (TN) for this coming academic year. If you have any announcements or achievements you would like for me to post, please send them to me (adawahare@csun.edu), and, ideally, by Monday of each week. In any case, I will be sure to include them in TN. Also a warm welcome to the newly elected Chair of the English Department, Professor Beth Wightman!

The Composition Program Orientation will be held today from 12:00-4:00 p.m. in JR 319. Professor Mark Marino from USC will give a talk titled “Teaching Writing in the Post Blogging Era,” and Professor Rachael Jordan (one of our M.A. graduates and a full time Lecturer at CSU Channel Islands) will present ideas for commenting on student papers. All are welcome to attend.

Our first Department Meeting will be held on Friday, September 13, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The remaining meetings will be held on the following dates:  October 11, November 8, February 14, March 13, April 10, and May 8.

The Waves celebration will be held on Friday, October 4, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Grand Salon in the USU.

2.  Opportunities

The College of Humanities has several grant and fellowship opportunities available this year, such as the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program and the Research Fellowship Program.  Please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

3. Achievements

Fatema Baldiwala, one of our M.A. graduates, published an article, “How to Teach Your Students to Write the Perfect Pitch,” in the national NACCE Entrepreneur magazine (May 17, 2019).

Michael Bryson’s new book, The Humanist (Re)Turn was published in August by Routledge. It is a theoretical and comparative work that engages with literature from the Bhagavad Gita, Chaucer, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Richardson, Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Goethe, George Eliot, and Flannery O’Connor.

Irene Clark’s book Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practices in the Teaching of Writing (Routledge, Taylor and Francis) has been published in a third edition.

Anthony Dawahare presented a paper drawn from his new book, Tillie Olsen and the Dialectical Philosophy of Proletarian Literature (Lexington 2018), at the Marxist Literary Group’s Institute on Culture & Society (University of Illinois, Chicago) in June.

Volume 50:15

May 9th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:15)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Congratulations on having made it through another year. Now, it’s time to get ready for celebrating! The English Department Awards reception will be held on English Department Awards Reception will be held in the Orange Grove Bistro on May 17th, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with an hour of mingling afterwards. In the afternoon, the graduate student hooding ceremony will be held in the Little Theater, from from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. Graduation itself follows bright and early the following Monday, May 20, at 8:00 a.m. on the library lawn.

But first, finals start Saturday, May 11, and conclude on Friday, May 17. This means final grades will be due a week later, by Friday, May 24. In the interests of a seamless transition for all, please aim to get them in as soon as possible. As an added incentive–once you do, you’re done, and summer’s begun!

The staff of The Northridge Review is excited to announce its first ever, year-end, final’s week special
submission window, open from Saturday, May 11, 2019, through Friday, May 17. Please help spread the word and encourage your students to send us their best poems, prose, plays, and comics, or whatever else they might have written this term. Submissions are free and anonymous and can be uploaded at https://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit.

On Friday, May 10th, at 7:00 p.m., at the VPAC’s Experimental Theatre, the Northridge Playwrights Workshop will present staged readings of new plays, scenes, and monologues by CSUN student dramatists. Admission is free, and you can contact Rick Mitchell at rick.mitchell@csun.edu for further information.

And speaking of CSUN playwrights, graduate students Abe Zapata and Karen Cassady will both have productions in LA Fringe this year! In Zapata’s play, “Borracho: Spanish for Drunken Bum,” Miguel invites a select group of friends, including an old high school crush, over for his friend Gerardo’s 35th birthday. His plans for the night are quickly derailed as the alcohol flows, surprise visitors show up, and secrets are revealed.” For more information, check it out here: Borracho: Spanish for Drunken Bum. And Cassady’s plan, “Octopi Wall Street,” takes a “…a more shellfish look at climate change. The play comes at the issue through a series of vignettes told from the perspective of human and non-human entities.” For more information, check this one out here https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5996.

And just a final note that there will be a lot of moving around over the summer and when you come back, John Garcia and Nicole Morris will both have left us for exciting career changes in the years ahead. Thanks to them both for being such valued colleagues in the time they have spent with us, and here’s wishing them each all the very best at whatever in the world may be coming next. Closer to home, Beth Wightman will have moved into Kent Baxter’s office to begin her service as our new Chair, and we owe them both a huge debt of gratitude for their selfless generosity, commitment, and vision in steering us onward. And Anthony Dawahare will be stepping up to serve as year as Associate Chair, which means these will be my last Thursday’s Notes. Thank you for reading and for keeping me posted on all the important achievements and goings on in the Department! It’s been a real privilege hearing from you all.

Reminders

Please remember that Ramadan, which is an important time of prayer falls during our final examination period, and that we all need to be sensitive to and respectful of the needs of those students who are observing. For additional information on the CSUN Policy on Examinations and Religious Holiday Observations, please click here https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/policy-relig-obser%20Fa%2018.pdf.  For more information about Ramadan, please click here https://ing.org/ramadan-information-sheet/.

Achievements

Martin Pousson‘s invited poems, “Uncivil War” and “Proem/Proema,” have just been published inLove Jets, an anthology of queer male poetry in honor of Walt Whitman’s bicentennial, now out in paperback by Squares & Rebels Press. His novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, was the subject of a Queer Studies seminar at CSU Channel Islands, and some of the stories were featured in an art show by graduating seniors at Yale University. His fiction also was a subject of study in a Southern Literature course at Cornell University. In addition to teaching flash fiction at the Iowa University Summer Workshop, he’ll also teach a course in the novel-in-stories.

Jutta Schamp has published an article ,“Whose Shadow Is It? The Representation of Postcolonial Trauma and Creativity in Anton Nimblett’s ‘Ring Games’ and ‘Section of an Orange,’” in the International Journal of Jungian Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/19409052.2018.1507808.

Audrey Thacker presented her paper, “Mazel Tov–We’ve Made It? In Literature and in Life, ‘Big J’s,’ ‘Little j’s’ and the Farblunget Parameters of Jewish Performance,” at the annual conference of the Western Jewish Studies Association (WJSA), in Palm Desert.

Steve Wexler’s chapter-essay, “Ludwig Wittgenstein: Toward a Dialectical Pragmatism,” has been published in Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield 2019).

And here’s the annual creative writing report of what our students and alumni have been up to, courtesy of–and with gratitude to–Martin Pousson.

Brian “The Dude” Andrade (BA, CW, 2017) graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry.

Gianne Braza (BA, CW, ongoing) won the CSUN Northridge Scholars Program Award and won the CSUN Presidential Scholar Award.

Alvaro Castillo (BA, CW, 2015 & MA, CW, 2017) was accepted into the University of Southern California & Los Angeles Review of Books Summer Writing Workshop.

Sean Coolican (MA, 2016) recently completed the MFA program in creative writing at San Diego State University. In the fall, he’ll be heading to Oklahoma State University to work on a PhD in English and Creative Writing.

Joshua Corona (BA, CW, 2019) just won a national contest to have his drabble (a 100 word story) published in an upcoming issue of The New York Times.

Marisela Gomez (BA, CW, 2017 & MA, CW, 2019) won the CSUN Graduate Equity Fellowship Award.

Justin La Torre (BA, Creative Writing, 2013) has been hired  as Copy Editor by NIS America, where he writers trailers for film and video.

Katharine Mason (BA, CW, 2015 & BA, CW, 2017) published more than 50 book reviews in such places as the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Washington Post.

Adam Miller (BA, CW, 2017) published Axolotl, an online kinetic visual novel.

Anahit Petroysan (BA, CW, 2018) published a short story in Adelaide literary magazine.

Kate Martin Rowe (MA, CW, 2007, and current part-time Lecturer) graduated from Bennington College with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. She also published book reviews in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Angel City Review and published poems in Bloodroot literary magazine.

Anahita Safarzadeh (BA, MA, Literature, 2018) published a chapbook of poems, Wolf, with Business Bear Press.

Loryn Stone (formerly Loryn Rataizer, BA, CW,  2009) published My Starlight, a debut young adult novel with Affinity Press.

Eli Teitelman (BA, CW, 2016) was accepted into the Master of Arts program at Wheaton College.

Leticia Valente was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program in Fiction at several universities, including Emerson College in Boston, Portland State University, Colorado State University, and California State University Long Beach. She’ll attend Portland State University, where fellow CSUN alumnus James “Jamie” Bezerra recently finished his MFA while working with the editorial staff at Tin House.

Charlie Ruiz Vasquez (BA, CW, 2017) published a short story in Oakland Arts Review, selected as the lead story alongside work by students from the creative writing programs at Princeton University, Columbia University, and elsewhere.

Doug Weismann (BA, CW, 2010) graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

AND HAPPY SUMMER!

Volume 50:14

April 25th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:14)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Today, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., in JR 319, CSUN poets are hosting a book launch and poetry reading for Deborah Blakely Averill’s posthumous chapbook, Lovelier Than Dirt. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, and a portion of the proceeds from all sales of this book will be donated to the Deborah Averill Scholarship Fund. And if you can’t make it tonight, the book can be purchased at https://www.yakpress.com/product/lovelier-than-dirt/.

On Saturday, May 4, the English Department is proud to present its 2nd annual English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place in the USU Lake View Terrace Room from 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature Professors Michael Bryson and Anthony Dawahare talking about their new books. Dr. Michael Bryson will present material from two projects: his recent book, Love and its Critics, co-authored with former CSUN MA student Arpi Movsesian, and his forthcoming book, The Humanist (Re)Turn. Central to each book is the question of the value of literature, and the often hostile relationship professional literary scholarship and theoretically-based criticism has to that literature. Dr. Anthony Dawahare will discuss his recently published book, Tillie Olsen and the Dialectical Philosophy of Proletarian Literature. This book analyzes the impact of one of the most important philosophies of the last century, dialectical materialism, on the form and content of Olsen’s fiction. The event will also feature Professor Eric Kufs, independent singer/songwriter, as well as CSUN alum and faculty member, who will perform live along with the company of his guitar. Light food and refreshments will be served, and a cash bar available!

On Wednesday, May 8, the English Department’s Career Opportunity and Professional Development Club and Sigma Tau Delta will host a hands on workshop, Preparing for the Work Force. In it, English students will be mentored through the writing of professional job documents, including, but not limited to, letters, cv’s, and resumes. The workshop will take place in JR 319, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please help spread the word.

The MA hooding ceremony will take place on Friday, May 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with our year-end graduation reception and awards ceremony to follow, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please save the date and plan to come out and celebrate our students and their achievements.

Reminders

Don’t forget that spring is award time, with a host of English department awards available to qualified students. Undergraduate awards are the Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English ($500), the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship ($2000), the Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award ($500), the Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize $250), the William L. Wilson Award ($1,600), the Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship ($500); graduate awards are the Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English ($4,000), the Mahlon Gaumer Award ($500), the Harry Finestone Award in English ($750), the Irene Clark Scholarship for Rhetoric and Composition ($500), the Angeline Olliff Memorial Scholarship ($250), and the Deborah Averill Award in Creative Writing ($250). These awards recognize different achievements and honor different people of note in the history and tradition of our department, but all are very meaningful to students, so please consider nominating your best and brightest, and encourage such students to apply. The deadline for all awards is Friday, April 26, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, see https://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/english-department-awards—spring-2018, or contact Leilani Hall, Chair, Amenities and Awards Committee, at leilani.hall@csun.edu.

Also, don’t forget Sharon Klein’s retirement party, which is taking place tomorrow, Friday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m., in JR 319. Jointly hosted by English and Linguistics/TESL, the event celebrates Sharon’s long and distinguished career at CSUN, and, despite likely tears, a good time will be had by all. Hoping to see everyone there.

 

 

Volume 50:13

April 11th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:13)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

The dean’s office is soliciting nominations for the following: Faculty Senate, 2 year term; Academic Grievance and Grade Appeals, 2 year term; College Personnel Committee, 2 year term (also one replacement needed for Fall 2019 semester), associate or full professor only; College Sabbatical Committee, 2 year term, associate or full professor only. Faculty willing to serve in these important capacities should notify Kent Baxter, via email, by Monday, April 15.

English 412: Literary Magazine was delighted to host Jessica Ceballos Y Campbell on April 3 for a conversation about activist publishing and community building, co-sponsored by the College of Humanities.

The Northridge Review celebrated the launch of its Spring 2019 issue, constructed entirely in our new Book Arts Lab, on Friday, April 5, and a good time was had by all. Now the deadline for submissions to our Fall 2019 issue is fast approaching. Recognized nationally as an award-winning student magazine, the NR has launched the careers of many distinguished CSUN alumni, whose work first appeared in its pages. Please help spread the word! Work may be submitted a at https://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit. The deadline is April 15.

Susana Marcelo and Sean Pessin led a blackout and cut-up poetry workshop in the Oviatt Library to celebrate Poetry Month on April 10.

Another important deadline that will soon be upon us is is for our spring department awards will fast be upon us, so please get your nominations and letters in order and please encourage your students to apply!  More information, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, may be found at https://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/english-department-awards—spring-2019. Questions may be directed to Dr. Leilani Hall, 2018-19 Chair of the Awards Committee (leilani.hall@csun.edu) or Dr. Kent Baxter, Chair of the Department of English (kent.baxter@csun.edu). Unless otherwise specified, the deadline for all awards is Friday, April 26, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. The spring awards include the following.

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship: In memory of Linda Nichols Joseph, an English major who graduated cum laude from CSUN in 1981, up to two prizes of $2,000 will be awarded this spring to undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies.

The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award: In honor of Lesley Johnstone, a professor of English at CSUN from 1965 to 2010 who specialized in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and who loved and cherished nature, a prize of $500 will be given to a student who is the author of the best written work on some aspect of the natural world or environment.

The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize: To commemorate Robert apRoberts, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Honors Program, an annual prize of $250 will be awarded to the English Honors student whose paper completed in the Honors Revision Seminar (497A) is judged to be the best submitted during that academic year.

The William L. Wilson Award: In memory of William L. Wilson, a career Army officer who taught high school for many years upon his retirement from the U.S. Army, a scholarship of $1,600 will be given to an English major who plans to teach at the secondary level. The scholarship recognizes and encourages students who work diligently to get their degrees and achieve their career potential in spite of additional obligations such as work or family.

GRADUATE AWARDS

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English: In memory of Mitchell Marcus, a former Professor in the Department (1958-1983), a prize of $4,000 will be awarded each spring semester to the graduate student whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.

The Mahlon Gaumer Award: In honor of Mahlon Gaumer, a professor of English at CSUN from 1969-1997 who specialized in linguistics and Medieval literature, an award of $500 will be given to a graduate student who is the author of the best critical essay on English literature—with emphasis on the use of language.

The Harry Finestone Award in English: In honor of Harry Finestone, a gifted teacher and innovative administrator at CSUN from 1962-1983, an award of $750 will be given each year to the graduate student with the most distinguished essay in the study of literature completed in the department’s capstone graduate seminar, ENGL 698D.

The Irene Clark Scholarship for Rhetoric and Composition: This award provides $500 for a paper written by a Department of English graduate student on a topic in rhetoric and composition during the 2017-2019 academic year.

The Angeline Olliff Memorial Scholarship: In memory of Angeline Olliff, a former graduate student and teaching associate in the Department of English, a $250 scholarship will be awarded in spring 2019 to a Rhetoric and Composition graduate student or a Teaching Associate in any specialization (creative writing, literature, rhetoric and composition).

UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE AWARD

The Deborah Averill Award in Creative Writing: In memory of Deborah Averill–poet, alum, and colleague–an award of $250 will be awarded to a female student who has had more than a one-year absence from school and returned after overcoming obstacles.

Achievements

Cesar Soto (B.A.’08; M.A. ’12) has defended his dissertation, “Religion and Revolution in a Transatlantic Frame: The Cases of English, Irish, and Mexican Literature (1789-1832)”, with distinction, at the University of Notre Dame. Cesar has also been accepted to the “Religion, Secularism, and the Novel” NEH Summer Seminar at the University of Iowa. And he has an article forthcoming in Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations titled “Mexico in the Revolutionary Atlantic: Catholicism and the Arts of Resistance in Fray Servando’s Memorias and Carta de un Americano al Español“.