Volume 43:4

October 14th, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:4)


Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



It’s that time of year again, and applications for the CSUN Research Fellows Program, funded collaboratively by the Office of the Provost, the Colleges and the Library, are now open. Tenured and probationary faculty are invited to submit proposals to become a Research Fellow. Nine research fellowships will be awarded each academic year (one per College and one in the Library). The CSUN Research Fellows Program provides 12 units of reassigned time and a small research support budget for those who are selected. Faculty who are interested in becoming a Research fellow must submit proposals, no longer than five pages, including any additional budget request up to $5,000 to the Dean’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on January 27, 2017 on the College-provided proposal form. A resume must also be attached. The form will be available on the College website. Look for it soon.

Even though it’s just October and some of us are still mastering our students’ names, mark your calendars now for the term-end Department party, currently scheduled for December 9. The holidays will be upon us before we think to even anticipate them.

Angela Morales, winner of the 2014 River Teeth Nonfiction Book Prize for her collection of essays entitled The Girls in My Town, will be reading in JR 201, on October 26 at 2:00PM. Morales is an English teacher at Glendale Community College and a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. Her essays have recently appeared in Best American Essays 2013, The Southern Review, The Los Angeles Review, and The Harvard Review. The Girls in My Town was published by the University of New Mexico Press. This promises to be a very special event, do let your students know.

And here is another very special event: a reading and celebration of Martin Pousson’s new book, Black Sheep Boy, which will take place on Tuesday, November 1 at 4:30PM, JR 319.

In an effort to support CSUN’s international student community, the Oviatt Library in collaboration with the International Exchange Student Center (IESC) will be hosting an event and workshop on October 14th at 2-4PM at the October 14, 2016 at the IESC. The Center is located in the University Student Union, building C. The aim is to inform and assist international students about how the Oviatt Library can help them succeed academically, learn to analyze and engage with resources that are retrieved from the Oviatt Library, and avoid plagiarism. The workshop will provide incentivization for attendance and participation (i.e. lunch, opportunity drawings). For more information please direct your students to our website: http://library.csun.edu/events/iesc-plagiarism-workshop. Please let your international students know about this important event.

Did anyone ever help you out when you were in a tight spot in school? Or was there someone you always knew you could turn to for guidance, information, or support? CSUN’s Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards acknowledges just such contributions, and you have until Monday, October 31, at 5 p.m. to nominate someone you know and admire. Faculty, staff, and administrators may be nominated for these awards, which recognize exceptional mentoring of past or present CSUN students; holistic approaches to mentoring, including academic and personal support and in informal and intangible ways; and/or proactive involvement in the university’s commitment to the success of students of diverse backgrounds and communities. For more information, contact  Glenn Omatsu, Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program, EOP Central, University Hall 205 (campus mail code: 8366); e-mail: glenn.omatsu@csun.edu. Meantime, mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m, when a reception honoring this years recipients will be held.


Tomorrow night, don’t miss: Friday, October 14, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, a new monthly film series, “Reimagining Narrative,” returns with a screening of Věra Chytilová’s Daises, which has been described as “an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.” Free & open to the public, this new monthly film series seeks to create a space for interdisciplinary study and discussion of innovative narrative forms. The organizers hope to build on the success of the previous screening, which garnered 30+ audience members and a spirited conversation. Curated and hosted collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs, Assistant Professor of English, & Katharine Mason, M.A. candidate in English, each film in the Reimagining Narrative series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow.

And (another reminder), most of us will already be here because of tomorrow’s not-to-miss either Department meeting.


This one is for students, and it’s big, so please help spread the word: the Los Angeles Review of Books and the University of Southern California are launching a new summer publishing program designed to provide an immersive, five-week training designed to prepare students for the publishing world of the future. The new program, the Los Angeles Review of Books / USC Publishing Workshop, will have its inaugural session in summer 2017, and be hosted on the USC campus. Open to rising juniors, seniors, and graduates from any college or university, nationally and internationally, interested in a career in publishing, LARB‘s first priority is to make the program available to all qualified applicants, regardless of their ability to pay, and is strongly committed  not just to training the publishing professionals of the future, but diversifying the industry. More information on the program and application instructions are available here: www.thepublishingworkshop.com.


Kate Haake has published two pieces in the new fall issue of the Santa Monica Review–a lyric essay, “War Protest,” and a postworld parable, “Something Human Burning.”

Christopher Higgs experimental memoir, As I Stand Living, has been selected for publication by editor Janice Lee at the well-established independent publisher Civil Coping Mechanisms for inclusion in their innovative #RECURRENT book series imprint, an ongoing series of exceptional writing…[that] seeks to push the boundaries of narrative with books that seek to reconstruct, reimagine & expand on existing narrative spaces.” Many, many kudos, Chris!

Noreen Lace published a story, “Harvey Levin Can’t Die” in the August/September issue of Giggle Galore.

Martin Pousson‘s invited review of The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism has just been published in the current issue of The Archive (https://www.leslielohman.org/the-archive/no58/issue58.pdf).

Always a good source for updates on students success, Martin reports the following:  Kaitlin Pollard (BA Spring ’16, English CW) has been promoted to Marketing Communications Associate at SAGE Publishing; Justin La Torre (BA Spring ’16, English CW) has been hired as Marketing Communications Writer for Anthem; Leticia Valente (BA Spring ’16, English CW) has been hired as Volunteer Coordinator for LitCrawl LA.; James Bezerra (MA Spring ’16, English CW) has begun the MFA Writing Program at Portland State University. Thanks, Martin! Keep us posted.

Kim Young has new poems in Hotel Amerika, [PANK], Strutco, and the Cincinnati Review, where she received an honorable mention for the Robert and Adele Schiff Award in poetry.

Volume 43:3

September 29th, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:3)


Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake 



Announcing (drum roll) an exciting exciting new year-long (inaugural?) film series, Reimagining Narrative, co-curated by Chris Higgs and (MA student) Katharine Mason. Launched September 23, with David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, the series continues on Friday, October 14, with Věra Chytilová’s Daisies, a Czech New Wave film from 1966 that has been described as “an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.” This series is free and open to the public, and takes place in the LNJ Room (JR 319), at 7:00 p.m.  Screenings will be introduced and contextualized prior to viewing, with open discussion to follow. Stay tuned for details about future events. For more information, contact Professor Higgs at christopher.higgs@csun.edu.

The COPD (Career Opportunities and Professional Development) group is pleased to announce an event that will explore graduate options in creative writing, with a special look at the difference between MFA and PhD programs. This event features guest speakers, Chris Higgs and Rick Mitchell, and will take place on Tuesday, October 4, at 5:00 p.m., in ST 703. All are welcome — grads, undergrads, faculty. Come see what the future may hold for you and/or your students.

The Faculty Retreat Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the 2017 Faculty Retreat will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please save the date if you’d like to attend. Proposals are invited from those who’d like to address faculty and student success that contributes to the reputation and visibility of CSUN. The deadline for proposals is October 17, and the online proposal form is available at http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/faculty-retreat-proposals.


Do not forget: we are in Open Enrollment season, which extends through next Friday, October 7. No action is required if you do not plan to make any changes in your benefits. But if, for example, you want to take advantage of our pre-tax childcare or health care benefits, you do need to re-enroll.

As previously announced, the Santa Monica Review Fall 2016 launch reading is taking place Sunday, October 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The evening will feature a welcome and introduction by poet, teacher, and activist, Susan Suntree, and readings by Monona Wali, Richard Wirick, Michelle Latiolais, and Kate Haake, who will be introduced by our very own Sean Pessin. (Thank you, Sean.)


This one’s for students: The Oakland Arts Review, an undergraduate literary magazine published by Oakland University in Michigan, is looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts, graphic narratives, as well as artwork for our cover. There is no submission fee and students can submit online at their website: www.oaklandartsreview.com. Submissions are accepted year round, but they will start considering work in October and will finalize decisions for their second issue by November. They are also excited to offer the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Poetry and Nonfiction, recognizing work that addresses the experience of being Muslim in America. First prize in each category, $500 and publication; second prize, $300 and publication. Please let your students know.

The George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy will be accepting applications from October 1 through November 30. Designed to support emerging writers at a critical stage in their careers, the award provides the 2016-17 Fellow with a stipend of $15,570, plus housing, meals, and benefits. The duties of the Fellow are to work towards the completion of a manuscript of a book, and to be accessible, at times, for conversation with students interested in writing during the time the Fellow is in residence at Exeter. Sounds great! More information can be found at www.exeter.edu/bennettfellowship.


Martin Pousson’s new novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, was featured at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and he moderated the “Southern Reads” panel during the Trade Show in Savannah, Georgia. He was the featured book club author for Diesel Bookstore in Brentwood. And he read from Black Sheep Boy for Tongue & Groove at The Hotel Café in Hollywood.

Volume 43:2

September 15th, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:2)


Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake 



Faculty undergoing personnel review will not want to miss Retention, Tenure, and Promotion, an informal discussion on the process. The event will take place in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room of the Oviatt Library on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Members of reviewing agencies such as Department Chairs, members of Department and College Personnel Committees, and Deans and faculty planning to seek promotion in rank in future years are also invited and encouraged to attend.

The Oviatt Library and the Office of the Provost cordially invites you to the 8th Annual Research Fellow Colloquium, when our distinguished Research Fellows will be talking about their — research! And bring your classes with you to the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room in the Oviatt Library on  Tuesday, October 11,  from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

On Sunday, October 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Santa Monica Review will be hosting a reading to celebrate the publication of its fall 2016 issue. The evening will feature a welcome and introduction by poet, teacher, and activist, Susan Suntree, and readings by Monona Wali, Richard Wirick, Michelle Latiolais, and Kate Haake. So if your Sunday afternoon brings you to Santa Monica, please consider joining us there.

Please let your students know that the Northridge Creative Writing Circle is undergoing a metamorphosis this semester! Even if they missed the first meeting, which took place on September 13, they should stay tuned for more, as this club, along with our others, such as the Sigma Tau Delta, AGSE, and the Critical Theory Club, offer exciting opportunities to students for involvement, new experiences and communities, and fun.


This being the season of memos, be sure to read the ones you receive. There are all kinds of things to be aware of — outside employment (there are rules and restrictions), policies for examinations and religious observations (be informed and accommodating), selling books to the book buyers who haunt our halls and inboxes (don’t) — and you may miss out on them if you don’t read all your mail.

For example, President Harrison wants us to remember that safety on campus is a shared responsibility. Toward that end, please make note of the important resource, the “Emergency Operations Desk Reference for Faculty,” posted at http://www.csun.edu/emergency/emergency-desk-reference. You may also reach the Desk Reference from the “Emergency Information” link at the bottom of the Cal State Northridge home page, http://www.csun.edu. Additionally, please see the Office of Equity and Diversity’s website at www.csun.edu/eqd for information on confidential on- and off-campus support services, sexual misconduct response and prevention, reporting resources, and more information regarding CSUN’s policies against discrimination. Finally, make sure that the contact information on your portal is current and complete so that, in the event of emergency, you will not be left out of potentially invaluable real-time notifications.

Ronaldo wants this information, too, so please get your updated contact and emergency contact information to him soon.

President Harrison also wants us to Help Make CSUN Shine Bright! Please visit the program website at http://www.csun.edu/MakeCSUNShineBrighter to share thoughts, opinions and creative ideas on this semester’s topic: diversity. What are promising campus practices for using diversity to equip our students for 21st century success [e.g., enhancing critical thinking, creativity, and boundary-spanning leadership skills]? How can we create learning environments that take full advantage of CSUN’s unique diversity-related strengths? How we can better celebrate, support, and facilitate inclusivity and diversity? All students, faculty and staff are invited to respond by submitting thoughts on the webform through October 7, 2016.

It’s Open Enrollment Time, September 12 through October 7. This is your opportunity not just to select your health care option, but also to enroll in pre-tax benefits, like child care and health care, and other benefits that could save you money!

The Amenities Committee does want your contributions to our annual fund, which finances the holiday party, refreshments for department meetings, and celebrations for faculty and staff retirements and other milestones. Contributions (in the form of cash or checks) should be given to Marlene Cooksey (ST 704). Checks should be made out to “Amenities.” (Please don’t put cash in Marlene’s mailbox.) Suggested contributions are the same as last year: Professor $70, Associate $50, Assistant $40, Lecturer $10. Thank you, Amenities Committee — and thank you, too, everyone else — in advance, for helping us fund department events and reimburse those who shop for these events!


The West Valley Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library has selected to participate in a system-wide program called The Bard Goes West, which will celebrate Shakespeare’s presence in everything from 19th theatres, to early to contemporary film adaptations, to the wide range of other ways Shakespeare was enjoyed throughout the history of the West Coast. The program will run from November 2016 through February 2017. Toward that end, librarian Daryl A. Maxwell is looking for someone in our department who is knowledgeable about Shakespeare, his work, and possibly their impact on CA and/or the West Coast? Anyone interested in participating can contact Daryl at dmaxwell@lapl.org.

The American Comparative Literature Association conference is looking for proposals that explore postcolonial responses to creative writing as a globalized discipline, and we are considering submissions through September 23. The conference will take place at Utrecht University on July 6 through 9, 2017. Here is the call: http://www.acla.org/postcolonial-responses-globalized-discipline-creative-writing.

This one is for your undergraduate creative writing students: The Blue Route, a national, undergraduate literary journal, is currently accepting submissions for issue 17. Please encourage your undergraduate students to submit their very best poetry, short fiction, or creative nonfiction. This journal pays 25 dollars for accepted work! More information is available at https://widenerblueroute.org.

And another one for students: The Santa Ana River Review, the graduate-student-run literary journal of the University of California, Riverside’s MFA program is open for submissions through the 15th of November! In addition to reviewing work in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Visual Arts, this year they are also hosting a Dramatic Works Contest, with NO SUBMISSION FEE and a TOP PRIZE of $100! With this contest, they are looking for truly unique 10-minute works unhindered by the confines of a production budget or performance restrictions. For more information, please visit their webpage at sarreview.ucr.edu.


Irene Clark’s article, “Genre, Identity, and the Brain: Insights from Neuropsychology,” has been published in The Journal of General Education, Volume 65, Number 1, 2016, pp, 1-19. Her chapter, titled “Assembling Knowledge: The Role of Threshold Concepts in Facilitating Transfer,” written in collaboration with Linda Adler-Kassner, Liane Robertson, Kara Taczak, and Kathleen Blake Yancey, is the first chapter in Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, published by the WAC Clearinghouse, edited by Chris M. Anson and Jessie L. Moore. During her sabbatical, she gave two presentations at the University of Coventry on the topic of writing assignments and a presentation concerned with thesis and dissertation writing at Queen Mary University, London.

Noreen Lace‘s short fiction, “Of Strays and Exes,” was published in New Beginnings, released by Pilcrow and Dagger in June 2016. The same story was chosen for July’s podcast, available on their website www.pilcrowdagger.com/podcasts.

Volume 43:1

September 1st, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:1)

Chair: Kent Baxter                                                                                                                               Notes compiled by: Kate Haake


News flash: we’re back.

Here’s hoping everyone had wonderful summers and that all are looking forward to the new school year!

Also, please send your news, announcements, and achievements to me at kate.haake@csun.edu, because I’m compiling these notes, again. It’s always great to hear from you, so please – please – don’t be shy.

Nominations are now closed for the College Personnel and Sabbatical Committees. But don’t be glum: if you missed the boat this time around, please mark it on your calendars for next year.

You are warmly invited to attend the 2016 CSUN Freshman Convocation occurring Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Library Lawn, an honored celebration of learning that welcomes our freshman class to our campus community. Get out your regalia and come join the fun. Freshman are new freshman for just such a very short time!

Mark your calendars now for the Wings/New Voice October 21th from 3-5 in the Grand Salon. This is a great celebration of our students and their writing, and you will miss out if you miss it.

Another thing not to miss: Banned Books Readout, with Pizza! Friday, September 30, 2016 12:00-2:00 p.m. Ferman Presentation Room, Oviatt Library. Students will be giving dramatic readings from, presumably, banned books, so do let your own students know, banned books being an excellent subject for class discussion, and all.


Wendy Say, in our front office, is on leave for a bit, so please be patient, considerate, and resourceful.

Speaking of staff, let’s give another round of welcome to our new staff members to the English Department. Ruth Serrano will be joining us as a student assistant, and Ronaldo Noche will be temporarily filling the Main Office Administrative Support Assistant position.

Frank, or the front office, would like your office hours. It is very helpful for the front office staff to have your office hours so when students call them, they can direct the students to your available times. (PS They also want your syllabi.)

Please review your FERPA regulations memo regarding public posting of student grades and possible Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act issues, as recently sent out by Kent. For example, if you post grades in a public place (and why would you, given that students can access them instantaneously online?), you need to do so in a secret way that nobody can decode (and don’t even think about using parts of student ID’s or SSN’s). Same thing goes for emailing grades, or talking about them in class. The main thing is that student, and family, privacy is a real and important issue, and we all need to do our part to respect it.

Kent also sent you some useful information from Cheryl Spector on assisting new transfer students, who face a whole host of challenges, as we all know. The good news is that CSUN is excellently equipped to assist them. Maybe start with the new transfer webpage, at http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/new-transfers, and take it from there. And while you are at it, it might also be worth reviewing the Academic First Year Experiences Page at http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences, which might also prove useful to you — and your students — in the weeks ahead.

And here’s a little pre-reminder for you:  the Amenities Committee will soon be asking you, please, to contribute to our annual fund, which finances the holiday party, refreshments for department meetings, and celebrations for faculty and staff retirements and other milestones. Contributions (in the form of cash or checks) should be given to Marlene Cooksey (ST 704). Checks should be made out to “Amenities.” (Please don’t put cash in Marlene’s mailbox.) Suggested contributions may (or may not be) the same as last year — that’s up to the Amenities Committee. But for point of reference, we have been paying: Professor $70, Associate $50, Assistant $40, Lecturer $10. Thank you, Amenities Committee — and thank you, too, everyone else — in advance, for helping us fund department events and reimburse those who shop for these events!


The College of Humanities has a variety of grants and funding opportunities you should keep your eye out — and throw your hat in — for! These include the CoH Research Lab Faculty Affiliate Program, the Academic Programming Fund, the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program, the University Sabbatical Leave Program, the Distinguished Visiting Speaker Fund, the Probationary Faculty Research Program, and the College of Humanities Research Fellow Program. Details can be found on the COH webpage, at http://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activites-and-research, or in the lovely grid Jackie sent us by email this week that I can’t figure out how to duplicate here.

Don’t forget, either,  to check out the CSUN Faculty Development page at http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development. You can apply for grants, attend workshops to enrich your and teaching (learning centered and culturally responsive, to name a few), and even bring your laptop to the roof and write and do research with colleagues on Writing Mondays, to name just a few.

And heres an opportunity for your students: The Nation is currently looking for submissions to its student writing contest, in response to the following prompt: It’s clear that the political system in the United States isn’t working for many young people. What do you think is the central issue for your generation in Election 2016? 10 finalists and two winners total will be selected – six from college students, six from those in high school. Winners will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a lifetime Nation subscription. Finalists receive $250. The winning essays will be published in The Nation magazine and at thenation.com. For complete guidelines, please see https://www.thenation.com/article/the-2016-nation-student-writing-contest/. Please help spread the word.


During her recent sabbatical, Kate Haake published a co-authored essay, “The Bold and the Beautiful: Rethinking Undergraduate Models,” in What We Talk About When We Talk About Creative Writing. She also had fiction appear in West Branch Wired (http://www.bucknell.edu/west-branch-wired/katharine-haake.html), Shenandoah (http://shenandoahliterary.org/652/2016/03/15/diptych-forbidden-red-rubber-ball-katharyn-haake/),  and, in August, in the London-based Litro@StorySunday (http://www.litro.co.uk/2016/08/crown-gold-fuzz/).

Dr. Kim Knight, an assistant professor of emerging media and communication at UT Dallas and a former TA in our department, has received the 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for her work and innovation in the classroom. Knight credits her training here for her achievement. “From the very beginning, Dr. Clark helped me frame the classroom as a space that should place students and their thinking at the center,” Knight said.

Over the summer, Martin Pousson’s new novel, Black Sheep Boy, was released in hardcover by Rare Bird Lit. Two of his short stories were published: “Most Holy Ghost” in TriQuarterly (https://www.triquarterly.org/issues/issue-150/most-holy-ghost) and “Black Sheep Boy” in Eclectica (http://www.eclectica.org/v20n3/pousson.html). “Black Sheep Boy” also was a finalist for the Glimmer Train Fiction Open prize. Two of his essays were published: one on the Orlando mass shooting in The Advocate, where it was an Editor’s Pick, and one on LGBTQ history in MEL Magazine. He performed readings at Women & Children First in Chicago, Dog Eared in San Francisco, Skylight in Los Angeles, and Roar Shack & 826LA in Echo Park.

Linda Rader Overman‘s essay “Mestiza consciousness of La Fontera/Borderlands in Sandra Cisneros and Helena María Viramontes,” was published this spring in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the the American West . Ed. Steven Frye. New York: Cambridge Univ Press.



Volume 42:14

May 5th, 2016 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:14)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon



Summer on the horizon…Hard to believe another school year is closing….

Great Retirement Party Last Saturday~Wonderful Hosts Dorothy and Phil Barresi, Amenities Committee did a nice job, Sharon Klein provided excellent introductions to the eleven retirees and an opportunity to see those we hadn’t seen in awhile.  If you didn’t get to say goodbye to your favorite retiree–some are finishing the semester–search the halls and bid adieu.  Others left in Fall–you’ll have try email and texting


Tonight May 5th 7:00 pm JR 319 Wendy C. Ortiz will read from her acclaimed memoir Excavation. And Kate Rowe will introduce a new piece of creative non-fiction.

May 12th 7pm JR 319 698D reading and party to celebrate completion of their projects–poetry, narrative and drama/performance.  Come…Enjoy   (refreshments)

Martin Pousson will launch his new novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, at Skylight Books May 26, 7:30


Deadline for submissions to Wings May 13th 5pm  Questions–Ask JC Lee

Deadline for submissions to New Voices May 20th Noon  Questions–Ask JC Lee

Grades Due Friday May 27th…Get them in early and save yourself hassle if you need help and no one is available


Raquel Gutiérrez, part of the Central American Studies Lecture Series, May 10th 12:30 Sequoia Hall 104. She is an actor, curator, publisher, playwright and community organizer. Sponsored by Gender and Women’s Studies, Queer Studies in addition to Central American Research and Policy Institute. Sounds Interesting.


Raegen Pietrucha’s debut poetry chapbook, An Animal I Can’t Name, is the winner of the 2015 Two of Cups Press Chapbook contest…it has also been published. Raegen’s first poems were published in the Northridge Review as winners of the Academy of American Poets Prize. Raegen passes on a thank you to those who believed in the work, and especially Dorothy Barresi and Leilani Hall.

Martin Pousson’s invited essay “Right Time for Right Side” will be published in The Archive Fall 2016


until another semester ~                                                              RosaMaria out  ~

Volume 42:13

April 21st, 2016 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:13)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon


3 more Weeks of Class!     Help each other cross the finish line with a smile or joke or other useful assist


Celebrate the retirement of….drum roll: Richard Battaglia, Pam Bourgeois, Cynthia Hagstrom, Mona Houghton, Kathy Leslie, Donna Marsh, Marlene Pearson, Stephanie Satie, Marjorie Seagoe, Terri Silverberg, and George Uba. Saturday April 30th 6-9 pm at Dorothy Barresi’s house–23541 Mariano Street Woodland Hills. Refreshments provided and Guests welcome. A potluck sign-up sheet will be posted in the mailroom breakroom. Do RSVP …Questions-contact Lauren or Santosh.

Internet Shaming (new mediums/new problems).  Join a facilitated discussion of Jon Ronson’s book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed–the Freshman Common Reading for 2016-17. Sounds Interesting. Today April 21st 11-12:15 with Catherine Givertz or April 27th 12:30-1:45 with Susanna Eng-Ziskin or April 29th 11-12:15 with Jamie Johnson.  Check with Cheryl Spector for questions. Free copy of book to all participants.

12,758 pounds of oranges were harvested and donated to MEND Poverty, SOVA/Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, Seeds of Hope and Family Rescue Center.  Great Harvest and volunteers.

Snax and Good Company/Graduate Reading with Socheata San, Kirk San, and Melisa Malvin-Middleton (all graduating this semester). Come celebrate their work this Friday April 22nd 7pm JR 319.


Tod Goldberg and Jessica Ripka reading today April 21 7pm JR319. Ask Marjie for more information.

Remembrance and Celebration of José Luis Vargas, EOP Director Friday April 29th VPAC 2pm RSVP to   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JLVargas

Awards Deadline April 29th Let your students know to apply, recommend your students, and turn in your recommendations. Contact Santosh with questions.

DO REMEMBER to donate those paperback books for LA Juvenile Facilities by April 30th  JR 148, 240, 340!!

Composing with Web workshop May 2nd 12:30-3:30 ED 2117 with refreshments. RSVP to Santosh

CFA Voting on the tentative agreement begins Friday April 22 through Noon Friday April 29th.  It is important to vote. If you have questions, the CFA website has information on the agreement. If you are not a member of CFA, it will be necessary to join before voting.


This Friday 3pm Live Oak 1326 William Robinson (UC Santa Barbara) discussing his book Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity.

Lecture on “American Islam and the Challenge of Islamophobia” April 28 9:30 Thousand Oaks Room–geared to undergraduate audience. Let your students know.

Poetry Readings and a talk by Anne Yale and Nancy Carroll hosted by Northridge Creative Writing Circle April 26th 7pm JR 319.  Good poetry and a glimpse of the writer’s life after graduating CSUN.  Tell your students.

Students are invited by City Hall and Department of Cultural Affairs/Los Angeles to submit 3 minute films shot on smart phones that reflect issues of social justice. Deadline May 9th. Film Festival at VPAC May 19th. Contact Doug Kaback in Department of Theatre. Tell your students!


Lots of Hard Work and Good Results

Stephanie Lim will be entering UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts to pursue a PhD in Drama and Theatre. Congrats to Stephanie!

Irene Clark presented a paper titled “Fostering Genre Transfer through Imitation and Modeling” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston April 6-9.

Lisa Riccomini will receive the Polished Apple Award from University Ambassadors.  Congrats Lisa.

Wafa Azeem (M.A. 2015) served as a communications intern for the CSUN Human Resources Department. Now she is a content developer for Scorpion Internet Marketing and Web Design. Another Intern Success story: she says “I’ve always heard stories of people saying they loved going into work every day.” Wafa thought these stories were part of a myth, “the holy grail of employment,” but she loves her work!


Nazanin Keynejad was awarded the 2016 Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award for her article “Etymological Analysis of the Eighteenth-Century Novel.”  She can’t believe it but those who know her have no trouble believing it.

Remember Cesar Soto? He was awarded a Ford Dissertation Fellowship for his dissertation tentatively titled “My Kingdom is not of this World: Christianities, Revolution and National Identity in Atlantic Writing Cultures (1789-1832)”.  He is also an alternate for a Fulbright Research Grant to Ireland. He will be presenting “Fray Servando Teresa de Mier’s Memorias: Radicalizing Burke and the Uses of Rousseau in the Formation of the Mexican Republic in the Nineteenth Century” at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (UC Berkeley in August). Cesar was very successful at CSUN and he has continued this success!  He says “I continue to be grateful for the first-rate education I received at CSUN and I hope everyone is well!”

Noreen Lace’s story “$1.00 Stories” was accepted for publication by the Chicago Tribune in their Printers Row Journal (4/24/16).

Kudos to ALL!


until another Thursday~

Volume 42:12

April 1st, 2016 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:12)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon



CSUN mourns José Luis Vargas, longtime Director of the CSUN Educational Opportunity Program. He passed away March 19th.  Both students and faculty will miss him.images

Queer Migrations: Moving toward Transformative Change with Bamby Salcedo (member of TransLatina Coalition) and Jorge Gutierrez (member of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement) Thursday April 7th 11-12:15   Thousand Oaks Room, Student Union

See the library website for their celebration of National Poetry Month including spoken word/hip hop performers Vocal ARTillery April 6th, writing workshop April 12th, open mic/poetry slam April 20th, showcase of faculty poetry April 27th…Everything is coming up poetry and why not

“Queer in Your Career” Dinner and Discussion Wednesday April 6th 5-7 in Northridge Center, USU  Rsvp to  http://www.csun.edu/pride/events/queer-in-your-career

“Signs of Deaf Philosophy”–a talk with Teresa Blankmeyer Burke Wednesday April 6th 4-6 Manzanita Hall 130  ASL with English interpretation

April 8th and 9th 8:30 pm your chance to see Rick Mitchell’s new play UNPLUMBED at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica  for info  http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/event/rick-mitchell-unplumbed             strange…comic and featuring persistently transgressive Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

If you have ever wondered about the annual student displays re the Armenian Genocide, come to the lecture by Dr. Shemmassian, Director of the Armenian Studies Program to hear “The Armenian Genocide: Causes, Processes, Consequences” April 21st 4pm JR 319 hosted by Dorothy Clark’s Rhetoric of Memory class.

“War Without End and the Disobeying Signs of the Central American Diaspora: on Survival and Resistance”–a talk with Oriel Maria Siu, Director of Latina/o Studies at the University of Puget Sound Wednesday April 27th 2-3:30 100 Sagebrush Hall with reception after in JR153


Today deadline for RSCA Grants–Get Jackie’s signature before 4pm or email her

Associated Writing Programs Conference in LA–NOW thurs-Sat/CSUN Creative Writing at AWP…more info at (@CSUN_writing)    Twitter/Instagram info

Save the Date ~ English MA Hooding Ceremony May 23rd 1:30-3:00 Chaparral Hall 5125 followed by the English Department Awards Ceremony and then Commencement.

LA Times Festival of Books panel with Martin Pousson and Tin House editor Rob Spillman as moderator Saturday April 9th 12pm Seeley G. Mudd 124 on USC campus. At 2:30 Martin will sign advanced copies of his novel Black Sheep Boy Booth 64 in the middle of the USC central walkway.

Fall Book Adoptions Due April 15th in order to save students money.  I know we just finished Spring Break and heavy grading but try to get these in.


How often have dark times and spaces been lightened by a book? Participate in the Book Drive for LA County Juvenile Facilities–paperbacks age appropriate 11-17.  Where: SH 208, 232 and JR 148, 240 and 340. Collected by Northridge Creative Writing Circle  April 1-30

Food Forward and the Institute for Sustainability–6th Annual Orange Pick– April 3rd two sessions 8-10 and 11-1 Volunteer to help harvest 10,000 pounds of oranges for donation to local food pantries. Vitamin C and feeding the hungry!  Go to    www.csun.edu/sustainability/events/orange-pick

AGSE and Sigma are hosting a conference Saturday April 16th with keynote speaker Devoney Looser in the Grand Ballroom. Panels begin at 9:30 and panel moderators are needed.  Very little work and yet such a great service for our Grad and Honors students. If you can help out, Contact  nazanin.keynejad.@my.csun.edu

Submit Student Award Applications by April 29th–tell your students and submit any letters or forms requested.  Awards are Undergrad: Henry Van Slooten Scholarship, Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award, Robert apRoberts Honors Essay Prize; Grad: Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize, Mahlon Gaumer Award, Harry Finestone Award. For more info, Contact  santosh.khadka@csun.edu

New Voices Reading Romp May 31st 10-5  come for a bit or come for the day and help select student writing for the 26th edition of New Voices…potluck lunch at Sherman Oaks home of Elyce Wakerman. Contact Amy Reynolds or Amber Norwood for more information.


Noreen Lace’s poem “Fairy Tale” will appear in April Fools (no kidding!) in April 2016. Not only timely since this is the first and National Poetry Month but Noreen has also been very productive of late.

Shaun Cullen’s article “The Innocent and the Runaway: Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and the Contemporary Politics of Racial Melodrama” appeared in the March 2016 issue of the Journal of Popular Music Studies. Sounds very interesting.

Jessy Cruz (BA Lit 2015) has accepted a full-time position with Project GEAR-UP 4 LA as Assistant Parent Coordinator at Occidental College doing outreach to parents and students. Jessy interned with GEAR-Up through the English Intern class with Kathy Leslie. While he works at Occidental he will also pursue his Master of Counseling and Student Services program at CSUN. Wonderful News/Congratulations Jessy.

Jason Gallaher Grad Student in Literature sold his picture book WHOBERT WHOVER, OWL DETECTIVE to the Margaret K. McElderry imprint of Simon and Schuster to be published in summer 2017.

Kudos to All!


until another Thursday ~





Volume 42:11

March 17th, 2016 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:11)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon


tis the week before Spring Break and all are scurrying hither and thither to lighten the load and find some rest in other places and spaces………


Best Deal in Town $5.—-the 25 Year Retrospective of the Northridge Review 1989-2014…..Is your name in it?   To name a few: Donna Marsh, Amber Norwood, Amy Reynolds. Secure your copy and scope out a few surprises. If the annual Northridge Review is often spectacular reading and It Is, then this Retrospective of poetry, fiction and drama is pretty special….liking the cover art…. See Frank.

Last chance to hear Jordan Guevara, Araceli Colato, and Christian Cardenas (all graduating soon) at the Spring 2016 Graduate Reading Series Fri March 18th JR 319 7:00 pm usual snacks & good company

Lynn Emanuel will be reading from her new book The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected on Tuesday March 29 at 4pm. Our own Chris Higgs will also be reading.  JR 319/Refreshments and a chance to hear a great reading after Spring Break.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle presents a Poetry Reading with Ocean Vuong April 1 at 4pm at the Glenn Omatsu House (18356 Halsted Avenue Northridge). At once delicate and powerful, Vuong’s poetry deals with issues of identity such as transformation, history, passion and loss. Refreshments will be served.

Nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award are being accepted. The award for academic excellence, campus and community service, and exceptional achievements or overcoming personal life circumstances includes a $1000.  If you know an outstanding graduating senior, let them know and consider sponsoring them with a letter of recommendation. Deadline April 4th   http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/ogsa

2016 Terry Piper Lecture Series with Dr. Estela Bensimon. Topic is “Making ‘Race Talk’ a Routine Practice on College Campuses” April 5th 9-11 Northridge Center (University Student Union) Reception at 8:30

A Panel at LA Times Festival of Books, “The Eccentrics”–with Martin Pousson, and Tin House editor Rob Spillman as moderator. April 9th 12:00pm Seeley G. Mudd 124 (at USC)


Applications for Instructionally Related Activities Fees are due March 25 by 5pm. File online

Composition Book Fair  Monday March 28th 10-2 in JR 319 right after Spring Break

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards/Submission Deadline extended to 5pm Friday April 1, 2016 .

April 15th–deadline for ordering Fall Books in order to keep the cost down

Submissions for Academy of American Poets Prize accepted until April 15th. For cover sheet  http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/AAPPC%20Cover%20SHEET.pdf

SAVE THE DATE: Retirement Party April 30th 6pm at 23541 Mariano Street, Woodland Hills (Dorothy Barresi’s house).  And the long list of retirees– Richard Battaglia, Pam Bourgeois, Cynthia Hagstrom, Mona Houghton, Kathy Leslie, Donna Marsh, Marlene Pearson, Stephanie Satie, Marjie Seagoe, Terri Silverberg and George Uba….WOW


CSUN Academic Innovation Showcase in May.  Email kristy.michaud@csun.edu        with a brief description of your project by 5pm March 25th

Women Comics of Color: A panel with Shawnee Gibbs, Shawnelle Gibbs (The Gibbs Sisters) and MariNaomi Wednesday March 29 1-3 pm Flintridge Room, Student Union. They are accomplished LA artists who have won awards/prizes in graphic narratives.

Tell your students to participate in RecycleMania between Feb 8 and April 2 and perhaps win a prize.

Tanni Block Memorial LGBTQ Award Deadline April 1st Award is $1250. To honor student activist Tanni Block and recognize current LGBTQ advocacy. Tell your students to apply.  Ask Martin Pousson for more information.  To support/help reach target goal, consider donating now.


an abundance of good stuff

Sharaya Olmeda (B.A. 2015), who served at a local nonprofit through the Intern Class with Kathy Leslie, has accepted a position as Director of Philanthropy and Board Relations with YMCA in the San Luis Obispo area. Sharaya is excited to be working in a position that allows her to use her writing skills while giving back to the community. We are excited by the validation of Kathy Leslie’s work in the Intern class.  Congratulations Sharaya!

Katie Mitchell-Askar’s poem “Perspective” has been accepted for publication in DIAGRAM literary magazine. The creative writing faculty and the department applauds Katie and her work!

Frontiers in American Children’s Literature with co-editors Dorothy Clark and Linda Salem is coming out March 31st. It is described as a “groundbreaking work by both established and emerging scholars in the fields of children’s literature criticism, history, and education.”

Norma Aceves, currently doing graduate work at Florida State University, has an essay “Twilight Online Fandom: Cixous’ Ecriture Feminine and the Digital Text” in Frontiers in American Children’s Literature.

Kimberly Teaman Carroll has been accepted in the Claremont Ph.D. program in English. She will continue to teach at CSUN while she concentrates on American Literature and Transnational Studies.

Natalie Gibson, English Major, won First Place in the 2016 Portfolium Challenge (sponsored by Community Engagement). She is president of the CSUN Club Big Buddies.  They tutor and mentor. And they partnered with All Things Are Possible to help the children celebrate Christmas, giving out more than 100 presents. Seriously Fun Community Service!

Martin Pousson’s short story “Most Holy Ghost” was accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of TriQuarterly. This story is from his novel-in-stories (genre bending) Black Sheep Boy to be released in hardcover in May.

Kudos to All!


until another Thursday ~

Volume 42:10

February 27th, 2016 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:10)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon


a Saturday Thurs NOtes

maybe not better but late…yes 6th week about to start……too warm for february but good for a nice walk on a tree lined avenue


Presentation on native plants Tuesday March 1st 12-1 in Education Rooms 1214 and 1216
hosted by College of Education. Native plants are, of course, more suitable to our climate

Dr. Henry Oster will visit Dr. Linda Overman’s class Thursday March 3 7:30 JR 319 to discuss his holocaust survival story. Featured in the LA Times and author of The Kindness of the Hangman, he writes “Even in Hell, there is hope.”

Soledad O’Brien, television journalist, will give a lecture on “Race and Opportunity in America” at the VPAC  March 8th  Free tickets to students, faculty and staff at AS Ticket Office starting Feb 22nd

Modern Russia Day-cultural showcase Tuesday March 8th 4:00-6:00 Oviatt Library Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room Russian Tea Party: Pirozhki and Blini  RSVP by March 1st to dina.mokhnatkin@csun.edu

In commemoration of International Women’s Day–A Documentary: Justice for my Sister addresses struggle in Guatemala Wednesday March 9th 4:30 pm Sierra Hall 203

Voice…Disruption–An interesting panel at the AWP conference on Kate Haake’s book What Our Speech Disrupts March 31st Local and thus easier to do–LA Convention Center R118.  Kate was invited to speak and amiably agreed. Contact Kate for time and any questions.

CSUN submitted its Climate Action Plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2040–a worthy, breathable goal.


Help Anne Kellenberger staff those SI sections–crucial to the writing development of our students. Refer upper division or grad students who are strong, responsible, articulate, solid writers. They work 9 hours a week for $12. hour.

Tuesday March 1 5pm deadline for Faculty Fellowship and Probationary Faculty…still time if you hustle

In addition to the Late Change in Academic Schedule for Undergraduate Students Form, students need lots of documentation and Extraordinary Circumstances to drop classes (moving out of state, leaving for active military duty, doctor documents their health in danger). Easier drops no longer possible.


Grad School Workshop re application process Thursday March 3  4:30-6:00 p.m. Chicano Studies Conference Room JR 153    All undergrad and graduate students welcome/free pizza

University 100–Academic First Year Experience is taking applications                             http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/university-100/teaching-university-100

2016-2017 Research Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards proposal are Due March 28th by 5pm Submission will be via InfoReady website.


Jutta Schamp’s article “Creolizing C.G. Jung: Re-imagined Alchemy and Individuation in Anton Nimblett’s Sections of an Orange and Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming’s Curry Flavor” will be published in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing in the June or December issue. Exciting Jutta!

Andrea Hernandez won a 2016/17 eLearning Grant, which includes a one week institute participation and funding.

Kudos to Both

until another thursday ~


Volume 42:09

February 11th, 2016 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:09)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon


Can’t be the Third Week but it is….Forward to a very early Spring Break for us. Forward to a Good Semester with Good student and colleague interactions!


In medias res-Black History Month-sorry we didn’t get this out sooner.  Still time to see some great films and a Talent Showcase, and hear great speakers. Theme is Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.  For more information, go to Department of Africana Studies under College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Third Critical Transitions Conference March 4th Woodbury University 9:30-3:30. It covers many interesting theoretical, pedagogical and professional Composition issues and Includes best Interview practices for full-time positions.

If you are interested in Learning Management System platforms (and you know what one is), you might want to participate in the evaluation for a new CSU contract.  See the Chancellor’s office learning platforms and services website.


This Friday February 12th is the last day for students to add with a permission #, drop without signatures, or change grading status to CR/NC.  You can save your students and yourself some trouble with a short email reminder (if you have the time).

Please email Tonie re student evaluations for your classes.

CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement submissions due Feb 24th at 9:00 p.m. One of your students may want to apply for this $12,000 scholarship.

Spring is a lovely time for a class observation–well maybe it’s summer no winter no summer.  Required to make our classes keep chugging along, the observations call for your help and one isn’t too bad without a letter to write–just a short form to fill out.

March 1st–big date–deadline for submission of College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program and Probationary Faculty Support Program.  Ya don’t get if ya don’t apply whether it be smaller 1 course releases or big ones like see Anthony below.

GradFest 2016–a shopping grad thing March 16th and 17th 9-6 in the bookstore. Let your students know–they may be interested.


If you want to go digital but need some help–check out the Workshop on Composing with Video February 29th 12:30-3:30. Sign up with Santosh Khadka for seating and refreshments.

Human Resources News–check it out for defense–classes and pepper spray, health insurance, and retirement information.  Sometimes you can attend a great planning retirement workshop right on campus vs. driving to Glendale (unless you live near Glendale).  Many interesting possibilities…

Great minds ride Together–Rideshare from afar and save $, stress, and the Planet (needs all and any help available).


Anthony Dawahare has been selected as the College of Humanities Research Fellow for 2016-2017 for his project The Red Christ: Social Christianity and American Protect Literature, 1894-1940.  Interesting and Transdisciplinary–Congratulations Anthony!

The research team of Santosh Khadka, Ligia Mihut, Sara Alvarez, and Shyam Sharma won a CCCC Research Initiative Grant ($9600) for the global project “On Their Own Terms: A Study of Writing Discourses in Colombia, India, Nepal, and Romania.”

Irene Clark gave a presentation at the University of Granada, Spain entitled “Writing Effective Theses and Dissertations: Entering the Conversation.” Spain–sounds like too much fun…The Spanish graduate students let Irene know that they would very much like to have the type of writing instruction we have here.

Noreen Lace’s poem “Dreams of Mr. Rabbit” has been accepted for Pilcrow and Dagger’s February/March issue entitled Love and Leprechauns….sounds perfect for Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.  Noreen has been very productive of late!

Very Nice Write-up in the College of Humanities newsletter Fall/Winter 2015-16 re Eric Kufs and Nazanin Keynejad. They are recipients of the prestigious 2015-16 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship. Great Read, and dare I say, Great Pics for the English Department to peruse. So nice to stop and enjoy their success with them.

Kudos to All!


until another Thursday~