Volume 40:14

April 17th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Welcome back to one and all and here’s hoping every one of you had fabulous spring breaks if you can even remember them now as we gear up for the end of this action-packed academic year. Time now to hang on to your various hats and have a great ride.

Speaking of the end of the year, it has come to our attention that a number of our graduate students are experiencing difficulties with their graduation tickets. We are working on this but in the meantime, if anyone knows of about any unused and available tickets that they could donate to this good cause, please let me know so we might start a “bank” of our own. Don’t assume, however, that you have tickets of  your own you can donate. This year, all faculty who wish to attend but do not plan to participate officially in the ceremony will also need tickets of their own. If you think you might be in that situation, please do email Commencement Services at commencementtickets@csun.edu. And since students will be limited to four guests this year, let’s all plan to attend the Department reception to show our support for our students and their families — all of them!

As previously announced, the all College meeting with Provost Harry Hellenbrand and Dean Elizabeth A. Say will be held on Monday, May 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. This meeting will provide an important opportunity to hear Provost Hellenbrand speak about the future of CSUN to share your own questions/concerns/observations about the same. Light refreshments will be served.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will host a Northridge Review Workshop Panel featuring David Morck, George Fekaris, Garrett Rego, and Dustin Lehren, all poets and fiction writers with recent publications. The published writers will discuss the path to publication with other students. The event is organized by alumnus Justin La Torre (BA ’13, English, Creative Writing) and board members of the NR and the NCWC. Copies of the NR will be available for sale. The panel will be held on Friday, May 2, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the Linda Joseph Nichols Reading Room (JR 319).

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will host a starred panel of fiction writers and publishers, featuring two distinguished CSUN alumni, Tyson Cornell and Joseph Mattson. Rare Bird Lit & Barnacle Book Publisher Tyson Cornell will lead the panel with COLA Award-Winning novelist and editor Joseph Mattson (Eat Hell, Empty the Sun) along with Jerry Stahl, legendary Los Angeles writer, Pushcart Prize winner and best-selling author (Permanent Midnight, Happy Mutant Baby Pills). The panel will be held on Monday, April 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in Chaparral Hall Room 5126.

Martin Pousson has been invited to read at Beyond Baroque in Venice in celebration of National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 26. He will read two poems, “Hoodoo” & “Voodoo,” both published in The Rattling Wall. Copies of the journal will be available for purchase. Wine and cheese will be served at 8:00, with poetry readings to follow. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Here are two more upcoming opportunities to join in the conversation about The Postmortal by Drew Magary, which will be CSUN’s 2014-2015 Freshman Common Reading. Take your choice: Monday, April 21 form 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in SH 439 (CIELO) with Stacey Bieber, or Wednesday, April 23, form 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in SH 439 (CIELO) with Ronit Sarig. RSVP to me Cheryl Spector at Cheryl.Spector@csun.edu, or to x6535 (CIELO) so planning can be done for refreshments. For more information about The Postmortal at CSUN (including another discussion opportunity in July), please visit http://www.csun.edu/afye/Postmortal-for-Faculty-and-Staff.html.

2. Reminders

Since the last issue of TN came out just in advance of our late spring break, here’s a recounting of several events you won’t want to miss:

Tomorrow night, April 18, features the Northridge Review publication party, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. in CSUN’s beautiful Planetarium.

On Saturday, April 19, at 4:00 in the afternoon, Kate Haake and Mona Houghton will be reading at Off Ramp Gallery in Pasadena. The afternoon will celebrate work by members of Los Angeles’ Glass Table Collective and feature art work by GRONK. Wine and  refreshments will be served. Off Ramp Gallery can be found at 1702 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103.

And most importantly, don’t forget that the deadline for spring department awards will fast be upon us, so please get your nominations and letters in order and have them submitted by Tuesday April 29, 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 Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English: A prize of $500 will be given to a student whose essay in ENGL 258, 259, 275, or 355 best demonstrates a passion for the English language.

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.

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 $3,000 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: 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 Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship: An award of $500 will be given to a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary English Education to help pay fees for graduate work. The applicant must concurrently be teaching in middle school or secondary school or be on sabbatical.

3. Opportunities

CSUN will be hosting two Faculty Scholar Academies this summer. These proposal writing and curriculum development academies are designed to connect researchers on campus with experienced coaches in a workshop environment with the expected outcome that all participants will submit a proposal at the end of each academy. For more information, please see http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/announcements or contact Crist Khachikian, Associate VP for Research & Graduate, at
crist.khachikian@csun.edu. But don’t delay, as the deadline is April 28.

The new Center on Mexico and Latin American Studies (CMLAS) is pleased to announce its inaugural annual research competition that will support faculty research projects on Mexico and Latin America. The grants will provide support of up to $5,068. All faculty are eligible to apply, including both full and part-time, and from all colleges in the University. For more information, please contact Stella Theodoulou, Acting Director, Center for Mexico and Latin American Studies, at stella.theodoulou@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews has been appointed to the CSU Task Force for Advancing Ethnic Studies created by Chancellor White to assess the status of ethnic studies departments on the CSU campuses and to make recommendations on policies and practices for their governance.

Current creative writing graduating senior, Matthew Kahn, was recently featured in salon.com for his   blog project inspired, presumably, by one of us. Or, as salon.com reports:

When Matthew Kahn, a creative writing student at California State University at Northridge, learned from one of his professors that the bestselling book of 1926 was “The Private Life of Helen of Troy” by John Erskine, he was struck. The class wasn’t reading it, but the book they were reading, “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, was published the same year. “I thought that was interesting, Kahn told me. “When we think of the books of 1926, we think modernists. We don’t think about the books that most people were actually reading at that time.” So Kahn decided to read them, 100 years of No. 1 bestsellers, from 1913 to 2013, and post reviews on his blog, Kahn’s Corner.

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/02/lessons_from_stephen_king_and_valley_of_the_dolls_reading_100_years_of_bestsellers/

Kahn’s Corner can be found at http://www.kahnscorner.com/2013/02/100-years-94-books.html. Matthew is currently up to 1968, topped with Arthur Hailey’s Airport, and he’s got a break coming up when Johnathan Livingstone Seagull topped the list in both 1972 and 1973. Keep up the good reading, Matthew; this is seriously cool.

Volume 40:13

April 3rd, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

It is with deep sadness that I again begin these Notes with the announcement of another loss to our extended family, this one more immediate and closer to home. Our long time colleague and Shakespearean scholar, Susanne Collier, passed away earlier this week of the long-term effects of her deteriorating health. Known for her ability to inspire a love of Shakespeare and poetry in students, Susanne started teaching here at CSUN in 1990 after earning her PhD in English from the Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham, England. Prior to her appointment here, she taught at the University of New Hampshire and in the London Program for the University of Notre Dame. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and granted tenure in 1996. In 1999, she was the recipient of a University Ambassadors Polished Apple award and in 2001 she was promoted to full professor. A memorial service will be held at her church, St Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, in Simi Valley on Tuesday, 15 April, at 4 p.m. Here is a link with directions: http://www.stfrancischurchofsimi.org/BE/location.html. Until then, a card will be available at Frank’s desk in the main office for those who would like to offer their condolences. Susanne will be truly missed.

In happier news, Spring Break is upon us and not, I imagine, a moment too soon. While our students slave away over reading and papers (or so they assure me) and we slave away over reading and papers, I hope that we all find some time to notice and to celebrate, as  yet another former colleague, Lesley Johnstone would have urged us, the trees and flowers that are in bloom. And while we are at it, let’s remember in our own way, the colleagues we have lost. And then, let’s all try to have a little fun, for as an old Wyoming cowboy used to tell me, “None of it matters if you don’t have fun.”

And when we get back, if you are still looking for fun opportunities, the Northridge Review publication party will be taking place on Friday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. in CSUN’s beautiful Planetarium. Always a highlight of the semester, the NR readings feature food, good company, and fabulous stories and poems from a wide range of our most talented student writers. Come to support them and join the fun. A good time will be had by all.

On Saturday, April 19, at 4:00 in the afternoon, What Books Press will be holding another festive reading at Off Ramp Gallery in Pasadena. The afternoon will celebrate work by members of Los Angeles’ Glass Table Collective, including Kate Haake (me), Mona Houghton, and, also from CSUN, Ramon Garcia. Also featured will be art work by GRONK from What Books’ new collection of co-authored and illustrated science fiction  poems, Tomorrow You’ll Be One of Us. Wine and yummy refreshments will be served. And another good time will be had by all. Off Ramp Gallery can be found at 1702 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103.

Here’s an idea for at least part of your spring break, which might be to set your mind on which of your stellar students you’d like to nominate for this year’s Spring department awards. There are a lot of them (awards), and that’s a good thing, as we have a lot of amazing students. Let’s take a little time out of the term end busyness to ensure that our very best students receive their well-earned recognitions (never mind their financial awards). And to make things a bit easier on all of us, the department Awards and Amenities Committee has been hard at work on developing a new recommendation form, which you can get by contacting Lauren Byler, Chair of said committee, at lauren.byler@csun.edu. Lauren will also be able to provide more information on the following awards:

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 Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English: A prize of $500 will be given to a student whose essay in ENGL 258, 259, 275, or 355 best demonstrates a passion for the English language.

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.

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 $3,000 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: 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 Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship: An award of $500 will be given to a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary English Education to help pay fees for graduate work. The applicant must concurrently be teaching in middle school or secondary school or be on sabbatical.

Looking ahead, please mark your calendar for the upcoming, not to be missed, all College meeting with Provost Harry Hellenbrand, and Dean Elizabeth A. Say. This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear Provost Hellenbrand speak about the future of CSUN. You will have the opportunity to share your questions/concerns/observations regarding the university. The meeting will take place on Monday, May 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. Light refreshments will be served.

On Friday, April 25, from 1:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., a conference titled, “Navigating the Writing Highway: Critical Transitions from Community College to University,” will be held at Woodbury College in Burbank. The conference will focus on the following themes: transferability of English courses, multimodal first-year composition assignments, and best practices for applying for full-time English positions at community colleges.

2. Reminders

Calling your attention to an important reminder from Teresa Morrison, COH Grants Officer, which warrants repeating here:

Tuesday, April 15 is the proposal deadline for NEH’s Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions program. This fellowship program supports research of value to humanities scholars or general audiences. Designed to be flexible to suit your needs, guidelines allow you to define your audience, type of research (including the option of curriculum development), and award period. NEH provides a stipend of $4,200 per full-time month, with the option to request PT or FT fellowship support for two to 12 FTE months. See the program guidelines or contact Teresa for further details.
Thursday, May 1 is the proposal deadline for NEH’s Fellowships program. This program is almost identical to the Awards for Faculty at HSIs program. Fellowships also provide stipends of $4,200 per full-time month, up to a maximum of 12 full-time months, though Fellowships recipients must request a minimum of six months’ funding and may not apply for PT options. Furthermore, Fellowships funding may not be applied toward a curriculum development research objective. See the program guidelines or contact Teresa for further details.

3. Opportunities

For all of you who teach Stretch composition, don’t miss the upcoming workshop, Research: Best Practices, Effective Strategies. This important session will be geared, in particular, to Project Text, but additional topics will be covered that may apply to other writing projects from the B section of Stretch. The workshop will feature three librarians who will be presenting on their own recommended best practices/strategies, to be followed with breakout discussions. If there are particular topics you’d like to discuss, please contact Renee M. Moreno at renee.m.moreno@csun.edu. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in Sierra Hall 181. As with all workshops, faculty will be compensated for attending, $100 for their participation. Please RSVP for the workshop by filling out the short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5Z5MYBX.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews recently attended the Native American Literature Symposium in Pryor Lake, Minn., where he presented a paper titled “Pop Go the Indians: Popular Culture Imagery in American Indian Art”  and chaired a panel on Canadian writer Richard Van Camp’s film and fiction. In late May he will attend the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association meeting in Austin, Texas, to present a paper titled “The Significance of the Frontier in Comanche Poetry.”

From March 19 to 22, Irene Clark attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis where she was part of a panel titled “Transfer and Transofrmation: Open Access via Threshold Concepts.” Her paper was titled “Genre Awareness, Threshold Concepts and Open Access.”

On March 23, Audrey Thacker led a discussion at Loyola Marymount University about Chaim Potok’s  My Name Is Asher Lev, alongside the author’s son, filmmaker Akiva Potok.

Volume 40:12

March 20th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

We begin this issue of Thursday’s Notes with the sad announcement that we have lost another of our warmly remembered emeritus colleagues, Lary Hazelton Gibson, who passed away recently after a struggle with pneumonia and heart problems. After earning his PhD in English from the University of Oregon, Lary taught at Fordham University from 1967-1969 and then joined our department in 1969. A writer of poetry, novels, short stories and film and television scripts, Lary taught creative writing, along with courses in contemporary literature, and was instrumental in the development of the department’s literary magazine program. Lary was promoted to Associate Professor in 1975 and to Professor in 1980. He joined the Faculty Early Retirement program and was granted emeritus status in 2001. In particular, Lary was noted for his generous support of student achievement, shepherding many, many students through independent studies. Here, one such student, our own Mona Houghton, remembers Lary fondly:

One of the luckier chance occurrences of my life happened in the mid-eighties when I walked into Lary Gibson’s creative writing class. I was in my early thirties and desperate to find the story-maker I had lost track of in my twenties—and there was kind and patient Lary holding  open the door. I couldn’t have landed a better guide at that juncture. He kept me coming back with his kind encouragement, his low-key humor, his ability to call me out without scaring me away—and the years whizzed by. And during them all, I always knew if I lost my way on the yellow brick road that I could find a seat in Lary’s  office and he would have the time and patience to ease me back to where I needed to be. Above all, he was a teacher and his students never doubted his love of being in the trenches with all of us. I feel totally confident in saying  there are thousands of people, who, like me, hold Lary, and many memories of him, close to their hearts.

In other sad news, our sympathies go out to Lisa Riccomini and her mother Linda who lost their father and husband, Marino John Riccomini, this past week. The obituary can be read here: http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/obituaries/index/x152644613/Marino-John-Riccomini.

For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting  news on the cliff-hanger ending to our last edition of Thursday’s Notes to find out what Bob Noreen has actually been charged with in his recent appointment by the U.S. Department of Education to a five member panel, the long wait is now over. Bob, with his panel, will be reviewing the English exams being prepared for the “Race to the Top” national Common Core program. A daunting task. Closer to home, Bob supervises the scoring of the CSU English Placement Test for the Educational Testing Service, and also for the Early Assessment Program (EAP). And he’s also been traveling, having visited  65 countries to date in retirement. This edition of TN will find him either on in New Zealand or on a cruise around the South Sea Islands (Bora Bora, Tahiti, Fiji, et.al.). Bon voyage, Bob!

As we start to gear up for the end of the term, it’s time to think about nominating students for our various department awards, along with the University-wide 2014 Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards. Four exceptional students will be selected for this award based on academic excellence, campus and community service, and exceptional achievements or personal life circumstances that have been overcome. Each student will receive a $1,000 award, which will be presented during the Honors Convocation ceremony at the Oviatt Library Lawn on Monday, May 16, 2014, at 6:00 PM. Candidates must submit an Application Form (available online at http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/ogsa/ ) and two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a CSUN faculty member).  All materials must be received in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs by the application deadline which is Monday, April 14, 2014.

The faculty general election is taking place now! This is an important opportunity to participate in faculty governance and decide who will represent us as Faculty Officers, Statewide Academic Senators, and Senators-at-Large, so please log on and cast your vote here http://www.csun.edu/senate/electionballot. The election will end on March 26 at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon. If you have questions, experience technical difficulties, and/or would prefer a paper ballot, please contact Heidi Wolfbauer in the Faculty Senate Office (heidiw@csun.edu or X3263).

Please do what you can to support next year’s first year students (sure to be another bumper crop) by coming to one or more of the Postmortal Previews. Choose April 1, 2, or 3 and come learn about the book from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. each day, in CIELO (SH 439). For more information, please see http://www.csun.edu/afye/Postmortal-for-Faculty-and-Staff.html#Preview. And for more on the book, don’t miss the upcoming Postmortal Book Discussions on April 21, April 23, and July 17. Details at http://www.csun.edu/afye/Postmortal-for-Faculty-and-Staff.html. For more information or to RSVP: x6535 or cheryl.spector@csun.edu.

Here’s a big thanks to Bob Chianese for alerting us to The Big Read project in Ventura. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, this year’s main books is Tim Obrien’s The Things They Carried. Bob be participating with a presentation at the Topping Room on Monday April 7 at 7:00 pm in the downtown library, talking about why O’Brien chose fiction to tell the “real” story of a group of soldiers he fought with. For more information about this and other related events, please see http://www.cityofventura.net/bigread.

Stephanie Satie will be performing her  solo play, Silent Witnesses, directed by Anita Khanzadian, based on interviews with Child Survivors of the Holocaust at The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 90025, for one night only, Saturday, May 10th at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office : 310-477-2055 ext. 2. They are open after 1:00 until curtain time Tuesdays -Sunday, with student and senior discounts available only by phone or at the box office.

Please announce to your students that we will be celebrating the publication of the Northridge Review Spring 2014 Issue at  The Planetarium BP3100 (or Citrus Hall CH3100) on April 18, 2014, starting at 7 p.m. It will be a party. Invite  family and friends. There will be refreshments and wonderful entertainment.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle has two big readings coming up. On March 27th. at 7 p.m. the NCWC, is hosting Kate Gale in Chaparral Hall room 5126. Kate Gale, a CSUN alum, is the author of several poetry collections and is the founder and managing editor of Red Hen Press and an editor of the Los Angeles Review. And on April 21, also at 7 p.m. in Chaparral Hall room 5126, the NCWC will be hosting Jerry Stahl, Joseph Mattson, and Tyson Cornell. Save the date now and look for more details in the coming weeks. 

2. Reminders

Sigma Tau Delta is holding its annual conference, “ISMs: An Exploration into the Invisible Barriers of Classification,” this Saturday, March 22, in the USU. Beginning at 8:15 with breakfast and a meet and greet, followed by scintillating panels throughout the day, the conference features, well, scintillating panels, and a keynote address by Dodie Bellamy, author of nine prose works, including Academonia and The Buddhist, at 2:30 in the afternoon. Please try to come out and support our students and visiting student presenters and enjoy their terrific work.

The Office of Community Engagement has now opened the grant cycle for 2014-15. The purpose of this grant is to support faculty in revising a current course to reflect service learning pedagogy for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. The project must be developed in collaboration with a non-profit community-based organization, provide a meaningful service-learning experience for students, and fulfill a need defined by the community organization. Funded faculty will receive $1000 and be required to revise the course and implement the new syllabus during the 2014 – 2015 AY. The application is due by April 14, 2014. Interested? Please contact me Joyce Burstein at joyce.burstein@csun.edu. And while you are working on your excellent ideas, you won’t want to miss the Last Minute Service Learning Grant Advice from the Office of Community Engagement. This worksop will take place on April 1 and April 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. i CIELO Conference Room 439. Drop by to receive some advice on preparing your Service Learning Grant Application from Dr. Joyce Burstein, and have a few refreshments as well.

3, Opportunities

Glimmer Train‘s Short Fiction Contest has a March 31 deadline coming up for work with a “family matters” theme. 1st place wins $1,500 and, of course, publication in Glimmer Train Stories; 2nd place wins $500, or, if published, $700; and 3rd place wins $300, or, if published, $700. The reading fee is $15 per story. Winners and finalists will be officially announced in the June 1 bulletin, and contacted directly by the previous week. Three CSUN students and/or alum — Karlee Johnson, Justin Le Torre, and Gina Srmabekian — have already earned recognitions in this noteworthy competition. Let’s keep it up, CSUN writers!

4. Achievements

Esteemed former colleague, Brian Leung (2002-2006), has been appointed  Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University, starting in Fall 2014. In February, he learned that his application for a grant to direct the U.S. Department of State Institute on Contemporary American Literature in summer 2014 at the University of Louisville has been approved. The grant brings scholars in Contemporary American Literature from 18 different countries to Louisville for six weeks of study, and for travel within the U.S. to meet important scholars and U.S. writers. Brian will marry his partner of four and a half years this spring.

Kim Young‘s terrific book of poems, Night Radio, was one of two finalists for the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Congratulations to Kim on this notable distinction. Kim also has a review, “The Self as Sediment,” of Judith Kitchen’s book length essay The Circus Train coming out in the Los Angeles Review of Books at the end of March.

Volume 40:11

March 6th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Wendy Say

Let’s begin this issue of TN with a hugely warm and most grateful welcome the newest member of our fabulous office staff, Wendy Say! We look forward to working with her and wish her the best in her new work home.

And let’s second that with a huge vote of thanks to Wendy for arranging for another new and, again, most welcome addition to our department — our very long overdue bottle and can recycling bin! Let’s make excellent use of it.

Bottle and can recycling bin

Once again, the Dean’s office has  offered to pay for our commencement regalia if we are interested in attending and/or serving as a Marshal. To take advantage of this generous offer, all you have to do is fill out the form you received via email and in your mailbox, and send it to Noreen Galvin by  Tuesday, March 18. Here’s a link with useful commencement information, http://www.csun.edu/commencement, but the short version is that this year’s Honors Convocation will take place on Friday, May 1, at 6:00 p.m., and the College of Humanities Commencement will take place jointly with the Michael D. Eisner College of Education on Thursday, May 22, also at 6:00 p.m.

And after all the excited, sad, happy, and proud goodby’s of each year’s commencement, as we turn our attention back to our continuing students, we should also look forward to those future students who might not yet even know that their destiny is already written to be, after all, an English major. Please do your part to let such students know what a terrific option English may be for them. And just a reminder that if you do have promising writers and readers in your first and second year classes, drop a line to Kate Haake (me) at kate.haake@csun.edu to tell her (me) about them. It’s always a pleasure to reach out to such students with a warm invitation to think about joining our convivial ranks.

In recent news from our graduate corner, the AGSE annual conference will take place this Saturday, March 8, from 9-430, in the University Student Union. This year’s conference theme is Intersections, and the day feature 40 academic papers and presentations by CSUN graduate students and undergraduate students, as well as scholars from UC Riverside, USC, University of St. Thomas, Loyola Marymount, Bowling Green State University, San Diego State, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. There will also be a panel of CSUN freshmen and a panel of Taft High School students. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Joseph Boone, Professor of English, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. A well-known and respected theorist in the areas of modernist literature/culture, queer theory, and gender studies, Professor Boone is the author of Tradition Counter Tradition: Love and the Form of Fiction (1989), Engendering Men: The Question of Male Feminist Criticism (1991), Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism (1998), and The Homoerotics of Orientalism (2014). A program for the conference is located outside the mailroom for your perusal, and the conference website can be accessed at http://agseintersections.wordpress.com/. Come if you can; it will make you proud. Plus, a good time will be had by all.

Speaking of a good time, the Sigma Tau Delta conference is also fast approaching and will be held on March 22. The theme of this year’s conference is ISMS: An Exploration Into the Invisible Barriers of Classification. Featuring keynote speaker Dodie Bellamy, author of Academonia and The Buddhist, this conference, too, promises to be a scintillating and enjoyable day. Look for details in the next issue of TN.

Here’s another great invitation from Cheryl Spector, who has already provided many of us with copies of next year’s Freshman Common Reading text, The Postmortal, by Drew Magary. Cheryl is hoping we’ll make time to join her and other colleagues for  for a faculty-staff discussion of the book. Even if you can’t find time to read the whole book in advance of the group’s first meeting, please do try to join them tomorrow, Friday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in CIELO (Sierra Hall 4th floor). For more information about The Postmortal, see http://www.csun.edu/afye/Postmortal-for-Faculty-and-Staff.html.

On Wednesday, March 12, and Tuesday, March 18, an open form on Incivility in the Academe will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Sierra Center second floor conference room. Sponsored by CSBS Climate Committee, University Counseling Services, Faculty Senate Educational Equity Committee, CFA and CSUEU, this forum promises to generate a lively discussion and provocative preparation for  author Leah Hollis’ April 2 talk on Bully in the Ivory Tower.

On Monday, March 3rd at 12:30 in JR 319, Professor Amy Ulmer, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Pasadena City College, will be coming to Irene Clark‘s  English 600A class to give a talk titled “Teaching Opportunities at Pasadena City College.” All are welcome.

Each year, the President of the United States holds a service honor roll competition. This prestigious award committee selects higher education institutions that show commitment to serving their communities through all forms of external unpaid activity, including academic service learning, volunteer projects, internships, and community service. As part of their mission, they seek to quantify the service hours our students spend engaged in projects to better our community. If you have students who have formally or informally volunteered at local community organizations, worked in a service-learning capacity, interned, or completed observation hours/unpaid work in the community, please consider taking the below survey with regard to the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters. The survey will take about 3-5 minutes to complete, and even less if you have the data readily available (number of students, hours completed, etc), and can be reached https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PresidentialHonorRoll_2014projects. Our students do good work and people should know, so thanks to Danielle Spratt for bringing this opportunity to our attention.

Former CSUN creative writing student, Ashlyn Morse, currently in her first year of medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has  reached out to us as part of her fundraising activities for Project Medishare, which provides healthcare in Haiti to people without access to the most basic medical needs. In addition to ongoing community health programs, Medishare takes groups of volunteer medical professionals and students, among whom Ashlyn soon will be one, to Haiti to conduct health fairs and mobile clinics. On past trips the Medishare groups have delivered babies, diagnosed and treated various illnesses, and literally saved lives. Donations can be made at Medishare Donation Page, and Ashlyn herself can be reached at amorse@umiami.edu. Please help spread the word and do what you can to support this important work. Ashlyn — and the people she helps — will greatly appreciate it.

The spring Dialogues with the Provost (DWP) will take place on Friday, March 28,  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the USU Northridge Center Complex, and focus on interdisciplinary scholarship. Please use the following link to RSVP for the event by Friday, March 14, 2014 and let them know how you already do or would like to collaborate with colleagues: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EzGT7KzS3X88aoafrTDusafcEdD0Qmn9a-B-_v10sW4/viewform. These responses will be used to help facilitate conversations among colleagues. For more information, please contact Crist Khachikian, Associate VP for Research & Graduate Studies and Graduate Dean at crist.khachikian@csun.ed or Cristina Cadavid at ana.cadavid@csun.edu.

2. Reminders

This weekend, Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 a.m.  March also holds the half-way point for the Spring Semester, and officially marks the arrival of Spring on March 20th! (And how, exactly, is that possible?)

Don’t forget that our travel form has changed. The new form can be found at http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/travel-approval-request.pdf. Please use this one and not the old one. And have safe, pleasurable, and productive journeys.

 3. Opportunities

The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2013 award. The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review. One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. New for this year, AAP is pleased to announce the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Students 23 years-old or younger who have won the AAP prize will be considered for an additional $1000 award. The deadline is Friday, April 18. For more information, please contact poets Leilani Hall or Dorothy Barresi. And do let your students know.

While they are at it, student poets should also consider submitting to the first-ever Sigma Tau Delta poetry contest, judged by award winning poet Patty Seyburn. The winner will be published in the Fall 2014 Northridge Review and will received a signed copy of Patty Seyburn’s Hilarity. All finalists will be given the opportunity to read with Patty Seyburn at an upcoming event. Submissions are open from March 1 through March 31. Students should submit up to three previously unpublished poems, along with a cover letter and a $5 entry fee to the English Department Office or to any of the Sigma Tau Delta board members.

The Office of Community Engagement has now opened the grant cycle for 2014-15. The purpose of this grant is to support faculty in revising a current course to reflect service learning pedagogy for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. The project must be developed in collaboration with a non-profit community-based organization, provide a meaningful service-learning experience for students, and fulfill a need defined by the community organization. Community service-learning courses are expected to build students’ civic responsibility, enhance learning through community engagement, and build the capacity of community-based organizations to meet the needs of residents in the Greater San Fernando Valley. Funded faculty will receive $1000 and be required to revise the course and implement the new syllabus during the 2014 – 2015 AY. The application is due by April 14, 2014. Interested? Please contact me Joyce Burstein at joyce.burstein@csun.edu.

The California Journal of Women Writers, an online literary journal, is looking for writers to join their project. The journal features original reviews and criticism of women’s literature from across North America, as well as interviews with authors, commentary on critiques published elsewhere, and the occasional post boasting literary theory. This is a space devoted to fostering and enhancing the visibility of North American female authors, and narrowing the wide gender gap found in discussions in the literary world. This is a remote volunteer position, but will give your writing exposure and online publication status with a growing and note-worthy literary journal. They are open to collaborating for internship course credit, so this might be a great opportunity for our students. Please check out further details here at http://tcjww.org/2013/08/26/join-our-team/ and send an email to editor@tcjww.org if you are interested.

On April 25th, from 10-2, there will be a conference at Woodbury College oriented toward fostering connections between community colleges and four year colleges. Dr. Richard Matzen, who is in charge of the conference, is looking for someone to someone to give a short presentation (10:45-11:15) on developing multimodal assignments; the presenter will receive $100 honorarium.  Attending this conference will be several Composition directors from local area community colleges, so it might be useful for you to meet them. If you are interested, please contact Irene Clark for more information.
For all those WW I fans, that is the essay topic of this year’s California Academic Decathlon, which will be holding the essay portion of its competition on the 6th of March and is  looking for college instructors to judge essays online and in their spare time. Interested faculty will have until March 18 to complete their volunteer scoring. For more information, please contact, Tammy Serpa, Program Specialist, Lake County Office of Education, at Tammy Serpa tserpa@lakecoe.org. Thank you for considering this opportunity to serve.

4. Achievements

Kate Haake moderated a panel, Poetry, Fiction, & Gronkfest: Celebrating Five Years of What Books Press, at last weekend’s AWP Conference in Seattle where some 15,000 creative writers gathered, among them a healthy contingent of CSUN graduate students who did a great job representing us. Well done, students!

Bob Noreen, happily retired in Palm Spring, was appointed last spring by the U.S. Department of Education to a five member panel which is charged with reviewing the English exams being prepared for the “Race to the Top” national  Common Core program. Good luck with that, Bob; we miss you.

Volume 40:10

February 20th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

The 18th Annual CSUN Student Research and Creative Works Symposium was on Friday, February 14th, and CSUN’s English students were well represented, with oral presentations from Yollotl Lopez, Susana Marcelo, Katilin Pollard, and Dylan Altman. Congratulations to all the students for their impressive work, and to Yollotl especially for taking First Place in the College of Humanities. Ten of the student winners will go on to represent CSUN at the 28th Annual California State University Student Research Competition at CSU East Bay on May 2 and 3, 2014, and here’s wishing Yollotl best of luck there!

This  just in from From Bob Chianese: The new president of Cal State LA  is William Covino, a graduate of our English MA program and one-time student of Bob’s, now a personal friend. Here is a profile of him from the LA Times, www.latimes.com/local/le-me-calstate-la-20140101,0,4970135.story, and thanks to Bob for bringing our attention to this neat news.

The 2014 Terry Piper Lecture is fast approaching. Dr. Laura Rendón will be giving her talk,“Leveraging Student Strengths to Support Student Success” next Monday, March 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the USU Northridge Center. Dr. Rendón is the Distinguished Professor of Higher Education & the Co-Director of the Center for Research and Policy in Education at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Her research interests include student access and success issues related to low-income, first-generation students, Latino/a students in higher education and contemplative education. This event will be co-hosted by the divisions of Student Affairs & Academic Affairs at CSUN. Previous distinguished speakers in the Terry Piper Lecture Series have included Vincent Tinto (2013) Marcia Baxter Magolda (2012).

If you know of any students interested in working for intelligence, the 8th Annual Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence Colloquium will take place on Friday April 11, 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature an analysis of a challenge project by Ryan Hansen and a presentation by the students of the Winter Strategic Intelligence Seminar as well as a number of representatives from agencies of the U.S. Intelligence Community, federal law enforcement, the GAO, the U.S. State Department, and a private corporation. Invitations and registration forms will be available soon. For more information, please contact Bobby Lopez at rolopez@csun.edu.

Good news for students needing a little extra help — and for their instructors — the LRC is now offering a variety of workshops on topics that are frequently encountered there, including MLA and APA format, writing Personal Statements, helping students learn to find their own errors, and preparing for the Writing Proficiency Exam. Students can sign up for most of these workshops on line at www.csun.edu/lrc.

Speaking of the LRC, Ann Kellenberger is, once again, looking for promising students to be SI leaders next fall. Please let her know now if you have students you want to recommend as she need to identify, interview, and (provisionally) hire them before the end of March if they are to receive priority registration.

2. Reminders

The deadline for  faculty awards nominations is tomorrow, but there is still time to put forward the names of those colleagues of ours you admire most. These awards honor:  Outstanding Faculty (up to 2 awards, $1,700 each), Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship (up to 3 awards, $1,200 each), Preeminent Scholarly Publication(s) ($1,200), Exceptional Creative Accomplishment(s) ($1,200), Extraordinary Service ($1,200), and Visionary Community Service-Learning ($1,200). The nomination is fairly straightforward, and then you (and your nominee) will have another month to gather supporting materials.For full information, please see http://www.csun.edu/senate/awards.html.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity awards, sponsored by CSUN’s office of Research and Sponsored Projects, are also coming up, which a March 3 deadline at 5 p.m.. This annual competition offers recipients either a $5,000 mini grant OR three units of release time to pursue their research and creative interests. Probationary faculty are especially encouraged to apply! For more information, including guidelines and application forms, please see http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/campus-opportunities.
Also, two grant opportunities in Faculty Development are coming up:
1) The Faculty Development Competition to Attend Teaching Conferences provides funding toward conference registration costs for faculty to attend teaching conferences or pre-conferences.  Faculty do not have to be presenting at the conference to receive funding.  Deadline:  Monday, February 17, 4pm.  You can find more information on our website:  http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/spring-2014-competition-to-attend-teaching-conferences/.
2) The Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Projects grants provide up to $6000 (toward reassigned time, stipends, or materials) for projects that aim to support improvements in student learning.  Deadline:  March 14, 4pm.  More information on our website:  http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/2014-15-beck-grant-rfp/

3. Opportunities

The 2014 Panetta Congressional Internship Program is now accepting applications. One CSU student from each campus will be chosen to participate in the Fall intern program which sends the student to Washington to work for a member of the California Congressional delegation. A scholarship covers all expenses. This is a wonderful opportunity for students, open only to sophomores and juniors who have not yet applied for graduation, so please spread the word. Applications are due by Friday, February 21, 2013, at 4 p.m. in the Undergraduate Studies office (UN 215, MD 8203). For more about the program and how to apply, go to PanettaInstitute.org. And feel free to contact Mary Ankeny in the Undergraduate Studies office if you or your students have any questions.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews has three pieces accepted by The Yellow Medicine Review: a poem titled “Ethnic Ambiguity” and two works of flash-fiction, “The Lone Ranger’s Black Veil” and “Stomp Ground Time Machine.”

Last summer, Scott Kleinman was part of the One Week | One Tool Team that developed the web application Serendip-o-matic, a “serendipity engine” that extracts key terms from your chosen text and delivers similar results from the vast online collections of the Digital Public Library of AmericaEuropeanaTrove Australia, and Flickr. We are now happy to announce that Serendip-o-matic has won the Best use of DH for fun category in the Digital Humanities Awards 2013!

Stephanie Satie gave four performances of Silent Witnesses at River City Repertory Theatre in Shreveport, Louisiana.  She was also  also invited to return in 2014 to the United Solo Festival on Theatre Row in NYC (as one of a few Encore performers)  after her sold-out performance of Silent Witnesses last November. Finally, she was just invited to join the League of Professional Theatre Women.

And in a  more exciting news from our creative writing students, CSUN has yet another Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train New Writers Competition. Gina Srmabekian (BA, CW, 2013; current graduate student) has joined the ranks of CSUN finalists of Glimmer Train’s best new writers! Gina joins past honorees, Karlee Johnson (BA 2013) and Justin La Torre (BA 2013), with her phenomenal story, “Damages.” Congratulations, Gina!

Volume 40:9

February 6th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

It’s always nice to begin these Notes with a warm and enthusiastic welcome to new members of the Department, never mind the human race. And this one goes to the very recently arrived Isla Marie Voorhis, who was born on January 27, 2014, at 11:14 p.m., to Morgan and John Voohis. Weighing in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces, Isla joins brother Declan,  who surely doesn’t quite know yet exactly has hit him. Here’s sending best wishes and all good luck to this happy new plus one family.

And now for a little creative writing celebration: Ani Bakhchadzyan and Djinji Jimenez, B.A. 2011, will each read from their graduate thesis as part of the CalArts M.F.A. program. The reading will take place at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.

More immediately, our own Martin Pousson will be reading a short story for the last of The Rattling Wall book tour events to promote the release of the new issue. The event will take place at Book Soup in West Hollywood on Tuesday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m.  All are invited and warmly welcome.

It’s the start of another bright and shiny new semester, and the Northridge Review is once again accepting submissions. Please encourage all student writers to participate in this important opportunity to join the ranks of the long list of accomplished writers whose first works appeared in the Northridge Review. Poetry, fiction, playwriting, and creative nonfiction submissions are all welcome, with these stipulations:  fiction, drama and creative nonfiction, 5000 words max; poetry, 5 Poems max.  Please submit work at the following site: https://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit. The submission deadline is February 28.

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend “Enhancing the Academic Potential of our Students,” on Friday, February 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the USU Grand Salon. This is the first in a series of interactive and action-oriented discussions exploring CSUN’s best practices and challenges that affect student retention and graduation rates. Please RSVP  to Robin Ferguson at: robin.ferguson@csun.edu by Monday, February 10, 2014. And please bring a smartphone if you have one. Also, there will be yummy refreshments.

Speaking of faculty development, Faculty Development has moved and can now be found in University Hall 215 (Undergraduate Studies suite). Stop by to see their new digs and learn all about their development opportunities.

For example, Faculty Development is distributing a REVISED RFP for the Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Project Grant, which you can find at http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/category/grants/ Please use this updated form for your submission. Deadline is March 14, 2014.

Or, if you’re looking for funding to attend a teaching conference, apply to the Faculty Development Competition for Attending Teaching Conferences! The Spring 2014 RFP is now available.  The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2014 in UN 215.  For more information, visit the website above.

But if you’re thinking, instead, that maybe it’s time to give back, your opportunity to serve is just around the corner. Spring elections for positions in faculty governance will be held in March. Nominations for faculty officers (Faculty President, Vice President and Secretary), for Senators-at-Large (6 positions), and for one CSUN representative to the Academic Senate CSU will be taken at the next Faculty Senate meeting on February 13. If you would like to be nominated for any of these positions, please notify Shane G. Frehlich, Faculty President at shane.frehlich@csun.edu, or any member of the Faculty Senate, including our own Martin Pousson, Danielle Spratt, and Cheryl Spector, all of whom serve on the Senate (thank you!). Nominations are due by February 12.

But let’s not forget the achievement of others. Nominations for this year’s Faculty Awards are still being accepted with a February 21 for the receipt of nominations and a March 21 deadline for the receipt of all supporting materials. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement by our esteemed CSUN colleagues and include:  Outstanding Faculty (up to 2 awards, $1,700 each); Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship (up to 3 awards, $1,200 each); Preeminent Scholarly Publication(s) ($1,200); Exceptional Creative Accomplishment(s) ($1,200); Extraordinary Service ($1,200); Visionary Community Service-Learning ($1,200). For full information, please see http://www.csun.edu/senate/awards.html.

Or, if you’d rather serve on the Awards Committee, this will be set up in March. Please indicate your interest in this committee on the University Service Form on Senate website. This is an excellent way to see what our colleagues have been up to across the campus, which can range between humbling and inspiring.

Dr. Laura Rendón will be giving the 2014 Terry Piper Lecture: “Leveraging Student Strengths to Support Student Success” on  Monday, March 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the USU Northridge Center. Dr. Rendón is the Distinguished Professor of Higher Education & the Co-Director of the Center for Research and Policy in Education at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Her research interests include student access and success issues related to low-income, first-generation students, Latino/a students in higher education and contemplative education.

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in a freshman advising appointment, you might want to attend the upcoming roundtable,”Advising in Brief,” to learn more about working in partnership with CSUN’s advising staff to support freshman success. This roundtable will be led by Conchita Battle (Director, Advising Resource Center/EOP) and Elizabeth Riegos (Director, College of Science and Math SSC/EOP) and take place on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the CIELO Faculty Lab (SH 422). And yes, light refreshments will be served. But be quick; space is limited. Please RSVP to AFYE at x6535.

Finally, don’t miss out on the upcoming, Spring 2014, extravaganza composition Book Fair, to be held on February 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room. Come enjoy the festivities as textbook sales representatives showcase their newest composition books and resources. All faculty are welcome, and refreshments will be served!

2. Reminders

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This is a not so gentle reminder to not be a copy hog. Sometimes, this happens without us even knowing — i.e., printing to the copier is copying, two-sided copying is two copies per page. And always remember: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle–Only you can prevent copy waste!

3. Opportunities

Just to keep it on your radar, next year’s Competition for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards deadline is Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5 p.m. For more information, including guidelines and application forms, please see http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/campus-opportunities. And let’s not miss this opportunity to keep up the English Department’s impressive record of terrific scholarly and creative work by all.

And here’s one for current students. Carmen Ramos Chandler of Media Relations has reached out to let us know about an opportunity with Robin Toma, Executive Eirector of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, who is looking for students/graduate students who can help organize and archive the commission’s records, which date back to the 1940s. This is a great job for anyone interested in knowing more about Los Angeles’s racial history. Anyone who might be interested should contact Carmen directly at carmen.chandler@csun.edu, and she will put them in touch with the appropriate people. And thanks to Chelsea Turner for passing this on as it does sound like an interesting opportunity.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi’s essay, “Spooky Knowledge,” which reviews five new books of contemporary poetry through the lens of a postmodern poetic gnosticism, has been accepted for publication by The Gettysburg Review and will appear in their forthcoming Spring issue. She has had three new poems accepted for publication:  ”What We Did While We Made More Guns” has been accepted for publication in Volt.  ”Tenderness” and “What Those Who Qualify Will Receive,” have been accepted for publication in New Ohio Review.  On January 11 she gave a poetry reading at the Pop Hop Bookstore in Highland Park with former graduate students Dan Murphy and Kate Martin Rowe, who did the Department proud. No surprise there, though, with such stellar poets. Wish we all could have been there!

Mona Houghton has a new story, “Big Bug Love,” in the Fall 2013 issue of FictionWeek Literary Review, which we can, in fact, all read and enjoy at http://www.fictionweek.com/fwliteraryreview/fictionweekliteraryreview.html.

And in a bit of exciting creative writing news, two of our students have been recognized by the AWP award-winning literary journal Cargoes. Current undergraduate Brandon Krause has won the 2014 Cargoes literary journal prize in poetry. Brandon will receive a prize of $200 and his poem will be featured in the next Cargoes issue. And Justin La Torre, BA 2013, was named as a finalist in the Cargoes short fiction prize.

Nate Mills‘s essay “Playing in the Dark, on the Left, and Out of Bounds: Nelson Algren, World War II, and the Cross-Racial Imagination of Blackness” has been published in MELUS (MULTI-ETHNIC LITERATURE OF THE UNITED STATES) 38.4 (Winter 2013).

Justin La Torre, B.A. 2013, (yes, the same Justin La Torre of Cargoes fame above) has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train New Writers contest, a prestigious national competition of more than 1000 entries for short stories.  Justin joins Karlee Johnson, BA 2013, as the second CSUN alum to be so honored by Glimmer Train.

Volume 40:8

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

This issue of Thursday’s Notes begins with a warm welcome back to all. But it also begins with the sad news that the past weeks have seen the loss of two people close to our department.

Tina Love’s beloved husband, Phil, passed away on January 5 after a long and valiant struggle against pancreatic cancer. Words alone cannot express the sympathy we feel for Tina and her family in her loss, but Phil will long be remembered by virtue of the department scholarship already established in his memory. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in memory of Philip Love to Tower Cancer Research Foundation or Cedars-Sinai Cancer Fund at www.towercancer.org or http://giving.cedars-sinai.edu/ (choose “Cancer” from designation drop down box).

This past week has also seen the loss of our emeritus professor, Robert Reid.  A memorial service will be held this upcoming Thursday, January 23 at 2 p.m. at the Hollywood Forest Lawn cemetery at 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., in Los Angeles. In the words of the ever eloquent John Clendenning, “Bob should be remembered for what he positively contributed to the intellectual life of the department. Most important, he was on the cutting edge of post-modern theory. In the 70′s he helped to form an interdepartmental study group that met regularly to explore new ways of thinking about literature and culture…. Those of us who knew Bob then will always honor the freshness of his thinking about a world that was just then beginning to emerge.”

In happier news, here’s hoping everyone had restful and felicitous vacations, not too vexed by the holiday paradox, and that we are all looking forward to an exciting term ahead, just as soon, that is, as we catch our breath.

And to start things off with something exciting, Online Teaching in the Digital Age by Pat Swenson and Nancy Taylor is now available in a Kindle edition.  The paperback and Kindle versions are available on Amazon.com.

Also to kick off the New Year, a number of student-athletes in the Cal State Northridge baseball program will have an opportunity to participate in the new Online Tutoring Program Pilot starting in January 2014. The team will work with our own Andrea Hernandez, the Tutoring Coordinator for the Matador Achievement Center, to prepare for the program in the spring semester. This is a great opportunity for student-athletes to have access to a tutor when they are on the road for their competitive seasons. Head coach Greg Moore is excited for the pilot program, stating, “Imagine sitting down for a tutoring session from any hotel or coffee shop. The versatility and effectiveness of this new program allows our players to utilize the dynamic academic support here at CSUN. Tutoring is as complete on the road and as it is at home.” And we know Andrea will do a fabulous job.

In the not too distant future, the CSUN Competition for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards is coming up. Faculty may apply for 3 units of release time or a $5,000 mini-grant. In concert with the campus-wide effort to support scholarly activity by probationary faculty, those who have been at CSUN for 5 years or less are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline for the 2014/15 program is Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5 p.m. For more information, including guidelines and application forms, please see http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/campus-opportunities.

And while you’re brushing up your own research and creative activity aspirations, let’s not forget the achievement of others. Nominations for this year’s Faculty Awards are currently being accepted with a February 21 for the receipt of nominations and a March 21 deadline for the receipt of all supporting materials. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement by our esteemed CSUN colleagues. Awards include Outstanding Faculty (up to 2 awards, $1,700 each); Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship (up to 3 awards, $1,200 each); Preeminent Scholarly Publication(s) ($1,200); Exceptional Creative Accomplishment(s) ($1,200); Extraordinary Service ($1,200); Visionary Community Service-Learning ($1,200). For full information – criteria, nominating procedures, nomination forms, etc. – please see http://www.csun.edu/senate/awards.html. Please contact the Faculty Senate Office, X3263, or heidiw@csun.edu should you have any questions on this process.

2. Reminders

Please give Frank your office hours and copies of your Spring 2014 syllabi. He will be happy and so will you.

And please read carefully Frank’s ever handy Beginning of Semester Notice, which is chock full of useful information. For example, keep in mind that SOLAR online registration continues through the first three weeks of the semester. During this period students can add and drop classes willy-nilly, provided, of course, there is space, so expect some movement in your classes. After February 7, adding and dropping is allowed by petition only, and it’s worth reminding students of this as the third week draws to a close.

3. Opportunities

The Council on Basic Writing is pleased to announce the 2014 CBW/CCCC Fellowship, which subsidizes travel to CCCC in Indianapolis, Indiana in March 2014. The Fellowship includes recognition by the CBW of the recipient and a $500 travel grant, generously provided by Bedford/St. Martins. The CBW/CCCC Fellowship supports instructors of basic, preparatory and developmental writing (and similar introductory, stretch and/or accelerated courses) who need financial assistance to attend the 2014 CBW workshop and CCCC. Applicants must demonstrate how and why their attendance will benefit: (1) their students (2) their colleagues (3) their own professional development. The Fellowship winner should plan to attend the CBW Pre-Conference Workshop (the full Wednesday before CCCC). The Fellowship recipient also will be recognized and invited to speak briefly at the CBW SIG at CCCC. For more information, please contact Michael D. Hill at mdhill1@hfcc.edu.

For those of you interested in doing a little summer writing in Utah, the Writers at Work Fellowship deadline has been expanded to January 31. Awarded in each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry), first prize includes $1,000; publication in Quarterly West; tuition for the 2014 conference; and a featured reading at the conference. With two honorable mentions of $250, this is a contest well worth considering. For more information, please see http://www.writersatwork.org/wp/?page_id=1171.

And here’s an opportunity for our students from Granada Hills Charter High School, which is currently hiring in the following positions in their after school program (3:30-6pm) Monday-Thursday. Resumes should be submitted to Applicants must submit their resumes to Maribel Palafox, AHA/Parent Engagement Supervisor at mpalafox@ghchs.com; 818.360.2361

SAT Writing Instructor: $30/hour. To guide and teach students to develop a point of view on an issue presented in an excerpt; to support points of view using reasoning and examples from their reading, studies, experience, or observations; and to follow the conventions of standard written English.

Academic Tutor: $15/hour. To tutor students in a variety of academic subjects, to assist them with the development of study skills, and to mentor them in the areas of academics and college preparation.

Guitar Instructor: $30/hour. Must have an understanding of and a passion for teaching, as well as experience in reading music (sheet music, tablature, etc.), harmony and theory (scales, progressions, techniques, etc.).

Also for students: The Artifice,  an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms (including Film, Anime, Comics, Literature, Arts) and is collaboratively built and maintained by the writers, is currently expanding and looking for students to join its team of writers. Do encourage your students to check it out at http://the-artifice.com; this could be a great start for some of them.

4. Achievements

Martin Pousson was named a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship for 2014. The NEA grant was awarded for his short story collection-in-progress, Black Sheep Boy. One story from that collection, “The Revelator,” was just published by The Rattling Wall in December. Another story, “The Skinwalker,” was sold to Epoch for publication this Spring. And a third story, “Flounder,” was just sold to The Antioch Review for publication in the Fall. He read at Shades & Shadows on January 18 and will read at Book Soup on February 11. Way to go, Martin!

Volume 40:7

December 5th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)
NORTHERN LIGHTS

A PEACEFUL AND JOYOUS HOLIDAY TO ALL

1. Announcements

For those of you who might have missed our own Jackie Stallcup‘s moment of fame, do check out this article, “For Chairs, the Seat’s Gotten Hotter” (Dec. 2, 2013) by Audrey Williams June in the Chronicle of Higher Education at http://chronicle.com/article/Department-Chairs-Find/143309/.

President Dianne F. Harrison and the Cabinet have cordially invite you and a guest to CSUN’s holiday party to celebrate the good work of our faculty and staff in the Valley Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, December 18, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The evening will include activities and giveaways including a “let your CSUN shine” talent and karaoke competition – groups are encouraged; pre-registration is necessary.Please reply and signup for the talent/karaoke competition by December 5 (which is today). Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided by The University Corporation and the student a cappella group Acasola will be performing. In the spirit of the holidays, new and unwrapped toy donations on behalf of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission will be collected. For more information or to RSVP, please contact (818) 677-1300, or email holiday@csun.edu.

Also, tomorrow is the deadline for the CSU Symposium on University Teaching submission to be held on March 8 at CSU San Marcos, with a pre conference to be held on March 7. This year’s theme is Cultivating Human Connection in the 21st-Century University, and Faculty Development would like you to know that they have funds available to cover the cost of fees and mileage. For more information, please see http://www.csusm.edu/fc/CSUsymposium/index.html and http://www.csusm.edu/fc/CSUsymposium/call_for_submissions.html

CSUN’s student playwriting club, Desert Performance Lab, will having an all-day (from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) fundraiser on Friday, December 13 at the Pizza Rev on the cross streets of Vincennes and Reseda (9420 Reseda). Please plan to curb those term end hunger pangs by stopping and mentioning the Desert Performance Lab, and 15% of your purchases will go to the club. The club plans to stage a play in the early part of the Spring 2014 semester and needs our help now!

2. Reminders

Don’t forget the Department holiday party, which is tomorrow, December 6, in the Linda Nichols Joseph Room from noon to 3:00 p.m. Take a break from finals and come to enjoy good food and holidays spirits with all who have shared this term together, and be there when our various Department awards are announced and our outstanding students are honored. It’s not to be missed.

Even though grades aren’t officially due until Christmas Eve, please try to get yours in by Monday, December 23 before 4 p.m.. As we all know, department staff must monitor the number of grade rosters left to submit and also be on hand to help with any difficulties that we might have. It’s hard on them to have to be doing this on Christmas Eve and it will be hard on YOU if (as in years past) the governor offers his last minute early Christmas present and lets us all go home early. As Jackie says, please, let’s all celebrate the holidays together on December 23 at 4 p.m. by raising our hands and our voices in a glad shout: “The grades are all in!”

And here’s a reminder of the Faculty Authored Materials policy of the CSUN Faculty Senate available at http://www.csun.edu/senate/policies_docs1.html under the Frequently Requested Policies drop-down menu. The policy spells out the circumstances under which faculty may adopt self-authored works in their courses (2.2) as well as the prohibition against the acceptance of personal royalties derived from the sale of course materials through the bookstore, Quick Copies, etc. (2.3). If royalties, not in excess of 5% of the cost, are charged they must be deposited into a department account and such funds must be used to benefit students (2.4).

Finally, if there are any of you still out there who haven’t ordered books for next term, please do so as soon as humanly possible. The Bookstore, and your students, will thank you.

3. Opportunities

Cargoes literary magazine of Hollins University is pleased to announce it’s national undergraduate poetry and fiction competition, with judges Michael Chitwood, fiction, and Catie Rosemurgy, poetry. Winners will receive a $200 cash prize as well as publication in this year’s Cargoes. Entrants must be a current undergraduate student at a university or college in the United States and may submit up to one (1) short story or three (3) poems. For more information, please email cargoes@hollins.edu. And please let your students know.

Here’s another exciting opportunity for students: Avon Books and Avon Impulse, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers, invite your graduate and undergraduate writing students to submit original romance manuscripts. Three student winners will receive one-on-one editorial consultation, and all entries will be considered for publication! Entries will be judged by the Avon Editorial Team and Academic Marketing, focusing on content, originality, voice, characterization, and romantic plot. To learn more about the contest guidelines and deadlines, please click here.

4. Achievements

Aside from Jackie’s being featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the most notable achievement for this Thursday’s Notes, the final edition of Fall 2013, is one we all share — that once again we have made it through, or very nearly, another memorable semester. And whether this is one of your first and one of many, it is always a mixed and humbling experience to reflect on the weeks we have just passed through. As happy as we all are to be finishing up, aren’t there things about this term we’re going to miss? Here’s wishing everyone fabulous holidays and an equally fabulous winter break, both well earned and richly deserved.

Volume 40:6

November 8th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

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1. Announcements

We begin with wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, with hopes for warm family gatherings and good and plentiful food for all, not to mention at least a small break from grading and other end term obligations. Enjoy.

But really, don’t blink, for although this news will most certainly come as a surprise to at least some of you, we are now in the 13th week of this semester, and next up is the annual holiday party! Please plan to join us for a bit of end-term cheer on Friday, December 6th from 12:00-3:00 p.m. in JR 319. In addition to celebrating the end of the semester and the holiday season, we will also be honoring our hard-working staff members and the student recipients of this semester’s departmental awards. The English Department will be providing a variety of sandwiches (including vegetarian options), crudités, and beverages. The Amenities Committee encourages all who are willing to bring a side, a dessert, or (if you’re really in the holiday spirit) an entrée to the party. If you plan to make an edible contribution to the party, please put your name and the type of food on the list posted in the mailroom.

The Critical Theory Club will be hosting a discussion with Ranita Chatterjee and Kate Haake Friday, November 22 (tomorrow), on the feminine sentence in the Linda Nichols Joseph Room from 2:30 to 4:00.

Campus Quality Fee proposals for the 2014-15 year have been announced. The proposal document is accessible at the Campus Quality Fee (CQF) website located at http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/campus-quality-fee and must be submitted by midnight on December 20, 2013.  Information about the Campus Quality Fee and other alternative funding sources is available at http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/cqfiraarra-comparison.

And it’s NEH time again. Each summer, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports residential seminars and institutes for faculty who teach American undergraduates.These study opportunities allow faculty and a select number of graduate students to increase their knowledge of current scholarship and advance their own teaching and research. Participants in these two- to five-week projects receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses. Many seminars and institutes take place on American campuses; others are held at sites in Argentina, Belgium, England, Greece, Italy, and Mexico.For a list of the seminars and institutes to be offered in the summer of 2014, along with eligibility requirements and contact information for the directors, please visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs. And looking ahead, if you’d like to direct an NEW Summer Program in 2015, the deadline this year is March 4, 2014. For complete guidelines, please see http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/summer-seminars-and-institutes (NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes) or http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/landmarks-american-history-and-culture-workshops-school-teachers. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposals with NEH staff, who will answer questions and critique drafts. Call (202) 606-8500 or send e-mail to sem-inst@neh.gov or landmarks@neh.gov.

The UC Irvine School of Education is looking to lure our most promising students. The school seeks to promote educational success and achievement of ethnically and economically diverse learners of all ages through its research, teaching, and service activities that foster learning and development in and out of school, and focuses on five core issues in contemporary education: equity of opportunity for ethnically, linguistically, and economically diverse learners; teaching and learning in science and math; early childhood education and development; out‐of-­school learning; interfaces between technology and education. Their graduate programs include the Ph.D. in Education, with three specializations (Learning, Cognition, and Development; Educational Policy and Social Content; and Language, Literacy, and Technology), the Master of Arts in Teaching; the Administrative Credential, and Multiple and Single Subject Credentials. Please do keep them in mind for students going on in education who don’t plan to stay here.

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2. Reminders

Student evaluations are due by December 3. You received them in your boxes and now you just need to have your students fill them out and return them to Tonie or Frank. Really, it’s simple. In addition to receiving useful feedback from your students, you’ll get to leave class ten minutes early — time enough to grade at least one part of one student paper.

3. Opportunities

The Mills College English Department has announced full tuition fellowships for Fall 2014 in Writing and Community Engagement open to students entering its MA and MFA programs in English. Please help spread the word to all of our students potentially headed to Mills, as this is a great opportunity for them.

Let your students know that CSUN’s CAPTURED Student Research Journal is looking for print, artistic, digital, and multimedia pieces for this year’s online/print edition. The faculty editor, Dr. Theresa White of Pan African Studies, has collaborated with a team of student editors to tackle the idea of identity. What do people identify as in terms of occupation, class, status, gender, religion, interest, sexuality, race, culture, hobbies, etc.? The CAPTURED team wants to uncover the different identities that come together to create the diverse student population on campus as well as how individuals choose to express themselves, whether through text, images, sounds, or a combination of mediums. Check out last year’s online edition as well as past multimedia submissions on www.capturedjournal.com! Email your submissions to capturedjournal@gmail.com by February 14, 2014.

And here is yet another opportunity for students to publish: Westwind, UCLA’s Journal of the Literary Arts, which for thirty years has celebrated the work of UCLA student writers, is now accepting poetry, prose, and art submissions from any person affiliated with a Southern California college or university. Submissions for the current issue (Fall 2013) are open until December 13; submissions received after that will be considered for the Winter 2014 issue. Submissions may be emailed to westwinducla@gmail.com, and, in the upper right-hand corner of each page, should include the writer’s full name, email address, and the college or university with which he or she is affiliated. The email subject line should read: [Genre] submission, author’s name and school. And good luck to all our terrific writers.

black turkey4. Achievements

Congratulations to the following fabulous members of our department, who have been awarded College of Humanities Faculty Fellowships for Spring 2014: Lauren Byler, Irene Clark, Charles Hatfield, Scott Kleinman, Iswari Pandey, and Martin Pousson. Here’s here’s wishing each and every one a glorious and productive three unit release.

Dorothy Barresi‘s long poem, “Bones,” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Her poems “Face” and “Penny Impromptu” appear in the Winter Issue of Gettysburg Review.  She will be judging the 2014 Patricia Bibby First Book Prize, sponsored by Tebot Bach.

Ranita Chatterjee‘s article “Gothic Half-Bloods: Maternal Kinship in Rowling’s Harry Potter Series” is now published in  Gothic Kinship, edited by  Sue Zlosnik and Agnes Andeweg, from Manchester University  Press. The book just came out this month!

First year graduate student, Kirk Sever, will have an excerpt of his fabulous poetry featured on the College of Humanities holiday card. Look for it soon in a mailbox near you. And congratulations to Kirk.

Volume 40:5

November 7th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

For those of you dreaming of FERP-ing (and who is not, either in the near, the in-between, or the far, far  future), this year’s deadline is February 20, 2014. Details can be found at http://www.csun.edu/~facacct/forms/general/ferp-faqs.pdf.

Sigma Tau Delta has issued a CFP for its upcoming conference, isms: An Exploration into the Invisible Barriers of Classification, which will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at CSUN. Sponsored in part by the CSUN English Department and the Distinguished Speaker Award, the event will feature Keynote Speaker Keynote Speaker: Dodie Bellamy: author of Academonia and The Buddhist. Both graduate and undergraduate creative and scholarly works are  invited that explore, scrutinize, dismember, as well as defend or create the isms that restrict or empower in seen and unseen ways every day. Potential topics include:  Blended and Multi-Genres: Hybridity, Liminality, Interstitiality; Slipstream, Speculative, Surrealist Narratives; Creative Non-Fiction; Poetry, Poetics, Lyric Essays; Globalization; World Literatures, Post-Colonialism, Cultural Studies; Popular Culture, Film Studies, New Media; Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies; Pedagogy, Narratology, Rhetoric and Composition; Unlikely Juxtapositions in Literature, Film, Art, etc.; New Approaches to Gender, Race, Class, and Politics; Linguistics; Identity, Identities, Identification(s).Proposals of 250-350 words should be submitted to sigmataudeltaiotachi@gmail.com by December 18th, 2013.  Abstract/proposal should include proposer’s name and contact information. This conference is always terrific, so please let your students know and mark your calendars now.

Here’s an exciting event coming up next Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room, Four Alumni Poets/ Four First Books of Poetry, a reading and publication panel that is not to be missed. The event will feature four CSUN Creative Writing alumni reading from their recently published first books of poetry and answering questions about their path to book publication. The readers are Ellen Kelley, Dan Murphy, Sharon Venezio and Kim Young. All are invited to attend.

Another special evening will take place tomorrow evening when the GRS hosts its last reading of the semester, featuring three amazing readers:  Freddy Garcia (poetry)  James Bezzera (fiction), and Gina Srmabekian (poetry/fiction). The event will follow our department meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room (with just enough time for dinner between). Here’s hoping to see you there!

CSUN graduate student Melisa Malvin-Middleton will be having a scene from her dark comedy play Actor Kid showcased at the Other Space Theater (at the Actors Company) on Thursday, November 21 at 7:45 p.m. The evening, which will also feature the work of two other playwrights, promises to be an enjoyable one, so do come out if you can to 916 N. Formosa Ave. in West Hollywood, CA 90046.

Mona Houghton and Kate Haake will be reading with other What Books authors at Stories Bookstore on Saturday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m., and again, at the Last Bookstore, on Sunday, November 17 (check bookstore for time).

Even though it’s not Thanksgiving yet, now is the time to mark your calendars for the Department Holiday Party, which will take place this year on December 6. Yes, we’re still at the mid point in the term, but don’t blink. The holidays (and finals) will be upon us soon.

And after the holidays end, please consider attending the Faculty Retreat, which will be held on the CSUN campus on Monday, January 13th , and on Tuesday, January 14th, will feature an outing to visit to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. If you wish to attend, please visit the Retreat website to register (direct link to registration page: http://www.csun.edu/senate/facretreatregistratiion ).  The deadline is December 2.

2. Reminders

Now is the time to be nominating your best students for our various Department awards. And while you are at it, please help spread the word among students who may be interested in applying directly. (And do let them know that if they are receiving financial aid the receipt of an award may affect their aid.) Unless otherwise noted below, all application materials must be submitted by the applicant to the English Department office (Sierra Tower 706) by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Please submit one hard copy of each required document. Application forms for individual awards (when required) are available in the English Department office (ST 706). Essays and scholarly work submitted for consideration must have been completed between December 1, 2012 and November 13, 2013.  (Don’t forget that papers completed at the very end of the fall 2012 semester will be eligible for these awards.) If you have any questions about these awards, please contact Dr. Lauren Byler, Chair of the Awards Committee (lauren.byler@csun.edu) or Dr. Jackie Stallcup, Chair of the Department of English (jackie.stallcup@csun.edu)

The Oliver W. Evans Writing Prize

To commemorate Oliver W. Evans, his colleagues and friends have established an annual prize of $400 to be awarded to the author of the best piece of prose, critical or creative, submitted in an upper-division English course during the academic year. Faculty may nominate students for this award by submitting their papers to the English Department office, and students may nominate themselves by similarly submitting their papers.  The award will be made by a committee appointed annually by the Department of English. Application Materials: one hard copy of the student’s paper

The Eva Latif Writing Prize in Children’s Literature

To commemorate Eva Latif, her colleagues and friends offer an annual prize of $400 to the author of the best piece of writing, critical or creative, by a student on the subject of children’s literature. Faculty may nominate students for this award by submitting their papers to the English Department office, and students may nominate themselves by similarly submitting their papers.  The award will be made by a committee appointed annually by the Department of English. Application Materials: one hard copy of the student’s paper

The Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship

A prize of $500 will be given each year to the student whose achievements in the study of Business Communication are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.  This award honors the work and business contributions of Philip E. Love, a local businessman who wishes he had completed his degree before entering the professional world.  With this scholarship, he aims to encourage academic achievement.  This award is given by his family. Application Requirements:  applicant must be a CSUN student enrolled in at least 6 units in the semester in which the award is bestowed, minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Materials:  completed Philip E. Love Scholarship application form (available in ST 706), faculty recommendation form completed by the applicant’s English 205 professor, business writing sample completed between April 30, 2013 and November 13, 2013 (2-page maximum), personal statement describing applicant’s understanding and commitment to strong business communication skills (1-page maximum).

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship

In memory of Linda Nichols Joseph, an English major who graduated from CSUN cum laude in 1981, up to four prizes of $2,000 each will be awarded every year to undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies.  Particular consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need, who have taken a non-traditional path to college, or who demonstrate engagement in the discipline and/or commitment to further study in English.  However, all applicants who meet the minimum GPA criterion are encouraged to apply Application Requirement:  minimum 3.5 overall GPA Application Materials: completed application form; letter discussing the applicant’s qualifications for the award, including issues such as financial aid, and/or engagement in the discipline, and/or commitment to further study in English (1-2 pages); résumé or curriculum vitae; two letters of recommendation; Financial Aid release form (attached to application form).

The William L. Wilson Award

A scholarship of $1,600 will be given to an English major who plans to teach at the secondary level.  This scholarship has been established to honor the memory of William L. Wilson, a career Army officer who taught high school for many years upon his retirement from the U.S. Army.  He pursued his own continuing education throughout his lifetime and always taught by example the qualities of honesty, compassion, and justice.  The scholarship is intended to recognize and encourage students who work diligently to get their degrees and achieve their career potential in spite of additional obligations such as work or family. Application Requirements: Applicants must be either junior or senior English majors going for a secondary single-subject teaching credential; they must possess qualities associated with being a strong classroom teacher, and have at least a 3.0 GPA in their major. Application Materials: completed application form; personal statement describing the applicant’s path to becoming a teacher (350 word max.); one letter of recommendation (or recommendation form) from an English faculty member, who will submit this letter directly to the Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Lauren Byler.

The Peterson Morley Award

An award of $1,000 will be bestowed annually upon a student currently enrolled as an English major at CSUN in either the undergraduate or graduate program, who plans to enter the teaching profession at any level.  Applications from students who demonstrate financial need to complete their studies will be given particular attention.  This award is given in honor of Annamarie Peterson Morley, a professor at CSUN from 1965 to 1980, who taught with warmth, grace, humor, and wisdom.  She was an elegant and humane woman, a model for teachers and students. Application Requirements: For Undergraduate Students:  registered as an English major, minimum 3.0 overall GPA, registered for at least 12 units in the subsequent semester.

For Graduate Students:  registered in the English graduate program, minimum 3.25 GPA, registered for at least 6 units in the subsequent semester. Application Materials: completed application form, personal vignette of a classroom experience that has motivated the applicant’s desire to teach (3-page max.), unofficial transcript, two letters of recommendation, Financial Aid release form (attached to application form).

3. Opportunities

The Fence Books submission Portal will be OPEN for Entries November 1-30, 2013 for The Ottoline Prize, which awards publication and $5,000 to a book-length work of poetry by a woman writing in English who has previously published one or more full-length books of poetry. The submission fee is $28, and all entrants receive a complimentary subscription to Fence. The winning manuscript will be published in the Spring of 2015 by Fence Books. To submit, please go to https://fence.submittable.com/submit. And good luck to all poets.

Summer Literary Seminars has announced its 2014 Literary Contest! One of the largest contests in North America, it will be held this year in affiliation with Fence Magazine, with prizes sponsored by the Center for Fiction, St. Petersburg Review, and the esteemed Graywolf Press. Prizes include publication and free or reduced attendance any one of the 2014 SLS programs – in Vilnius, Lithuania (July 13 – 26, 2014); or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December 2014). For more information, please see contest guidelines.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi‘s poems, “Privacy,” “Bones” and “Skinned Aces” appear in the current issue of Pool–an online poetry journal. Her poem “Litany with Garbage Keeper and Bones” was featured last month online by the literary journal Rattle. Her long poem “Cooperation” has been accepted for publication by Spillway, which will also run a short interview with her in its forthcoming special issue featuring long and short poems. Her article “Thingness” appears in the Autumn 2013 issue of The Gettysburg Review. On September 20 she gave a poetry reading at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, as part of their Literary Southwest series.

Kate Haake’s essay, “The Interstitial Practice of Wonder,” appears in the current issue of Interfictions Online, a Journal of Interstitial Arts (http://interfictions.com). More excitingly, an excerpt from Sean Pessin’s autoethnography, “Memory of the Process,” written in English 652, appears along with it.

Last year’s graduating senior Karlee Johnson, now an MFA student at San Francisco State, was recently selected as one of the top 25 entrants for her story “Mouth Wisdom” in Glimmer Train’s August 2013 Short Story Award for new writers. And in truth, it’s a wonderful story.

Angie Misaghi and Noreen Lace participated at the annual ECCTYC (English Council of California Two Year Colleges) Conference in Anaheim, CA on October 25. They presented a session on student engagement activities and assignments.