Volume 50:3

October 11th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:3)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

The staff of The Northridge Review is thrilled to announced the release of the Fall 2018 issue of the magazine and the first ever to be produced here in our new Book Arts Lab. Please come out and help celebrate at next week’s launch reading party. The event will take place on Wednesday, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium and be preceded by an open mic reading, starting at 6:30 p.m. Also featured, delicious food. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come see what the B.A.L. is all about!

This Friday, October 12th, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series” returns with Ryan Trecartin’s Center Jenny (2013). First shown as part of an installation at the Arsenale during the 55th Venice Biennale, it was described as a “futuristic fever dream….[that] parodies the excesses of digital identity while at the same time, from camp and queer perspectives, [asking] us to take these identifications seriously—straight, gay, transsexual, bisexual, inter-sexual, racial, post-racial, mainstream, alternative, capitalist or anarchist.” Writing for The New Yorker, critic Peter Schjeldahl described Trecartin as “the most consequential artist to have emerged since the nineteen-eighties.” Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Refreshments provided.

Nominations for the 2018 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards are currently open. These awards are in recognition of Professor Don Dorsey’s invaluable contributions to mentoring and mentor training over two decades. Dr. Dorsey, Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling, helped develop CSUN’s first mentor training program, and devoted himself as a mentor to innumerable students. These awards are presented to faculty, staff, and administrators who have been exceptional mentors at CSUN. A reception honoring the recipients will be held Nov. 28, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The deadline is November 2. For more information, please see https://www.csun.edu/csun-eop/don-dorsey-excellence-mentoring-awardees.

The 10th Annual CSUN Research Fellows Colloquium will be held in Thursday, October 11th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Oviatt Library’s Ferman Presentation Room. This annual symposium, co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the Colleges, and the Library, will feature short presentations from the faculty who were given release time over the past year to conduct their research. For details, please see https://library.csun.edu/events/research-fellows-2019.

Are you happy with the way you get to campus? If the answer is no (and even if it’s yes), the Office of Government & Community Relations, in partnership with CSUN’s Department of Parking & Transportation invites you to attend an interactive session regarding transportation initiatives in the North San Fernando Valley. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be our guest and will be doing a presentation that highlights the proposed Measure M funded east-west Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in the North San Fernando Valley. This is a great opportunity for Metro to hear from CSUN students, staff and faculty. LA Metro representatives want our feedback and look forward to this CSUN-focused effort. Please consider attending this important information session to learn more about Metro transit options and increasing connectivity in the region. This Open House event will take place on Friday, October 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the University Student Union, Thousand Oaks Room. To RSVP, or for questions regarding this event, please e-mail GovernmentRelations@csun.edu. Refreshments provided.

Reminders

 

Don’t forget to do your part to support the exciting activities taking place in the upcoming, first-ever Frankenweek. Join the read-aloud, suture your own texts. There will be fun and horror for all.

Opportunities

The Office of Faculty Development is excited to announce a new grant, The Faculty Success Grant! Faculty who would like to engage in a professional development/travel activity this academic year and make a compelling case that this grant would directly benefit all three areas of faculty engagement (teaching, scholarship, and service) are encouraged to submit a proposal. The grant awards up to $500 and can be used towards activities such as: travel and/or registration fees for a teaching focused conference, a discipline-specific scholarly conference, or a leadership focused engagement to benefit faculty service roles; and memberships to faculty success oriented organizations (e.g., National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity; etc.). The deadline is Monday, October 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Applications can be downloaded here https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/18-19AY%20Faculty%20Success%20Grant%20RFP_2_0.pdf.

NEH collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. For more information, check with the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. Deadline, December 5.

 

 

Volume 50:2

September 27th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:2)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Frankenweek is coming up, celebrating all things “Frankenstein” and reminding us of the various ways that Shelley’s novel still speaks to us today about issues of responsibility and accountability in science, technology, and the creative arts. There will be reading, and there will be suturing! Come out and join in on the fun.

Grad students enrolled in the ENGL 601 Scholarly Methods and Bibliography Class are holding a symposium on the theme “What Is A Topic” featuring many relevant panel presentations focusing on theoretical, cultural, and literary aspects of this foundational issue. Please feel free to drop by JR 304 on either Thursday, September 27th, or Thursday, October 4th, any time from 7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m to hear what it’s all about.

Safety on campus is a shared responsibility. Now that the Fall 2018 semester is underway, please review the “Emergency Operations Desk Reference for Faculty,” posted at http://www.csun.edu/emergency/emergency-desk-reference. You may also reach the Desk Reference from the “Emergency Information” link at the bottom of the CSUN home page, http://www.csun.edu. Read it now to be prepared if and when something happens.

CSUN’s Career Center will be hosting its largest career event of the semester on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the USU Northridge Center and Grand Salon, Northridge, CA. This event provides employers access to promote a wide range of employment opportunities and internships in business, industry and government and is an important opportunity for students, so please let them know about it. More information is available at https://csun-csm.symplicity.com/events/fall18.

The Faculty Book Group is hosting a series of three Thursday meetings to discuss small Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, by James M. Lang. Big changes are fine if you have the luxury of time. But if you’re interested in finding one thing today that could change your teaching tomorrow, then Small Teaching is for you.Come talk about this book with CSUN faculty colleagues. The meetings will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Santa Susana 108, on October 11, November 1, and November 29. For more information, see https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/small-teaching-james-m-lang-book-group.

The Waves Award Ceremony time and date has changed. The new time and date is Friday, October 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will be holding two weekly meetings this semester, one on Thursday, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the other on Monday, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, both in  in JR 303. All are welcome, to one or both!

The Northridge Review is open for submissions. Work may be submitted at https://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit (And yes, for those of you who are curious, that is a Richter scale image from the actual Northridge earthquake. Aren’t you glad you missed it, if you did.) Also, please save the date for this semester’s NR launch celebration and reading, to be held on October 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium. The event will include delicious refreshments and be preceded by an open-mic reading, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome and invited to participate.

The LRC Writing Center is excited to announce the opening of the Online Writing Lab, featuring  night and weekend remote, real-time tutoring for writing assignments in any discipline. The online part-time faculty consultants tutor using Zoom software (free download for CSUN students), allowing audio and screen sharing. Please let your students know of this exciting new development.

Also from the LRC, the all new Conversation Swap, where international students and native English speakers can come together to provide a regular time and place for English learners to converse with native or near-native English speakers in a fun, low-stress environment. The program will also promote and encourage cultural awareness and understanding and give participants the opportunity to see the world from other perspectives while making new and rewarding friendships. If you are an instructor and would like to offer extra credit to your students for attending Conversation Swap, please let them know and they will be happy to work with you to confirm their attendance and participation. Conversations will take place on Mondays, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the LRC.

Opportunities

This year’s faculty retreat is taking place at the zoo. There, we will highlight collaboration between various constituents across campus in our shared goals for student success and celebrate the opportunities that evolve from the diverse perspectives of CSUN faculty, staff, administrators, and students. The call for proposals this year is for a poster ONLY, relating to the theme, Thriving Under the CSUN Canopy: Celebrating Our Strengths. The deadline for poster submission is October 19 and the form is available at https://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/faculty-retreat-proposals. The event will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will feature wild animals as well as esteemed colleagues.

Achievements

Dorothy Clark published a letter titled “Dear Secretary DeVos” letter affirming the value and critical importance of public education in a new edited volume,  Dear Secretary DeVos: What We Want You to Know About Education (Brill Publishers). Let’s hope the Secretary reads it.

Irene Clark and Bettina Huber have published an article, titled “Argument Essays Written in the 1st and 3rd Years of College: Assessing Differences in Performance,” in the Journal of Writing Assessment (Volume 11.1).  It can be accessed at  http://journalofwritingassessment.org/article.php?article=124.

Santash Khadka, along with co-editors Joanna Davis-McElligatt and Keith Dorwick, has published a new book, Narratives of Marginalized Identities in Higher Education Inside and Outside the Academy. The book features theorized narratives from academics who inhabit marginalized identity positions, including, among others, academics with non-normative genders, sexualities, and relationships; nontenured faculty; racial and ethnic minorities; scholars with HIV, depression and anxiety, and other disabilities; immigrants and international students; and poor and working-class faculty and students. The chapters in this volume explore the ways in which marginalized identities fundamentally shape and impact the academic experience; thus, the contributors in this collection demonstrate how academic outsiderism works both within the confines of their college or university systems, and a broader matrix of community, state, and international relations. With an emphasis on the inherent intersectionality of identity positions, this book addresses the broad matrix of ways academics navigate their particular locations as marginalized subjects. Just out from Routledge, the book is available in hardcover and ebook.

Volume 50:2

September 13th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:2)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

This Friday, September 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series,” returns with Robert Altman’s 3 Women (1977), which has been described as a “dreamlike masterpiece [that] careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal, resulting in one of the most unusual and compelling films of the 1970s.” Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Refreshments provided.

Anyone interested in joining a faculty writing group for the upcoming academic years should contact  Danielle Spratt by tomorrow (Friday, September 14) at 5:00 p.m. The group will meet approximately two times per semester and adhere to a generally loose structure, meeting at the Red Room in Encino, or even just virtually. Interested faculty should let Danielle know if they have any upcoming deadlines and/or what kind of project they have in mind–book proposal, conference paper, article, etc. Other helpful information includes the kind of feedback they might be hoping for and the best days/times to meet.

The first COH Brown Bag Faculty discussion will take place on Tuesday, September 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in JR 319. This series seeks to provide an open forum where faculty can meet colleagues from other departments, talk together and share resources, etc. It will be relatively unstructured and will evolve based on who turns up. The focus at this brown bag is “Teaching in These Divisive Times.”

Now through October 5 is Open Enrollment time! Please take the time to ensure that your benefits choices are up-to-date and optimize the various options available to you. For additional information, please go to CSYou Open Enrollment. Or, consider attending the upcoming Benefits and Wellness Fair on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the University Student Union (USU), Northridge Center. Also upcoming is Benefits Awareness Week, a series of workshops from September 24 to 28 to help you learn more about voluntary plans and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). For comprehensive instructions and information, including an Open Enrollment Guidebook, and to review your plan options, the 2019 premium rates, and other resources and services available to you, visit the CSUN Open Enrollment website at https://www.csun.edu/benefits/open-enrollment-2019.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend the Waves Awards celebration honoring our talented student writers and the incredible essays that earned them publication. WAVES: A Collection of Student Essays, will be launched on October 5th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the USU Northridge Center. Please come out to support our students and their families in their important achievements.

Sean Pessin is delighted to invite everyone to the Book Arts Lab, which is now open. All are welcome to check out the machines and supplies and all the great hands-on making that are available to students!

Opportunities

If you have a research or creative activity project in the works and are looking for time or money to support it, the COH Faculty Fellowship program may be just what you’ve hoped for. This program provides 3 units of reassigned time or funding for a student assistant or for search-related travel involving a specific research project or creative activity. Applications are due on September 24 and, new this year, will be submitted entirely online. For more details and more information, please see https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

Achievements

Scott Andrews reviewed New Poets of Native Nations, edited by Heid Erdrich, for the next issue of Transmotion, an online journal of postmodern indigenous studies. The book is the first substantial anthology of native poetry since 1988, and it features the work of poets whose first books were published after 2000.

Grad student Katie Wolf reviewed two works by poet Denise Low for the next issue of Transmotion, an online journal of postmodern indigenous studies. Her essay combines reviews of Low’s memoir, The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival, and her latest book of poetry, Shadow Light.

Kirk Sever published a review of Kate Haake’s new chapbook, Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld, at https://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/reviews/assumptions-we-might-make-about-the-postworld/. During the summer, Katharine Mason also published a review of the same book at https://medium.com/anomalyblog/cold-comfort-haakes-eco-fables-of-the-postworld-80dc119b711a.

 

Volume 50:1

August 30th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:1)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Welcome back to one and all. We very much hope your summer breaks were everything you wished for! And here we go again.

Department meeting days for Fall semester are September 14, October 12, and November 9. Please make a note of them.

The English Department Book Arts Lab is in development and will be open soon to students and faculty interested in hands-on learning and the art of book making. For more information, contact its new Director, Sean Pessin, at sean.pessin@csun.edu.

The LRC is hosting a wide range of writing and skills-based workshop this fall, so please let your students know. For more information on the following events, please see https://www.csun.edu/lrc/writing-workshops:

Mastering the Text: Close Reading and Annotation
Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting: How to Integrate Seamlessly
Understanding APA Formatting
Understanding MLA Formatting
Outlining and Pre-writing: Strategies for Organization
Writing Powerful Paragraphs
The Essay Refresh
Crafting a Standout Personal Statement
Using Academic Sources Effectively and Correctly
Building the Annotated Bibliography
Writing the Literature Review
Visual Thinking Strategies
How to Produce Good Writing that Works and Flows
Avoiding the Top Five Grammar Errors
Finding Frequent Grammar Errors for Non-Native English Speakers
Strategies for Proofreading and Revision
Creating a Powerful Resume

Opportunities

The College of Humanities is accepting proposals for the Academic Programming Fund from all full- and part-time faculty in the college. APF funds up to $200 for in-state speakers and up to $500 for out-of-state speakers, providing supplementary support for academically related events only (e.g., guest lecturers, workshops, performances). Proposals should be no longer than one (1) page and should describe how the proposed activity or event supports a course or academic program in the College of Humanities. Events must take place during the Fall 2018 semester. Applications are available from and may be delivered to Academic Programming Fund, College of Humanities, SH 461, mail code 8252.  The deadline for proposals is Monday, September 10, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Late requests will NOT be considered for funding. APF awards will be announced on or before Thursday, September 27th.
The College of Humanities is further pleased to announce the application period for faculty interested in using the Humanities Research Lab in 2018-19. This lab is thoughtfully configured and equipped for collaborative faculty/student group projects pursued outside of ordinary coursework and class times. The hope is that faculty and students may find equal benefit in extracurricular collaborations: Faculty members may enlist bright and eager students to assist with academic research activities, while students receive direct training and valuable experience in academic research methods, ethics, and protocols. Projects that offer training and experience to undergraduate students are particularly encouraged. For more information, see the lab homepage. Applications forms are available from the Dean’s Office (SH 461) and may be sent electronically to Teresa Morrison’s attention. Direct technical questions about lab space and equipment to Professor Scott Kleinman, copied, who coordinates the COH lab steering committee. The deadline is September 14.

Achievements

Eve Caram‘s novella, Please, San Antonio, along with Cecilia Manguerra Brainard’s novovella, Melisande in Paris, has been published in a Special International Edition by Philippine American House and will be released to book stores here on November lst.

On June 14th, Irene Clark presented a paper at the 7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference in Oxford Ohio. Her paper was titled, “A Troublesome and Thorny Threshold Concept: The Transformative Potential of Imitation.” On June 27th, she gave a seminar at Chalmers University of Mines and Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. The seminar was titled “Current Issues in Composition Research.” On July 27th, she presented a paper at WPA: Council of writing Program Administrators Conference. Her paper was titled Reconsidering Imitation and Modeling in a Rhetorical Context.”

On August 19, Kim Young hosted a spectacular reading at Avenue 50 Studio. Titled “in & of this world,” the reading featured five women poets, including CSUN faculty and alumni, Gina Alexandra, Dorothy Barresi, and Kate Martin Rowe. Also featured, the first zine in a series to be published as accoutrements or carry-out’s of readings happening at Avenue 50 Studio! 100% of proceeds from the sale of the “in & of this world” zines were donated to Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights.

Volume 49:16

May 10th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49:16)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

You did it! We did it! Another fine year is almost done, with little but finals, grading, and term-end festivities remaining before it’s officially summer break. Graduation is bright and early Monday, May 21, at 8:00 a. m. on the Oviatt Lawn, but we’re getting a head start on things by celebrating even earlier. Festivities begin with our End of the Year Celebration and Awards on Friday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the Orange Grove Bistro. And our English MA hooding will follow, from 2:00 p. to 3:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre in Nordhoff Hall. Here’s hoping you can all turn out to help honor our graduates and award winners. They’ve worked hard, and so have you–kudos all around. Also, it will be August again before you know it, so do join in the fun while you can. (And don’t blink.)

Speaking of awards, the winner of the Academy of American Poets prize is Jesse Clemens for his poem “Psalm of the Son,” selected by our national judge Brenda Hillman.  She also selected two honorable mentions:  Sophia Apodaca for her poem “1992” and Alex Trinidad for her poem “Rice Paddy Revolutionary.” Hillman is a Puschcart prize-winner and the author of ten full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Extra Hidden Life (2018) and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), which received the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014. With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003), and has co-translated Poems from Above the Hill by Ashur Etwebi and Instances by Jeongrye Choi. Hillman teaches at St. Mary’s College where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry; she is an activist for social and environmental justice.

And speaking of August, the Composition Orientation will take place on Thursday, August 23, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

But, well before then, the Northridge Playwrights’ Workshop will present staged readings of new student plays, scenes, and even some stand-up. The event, featuring work from both 310 and 512, will take place this Friday, May 11th (tomorrow), at 6:30 p.m., in CSUN’s Little Theatre. Admission is free!

Achievements

Joseph Galasso‘s textbook Minimum of English Grammar, Volume I has been adopted by the English/Linguistics faculty at Hofstra University, New York.

And, to celebrate the end of another fine year, here’s an exciting update on our graduate students, brought to us by Graduate Director, Danielle Spratt:

Ashley Aminian will–next week–begin attending USC’s Single Subject in English Credential Program. Congratulations and good luck, Ashley!

Jade Arvizu will attend the 18th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America in Minneapolis, MN at the end of May, where she will present her paper, “Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Social Media, (Dis)Identification, Donald Trump and the Women’s March on Washington” for the panel “Protest in the Age of Trump.”

Ross Brummet will attend UC Davis’s PhD Program in English to study 18th-19th century literature and Marxist/Postcolonial Theory. He is a 2017-18 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and this summer, he received a  Pre-Doc internship to work with Dr. Helen Deutsch at UCLA.

Karen Casady‘s play, Fresh Meat, was accepted as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and will be performed on the following dates: June 3, 10, 13, 17, and 23. Learn more here: http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5097

Hannah Jorgenson (MA, 2014), a current PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities English Department, received a 2018-19 Huntington Library-Florida Atlantic University Libraries Joint Fellowship, to support archival research on her dissertation, “Models of Consent: Exploring Early Modern Fiction by Women, from Cavendish to Austen,” which explores literary and legal representations of consent as they relate to constructions of gender between the English Civil War and the French Revolution.

Naz Keynejad (MA, 2016), a Ph.D. student in UC Santa Barbara’s Comparative Literature Department, will work as a research assistant to support Dr. Alan Liu, co-founder of the WE1S project, as they begin the newest phase of the project. They will be collaborating with Dr. Scott Kleinman and Dr. Mauro Carassai, and a team of CSUN students, who are at the helm for WE1S at CSUN.

Krishna Narayanamurti will be the Dana and David Dornsife Fellow in the joint Phd Program in Creative Writing and Literature at USC.

Cesar Osuna, Modje Taavon, and Katie Wolf presented versions of their most recent research on translation and literary archives at UC Santa Barbara’s “Borderlines” Graduate Student Conference.

Maya Richards will attend UC San Diego’s English PhD Program, where she will study Asian American literature and media and postcolonial theory.

Rolando Rubalcava (MA, 2014) will attend The Ohio State University’s English PhD Program to study graphic novels, narrative and medical narrative theory, and disability studies. There he will join former BA student, Danielle Orozco–way to represent CSUN in the midwest, Rolando and Danielle!

Allie Turner has accepted a position as a faculty member in the English Department at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. Your future students are lucky to have you, Allie!

Jessica Takakjian was accepted to and will attend UCLA’s MLIS Program, where she will join CSUN alums Stephanie Harper and (Cornelius) Way.

Zuleima Ugalde, a 2017-18 Sally Cassanova Pre-Doctoral Fellow, received a  Pre-Doc internship with Dr. Keri Walsh at Fordham University, where she will work to recover and digitize an archive of early modern and modern Irish women writers

And from creative writing, with thanks to Martin Pousson, more good news:

Brian “The Dude” Andrade (BA CW Major Poetry Spring 2017) was accepted into the MFA Creative Writing programs in Poetry at The New School, Emerson College, and San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco, and Columbia College Chicago–as well as at Sarah Lawrence College where he enrolled in Fall 2017. His poem, “Marvin,” was accepted for publication in the next issue of Oakland Arts Review. While at CSUN, he was a member of Northridge Creative Writing Circle, a multiply published poet in Northridge Review, and winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize (selected by Ocean Vuong)

Sophia Apodaca (BA CW Major Poetry 2016, MA CW Major Poetry Spring 2018) was accepted into the MFA writing program at University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University, where she will enroll in Fall 2018. While at CSUN, she served first as Vice President then President of the Northridge Creative Writing Circle, and she won the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Roar Shack Live Write Contest, and she was a finalist for Sibling Rivalry Press Foundation’s Undocupoets Fellowship for 2018.

Juan “Moncho” Alvarado (BA CW Major Poetry Spring 2016) completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, where he won the Poets House Emerging Writers Fellowship and the national Poets.org Award.

James Bezerra (BA CW Major Fiction 2011, MA CW Major Fiction 2016) completed his MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Portland State University. While at CSUN, he served as Editor for the Northridge Review and co-leader of the Graduate Reading Series. He also published more than a dozen stories and won the Northridge Review Fiction Award.

Richard Cajka (BA CW Major Fiction Fall 2017) was accepted not the MA program for English Literature at San Diego State University and was hired to teach in the after-school elementary program in the San Diego Unified School District and was hired by PEP as Educational Event Coordinator.

Alvaro Castillo (BA CW Major Fiction Spring 2016, MA CW Major Fiction Spring 2018) was named one of three nationwide winners of the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (AHSIE) for their Seed to Tree Student Scholarship for AY 2017-18. He served as Peer Tutor in the DREAM Center, traveled to the National Hispanic Serving Institutions Conference as Associated Students Senator with President Harrison, presented in the first and second annual Undocuconference at University of California San Diego in 2017 & 2018, and was hired in the Equal Opportunity Office on campus at CSUN.

Lorena Contreras (CW Major Fiction, Junior) will be published for the first time in the next issue of Canyon Creek Review with her Sandra Cisneros-inspired story, “My Name.

Jeremy Cueto (BA CW Major Fall 2017) was hired as Peer Educator for Project D.A.T.E. in the CSUN office of University Counseling Services

Arthur Karagezian (BA CW Major Fiction Spring 2017) was accepted into the JD law program at Whittier College, Western State College, and University of La Verne, in addition to his previous acceptance at Southwestern University. He enrolled in Southwestern University in Fall 2017.

Kelly Guerrero (BA CW Major Fiction Spring 2017) was accepted into the MA program in Applied Linguistics at San Diego State University and enrolled in Fall 2017.

Joshua Khabushani (BA PHIL Major/CW Minor Creative Nonfiction Spring 2017) was accepted into the Columbia University MFA Program in Creative Writing with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction. While at CSUN, Joshua was an Associate Students Scholar, a CSUN One Amazing Community Service Scholar, a leader of several student organizations, and Outstanding Graduating Senior. He is currently a middle school teacher in the iLEAD Program in Pacoima.

Justin La Torre (BA CW Fiction Major Spring 2014) has published poetry in Magee Park Poets Anthology and was hired as a contributing writer for The Gamer, where he also published an article on the use of characterization in Final Fantasy.

Trevor Nelson (CW Major Poetry, Junior) also will be published for the first time in the next issue of Catfish Creek Review with two poems, “Litany” and “Colors.”

Tyler Pugeda (BA CW Minor Fiction Spring 2018) was accepted into the Johns Hopkins Pre-Med
program for Fall 2018 with full funding.

August Samie (BA CW/Honors Double Major Fiction Spring ’11, Dean’s Scholar, Wolfson Scholar) was recently hired as lecturer in Eurasian History and English Composition at University of Chicago, where he is ABD and at work on his PhD dissertation in Middle Eastern Studies. He also founded Lights: the MESSA Quarterly with a focus on literatures from the Middle East.

Leo Sanchez (BA CW Major Fiction Spring 2013) was hired as Upward Bound Tutor then promoted to Administrative and Parent Coordinator and then promoted again to Program Manager at Occidental College.

Olvard Smith (BA CW Fiction Spring 2014) completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University in Newark and has published fiction in Cream City Review, Red Fox, and Cobalt Review.

Lukas Torres (ongoing BA, CW Major Fiction) was hired as Upward Bound Tutor at Occidental College.

Leticia Valente (BA CW Fiction Spring 2014, MA CW Fiction 2nd Year) has been appointed as Administrative Support Assistant for Student Hiring on campus at CSUN.

Charlie Ruiz Vasquez (CW Major Fiction Spring 2018) will be published for the first time in the next issue of Oakland Arts Review with their gender-fluid story, “Cactuses.” Charlie also co-founded Mi Estoria, a citywide literary event featuring visual and written art focused on Boyle Heights, East LA, gentrification, as well as Chicanx & Queer identities.

Nick Webb (ART Major/CW Minor, Junior) will be published for the first time in the next issue of UCLA’s literary magazine, Westwind, with his metafiction Diaz-inspired story, “How to Art.”

Sunny Williams (BA CW Major Fiction Spring 2017) is completing her MA at Queen Mary College in London and was just accepted into the MFA programs at University of San Francisco and University of Central Florida in Fiction and has been waitlisted for UC Riverside and at University of Texas Dallas. While at CSUN, she was President of the Northridge Creative Writing Circle, AS Senator, and Outstanding Graduating Senior.

Josh Yakes (MA CW Fiction Major Spring 2017) was accepted with full funding in the MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business, where he enrolled in Fall 2017.

And that’s, more or less, a wrap. Happy summer all!

 

 

Volume 49:15

April 26th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49:15)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

The CFA’s Annual Spring Faculty Appreciation Picnic is coming up on Thursday, May 3, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Save the date. You deserve it!

Anyone who is teaching  113/114 A or 115 should encourage their students to submit their work to WAVES, a new publication-in-progress. The deadline for submissions is May 18, at noon. Electronic submissions should be posted on Canvas at https://canvas.csun.edu/courses/56861 (students will be prompted to join the course with an enrollment key to submit). Paper submissions may be sent to Irene Clark. We are all excited about this new publication. Please help support our student writers in this new launch!

The students of English 698D, Rhetoric and Composition, are hosting a conference and all are invited. Titled “Exploring Identities and Social Issues Through Language and Literature,” the conference will take place on two Mondays, April 30th and May 7th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in JR 304. Please come help them share their most excellent work. And there will be food!

Achievements

Scott Andrews is the guest editor of the latest issue of Transmotion, an online, peer-reviewed journal for American Indian literature. He wrote the introduction, “Red Readings: Decolonization through Native-centric Responses to Non-Native Literature and Film.” Also in the issue he reviews a novel by Carter Meland, Stories for a Lost Child. The journal can be found at https://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/transmotion.

Lauren Byler has been honored with a cherished Polished Apple Award from her students. Warm congratulations to Lauren. Your students are lucky to have you. And they know it.

Kate Haake’s new chapbook, Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld, has been officially released and is now available at https://dornsife.usc.edu/goldlinepress/assumptions-we-might-make/

Maya Richards has accepted a spot in the Ph.D. program at UCSD, where she has proposed a project to research narratives by and about Asian American migrants in post-1945 American literature and visual culture with a special focus on the role of memory in the construction of immigrant identity. Well done, Maya. We look forward to reading your work.

 

Volume 49:14

April 12th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49:14)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Tonight–this very evening–Scott Andrews will be a featured poet for the closing event of Poetry Palooza, hosted by Northridge Creative Writing Circle. He will read, along with Chiwan Choi, at 7:00 p.m. in Jerome Richfield 319. Poetry Palooza begins at 2:00 pm., also in JR 319, and features a full day of poetry–open mic, workshops, award winning poets, members of the Angle of Reflection Collective, free snacks, button making, and more! All are welcome, so please come out and join the poetry fun.

Michael Bryson will be the featured scholar in a colloquium hosted by the Department of English and Graduate Studies. Along with co-author Arpi Movsesian, he will present a talk centered on Love and Its Critics: from the Song of Songs to Shakespeare and Milton’s Eden. Their newly released book is available in hardcover and paperback on Amazon and elsewhere. The discussion of their book and its subject of love, its laws, customs, critics–and, especially, poetry–will be moderated by English Department graduate students, Cesar Osuna and Modje Taavon. The colloquium will take place on Monday, April 23, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Whitsett Room (SH 451). Food & drink will be available, the event is free, and all are welcome to attend, faculty, staff, guests, and students.

California State University Northridge Distinguished Visiting Speakers Series is pleased to welcome Qui Nguyen (Marvel studios writer and co-founder of Vampire Cowboys) and Abby Marcus (grant writer & producer/manager of Vampire Cowboys) for an evening of innovative craft talks & fun workshops. Vampire Cowboys is an OBIE Award winning “geek theatre” company that creates and produces new works of theatre based in action/adventure and dark comedy with a comic book aesthetic. The company actively pursues the mating of different genres with varied theatrical styles to create an eclectic structure to tell its stories. They aim to bridge the gap between mass media entertainment and the performing arts, exposing the community to challenging, thought-provoking live entertainment rooted in today’s pop-culture vernacular. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 18, at 5:00 p.m. in JR 319. All are welcome.

The LRC will be hosting the following series of workshops that promise to be a big boon to students here at the end of the term. All workshops will take place in the LRC on the 3rd floor of Oviatt Library. Please help spread the word.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2:00 p.m to 3:00pm: Avoiding the Five Most Frequent Grammar Errors, presented by Rosa

Wednesday, April 18th, 5:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m: Grammar Errors for Non-native English Speakers, presented by Anne

Wednesday, May 2nd, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Understanding MLA Formatting, presented by Jesse

Monday, May 78th, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Understanding APA Formatting, presented by Zuleima

Wednesday, May 2nd, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Creating a Powerful Résumé, presented by Patrick 

Tuesday, May 8th, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Strategies for Proofreading and Revision, presented by Sean

Wednesday, May 9th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Crafting a Standout Personal Statement/Scholarship Essay, presented by Ken

The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2018 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. Additionally, the 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. Interested students should submit one to three poems to the English Department Office in ST 706. Poems may be any length or style. The student’s name and/or any other identifying information should not appear on the manuscript itself, but the entry should include a cover sheet that lists the following information: name, address, phone number, email address, and the title/s of the poem/s submitted. Submissions are judged anonymously. For more information please contact: Leilani Hall at leilani.hall@csun.edu, or Dorothy Barresi at dorothy.barresi@csun.edu.

Following next Tuesday’s launch of The Northridge Review (see Reminders below), the magazine will be re-opening its submission portal for a final week. Please encourage your students to submit! It’s always a thrill to publish the amazing writing going on here at CSUN, and the Review provides an excellent showcase for student writers and their good work. Submissions can be made online at https://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit.

On Friday, May 11, the College of Humanities will be sponsoring a One-Day Scholarly Publishing Seminar that with Carole Sargent, Ph.D., English. Sargent will be offering two workshops, one on articles (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) and one on books (12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). All are welcome to attend one or both workshops, but please do register here: https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/publishing-workshops-carole-sargent. More information about Sargent’s workshops can be found here: https://www.publishingadvising.com/.

Reminders

This is the weekend of Sigma Tau and AGSE’s first ever unconference, “The Politics of Participation in Popular Culture.” The event will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the USU and feature a keynote address by Henry Jenkins. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy not just paper panels, but also short “soapbox” talks, creative roundtables, project demos such as extemporaneous Twitter fiction, and a curated arts exhibition or creative reading.

The staff of The Northridge Review is excited to remind you of the imminent appearance of its Spring 2018 issue, to be celebrated at next week’s launch reaching on Tuesday, April 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium. The evening will feature an introductory open-mic event, to begin at 6:00 p.m. (sign-up at 5:45), with the formal reading from the magazine to begin at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to come out and read, so please encourage your students to participate. There will be good writing and fun for all. And there will be food!

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

Volume 49:13

March 29th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49:13)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

April is National Poetry Month, so on Thursday, April 5, The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will be hosting a Poetry Month event featuring Dorothy Barresi reading from her new work, What We Did While We Made More Guns. Selected student and alumni poets will read before Dorothy, including Jesse Clemens, Emilio Sotelo, Alina Nguyen, Sean Hill, and Cyrus Sepahbodi. NCWC Poet-President Sophia Apodaca will host along with Poet-Professor Kim Young. The event will take place in the Oviatt Library Exhibit Gallery, 2nd Floor-West Wing, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with Dorothy reading at 4:00. All are welcome. No RSVP required.

Also in honor of Poetry Month and the ever-amazing work of CSUN’s creative writing community, the staff of The Northridge Review is excited to announce the imminent appearance of its Spring 2018 issue. This exciting publication will be celebrated with a launch reading on Tuesday, April 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium. The evening will feature an introductory open-mic event, to begin at 6:00 p.m. (sign-up at 5:45), with the formal reading from the magazine to begin at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to come out and read, so please encourage your students to participate. There will be good writing and fun for all. And there will be lots of good food!

And there is more. On Sunday, April 8th, at 2:00 p.m. Dorothy Barresi will be reading at the Skirball Cultural Center with Carine Topal, along with special guest John Dinsmore (of The Doors!). Dorothy also will be reading with other faculty poets for the Oviatt Library’s celebration of National Poetry Month on April 20th, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. And for those of you attending the LA Time Festival of Books, you can also hear her read on the USC campus Poetry Stage on April 22nd at 2:20 p.m.

And more! Martin Pousson, recipient of the 2018 Jerome Richfield Scholar Award, will be presenting his work for the annual Provost’s Colloquium on Wednesday, April 4th at 4:00 p.m. in the Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room. There, Martin will be reading from his novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, just re-released as a PEN Award edition paperback. The event is free, but the Provost’s office requests a RSVP, which can be accessed at www.goo.gl/49TFrx. Before Martin‘s own reading, he will present four CSUN alumni and soon-to-be alumni writers: poet Sophia Apodaca, fiction writer Alvaro Castillo, fiction writer Olvard Smith, and memoirist Joshua Khabushani.

In yet another celebration of Poetry Month, Susana Marcelo and Sean Pessin, will be hosting a poetry-writing workshop in the Oviatt Library. The event will take place on April 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Library’s Lab A. Please encourage all interested students to attend!

Spring is also award time, with a host of English department awards available to qualified students. Undergraduate awards are The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English ($500), The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship ($2000), The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award $500), The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize $250), The William L. Wilson Award ($1,600), The Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship ($500); graduate awards are The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English ($4,000), The Mahlon Gaumer Award ($500), The Harry Finestone Award in English ($750)m The Irene Clark Scholarship for Rhetoric and Composition ($500), and The Angeline Olliff Memorial Scholarship. These awards recognize different achievements and honor different people of note in the history and tradition of our department, but all are very meaningful to students, so please consider nominating your best and brightest, and encourage such students to apply. For more information, see https://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/english-department-awards—spring-2018, or contact Leilani Hall, Chair, Amenities and Awards Committee.

On Saturday, April 14, Sigma Tau Delta and AGSE will be hosting its first ever unconference, “The Politics of Participation in Popular Culture. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the USU and feature a keynote address by Henry Jenkins. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy not just paper panels, but also short “soapbox” talks, creative roundtables, project demos such as extemporaneous Twitter fiction, and a curated arts exhibition or creative reading. What an inspiring day this promises to be!

And while we’re on the subject of inspiring students, the Office of Marketing and Communications is putting together a list of “extraordinary students” who will be taking part in this year’s commencement ceremonies. This list includes not only outstanding scholars, but students who have overcome obstacles to obtain their degrees or have otherwise compelling stories. If you have stories of students who have overcome obstacles to graduate, please let Kent know who they are, how to contact them, and why you think they should be included in this recognition. The CoH wants this information by April 2, so do this now.

All faculty are invited to join us for this panel presentation and Q&A with five CSUN experts: “What Now? Handling  Problem Behaviors in Your Classroom.” The event will take place on Tuesday, April 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Sagebrush 100. And it will include lunch (courtesy of CFA Northridge)! For more information and to RSVP: https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/events/what-now-handling-problem-behaviors.

On Monday, April 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., a number of publishers are coming to display their books (both Composition and Literature) and provide you with free copies. And there will be food!

The Writing Program Administrators Graduate Student Organization (WPA-GO) and the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) are pleased to offer several travel grants to current graduate students presenting at or attending the 2018 Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, to be held July 26-29 in Sacramento, CA. For more information and to apply, go to <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__goo.gl_forms_zdW51Hv2wviPuGTK2&d=DwMFaQ&c=Oo8bPJf7k7r_cPTz1JF7vEiFxvFRfQtp-j14fFwh71U&r=fatXK79SftF4MNlJmEMUmfI0IYQVafR4Ypd_lIsRo0E&m=uAPDUtXYecJhRS5Szg9VjHsgVZGIo4DtBZDA7Wxf9bI&s=7iWgAxOLKuEInaAs6ID9IZX-3SoFU76a2mAFHBFd_Rc&e=>.

The dean’s office is soliciting nominations for the following committees, to begin in Fall 2018: Faculty Senate, 2 year term; Extended Learning Committee, 3 year term; Library Committee, 3 year term; Personnel Planning and Review Committee, 3 year term, (tenured faculty only); Research and Grants Committee, 3 year term. Please let Kent know (via direct email) by Monday morning if you are interested in running.

On Thursday, April 5, our two external reviewers (for our department self study) will be coming to campus. They are Professor Susan Carlile and Professor Patty Seyburn from CSULB. We have scheduled 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in ST 703 for consultation with full-time English faculty, and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for consultation with part-time English faculty. If you are able to attend please let Kent know. This should be a fairly informal meeting, so if you can only stay for part of the time that should be fine.

Reminders

Book orders for next fall are due by Monday, April 16. If this seems absurdly early, bear in mind that the earlier you get your order in, the more time the bookstore will have to find deals on your title. And if the bookstore knows you’re going to use the same book again, your students will be able to sell those books back at top dollar!

Opportunities

Want to strut your stuff? The Academic Minute is currently seeking individual submissions for upcoming segments on any topic. Produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U and hosted by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella, the broadcast features faculty and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. In addition to being aired widely on radio stations around the country, each segment is posted daily on Inside Higher Ed and across The Academic Minute’s and AAC&U’s social media portals. Campuses are also encouraged to submit ideas for “weekly takeovers” featuring five separate research segments from a single institution. Please send submissions to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org, and be sure to tune in daily to The Academic Minute.

Achievements

Scott Andrews attended the Native American Literature Symposium in Minneapolis, MN, on March 22-24. He chaired a panel on Cherokee culture and for a plenary session presented “Swiping Right in the Contact Zone: Ambivalent Desire in Tommy Pico’s Nature Poem.”
On March 15th, Irene Clark participated in a panel at the Conference for College Composition and Communication held in Kansas City. The panel was titled “Identity, Writing Genres, and Transformation: Fostering Students’ Empowerment in an Age of Fake News,” and her paper was titled “Performative Transformtion, Genre, and Identity: Insights from Neuropsychological Research.”

Martin Pousson was shortlisted as a finalist for the 2nd annual Simpson Family Literary Prize, a new national prize for mid-career fiction writers, founded by University of California with a committee featuring UC Berkeley’s 2017-18 resident author Joyce Carol Oates. The five finalists currently are featured on the prize shortlist by the Simpson Family Literary Project.  https://www.simpsonliteraryproject.org/2018-prize-shortlist.

And here is a list of impressive achievements by former and current students, thoughtfully compiled by Martin Pousson. Thanks for keeping us in the loop, Martin. And please, when you hear good things about students our students, please let me know (kate.haake@csun.edu), so I can include them here.
Brian “The Dude” Andrade (BA 2017) is attending the MFA Program at Sarah Lawrence College in Poetry. His poem, “Marvin,” was accepted for publication in the next issue of Oakland Arts Literary Review. While at CSUN, he was a member of Northridge Creative Writing Circle, a multiply published poet in Northridge Review, and winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize (selected by Ocean Vuong).

Lucas Bailor (MA 2017) has been accepted into Fall the UC San Diego MFA program in Poetry. While at CSUN, Lucas‘ poems were published in several literary magazines, including The Northridge Review, he was First Runner-Up in the Academy of American Poets Prize, and he was a leader of the Graduate Reading Series.

James Bezerra (BA 2011, MA 2016) completed his MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Portland State University. While at CSUN, he served as Editor for the Northridge Review and co-leader of the Graduate Reading Series. He also published more than a dozen stories and won the Northridge Review Fiction Award.

Lorena Contreras (CW major, Junior) will be published for the first time in the next issue of Canyon Creek Review with her Cisneros-inspired story, “My Name.”

Jeremy Cueto (BA 2017) was hired as Peer Educator for Project D.A.T.E. in the CSUN office of University Counseling Services.

Joshua Khabushani (BA 2017) was accepted into the Columbia University MFA Program in Creative Writing with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction. While at CSUN, Joshua was an Associate Students Scholar, a CSUN One Amazing Community Service Scholar, a leader of several student organizations, and Outstanding Graduating Senior. He is currently a middle school teacher in the iLEAD Program in Pacoima.

Trevor Nelson (CW major, Junior) also will be published for the first time in the next issue of Catfish Creek Review with two poems, “Litany” and “Colors.”

Charlie Ruiz Vasquez (CW major, Junior) will be published for the first time in the next issue of Oakland Arts Review with their gender-fluid story, “Cactuses.”

Nick Webb (CW minor, Junior) will be published for the first time in the next issue of UCLA’s literary magazine, Westwind, with his metafiction Diaz-inspired story, “How to Art.”

Sunny Williams (BA 2017) is completing her MA at Queen Mary College in London and was just accepted into the MFA programs at University of San Francisco and University of Central Florida in Fiction and has been waitlisted for UC Riverside. While at CSUN, she was President of the Northridge Creative Writing Circle, AS Senator, and Outstanding Graduating Senior.

Volume 49:12

March 8th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49:12)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

CSUN’s one-day comics studies conference, Comics and Visual Culture, is coming up on Saturday, March 10, at the University Student Union. This is a sequel to 2016’s CVC conference, and a wonderful speaking, networking, and learning opportunity for students. What’s more, special guests Damian Duffy and John Jennings, co-creators of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (based on Octavia Butler’s classic) and editors of Black Comix, will be speaking about the tremendous upsurge of interest in Afrofuturism and Black comic art (very timely issues in the wake of Marvel’s Black Panther). And our other special guest, rhetorician Dr. Susan Kirtley, is director of both Comic Studies and Composition at Portland State—a great combination of interests! So, it’s going to be a very rich day. For more information, please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/comics/news/comics-and-visual-culture-2018.

Applications for the 2018 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award are now available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs located in University Hall, Suite 310 or at: http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/ogsa/. Four students will receive an award in the amount of $1,000.00 each in recognition of the following:  Academic excellence  Service to community and campus  Exceptional achievements or personal life circumstances that have been overcome. For more information call: (818) 677-2391. And please take the time to nominate your outstanding students. They have worked hard and well deserve a chance at this distinguished recognition. The deadline is Monday, April 2, 2018.

Academic First Year Experiences has scheduled several faculty-staff discussions of Becoming Nicole this spring, in March and April. Choose one and help get the conversation started. All but the final discussion will take place in U.G.S. on the Roof Conference Room (4th floor Sierra Hall). Please RSVP at x6535 or susanna.eng@csun.edu.

  • Monday March 12, 12:30-1:45, Facilitated by Matthew Clements, Queer Studies Program; Academic First Year Experiences.
  • Thursday, March 15, 11-12:15, Facilitated by Sarina Loeb, Coordinator, Pride Center and LGBTQ Initiatives.
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2-3:15, Facilitated by Heidi Schumacher, Queer Studies Program, Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Thursday, April 5, 12:30-1:45, Facilitated by Matthew C. Soto, Academic First Year Experiences; Coordinator for Residential Student Engagement.
  • Friday, April 27, 12:30-1:45, Oviatt Library, Room 102C (Main floor). Facilitated by Susan Hua, Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Equity and Diversity.

Reminders

Don’t forget that Humanities Advocacy Day is coming up, on Tuesday, March 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Ferman Presentation Room of the Oviatt Library. The event will feature a keynote address by mark! Lopez, M.A., at  12:15 p.m., with a reception to follow, along with tables representing the various programs in the College of Humanities. Lopez is a CSUN Alumnus and a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, a prestigious prize awarded annually to grassroots environmental activists. mark! Lopez persuaded the state of California to provide comprehensive lead testing and cleanup of East Los Angeles homes contaminated by a battery smelter that had polluted the community for over three decades and is sure to be an inspiring speaker, so please help spread the word. Also, volunteers to represent English at our table are welcome. Here’s hoping to see you and your students there.

Opportunities

Please let your students know that it’s time to register for the upcoming Corporate Connect Day, on March 28, an important opportunity for them to visit and network with CSUN alumni from multiple growing corporations in the Los Angeles area and maybe to secure an internship or job. Represented companies include: Los Angeles Police Department (Police Headquarters Facility), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, CarGurus, ConsumerTrack, and LegalZoom. Please see the attached document in registration link for descriptions of corporations. Seats are filling up fast! Students may register here: https://www.csun.edu/alumni/corporate-connect-registration. Visits take place on Wednesday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to  2 p.m.  Lunch and transportation are provided!

Achievements

On February 23rd, Audrey Thacker presented “Nu? THIS Is Where We are Headed? Ruminations on Contemporary Jewish American Literature” at Congregation B’nai Emet in Simi Valley.

Volume 49.11

February 22nd, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.11)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Susana Marcelo has established a memorial scholarship in honor of the recently deceased Angeline Olliff, a beloved English Rhetoric and Composition alum. The Angeline Olliff Memorial Scholarship honors Angeline’s devotion to teaching and her numerous academic achievements, and is made possible through Susana’s generosity and initiative and the blessing of Angeline’s family. The award will be given in Spring 2018 to a Rhetoric and Composition graduate student or a Teaching Associate in any specialization (creative writing, literature, rhetoric and composition). Susana is guaranteeing the scholarship award at $200 minimum but anyone can contribute through the CSUN foundation. Credit Card Donations may be made at  https://givenow.csun.edu/; checks made out to the CSUN Foundation, with the notation that they be directed to this award, may be sent to the English Department. Thank you, Susana.

The WhatEvery1Says Project (WE1S) is hiring up to two CSUN faculty members and ten CSUN students (undergraduate and graduate) to form the cohort for its first Summer Research Camp, which will take place from July 2 to August 5, 2018. Based at University of California, Santa Barbara, with core collaborators at CSUN and the University of Miami, WE1S was recently awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding of $1.1 million. The project uses digital humanities methods to study public discourse about the humanities at large data scales and hopes to learn new things about how news media sources portray the humanities. For more information on the project, read the WE1S Prospectus (http://we1s.ucsb.edu/we1s-prospectus/). The 2018 Summer Research Camp will focus on the grant’s Year 1 priorities of data collection and initial evaluation and analysis, identifying intellectual contexts, and developing tools and methods. Appropriate training in digital humanities methods and tools will be offered as part of the research camp. Faculty will be paid summer salary up to $1,000 each for participation in the research camp. Students will be paid $15.50/hour for a maximum of 20 hours/week. For further details and information about how to apply, see the full advertisement at http://bit.ly/2Bp9Gi2 or contact WE1S Co-Director Scott Kleinman (scott.kleinman@csun.edu). Primary consideration will be given to applications received by February 26. So be quick.

U100 Faculty Position Announcements for fall 2018 have been posted at https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/university-100/teaching-university-100. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 26.

Emeritus faculty Bob Chianese invites us to participate in a discussion of how we can get new ideas and novel strategies for dealing with climate change from art. Yes, art. Art can change our ideas and visions about what we face as our transformed local and global climates force us to adapt to new realities. Eco-Artists and Earth-Artists have insights and solutions we need to consider. This is a fundraiser for Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) at Patagonia with a modest ticket price so many can attend. For more information, go to http://www.cfrog.org/ecoart.

The 2018-2019 annual Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) fee request process is now open and (new this year) entirely online. If you receive funds from this program–or wish to–don’t miss the application deadline of  March 9, no later than 5:00 p.m. The application and operating policies can be found at http://www.csun.edu/academic-resources-planning/about-instructionally-related-activities-ira-funding.

Free copies of next year’s Freshman Common Read, Becoming Nicole, are available to faculty and staff. Please request yours by email (to Susanna: susanna.eng@csun.edu); by phone (818-677-6535); or in person (SH 422, Undergraduate Studies on the Roof). The deal is: you get one free copy in exchange for your promise to speak about the book with at least one new CSUN freshman in fall 2018. Try it–you might have fun, never mind do some good in the world. Offer valid while supplies last.

This year’s Office of Community Engagement’s Annual Research and Service Learning Symposium will take place in the beautiful Grand Lobby of the Soyara, The Valley’s Performing Arts Center, on April 17th from 1:00pm to 5:30pm. This event provides  CSUN students with the opportunity to showcase the incredible work they’ve done for their service learning projects and to compete for prizes of up to $500. All Service-Learning Faculty grantees from the 2017/18 academic year are required to nominate at least one student or student group to participate. And all Service Learning faculty are welcome to nominate their students as well. So, please do.

The CSU Fee Waiver module is currently available for Fall 2018 registration. For more information about this important benefit, please visit the Fee Waiver website.

CFA will be holding a Pensions and Benefits workshop on Thursday, March 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Sagebrush Room 100. Food, drink, and all materials will be provided.

Opportunities

The CSU Trustees’ Award For Outstanding Achievement recognizes students with demonstrated financial who have overcome adversity and shown attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service. The recipient who receives the highest score by the CSU Foundation scholarship selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $12,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Galinson Scholarship ($8,000), the Hampton Scholarship ($9,000), and the Reed Scholarship ($7,500). Most scholarships will be $6,000. Scholarship Eligibility Criteria include that the student have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent undergraduate or graduate student in any major field at CSUN (and be planning to be full-time throughout next year), and have a completed 2018/19 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application on file. For more information, and the application form, visit  www.csun.edu/financialaid/csu-foundation. If you have a truly exceptional student in mind, please consider nominating her or him, and let Kent know when you do. But you need to act quickly, because the fast-approaching deadline is March 2, at 9:00 p.m.

Achievements

Dorothy Barresi’s forthcoming book, What We Did While We Made More Guns, and an interview with her on gun violence and extreme belief,  is being featured this week on PBS NewsHour online. Here’s the link to the article, which includes the book’s title, and very powerful, poem: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/poetry/what-we-did-while-we-made-more-guns-confronts-the-violence-of-extreme-belief. Read it now!

Scott Kleinman‘s article “Modeling the Contested Relationship between Analects, Mencius, and Xunzi: Preliminary Evidence from a Machine-Learning Approach”, co-authored with Ryan Nichols, Edward Slingerland, Kristoffer Nielbo, Uffe Bergeton, and Carson Logan, was published in the Journal of Asian Studies. He also gave a workshop on “Markdown and GitHub (First Steps Toward learning Modern Digital Practices for Sustainable and Shareable Research)” at UC Santa Barbara, January 26. A recording of the workshop is available athttps://whatevery1says.github.io/workshops/markdown-and-github/index.html.