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.