We are finally at that miraculous moment in the semester when we can (hopefully) pause and celebrate amidst grading, writing, and other deadlines. Please applaud yourselves for all that you have accomplished despite the ongoing public health and civic crises that we continue to endure. If you are able, please join us to recognize our students and faculty this Friday, 5/13/22:


Departmental Awards Ceremony – 10 AM – In Person or Zoom, JR 319

Meeting ID: 892 0992 3331
Passcode: 199731

MA Hooding Ceremony – 1 PM – In Person, Little Theater, Nordhoff Hall

Community Discussion

Please also consider attending the first annual Center for Public Humanities community lecture, “Critical Fabulation in the Canon and the Archives,” a discussion with I.S. Jones, George Uba, Shubha Venugopal, and Maya Riles, hosted by the CSUN Center for Public Humanities (directed by Danielle Spratt).

The event will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, May 18 from 12-1 pmRSVP here.

Flyer for Critical Fabulation in the Canon and the Archives

Participants will discuss the importance of writing/creative writing in expanding/revising the literary canon and the archives, inspired by Saidiya Hartman’s concept of “critical fabulation.”
I.S. Jones MFA, University of Wisconsin, Madison; BA & MA, CSUN, is a poet and author of the recent Spells of my Name 
George Uba, emeritus professor, CSUN English, is the author of the forthcoming Water Thicker than Blood: A Memoir of Post-Internment Childhood (Temple University Press, 2022).
Shubha Venugopal is associate professor, Africana Studies, CSUN, has published numerous critical essays and works of fiction in publications including Southern Indiana Review, Potomac Review, and Boston Literary Magazine.
Maya Riles, MA candidate, CSUN English, is the Center for Humanities Archivist Fellow for Spring 2022.


Information on Honors Convocation and the COH Commencement can be found here.

Honors Convocation: Saturday, May 14, 6PM

COH Commencement: Monday, May 23, 8AM


If you are looking to develop or further develop your online teaching skills, consider attending one of the following Quality Learning and Teaching Rubric Events: 1) Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT; 2) Advanced QLT Course in Teaching Online; or 3) Reviewing Courses Using the QLT Rubric. There are three summer cycles between June 6 and July 25, and all are three weeks in length. Find more information here.


Scott Andrews presented “Joussistance: Jouissance, Survivance, and Native Eroticism” at the Association for the Studies in American Indian Literatures Virtual Conference, April 7-8, 2022. The presentation discusses representations of sexual pleasure as resisting and rehabilitating from colonization in Billy-Ray Belcourt’s A History of My Brief Body, Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed, and Tenille Campbell’s @IndianLovePoems.

Annabelle Bonebrake (MA, BA/FYI JYI) received honorable mention for the CSUN Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award for her volume of poetry, Specter/Spectator: A Ghost Walk.

Maya Bornstein will enroll as a PhD student in UC Irvine’s English Department this fall.

Jose L. Garcia presented his graduate project, “At My Most Beautiful: The Politics of Bodily Prostheses, Disability, and Replacement in Arryn Diaz’s Dresden Codak” at the “Transitions 9: New Directions in Comic Studies Conference” at the University of London in Spring 2021 and subsequently published this work in a 2021 issue of Vector: Journal of the British Science Fiction Association.

Deborah Gordon (FYI/JYI), Stephanie Reinhart (BA, English, CSUN; current credential student), and Yvette de la Vega (MA Student in English Literature) were selected to receive fellowships to attend a summer internship at the University of California, Santa Barbara to intern on the transcription and digitization project, “Hidden Archives: Race, Gender, and Religion in UCSB’s Ballitore Collection,” directed by Dr. Rachael Scarborough King (UCSB) and co-directed by Danielle Spratt and Emily Kugler (Howard University). The fully-funded internship will involve digitizing and computationally analyzing the Ballitore Collection, an archive of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century correspondence held at UCSB’s Special Research Collections. The materials relate to the Quaker community of Ballitore, Ireland, and include discussion of women writers, slavery and abolition, Quakerism and religious debates, and dreams. Students will work on creating a digital database of the materials and analyze it using digital humanities techniques such as social network analysis and topic modeling.

Krystal Howard published “‘how do I protest? / my words march across the page’: The 2021 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry,” co-authored with Catherine Kyle and Rachel Rickard Rebellino in The Lion and the Unicorn vol. 45, no. 3. Find the publication here.

Kelan Koning was inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame this spring. Kelan’s c  co-proposed panel, “Love from Margin to Center: Community and Care as Liberatory Practices in Academia,” has been accepted for inclusion in the National Women’s Studies Association 2022 conference, “killing rage: Resistance on the Other Side of Freedom,” which will take place November 10 – 13, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition, Kelan just earned an ACUE Credential in Effective College Instruction.

Noreen Lace‘s novel, Our Gentle Sins, will be published on June 21!

Alina Nguyen (English 2015) has just accepted a spot as PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Maya Riles, an MA student in English Literature with a concentration in Victorian literature, was selected to be this year’s CSUN Center for Public Humanities Archivist Fellow. She has helped transcribe documents from the University Library Special Collections and Archives and has organized a speaker event for the public as part of her role.

Danielle Spratt published “Austen’s Menippean Experiments: Paternalism and Empire in the Juvenilia and Mansfield Park” in British Women Satirists in the Long Eighteenth Century, ed. Amanda Hiner and Elizabeth Tasker Davis (Cambridge University Press, 2022), 244-261. She was also elected to serve on the MLA Delegate Elections Committee and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Conference Program Committee. This spring, Danielle also served as Interim Associate Director for The Office of Community Engagement.

Kimberly Tisdale, an M.A. student and dramatist, was recently chosen to be a Berkowitz Diversity Fellow by the Association of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Brendan Walsh has a short story, “Tears of the Sinner,” appearing in this spring’s edition of The Northridge Review, and the second novel in his A Fantastic Decade series, titled The Century’s Last Word, was published by Black Rose Writing in July of 2021.

Kimberly Wells earned an Exceptional Service to Students Award for 2022-23.

English Department Awards, Spring 2022

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship

Stephanie Ruiz

Kate Ridgewell

Ching Li

The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award

Vee Nino, for their poem, “There Are Some People I Thought I Was Going to Love.”

The Joan Nessan Creative Writing Prize in Children’s Literature

Helena Mahdessian, for their young adult novel, Levi and the Dream-Eater.

Robert apRoberts English Honors Prize

Sarin Parsakhian, for their essay, “Satire and Marxism: George Orwell’s Animal Farm and the Bourgeois Takeover.”

The Kitty Nard Memorial Scholarship

Sylvia Hillo

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English

Alden Robison

The Mahlon Gaumer Award

Maya Bornstein, for their essay, “Myth as Form in Patricia Smith’s Blood Dazzler.”

The Harry Finestone Award in English

Jessica Mullins, for their essay, “A Creature the Capitol Never Intended to Exist: Bicultural Identity in The Hunger Games.”

The Irene Clark Scholarship for Rhetoric and Composition

Yvette De La Vega, for their paper, “Re-imagining Discourse on Pedagogical Approach to Teaching Critical Thinking as It Relates to Writing Studies.”

Celebration of Life

Memorial for Deva Marie Overman, Linda Overman‘s Daughter

After almost a year, the Overman family and friends are finally able to “safely” gather to celebrate the life of their daughter, Deva Marie Overman. Please join them on June 11, 2022 from 12-3PM in Los Angeles/Encino area or by ZOOM.  

The Overman family will be holding this outdoors and providing individually boxed lunches and libations.  

The family is trying to get an accurate headcount. If you plan to join the celebration (in person or on Zoom), please click this link to RSVP as soon as possible. The family will send the address of the location (and the Zoom link) to those who RSVP as the date gets closer. For those in need of accommodations, the closest hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Sherman Oaks.