Seeking Submissions – Northridge Review

The Northridge Review invites all undergraduate & graduate students, in all English Department majors & minors, to submit their writing or art for publication consideration. Deadline: this Friday, April 7. Students are welcome to submit 1-5 works of visual art or photography1-2 scripts with a 5000 max word count, 1-5 poems1 long fiction story or creative nonfiction piece with a 5000 max word count or 1-3 flash fiction stories or creative nonfiction pieces with a collective 5000 max word count. Submissions are to be made via Submittable

QR code and invitation to submit to the Northridge Review
Northridge Review Submissions Flyer
This year’s staff includes: Managing Editor Kiara Braden, Production Editors Suraj Ranchod & Betsy Mascorro, Promotions Editors Julia Tomes & Yasmin Kouhnavard, Events Editors Jack W. Fischer & Jamie Camarena, Historians Tomas Gonzalez, Kelsey Hutchison & Hannah Bender, Prose Editors Morgan Darian & KM Fales, Poetry Editors Skylar Carter & Emily Borses, Drama Editors Josalinn Chavarria & Kathleen Zamora, Art Editors Isabel Juarez & Linda Melendez, Reviews Editors Shayna Bernstein & Adi Nagary and Treasurer Nathan Otani. Special acknowledgment goes to Faculty Advisor Sean Pessin, who teaches English 412, Literary Magazine, and who also supervises & manages all stages of production for the Northridge Review magazine and its launch parties. More information about the current Northridge Review staff can be found on the masthead: Follow the Northridge Review on Instagram: @thenorthridgereview


Sigma Tau Delta Is BACK!

After a three-year hiatus, Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is back at CSUN! In just two weeks, right before Spring Break, a new team of leaders succeeded in winning reactivation status with the national headquarters and also here on our campus, with University Recognition granted in record time. This new team of leaders is dynamic & diverse, inclusive of a broad range of race & ethnicity and sex & gender identities, including Latinx, Black, Armenian, trans & nonbinary Executive Board Officers, and also including a range of ages & academic levels. President Francesca Nardi, Vice President Kalan Cordell, Treasurer Lia Laughlin, Secretary Satik Hambardzumyan, Historian Tomas Gonzalez, Public Relations Officer René Zadoorian, Social Media Manager Giselle Renteria, and Student Advisor Ken Fales now wish to invite all qualified English Department majors & minors to join them in reviving this distinctive honor society, with membership in the CSUN Iota Chi Chapter, and to join them in restoring this student organization to a central role in our community. ALL qualified English majors & minors are welcome to join, including students at the undergraduate & graduate level and students in ALL academic program options, including Creative Writing, English Subject Matter, Honors, Literature, Popular Culture Studies, Rhetoric & Composition, and Writing & Rhetoric, plus FYI and JYI. To make membership more accessible for all students, the new team has lowered the one-time lifetime membership fee from $65 to $50 (with $45 required by national headquarters & with $5 directed to the campus chapter). Students are encouraged to act quickly to join this Spring, because membership can only be conferred to those currently enrolled at CSUN. Here’s the message & invitation from the new student leaders of Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi:  

Flyer announcing details of how to join Sigma Tau Delta - read the in-text description for parallel details.
Sigma Tau Delta Flyer

Hello, English Majors/Minors! Sigma Tau Delta, an international honor society for English majors and minors, has been defunct on campus for a few years, but WE ARE BACK! We now invite you to become members, to be recognized for your academic achievements, and to enjoy many other benefits, including being a part of a growing community on campus that will be non-stop fun! We will celebrate all disciplines in English, and we were hoping you could help us to do it! Let’s gooooo! To Qualify: 1. Be an English major or minor. 2. Have completed a minimum of two college courses in English beyond freshman requirements. 3. Have a 3.0 GPA overall with 3.2 GPA in English classes. 4. Provide a current Academic Transcript or Degree Progress Report. 5. Pay a one-time $50 fee for your lifetime membership. 6. Make check payable to: Associated Students. Membership Benefits Include: A. Academic recognition of high achievement in the English discipline. B. Publication opportunities as well as awards including monetary prizes. C. Co-sponsored internships/Members-only Scholarships. D. Lifetime affiliation with the Sigma Tau Delta community (Networking!). Upcoming EVENTS: Coming soon: Silent Reading Hangout! Visit our lending library! Movie nights! Open Mic! MEETING INFO on social media: Discord & Instagram: SigmaTauDelta.csun. For membership, contact us at:


LRC writing workshops

From our busy colleague Star Glover: We’ve got “Finding and Evaluating Sources,” “Writing That Flows,” “Group Work That Works,” “MLA Format,” “Revision,” and more coming up this month! All workshops have a Zoom option, and some of them are HyFlex. Here is a link to the workshop calendar: 


Diversity and Equity Innovation Grant RFP

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Diversity & Equity Innovations Grant (DEIG) sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost in conjunction with the President’s Commission on Diversity & Inclusion. The Diversity & Equity Innovation Grant was established to support educational projects, scholarly research, creative activities and other programmatic initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, access, anti-racism and social justice for the benefit of the CSUN community.  

Proposals will be selected based on grant objectives, impact on the CSUN community, dissemination and assessment of results, and potential for successful continuation past the grant period. Projects clearly aligned to the CSUN Strategic Directions and priorities established in the 2022 Roadmap to the Future and demonstrating potential for broad institutional impact will be given special consideration. A full description of the grant can be found in the Call for Proposals. Grant applications are due by Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 11:59pm PST. 

This year, the DEIG application process is earlier than usual. If you have applied before, you’ll also notice that the application is completely online and a budget document is already generated for you to submit with your application. Based on this new timeline and change in structure, we hope to provide our recipients a decision in June 2023 to start implementing earlier in the fiscal year.  

We are excited to receive and review your DEIG application submissions for the 2023-2024 academic year and look forward to working with you in creating a campus committed to advancing diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion.


Book Fair

The annual English Department Book Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 11:00-2:00 in JR 319. Contact administrator extraordinaire Heidi Jorgenson with questions.

English Department Book Fair 2023: Wednesday, April 12, 11-2, JR 319
Flyer for the English Department Bookfair


Lauren Byler was busy at the annual meeting of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, held in Sacramento from March 30-April 1. Lauren moderated the panel “Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Literature I” and presented the paper “Crossing the Line: Redrawing Legacies of Racial Representation in ‘Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black'” on the panel “Nineteenth-Century Literature in the 21st Century.”

Joseph Galasso‘s poem ‘Silence Caught in Time’ has recently been selected to appear in the California Quarterly, vol. 49 no.2. (California State Poetry Society, Editor Maja Trochimczyk, Ph.D.).


In addition to her brilliant work as a lecturer and PhD candidate, Naz Keynejad found another way to give back to the CSUN community: she recently accepted the position of Alumni/Annual Giving Communications Associate in the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. #FullHeartsforSohrob

Linda Rader Overman was invited by the THOUSAND OAKS, READS, 2023, ONE CITY ONE BOOK program to lead a creative writing workshop for beginning and aspiring writers with teens 16+ welcome to join at the Thousand Oaks Library in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room Saturday April 1, 2023, at 3PM.
Linda has also released a podcast titled THE LAST THING I WISHED I SAID. This is a show where we explore feelings of grief and the ability to express them in conversation with a departed loved one. We’ll look at stages of grief, things left unsaid, ways to heal and the larger implications from such a loss. The show enables listeners to understand their own losses with a deeper insight. It is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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Follow on: Instagram @lindaoverman | Twitter @ThingWished | Mastodon @ThingIWished

The indefatigable Martin Pousson generously offered his time and mentorship to lead a team of students to resurrect our department’s Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi, the national honors society for students in English. Please see the above announcement for more detail! But we reiterate this achievement here, as there was much red tape to overcome. Kudos, Martin and Sigma team!!

Danielle Spratt was recently a guest on “Mondays with Austen,” an ongoing series hosted by Ed Pettit for the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia. She joined her friend, colleague, and co-author Bridget Draxler in the conversation. Danielle will also be giving a talk for the GE Honors Colloquium on “Reproductive Justice and the Public Humanities” next Friday, 4/14, which will in part describe the work her spring 2022 ENGL 525SFE class did on their reproductive justice project. On May 6, she will give a talk entitled “Jane Austen and the Politics of Resistance” as one of the keynote speakers for the Jane Austen Society of North America Southwest’s spring meeting.