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Volume 50:6

November 29th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:6)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

The holidays are upon us, and with them, our fall awards ceremony and end of term holiday party, taking place next Friday, December 7, in JR 319. The party will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with awards presentations beginning at 2:00. Our students have worked hard for these recognitions, so please do come out to celebrate them, the holidays, and–so soon!–the semester’s end.  The Department will provide sandwich wraps, chips, fruit, and drinks, but all are encouraged to bring something delicious, or nutritious, or both to share. Look for a sign-up sheet in the mailroom to let the Awards and Amenities committee know.

On Monday, November 26, Charles Hatfield‘s English 392 Honors seminar in Comics and Childhood hosted comics artist, illustrator, printmaker, designer, and small-press icon Jordan Crane (http://www.whatthingsdo.com/jordancrane). Crane is the author of the new picture book We Are All Me, the alternative comix series Uptight, the graphic novel The Clouds Above, and many other acclaimed works. A good (and educational) time was had by all.

Our new Popular Culture minor has been mentioned again in the Sundial. Check it out at https://sundial.csun.edu/2018/11/thank-you-csun/. Or, just skip to the highlight: “Finally, I’d like to thank Professor Amanda Harrison, my Pop Culture Professor. I happened to stumble upon this minor by accident, and it’s the best accident I could have had. I have learned so much about the way society works and I have gained so much confidence in my own ideals because of the voice she allows her students to have. It is because of her that I am able to contribute to The Sundial and feel like my contribution matters.”

All are cordially invited to attend the second session of “3D-Models in English: Distant Reading, Discourse Analysis, and Digital Mapping of Literary and Cultural Topics” ENGL 601 graduate conference on December 6, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., in JR 319. (The first session of this event took is taking place now.) 3D Models in English presents a showcase of innovative critical possibilities in literary and textual studies based on digital and computational methods and procedures. Predominantly focused on the use of Topic Modeling–a type of statistical model for discovering the abstract “topics” that occur in a collection of documents–this graduate student conference explores a wide range of problems and perspectives in computational-based forms of critical inquiry in the English discipline and in the humanities at large.

Please come to the Spring 2019 Composition Orientation, which has been scheduled for Thursday, January 17th, beginning at 12. The speaker will be Ryan Skinnell, a former CSUN student, now a professor at San Jose State University, who will be discussing his thought-provoking book, Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump. Also, at the Spring Orientation, people teaching at CSUN are invited to share some of their ideas about teaching, grading, developing assignments, fostering reading writing connections, or any of the many approaches, insights, and lessons that we continue to develop. Thus far, Kelli Rowley has offered to share her system of using Excel for grading and her expertise in graphic design to create more visually appealing syllabi. But there is room for a few more people to present, so please let Irene Clark know know if you would like to do so. Presenters will receive a small honorarium. And a light lunch will be served to all!

Reminders

Don’t forget the first ever bi-annual English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series, this very Saturday! This semester, Professors Dorothy Barresi and Martin Pousson will be reading from their latest creative work. The afternoon event will have light food and refreshments, a cash bar, and a musical performance by alumnus and faculty Eric Kufs. The event will be on Saturday, December 1, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the USU Grand Salon. And if you haven’t RSVP’d yet, there’s still time, so please do it now at English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series.

The end of the semester is fast approaching (ok, here), and the Amenities Committee wants to remind us that full-time faculty members contribute money to fund the goodness that we share. If you have not already contributed your suggested donation, please do so as soon as possible, making checks out to Amenities and handing them in to Marlene. This will help ensure that our upcoming holidays are as festive as they can be!

Achievements

Irene Clark was a plenary speaker at the 5th International Conference on ESP/EAP/EMI in the Context of Internationalization of Higher Education held in Moscow. The focus of the conference was on Language and Cognition, and her talk was titled “Literacy, Identity, and Learning: Insights from Neuropsychology.”  She also participated in a panel  titled “Academic Communication in the Development of Science,” which explored the impact of the English language in the globalization of science.

Noreen Lace published a story, “Hope,” in The Maine Review.

Martin Pousson‘s novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, was recently reviewed in Zyzzyva, Gertie and Other Stories. His short story, “Revival Girl,” was just published in Simpsonistas, the first volume of fiction by the winners and finalists for the Simpson Family Literary Prize. The anthology includes new work by judge Joyce Carol Oates, T. Geronimo Johnson, and others. His invited poems, “Uncivil War” and “Proem,” will be published in Love Jets, a poetry tribute anthology to be released in 2019, in honor of the bicentennial of the birth of Walt Whitman.

Former student, Jim Powell, who was with us during our earthquake trials and still fondly remembers CSUN, recently published a Kindle book inspired and encouraged by his work with George Uba. In Powell’s own words, “it’s a kind of Huck meets Julia Kristeva thing. It’s methodology is unique in its application of Kristeva’s thought to Mississippi River matters. If you feel you might be interested in it, I’ll refund you the three bucks.” And you can find out here: https://www.amazon.com/River-Raft-Shore-Huckleberry-Mississippi-ebook/dp/B07JFR9R9M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542751577&sr=8-1&keywords=river+raft+and+shore+powell.

Kate Martin Rowe (MA, Creative Writing, 2007) graduated with an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars in June of 2018. She has recently published a book review in the LA Review of Books ( https://www.lareviewofbooks.org/contributor/kate-martin-rowe/), a short nonfiction piece, “Radioactivity,” in the Angel City Review (http://angelcityreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Angel-City-Review-Issue-7-.pdf), and  several poems in Bloodroot Literary Magazine (http://www.bloodrootlit.org/2018/Bloodroot-2018.pdf).

And, once again, Martin Pousson has generously provided us with the following impressive updates on students. Please do let me know when you hear good things–it’s always great when our students succeed.

Gianne Braza (Current CW Undergrad) won the Northridge Scholars Program Award.

Marisela Gomez (BA CW ’17, MA CW ongoing) won the Graduate Equity Fellowship for AY ’18-’19.

Loryn Stone (formerly Loryn Rataizer, BA CW ‘09) had her debut YA novel, My Starlight, published by Affinity Rainbow Publications, and she two writing websites, PopLurker.com focused on popular culture writing, and Nerdbot.com, focused on gaming, cosplay, and fan fiction/fan film.

Charlie Ruiz Vasquez (BA CW ’18) just had their short story, “Cactuses,” published in the new issue of Oakland Arts Review. Their story is the first work featured in a volume including fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by student writers from Princeton University, Columbia University, and other national and international universities.

Doug Weissman (BA CW ’09) completed his MFA at University of San Francisco and is now teaching at Southern New Hampshire University. He has worked as a freelance writer, was hired as a travel writing specialist, and has a number of upcoming short story publications in literary magazines.

Adam Miller (BA CW ’17) opened a Kickstarter campaign for his kinetic visual novel, Axototl. For more about the dark tale featuring an animated character, a link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/actawesome/rb-axolotl-a-dark-tale-about-cute-axolotl.

 

Volume 50:5

November 8th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:5)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Mark your calendars now for the first ever bi-annual English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series, launched with the hope of reconnecting with our former students and faithful donors and of helping them reconnect with each other. This semester, Professor Dorothy Barresi and Professor Martin Pousson will be reading from their latest creative work. The afternoon event will have light food and refreshments, a cash bar, and a musical performance by alumnus and faculty Eric Kufs. Come and see, first hand, how your support has strengthened and enriched our intellectual community. The event will be on Saturday, December 1, from 3:00-5:00pm, in the USU Grand Salon. Please click on the following link for more information and to RSVP: English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series.

This Friday, November 9th, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series” returns with its final event for the semester, presenting Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (1966), which has been described widely as both a masterpiece and one of the most influential films in modern cinema. Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in the series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Refreshments provided.

Winter is coming. You want to curl up with a good book, don’t you? Try one of the five finalists for CSUN’s 2019-2020 Common Read. And then share your opinion on the Common Read blog. You can find out more about each of the five nominated titles below at https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/nominated-titles-2019-2020:

Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, by David Rakoff
Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening, by Manal Al-Sharif
The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, by Lauren Markham

KITTENS! Several members of the English/ AYFE/ Sustainability programs are helping the mother of our late colleague, Deborah Averill, to get her cat population under control. We have 6 kittens available for adoption; email for photos and videos or to meet the kittens. Kittens are fixed, vaccinated, vetted, microchipped, healthy, and playful! Please contact Amanda.Harrison@csun.edu to adopt. If you’d like to support, but can’t adopt, donations are being accepted here: https://www.gofundme.com/marilyn-blakely-kitten-fund/.

Reminders

The deadline for Department Awards is fast approaching on Friday, November 16, at 4;00 p.m. For details on the following awards, please contact Leilani Hall (leilani.hall@csun.edu), Chair of the Amenities and Awards Committee. And please be sure to encourage your students to apply for the following:

  • the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, up to four four awards of $2000 for excellence in English studies;
  • the Oliver W. Evans Writing Prize, two annual prizes annual prizes of $500 for the authors of the two best critical or creative pieces of prose submitted in an upper-division English course during the academic year;
  • the Eva Latif Writing Prize in Children’s Literature, an annual prize of $500 for the author of the best piece of writing, critical or creative, by a student on the subject of children’s literature;
  • the Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship, a prize of $500 for the student whose achievements in the study of Business Communication are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished;
  • the Peterson Morley Award, an annual award of $1,000 for a student (either undergraduate or graduate) currently enrolled as an English major who plans to enter the teaching profession;
  • the Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship, an award of $500 for a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary English Education, to help pay fees for graduate work;
  • the Thomas Matthew Magness Graduate Memorial Fund, to provide a $1,000 tuition remission for a first-semester graduate student in the English MA program.

Achievements

At its annual scholarship and awards gala on Nov. 3, Pukuu Community Cultural Services gave Scott Andrews its Educational Service Award for his “outstanding dedicated service to the American Indian Studies Program” at CSUN. Pukuu is operated by the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, the native people of the San Fernando Valley. CSUN is located on Tataviam land.

Scott Andrews also interviewed poet Tiffany Midge, author of The Woman Who Married a Bear, and an edited version of their conversation has been accepted for publication in Studies in American Indian Literatures.

Alumnus Matt Bernstein (MA, Literature, 2005) published an article, “Murder in the Black Hills,” in the December 2018 issue of Wild West magazine.

Volume 50:4

October 25th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:4)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

If it’s mid-semester, it must be time to start thinking about Department Awards. This semester’s deadline is Friday, November 16, at four o’clock in the afternoon. Forms (when required) and application materials are available from and should be delivered to the English department office by then. More information is available from this year’s chair of the Amenities and Awards Committee (leilani.hall@csun.edu). The fall semester awards are:

  • the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, up to four four awards of $2000 for excellence in English studies;
  • the Oliver W. Evans Writing Prize, two annual prizes annual prizes of $500 for the authors of the two best critical or creative pieces of prose submitted in an upper-division English course during the academic year;
  • the Eva Latif Writing Prize in Children’s Literature, an annual prize of $500 for the author of the best piece of writing, critical or creative, by a student on the subject of children’s literature;
  • the Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship, a prize of $500 for the student whose achievements in the study of Business Communication are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished;
  • the Peterson Morley Award, an annual award of $1,000 for a student (either undergraduate or graduate) currently enrolled as an English major who plans to enter the teaching profession;
  • the Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship, an award of $500 for a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary English Education, to help pay fees for graduate work;
  • the Thomas Matthew Magness Graduate Memorial Fund, to provide a $1,000 tuition remission for a first-semester graduate student in the English MA program.

Speaking of the Amenities Committee, have you made your annual contribution yet? These contributions go to fund food for department meetings, the holiday party, bonuses for the staff, retirement parties, and other niceties. The suggested donations are $40 for Assistant Professors, $50 for Associate, and $70 for Full. Checks made out to “Amenities” and/or cash should be given to Marlene.

The Kristeva Circle conference is coming up tomorrow, Friday 10/26, and Saturday 10/27. Generously co-sponsored by the College of Humanities, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the Departments of English, Gender and Women’s Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Art, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Religious Studies, and Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, this exciting event will take be taking place at the USU East Conference Center. Here are some highlights you might not want to miss:

  • Keynote, “The Incandescence of Abjection: Horror, Borders, Subjectivity,” Mariana Ortega, Penn State
    Friday, October 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Flintridge Room, East Conference Center
  • Breakfast and Conversation re: Bulgarian Spy Controversy
    Miglena Nikolchina (Sofia University) and Emilia Angelova (Concordia Univ.)
    Saturday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tujunga Room, East Conference Center
  • Keynote, “Unquiet Ghosts of the Forever War,” Anne McClintock, Princeton University
    Saturday, October 27, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Flintridge Room, East Conference Center

All 3-6 year faculty, faculty eligible for promotion, Department Personnel Committee members, and College Personnel Committee members, are being asked to save November 8, for a one day training on using Interfolio’s ePIF for Retention, Tenure, and Promotion reviews. Sessions will be held to show faculty how to upload materials for their reviews, and sessions for reviewers (Dept. Chairs, DPC, CPC, Deans) on how to review ePIFs. Final times and locations for the sessions are forthcoming.

The CSU statewide academic senate (ASCSU) is currently going through a process to select the names of two to four members of the CSU faculty to send to the Governor for consideration to fill the position of CSU Faculty Trustee on the CSU Board of Trustees. For information on the CSU process to select these individuals, the position qualifications, the position requirements and what needs to be included in a nomination packet, view “What’s New” under http://www.calstate.edu/acadsen. This nomination process is now open at the campus level. CSUN will be using a self-nomination approach with all submitted nomination packets to be reviewed by the CSUN Faculty Senate Executive Committee. The deadline for submission of the nomination packets to the CSUN Faculty Senate Office is Monday, November 5, 2018. All nomination packets should be submitted electronically by sending them to: Nicole Wilson (nicole.wilson@csun.edu).

Achievements

On October 11th, Irene Clark gave a workshop on developing thesis proposals at the University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu China.

 

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.