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Volume 49.6

November 9th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.6)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



Check out the English Department grad students in conversation with the Art Department grad students. “(Re)Composition: A Call and Response between Artists and Writers,” is a collaboration between Leilani Hall‘s Graduate Studies in Creative Writing course and the Art Department’s Professor Michelle Rozic’s Graduate MFA Seminar course.  Artists and writers each began by creating a piece of creative writing or an artwork.  Writers and artists then exchanged and created a response inspired by the initial call, filtered through the lens of the formal and conceptual parameters of their personal aesthetic. The exhibit runs from November 13 through November 16 in the CSUN West Gallery. A reading will take place on Tuesday, November 14, from 4:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.

The Awards Committee has announced the opening of our fall awards season. These awards include  the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, the Oliver W. Evans Writing Prize, the Eva Latif Writing Prize in Children’s Literature, the Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship, the Peterson Morley Award, the Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship, and the Thomas Matthew Magness Graduate Memorial Fund. These awards are important to students and carry, in addition to coveted recognitions, monetary benefits, especially valued in the holiday season. Please do your part to encourage your most gifted students to apply and to make nominations of your own. For complete details, including eligibility requirements and application instructions, please contact Amenities and Awards Committee Chair, Leilani Hall, at

The Northridge Review had a fabulous launch of its new, three-semester edition last night. The event was well attended, and except for an escaped helium balloon still floating high in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium, all went smoothly and to rave reviews. Look for your own copy on the 7th floor soon. Meantime, deepest thanks to all those who at helped make this issue and event such a great success, beginning with Chris Higgs, who steered it through its recent transition following Mona Houghton’s retirement, and Kristin Kaz, who made it beautiful, to match the writing. In recognition of the evening, the Review has reopened submissions for a one-week period, ending next Wednesday, November 15. Please let your students know there is still time to submit their best work.


Irene Clark’s chapter titled, “ Neuroplasticity, Genre, and Identity: Possibilities and Complications” has been published in Contemporary Perspectives on Cognition and Writing, edited by Patricia Portanova, J. Michael Rifenburg, and Duane Roen. The book is available in print through the University Press of Colorado and in PDF and ePub formats from the WAC Clearinghouse at
John Garcia, who will be joining us in the Spring after completing a post-doc in Philadelphia, had an article “He Hath Ceased to Be a Citizen”: Stephen Burroughs, Late Loyalists, Lower Canada, published in Early American in an issue of the journal John also co-edited . Here are the links for your reading pleasure and
Noreen Lace had a poem, “UnWalden Pond,” published in What Lies Beneath: a Journal of Literature and Poetry.

Colleen Tripp’s article “Beyond the Black Atlantic: Pacific Rebellions and the Gothic in Herman Melville’s “Benito Cereno” just came out! It’s in The Journal of Transnational American Studies, and the issue’s theme is “Transnational American Studies in the Age of Trump” (Volume 8 Issue 1, 2017). And it can be read here:

Volume 49.5

October 26th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.5)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



It is with a sad heart that I write the department has lost two good friends.

Longtime CSUN administrator and former English Department Chair and colleague, Philip Handler passed away earlier this month after a long illness. An specialist in 20th century literature, with secondary interests in English drama and composition, Philip joined our department from the University of Texas Austin in 1968 and quickly distinguished himself as a very knowledgeable teacher and hard-working colleague. From 1979 to 1983, he served as Department Chair, and then went on to become Associate Dean of the then “School of Humanities.” In 1988, he was appointed Dean of the School of the Arts, and in 1996 became the founding dean of CSUN’s new College of Arts, Media and Communication. Under Philip’s leadership, the college grew to be one of the region’s leading arts education institutions. In 1999, Philip was appointed Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and in 2000, he became the university’s first Vice Provost retiring in 2005. Among Philip’s numerous accomplishments was the founding of the University’s Entertainment Industry Institute, appointment as the Principal Investigator of The California Arts Project and the director of The Teachers for a New Era Initiative. He was also recognized as an authority on K-16 education and arts in education. Philip Handler will be much missed.

And in September, longtime Mitchell Marcus donor, and husband of Helen Marcus, David Williamson. Also known as “Bunny,” David was an avid rugby player and fan and an equally avid supporter of CSUN’s English department. He, too, will be much missed.

In happier news, Erin Settle, who who’s been working in the department for the past year as an emergency hire, has been hired as the Subject Matter/Composition Administrative Assistant. Congratulations, Erin! And, welcome!


Don’t miss the return of the Northridge Review, which will be holding a launch celebration and reading next on Wednesday, November 8, at 7:00 CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium. Representing work from the last three semesters, this review is packed full of remarkable writing.


Writer and CSUN MA alum Katharine Coldiron Mason is offering a three-hour workshop on crafting sentences. The event will take place on November 11, in Katharine’s home. The workshop is only $20 for CSUN students, a savings of $15 off the regular price. If you have students who need to bring more attention to their writing (of any variety) at the sentence level, please let them know about this workshop. Katharine knows sentences! For details, please email her at

CSUN is sponsoring the 2018 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in Victoria, British Columbia, entitling CSUN-affiliated participants to reduced registration fees. An annual event, DHSI is the premier Digital Humanities training event, bringing together faculty, students, and staff to learn about the field. Typically, participants stay for one of two weeks of intensive coursework, seminars, and lectures. In 2018, DHSI course will take place during the weeks of June 4 to June 8 and June 11 to June 15. Faculty and students who would like further information about attending DHSI or access to CSUN’s reduced registration fees should contact Scott Kleinman ( for further information.

CSU IP (International Programs) is hosting an academic seminar in collaboration with the University of Ghana in June 2018. CSU faculty members–both Africanists and non-Africanists–are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is December 1, 2017. For details, contact Keiko Hirata, at


CSUN’s creative writing community was well represented at last night’s Lit Crawl, with the GRS presenting a reading titled CSUN Solidarity: Poetry, Protest, and the Power of Story at the Metro Red Line Station, in the NoHo Arts District. Readers included Alvaro Castillo, Marisela Gomez, Sophia Apodaca, Rebecca Starkman, and others. Well done, CSUN writers!

CSUN alumni and students are also well represented in the Angel City Review, with poetry by MA alum Lucas Bailor, current student Emilio Sotelo, and fiction by alum Sam Goli. With Managing Editor and current MA student Zach Jensen and a masthead well populated by other CSUN-affiliated writers, the magazine is doing good work in getting our CSUN writing out into the world. Also well done!

MA alum, current part-time lecturer, and UC Irvine Ph.D. candidate Stephanie Lim has published a paper, “At the intersection of Deaf and Asian American performativity in Los Angeles: Deaf West Theatre’s and East West Players’ adaptations of Pippin,” in Studies in Musical Theatre.

Leo Sanchez (BA CW ’15) was just promoted to Program Manager for the Upward Bound Program at Occidental College.

On October 15, Audrey Thacker addressed the Jewish Book Group at Loyola Marymount University regarding Shalom Auslander’s novel, Hope: A Tragedy,  and its take on the legacy of Anne Frank and the Holocaust on American Jewish life and identity.

Leticia Valente (BA in Creative Writing, MA in English Candidate) has been promoted to Administrative Support Coordinator in Human Resources at CSUN.

Volume 49.4

October 12th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.4)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



Tomorrow night, Friday the 13th, the Graduate Reading Series will be hosting its second reading of the year, at 7:00 p.m. in JR 319! Bring yourself and your friends for a spooooky reading featuring, Marisela Gomez (Fantasy Fiction), Antione Bowman (Poetry/Prose), and Rebecca Starkman (Poetry/Fiction)
There will be snacks, drinks, rad readers, and of course, some horseshoes to fight off bad luck.

New Voices and Wings will be holding their annual Awards Celebration on Friday, October 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the USU Grand Salon. Family, friends, and faculty are welcome, as awards are awarded and free books distributed to student authors whose work is appearing in print. This is an important event for the students, and it means a great deal to them to be able to share it not just with their family and friends, but also with us, their professors, who taught them.

And while we’re on the subject of student writing, mark your calendars now for another such event, the imminent return of the Northridge Review, soon to be back in print in an all-new issue featuring work from the past three semesters. The launch reading/celebration will be held Wednesday evening, November 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in CSUN’s Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium. Refreshments and fabulous writing will be served.

Correction: The upcoming launch reading of Kate Haake’s new chapbook, Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld, will take place at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday, October 15, at Skylight Bookstore, and not, as previously announced, on Saturday, October 15, a date which does not yet exist.


If you haven’t filled out your exit interview availability Doodle poll, please take a minute to do so now at The future English teachers of LA need you!


This one is for your students: NBCUniversal will be on campus next week for an information session on their paid Spring 2018 Internships. The event will take place on Thursday, October 19, from 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the USU Northridge Center. Interested students should R.S.V.P. for this event in their SUNlink account.


Dorothy Barresi’s new book, What We Did While We Made More Guns, has been accepted for publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press.  This is her fifth full-length collection of poetry and the fourth to appear in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series. It is slated for publication in Spring 2018. Her long poem, “Skin” appears in the current issue of the American Journal of Poetry; her poem “Fixx/Plot” appears in the current issue of Spillway; “Poem for My Father,” appears in the current issue of Lake Effect. She is currently at work on a new Essay-Review for The Gettysburg Review.

Alumni Christian Cardenas and Dylan Altman, now a part-time lecturer with us, have launched a new venture, Select Start Press, a collective centered on the impact of digital narratives on the world.  Intent on bringing scholarly conversations about Video Games to Gamers and Non-Gamers alike, their first book is titled What Your Teachers Are Playing, and you can find out here:

Kate Haake’s essay, “Writing as a Spiritual Practice,” has been published in Changing Creative Writing in America, edited by Graeme Harper and just out from Multi-Lingual Matters.

Martin Pousson‘s novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction. He’ll receive the award at the PEN Festival on October 27. Black Sheep Boy also was listed in the Book Riot Must-Read Indie Press Books for 2017. Stories from the novel were selected for the Best Gay Fiction annual series and are out now in Best Gay Stories 2017 and Wilde Stories: Best Gay Speculative Fiction 2017. Martin recently read at Stories Books in Echo Park, along with Jarrett Middleton, and he’ll read with Ben Loory on Sunday, October 15  at 7:30 PM for The Blue Hour at the Victory Theater in Burbank. In October, Black Sheep Boy will be issued in a PEN limited edition, and then in February 2018, it will be issued in a paperback edition.

Jack Solomon has published (with Sonia Maasik) the ninth edition of Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers (Bedford/St. Martin’s, a division of Macmillan Higher Education).  The first textbook of its kind, Signs of Life is one of the last to still be issuing new editions.

Steve Wexler‘s screenplay, Legato, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Finish Line Script Competition. The contest drew over 1000 scripts worldwide for consideration.


Volume 49.3

September 28th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.3)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



If you like captivating narratives, searing lyrical/poetic firepower, and dark rooms with moody
lighting and world-class snacks, you won’t want to miss tomorrow night’s Fall 2017 inaugural
GRS, in JR319 at 7:00 p.m. The event will feature graduate students Shay Leiss, Sophia Apodaca, and Brie Cosentini, and promises to be a great evening.


On Saturday, October 15, Skylight Bookstore will be hosting a launch reading for Kate Haake‘s new chapbook, Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld, from Ricochet Press. Haake will be joined by LA writers Chuck Rosenthal and Gail Wronsky, who will also be launching new books. For details, see


Leilani Hall is hard at work on our 5-year Self-Study Program Review, which is due to Academic Council and the Dean in November, and has requested our help. If Leilani has contacted you, please be sure to respond by October 15.


The Northridge Review will be back in print soon and is looking for good work from across our options. Even though the “early bird deadline” is tomorrow, please encourage your students to submit, as the submission portal will be open through October. The opportunity for students to put their work out for consideration is a valuable learning experience in and of itself, but being published is a special boon to those students whose work is selected. A lot of good writers are hiding out in literature classes, so whatever you teach, please do your part to support this important project. All work is considered anonymously, and can be submitted at

Building on the success of its 2016 symposium, the Comics@CSUN group is once again hosting a conference devoted to student research in Comics Studies and allied fields, to be held on March 10, 2018, in the USU. In light of the current explosion of interest in the academic study of sequential art–including comic books, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, and related forms–the conference seeks papers that attempt to understand comics, and the interaction of comics and visual culture generally, from diverse perspectives. The submission deadline is January 5, 2018. For more information and a complete CFP, please see


Scott Andrews traveled to London in July for the American Indian Workshop, an annual conference sponsored by European scholars of American Indian Studies. He presented “Postmodern? Postindian?: The Pop Culture Products of Steven Paul Judd.”

Kent Baxter’s article “Becoming a Gentleman: Adolescence, Chivalry, and Turn-of-the-Century Youth Movements” has been accepted for publication in the journal Boyhood Studies. His review of Roberta Seelinger Trites’ new book, Literary Conceptualizations of Growth: Metaphors and Cognition in Adolescent Literature, is featured in the latest edition of The Lion and the Unicorn.

Jutta Schamp was an invited speaker at the interdisciplinary conference, “The Spectre of the ‘Other’ in Jungian Psychology,” Cape Town, South Africa , July 27 to July 31, 2017. She presented on “Whose Shadow Is It? The Representation of Postcolonial Trauma and Creativity in Anton Nimblett’s ‘Ring Games’ and ‘Section of an Orange.’”

MA students Zuleima Ugalde and Ross Brummet have received 2017-18 CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarships

Volume 49.2

September 14th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.2)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



There is still time to make plans for tomorrow’s (Friday, September 15) not-to-miss conversation with Iswari Pandey,  “Jeans and Genes: Perceptions of Language Proficiency and Citizenship among South Asian Immigrants.” Join CSUN’s Multilingual Writers Group at 1:00 p.m. in SH 422 to hear Iswari talk about first and second generation immigrants’ perceptions of language proficiency and citizenship among the South Asian groups represented in his recent book, South Asian in the Mid-South: Migrations of Literacies. Iswari won the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Advancement of Knowledge Award for this work.

Also tomorrow, at 7:00 p.m. in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319), “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series,” returns with a short film double feature screening of Chris Marker’s La Jetée & Buster Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. Curated collaboratively by Christopher Higgs and Katharine Mason (M.A., 2017), each film in The Reimagining Narrative Film Series will be introduced and contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Free and open to the public, the 2017-2018 series is dedicated to the study and discussion of dream narrative. The series seeks to provide an opportunity for shared critical and creative thought and discussion by bringing together an interdisciplinary audience of students, faculty, and members of the community interested in narrative construction. Refreshments provided.


Open Enrollment is NOW! Today, through October 6, you can enroll, change or cancel health, dental, vision, FlexCash, Dependent Care Reimbursement (DCRA), Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or voluntary benefit plans. This year you will have the option to purchase the VSP Premier Plan, an enhancement to the basic vision insurance plan. This plan offers a higher level of benefits for lenses, contacts and frames each calendar year. Changes to your benefits options (excusing VSP), can all be made on the portal, under the staff tab.

President Harrison wants us to be aware of the “Emergency Operations Desk Reference for Faculty,” posted at You may also reach the Desk Reference from the “Emergency Information” link at the bottom of the CSUN home page, Please review, or familiarize yourself with this important resource.


Applications for the Academic Programming Fund were due yesterday. But other deadlines (CoH Research Lab Faculty Affiliate Program and Distinguished Visiting Speakers Fund) will follow soon after, so stay tuned. For a full list of these grants, as well as the applications through our college page, please see:


Amanda Harrison is the recipient of the Exceptional Service to Students Award, given in recognition of those “who are engaged in exceptional levels of service that support the CSU’s priorities, but who are not otherwise receiving an adjustment in workload to reflect their effort.” Congratulations, Amanda! You have well earned it.

Over the summer, Scott Kleinman travelled as a Fulbright Specialist to Nepal, where he led an institute in Digital Humanities (with some help from Santosh Khadka). He also attended the Digital Humanities 2017 conference in Montreal, where he gave a poster presentation on his text analysis tool, Lexos, and a talk on the 4Humanities WhatEvery1Says project, which uses Digital Humanities methods to study public discourse about the Humanities.

Noreen Lace was interviewed on a live streaming show about “The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe,” and you can see her here:

Volume 49:1

August 31st, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49:1)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake


Quiet study roomAnnouncements

Welcome back after what we hope has been a restful and productive summer, with maybe some adventure or fun mixed in with lots of scholarly and creative activities. Fall semester is now begun, as evidenced by our recent (Wednesday, August 23) faculty retreat and last hurrah at the Orange Grove Bistro. And now, classes: what could be better?

Our first department meeting of the year is coming up, on September 8. Same time, same place. Here are the rest of the meetings scheduled for this year: October 13, November 17, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11. Please mark your calendars now. Also, we need volunteers to bring refreshments. When was that person last you?

The ever helpful and efficient Ronaldo Noche wants our office hours, emergency contact information, and syllabi. Please let’s make life easy for him (as he does for us), and remember to send what he’s asked for. Ronaldo also recently provided a comprehensive set of start of the semester reminders, so check your email and pay heed. There’s important information there!

Also, the office staff has created a board, outside the mailroom, for “Breaking News.” They hope to use this board for posters and flyers related to new faculty publications, announcements, and upcoming events. If you have any posters or flyers to put up on the board, please contact Ronaldo in the front office.


The COH has a variety of grant opportunities available this fall, from grants to hire student assistants, to grants to fund your own private scholarly or creative passion. For details, please see https://w

This one is for students, from former, and much-missed, colleague Ian Barnard: Chapman University’s interdisciplinary graduate student journal is looking for scholarly articles by graduate  students (in all disciplines). Attention all of you who are teaching (or have taught) graduate classes, this is your students’ opportunity to get published in a peer-reviewed journal.  The upcoming issue in on “Fluidity”; the deadline is October 1; and


On June 9, alumna Gina Alexandra read as part of What Possesses?: A FULL MOON Reading w/ USC & UCSD Writing Programs at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

Gina has also joined forces with alumni Loretta McCormick and Sean Pessin to found a new press, Red Right Hand Press. The first issue of their microjournal PALM is coming out even as this Thursday’s Notes is (with a launch party we are missing), featuring the works of Katherine Marie Agard, Taylor McDaniel, Taylor McGill, Regis Armani Peeples, and Calvin Walds.

Michael Bryson and former CSUN graduate student Arpi Movesian have published a new book, Love and its Critics: From the Song of Songs to Shakespeare and Milton’s Eden. The book is a history of love and the challenge love offers to the laws and customs of its times and places, as told through poetry from the Song of Songs to John Milton’s Paradise Lost. It is also an account of the critical reception afforded to such literature, and the ways in which criticism has attempted to stifle this challenge.

Alvaro Castillo (BA 2016, MA candidate 2018) was named one of three nationwide winners of the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (AHSIE) for their Seed to Tree Student Scholarship.

On June 19th, Irene Clark presented a paper at EATAW, European Association for Teaching Academic Writing, which took place at Royal Holloway University in London. Her paper was titled “Accessing Writing Gains Between the First and Third Year of UniversityL Factors Contributing to Improvement.”

Creative Writing alumnus George Fekaris graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with an MFA in Writing. He read from his thesis project on May 12, at OTIS as part of the campus-wide thesis show.

Jason Gallaher (MA, 2016) has just published a picturebook, Whobert Whover. Jason minored in English as an undergraduate at CSUN, taking English 428 with Tina Bertacchi-Love, and then completed his MA here, studying Picturebook theory with Jackie Stallcup.

Kate Haake published a personal essay, “And All the Rest of that Serenity,” in a special folio edition for Clockhouse, edited by Aimee Liu. She published a chapter in Stephanie Vanderslice’s, Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught? Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy (10th anniversary edition), “Against Reading, 2: or, Writing Starts Here.” She published a micro-prose piece in the COLA 20 catalogue. And she gave a paper (untitled) on post-colonialism and creative writing at the American Comparative Literatures Organization conference, in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

On July 25, our new hire in Liberal Studies Krystal Howard and long-time colleague Charles Hatfield took part in a podcast on children’s and YA comics, part of the Young Readers series on The Comics Alternative, a popular group of podcasts consisting of conversations among scholars about comics and Comics Studies. The hosts of the show are Dr. Gwen Athene Tarbox of Western Michigan University and Paul F. Lai, PhD candidate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education and a longtime public school English teacher. Krystal and Charles joined Gwen and Paul for a special CSUN-themed discussion of teaching comics at the intersection of Children’s Literature and Comics Studies. And you can see them here:, or here (on YouTube):

Charles Hatfield also curated an exhibit of comics currently on view (through October 1) at the Oviatt Library (2nd floor, east wing), “Jack Kirby @ 100.” The exhibit, a tribute to artist Kirby’s centenary, also provides a vivid snapshot of WWII and Cold War-era American culture: its dreams, fears, and preoccupations. Further, it showcases many genres—not only superheroes but also romance, crime, SF, westerns, and war. On Monday, August 28 (Kirby’s 100th birthday), Charles led a panel discussion with artists Mark Badger and Tony Puryear at the Oviatt’s Presentation Room.

Sean Pessin’s first chapbook, Thank You for Listening, was published by Mindmade Books this summer. From the publisher: “These overheard poems (as the author terms them) were freely transcribed from TED talks and transformed accordingly. In contradistinction to the presentations that begot them, with their topical focus and clarity, this collection is woven through with disjunctions and non sequiturs, and bristles with statements as self-assured as they are illogical. While the poems speak of 1,001 things their true matter is both the TED talk as a form and, as the title suggests, the listener who consumes and (mis)construes them.”

Sean Pessin also inteviewed LA author Dennis Phillips for Magra Books’ infrequent podcast, Magra Radio: .

Martin Pousson‘s novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, was named a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction. He recently read at Cielo Galleries in DTLA for #90×90 as part of the Beyond the Rainbow panel, and he’ll soon read at 826LA for Roar Shack on Sunday, September 10, 4:00-5:30. The event is free and all are welcome.

Creative Writing alumna Loretta McCormick read at Find Your Zen on July 12 as part of #90x90LA at CIELO Galleries/Studios.

Also at CIELO Galleries/Studios, on July 31, MA alumni Gina Alexandra, Loretta McCormick, and Sean Pessin read recent work at an event titled, Only Voices are Capable of Love.

August “Auggie” Samie (BA CW 2010) has just been hired by Loyola University Chicago as Lecturer in the Department of History. Auggie is now ABD and nearing his PhD at University of Chicago in Middle Eastern Studies.

Alumnus, César Soto, participated in the Notre Dame Irish Seminar, held in Rome this year, and was able to visit the Vatican and the Church in Montorio where Beatrice Cenci is buried. He then participated in the Tepoztlan Institute in Mexico. Cesar learned about Latin American decolonial theory. He then flew to England, where he presented his paper, “Mary Shelley, Revolutionary Deism, and Necessity” at the annual British Association for Romantic Studies (York) conference. He then went to Oxford to conduct research at the Bodleian. Finally, Cesar participated in the NASSR conference. He was invited by the Comparative Literature Caucus to read some prepared remarks for their “Comparative Romanticism(s)” round table. Cesar spoke about teaching English and Mexican Literature from the Age of Revolutions. In his final year as a PhD candidate, Cesar is proposing a Post-doc research project entitled, “The Romantic Drifter and the Picaresque Vagabond: Itineraries of the Republican Wanderer in English and Mexican Literature, 1770-1850.”

Justin La Torre (CW 2016) was hired as Contributing Writer for The Gamer, where he also published an article on the use of characterization in Final Fantasy.

Lukas Torres (CW junior) was hired as Upward Bound Tutor at Occidental College.

Sunny “Sunshine” Williams (BA CW 2017) was recently accepted and has just enrolled in the MA CW program at Queen Mary University of London.

Creative Writing alumnus Doug Weaver read from his new novel, Be Safe, twice this summer: on June 1 at Gatsby Books in Long Beach, and July 9 at Beyond Baroque in Venice. Be Safe also received a Kirkus Review: .

MA alumna Katharine Wang hosted her second art exhibition in the series Caesura on August 12, featuring work from Alejandro Echevarria, Andrea Clary, Eric Wang, Gina Alexandra, Greg Wadsworth, Jason Elvrom, Katherine Chiu, Katherine Wang and Melissa Wang Books.

Beth Wightman presented “‘Our Own Islands: Virginia Woolf, Halford Mackindrf, and the British Island Vernacular” as part of the “LITERARY SPACE IN MODERNIST LITERATURE 1890-1960” seminar at the American CompLit Association Conference in Utrecht in July. She joined colleague Kate Haake at the conference in the Netherlands, and saved Dr. Haake from a variety of potential deaths by two-and four-wheeled vehicles (for which Dr. Haake remains profoundly grateful).

Volume 48:15

May 11th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 48:15)

Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



Creative Writing major Sunshine “Sunny” Williams is the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award at CSUN. A proud survivor of cancer, rape, and divorce, Sunny is an accomplished leader across the campus, representing the Creative Writing Program, the English Department, and the College of Humanities. While maintaining Summa Cum Laude standing and Dean’s List ranking, she has served as Associated Students Senator for the College of Humanities, Northridge Creative Writing Circle President, African Studies Journal Lead Editor, Northridge Review Managing Editor, Pathways Career Center writer, Golden Key member, and Sigma Tau Delta member. One of her short stories was co-winner of the LiveWrite contest at Roar Shack, a city wide reading series hosted by 826LA. In addition, Sunny was recently accepted into MA programs in Literature at the University of Texas, Dallas, and the University of Limerick in Ireland. Congratulations, Sunny!

The graduating MA students from English 698 held the first half of their final reading on Wednesday, May 10. If you missed it, it’s not to late to catch the second half, which will take place tomorrow, Friday, May 12, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in JR 319.

On Sunday, May 14, Los Angeles’ New Short Fiction Series will celebrate the work of Kirk Sever and Kristin Kaz as part of its Emerging Voices Group Show. One story by each writer will be performed by a professional actor at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood, 5303 Lankershim Blvd. Doors open 6:00 p.m. in the showroom for pre-show dinner and drinks. Advance ticket purchase, $10/$15, includes a rose for Mom; tickets at the door, $20.

Wings will be holding their 2017 reading on Wednesday, May 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in ST 703. Come for all, or part, of the time to help make selections for the 24th edition of Wings, featuring the best of student writing. Coffee, pastries, and lunch will be served, and questions may be addressed to Editors Allie Turner or Gabby Almendarez at


Don’t forget our year-end celebrations and festivities! The Honors Convocation will be Saturday, May 13, at 6:00 p.m. The College of Humanities graduation ceremony (for both undergraduate and graduate students) will be Saturday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. The English Department MA Hooding Ceremony will be on Saturday, May 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Orange Grove Bistro, followed by the English Student Recognition and Awards Reception, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. We–and your students–hope to see you there.


If past is prequel, two English interns, Mayra Zaragoza (Fall 2016) and Stell Park (Spring 2017), are proud to have been part of the recent publication of  the newest multi-genre anthology from Tia Chucha Press. The book is titled, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United Statesand both interns worked closely on it. Tia Chucha Press was founded by Luis J. Rodriguez, the 2014-2016 official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and will be looking for more interns in Fall 2017.  Interested students should contact Kim Wells at


Kimberly Teaman Carroll has been accepted for the prestigious (and highly competitive) Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive program. Well done, Kimberly!

Noreen Lace published a short memoir, “Memorial Day Death Watch,” in FishFood Magazine in April.  She is also the proud recipient of a Polished Apple Award.

On Thursday, April 27, Linda Vader Overman participated in “Professor Panel Night,” an event hosted by the sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. Personally invited by students, Linda and other professors, provided advice on and techniques for preparing for finals and other measures of academic success.

And you finished another academic year! Congratulations to all of you, and have a wonderful summer!


Volume 48:14

April 27th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 48:14)

Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



Iswari Pandey has been selected as the recipient of the CSUN 2017 Preeminent Scholarly Publication Award for his book South Asians in the Mid-South: Migrations of Literacies. As previously noted in these notes, Iswari, and his book, were also recognized with the 2017 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award, an award that honors an empirical research publication in the previous two years that most advances writing studies.

The 2017 Honors Convocation will be taking place on the Oviatt Lawn on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Julio Cesar Ortiz. Mr. Ortiz (CSUN, 2000), a former Outstanding Graduating Senior Scholarship recipient and accomplished journalist. The convocation is a memorable experience for the honored students and their families and serves as an important acknowledgement of our  students’ achievements, alongside our own successful endeavors as faculty on this campus. Our participation and demonstration of pride in these students will be observed, recognized and greatly appreciated by them. Please try to come, if you can.

Precisely one week later, the College of Humanities and the College of Health and Human Development will be holding a joint Undergraduate/Graduate graduation ceremony, which will take place, also on the Oviatt Lawn, on Saturday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. Please plan to be there to help celebrate the successes of all our terrific graduates. They could not have done it without you!

On Wednesday May 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in ST 703, the Career Opportunities and Professional Development (COAPD) club is proud to host a session titled, “What to Do with an English Degree.” Our three speakers will be Miguel Noh, Norma Perez, and Emily Biddle, who will discuss how they have put their English degrees to use on the job. Undergraduate and graduate students of all concentrations are invited.

Even though this is very short notice, on Friday, April 28 (tomorrow, which, for some of you reading this may be today), CSUN will be hosting its 3rd Annual Research and Service Symposium, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the USU Grand Salon. Among other featured presenters, one of Martin Pousson‘s students will be giving a poster presentation on bringing creative writing to LAUSD, and students from a collaborative project taught by Iswari Pandey (Business Writing) and JoAnne Pandey (Child and Adolescent Development) will be presenting their work on creating manuals to help children from Nepal and elsewhere contend with the after-effects of natural disasters. There will be prizes, a photo booth, and snacks, so please come by yourself and/or encourage your students to come by and help celebrate the incredible work our faculty and students have performed in collaboration with local community nonprofits.


This one really is a reminder, verbatim, from the last TN. But it’s important, so listen up: With everything going on at the end of the term, it’s sometimes easy to lose track of even very important things. Among the most critical of them, are our upcoming deadlines for Department Awards, some of which require faculty nomination, and all of which require students knowing about them. So please announce them in class and let your most promising students know in person. Undergraduate awards are:  The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English, The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award, The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize, and The William L. Wilson Award. And graduate awards are: The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English; The Mahlon Gaumer Award; The Harry Finestone Award in English. The deadline is May 5, and more information is available from Beth Wightman, 2016-17 Chair of the Awards Committee ( or Kent Baxter, our Chair (

Also, you won’t want to miss our final department meeting for the semester–and, indeed, the 2016/17 academic year!–which will take place next Friday, May 5, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in JR 319.


Applications for Exceptional Service to Students Awards are currently being accepted. These awards provide assigned time, on a competitive basis, to faculty “who are engaged in exceptional levels of service that support the CSU’s priorities, but who are not otherwise receiving an adjustment in workload to reflect their effort.” Awards are designated for workload beyond the requirements of regular faculty assignment in enhancing the student learning environment. Completed applications are due to the Office of Faculty Affairs by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017. For application guidelines and/or additional information, please see

This one is for students: The Associated Students’ Dr. Susan Curzon Scholarship is currently accepting applications. This award honors Dr. Susan Curzon, who joined the CSUN community in 1992, where she served the campus and student body with dedication, faithfulness, and innovative leadership until her retirement in 2010. Providing $2000 to any student pursuing a BA or an MA degree in English, with an option in Literature and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, the scholarship is intended to help motivate students to pursue careers in High Education and Information Science, as inspired by Dr. Curson’s exemplary model. The application deadline is May 5, at 9:00 p.m. For more details and to apply, please visit AcademicWorks at


Charles Hatfield wrote the foreword to the new book, The Secret Origins of Comics Studies (Routledge), an essay collection edited by Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan that offers a multidisciplinary history of the Comics Studies field, including educators, theorists, historians, critics, institutions, and publications. This watershed book is intended as a resource for graduate study and “anyone writing a comics-related literature review.”

Kim Young has a poem forthcoming in TriQuarterly. And her new manuscript, Tigers, was a finalist for the Jake Adam York Poetry Prize.

Volume 48:13

April 13th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 48:13)

Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



With everything going on at the end of the term, it’s sometimes easy to lose track of even very important things. Among the most critical of them, are our upcoming deadlines for Department Awards, some of which require faculty nomination, and all of which require students knowing about them. So please announce them in class and let your most promising students know in person. Undergraduate awards are:  The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English, The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award, The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize, and The William L. Wilson Award. And graduate awards are: The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English; The Mahlon Gaumer Award; The Harry Finestone Award in English. The deadline is May 5, and more information is available from Beth Wightman, 2016-17 Chair of the Awards Committee ( or Kent Baxter, our Chair (

If you teach a course on social justice and/or the humanities, please participate (or invite your students to participate in) in CSUN’s first Art & Social Justice Wiki-Edit-a-Thon, taking place on April 17th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., in JR319. Jointly sponsored by English Honors and Sigma Tau Delta, this edit-a-thon provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to gather and strengthen Wikipedia’s scope and content related to the arts, activism, and social justice–from local LA writers and California politics, to national issues of social justice and the humanities that are near and dear to our hearts. Training, resources, and pizza will be provided. Drop-ins are welcome! And, if you’re interested in making this a class event or have questions, please email Dr. Colleen Tripp ( Also, please remember to sign up for a wiki account before coming.

Martin Pousson will be a featured author for a LGBTQ fiction panel at Flintridge Bookstore in La Cañada-Flintridge on Thursday, April 13, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome. He also will be a featured author at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, on Saturday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m., for the Writing Gay Literature panel on the USC University Park Campus.


Christopher Higgs will read from his newly released experimental memoir, As I Stand Living, on Thursday, April 27, at 1:00 pm., in the English Department Reading Room, JR 319. Hosted jointly by the Northridge Creative Writing Circle and “Higgs’ Homies,” the reading will be open to the public. Please come and help celebrate this exciting new work.

The Department meeting, originally scheduled for April 14, has been changed to April 21. Regular time, regular place.


The Office of Research and Graduate Studies (RGS) is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for grants to further the development of new and ongoing research, creative activities and scholarship across the CSUN campus for Summer 2017. ORSP invites campus-wide proposals for either A) Seed Grant funds intended to support new ideas for which preliminary work is required or B) POC Grant funds for the further development of current research, creative activities or scholarship. The involvement of student researchers, and/or multi-disciplinary and cross-campus proposals are strongly encouraged. Awards up to a maximum of $3000 will be available, and the deadline os April 26. Complete guidelines are available from RGS; additional questions may be directed to Megha Patel, Assistant VP for Research and Economic Development at with additional questions.  

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce its annual round of funding for the 2017-2018 academic year. They are offering four types of grants to support faculty in providing service learning opportunities to students and in disseminating service learning knowledge, research or findings. Tenured, tenure-track, and lecturer faculty are eligible to apply. Community Engagement’s funding opportunities help to support our efforts in keeping CSUN students civically engaged, so please consider making some good use of their support. The deadline is May 1, and complete information is available at Inside the Department, Danielle Spratt is a good resource on this and has offered to help with your questions.

This one is for graduating seniors: We’ve heard from local employer in Chatsworth, who is starting a new business in kitchen concepts and looking to make a full time hire. She is a stickler for writing and would love to hire an English student! So, if you have someone in mind, please help spread the word. Interested students should contact me at for more information.


Martin Pousson read from his novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, for Dirty Laundry Lit in Hollywood on Saturday, April 8. He also compiled an impressive list of student and alumni achievements, which I am thrilled to share with you here. Thank you to Martin for keeping good track of so many fabulous students. And, to the rest of you: please feel free to let me know when you hear of other such fine achievements from your own students! It’s always great to honor them by helping to spread the good news.

Brian “The Dude”Andrade (BA English CW Spring ’17) has been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program in Poetry at The New School, Emerson College, and San Francisco State University, in addition to his previous acceptances at Sarah Lawrence College, University of San Francisco, and Columbia College Chicago.

Kelly Guerrero (BA English CW Spring ’17) has been accepted into the MA program in Applied Linguistics at San Diego State University.

Wes Hallquist (BA English CW Spring ’17) has been accepted into the MA program in Computer Science at CSU Fullerton and CSU Dominguez Hills.

Arthur Karagezian (BA English CW Spring ’17) has been 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.

Rebecca Rahimi (BA English Lit Fall ’16) has been accepted into the MA/MS program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and Vanderbilt University, in addition to her previous acceptances by Duke, NYU, UCLA, and University of Chicago.

August Samie (BA English CW/Honors Spring ’11, Dean’s Scholar, Wolfson Scholar) has been hired as Lecturer in Eurasian History and English Composition at University of Chicago, where he is at work on his PhD dissertation.

Leo Sanchez (BA English CW Spring ’13) has been hired as Administrative and Parent Coordinator at Occidental College.

Leticia Valente (BA English CW Spring ’14, MA ongoing) has been appointed Administrative Support Assistant for student hiring here at California State University Northridge.

Sunny Williams (BA English CW Spring ’17) has been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program in Fiction at the University of Limerick in Ireland.

Volume 48:12

March 30th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 48:12)

Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



This Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, Highways Performance Space will be featuring a new play by Rick Michell about revolution and performance, Anarchy Chiapas, will be featured. The play will be staged at 8:30 p.m., and feature plays-within-plays, comedy, original music, and a killer cast. Set in rural Mexico, the play crosses multiple borders: of reality, The State, theater, and a place called Trump Village. For more information, please see

On Tuesday, April 4th, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., there will be a book fair in JR 319, where the publishers will be happy to provide you with examination copies of many books–mainly composition books, but some literature, ESL, and creative writing books as well. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome.

Martin Pousson will be the featured author at the Diesel Bookstore book club in Brentwood on Thursday, April 6, at 6:00 p.m. And he will be reading again for Dirty Laundry Lit, hosted by Natashia Déon, at The Virgil in Hollywood on Saturday, April 8, at 8:00 p.m.

Chris Higgs will read from his newly released experimental memoir, As I Stand Living, on Thursday, April 27, at 1:00 p.m., in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room (JR 319). The event will be hosted by the Northridge Creative Writing Circle and “Higgs’ Homies.” The reading will be open to the public, and all will be welcome to attend.

You are invited to sign up for either (or both) of the remaining faculty/staff book discussions focusing on Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This book will be CSUN’s Freshman Common Reading for 2017-2018. To sign up, visit, choose your date(s), and RSVP (use the links on that page or call x6535, Academic First Year Experiences).

Bet Tzedek Legal Services, an  organization mobilizing and launching presentations and clinics to address the concerns of undocumented parents in our community, is looking for volunteers and will be hosting a second training session at CSUN’s Nazarian College on Thursday, April 13, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Johnson Auditorium (JA100). Back by popular demand, the session will take ninety minutes and promises, like the first one, to be highly empowering. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP

It being that time of year, again, Media Relations is looking for graduating seniors with compelling stories to feature in a media release. If you have someone in mind, please send Kent the name, student ID, and a brief paragraph about the student, and he will take it from there.


This one is for students: The Nation is accepting applications for two new paid Student Writing Fellows. This year-long program will give two college students the opportunity to regularly write for and to work with Nation staff members to sharpen the skills needed for a successful career in journalism. Fellows should be familiar with The Nation and have a passion for politics. They will contribute 2-3 articles per month, and will be expected to both pitch ideas and write on assignment. Fellows will write on a range of subjects covered by The Nation, with an emphasis on how young people are navigating and combating new and unprecedented obstacles in the age of Donald Trump. The fellowship will run from May 15, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Fellows will receive a $10,000 annual stipend. Applications will be accepted until noon EST on Monday, April 3. All matriculating undergraduate students due to graduate in 2018 or after are eligible. (Current juniors and younger.) The deadline is April 7, which will fast be upon us. But if you have any promising writers with a passion for politics in the age of Trump, please do encourage them to apply. Full information is available here

And for the rest of us, if you’ve ever considered applying for a Fulbright Fellowship, now might be a time to do it. The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is accepting applications from American academics and professionals until August 1, 2017. There are numerous teaching and/or research awards available in more than 125 countries to be completed in the 2018-2019 academic year. For more information, please see go to to One of these opportunities might be right for you!


Scott Andrews will have his prose lyric titled “This is a Story about the Plains” reprinted in the 10th anniversary special edition of Yellow Medicine Review. The prose lyric appeared in Fall 2014, and the journal editors nominated it for the Pushcart Prizes. His review of Tiffany Midge’s poetry collection titled The Woman Who Married a Bear is included in the latest issue of American Book Review, which has a special section devoted to recent works of American Indian literature.

Dorothy Barresi has had three poems from her new manuscript accepted for publication: “Little Shits” and “Word as Early Diagnosis” will appear in Conduit, and “Fixx/Plot” will appear in Spillway. On March 12 she judged, along with Eric Moraga and Patty Seyburn, the OC RYSE Poetry Slam for the Orange County School of the Arts. She is currently reading manuscripts as judge for the Patricia Bibby First Book Prize in Poetry.

Over Spring break, Irene Clark attended two conferences: The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Portland, Oregon, where she chaired a panel titled “Activist Academics Advocating for Change,” and the 10th Anniversary Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit, in Washington D.C., where she presented a paper titled “Homeland Security and Metacognitive Awareness of Identity: Insights from Neuropsychological Research,” in collaboration with Dr. Cezar Ornatowski from San Diego State University.

Noreen Lace has been busy! She has a poem forthcoming in April in the journal, Mothers Always Write, and two additional poems, “The Fly” and “After”, forthcoming in May, in Vine Leaves Press, an Australian Journal. Her short prose piece, “Memorial Day Death Watch,” was a finalist in the Writer Advice Flash Memoir Contest, and will appear this April. She also has two short stories forthcoming in April, “Grandma’s Last Secret,” which will appear in, appropriately, Secrets, and “How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party” in The Oleander Review!

Sean Pessin published a story, “Tinderbox,” in the Zachary Jensen‘s new magazine, Angel City Review, which also featured two poems by Trista Payte, “Denning” and “Swan Song.”

Martin Pousson has had two short stories selected for 2017 anthologies. “Most Holy Ghost” will be included in Wilde Stories, and “Black Sheep Boy” will be included in Best Gay Stories.

Audrey Thacker presented a paper, “Pop Goes the Professor: Brands, Stands and Reprimands in the Teaching of Jewish American Texts,” in a pop culture panel at the annual conference of the Western Jewish Studies Association, held this year at Claremont McKenna College.