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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.

Volume 48:11

March 9th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 48:11)

Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



Charles Hatfield will be giving a talk this Saturday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m., at the Santa Monica Public Library. His talk, “The Cartoon Self,” will explore the nature and popularity of autobiographical comics, or graphic memoir. The talk is part of this year’s “Santa Monica Reads” series, centering on Alison Bechdel’s memoir Fun Home. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place at the Main Library, at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, in the Multipurpose Room. For more informations, please see

Next Wednesday, March 15, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in JR 352, teachers Nikki Eschen Solis, Sean Pessin, and Charles Hatfield will present a roundtable discussion of the benefits and challenges of using comics to engage current political and social issues in the classroom. Sponsored by the Comics@CSUN initiative, this conversation (with images!) will range from superheroes to queer comics to the ethics of graphic journalism. Please come, and encourage your students to attend! A sign-up board for extra credit will be available.

And on March 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Charles Hatfield (a busy man) will be giving another talk on “Collage in Comics,” at ArtCenter College of Design (Hillside Campus) in Pasadena. This lecture is offered in conjunction with Michael Dooley’s course, “Design History of Comics and Animation,” and is free and open to the public. For more information, please see

CSUN Faculty, Staff, and campus leaders will soon be gathering for a day of compelling discussions about open education, textbook affordability, and skill-building. Lunch will be served, and all are invited! Learn more about the opportunities that exist to reduce the cost of student learning, create a more equitable education system at CSUN, and how some of your fellow faculty and staff have achieved this. Discover Open Education will take place on March 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the University Student Union, Flintridge Room.Please RSVP here by March 18th :


The Spring 2017 online faculty general election is now open and runs through March 22, at 5:00 p.m. Don’t forget to vote for Faculty Officers, Statewide Academic Senators, and Senators at Large at Or, if you prefer, paper ballots are available from Heidi Wolfbauer in the Faculty Senate Office (, or x3263). Faculty profiles for the candidates are available once you enter the ballot site.


Scott Andrews chaired two panels and presented on a third at the 18th annual Native American Literature Symposium, March 2 to 5. The event was held at the hotel/casino owned by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux, which is located near Minneapolis, Minn. At the symposium’s open mic event, he read some pages from the novel he is writing while on sabbatical this semester. Scott has agreed to serve on the editorial board for Studies of American Indian Literatures.

Irene Clark, in collaboration with Linda Adler-Kassner, Liane Robertson, Kara Taczak, and Kathleen Blake Yancey, have a chapter in Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, now available in print version published by University Press of Colorado. The chapter is titled “Assembling Knowledge: The Role of Threshold Concepts in Facilitating Transfer. ”

Martin Pousson will be a featured author at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, both in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 22 to 27. And his Trump-themed essay, “The Friends of Dorothy Have Something to Say to Kansas,” was published in The Rumpus and is now featured online at

And, thank you, too, to Martin, for assembling the following, highly impressive list of achievements by current and former CSUN students. Please consider this an open invitation to let me know ( when you hear of similar achievements by our students. It’s always great to hear what they’re doing in the world and where they are headed from here!

Brian “The Dude”Andrade (BA CW Sp ’17) accepted into MFA programs for Poetry at Sarah Lawrence, University of San Francisco, and Columbia College Chicago.
Kelly Guerrero
(BA CW Sp ’17) accepted into the MA program in Applied Linguistics at SDSU.

Arthur Karagezian (BA CW Sp ’17) accepted into JD program for Southwestern Law School.

Justin La Torre (BA CW Spring ’14)
poem published in forthcoming Magee Park Poets Anthology and invited to read for anthology release in Carlsbad.

Rebecca Rahimi (MA Lit Sp ’17) accepted into PhD program in Narrative Medicine at Duke and NYU (so far!).

Olvard Smith (BA CW Spring ’14) short story published in forthcoming issue of Cream City Review.

Josh Yakes (MA transfer Fa’16) accepted into the MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business.




Volume 48.10

February 23rd, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 48.10)

Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



If you are planning to do any campus-related international travel (lucky you), don’t forget that in accordance with the CSU’s Foreign Travel Insurance Policy (2011), employees and students traveling internationally on CSUN-related business and activities are required to obtain travel insurance through the CSU Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP). It is important that employees who must travel internationally, follow the U.S. State Government safety and security precautions and meet all necessary requirements as discussed in the travel policy. Due to changes in the CSUN foreign travel form process and to gain an understanding of the policy, we are offering two workshops called International Travel 101. There’s a workshop to help you do this right, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00a.m., in the Ferman Presentation Room of the Oviatt Library. And here is a sign-up, to let them know you are coming:


The Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Grant call for proposal is available on the Faculty Development website, at Faculty can receive a $3,000 stipend to discover evidence-based learning-centered teaching practices, implement an innovation, and reflect on the impact of student learning. Award winners will receive support and guidance on their implementation through a new Beck Summer Retreat and a year-long Faculty Learning Community (FLC). Proposals are due  by Monday, April 3rd.


Lucas Bailor, a graduate student in creative writing, has been busy. He reports a boon of publications in poetry. His poems “Posture,” “C.” and “Wake” are forthcoming in Boston Accent Lit. His poem “death process” is forthcoming in POST(blank). The poem “Aquarium” is forthcoming in The Machinery, and “Remembering You” will appear in SHARKPACK Poetry Review. We extend a wild round of applause for his success.

Martin Pousson was interviewed for NPR’s The Reading Life to discuss his novel, Black Sheep Boy. The interview will air in March. His invited essay, “Against All Odds,” was just published as a web feature by On Top Down Under Book Reviews. On Monday March 6, 7:30 p.m., he’ll appear on the Queer Bird Lit author panel at Stories Books in Echo Park. On Sunday March 12, 5:00 p.m., he’ll appear on the Lambda Literary Festival author panel at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. Both events are free and all are welcome.

Volume 48.9

February 9th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 48.9)

Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



The official release of Christopher Higg‘s new experimental memoir, As I Stand Living (, will take place on Saturday, February 18, at the Poetic Research Bureau in Chinatown (951 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Chris will be reading with guests Brian Evenson and Zoe Ruiz, so this event is not to be missed.

And it will be followed by another exciting release and reading, the very next day! Part Time Lecturer and CSUN alumna Melisa Malvin-Middleton (Creative Writing MA, 2016) will celebrate the publication of her poetry chapbook, Hover the Bones, on Sunday, February 19, with a collaborative reading at the Neutra Institute Gallery and Museum in Silverlake (2379 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039). The event will take place at 2:00 p.m., and feature Melissa’s reading from her chapbook, much of which is drawn from her graduate project here, alongside guest poets and other CSUN alumni Nancy Carroll, Cody Dietz, Freddy Garcia, Jackie Hymes, Susana Marcelo, Lusine Makarosyan, and Anne Yale. More information and pre-orders can be found at

CSUN’s new Homecoming celebration is about to be upon us, with a full array of activities for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the entire family scheduled for this Saturday, February 11, starting at 3:00 p.m. There will be food, music and entertainment, a pinewood derby race open to everyone on the Matador Motorway, campus showcases, a beer and wine garden for the grown-ups, a Kids Zone, and so, so much more! Tip-off for the game against UC Santa Barbara is at 7:30 p.m., and we need all the fan we can get to cheer us on to victory. To register and see what’s planned, visit

Help support the Freshman Common Reader project by stopping by SH 422 (Undergrad Studies on the Roof) to pick up a free copy of next year’s selection, Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In return, you will commit to finding a new CSUN freshman in the fall and talking with that new student—however briefly—about the book. Suggested freshman conversation starters and a nascent collection of additional information about the book is available on the Faculty & Staff Resource Page at (You can also have a copy of the book sent to you by CSUN campus mail, if you send them your name, Department, and mail code.)

Dr. David Yeager is this year’s keynote speaker for the 2017 Terry Piper Lecture Series at CSUN. Dr. Yeager is a Psychology faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, and a Fellow in the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching at Stanford University. In his address, “The Psychology of Academic Achievement: How Belonging and Mindset Influence Student Success,” Dr. Yeager will describe how individual students’ mindsets can significantly influence their academic success. More information is available at the RSVP (please do) website: The event, which includes an opening reception, will take place on Wednesday, February 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Northridge Center, in the University Student Union.

Spring elections for positions in faculty governance will be held in March. Nominations for faculty officers (Vice President and Secretary), for Senators-at-Large (6 positions), and for one CSUN representative to the Academic Senate CSU will be taken at the next Faculty Senate meeting on February 16. If you would like to be nominated for any of these positions, please notify Adam Swensen, Faculty President, or any member of the Faculty Senate by February 15. More information is available on the Faculty Senate Website, at


If you haven’t sent your 2017 course syllabi to Ronaldo Noche, you’re already way overdue, but it’s not too late. These syllabi are an important resource for the department, and we still want yours!

Even though the semester just got started and we are all excited for its new opportunities and challenges, one day, it, like all semesters, will come to an end. Just a reminder here that our commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. We will be holding a joint ceremony with the College of Health & Human Development II (Comm. Disorders, Enviro & Occupational Health, Fam. & Cons Sciences, and Health & Human Development). The Honors Convocation will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. Mark your calendars now!

Bad people lurk on the internet, so IT wants to remind us always to be vigilant for unusual or strange emails, to exercise caution and judgment before clicking on web links within emails, and only to download software needed for CSUN use onto university-owned computers (even discount coupons can introduce viruses and malware). Also, inform yourself about information security awareness by completing the CSUN information security training (, which provides many scenarios to help inform and educate about ways to secure and protect CSUN data.


It’s that time of year again: (cross your fingers and hold your breath), the University Research and Grants Committee is holding its annual competition for Research and Creative Activity Awards. To wit, they are requesting applications from faculty members for this for awards to support faculty research, scholarship and creative activity, interpreted broadly to mean the disciplined quest for broadening human understanding. This quest includes artistic creation and the study of moral values, as well as logical and empirical inquiry into any field appropriate to the functions of the University. Projects related to curriculum development will not be considered. In concert with the campus-wide effort to support scholarly activity by probationary faculty, those faculty are strongly encouraged to apply. The guidelines may be downloaded at For any questions regarding the competition or the submission process, you may contact Shirley Lang at x2901 or

There’s also still time (but it’s running short) to nominate some special someone for a faculty award, with nominations due to the Senate office on February 17. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in a variety of areas. They include the Outstanding Faculty Award (up to two awards), $1700 each; the Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship Award (up to three awards), $1,200 each; the Preeminent Scholarly Publication(s) Award, $1,200; the Exceptional Creativity Award, $1,200; the Extraordinary Service Award, $1,200; and the Visionary Community Service-Learning Award, $1,200. For nominating procedures and other information, please see the Faculty Awards website at Faculty Awards website at

Also, if you’re quick about it, you can still apply for a China Institute Faculty Development Grant, which provides the seed money for faculty members to start a project in their discipline that researches on some China-related issues or promotes long-term exchange and collaboration with some Chinese universities. There will be two or three grants of $1200 each, which can be used to support travel expenses for faculty’s visit to China to conduct their projects. Applicants should submit a written proposal of no more than three double-spaced pages describing  the nature and purpose of their project, how they intend to carry it out, how it may help CSUN students or our collaborative relationship with Chinese institutions, and how the funds will be spent related to their travel to China. Additionally, a one page resume highlighting relevant experiences must be included. A word file containing the proposal and resume must be submitted to director of China Institute, Dr. Weimin Sun, via e-mail,, by Feb 15, 2017.

And now, let’s think about our students. The Newman Civic Fellowship applications are currently being accepted, with an impending deadline of Friday, February 17, at 5:00 p.m. They are looking for nominations of undergraduate or graduate students who engage in collaborative action with others in order to create long-term social change, take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization, and demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement. Nomination criteria and process can be found at

Another exciting opportunity for students is the 2017 Panetta Congressional Internship program, which sends one CSUN student to Washington to work for a member of the California Congressional delegation in the fall. For more information, please visit The application deadline is Friday February 24, 2017 , by 4 p.m. to the Undergraduate Studies office (UN 215, MD 8203).

And with our less fortunate students in mind, please be aware of the new MataCare Grant program has just announced an emergency fund for CSUN students experiencing unexpected financial setbacks. Designed to address urgent, one-time financial needs for any CSUN student in good standing who is enrolled at least half-time, this program funds such needs as housing, child care, transportation and medical/dental expenses that come up unexpectedly and may negatively impact student learning. Students who demonstrate an urgent qualifying financial need (and can provide documentation, when appropriate) and who have exhausted all sources of financial assistance will be considered for a grant. The amount of each grant award is determined on a case-by-case basis. To review the online application and program details, visit This vital new program complements the CSUN Food Pantry (please also spread the word, where appropriate) as a further effort to address conditions that can have a negative impact on student well-being and degree completion.

Finally, your non-Spanish speaking students might be interested in a research study out of Stanford University’s Economics Department that could enable them to learn Spanish online. Eligibility requirements include: that the student doesn’t don’t know any Spanish, or very little; that the student is motivated motivated to learn (more) Spanish; that the student can commit studying Spanish online for up to four hours per week for one month starting from March, that the student is enrolled at CSUN and at least eighteen years old. Upon your successful completion of the study, the student will get receive $50 (on average), be paid as an Amazon Gift Card. Interested students should provide a student e-mail address through this survey form at Questions may be addressed to


Dorothy Barresi has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for work published in 2016. She has three poems forthcoming in the journal Hotel Amerika: “Leading Man (Late Noir),” “National Public Radio,” and the long prose poem “The Inside World” (dedicated to Evelyn McClave). Her poem “Poem for My Father,” is forthcoming in Lake Effect, and the long poem “Skin” is forthcoming in American Journal of Poetry. Her poems “Tongue Stud,” and “Pension,” appear in the current issue of Pool.  “Cloud Chamber” and “What I Worry About at Night is Not What I Worry About in the Morning” appeared in the 2016 issue of Chaparral. She was the 2016 judge for the Patricia Bibby First Book Prize and will judge the contest again this year, selecting a full-length poetry manuscript for publication and writing a Forward for the book

Kate Haake published a long form personal essay, “Diptych: Photography, Brain,” in the 2017 Winter/Spring issue of Alaska Quarterly Review. She also published a chapter, “For WB: When Our Students Write Us,” in the new book, Creative Writing Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in the Classroom, edited by Michael Clark, Trent Hergenrader, and Joseph Rein.

Noreen Lace has had two poems, “The Fly” and “After,” selected for publication by Vine Leaves, an Australian Journal. She also had a piece, “One Dollar Stories,” appear in November/December issue of Crime Stories. And her poem, “All at Once,” is a finalist in Medusa’s Laugh Press’ Nano Text Contest. It will be published in a special edition of their Journal and winners will be announced at AWP.

Graduate student Katharine Mason has published a hybrid essaSeriesSixy, “The Girl on the Bike,” in today’s issue of The Rumpus: The essay is illustrated throughout with original artwork by CSUN alumna, Araceli Colato (Creative WritingSeriesSix MA, 2016).
SeriesSix Congratulations to them both!


Volume 48.8

January 26th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 48.8)

Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



Welcome back to one and all. Here’s hoping your winter break provided a much needed rest, with some fun and family and holiday festivities, or whatever you most enjoy when we are on hiatus. Equally hoping  you’re looking forward to another full spring semester, because it is now full upon us.

And to start things off on a positive note, the ever-inventive and inexhaustible Danielle Spratt is looking for faculty interested in holding interdisciplinary teaching and discussion sessions to explore with students how our work relates in socially minded ways across disciplines, across campus, and beyond the campus. The idea is that faculty who teach at similar times (for instance, a professor from Journalism and a professor from Religious Studies who both teach on Mondays/Wednesdays at 11 am) will coordinate a topic of discussion, and then students, plus any other interested participants, can attend and discuss an issue that’s relevant to both disciplines. Planning for space is beginning soon, and you can sign up at

In a similar vein, the people who brought us together last November for a post-election campus conversation are convening a follow-up town hall where we will once again have the opportunity to reflect on the concerns expressed then, those that have arisen subsequently, and strategies we might use to maintain a sense of empowerment and hope as we move through these uncertain times. As a member of the CSUN campus community, what do you believe CSUN can do to address your concerns and move us closer together as a campus community? This town hall will be held next Tuesday, January 31st at 12 noon, in the USU Northridge Center.

The Search and Screen Committee for our Pre-Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture with emphasis in African American and/or Latino/a Literature position will be bringing finalists to campus on January 26, 31, and February 2. The three candidates will be presenting job talks in ST 703 on the following dates: Thursday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Christine Montgomery; Tuesday, January 31, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Rafael Walker; and Thursday, February 2, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., John Garcia.

The Career Center is holding a Faculty and Staff Open House on Wednesday, February 1st, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is looking forward to showing off their updated career planning resources for students, as well as the customized information for faculty and staff within Pathways and SUNlink. The Career Center is in Bayramian Hall 413.

Tomorrow, Friday, January 27th, is  International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In commemoration here, there will be a free screening of a CSUN senior film project about an orthodox Jewish couple in the midst of the holocaust. This 20-minute film project has screened at numerous film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival and won various awards including being on the Finalist Shortlist of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Student Film Awards. A short Q & A with the director, Michael Canon (CSUN BA, 2015), will follow the screening. This event will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Alan and Elaine Armer Screening Theater in Manzanita Hall.

The official release of Christopher Higgs‘ new book–an experimental memoir, As I Stand Living–will be held on Saturday, February 18, at the Poetic Research Bureau in Chinatown, with guests Brian Evenson and Zoe Ruiz. More details will be announced soon, but mark your calendars now!


Proposals for Fall 2017 Faculty Fellowship program are being invited now, with an impending deadline of February 24, which is considerably sooner than it may, at first, seem. These fellowships provide support for scholarly research or creative activities to full-time tenure track and tenured faculty in the form of  ONE (but not both) of the following options: FACULTY FELLOWSHIP: Three-Units of Reassigned Time (i.e., a one-course reduction in teaching load); OR GRANT: Funding for a Student Assistant, OR for Research-Related Travel Involving a Specific Research Project or Creative Activity. Guidelines are available on the CoH webpage, here

Also available on that same link are application guidelines for Academic Programming Support. All full- and part-time faculty in the college are invited to submit proposals. This fund provides supplementary support for academically related activities and events only (e.g., guest lecturers, workshops, performances). Funding will not be allocated to support curriculum development, faculty stipends, faculty travel, faculty research or creative projects, materials for faculty or student training, fundraising events, and/or to hire student assistants.

This one is for your most promising students: University Communications is looking to hire a Student Assistant to work on content development and copy editing. The applicant must be enrolled as a full-time CSUN student, and have interest and experience in social media creation, news writing, magazine writing, and press release development. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Students selected for interviews will also be asked to complete a short writing/editing test.


Iswari P. Pandey has won the 2017 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award for his book, South Asian in the Mid-South: Migrations of Literacies. This award honors an empirical research publication in the previous two years that most advances writing studies. From the press announcement: “The Award’s selection committee noted Pandey masterfully and effortlessly interweaves theory, primary research, and exegetical interpretation to explore the shifting literacy practices—the “word work”—of South Asian immigrants in a Mid-Southern city. His works show us how community members constantly recreate, recast, and represent themselves and their communities and that these community members’ literacies and languages—adapted and modified to serve cultural and individual needs—flow multi-directionally, both locally and transnationally. In addition, South Asian in the Mid-South clearly articulates a robust, viable and adaptable methodology to study literacy in motion.” And from all of us here: CONGRATULATIONS, Iswari! So well earned, and so well deserved!

Returning, now, to our more conventional alphabetical order, Kate Haake published an essay, “Diptych: Javalinas, Aliens,” in Drunken Boat. And you can read it here:

Martin Pousson was a featured reader, along with Aimee Bender, for All Lit Up at Chevalier’s Books in December and for Shades & Shadows at The Mystic Museum in January. “Don’t Tread on Me,” his Trump-themed short story, was published in PEN Center USA’s print anthology, ONLY LIGHT CAN DO THAT, released in January. And “Return to Oz,” his Trump-themed essay, was just accepted by The Rumpus for publication this Spring.