Volume 40:21

October 21st, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

This week, the Careers in English Majors speaker series welcomed Morgan Forman, Campus Recruiting Coordinator with Ernst and Young. Ms. Forman shared insights into the field of human resources as a career option, and gave lots of valuable advice for English majors making career choices. Don’t miss our next speaker, April Lindh from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, who will talk about the nonprofit and grant writing career path. Ms. Lindh will be speaking on Wednesday, October 29, from 12:30-1:30, in ED1127; contact Kathy Leslie for more details.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, distinguished professor, author, and Nobel Prize for Literature finalist, will speak on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall, Cypress Hall 158. This event is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

2. Reminders

On October 29, the English Honors Program will be holding its annual Open House in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room (JR 319) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please announce this event to your students, and encourage them to come. Our Honors Program is a bright light that we’ve been hiding under a bushel for too long, and we want to tell as many students about it as we can.

Call for nominations for 2014 Dorsey mentor awards. The “Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award” is presented to faculty, staff, and administrators who have been exceptional mentors at CSUN. Nomination Deadline: Friday, Oct. 24, 5:00 p.m. A reception honoring the recipients will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5 to 7 p.m.

Rick Mitchell is the CFA Union Representative for the English Department. Please feel free to contact him at rick.mitchell@csun.edu for any union-related matters.

3. Opportunities

The Office of Community Engagement is hosting “Last Minute Service Learning Grant Advice” for Spring 2015 applications on November 3 from 11:00-12:00 p.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m. and on Nov. 4 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the CIELO Conference Room 422, Sierra Hall 4th Floor. Dr. Joyce Burstein, CE Director, will preside.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi’s long essay-review, “Divided: Brain Theory and the Poem’s Story,” has been accepted for publication and will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Gettysburg Review. Two poems, “You’re Welcome” and “No, No–I’m Happy for You,” are forthcoming in “Corners of the Mouth: A Celebration of Thirty Years of the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival.” “Tenderness” and “What Those Who Qualify Receive” appear in the current issue of The New Ohio Review. A new interview with her will appear on the online forum of Silk Road, a literary journal that published four of her poems last year.

Alum Linda Rader Overman successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at Lancaster University in the UK last November and was awarded the degree of Ph.D. in Creative Writing this October. The dissertation title is “Pictures on the Wall of My Life: Photographs to Life Writing to Fiction, An Ekphrastic Journey.” She wants everyone to know that even at 63 years old, it is never too late!

Stephanie Satie was invited back on Sunday, October 19, to the United Solo Festival in N.Y with her solo show, Silent Witnesses, based on interviews with child survivors of the Holocaust. She will also be back at the Odyssey Theatre Sunday afternoons starting mid-January. On Saturday, November 22, she will be at the Workmen’s Circle reading the letters of Eleanor Roosevelt for Terri Baum’s solo play, Hick, A Love Story about Lorena Hick who was Eleanor’s lover. Terri Baum has received great reviews in San Francisco, and Stephanie is delighted to help her out.

Elyce Wakerman’s novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, will be published by Yucca Publishing in February 2015. You can read about the months preceding delivery in her monthly blog, “Birth of a Book,” at http://ewakerman birthofabook.tumblr.com.

Volume 40:20

October 8th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

An LGBTQA Perspectives Panel will be held on October 15, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the USU Grand Salon. Leaders from the LGBTQA share their perspectives from corporate America, to legislative offices, to non-profits and more! The event is free. Appetizers and refreshments provided. RSVP at www.csunalumni.com/perspective.

On October 22, LA’s 2nd Annual Lit Crawl (http://litcrawl.org/la/) will be taking place in North Hollywood. Billed as “where literature meets the streets,” this event features a host of readings and other presentations over the course of four hours in a geographically compressed area so attendees can move from event to event. Especially notable this year are readings by current and former CSUN students, featuring Gina Srmabekian, Kim Young, Karlee Johnson, Cody Deitz, Brandon Krause, and Joseph Mattson. Justin La Torre will emcee and Martin Pousson will host. It’s free and all are welcome. The Lit Crawl will take place at Gallery 800 at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Also at the Lit Crawl, Mona Houghton and Kate Haake will be reading with Rod Val Moore and Ramon Garcia (CSUN Chicana/o Studies) for What Books Press, from 9:00 to 9:45 p.m., at District Pub, 5249 Lankershim Blvd. A closing party will follow.

A What Books reading at Skylight Bookstore (1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027) will be held on Saturday, October 18, at 7:00, which will feature poet Patty Seyburn (CSU Long Beach) and, most excitingly, the launch of CSUN alumni Rebbeca Brown’s new novel, They Become Her.

A short workshop introducing the Digital Humanities will be held on Friday, October 10, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Sierra Hall 461 (the College of Humanities Conference Room). The workshop will provide an informal overview of the scope of the field and suggests ways in which faculty and students might get involved in Digital Humanities projects. There will be time to discuss ideas for projects, approaches to using computers to explore research questions, and possibilities for collaboration.

The Wings/New Voices Celebration will be held on Friday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come to support our students whose essays have been published in Wings and New Voices.

The Underwood Family Farms offers a CSA program especially convenient for CSUN students and faculty. Each Tuesday from 3:00-6:00 p.m., behind the Matadors Bookstore, CSUN CSA subscribers can pick up a box of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The Underwood Family Farms’ produce is all grown locally and will be harvested one day and delivered the next. For more information, visit their website at http://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/Current_CSA_Locations.html.

2. Reminders

The Health Benefits Open Enrollment Deadline is Friday October 10, 2014. If you want to change your Health Benefits, you must file paperwork today or tomorrow.

3. Opportunities

Noreen Galvin and Judith Spiegel have developed a link on the college home page (http://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activites-and-research) that lists all programming and research funding opportunities in the College. The dates and application materials are embedded in the links.

Granada Hills is currently hiring for several positions in their after school program (3:30-6:00 p.m. or 1:15-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday). Academic Tutor: $15/hour. Tutor students in a variety of academic subjects, assist students with the development of study skills, and mentor students in the areas of academics and college preparation. Applicants must submit their resumes to mpalafox@ghchs.com.

Please announce to students that Leilani Hall and Dorothy Barresi are soliciting student holiday poems for possible inclusion in our Dean’s yearly holiday card. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 17.

4. Achievements

Irene Clark’s essay, “Addressing Genre in the Writing Center,” originally published in 1999 in The Writing Center Journal, has been translated into German and published in an essay collection titled Schreiben: Grundlagentexte zur Theorie, Didaktik und Beratung. Her essay is now titled “Genre im Schreibzentrum: Eine Neudefinition.”

Nate Mills has three articles on Ralph Ellison forthcoming. “Ralph Ellison’s Marxism: The Lumpenproletariat, the Folk, and the Revolution” will appear in African American Review; “Writing Brotherhood: the Utopian Politics of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man” will appear in Lineages of the Literary Left (University of Michigan Press); and “Playing the Dozens and Consuming the Cadillac: Ralph Ellison and Civil Rights Politics” will appear in Twentieth-Century Literature. Additionally, his review essay “Thinking Academic Resistance” appeared in ​Academe 100.3 (2014).

Volume 40:19

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

As part of English 407’s “Careers for English Majors” speaker series, this coming Monday, September 29th, from 12:30 to 1:30, the series will be highlighting paralegals–what they do, how they use their communication skills, and what makes the field a satisfying one for graduates with strong reading and writing skills. The speaker, Cherie St. Jean, graduated from CSUN in 1994 with an M.A. in Political Science, and worked in several large law firms as a paralegal. The presentation and the Q & A afterwards will be held in ED (Education) 1126. Please respond to Kathy Leslie (kathy.leslie@csun.edu) if you plan to attend.

Project D.A.T.E. is a rape and sexual assault awareness and prevention program sponsored by University Counseling Services and Strength United, a community based, university affiliated, sexual assault intervention and violence prevention program. They request faculty to donate time for a 30-60 minute presentation on the topics and resources. If interested, contact Leslie Z. Gonzalez at leslie.gonzalez.479@my.csun.edu.

2. Reminders

The College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program provides support for scholarly research or creative activities. Full-time tenure track and tenured faculty may apply for funding. Deadline: Wednesday, October 8.

3. Opportunities

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering a Faculty Workshop on November 12, 2014 at Pepperdine University. Learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries. Get advice on selecting countries for the application and making contacts abroad. Explore how your campus can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars. Get tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application. To reserve a seat please contact Kamron King in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 310.506.4819 or kamron.king@pepperdine.edu. Space is limited; please RSVP by November 7, 2014. There is no charge for the workshop.

The Office of Community Engagement has now opened an additional grant cycle for Spring 2015. The application is due by November 10, 2014. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Burstein at joyce.burstein@csun.edu.

The California Rare Book School offers a series of seminars in the summer and fall that are open to faculty, students, and staff interested in the book as material object. They have a generous scholarship program. Those interested in attending can learn more about the course offerings and scholarships at http://www.calrbs.org/.

4. Achievements

Danielle Spratt received a SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing) scholarship to attend a week-long seminar entitled “The History of the Book, The 19th and 20th Centuries” at the California Rare Book School this past August.

Danielle Spratt’s essay, “Denaturalizing Lady Bountiful: Speaking the Silence of Poverty in Mary Brunton’s Discipline and Jane Austen’s Emma,“ is forthcoming in a special issue on Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.

Volume 40:18

September 16th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Emeritus Professor Robert Louis Chianese will be reading his poetry at the Opening Reception of a new exhibit, “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire,” at the Museum of Ventura County on Thursday September 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. For more information, see http://venturamuseum.org/current-exhibitions-3/mvc-current-exhibitions/.

The California Faculty Association will host a “Welcome Back Luncheon” on Tuesday, September 23 from 2:00-3:30 at the Sierra Center Colleagues Room. Speakers will inform faculty on workload and salary proposals. RSVP at 818/677-5919.

This year’s Faculty Retreat, which will be held on January 12 and 13 at the USU Northridge Center, will focus on sharing your research and expertise across diverse arenas in education. Preference will be given to proposals that have an explicit connection with the theme “Celebrating Diversity.” Online registration begins in late October at:http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/faculty-retreat. If you have questions, please call the Faculty Senate Office at X3263 or email: heidiw@csun.edu. Presentation Proposals due: October 20, 2014. The online Proposal Form can be found at: http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/faculty-retreat-proposals.

2. Reminders

The Amenities Committee kindly asks you to contribute to our annual fund, which finances the holiday party, refreshments for department meetings, and celebrations for faculty and staff retirements and other milestones. Contributions (in the form of cash or checks) should be given to Marlene Cooksey (ST 704). Checks should be made out to “Amenities.” (Please don’t put cash in Marlene’s mailbox.) Suggested contributions are the same as last year: Professor $70, Associate $50, Assistant $40, Lecturer $10. Thank you for helping us to fund department events and to reimburse those who shop for these events.

The deadline for submissions to the Northridge Review is October 3, 2014.

The deadline to complete the Information Security Awareness training is September 30, 2014. This training is only accessible through the myNorthridge Portal staff page which ensures secure, authenticated access to CSUN employees. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the IT Help Center (818) 677-1400.

3. Opportunities

The College of Humanities announces a Call for Proposals for Academic Programming Support. All full- and part-time faculty in the college are invited to submit proposals. Funding from this source will be supplemental only; projects will not be funded in full from this source. Deadline: Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

The College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program provides support for scholarly research or creative activities. Full-time tenure track and tenured faculty may apply for funding. Deadline: Wednesday, October 8.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews has two prose pieces in the next issue of Yellow Medicine Review (Fall 2014): “From The Rez Files (Greasy Grass Fantasy #5)” and “This is a story.” He also has been named to the editorial board for Transmotion, an online journal examining the works of Gerald Vizenor and works by others through the lens of Vizenor’s theories. His poem “The Wizards of Wall Street” is included in the recent collection titled 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, which was #1 on the poetry bestseller list for August compiled by Small Press Distribution.

Emeritus Professor Ian Barnard’s book Upsetting Composition Commonplaces was published this month by Utah State University Press.

Joseph Eldridge, one of our former students, was accepted into the graduate program in Information and Library Science at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.

Margaret Furguson, the President of the MLA, has selected Anthony Dawahare’s MLA session, “Tillie Olsen and the Location of Hope,” to be included in this year’s presidential theme, Negotiating Sites of Memory.  Aside from Dawahare, Barbara Foley (Rutgers) and Rebekah Edwards (Mills College and granddaughter of Olsen) will present papers.

Khaled Mattawa, one of our former colleagues hired in 1994, is one of the recipients of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grants. Mattawa was recognized for his volumes of poetry and translations of Arabic poetry.

Keli Rowley, one of our M.A. English graduates and Lecturers, is a semi-finalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and the Austin Film Festival for her USC thesis script.

Volume 40:17

September 7th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Kimberly Wells, a former M.A. student and current Lecturer, and her husband, Matt Vacca, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaia Ember Vacca, who arrived at 12:46 am on 9/1/14.  Congratulations on the birth of this sweet child!

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The Autry National Center in Griffith park is offering a couple of evening programs in conjunction with a new exhibit, “Route 66: The Road and the Romance.”  On September 11th, they will be hosting Waiting for Jack: a Beat Poetry Experience, with several actors and artists participating in an evening of spoken word and beat poetry.  Additionally, on October 16th, they have Celebrate Steinbeck! The Road Trip as Inspiration, an event dedicated to commemorating the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath, as well as the artists who continue to be influenced by it.  There is a student discount.

The Wings/New Voices Awards ceremony will take place on October 17th from 3-5 in the Grand Salon. Please come to this exciting celebration of our students’ accomplishments.

Annual Open Enrollment is September 15 through October 10, 2014. If you wish to make health benefit enrollment changes, contact your Benefits representative and submit the appropriate forms and documentation between September 15th and October 10th. Additional Open Enrollment information, including CSU rates, will be sent to you in the near future.

The Smithsonian Magazine hosts The Museum Day Live! program, which offers 2 free tickets to participating museums.  Smithsonian membership is not required.  For more information, see: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/?utm_source=dedicated&no-ist.

Beginning this academic year RosaMaria Chacon will join Anthony Dawahare as one of the two Associate Chairs for the Department of English.  Welcome RosaMaria to her new position, and please send your students to both of us for major advising as we are always happy to meet with them.

2. Reminders

Frank De La Santo has recently circulated his ever-helpful Beginning of Semester Notices. Here you will find vital information about such critical issues as office hours, attendance policy, faculty absences, keys, fire alarms, wait lists, copying, etc.

3. Opportunities

PHILIP LEVINE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 2014
$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press. Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2014.  Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html.

Granada Hills High School is currently hiring for several instructor and tutor positions for its after school program (3:30-6:00). Positions include SAT Writing Instructor, Academic Tutor, and Guitar Instructor.  For more information, contact Maribel Palafox at mpalafox@ghchs.com or 818/360-2361. If you are interested in bringing a noted scholar or writer to speak on campus, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs (GRIP) and its Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program. Applications may be submitted in one of two categories: Category I applications (up to $700) request support for classroom visits or department seminars by a guest lecturer, and Category II applications (up to $1,800) request funds for individuals or small groups of scholars with broad appeal to the university community to participate in artistic performances, public lectures, or topical conferences. (Please note that International speakers may have up to 30% of honorarium withheld for taxes.) Applications are available from GRIP and the deadline is September 15.

The Probationary Faculty Support Program provides 3 units of reassigned time to support probationary, tenure-track faculty in their first through fifth years in meeting the qualifications for RTP. Deadline: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 4:00pm.  Please see our website for more details. And good luck to all probationary faculty!

4. Achievements

In July, Irene Clark presented a paper at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in Minneapolis. Her paper was titled “Fostering Transfer Across Writing Contexts: Genre Awareness as a Threshold Concept.”

Irene Clark’s “Print/New Media Transfer: Genre Issues” has been published in the 2014 Issue of The Journal of Teaching Writing.

Anthony Dawahare’s “Richard Wright’s Native Son and the Dialectics of Black Experience” was published in a new volume of essays titled Richard Wright in a Post-Racial Imaginary (Bloomsbury 2104).

Martin Pousson sold two new short stories over the summer. “Altar Boy” will be published in Five Points, and “The Fox in the Trap” will be published in StoryQuarterly. A third story, “Flounder,” is now in the current issue of the Antioch Review.

Over the summer, Scott Kleinman gave a talk on “Modelling the Hybrid Edition/Archive of Early Middle English” at the Archive of Early Middle English workshop in Oxford, England. He also gave a presentation on “Play as Process and Product: On Making Serendip-o-matic” at the Digital Humanities 2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland.

For the eighth year in a row, a student in English 371 (Issues in American Jewish Writing) has won the Jewish Studies Essay Contest, along with its $250 prize: Lily Jamgotchian won the award with her essay, “Truth or Fiction.”

Volume 40:16

May 15th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements6a01157116bb88970b0133f39b34fe970b-500pi

I begin these notes with warm congratulations to one and all for making it through yet another year, equally warm wishes for grand summers ahead, and a sad farewell. After three years of writing Every Other Thursday’s Notes, it’s time to turn the honors over to our new Senior Associate Chair, Anthony Dawahare. Now, I can admit to some trepidation when I first took over these Notes, but despite the sometimes daunting challenges of keeping track of our comings and doings, opportunities and achievements, deadlines and whatnots, I have grown oddly fond of posting them for you. I’m not going to say I will miss writing them, but I do know I will read them more closely than I ever did before I wrote them. Ours is a complex, accomplished, and thriving department, with amazing staff and faculty and equally amazing students, and it’s here that we get to read all about it. And anyway, in it’s own way, it’s been fun. Ah la la. — KH

But first, a few last announcements. The Honors Convocation will be held tomorrow night, May 16, at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Library lawn. And next week, graduation! Here’s hoping we’ve all sorted out our regalia and tickets and such, and that the event will be as splendid and heartwarming as it always is. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 22, also at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Library lawn. Earlier that day, for the first time, MA students will be honored at their own hooding ceremony, which will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in Chaparral Hall. Immediately after, we will reconvene in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room for our annual term end party, which will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please plan to join us for either or both, and help our students celebrate their awards and achievements.

And don’t blink either, next year will soon be upon us. So please save the dates now listed below, keeping in mind that although some of them seem to pertain only to Composition people,  all of us are Compositionists in a variety of ways. Here’s what we know now; additional details will be announced as available.

Tuesday, May 13th: Wings Reading to select samples for Wings, in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319), from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
Wednesday, May 28th: New Voices Reading to select samples for New Voices 
Thursday, August 21st: Composition Orientation, featuring Professor Dana Ferris and focusing on Working with Multilingual Students, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319)
Sunday, September 7th:  PARTY at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at Irene Clark’s house.
Friday, October 17th: Wings/New Voices Awards Ceremony, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m

On May 16, the 4Humanities@CSUN group will host a meeting of the Southern California 4Humanities chapters to plan a collaborative research project called WhatEvery1Wants. This long-term project will use text mining methods to explore perceptions of the humanities, what academics and others believe the core values of the humanities to be, and the way people “frame” narratives about the humanities. Further information about the meeting can be found on the DHSoCal website. Anyone interested is welcome to join the meeting.

For those of you who missed it, Stephanie Satie will be doing one last performance of her solo play, Silent Witnesses, on Sunday June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at The Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.

And for those of you who can’t wait to get started on your summer projects, you might want to hunker down with some like-minded others in the College of Humanities Faculty Writing Boot Camp, which will take place in the COH Conference Room, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., from June 2 to June 19. Come join other COH faculty in daily writing sessions designed to provide an atmosphere where distractions are minimal and support is plentiful. You will be provided space to set up your laptops and relevant books and papers. However, you should expect to be working in a room alongside other writers (akin to a library/café atmosphere). For more information, please contact Amanda Baugh at amanda.baugh@csun.edu. And, happy writing.

2. Reminders

Um, summer?

3. Opportunities

Summer, again,  an opportunity all its own — for fun, for rest, for reading and writing and creative and scholarly endeavors. Here’s hoping you all have a grand one.

4. Achievements

Former TA and current Lecturer Norma Aceves will be attending the PhD Program in English at the University of Florida next year with full funding for four years.

On May 8, Scott Kleinman presented a paper on The Archive of Early Middle English, which explored the challenges of creating and using digital resources for medieval manuscripts.

El Salvadoran immigrant and long time community activist, Rossana Perez, who is graduating with her MA in Literature, is being featured as one of CSUN’s Outstanding Graduates. Your can read all about Rossana’s incredible achievements on CSUN Today, at http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/media-releases/hard-work-and-determination-pays-off-for-csuns-newest-graduates/. And those of you who have had the pleasure of working with her can attest to how richly she deserves this recognition.

Two of our valued faculty — Lecturer Mary Shannon and TA Jared Thomas — have been honored with Polished Apples by students in the University Ambassadors program. The awards ceremony was on April 30. Mary was also honored as the faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Alpha, a new fraternity for veterans, at the “A Rose Like No Other” Awards Ceremony.

On May 11, Mother’s Day, three CSUN affiliated writers — former graduate student and current Lecturer Sean Pessin, graduating MA student Trista Payte, and current MA student Eric Barnhart — were featured in Sally Shore’s Emerging Voices evening for the New Short Fiction Series, L.A.’s longest running spoken word series. The event took place at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood, where professional actors, Alex Boling, Wilson Wong, and Sally Shore herself performed short stories by each of these writers and a fabulous time was had by all. Through the month of May, the stories may be downloaded for $.99 at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/New-Short-fiction-series?store=allproducts&keyword=New+Short+fiction+series.

Now that the year is ending, the letters are written, the students mentored, and the judging completed, here are the recipients of this spring’s Department Awards. Many thanks to those of you who supported them and, most especially, to the Amenities and Awards Committee, chaired by Lauren Byler, for doing the hard work of choosing among our many talented and accomplished students. Congratulations to them all.

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship
Mary Estrada and Daniel Franklin

The Henry VanSlooten Scholarship in English
Katharine Mason
“Greed Is Not Good: Venality and Magical Realism in ‘The Rocking-Horse Winner’ and “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings'”

The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award
Chelsey Berry
Slow Recurrence (poems)

The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize
Ah Jung Chang
“The Performance of Drag: An Army Nurse and the Vietnam War”

The Mahlon Gaumer Award
John Kubler
“The String Theorist of the 17th Century: A New Look at Margaret Cavendish’s Scientific Ideas”

The Harry Finestone Award in English
Nina Moon Ahn
“The Abominable Independence of Elizabeth Bennet: Spatial Renderings and Feminine Subjectivity in Pride and Prejudice”

The Academy of American Poets Prize
Winner: Emilio Sotelo, “Observations”
Honorable Mention: Cody Deitz, “Bridge”

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English
Hannah Jorgenson

And with that, farewell and good respites to all…

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F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Volume 40:15

May 1st, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Our amazing students and alumni have done it again, and we begin this issue of Thursday’s Notes with some happy news about where some of them are headed and will be doing next:

Megan Barlog (BA ’14, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the New York University Summer Publishing Institute Program for Summer 2014.

Alissa Binder (BA ’13, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the California Institute for the Arts MFA program in Creative Writing (Fiction).

Amy Cameron (BA, ’13, English, Literature) will be starting her MA in library science at UCLA this fall.

Abe Fitzpatrick (BA ’14, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the Wichita State University MFA program in Creative Writing (Fiction) with a full fellowship and a position as Graduate Teaching Assistant

Jon Goodnick (BA ’13, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the California Institute for the Arts MFA program in Creative Writing (Fiction) with a fellowship.

Colin Herrera (BA ’13, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the Rutgers University MFA program in Creative Writing (Fiction) with a Chancellor’s Award with a tuition remission fellowship. There, he’ll work with the Visiting Writers Series and as a mentor for high school writing programs affiliated with Rutgers University.

Mostafa Jalal (M.A. 2014) was accepted to the Ph.D. program in Creative Writing Poetry at George State University.

Rebecca Johnson (BA ’14, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the Chapman University MFA program in Creative Writing.

Hannah Jorgensen (BA, ’10, English, Honors; MA ’13, English, Literature) will begin the Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota with six years of full funding. Six years of full funding equals a lot.

Arthur Kayzaykian (MA 2013) will be starting his MFA in poetry in the fall at San Diego State University.

Rene Solivan (BA ’08, English, Creative Writing) will be starting the the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ International MFA Program in the fall with three years of full funding.

Stephan Topf will be starting  Virginia Tech’s Rhetoric and Writing PhD program, with a full scholarship, a Graduate Teaching Assistant position, and a position as an editorial assistant for the Minnesota Review, which is not, apparently, in Minnesota (has it ever been?).

Kristin Way (formerly Cornelius) (MA 2012 and currently a Lecturer in our Department) will begin a PhD in Information Studies at UCLA. She was awarded the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, which provides an $88,000 stipend, plus tuition and fees, for the first four years of her program.

And if I have missed or overlooked any exciting student future news, please let me know at kate.haake@csun.edu. There’s still one more issue of TN, Volume 40, so still time to spread good news.

CSUN English faculty are also on a roll! Charles Hatfield has  received the 2014 Preeminent Scholarly Publication and Martin Pousson has received the 2014 Exceptional Creative Accomplishments Award. Hatfield and Pousson join last year’s winners, Michael Bryson (2013 Preeminent Scholarly Publication recipient) and Rick Mitchell (2013 Exceptional Creative Accomplishments recipient). Our faculty rock! And to help celebrate, please plan to attend the Honored Faculty Reception on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union.  Please RSVP to Heidi Wolfbauer at heidiw@csun.edu.

And here’s some more good news: most of the graduation ticket issues previously announced have now been resolved. Graduation services is working hard to ensure that students and their families who want to attend their graduations are accommodated. And for those few students who still haven’t heard that graduation this year will be a ticketed event, there may still be time. According to the Daily Sundial, students who have yet to contact the office with their concerns, can still do so this week.

It’s official!  Jennifer Lee and Santosh Khadka are soon to be the newest members of our department. Both of them specialize in Developmental Composition, but will bring different areas of focus and different kinds of strengths to our department. And in related news, Sandra Jackson has graciously agreed to continue on as Stretch Coordinator while Jennifer and Santosh spend their first year learning the Stretch program and getting their bearings. Things are looking good for our Composition program and, most importantly, its students, who numbers are legion.

Speaking of new, or newer, faculty, a pre-tenure retention workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 6th from 11:30 p.m to 1:30 p.m. in the USU Thousand Oaks Room. The workshop will feature: a Q & A with Provost Hellenbrand; a presentation of key issues critical to new faculty; an opportunity for new faculty members to share their experiences, in a ‘peer-group’ environment; a brainstorming session to develop strategies for pre-tenured faculty and gather recommendations to improve job satisfaction for new faculty; and — refreshments! If interested, please RSVP to dianah.wynter@csun.edu.

On Friday, May 2 (tomorrow), Rick Mitchell’s artist’s residency at Hamilton High School will come to fruition with the Hamilton New Play Festival, which will feature new work written and performed by Hamilton High School students and include some short plays written by CSUN students specifically for the Festival. The shows will take place at 3:30 p.m., and then again at 6:00 p.m. Mitchell has been ably assisted by CSUN service-learning students, and the residency was supported in part by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as by the UCLA After-School Program and CSUN’s Office of Community Engagement. Hamilton is located at 2955 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034; performances will take place in the teacher’s cafeteria.

On Saturday, May 3, the Northridge Playwrights Workshop will present staged readings of plays by students from English 310 in CSUN’s Little Theatre at 6:15 p.m.

Desert Performance Lab, a new student organization that’s based  in the English Department and dedicated to the development and performance of original plays, will present new work on Saturday, May 3rd, at 9:00 p.m. in CSUN’s Little Theatre.

On Thursday, May 8, at 7:15 p.m., in the LNJ Reading Room, JR 319, the creative writing students of 698D will present LAST SNAPSHOT: The MA Capstone Reading.

On Thursday, May 15, at 5:45 p.m., in JR-319, the Northridge Playwrights Workshop will present staged readings of original work by the students of Writing for Performance.

Martin Pousson will be the closing reader for the Griffith Park Storytelling Series. He will read “The Skinwalker,” a new short story just published in the Spring issue of Epoch. The event will be held outdoors in Griffith Park, in the Bronson Caves (AKA the “Batcaves”) on Sunday, May 4 at 5:00 PM. The series is organized by editors from Black Clock literary journal and is free and open to all.

In April, Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi hosted their first-ever Poetry contest judged by Patty Seyburn, the award winning poet of such works as Hilarity (2009), Mechanical Cluster (2002), and Perfecta (2014), forthcoming from What Books Press. From among the many notable submissions, Seyburn selected Trista Payte‘s poem, “Our Lady of Perpetual Deferral,” as the winning poem, Honorable Mentions were also awarded to Eric Barnhart, for “I made you with these two;” Cody Deitz, for “Ritual,” and Justin La Torre, for “Unrequited Canyons.” All selected poems will be acknowledged in the Fall 2014 edition of The Northridge Review, and all four writers will be offered the opportunity to read with Patty Seyburn at a Sigma Tau Delta event scheduled for next semester, tentatively scheduled for October 2014, to celebrate the launch of Seyburn’s new book.

On Friday, May 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the GRS will hold its final reading of the year in the LNJ Reading Room, JR 319. All are welcome at what will surely be an entertaining and emotional night as we bid farewell to three pivotal members of our Creative Writing Community — Raja Visweswaran, George Fekaris, and Trista Payte – and welcome in the new GRS coordinators — Lusine Makarosyan, Gina Srmabekian, and Freddy Garcia. Refreshments and good company will be provided. The evening promises to be a truly special one and you will be sad if you miss it.

With the Spring semester drawing to close, the editors of Wings, Cody Deitz and Vana Derohanessian, would like to remind all Stretch teachers to urge their 113B, 114B, and 115 students to submit their work to the 21st edition of Wings. A wide variety of submissions are welcome and encouraged, ranging from argument-driven essays to web-based writing and blogs to Project assignments. Copies of the submission forms will be available in the English Department mailroom, and the deadline for submissions is May 12. All submissions can be placed in the Wings bin, which will also be located in the mailroom. Questions can be directed to wingscsun@gmail.com.

Even as we count down to the end of the year and a possible new contract, the CFA — our stalwart union — is holding a faculty Picnic was yesterday….appreciation picnic to eat great BBQ and celebrate all our hard work this year. Please plan to show up on the Bayramian Lawn in Wednesday, April 30, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For your free Smokin Willie’s BBQ ticket (vegetarian and vegan options will also be available), please RSVP to 818-677-5919 or Cfa_no@calfac.org. Tickets will be delivered to your faculty mailboxes by Monday, April 28.

2. Reminders

The All College Meeting, with Provost Harry Hellenbrand and Dean Elizabeth A. Say, is fast approaching. The event will take place on Monday, May 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. Please plan to be there to hear Provost Hellenbrand speak about the future of CSUN and to share your own questions/concerns/observations regarding the same. Light refreshments will be served.

All faculty interested in applying for the 2015 National Endowments for the Humanities Summer Stipends must have their completed applications in the Dean’s office NO LATER THAN  5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16th in order that proposals may be reviewed and forwarded to the ORSP by the stated deadline. Please review all guidelines carefully.

3. Opportunities

Two assistant VP positions, one for research and one for graduate studies, have been approved for the Office of Research & Graduate Studies and Graduate Dean. This represents a significant investment by the campus in setting the stage for the anticipated growth in sponsored projects over the next few years, and signals It signals the campus’s deep and sustained commitment to growing research, grants, and contracts and in supporting the graduate school at CSUN. If you are interested or have any questions about the positions, please contact Crist Khachikian, Associate VP for Research & Graduate Studies and Graduate Dean, at crist.khachikian@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

On April 2, Dorothy Barresi gave a poetry reading in Compton for 150 high school teachers and staff of YouthBuild Charter School. Following the reading she met with English teachers and gave a workshop on teaching poetry writing, “Beyond End Rhyme.”  In other exciting news, her poems “Some Questions We Might Ask,” and “Surfing as Meditation” are discussed in the “Exteriors: Signs of the Endtime” chapter of the new book Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City, by Laurence Goldstein, published by the University of Michigan Press. And she has been asked to write a Forward for the manuscript she has chosen as the winner of the Patricia Bibby First Book Prize.

MA student, James Bezerra, has recently published  stories in Cease, Cows; Blackheart Magazine, and the Bicycle Review.

Recent CSUN alum, Nancy Caroll (M.A. 2009) has published a chapbook, Night Walks with Yak Press, an independent press founded in 2010 by teacher-authors — among them, Anne Yale, another recent CSUN alum — and devoted to making art via the medium of words.

Ranita Chatterjee‘s article,“Our Bodies, Our Catastrophes: Biopolitics in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man,” is now published in  European Romantic Review 25.1 (January 2014). This article argues that Shelley’s third novel, The Last Man, published in 1826, presents a remarkably modern understanding of the function of individual life for the state that anticipates Giorgio Agamben’s theory of the “state of exception” that produces political life as an inclusive but also fundamentally exclusive non-relation of the state with what lies outside of its law.

On Friday, April 25, Irene Clark gave a presentation at a conference at Woodbury University: Navigating the Writing Highway: Critical transitions from Community College to University. Her presentation was titled “What Community College Students Need to Know about Reading and Writing at the University.”

A chapter written by Irene Clark and David Russell, titled, “US First Year Composition and Writing in the Disciplines,” has just been published in The Routledge Companion to English Studies, edited by Constant Leung and Brian Street.

MA student, Cody Deitz, published a poem in Ellipsis and a book review of Matthew Dickman’s Mayakovsky’s Revolver in Poetry City, USA, Vol. 4.

Recent alum, Brandon Krause (BA ’14, English, Creative Writing), won the Cargoes national contest in the Poetry category.

Recent alum, Justin La Torre (BA ’13, English, Creative Writing) has a short story, “Pilgrim,” due out in the next issue of Westwind, the literary journal for UCLA.

MA student, Susana Marcelo, has won an Associated Retired Faculty Scholarships for her ongoing research project, “Terra Nullius: Towards an Interstitial Identity.” On May 10, she will present her project at the annual Memorial Awards Luncheon where she will receive the $2,000 award.

Stephanie Satie recently performed her solo play, Silent Witnesses, at The United Solo Festival in NYC and has been invited back for 2014. Late January, she gave four performances as a fundraiser for River City Repertory Theatre in Shreveport, Louisiana and last Fall, she had a six week run at The Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Stephanie and her director, Anita Khanzadian, received a 2013 Collaboration Award from Women in the Arts and Media Coalition (WAM) in NYC. Stephanie will again be performance of Silent Witnesses on Saturday, May 10th at the Odyssey Theatre, so here is your chance if you haven’t seen it yet. The performance begins at 8:00 p.m.

Beth Wightman presented “Our Own Islands: Virginia Woolf,Halford Mackinder, and the Island Vernacular” at the Society for Narrative Studies conference on Land and the Novel at the University of Utah in April. She judged the poster presentations at the Western Regional Honors Conference at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado a week later. She is now resting comfortably at low altitude.

On Saturday, April 26, in celebration of National Poetry, Kim Young read at Beyond Baroque. Martin Pousson also read at the same event, so CSUN was well represented.

Volume 40:14

April 17th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Welcome back to one and all and here’s hoping every one of you had fabulous spring breaks if you can even remember them now as we gear up for the end of this action-packed academic year. Time now to hang on to your various hats and have a great ride.

Speaking of the end of the year, it has come to our attention that a number of our graduate students are experiencing difficulties with their graduation tickets. We are working on this but in the meantime, if anyone knows of about any unused and available tickets that they could donate to this good cause, please let me know so we might start a “bank” of our own. Don’t assume, however, that you have tickets of  your own you can donate. This year, all faculty who wish to attend but do not plan to participate officially in the ceremony will also need tickets of their own. If you think you might be in that situation, please do email Commencement Services at commencementtickets@csun.edu. And since students will be limited to four guests this year, let’s all plan to attend the Department reception to show our support for our students and their families — all of them!

As previously announced, the all College meeting with Provost Harry Hellenbrand and Dean Elizabeth A. Say will be held on Monday, May 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. This meeting will provide an important opportunity to hear Provost Hellenbrand speak about the future of CSUN to share your own questions/concerns/observations about the same. Light refreshments will be served.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will host a Northridge Review Workshop Panel featuring David Morck, George Fekaris, Garrett Rego, and Dustin Lehren, all poets and fiction writers with recent publications. The published writers will discuss the path to publication with other students. The event is organized by alumnus Justin La Torre (BA ’13, English, Creative Writing) and board members of the NR and the NCWC. Copies of the NR will be available for sale. The panel will be held on Friday, May 2, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the Linda Joseph Nichols Reading Room (JR 319).

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will host a starred panel of fiction writers and publishers, featuring two distinguished CSUN alumni, Tyson Cornell and Joseph Mattson. Rare Bird Lit & Barnacle Book Publisher Tyson Cornell will lead the panel with COLA Award-Winning novelist and editor Joseph Mattson (Eat Hell, Empty the Sun) along with Jerry Stahl, legendary Los Angeles writer, Pushcart Prize winner and best-selling author (Permanent Midnight, Happy Mutant Baby Pills). The panel will be held on Monday, April 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in Chaparral Hall Room 5126.

Martin Pousson has been invited to read at Beyond Baroque in Venice in celebration of National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 26. He will read two poems, “Hoodoo” & “Voodoo,” both published in The Rattling Wall. Copies of the journal will be available for purchase. Wine and cheese will be served at 8:00, with poetry readings to follow. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Here are two more upcoming opportunities to join in the conversation about The Postmortal by Drew Magary, which will be CSUN’s 2014-2015 Freshman Common Reading. Take your choice: Monday, April 21 form 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in SH 439 (CIELO) with Stacey Bieber, or Wednesday, April 23, form 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in SH 439 (CIELO) with Ronit Sarig. RSVP to me Cheryl Spector at Cheryl.Spector@csun.edu, or to x6535 (CIELO) so planning can be done for refreshments. For more information about The Postmortal at CSUN (including another discussion opportunity in July), please visit http://www.csun.edu/afye/Postmortal-for-Faculty-and-Staff.html.

2. Reminders

Since the last issue of TN came out just in advance of our late spring break, here’s a recounting of several events you won’t want to miss:

Tomorrow night, April 18, features the Northridge Review publication party, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. in CSUN’s beautiful Planetarium.

On Saturday, April 19, at 4:00 in the afternoon, Kate Haake and Mona Houghton will be reading at Off Ramp Gallery in Pasadena. The afternoon will celebrate work by members of Los Angeles’ Glass Table Collective and feature art work by GRONK. Wine and  refreshments will be served. Off Ramp Gallery can be found at 1702 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103.

And most importantly, don’t forget that the deadline for spring department awards will fast be upon us, so please get your nominations and letters in order and have them submitted by Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. The spring awards include the following:

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship: In memory of Linda Nichols Joseph, an English major who graduated cum laude from CSUN in 1981, up to two prizes of $2,000 will be awarded this spring to undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies.

The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English: A prize of $500 will be given to a student whose essay in ENGL 258, 259, 275, or 355 best demonstrates a passion for the English language.

The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award: In honor of Lesley Johnstone, a professor of English at CSUN from 1965 to 2010 who specialized in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and who loved and cherished nature, a prize of $500 will be given to a student who is the author of the best written work on some aspect of the natural world or environment.

The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize: To commemorate Robert apRoberts, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Honors Program, an annual prize of $250 will be awarded to the English Honors student whose paper completed in the Honors Revision Seminar (497A) is judged to be the best submitted during that academic year.

GRADUATE AWARDS

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English: In memory of Mitchell Marcus, a former Professor in the Department (1958-1983), a prize of $3,000 will be awarded each spring semester to the graduate student whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.

The Mahlon Gaumer Award In honor of Mahlon Gaumer: In honor of Mahlon Gaumer, a professor of English at CSUN from 1969-1997 who specialized in linguistics and Medieval literature, an award of $500 will be given to a graduate student who is the author of the best critical essay on English literature—with emphasis on the use of language.

The Harry Finestone Award in English: In honor of Harry Finestone, a gifted teacher and innovative administrator at CSUN from 1962-1983, an award of $750 will be given each year to the graduate student with the most distinguished essay in the study of literature completed in the department’s capstone graduate seminar, ENGL 698D.

The Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship: An award of $500 will be given to a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary English Education to help pay fees for graduate work. The applicant must concurrently be teaching in middle school or secondary school or be on sabbatical.

3. Opportunities

CSUN will be hosting two Faculty Scholar Academies this summer. These proposal writing and curriculum development academies are designed to connect researchers on campus with experienced coaches in a workshop environment with the expected outcome that all participants will submit a proposal at the end of each academy. For more information, please see http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/announcements or contact Crist Khachikian, Associate VP for Research & Graduate, at
crist.khachikian@csun.edu. But don’t delay, as the deadline is April 28.

The new Center on Mexico and Latin American Studies (CMLAS) is pleased to announce its inaugural annual research competition that will support faculty research projects on Mexico and Latin America. The grants will provide support of up to $5,068. All faculty are eligible to apply, including both full and part-time, and from all colleges in the University. For more information, please contact Stella Theodoulou, Acting Director, Center for Mexico and Latin American Studies, at stella.theodoulou@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews has been appointed to the CSU Task Force for Advancing Ethnic Studies created by Chancellor White to assess the status of ethnic studies departments on the CSU campuses and to make recommendations on policies and practices for their governance.

Current creative writing graduating senior, Matthew Kahn, was recently featured in salon.com for his   blog project inspired, presumably, by one of us. Or, as salon.com reports:

When Matthew Kahn, a creative writing student at California State University at Northridge, learned from one of his professors that the bestselling book of 1926 was “The Private Life of Helen of Troy” by John Erskine, he was struck. The class wasn’t reading it, but the book they were reading, “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, was published the same year. “I thought that was interesting, Kahn told me. “When we think of the books of 1926, we think modernists. We don’t think about the books that most people were actually reading at that time.” So Kahn decided to read them, 100 years of No. 1 bestsellers, from 1913 to 2013, and post reviews on his blog, Kahn’s Corner.

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/02/lessons_from_stephen_king_and_valley_of_the_dolls_reading_100_years_of_bestsellers/

Kahn’s Corner can be found at http://www.kahnscorner.com/2013/02/100-years-94-books.html. Matthew is currently up to 1968, topped with Arthur Hailey’s Airport, and he’s got a break coming up when Johnathan Livingstone Seagull topped the list in both 1972 and 1973. Keep up the good reading, Matthew; this is seriously cool.

Volume 40:13

April 3rd, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

It is with deep sadness that I again begin these Notes with the announcement of another loss to our extended family, this one more immediate and closer to home. Our long time colleague and Shakespearean scholar, Susanne Collier, passed away earlier this week of the long-term effects of her deteriorating health. Known for her ability to inspire a love of Shakespeare and poetry in students, Susanne started teaching here at CSUN in 1990 after earning her PhD in English from the Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham, England. Prior to her appointment here, she taught at the University of New Hampshire and in the London Program for the University of Notre Dame. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and granted tenure in 1996. In 1999, she was the recipient of a University Ambassadors Polished Apple award and in 2001 she was promoted to full professor. A memorial service will be held at her church, St Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, in Simi Valley on Tuesday, 15 April, at 4 p.m. Here is a link with directions: http://www.stfrancischurchofsimi.org/BE/location.html. Until then, a card will be available at Frank’s desk in the main office for those who would like to offer their condolences. Susanne will be truly missed.

In happier news, Spring Break is upon us and not, I imagine, a moment too soon. While our students slave away over reading and papers (or so they assure me) and we slave away over reading and papers, I hope that we all find some time to notice and to celebrate, as  yet another former colleague, Lesley Johnstone would have urged us, the trees and flowers that are in bloom. And while we are at it, let’s remember in our own way, the colleagues we have lost. And then, let’s all try to have a little fun, for as an old Wyoming cowboy used to tell me, “None of it matters if you don’t have fun.”

And when we get back, if you are still looking for fun opportunities, the Northridge Review publication party will be taking place on Friday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. in CSUN’s beautiful Planetarium. Always a highlight of the semester, the NR readings feature food, good company, and fabulous stories and poems from a wide range of our most talented student writers. Come to support them and join the fun. A good time will be had by all.

On Saturday, April 19, at 4:00 in the afternoon, What Books Press will be holding another festive reading at Off Ramp Gallery in Pasadena. The afternoon will celebrate work by members of Los Angeles’ Glass Table Collective, including Kate Haake (me), Mona Houghton, and, also from CSUN, Ramon Garcia. Also featured will be art work by GRONK from What Books’ new collection of co-authored and illustrated science fiction  poems, Tomorrow You’ll Be One of Us. Wine and yummy refreshments will be served. And another good time will be had by all. Off Ramp Gallery can be found at 1702 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103.

Here’s an idea for at least part of your spring break, which might be to set your mind on which of your stellar students you’d like to nominate for this year’s Spring department awards. There are a lot of them (awards), and that’s a good thing, as we have a lot of amazing students. Let’s take a little time out of the term end busyness to ensure that our very best students receive their well-earned recognitions (never mind their financial awards). And to make things a bit easier on all of us, the department Awards and Amenities Committee has been hard at work on developing a new recommendation form, which you can get by contacting Lauren Byler, Chair of said committee, at lauren.byler@csun.edu. Lauren will also be able to provide more information on the following awards:

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship: In memory of Linda Nichols Joseph, an English major who graduated cum laude from CSUN in 1981, up to two prizes of $2,000 will be awarded this spring to undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies.

The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English: A prize of $500 will be given to a student whose essay in ENGL 258, 259, 275, or 355 best demonstrates a passion for the English language.

The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award: In honor of Lesley Johnstone, a professor of English at CSUN from 1965 to 2010 who specialized in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and who loved and cherished nature, a prize of $500 will be given to a student who is the author of the best written work on some aspect of the natural world or environment.

The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize: To commemorate Robert apRoberts, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Honors Program, an annual prize of $250 will be awarded to the English Honors student whose paper completed in the Honors Revision Seminar (497A) is judged to be the best submitted during that academic year.

GRADUATE AWARDS

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English: In memory of Mitchell Marcus, a former Professor in the Department (1958-1983), a prize of $3,000 will be awarded each spring semester to the graduate student whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.

The Mahlon Gaumer Award In honor of Mahlon Gaumer: In honor of Mahlon Gaumer, a professor of English at CSUN from 1969-1997 who specialized in linguistics and Medieval literature, an award of $500 will be given to a graduate student who is the author of the best critical essay on English literature—with emphasis on the use of language.

The Harry Finestone Award in English: In honor of Harry Finestone, a gifted teacher and innovative administrator at CSUN from 1962-1983, an award of $750 will be given each year to the graduate student with the most distinguished essay in the study of literature completed in the department’s capstone graduate seminar, ENGL 698D.

The Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship: An award of $500 will be given to a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary English Education to help pay fees for graduate work. The applicant must concurrently be teaching in middle school or secondary school or be on sabbatical.

Looking ahead, please mark your calendar for the upcoming, not to be missed, all College meeting with Provost Harry Hellenbrand, and Dean Elizabeth A. Say. This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear Provost Hellenbrand speak about the future of CSUN. You will have the opportunity to share your questions/concerns/observations regarding the university. The meeting will take place on Monday, May 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. Light refreshments will be served.

On Friday, April 25, from 1:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., a conference titled, “Navigating the Writing Highway: Critical Transitions from Community College to University,” will be held at Woodbury College in Burbank. The conference will focus on the following themes: transferability of English courses, multimodal first-year composition assignments, and best practices for applying for full-time English positions at community colleges.

2. Reminders

Calling your attention to an important reminder from Teresa Morrison, COH Grants Officer, which warrants repeating here:

Tuesday, April 15 is the proposal deadline for NEH’s Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions program. This fellowship program supports research of value to humanities scholars or general audiences. Designed to be flexible to suit your needs, guidelines allow you to define your audience, type of research (including the option of curriculum development), and award period. NEH provides a stipend of $4,200 per full-time month, with the option to request PT or FT fellowship support for two to 12 FTE months. See the program guidelines or contact Teresa for further details.
Thursday, May 1 is the proposal deadline for NEH’s Fellowships program. This program is almost identical to the Awards for Faculty at HSIs program. Fellowships also provide stipends of $4,200 per full-time month, up to a maximum of 12 full-time months, though Fellowships recipients must request a minimum of six months’ funding and may not apply for PT options. Furthermore, Fellowships funding may not be applied toward a curriculum development research objective. See the program guidelines or contact Teresa for further details.

3. Opportunities

For all of you who teach Stretch composition, don’t miss the upcoming workshop, Research: Best Practices, Effective Strategies. This important session will be geared, in particular, to Project Text, but additional topics will be covered that may apply to other writing projects from the B section of Stretch. The workshop will feature three librarians who will be presenting on their own recommended best practices/strategies, to be followed with breakout discussions. If there are particular topics you’d like to discuss, please contact Renee M. Moreno at renee.m.moreno@csun.edu. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in Sierra Hall 181. As with all workshops, faculty will be compensated for attending, $100 for their participation. Please RSVP for the workshop by filling out the short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5Z5MYBX.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews recently attended the Native American Literature Symposium in Pryor Lake, Minn., where he presented a paper titled “Pop Go the Indians: Popular Culture Imagery in American Indian Art”  and chaired a panel on Canadian writer Richard Van Camp’s film and fiction. In late May he will attend the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association meeting in Austin, Texas, to present a paper titled “The Significance of the Frontier in Comanche Poetry.”

From March 19 to 22, Irene Clark attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis where she was part of a panel titled “Transfer and Transofrmation: Open Access via Threshold Concepts.” Her paper was titled “Genre Awareness, Threshold Concepts and Open Access.”

On March 23, Audrey Thacker led a discussion at Loyola Marymount University about Chaim Potok’s  My Name Is Asher Lev, alongside the author’s son, filmmaker Akiva Potok.

Volume 40:12

March 20th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

We begin this issue of Thursday’s Notes with the sad announcement that we have lost another of our warmly remembered emeritus colleagues, Lary Hazelton Gibson, who passed away recently after a struggle with pneumonia and heart problems. After earning his PhD in English from the University of Oregon, Lary taught at Fordham University from 1967-1969 and then joined our department in 1969. A writer of poetry, novels, short stories and film and television scripts, Lary taught creative writing, along with courses in contemporary literature, and was instrumental in the development of the department’s literary magazine program. Lary was promoted to Associate Professor in 1975 and to Professor in 1980. He joined the Faculty Early Retirement program and was granted emeritus status in 2001. In particular, Lary was noted for his generous support of student achievement, shepherding many, many students through independent studies. Here, one such student, our own Mona Houghton, remembers Lary fondly:

One of the luckier chance occurrences of my life happened in the mid-eighties when I walked into Lary Gibson’s creative writing class. I was in my early thirties and desperate to find the story-maker I had lost track of in my twenties—and there was kind and patient Lary holding  open the door. I couldn’t have landed a better guide at that juncture. He kept me coming back with his kind encouragement, his low-key humor, his ability to call me out without scaring me away—and the years whizzed by. And during them all, I always knew if I lost my way on the yellow brick road that I could find a seat in Lary’s  office and he would have the time and patience to ease me back to where I needed to be. Above all, he was a teacher and his students never doubted his love of being in the trenches with all of us. I feel totally confident in saying  there are thousands of people, who, like me, hold Lary, and many memories of him, close to their hearts.

In other sad news, our sympathies go out to Lisa Riccomini and her mother Linda who lost their father and husband, Marino John Riccomini, this past week. The obituary can be read here: http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/obituaries/index/x152644613/Marino-John-Riccomini.

For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting  news on the cliff-hanger ending to our last edition of Thursday’s Notes to find out what Bob Noreen has actually been charged with in his recent appointment by the U.S. Department of Education to a five member panel, the long wait is now over. Bob, with his panel, will be reviewing the English exams being prepared for the “Race to the Top” national Common Core program. A daunting task. Closer to home, Bob supervises the scoring of the CSU English Placement Test for the Educational Testing Service, and also for the Early Assessment Program (EAP). And he’s also been traveling, having visited  65 countries to date in retirement. This edition of TN will find him either on in New Zealand or on a cruise around the South Sea Islands (Bora Bora, Tahiti, Fiji, et.al.). Bon voyage, Bob!

As we start to gear up for the end of the term, it’s time to think about nominating students for our various department awards, along with the University-wide 2014 Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards. Four exceptional students will be selected for this award based on academic excellence, campus and community service, and exceptional achievements or personal life circumstances that have been overcome. Each student will receive a $1,000 award, which will be presented during the Honors Convocation ceremony at the Oviatt Library Lawn on Monday, May 16, 2014, at 6:00 PM. Candidates must submit an Application Form (available online at http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/ogsa/ ) and two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a CSUN faculty member).  All materials must be received in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs by the application deadline which is Monday, April 14, 2014.

The faculty general election is taking place now! This is an important opportunity to participate in faculty governance and decide who will represent us as Faculty Officers, Statewide Academic Senators, and Senators-at-Large, so please log on and cast your vote here http://www.csun.edu/senate/electionballot. The election will end on March 26 at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon. If you have questions, experience technical difficulties, and/or would prefer a paper ballot, please contact Heidi Wolfbauer in the Faculty Senate Office (heidiw@csun.edu or X3263).

Please do what you can to support next year’s first year students (sure to be another bumper crop) by coming to one or more of the Postmortal Previews. Choose April 1, 2, or 3 and come learn about the book from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. each day, in CIELO (SH 439). For more information, please see http://www.csun.edu/afye/Postmortal-for-Faculty-and-Staff.html#Preview. And for more on the book, don’t miss the upcoming Postmortal Book Discussions on April 21, April 23, and July 17. Details at http://www.csun.edu/afye/Postmortal-for-Faculty-and-Staff.html. For more information or to RSVP: x6535 or cheryl.spector@csun.edu.

Here’s a big thanks to Bob Chianese for alerting us to The Big Read project in Ventura. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, this year’s main books is Tim Obrien’s The Things They Carried. Bob be participating with a presentation at the Topping Room on Monday April 7 at 7:00 pm in the downtown library, talking about why O’Brien chose fiction to tell the “real” story of a group of soldiers he fought with. For more information about this and other related events, please see http://www.cityofventura.net/bigread.

Stephanie Satie will be performing her  solo play, Silent Witnesses, directed by Anita Khanzadian, based on interviews with Child Survivors of the Holocaust at The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 90025, for one night only, Saturday, May 10th at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office : 310-477-2055 ext. 2. They are open after 1:00 until curtain time Tuesdays -Sunday, with student and senior discounts available only by phone or at the box office.

Please announce to your students that we will be celebrating the publication of the Northridge Review Spring 2014 Issue at  The Planetarium BP3100 (or Citrus Hall CH3100) on April 18, 2014, starting at 7 p.m. It will be a party. Invite  family and friends. There will be refreshments and wonderful entertainment.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle has two big readings coming up. On March 27th. at 7 p.m. the NCWC, is hosting Kate Gale in Chaparral Hall room 5126. Kate Gale, a CSUN alum, is the author of several poetry collections and is the founder and managing editor of Red Hen Press and an editor of the Los Angeles Review. And on April 21, also at 7 p.m. in Chaparral Hall room 5126, the NCWC will be hosting Jerry Stahl, Joseph Mattson, and Tyson Cornell. Save the date now and look for more details in the coming weeks. 

2. Reminders

Sigma Tau Delta is holding its annual conference, “ISMs: An Exploration into the Invisible Barriers of Classification,” this Saturday, March 22, in the USU. Beginning at 8:15 with breakfast and a meet and greet, followed by scintillating panels throughout the day, the conference features, well, scintillating panels, and a keynote address by Dodie Bellamy, author of nine prose works, including Academonia and The Buddhist, at 2:30 in the afternoon. Please try to come out and support our students and visiting student presenters and enjoy their terrific work.

The Office of Community Engagement has now opened the grant cycle for 2014-15. The purpose of this grant is to support faculty in revising a current course to reflect service learning pedagogy for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. The project must be developed in collaboration with a non-profit community-based organization, provide a meaningful service-learning experience for students, and fulfill a need defined by the community organization. Funded faculty will receive $1000 and be required to revise the course and implement the new syllabus during the 2014 – 2015 AY. The application is due by April 14, 2014. Interested? Please contact me Joyce Burstein at joyce.burstein@csun.edu. And while you are working on your excellent ideas, you won’t want to miss the Last Minute Service Learning Grant Advice from the Office of Community Engagement. This worksop will take place on April 1 and April 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. i CIELO Conference Room 439. Drop by to receive some advice on preparing your Service Learning Grant Application from Dr. Joyce Burstein, and have a few refreshments as well.

3. Opportunities

Glimmer Train‘s Short Fiction Contest has a March 31 deadline coming up for work with a “family matters” theme. 1st place wins $1,500 and, of course, publication in Glimmer Train Stories; 2nd place wins $500, or, if published, $700; and 3rd place wins $300, or, if published, $700. The reading fee is $15 per story. Winners and finalists will be officially announced in the June 1 bulletin, and contacted directly by the previous week. Three CSUN students and/or alum — Karlee Johnson, Justin Le Torre, and Gina Srmabekian — have already earned recognitions in this noteworthy competition. Let’s keep it up, CSUN writers!

4. Achievements

Esteemed former colleague, Brian Leung (2002-2006), has been appointed  Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University, starting in Fall 2014. In February, he learned that his application for a grant to direct the U.S. Department of State Institute on Contemporary American Literature in summer 2014 at the University of Louisville has been approved. The grant brings scholars in Contemporary American Literature from 18 different countries to Louisville for six weeks of study, and for travel within the U.S. to meet important scholars and U.S. writers. Brian will marry his partner of four and a half years this spring.

Kim Young‘s terrific book of poems, Night Radio, was one of two finalists for the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Congratulations to Kim on this notable distinction. Kim also has a review, “The Self as Sediment,” of Judith Kitchen’s book length essay The Circus Train coming out in the Los Angeles Review of Books at the end of March.