Volume 49.10

February 8th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.10)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

We begin these notes with the sad reflection on the loss of one of our own, with thanks to Jackie Stallcup and Sandra Stanley, who knew her, perhaps, the best of any of us, and who share the following memories:

We are so deeply sorry to report the passing of one of our department’s bright stars, Angeline Olliff.  Angeline joined us in Spring 2008 as a junior transfer student from Pierce College. She entered the Honors option in Fall 2008 and graduated in Fall 2009. Her honors thesis grew out of a paper she wrote in an earlier course in which she (rather surprisingly, but brilliantly) compared texts by Margaret Fuller, Fanny Fern, and Ernest Hemingway, examining how each writer dealt with womanhood and marriage. Her Honors thesis, “The Pragmatic Feminine in Faulkner and Hemingway,” shifted focus to the twentieth century, utilizing pragmatist criticism to offer lively, engaging and smart interpretations of Dewey Dell and Margot Macomber. She won the Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize in Spring 2010 for this thesis. She did all of this while maintaining a near perfect GPA and achieving a GRE verbal score that ranked her in the top two percent of the nation.

When she joined our MA program in Fall 2010, she shifted focus to Rhetoric and Composition and threw herself with customary enthusiasm into her work as a TA. She became a devotee of whole class workshops for her writing students, researching intensively their efficacy and best practices and regaling her fellow English 698D students with stories of both disaster and success in the classroom. In 2015, she won first place at the annual CSUN Symposium for her presentation “Encouraging the ‘Risks of Caring’:  A Cognitive Development Approach to Collaborative Learning in the FYC Classroom.”  She graduated with her MA in spring of that year.

In addition to her myriad academic skills, Angeline brought to the table a sense of zest and determination rooted in her turbulent adolescence. Her struggles with body image issues made her sensitive to the ways in which our identities are culturally shaped, often in traumatic and problematic ways. She was committed to making use of her experiences to find ways to transform the lives of others; even as an undergraduate she dedicated time to work with troubled high school students and others who were struggling. In her academic work, she never pressed these ideas narrowly or exclusively. But it is clear from the topics she chose to write about that her experiences gave her a deeply personal investment in her scholarship and allowed her to understand and connect with her own students as they struggled to form and maintain their own identities.

Whatever Angeline did, she did with intensity, purpose, and dry but loving humor. She passed away on January 25, 2018.  She will be very much missed.

This Friday (tomorrow), February 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, the Reimagining Narrative Film Series returns with a special screening of David Lynch & Mark Frost’s “Twin Peaks: The Return, Part 8.” As Noel Murray puts it in his New York Times review, “There’s nothing to point to in the history of television that helps describe exactly what this episode attempts.” Please note: this film can be viewed as a standalone, so no prior knowledge of the show is necessary. Free and open to the public, the 2017-2018 series is dedicated to the study and discussion of dream narrative. Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in the series will be introduced and contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. In general, 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. For more information, contact Professor Higgs, christopher.higgs@csun.edu, or Ms. Mason, masonklc@gmail.com.

Sigma Tau Delta is proud to announce a special guest lecture by Mark Marino, Associate Professor and Director of Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab at USC. Sponsored in part by the College of Humanities, Marino’s talk is titled, “Reading and Writing in the Digital Age: Electronic Literature from Interactive Stories to Twitter Fiction,” and will take place on February 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., in JR 319. For more information, visit www.csun.edu/english/pop-culture.

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt, a book that tells the true story of a transgender girl and her family’s journey towards acceptance and ultimate celebration of her identity. At times a deeply personal story, the book also chronicles the family’s long legal struggle in support of their daughter. For more information and ways to get involved and help support the Freshman Common Reading project, please see https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/news/2018-2019-freshman-common-read-announced.

Mark your calendars now for the first ever annual Humanities Advocacy Day, taking place on Tuesday, March 13, in the Ferman Presentation Room of Oviatt Library. Keynote speaker, CSUN alumnus Mark Lopez, M.A. Chicano Studies and Recipient of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize, North America, will speak at 11:00 a.m., and a reception will follow at 12:15 p.m.

Spring elections for faculty governance positions will be held in March. Nominations for faculty officers, senators-at-large, and one representative to the Academic Senate CSU will be taken at the next Faculty Senate meeting on February 15. Senators may also make recommendations for Standing Committee representatives. If you would like to be nominated for any of these positions, please contact Faculty President Adam Swenson or any member of the Faculty Senate prior to the meeting. The current roster may be found on the Faculty Senate website http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate.

The English Grammar Lab, now at the Learning Resource Center, is offering walk-in appointments, Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Opportunities

This one is for undergraduate students who have completed less than 120 units and who are interested in government and/or politics. The 2018 Panetta Congressional Internship is now accepting applications for the Fall intern program which will send one CSUN student to Washington to work for a member of the California Congressional delegation. A scholarship covers all expenses. Please let interested students know about this exciting opportunity. The application deadline is Friday, February 23, 2018, by 4:00 p.m. to the Undergraduate Studies office (UN 215, MD 8203). For additional information, please see  www.panettainstitute.org/programs/study-with-us/congressional-intern-training.

Another opportunity of interest for undergraduates is a call for submissions from the Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) at the University of California, Berkeley. For over seven years this journal has been showcasing the best undergraduate research in comparative literature and media from universities all over the world. The journal is currently inviting submissions, in any language, from undergraduate students working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature. Possible topics include but are not limited to papers comparing at least two authors or texts, interdisciplinary research engaging multiple disciplines within the humanities, and research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism. For more information and full submission guidelines, please visit their submissions page. Authors whose papers are selected for publication will receive free copies of the issue in which they are published. The deadline for this the Spring 2018 issue is February 15, at midnight, Pacific Time.

Closer to home, CSUN’s CAPTURED Student Multi-Media Journal Team is looking for a LEAD Student Editor. This is a paid position, with salary commensurate with experience, and will begin as soon as possible. Applicants must be an upper division or graduate student, with excellent writing and grammatical skills, and editorial experience. Responsibilities include assisting with developing strategies for soliciting and reviewing submissions electronically, assisting in working with graphic and website design, and assisting with managing the production process of the journal. Interested students should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: Dr. Theresa White at theresa.white@csun.edu.

Achievements

CSUN alumni, Juan “Moncho” Alvarado, who won the Academy of American Poets Award when he was at CSUN, has done it again, winning his second such award during his final semester at Sarah Lawrence, where he completed his MFA last year. The poem, which received the 2017 John B Santoianni Award for Excellence in Poetry can be read here: https://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/john-b-santoianni-award-excellence-poetry-2017. In addition, Juan has been awarded Poets House Emerging Writers fellowship this year. Fellows receive $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space at the center. Winners also have the opportunity to meet with editors and agents who represent new writers.

Lucas Bailor, Creative Writing MA (2017), won 3rd place in Thin Air Magazine’s Gas Station Hybrid Text Prize for his piece, “bible garage.”

Jeff Baker’s article, “Style in Gravity’s Rainbow: Deweyan Art as Democratic Experience,” is forthcoming in On Style: Transdisciplinary Articulations, Bern: Peter Lang, 2018. Even better, Jeff also received a Fulbright Specialist Award for Fall, 2018, and will be a visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Antwerp.

Irene Clark and Bettina Huber‘s chapter titled “Gains in Written Communication between the Freshman and Junior Years” has been published in _Learning From the Learners: Successful College Students Share their Effective Learning Habits_, edited by Elizabeth Berry, Bettina J. Huber, and Cynthia Z. Rawitch (Rowan and LIttlefield 2018). Sharon Klein also has a chapter, “Sliding Into Learning: The Power of Webnotes,” co-written with Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, in this same book.

JYI student Lesly Fernandez  has won one of three $7,500 Wells Fargo Teaching Scholarships for a CSUN senior with a minimum GPA of 3.5 who wishes to pursue an English, Math, or Special Education credential through a post-baccalaureate Michael D. Eisner College of Education teacher credentialing program. Award applicants are required to write a double-spaced essay (approximately 250 words) in which they describe a challenge, triumph, personal relationship or other life experience that has impacted their decision to become a professional educator. Preference is given to candidates who showcase community involvement or have contributed to the field of education in the past.

Kate Haake had an essay, “Breathing Through Skin: Notable Birds and Amphibians of My Life,” published in the 2018 Winter issue of Catamaran.

Volume 49.9

January 25th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.9)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Welcome back, one and all. Here’s hoping everyone had excellent holidays and is off to a promising New Year. That said, not to belabor the point, but here we go again.

We begin with the sad news that a former colleague, Professor William G. Stryker, who taught in the department from 1969 to 1986, passed away recently due to heart failure. Born in Montana and raised in Oregon, Professor Stryker served three years on a Naval transport in the Pacific before earning his Ph.D. from Stanford on the G.I. Bill.  In the course of his long and productive career, Stryker taught at a wide range of institutions, including universities in China and Hawaii. Once at CSUN, he chaired the then University Teacher Preparation Committee for three year and finished his career as Coordinator for the then Interdisciplinary Linguistics Program. He is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, and will be sorely missed.

To follow up with happier tidings, just in case you missed it, we welcome the birth of the newest member of our extended family, Dean Eric Dinsmore, who came into this world on January 11 at 4:10 o’clock in the morning and weighed in at 8 lbs., 14 oz. Congratulations to parents Eric and America, and all best wishes in your new adventure.

Looking to the future, this year’s “Explore CSUN” event will take place on Saturday April 14. The College of Humanities will have a showcase area in front of Sierra Tower for students to come hear about the fabulous opportunities available to them in our college, including English. For more information about the event, please see https://www.csun.edu/explore-csun. If you’d like to get involved and help welcome our incoming students, please contact Jackie Stallcup at jackie.stallcup@csun.edu.

The Search and Screen Committee for our African American Literature and Culture position will be bringing finalists to campus on February 1, 6, and 8, and wants everyone to have the opportunity to hear the candidates and provide feedback. The three candidates will be presenting job talks in ST 703 on the following dates and times. Please do come out to meet them.

Thursday, February 1, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon—Nicole Morris Johnson, Emory University

Tuesday, February 6, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon—Emanuela Kucik, Princeton University

Thursday, February 8, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon—Carlyn Ferrari, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Reminders

Ronaldo wants your office hours and your syllabi, so if you haven’t complied with his request yet, please do so at your earliest convenience.

Opportunities

If it’s spring semester, it must be grant application time. Humanities Research Fellow Award applications are due on 1/29/18, and Academic Program Fund applications are due on 2/1/18. For more information on these–and other–funding opportunities, see https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-research.

Please let your students know about the upcoming CSUNposium, an annual student conference, now in its 22nd year, that features oral and poster presentations showcasing excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN students across all academic disciplines. Applications are open until February 2, at 5:00 p.m., and can be found at www.csun.edu/csunposium.

Also for students, the Sundial is looking to hire students for a wide range of positions in all their departments. Interested students should be directed here: http://sundial.csun.edu/about/jobs/.

Here are a couple of new writing awards from LA–the Roswell Award and the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award–that may be of interest to you or your students. The Roswell Award is a short science fiction contest presented by the Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest LA. Submissions are only 1500 words or fewer. The top 5 winning stories will be officially recognized at the LitFest Pasadena on May 19th and read on stage by a celebrity guest. The top 3 will receive cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100, respectively. Artemis and Hollywood NOW will also present the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award for the best feminist themed science fiction story. The deadline for submission is January 29. For more information, and to submit, please see http://www.lightbringerproject.org/science-fiction-contests.

Highways Performance Space is seeking performance and visual works by emerging and established Los Angeles-area artists for presentation in its July to December 2018 Calendar. Both evening-length and short form works are being accepted. Please send a description of the work, your bio, preferred period of presentation and any relevant video and image support material (as attachments and/or links) to: submissions@highwaysperformance.org. Include “July – December 2018 Submission” in the Subject heading. The deadline for submission is January 28.

Achievements

Noreen Lace has been invited to read and discuss her new novella, Eddy, a fictional account of Edgar Allan Poe’s Suicide attempt in 1848, at the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia during their annual Birthday Celebration on January 20th.

Brian Evenson has selected Kate Haake’s diptych fiction, “Crown, Fuzz,” as runner-up for the 2017 Italo Calvino Prize in Speculative Fiction.

Volume 49.8

December 7th, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.8)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

After today’s closure due to air quality concerns caused by the fires, campus reopens tomorrow. And that means our holiday party and student awards ceremony will go on as scheduled, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in JR 319! If you can, please join us in celebrating not just the end of the term, but the continuing success of our students. And if the uncertain events of this difficult time prevent you from being with us, please know you are in our thoughts as we send our best wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy holiday season.

Reminders

The new online student evaluations of faculty are due tomorrow, so if you haven’t had your students do them yet, you are probably too late.

Announcements

The editors at TriQuarterly have nominated Kim Young’s poem, “Civilian,” for a Pushcart Prize. And her poem, “Tiger,” originally published in the Cincinnati Review (and a finalist for the Robert and Adele Schiff Poetry Prize), was selected by the Academy of American poets for inclusion on their site, https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/tiger.

Volume 49.7

November 22nd, 2017 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.7)

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Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Even though it’s Wednesday, these Notes are coming out a day early to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving holiday! Now is the time to rest and fuel up for the coming end of term. So, enjoy the warmth and cheer of family and friends and take a well-earned break. We will all be back next week.

On Wednesday, November 29, from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m., this year’s recipients of the Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards will be honored at a reception in the Oviatt Library Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room, with a short program beginning at 5:20 p.m. This very special award is made even more special this year because our own Harry Hellenbrand is included among the five recipients. Congratulations–and much gratitude–to Harry, who has so exceptionally mentored so many of us, right along with the students for whom he has been a lifelong, fierce, and much-needed champion. Please RSVP at (818) 677-4151.

And in other very big news, The WhatEvery1Says Project (WE1S) co-directed by English Professor Scott Kleinman has been awarded $1.1 million by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Along with co-directors Alan Liu, Professor English at UC Santa Barbara, Jeremy Douglass, Assistant Professor of English at UC Santa Barbara, and Lindsay Thomas, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Miami, Kleinman will spend the next three years studying the representation of the Humanities in public discourse. The WE1S project is an outgrowth of 4Humanities, an advocacy initiative that responds to what is often called the “Humanities crisis” — the perception in America and some other nations that the disciplines within the Humanities are of little value in higher education and society at large. WE1S will address the issue by mining digital media to learn what pundits, politicians, scholars, students and others think about the Humanities in order to formulate strategies and narratives to counter misconceptions about the liberal arts and Humanities. During each of the three years of the grant, CSUN will bring together teams of students and faculty for “summer research camps” to use these tools to study public discourse about the Humanities. Led by Mauro Carassai, the research camps will coordinate with parallel teams working at the other participating campuses to research source material, analyze data, and develop resources for Humanities advocacy based on the project’s work.

Our holiday party and awards ceremony will be on Friday, December 8 from 1-3 p.m. The sign-up sheet for the potluck is now posted in the mail room.

Reminders

Please remember that the online student evaluations of faculty (SEFs) are currently open and will close, by default, on December 8. Faculty are strongly encouraged to give students time in class to complete the surveys, which you may do by directing them to to www.csun.edu/sef, where they can log in with their CSUN credentials to access all SEF surveys available to them.  Students can complete the survey on any internet-capable device, including a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. And you can access brief instructions, the one-page best practices document, and instructions for changing the evaluation window at http://bit.ly/2zAAxa6.

Opportunities

Campus Quality Fee proposals for the 2018-19 year are now being accepted. This call for Campus Quality Fee proposals is limited to initiatives that support advancements in student use of technology or provide student support services. Consistent with university priorities, the details of your proposal should discuss ways in which its outcomes will support student success. The proposal document is accessible at the Campus Quality Fee (CQF) website located at: http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/campus-quality-fee and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on December 21, 2017.

Achievements

Noreen Lace‘s story, “The Gold Teeth,” will be published in The Box, Pilcrow & Dagger’s November/December issue. Both Noreen and Nancy Taylor are excited to report that the story was inspired by Nancy’s inheritance of gold teeth!

Kate Haake gave the keynote address, “Because We Still Have Tongues: Women and Writing Redux,” at the Creative Writing Studies Organization Conference last week, a three-day gathering devoted to the topic of creative writing in the Trump era.

Katharine Coldiron Mason, 2017 Creative Writing MA and CSUN literary community fixture, has a host of good writing-related news to report this month. Along with book reviews either published or forthcoming in Brevity, the Los Angeles Review, and Anomaly, Katharine has two stories, “Underside” and “The First Snow,” forthcoming in Rivet and Storm Cellar, respectively. In addition, her nonfiction piece, “The Girl on the Bike”, which appeared in the Rumpus and which she wrote in Dr. Hall’s 652 and workshopped with poets, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. For complete details, see Katharine’s newsletter at http://eepurl.com/cNaPAD.
Martin Pousson (English) has been selected as the 2018 Jerome Richfield Scholar. Prof. Pousson will present a lecture in the Spring as part of the Provost Colloquium Series.
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Volume 49.6

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

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

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

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

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

Achievements

Irene Clark’s chapter titled, “ Neuroplasticity, Genre, and Identity: Possibilities and Complications” has been published in Contemporary Perspectives on Cognition and Writing, edited by Patricia Portanova, J. Michael Rifenburg, and Duane Roen. The book is available in print through the University Press of Colorado and in PDF and ePub formats from the WAC Clearinghouse at https://wac.colostate.edu.
John Garcia, who will be joining us in the Spring after completing a post-doc in Philadelphia, had an article “He Hath Ceased to Be a Citizen”: Stephen Burroughs, Late Loyalists, Lower Canada, published in Early American in an issue of the journal John also co-edited . Here are the links for your reading pleasure https://muse.jhu.edu/article/675666 and https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/37360/.
Noreen Lace had a poem, “UnWalden Pond,” published in What Lies Beneath: a Journal of Literature and Poetry.

Colleen Tripp’s article “Beyond the Black Atlantic: Pacific Rebellions and the Gothic in Herman Melville’s “Benito Cereno” just came out! It’s in The Journal of Transnational American Studies, and the issue’s theme is “Transnational American Studies in the Age of Trump” (Volume 8 Issue 1, 2017). And it can be read here: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/5k00f4gh.

Volume 49.5

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

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

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

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

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

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

Reminders

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

Opportunities

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

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

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

Achievements

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volume 49.4

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

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

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

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

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

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

Reminders

If you haven’t filled out your exit interview availability Doodle poll, please take a minute to do so now at https://doodle.com/poll/t548e8aan64umwr2. The future English teachers of LA need you!

Opportunities

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

Achievements

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

Alumni Christian Cardenas and Dylan Altman, now a part-time lecturer with us, have launched a new venture, Select Start Press, a collective centered on the impact of digital narratives on the world.  Intent on bringing scholarly conversations about Video Games to Gamers and Non-Gamers alike, their first book is titled What Your Teachers Are Playing, and you can find out here: http://www.selectstartpress.com/store/p1/Select_Start_Press%3A_What_Your_Teachers_Are_Playing.html.

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

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

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

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

 

Volume 49.3

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

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

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

 

On Saturday, October 15, Skylight Bookstore will be hosting a launch reading for Kate Haake‘s new chapbook, Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld, from Ricochet Press. Haake will be joined by LA writers Chuck Rosenthal and Gail Wronsky, who will also be launching new books. For details, see http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/what-press-books-presents-kate-haake-chuck-rosenthal-and-gail-wronsky-they-read-their-works.

Reminders

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

Opportunities

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

Building on the success of its 2016 symposium, the Comics@CSUN group is once again hosting a conference devoted to student research in Comics Studies and allied fields, to be held on March 10, 2018, in the USU. In light of the current explosion of interest in the academic study of sequential art–including comic books, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, and related forms–the conference seeks papers that attempt to understand comics, and the interaction of comics and visual culture generally, from diverse perspectives. The submission deadline is January 5, 2018. For more information and a complete CFP, please see  http://www.csun.edu/humanities/comics/news/announcingCVC2018.

Achievements

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

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

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

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

Volume 49.2

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Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

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.

Reminders

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 http://www.csun.edu/emergency/emergency-desk-reference. You may also reach the Desk Reference from the “Emergency Information” link at the bottom of the CSUN home page, http://www.csun.edu. Please review, or familiarize yourself with this important resource.

Opportunities

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: https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activites-and-research.

Achievements

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: https://www.facebook.com/SuperNewsLive/videos/1320673501315119/?fref=mentions

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

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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.

Opportunities

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
ww.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activites-and-research
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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 https://anastamos.submittable.com/submit.

Achievements

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: http://comicsalternative.com/young-readers-a-roundtable-discussion-on-contemporary-issues-in-childrens-and-young-adult-comics/, or here (on YouTube): https://youtu.be/GQGdz6jJPdc.

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: http://magrabooks.com/podcast/ .

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/113183192685166/) 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: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/doug-weaver/be-safe/ .

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).