Volume 49:14

April 12th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49:14)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



Tonight–this very evening–Scott Andrews will be a featured poet for the closing event of Poetry Palooza, hosted by Northridge Creative Writing Circle. He will read, along with Chiwan Choi, at 7:00 p.m. in Jerome Richfield 319. Poetry Palooza begins at 2:00 pm., also in JR 319, and features a full day of poetry–open mic, workshops, award winning poets, members of the Angle of Reflection Collective, free snacks, button making, and more! All are welcome, so please come out and join the poetry fun.

Michael Bryson will be the featured scholar in a colloquium hosted by the Department of English and Graduate Studies. Along with co-author Arpi Movsesian, he will present a talk centered on Love and Its Critics: from the Song of Songs to Shakespeare and Milton’s Eden. Their newly released book is available in hardcover and paperback on Amazon and elsewhere. The discussion of their book and its subject of love, its laws, customs, critics–and, especially, poetry–will be moderated by English Department graduate students, Cesar Osuna and Modje Taavon. The colloquium will take place on Monday, April 23, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Whitsett Room (SH 451). Food & drink will be available, the event is free, and all are welcome to attend, faculty, staff, guests, and students.

California State University Northridge Distinguished Visiting Speakers Series is pleased to welcome Qui Nguyen (Marvel studios writer and co-founder of Vampire Cowboys) and Abby Marcus (grant writer & producer/manager of Vampire Cowboys) for an evening of innovative craft talks & fun workshops. Vampire Cowboys is an OBIE Award winning “geek theatre” company that creates and produces new works of theatre based in action/adventure and dark comedy with a comic book aesthetic. The company actively pursues the mating of different genres with varied theatrical styles to create an eclectic structure to tell its stories. They aim to bridge the gap between mass media entertainment and the performing arts, exposing the community to challenging, thought-provoking live entertainment rooted in today’s pop-culture vernacular. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 18, at 5:00 p.m. in JR 319. All are welcome.

The LRC will be hosting the following series of workshops that promise to be a big boon to students here at the end of the term. All workshops will take place in the LRC on the 3rd floor of Oviatt Library. Please help spread the word.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2:00 p.m to 3:00pm: Avoiding the Five Most Frequent Grammar Errors, presented by Rosa

Wednesday, April 18th, 5:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m: Grammar Errors for Non-native English Speakers, presented by Anne

Wednesday, May 2nd, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Understanding MLA Formatting, presented by Jesse

Monday, May 78th, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Understanding APA Formatting, presented by Zuleima

Wednesday, May 2nd, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Creating a Powerful Résumé, presented by Patrick 

Tuesday, May 8th, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Strategies for Proofreading and Revision, presented by Sean

Wednesday, May 9th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Crafting a Standout Personal Statement/Scholarship Essay, presented by Ken

The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2018 award. The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review. One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. Additionally, the AAP is pleased to announce the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award: Students 23 years-old or younger who have won the AAP prize will be considered for an additional $1000 award. Interested students should submit one to three poems to the English Department Office in ST 706. Poems may be any length or style. The student’s name and/or any other identifying information should not appear on the manuscript itself, but the entry should include a cover sheet that lists the following information: name, address, phone number, email address, and the title/s of the poem/s submitted. Submissions are judged anonymously. For more information please contact: Leilani Hall at leilani.hall@csun.edu, or Dorothy Barresi at dorothy.barresi@csun.edu.

Following next Tuesday’s launch of The Northridge Review (see Reminders below), the magazine will be re-opening its submission portal for a final week. Please encourage your students to submit! It’s always a thrill to publish the amazing writing going on here at CSUN, and the Review provides an excellent showcase for student writers and their good work. Submissions can be made online at https://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit.

On Friday, May 11, the College of Humanities will be sponsoring a One-Day Scholarly Publishing Seminar that with Carole Sargent, Ph.D., English. Sargent will be offering two workshops, one on articles (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) and one on books (12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). All are welcome to attend one or both workshops, but please do register here: https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/publishing-workshops-carole-sargent. More information about Sargent’s workshops can be found here: https://www.publishingadvising.com/.


This is the weekend of Sigma Tau and AGSE’s first ever unconference, “The Politics of Participation in Popular Culture.” The event will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the USU and feature a keynote address by Henry Jenkins. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy not just paper panels, but also short “soapbox” talks, creative roundtables, project demos such as extemporaneous Twitter fiction, and a curated arts exhibition or creative reading.

The staff of The Northridge Review is excited to remind you of the imminent appearance of its Spring 2018 issue, to be celebrated at next week’s launch reaching on Tuesday, April 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium. The evening will feature an introductory open-mic event, to begin at 6:00 p.m. (sign-up at 5:45), with the formal reading from the magazine to begin at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to come out and read, so please encourage your students to participate. There will be good writing and fun for all. And there will be food!

Don’t forget that spring is award time, with a host of English department awards available to qualified students. Undergraduate awards are The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English ($500), The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship ($2000), The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award $500), The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize $250), The William L. Wilson Award ($1,600), The Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship ($500); graduate awards are The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English ($4,000), The Mahlon Gaumer Award ($500), The Harry Finestone Award in English ($750)m The Irene Clark Scholarship for Rhetoric and Composition ($500), and The Angeline Olliff Memorial Scholarship. These awards recognize different achievements and honor different people of note in the history and tradition of our department, but all are very meaningful to students, so please consider nominating your best and brightest, and encourage such students to apply. For more information, see https://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/english-department-awards—spring-2018, or contact Leilani Hall, Chair, Amenities and Awards Committee, at leilani.hall@csun.edu.

Volume 49:13

March 29th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49:13)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



April is National Poetry Month, so on Thursday, April 5, The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will be hosting a Poetry Month event featuring Dorothy Barresi reading from her new work, What We Did While We Made More Guns. Selected student and alumni poets will read before Dorothy, including Jesse Clemens, Emilio Sotelo, Alina Nguyen, Sean Hill, and Cyrus Sepahbodi. NCWC Poet-President Sophia Apodaca will host along with Poet-Professor Kim Young. The event will take place in the Oviatt Library Exhibit Gallery, 2nd Floor-West Wing, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with Dorothy reading at 4:00. All are welcome. No RSVP required.

Also in honor of Poetry Month and the ever-amazing work of CSUN’s creative writing community, the staff of The Northridge Review is excited to announce the imminent appearance of its Spring 2018 issue. This exciting publication will be celebrated with a launch reading on Tuesday, April 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium. The evening will feature an introductory open-mic event, to begin at 6:00 p.m. (sign-up at 5:45), with the formal reading from the magazine to begin at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to come out and read, so please encourage your students to participate. There will be good writing and fun for all. And there will be lots of good food!

And there is more. On Sunday, April 8th, at 2:00 p.m. Dorothy Barresi will be reading at the Skirball Cultural Center with Carine Topal, along with special guest John Dinsmore (of The Doors!). Dorothy also will be reading with other faculty poets for the Oviatt Library’s celebration of National Poetry Month on April 20th, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. And for those of you attending the LA Time Festival of Books, you can also hear her read on the USC campus Poetry Stage on April 22nd at 2:20 p.m.

And more! Martin Pousson, recipient of the 2018 Jerome Richfield Scholar Award, will be presenting his work for the annual Provost’s Colloquium on Wednesday, April 4th at 4:00 p.m. in the Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room. There, Martin will be reading from his novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, just re-released as a PEN Award edition paperback. The event is free, but the Provost’s office requests a RSVP, which can be accessed at www.goo.gl/49TFrx. Before Martin‘s own reading, he will present four CSUN alumni and soon-to-be alumni writers: poet Sophia Apodaca, fiction writer Alvaro Castillo, fiction writer Olvard Smith, and memoirist Joshua Khabushani.

In yet another celebration of Poetry Month, Susana Marcelo and Sean Pessin, will be hosting a poetry-writing workshop in the Oviatt Library. The event will take place on April 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Library’s Lab A. Please encourage all interested students to attend!

Spring is also award time, with a host of English department awards available to qualified students. Undergraduate awards are The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English ($500), The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship ($2000), The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award $500), The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize $250), The William L. Wilson Award ($1,600), The Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship ($500); graduate awards are The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English ($4,000), The Mahlon Gaumer Award ($500), The Harry Finestone Award in English ($750)m The Irene Clark Scholarship for Rhetoric and Composition ($500), and The Angeline Olliff Memorial Scholarship. These awards recognize different achievements and honor different people of note in the history and tradition of our department, but all are very meaningful to students, so please consider nominating your best and brightest, and encourage such students to apply. For more information, see https://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/english-department-awards—spring-2018, or contact Leilani Hall, Chair, Amenities and Awards Committee.

On Saturday, April 14, Sigma Tau Delta and AGSE will be hosting its first ever unconference, “The Politics of Participation in Popular Culture. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the USU and feature a keynote address by Henry Jenkins. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy not just paper panels, but also short “soapbox” talks, creative roundtables, project demos such as extemporaneous Twitter fiction, and a curated arts exhibition or creative reading. What an inspiring day this promises to be!

And while we’re on the subject of inspiring students, the Office of Marketing and Communications is putting together a list of “extraordinary students” who will be taking part in this year’s commencement ceremonies. This list includes not only outstanding scholars, but students who have overcome obstacles to obtain their degrees or have otherwise compelling stories. If you have stories of students who have overcome obstacles to graduate, please let Kent know who they are, how to contact them, and why you think they should be included in this recognition. The CoH wants this information by April 2, so do this now.

All faculty are invited to join us for this panel presentation and Q&A with five CSUN experts: “What Now? Handling  Problem Behaviors in Your Classroom.” The event will take place on Tuesday, April 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Sagebrush 100. And it will include lunch (courtesy of CFA Northridge)! For more information and to RSVP: https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/events/what-now-handling-problem-behaviors.

On Monday, April 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., a number of publishers are coming to display their books (both Composition and Literature) and provide you with free copies. And there will be food!

The Writing Program Administrators Graduate Student Organization (WPA-GO) and the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) are pleased to offer several travel grants to current graduate students presenting at or attending the 2018 Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, to be held July 26-29 in Sacramento, CA. For more information and to apply, go to <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__goo.gl_forms_zdW51Hv2wviPuGTK2&d=DwMFaQ&c=Oo8bPJf7k7r_cPTz1JF7vEiFxvFRfQtp-j14fFwh71U&r=fatXK79SftF4MNlJmEMUmfI0IYQVafR4Ypd_lIsRo0E&m=uAPDUtXYecJhRS5Szg9VjHsgVZGIo4DtBZDA7Wxf9bI&s=7iWgAxOLKuEInaAs6ID9IZX-3SoFU76a2mAFHBFd_Rc&e=>.

The dean’s office is soliciting nominations for the following committees, to begin in Fall 2018: Faculty Senate, 2 year term; Extended Learning Committee, 3 year term; Library Committee, 3 year term; Personnel Planning and Review Committee, 3 year term, (tenured faculty only); Research and Grants Committee, 3 year term. Please let Kent know (via direct email) by Monday morning if you are interested in running.

On Thursday, April 5, our two external reviewers (for our department self study) will be coming to campus. They are Professor Susan Carlile and Professor Patty Seyburn from CSULB. We have scheduled 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in ST 703 for consultation with full-time English faculty, and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for consultation with part-time English faculty. If you are able to attend please let Kent know. This should be a fairly informal meeting, so if you can only stay for part of the time that should be fine.


Book orders for next fall are due by Monday, April 16. If this seems absurdly early, bear in mind that the earlier you get your order in, the more time the bookstore will have to find deals on your title. And if the bookstore knows you’re going to use the same book again, your students will be able to sell those books back at top dollar!


Want to strut your stuff? The Academic Minute is currently seeking individual submissions for upcoming segments on any topic. Produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U and hosted by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella, the broadcast features faculty and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. In addition to being aired widely on radio stations around the country, each segment is posted daily on Inside Higher Ed and across The Academic Minute’s and AAC&U’s social media portals. Campuses are also encouraged to submit ideas for “weekly takeovers” featuring five separate research segments from a single institution. Please send submissions to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org, and be sure to tune in daily to The Academic Minute.


Scott Andrews attended the Native American Literature Symposium in Minneapolis, MN, on March 22-24. He chaired a panel on Cherokee culture and for a plenary session presented “Swiping Right in the Contact Zone: Ambivalent Desire in Tommy Pico’s Nature Poem.”
On March 15th, Irene Clark participated in a panel at the Conference for College Composition and Communication held in Kansas City. The panel was titled “Identity, Writing Genres, and Transformation: Fostering Students’ Empowerment in an Age of Fake News,” and her paper was titled “Performative Transformtion, Genre, and Identity: Insights from Neuropsychological Research.”

Martin Pousson was shortlisted as a finalist for the 2nd annual Simpson Family Literary Prize, a new national prize for mid-career fiction writers, founded by University of California with a committee featuring UC Berkeley’s 2017-18 resident author Joyce Carol Oates. The five finalists currently are featured on the prize shortlist by the Simpson Family Literary Project.  https://www.simpsonliteraryproject.org/2018-prize-shortlist.

And here is a list of impressive achievements by former and current students, thoughtfully compiled by Martin Pousson. Thanks for keeping us in the loop, Martin. And please, when you hear good things about students our students, please let me know (kate.haake@csun.edu), so I can include them here.
Brian “The Dude” Andrade (BA 2017) is attending the MFA Program at Sarah Lawrence College in Poetry. His poem, “Marvin,” was accepted for publication in the next issue of Oakland Arts Literary Review. While at CSUN, he was a member of Northridge Creative Writing Circle, a multiply published poet in Northridge Review, and winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize (selected by Ocean Vuong).

Lucas Bailor (MA 2017) has been accepted into Fall the UC San Diego MFA program in Poetry. While at CSUN, Lucas‘ poems were published in several literary magazines, including The Northridge Review, he was First Runner-Up in the Academy of American Poets Prize, and he was a leader of the Graduate Reading Series.

James Bezerra (BA 2011, MA 2016) completed his MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Portland State University. While at CSUN, he served as Editor for the Northridge Review and co-leader of the Graduate Reading Series. He also published more than a dozen stories and won the Northridge Review Fiction Award.

Lorena Contreras (CW major, Junior) will be published for the first time in the next issue of Canyon Creek Review with her Cisneros-inspired story, “My Name.”

Jeremy Cueto (BA 2017) was hired as Peer Educator for Project D.A.T.E. in the CSUN office of University Counseling Services.

Joshua Khabushani (BA 2017) was accepted into the Columbia University MFA Program in Creative Writing with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction. While at CSUN, Joshua was an Associate Students Scholar, a CSUN One Amazing Community Service Scholar, a leader of several student organizations, and Outstanding Graduating Senior. He is currently a middle school teacher in the iLEAD Program in Pacoima.

Trevor Nelson (CW major, Junior) also will be published for the first time in the next issue of Catfish Creek Review with two poems, “Litany” and “Colors.”

Charlie Ruiz Vasquez (CW major, Junior) will be published for the first time in the next issue of Oakland Arts Review with their gender-fluid story, “Cactuses.”

Nick Webb (CW minor, Junior) will be published for the first time in the next issue of UCLA’s literary magazine, Westwind, with his metafiction Diaz-inspired story, “How to Art.”

Sunny Williams (BA 2017) is completing her MA at Queen Mary College in London and was just accepted into the MFA programs at University of San Francisco and University of Central Florida in Fiction and has been waitlisted for UC Riverside. While at CSUN, she was President of the Northridge Creative Writing Circle, AS Senator, and Outstanding Graduating Senior.

Volume 49:12

March 8th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49:12)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



CSUN’s one-day comics studies conference, Comics and Visual Culture, is coming up on Saturday, March 10, at the University Student Union. This is a sequel to 2016’s CVC conference, and a wonderful speaking, networking, and learning opportunity for students. What’s more, special guests Damian Duffy and John Jennings, co-creators of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (based on Octavia Butler’s classic) and editors of Black Comix, will be speaking about the tremendous upsurge of interest in Afrofuturism and Black comic art (very timely issues in the wake of Marvel’s Black Panther). And our other special guest, rhetorician Dr. Susan Kirtley, is director of both Comic Studies and Composition at Portland State—a great combination of interests! So, it’s going to be a very rich day. For more information, please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/comics/news/comics-and-visual-culture-2018.

Applications for the 2018 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award are now available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs located in University Hall, Suite 310 or at: http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/ogsa/. Four students will receive an award in the amount of $1,000.00 each in recognition of the following:  Academic excellence  Service to community and campus  Exceptional achievements or personal life circumstances that have been overcome. For more information call: (818) 677-2391. And please take the time to nominate your outstanding students. They have worked hard and well deserve a chance at this distinguished recognition. The deadline is Monday, April 2, 2018.

Academic First Year Experiences has scheduled several faculty-staff discussions of Becoming Nicole this spring, in March and April. Choose one and help get the conversation started. All but the final discussion will take place in U.G.S. on the Roof Conference Room (4th floor Sierra Hall). Please RSVP at x6535 or susanna.eng@csun.edu.

  • Monday March 12, 12:30-1:45, Facilitated by Matthew Clements, Queer Studies Program; Academic First Year Experiences.
  • Thursday, March 15, 11-12:15, Facilitated by Sarina Loeb, Coordinator, Pride Center and LGBTQ Initiatives.
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2-3:15, Facilitated by Heidi Schumacher, Queer Studies Program, Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Thursday, April 5, 12:30-1:45, Facilitated by Matthew C. Soto, Academic First Year Experiences; Coordinator for Residential Student Engagement.
  • Friday, April 27, 12:30-1:45, Oviatt Library, Room 102C (Main floor). Facilitated by Susan Hua, Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Equity and Diversity.


Don’t forget that Humanities Advocacy Day is coming up, on Tuesday, March 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Ferman Presentation Room of the Oviatt Library. The event will feature a keynote address by mark! Lopez, M.A., at  12:15 p.m., with a reception to follow, along with tables representing the various programs in the College of Humanities. Lopez is a CSUN Alumnus and a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, a prestigious prize awarded annually to grassroots environmental activists. mark! Lopez persuaded the state of California to provide comprehensive lead testing and cleanup of East Los Angeles homes contaminated by a battery smelter that had polluted the community for over three decades and is sure to be an inspiring speaker, so please help spread the word. Also, volunteers to represent English at our table are welcome. Here’s hoping to see you and your students there.


Please let your students know that it’s time to register for the upcoming Corporate Connect Day, on March 28, an important opportunity for them to visit and network with CSUN alumni from multiple growing corporations in the Los Angeles area and maybe to secure an internship or job. Represented companies include: Los Angeles Police Department (Police Headquarters Facility), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, CarGurus, ConsumerTrack, and LegalZoom. Please see the attached document in registration link for descriptions of corporations. Seats are filling up fast! Students may register here: https://www.csun.edu/alumni/corporate-connect-registration. Visits take place on Wednesday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to  2 p.m.  Lunch and transportation are provided!


On February 23rd, Audrey Thacker presented “Nu? THIS Is Where We are Headed? Ruminations on Contemporary Jewish American Literature” at Congregation B’nai Emet in Simi Valley.

Volume 49.11

February 22nd, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.11)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



Susana Marcelo has established a memorial scholarship in honor of the recently deceased Angeline Olliff, a beloved English Rhetoric and Composition alum. The Angeline Olliff Memorial Scholarship honors Angeline’s devotion to teaching and her numerous academic achievements, and is made possible through Susana’s generosity and initiative and the blessing of Angeline’s family. The award will be given in Spring 2018 to a Rhetoric and Composition graduate student or a Teaching Associate in any specialization (creative writing, literature, rhetoric and composition). Susana is guaranteeing the scholarship award at $200 minimum but anyone can contribute through the CSUN foundation. Credit Card Donations may be made at  https://givenow.csun.edu/; checks made out to the CSUN Foundation, with the notation that they be directed to this award, may be sent to the English Department. Thank you, Susana.

The WhatEvery1Says Project (WE1S) is hiring up to two CSUN faculty members and ten CSUN students (undergraduate and graduate) to form the cohort for its first Summer Research Camp, which will take place from July 2 to August 5, 2018. Based at University of California, Santa Barbara, with core collaborators at CSUN and the University of Miami, WE1S was recently awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding of $1.1 million. The project uses digital humanities methods to study public discourse about the humanities at large data scales and hopes to learn new things about how news media sources portray the humanities. For more information on the project, read the WE1S Prospectus (http://we1s.ucsb.edu/we1s-prospectus/). The 2018 Summer Research Camp will focus on the grant’s Year 1 priorities of data collection and initial evaluation and analysis, identifying intellectual contexts, and developing tools and methods. Appropriate training in digital humanities methods and tools will be offered as part of the research camp. Faculty will be paid summer salary up to $1,000 each for participation in the research camp. Students will be paid $15.50/hour for a maximum of 20 hours/week. For further details and information about how to apply, see the full advertisement at http://bit.ly/2Bp9Gi2 or contact WE1S Co-Director Scott Kleinman (scott.kleinman@csun.edu). Primary consideration will be given to applications received by February 26. So be quick.

U100 Faculty Position Announcements for fall 2018 have been posted at https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/university-100/teaching-university-100. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 26.

Emeritus faculty Bob Chianese invites us to participate in a discussion of how we can get new ideas and novel strategies for dealing with climate change from art. Yes, art. Art can change our ideas and visions about what we face as our transformed local and global climates force us to adapt to new realities. Eco-Artists and Earth-Artists have insights and solutions we need to consider. This is a fundraiser for Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) at Patagonia with a modest ticket price so many can attend. For more information, go to http://www.cfrog.org/ecoart.

The 2018-2019 annual Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) fee request process is now open and (new this year) entirely online. If you receive funds from this program–or wish to–don’t miss the application deadline of  March 9, no later than 5:00 p.m. The application and operating policies can be found at http://www.csun.edu/academic-resources-planning/about-instructionally-related-activities-ira-funding.

Free copies of next year’s Freshman Common Read, Becoming Nicole, are available to faculty and staff. Please request yours by email (to Susanna: susanna.eng@csun.edu); by phone (818-677-6535); or in person (SH 422, Undergraduate Studies on the Roof). The deal is: you get one free copy in exchange for your promise to speak about the book with at least one new CSUN freshman in fall 2018. Try it–you might have fun, never mind do some good in the world. Offer valid while supplies last.

This year’s Office of Community Engagement’s Annual Research and Service Learning Symposium will take place in the beautiful Grand Lobby of the Soyara, The Valley’s Performing Arts Center, on April 17th from 1:00pm to 5:30pm. This event provides  CSUN students with the opportunity to showcase the incredible work they’ve done for their service learning projects and to compete for prizes of up to $500. All Service-Learning Faculty grantees from the 2017/18 academic year are required to nominate at least one student or student group to participate. And all Service Learning faculty are welcome to nominate their students as well. So, please do.

The CSU Fee Waiver module is currently available for Fall 2018 registration. For more information about this important benefit, please visit the Fee Waiver website.

CFA will be holding a Pensions and Benefits workshop on Thursday, March 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Sagebrush Room 100. Food, drink, and all materials will be provided.


The CSU Trustees’ Award For Outstanding Achievement recognizes students with demonstrated financial who have overcome adversity and shown attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service. The recipient who receives the highest score by the CSU Foundation scholarship selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $12,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Galinson Scholarship ($8,000), the Hampton Scholarship ($9,000), and the Reed Scholarship ($7,500). Most scholarships will be $6,000. Scholarship Eligibility Criteria include that the student have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent undergraduate or graduate student in any major field at CSUN (and be planning to be full-time throughout next year), and have a completed 2018/19 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application on file. For more information, and the application form, visit  www.csun.edu/financialaid/csu-foundation. If you have a truly exceptional student in mind, please consider nominating her or him, and let Kent know when you do. But you need to act quickly, because the fast-approaching deadline is March 2, at 9:00 p.m.


Dorothy Barresi’s forthcoming book, What We Did While We Made More Guns, and an interview with her on gun violence and extreme belief,  is being featured this week on PBS NewsHour online. Here’s the link to the article, which includes the book’s title, and very powerful, poem: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/poetry/what-we-did-while-we-made-more-guns-confronts-the-violence-of-extreme-belief. Read it now!

Scott Kleinman‘s article “Modeling the Contested Relationship between Analects, Mencius, and Xunzi: Preliminary Evidence from a Machine-Learning Approach”, co-authored with Ryan Nichols, Edward Slingerland, Kristoffer Nielbo, Uffe Bergeton, and Carson Logan, was published in the Journal of Asian Studies. He also gave a workshop on “Markdown and GitHub (First Steps Toward learning Modern Digital Practices for Sustainable and Shareable Research)” at UC Santa Barbara, January 26. A recording of the workshop is available athttps://whatevery1says.github.io/workshops/markdown-and-github/index.html.

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



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.


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.


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



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


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.


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.


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



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.


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.


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)

Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



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.


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.


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.


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.
Turkey pheasant

Volume 49.6

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

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



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

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


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



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

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

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

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


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


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


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.