Volume 48.9

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

Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


It’s that time of year again: (cross your fingers and hold your breath), the University Research and Grants Committee is holding its annual competition for Research and Creative Activity Awards. To wit, they are requesting applications from faculty members for this for awards to support faculty research, scholarship and creative activity, interpreted broadly to mean the disciplined quest for broadening human understanding. This quest includes artistic creation and the study of moral values, as well as logical and empirical inquiry into any field appropriate to the functions of the University. Projects related to curriculum development will not be considered. In concert with the campus-wide effort to support scholarly activity by probationary faculty, those faculty are strongly encouraged to apply. The guidelines may be downloaded at http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/2017-18_RSCA_Guidelines.pdf. For any questions regarding the competition or the submission process, you may contact Shirley Lang at x2901 or shirley.lang@csun.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, your non-Spanish speaking students might be interested in a research study out of Stanford University’s Economics Department that could enable them to learn Spanish online. Eligibility requirements include: that the student doesn’t don’t know any Spanish, or very little; that the student is motivated motivated to learn (more) Spanish; that the student can commit studying Spanish online for up to four hours per week for one month starting from March, that the student is enrolled at CSUN and at least eighteen years old. Upon your successful completion of the study, the student will get receive $50 (on average), be paid as an Amazon Gift Card. Interested students should provide a student e-mail address through this survey form at https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cGauUeQIFN983NH Questions may be addressed to start.studying.spanish@gmail.com.


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

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

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

Graduate student Katharine Mason has published a hybrid essaSeriesSixy, “The Girl on the Bike,” in today’s issue of The Rumpus: http://therumpus.net/2017/02/the-girl-on-the-bike/. The essay is illustrated throughout with original artwork by CSUN alumna, Araceli Colato (Creative WritingSeriesSix MA, 2016).
SeriesSix Congratulations to them both!


Volume 48.8

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

Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



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

And to start things off on a positive note, the ever-inventive and inexhaustible Danielle Spratt is looking for faculty interested in holding interdisciplinary teaching and discussion sessions to explore with students how our work relates in socially minded ways across disciplines, across campus, and beyond the campus. The idea is that faculty who teach at similar times (for instance, a professor from Journalism and a professor from Religious Studies who both teach on Mondays/Wednesdays at 11 am) will coordinate a topic of discussion, and then students, plus any other interested participants, can attend and discuss an issue that’s relevant to both disciplines. Planning for space is beginning soon, and you can sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TUeSdeENXzBRcD7XH-Hs75lQ0xxjHx1hSEGVUsQ0e28/edit?usp=sharing.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Returning, now, to our more conventional alphabetical order, Kate Haake published an essay, “Diptych: Javalinas, Aliens,” in Drunken Boat. And you can read it here: http://www.drunkenboat.com/db24/nonfiction/katharine-haake.

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


Volume 43.7

December 1st, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43.7)


Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



I begin these notes with a personal note: a long time ago, in a different century and what sometimes feels like a different world, the English department at CSUN, like most English departments of the time, was a largely homogeneous one. Into these ranks of accomplished and often brilliant men, a few intrepid women found their way. Among them, the late Leslie Johnstone, first woman ever to earn a Cambridge Ph.D.; the irrepressible Gwen Brewer; and the feisty dramatist, Elaine Plasberg, with whom I shared an office my first year here. She was smart, quick, and efficient, pragmatically down-to-earth, and loaded with good advice on how to survive my new job; and I was a little afraid of her. For, as a couple of her former students remarked, “She taught us how to think.” Or another, in a classroom discussion of why we study literature: for pleasure? one student hazarded. “Well,” Professor Plasberg is said to have responded, “there are many kinds of pleasure — there’s ice cream cone on a hot afternoon pleasure, and there’s dying on the cross pleasure.” Although it has been many years since her retirement and subsequent journey into whatever in the world happens after we leave here, I still think I can hear her saying that. And so it was with a good deal of personal sadness that I received our recent news, sent to us from former colleague, Sheryl Thompson, via former colleague, Cheryl Armstrong, that Elaine Plasberg passed away in November 2010, leaving no family behind. Author of William Hazlitt: the structure and application of his critical standards, her other critical interests included Wyatt, Coleridge, Strindberg and the new poetics, and the King James Bible. Although we are only just hearing now of Elaine‘s passing, for those of us who remember her, it is no less a loss. And for those of us who do not, that is a different kind of loss.

Many of our students, faculty, and staff have felt directly or indirectly threatened or excluded by the political rhetoric of the election. In the response to the recent election, we offer an act of solidarity and community-building: we’re putting together a two day teach in. This event seeks to foster peaceful collaboration and kindness by offering joint readings across class sessions. Faculty who teach at the same time will bring their classes to the steps at the Oviatt Library and take turns reading passages from coursework this semester (or suggested by the class) that might offer sentiments of kindness, engagement with art, or encounters with power. In so doing, we are taking up the call from Colson Whitehead’s recent National Book Award speech where he suggests what we need to do now is “Be kind. Make Art. Fight the Power.” The dates for the event are Tuesday, December 6, and Wednesday,  December 7. If you’re not teaching on these days but would like to participate, please sign up for a time/day that works for you; we would love for you to offer a reading and invite any of the students with whom you work to attend as well. Sign up times are available at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ghYN3eEsghw8aZe9I9Gjwifu_lLeQrY-9BM-ud379gQ/edit?usp=sharing. And if this event doesn’t work for you, be thinking of ways we might respond in the coming months, as the challenges ahead will persist.

On Thursday, December 8th, at 5:00 p.m. in JR 319, the Northridge Playwights Workshop, in association with the Political Theater seminar, will present “Bad Hombres & Nasty Women: CSUN Playwrights React.” In addition to a variety of dramatic scenes, comic interludes, and performative provocations, there will be free refreshments. (The running time of the event will be approximately 60 minutes. Please feel free to mention it to your students.) Here’s a link to the event’s Facebook page:

happy-sandhill-cranes And now on a cheerier note, the holidays are upon us, and with them, the end of the semester. As we dig in to final papers and exams and prepare, with still another kind of sadness, to say goodbye to our fall semester classes and students, let’s not forget to embrace our festivities as well. And to start them off with just the right amount of cheer, we will celebrate as a department on Friday, December 9, from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. in JR 319. Presentations in honor of our remarkable students begin at 2:00 p.m. Meantime, there’s still time to plan your delicious, if perhaps not nutritious, contributions to the banquet, and then add them to the sign-up sheet in the mail room (already a mouth watering feast for the imagination).


Lest we forget, there is policy regarding how we schedule those final exams, and here it is: http://www.csun.edu/faculty-affairs/memos. The main thing is, we are to follow the posted dates and times for our exams, which we can find on our faculty portals.

Grades, too, will be due soon after. Even though final weeks is Monday, December 12 to Sunday, December 18 (no finals scheduled on Sunday), you can start entering grades Friday, December 9, which students may begin viewing on Monday, December 12. The final, absolutely last day to submit grades is Friday, December 23, but let’s remember the long-standing department policy to try to do so before then so our terrific staff can start their own holidays in joy and peace.

And remember, the university needs—you (and your talents and interests)! Remember to let the Faculty Senate know how and where you would most like to serve by completing the University Service Form at and making sure that this important database is up to date. The link is here: http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/university-service-form. While you are at it, don’t forget to update your profile on the Faculty App site. This is an excellent place for you to include a brief biography, your research interests, and your committee service (past and current). Maybe not Facebook, but time to link up: http://www.csun.edu/faculty.


On behalf of the University Vice Presidents, I am pleased to announce the acceptance of Campus Quality Fee proposals for the 2017-18 year. 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 22, 2016. Your assistance is requested in widely circulating this announcement.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2017 Faculty Scholar Academy (FSA) is Friday, December 9th. All faculty interested in participating as a Coach or as a Protégé must submit an application to the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) to be eligible. The FSA is a peer mentorship program in which Protégés are paired with faculty Coaches in an intensive, self-directed proposal development and writing experience. Incentives are offered to both Coaches and Protégés for successful proposal submissions. FSA applications for both Coaches and Protégés are available on the FSA website at http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/faculty-scholar-academy-fsa-and-faculty-investigator-training-fit, and are due no later than December 9, 2016 to research@csun.edu.


Joseph Galasso‘s monograph (theoretical syntax) entitled: <From Merge to Move: A Minimalist Perspective on the Design of Language and its Role in Early Child Syntax> will be published early next year by the German publisher Lincom Europa.

In May 1998, the Faculty Mentor Program and the EOP established the “Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award” in recognition of Professor Dorsey’s invaluable contributions to mentoring and mentor training at CSUN. This award is presented to faculty, staff, administrators, and/or students who have made exceptional contributions to mentoring at CSUN. The first recipient was the award’s namesake, Dr. Don Dorsey. And among this year’s five recipients is our own Sharon Klein, who has been teaching at CSUN since 1986. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Riverside, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. For the past three decades, she has collaborated with faculty and students on our campus through initiatives such as the Writing and Reading Across Disciplines program (WRAD). She was nominated for the Dorsey mentoring award by graduate student Mrinalini Watson, and celebrated at a reception on November 16.

Student Megan Freiberg is having a piece of creative nonfiction published in Sigma Tau Delta’s Rectangle this spring, which she will be reading at the opening ceremony of the international conference in March.

Rick Mitchell‘s new book, Experimental O’Neill, has been published by Rare Bird Books. A critical anthology featuring an international array of scholars, the volume features chapters on the Wooster Group’s productions of O’Neill’s early work and other essays, including one on political plays by female dramatists of the Provincetown Players. Additionally, the book contains all of O’Neill early dramas performed by the Wooster Group, an interview with the Wooster Group’s Kate Valk about re-presenting O’Neill’s experimental work today, and one-act antiwar plays by Edna Saint Vincent Millay and Louise Bryant.

Sean Pessin‘s story, “The Fox Hunt,” will be p in the forthcoming issue of Liminoid Magazine.

Martin Pousson was a featured author at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, where he appeared on a panel and read from his new novel, Black Sheep Boy, on Saturday, October 29. On October 14, he read his new Trump poem, “Tower of Power,” on the panel for “Let’s Gather,” at Skylight Books on Monday, October 14, hosted by Los Angeles Review of Books. That poem has just been published in a post-election issue of the LARB, and can be read at: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/tower-power-poem-donald-trump/ And—this just in—Martin‘s Trump-themed flash fiction, “Don’t Tread On Me,” will be published in Only Light Can Do That, a special post-election anthology to be issued in print by PEN Center USA & The Rattling Wall on Thursday, December 8, with a release party at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles that same night. Good things come together, because that same night (December 8), Martin will be a featured reader, along with Aimee Bender, at Chevalier’s Books at 7:30 p.m., where he will be reading from his novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy. The event is free, all are welcome, and details can be found at: https://chevaliersbooks.com/2016/11/15/keep-the-candle-burning-in-december-with-all-lit-up-aimee-bender-martin-pousson-and-amy-uyematsu-simon-petty-reading-performing/. Well done, Martin! Keep it up.

Congratulations to student, John Nunez, who submitted the poem selected for the Dean’s annual holiday card. John is a nontraditional student, whose ethnic background is Cherokee, Ute, and Hispanic, and who is returning to school after more than forty-five years, during which he worked in construction’s special trades, and also played a variety of musical instruments and sang in rock and blues bands and played with jazz groups. Even though this comment is technically out of alphabetical order, I can’t think of a better way to end Thursday’s Notes this fall semester than with John’s own words, selected by Dean Elizabeth Say for this season’s holiday wishes from all of us in the College of Humanities:

The holidays will pass; then
we will go back to the everyday.
I am thankful. At least once a year
I see you near and know you.

Volume 43.6

November 10th, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43.6)


Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



In the aftermath of this week’s election, we find ourselves in uncharted territories, the world of so many of our students–our friends, our colleagues, our families, ourselves–shaken. Critical and cultural analysis, the very skills we teach our students, may be of some value here as we work to assess this historical moment. But as many of us have already met with stricken students, we need to remember the variety of ways this campus will be working to support them. Members of the University Counseling Center have been filling in this week at the DREAM Center, and, as ever, are available in Bayramian Hall 520. In the weeks ahead, the DREAM Center will also be putting together more structured support–including legal clinics/resources–to ensure that all of our students, staff, and faculty have an appropriate level of emotional, psychological, and logistical support. Please be alert for updates and do let your students know.

Another way to support our students is to acknowledge their outstanding work, so this is your nudge that we find ourselves, already, at award time. You will all have received guidelines in your email from Beth Wightman, Chair of the Amenities and Awards Committee, but the list of awards we will be giving this fall includes 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, and the Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship. The deadline will soon be upon us, so please, if you have promising students, encourage them to apply.  Unless otherwise specified in the fine print, all application materials must be submitted by the applicant to the English Department office (Sierra Tower 706) by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18th, 2016.

The COAPD (Career Opportunities and Professional Development) team is hosting a Professionalization Mini Series with Dr. Colleen Tripp’s ENGL 601 class, and would love for some of us to join them. On Tuesday, November 15, J.C. Lee will be talking about conference presentations and attendance; on Tuesday, November 22, Chris Higgs will be talking about Ph.D.’s and employment with the humanities degree; and on Tuesday, November 29, Lauren Byler will be talking about scholarly publishing. All sessions will take place in JR 303, with the first and last taking place from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the middle session, with Chris Higgs, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Space is limited, so get there early! For more information, please contact Rachel Dulaney at rachel.dulaney.56@my.csun.edu.

The Melrose Bellow is coming up. This free literary festival will be taking place this Saturday, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on–where else?–Melrose Avenue. There will be poets, storytellers, comedians, fiction writers, and musicians. From the largest open mic in Los Angeles, Da Poetry Lounge, to the famous Groundlings Comedy Club, to the bilingual women’s collective, Las Lunas Locas, the Melrose Bellow will be a taste of what makes Los Angeles a literary force. For more information, please see their website: www.melrosebellow.com.

On Wednesday, November 16th, Julie Neff Lippman, will be coming to Irene Clark‘s English 455 class, “Literacy, Rhetoric, and Culture,” to give a talk on the topic of learning disabilities, and all are welcome to attend. The class meets at 2:00 in JR 244. Should be an interesting discussion.


Don’t forget to fill out this five minute survey assessing CSUN’s innovation and economic impact, sent to us by President Harrison: https://academictrial.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3mAFnJWjQMgoLgp.


Enchao Shi presented a research paper at the 30th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information, and Computation, Seoul, South Korea, and its title was “Secondary Predicates in Native and Nonnative Grammars.”



Volume 43:5

October 27th, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:5)


Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



The entire CSUN creative writing community invites you to join us in celebrating Martin Pousson’s new book, Black Sheep Boy, with a reading on campus. The reading will take place next Tuesday, November 1st, at 4:30p.m., in our LNJ Room (JR 319). Hope to see you there!

Today, on this very night — October 27th! — the Northridge Creative Writing Circle will be having a costume party and reading event at Menchie’s, in Chatsworth: 9201 Winnetka Ave. Unit E (by the Winnetka Pacific Theaters). The event takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is a fundraiser, so grab a flyer in the main English department office, ST 708, before you go, and the NCWC will receive 20% of the evening’s profits. Don’t forget to wear a fun costume and bring something brief (five minutes, or less) to read. Fundraising continues through October 30, so bring another flyer and enjoy.
Speaking of the NCWC, two additional upcoming events include a Submit Yo’self Publishing Seminar on November 2, at 7:30 p.m., in JR 352, and a November 17 reading by Natashia Deon & Dana Johnson, at 7:30 p.m., in the Whitsett Room.
The all new, online, Northridge Review is a literary and arts journal of the present, produced by students in the creative writing program at California State University, Northridge. Founded in 1962 as a campus publication of student work, Northridge Review now seeks to broaden its scope and join the larger literary community by moving to an online format and publishing exceptional student work alongside established and emerging writers from across the globe. We encourage submissions of timely, provocative, and innovative Prose, Poetry, Drama, and Art that pushes boundaries in subversive, disruptive, or other challenging ways. To submit visit: https://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit. Submissions for the inaugural online edition (to be published in the spring) will close November 23, 2016.
On Friday, November 28, the Graduate Reading Series will be holding an event, featuring student readers: Eric Perez, drama; Starlon Hithe, writing; and Eric Smith, prose. Come join in the fun and support our fabulous writing students. The reading begins at 7:00 p.m. in our LNJ Room (JR 319), and is free and open to all, including children under five, with free snacks.
Every year the Dean of the College of Humanities asks that we solicit from our students a few lines of poetry or prose that would be suitable for the holiday card that the College sends out. It’s a lovely honor — the card includes the lines, plus a bio of the student author (and bragging rights, of course). Typically the Dean is interested in free verse that captures something of the season in fresh language, so please let your students know, and if you see something they have written that might be appropriate, please send to along to Dorothy Barresi (dorothy.barresi@csun.edu), who is generously overseeing the selection process.


As part of CSUN’s strong commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, addressing our parking issues, and exploring the best environmentally-sensitive solutions for an environmentally sustainable future, President Harrison recently sent you a link to our annual transportation survey. Please fill it out. Maybe we’ll get more parking (and maybe less), but your data is vital data. (Also, I think, participation is required.)


Provision 20.37 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the California Faculty Association and the Board of Trustee of the California State University (2014-17) designates the awarding of assigned time (in the form of Weighted Teaching Units, WTU), on a competitive basis, to Unit 3 faculty employees “who are engaged in exceptional levels of service that support the CSU’s priorities, but who are not otherwise receiving an adjustment in workload to reflect their effort.” Awards are designated for workload beyond the requirements of regular faculty assignment in enhancing the student learning environment. Don’t be shy–this could be you. The application deadline is Friday, November 4, 2016. For more information, including application forms, please see the Office of Faculty Affairs webpage: http://www.csun.edu/faculty-affairs.

Here’s one for our budding children’s lit authors: the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is currently accepting application from full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing Program for scholarships to its 2017 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, February 10-12, 2017. The scholarships feature: full tuition to main conference events including keynotes and breakout sessions, exclusive exposure to industry professionals at the conference, and a SCBWI Conference advisor to help navigate the jammed-packed weekend. The deadline is coming up soon — November 2, 2016–so check out the details at http://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/student-writer-scholarship/. One graduate student and one undergraduate student will be selected for this conference, and one of each will also be selected for a conference next summer.


On Saturday, October 22nd, Irene Clark presented a paper at the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference in San Diego. The conference theme was “Rhetoric and Literacy on the Border,” and her paper was titled “Border Crossing Between First Year Writing and Writing in Upper Division Courses.”

LA’s 2016 Lit Crawl — and fourth annual participation in this now global celebration of writing — took place last night, November 26, in North Hollywood, and CSUN’s writing community was, as ever, well represented. Various readings and events featured CSUN faculty, students, and alum, including: Kate Haake and Sean Pessin, with the Interstitial Arts Organization, hosted by Susana Marcelo; Mona Houghton, with What Books; alum, Gina Alexander, with the New Short Fiction Series; and our very own graduate students taking on pressing issues of racial inequality, gender identity, and political upheaval through poetry, fiction, music, manifestos, spoken-word, and everything in between. Presenters included Alvaro Castillo, Jesse Clemens, Lu Chukhadarian as reader, and members of the Vocal Artillery doing their thing. As they put it themselves, “Maybe literature can’t change the world, but we can sure as hell try.”

Kate Haake has published a quartet of micro fictions, “Some Time After That,” in the newly released fall 2016 issue of Chicago Quarterly Review. The stories — “A Festival of Fish,” “Not Here,” “How We Started,” and “Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld,” are accompanied by art work by Los Angeles writer, Lisa Bloomfield. 17nomad-sm

Volume 43:4

October 14th, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:4)


Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



It’s that time of year again, and applications for the CSUN Research Fellows Program, funded collaboratively by the Office of the Provost, the Colleges and the Library, are now open. Tenured and probationary faculty are invited to submit proposals to become a Research Fellow. Nine research fellowships will be awarded each academic year (one per College and one in the Library). The CSUN Research Fellows Program provides 12 units of reassigned time and a small research support budget for those who are selected. Faculty who are interested in becoming a Research fellow must submit proposals, no longer than five pages, including any additional budget request up to $5,000 to the Dean’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on January 27, 2017 on the College-provided proposal form. A resume must also be attached. The form will be available on the College website. Look for it soon.

Even though it’s just October and some of us are still mastering our students’ names, mark your calendars now for the term-end Department party, currently scheduled for December 9. The holidays will be upon us before we think to even anticipate them.

Angela Morales, winner of the 2014 River Teeth Nonfiction Book Prize for her collection of essays entitled The Girls in My Town, will be reading in JR 201, on October 26 at 2:00PM. Morales is an English teacher at Glendale Community College and a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. Her essays have recently appeared in Best American Essays 2013, The Southern Review, The Los Angeles Review, and The Harvard Review. The Girls in My Town was published by the University of New Mexico Press. This promises to be a very special event, do let your students know.

And here is another very special event: a reading and celebration of Martin Pousson’s new book, Black Sheep Boy, which will take place on Tuesday, November 1 at 4:30PM, JR 319.

In an effort to support CSUN’s international student community, the Oviatt Library in collaboration with the International Exchange Student Center (IESC) will be hosting an event and workshop on October 14th at 2-4PM at the October 14, 2016 at the IESC. The Center is located in the University Student Union, building C. The aim is to inform and assist international students about how the Oviatt Library can help them succeed academically, learn to analyze and engage with resources that are retrieved from the Oviatt Library, and avoid plagiarism. The workshop will provide incentivization for attendance and participation (i.e. lunch, opportunity drawings). For more information please direct your students to our website: http://library.csun.edu/events/iesc-plagiarism-workshop. Please let your international students know about this important event.

Did anyone ever help you out when you were in a tight spot in school? Or was there someone you always knew you could turn to for guidance, information, or support? CSUN’s Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards acknowledges just such contributions, and you have until Monday, October 31, at 5 p.m. to nominate someone you know and admire. Faculty, staff, and administrators may be nominated for these awards, which recognize exceptional mentoring of past or present CSUN students; holistic approaches to mentoring, including academic and personal support and in informal and intangible ways; and/or proactive involvement in the university’s commitment to the success of students of diverse backgrounds and communities. For more information, contact  Glenn Omatsu, Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program, EOP Central, University Hall 205 (campus mail code: 8366); e-mail: glenn.omatsu@csun.edu. Meantime, mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m, when a reception honoring this years recipients will be held.


Tomorrow night, don’t miss: Friday, October 14, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, a new monthly film series, “Reimagining Narrative,” returns with a screening of Věra Chytilová’s Daises, which has been described as “an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.” Free & open to the public, this new monthly film series seeks to create a space for interdisciplinary study and discussion of innovative narrative forms. The organizers hope to build on the success of the previous screening, which garnered 30+ audience members and a spirited conversation. Curated and hosted collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs, Assistant Professor of English, & Katharine Mason, M.A. candidate in English, each film in the Reimagining Narrative series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow.

And (another reminder), most of us will already be here because of tomorrow’s not-to-miss either Department meeting.


This one is for students, and it’s big, so please help spread the word: the Los Angeles Review of Books and the University of Southern California are launching a new summer publishing program designed to provide an immersive, five-week training designed to prepare students for the publishing world of the future. The new program, the Los Angeles Review of Books / USC Publishing Workshop, will have its inaugural session in summer 2017, and be hosted on the USC campus. Open to rising juniors, seniors, and graduates from any college or university, nationally and internationally, interested in a career in publishing, LARB‘s first priority is to make the program available to all qualified applicants, regardless of their ability to pay, and is strongly committed  not just to training the publishing professionals of the future, but diversifying the industry. More information on the program and application instructions are available here: www.thepublishingworkshop.com.


Kate Haake has published two pieces in the new fall issue of the Santa Monica Review–a lyric essay, “War Protest,” and a postworld parable, “Something Human Burning.”

Christopher Higgs experimental memoir, As I Stand Living, has been selected for publication by editor Janice Lee at the well-established independent publisher Civil Coping Mechanisms for inclusion in their innovative #RECURRENT book series imprint, an ongoing series of exceptional writing…[that] seeks to push the boundaries of narrative with books that seek to reconstruct, reimagine & expand on existing narrative spaces.” Many, many kudos, Chris!

Noreen Lace published a story, “Harvey Levin Can’t Die” in the August/September issue of Giggle Galore.

Martin Pousson‘s invited review of The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism has just been published in the current issue of The Archive (https://www.leslielohman.org/the-archive/no58/issue58.pdf).

Always a good source for updates on students success, Martin reports the following:  Kaitlin Pollard (BA Spring ’16, English CW) has been promoted to Marketing Communications Associate at SAGE Publishing; Justin La Torre (BA Spring ’16, English CW) has been hired as Marketing Communications Writer for Anthem; Leticia Valente (BA Spring ’16, English CW) has been hired as Volunteer Coordinator for LitCrawl LA.; James Bezerra (MA Spring ’16, English CW) has begun the MFA Writing Program at Portland State University. Thanks, Martin! Keep us posted.

Kim Young has new poems in Hotel Amerika, [PANK], Strutco, and the Cincinnati Review, where she received an honorable mention for the Robert and Adele Schiff Award in poetry.

Volume 43:3

September 29th, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:3)


Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake 



Announcing (drum roll) an exciting exciting new year-long (inaugural?) film series, Reimagining Narrative, co-curated by Chris Higgs and (MA student) Katharine Mason. Launched September 23, with David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, the series continues on Friday, October 14, with Věra Chytilová’s Daisies, a Czech New Wave film from 1966 that has been described as “an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.” This series is free and open to the public, and takes place in the LNJ Room (JR 319), at 7:00 p.m.  Screenings will be introduced and contextualized prior to viewing, with open discussion to follow. Stay tuned for details about future events. For more information, contact Professor Higgs at christopher.higgs@csun.edu.

The COPD (Career Opportunities and Professional Development) group is pleased to announce an event that will explore graduate options in creative writing, with a special look at the difference between MFA and PhD programs. This event features guest speakers, Chris Higgs and Rick Mitchell, and will take place on Tuesday, October 4, at 5:00 p.m., in ST 703. All are welcome — grads, undergrads, faculty. Come see what the future may hold for you and/or your students.

The Faculty Retreat Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the 2017 Faculty Retreat will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please save the date if you’d like to attend. Proposals are invited from those who’d like to address faculty and student success that contributes to the reputation and visibility of CSUN. The deadline for proposals is October 17, and the online proposal form is available at http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/faculty-retreat-proposals.


Do not forget: we are in Open Enrollment season, which extends through next Friday, October 7. No action is required if you do not plan to make any changes in your benefits. But if, for example, you want to take advantage of our pre-tax childcare or health care benefits, you do need to re-enroll.

As previously announced, the Santa Monica Review Fall 2016 launch reading is taking place Sunday, October 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The evening will feature a welcome and introduction by poet, teacher, and activist, Susan Suntree, and readings by Monona Wali, Richard Wirick, Michelle Latiolais, and Kate Haake, who will be introduced by our very own Sean Pessin. (Thank you, Sean.)


This one’s for students: The Oakland Arts Review, an undergraduate literary magazine published by Oakland University in Michigan, is looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts, graphic narratives, as well as artwork for our cover. There is no submission fee and students can submit online at their website: www.oaklandartsreview.com. Submissions are accepted year round, but they will start considering work in October and will finalize decisions for their second issue by November. They are also excited to offer the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Poetry and Nonfiction, recognizing work that addresses the experience of being Muslim in America. First prize in each category, $500 and publication; second prize, $300 and publication. Please let your students know.

The George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy will be accepting applications from October 1 through November 30. Designed to support emerging writers at a critical stage in their careers, the award provides the 2016-17 Fellow with a stipend of $15,570, plus housing, meals, and benefits. The duties of the Fellow are to work towards the completion of a manuscript of a book, and to be accessible, at times, for conversation with students interested in writing during the time the Fellow is in residence at Exeter. Sounds great! More information can be found at www.exeter.edu/bennettfellowship.


Martin Pousson’s new novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, was featured at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and he moderated the “Southern Reads” panel during the Trade Show in Savannah, Georgia. He was the featured book club author for Diesel Bookstore in Brentwood. And he read from Black Sheep Boy for Tongue & Groove at The Hotel Café in Hollywood.

Volume 43:2

September 15th, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:2)


Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake 



Faculty undergoing personnel review will not want to miss Retention, Tenure, and Promotion, an informal discussion on the process. The event will take place in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room of the Oviatt Library on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Members of reviewing agencies such as Department Chairs, members of Department and College Personnel Committees, and Deans and faculty planning to seek promotion in rank in future years are also invited and encouraged to attend.

The Oviatt Library and the Office of the Provost cordially invites you to the 8th Annual Research Fellow Colloquium, when our distinguished Research Fellows will be talking about their — research! And bring your classes with you to the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room in the Oviatt Library on  Tuesday, October 11,  from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

On Sunday, October 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Santa Monica Review will be hosting a reading to celebrate the publication of its fall 2016 issue. The evening will feature a welcome and introduction by poet, teacher, and activist, Susan Suntree, and readings by Monona Wali, Richard Wirick, Michelle Latiolais, and Kate Haake. So if your Sunday afternoon brings you to Santa Monica, please consider joining us there.

Please let your students know that the Northridge Creative Writing Circle is undergoing a metamorphosis this semester! Even if they missed the first meeting, which took place on September 13, they should stay tuned for more, as this club, along with our others, such as the Sigma Tau Delta, AGSE, and the Critical Theory Club, offer exciting opportunities to students for involvement, new experiences and communities, and fun.


This being the season of memos, be sure to read the ones you receive. There are all kinds of things to be aware of — outside employment (there are rules and restrictions), policies for examinations and religious observations (be informed and accommodating), selling books to the book buyers who haunt our halls and inboxes (don’t) — and you may miss out on them if you don’t read all your mail.

For example, President Harrison wants us to remember that safety on campus is a shared responsibility. Toward that end, please make note of the important resource, 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 Cal State Northridge home page, http://www.csun.edu. Additionally, please see the Office of Equity and Diversity’s website at www.csun.edu/eqd for information on confidential on- and off-campus support services, sexual misconduct response and prevention, reporting resources, and more information regarding CSUN’s policies against discrimination. Finally, make sure that the contact information on your portal is current and complete so that, in the event of emergency, you will not be left out of potentially invaluable real-time notifications.

Ronaldo wants this information, too, so please get your updated contact and emergency contact information to him soon.

President Harrison also wants us to Help Make CSUN Shine Bright! Please visit the program website at http://www.csun.edu/MakeCSUNShineBrighter to share thoughts, opinions and creative ideas on this semester’s topic: diversity. What are promising campus practices for using diversity to equip our students for 21st century success [e.g., enhancing critical thinking, creativity, and boundary-spanning leadership skills]? How can we create learning environments that take full advantage of CSUN’s unique diversity-related strengths? How we can better celebrate, support, and facilitate inclusivity and diversity? All students, faculty and staff are invited to respond by submitting thoughts on the webform through October 7, 2016.

It’s Open Enrollment Time, September 12 through October 7. This is your opportunity not just to select your health care option, but also to enroll in pre-tax benefits, like child care and health care, and other benefits that could save you money!

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


The West Valley Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library has selected to participate in a system-wide program called The Bard Goes West, which will celebrate Shakespeare’s presence in everything from 19th theatres, to early to contemporary film adaptations, to the wide range of other ways Shakespeare was enjoyed throughout the history of the West Coast. The program will run from November 2016 through February 2017. Toward that end, librarian Daryl A. Maxwell is looking for someone in our department who is knowledgeable about Shakespeare, his work, and possibly their impact on CA and/or the West Coast? Anyone interested in participating can contact Daryl at dmaxwell@lapl.org.

The American Comparative Literature Association conference is looking for proposals that explore postcolonial responses to creative writing as a globalized discipline, and we are considering submissions through September 23. The conference will take place at Utrecht University on July 6 through 9, 2017. Here is the call: http://www.acla.org/postcolonial-responses-globalized-discipline-creative-writing.

This one is for your undergraduate creative writing students: The Blue Route, a national, undergraduate literary journal, is currently accepting submissions for issue 17. Please encourage your undergraduate students to submit their very best poetry, short fiction, or creative nonfiction. This journal pays 25 dollars for accepted work! More information is available at https://widenerblueroute.org.

And another one for students: The Santa Ana River Review, the graduate-student-run literary journal of the University of California, Riverside’s MFA program is open for submissions through the 15th of November! In addition to reviewing work in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Visual Arts, this year they are also hosting a Dramatic Works Contest, with NO SUBMISSION FEE and a TOP PRIZE of $100! With this contest, they are looking for truly unique 10-minute works unhindered by the confines of a production budget or performance restrictions. For more information, please visit their webpage at sarreview.ucr.edu.


Irene Clark’s article, “Genre, Identity, and the Brain: Insights from Neuropsychology,” has been published in The Journal of General Education, Volume 65, Number 1, 2016, pp, 1-19. Her chapter, titled “Assembling Knowledge: The Role of Threshold Concepts in Facilitating Transfer,” written in collaboration with Linda Adler-Kassner, Liane Robertson, Kara Taczak, and Kathleen Blake Yancey, is the first chapter in Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, published by the WAC Clearinghouse, edited by Chris M. Anson and Jessie L. Moore. During her sabbatical, she gave two presentations at the University of Coventry on the topic of writing assignments and a presentation concerned with thesis and dissertation writing at Queen Mary University, London.

Noreen Lace‘s short fiction, “Of Strays and Exes,” was published in New Beginnings, released by Pilcrow and Dagger in June 2016. The same story was chosen for July’s podcast, available on their website www.pilcrowdagger.com/podcasts.

Volume 43:1

September 1st, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:1)

Chair: Kent Baxter                                                                                                                               Notes compiled by: Kate Haake


News flash: we’re back.

Here’s hoping everyone had wonderful summers and that all are looking forward to the new school year!

Also, please send your news, announcements, and achievements to me at kate.haake@csun.edu, because I’m compiling these notes, again. It’s always great to hear from you, so please – please – don’t be shy.

Nominations are now closed for the College Personnel and Sabbatical Committees. But don’t be glum: if you missed the boat this time around, please mark it on your calendars for next year.

You are warmly invited to attend the 2016 CSUN Freshman Convocation occurring Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Library Lawn, an honored celebration of learning that welcomes our freshman class to our campus community. Get out your regalia and come join the fun. Freshman are new freshman for just such a very short time!

Mark your calendars now for the Wings/New Voice October 21th from 3-5 in the Grand Salon. This is a great celebration of our students and their writing, and you will miss out if you miss it.

Another thing not to miss: Banned Books Readout, with Pizza! Friday, September 30, 2016 12:00-2:00 p.m. Ferman Presentation Room, Oviatt Library. Students will be giving dramatic readings from, presumably, banned books, so do let your own students know, banned books being an excellent subject for class discussion, and all.


Wendy Say, in our front office, is on leave for a bit, so please be patient, considerate, and resourceful.

Speaking of staff, let’s give another round of welcome to our new staff members to the English Department. Ruth Serrano will be joining us as a student assistant, and Ronaldo Noche will be temporarily filling the Main Office Administrative Support Assistant position.

Frank, or the front office, would like your office hours. It is very helpful for the front office staff to have your office hours so when students call them, they can direct the students to your available times. (PS They also want your syllabi.)

Please review your FERPA regulations memo regarding public posting of student grades and possible Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act issues, as recently sent out by Kent. For example, if you post grades in a public place (and why would you, given that students can access them instantaneously online?), you need to do so in a secret way that nobody can decode (and don’t even think about using parts of student ID’s or SSN’s). Same thing goes for emailing grades, or talking about them in class. The main thing is that student, and family, privacy is a real and important issue, and we all need to do our part to respect it.

Kent also sent you some useful information from Cheryl Spector on assisting new transfer students, who face a whole host of challenges, as we all know. The good news is that CSUN is excellently equipped to assist them. Maybe start with the new transfer webpage, at http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/new-transfers, and take it from there. And while you are at it, it might also be worth reviewing the Academic First Year Experiences Page at http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences, which might also prove useful to you — and your students — in the weeks ahead.

And here’s a little pre-reminder for you:  the Amenities Committee will soon be asking you, please, to contribute to our annual fund, which finances the holiday party, refreshments for department meetings, and celebrations for faculty and staff retirements and other milestones. Contributions (in the form of cash or checks) should be given to Marlene Cooksey (ST 704). Checks should be made out to “Amenities.” (Please don’t put cash in Marlene’s mailbox.) Suggested contributions may (or may not be) the same as last year — that’s up to the Amenities Committee. But for point of reference, we have been paying: Professor $70, Associate $50, Assistant $40, Lecturer $10. Thank you, Amenities Committee — and thank you, too, everyone else — in advance, for helping us fund department events and reimburse those who shop for these events!


The College of Humanities has a variety of grants and funding opportunities you should keep your eye out — and throw your hat in — for! These include the CoH Research Lab Faculty Affiliate Program, the Academic Programming Fund, the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program, the University Sabbatical Leave Program, the Distinguished Visiting Speaker Fund, the Probationary Faculty Research Program, and the College of Humanities Research Fellow Program. Details can be found on the COH webpage, at http://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activites-and-research, or in the lovely grid Jackie sent us by email this week that I can’t figure out how to duplicate here.

Don’t forget, either,  to check out the CSUN Faculty Development page at http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development. You can apply for grants, attend workshops to enrich your and teaching (learning centered and culturally responsive, to name a few), and even bring your laptop to the roof and write and do research with colleagues on Writing Mondays, to name just a few.

And heres an opportunity for your students: The Nation is currently looking for submissions to its student writing contest, in response to the following prompt: It’s clear that the political system in the United States isn’t working for many young people. What do you think is the central issue for your generation in Election 2016? 10 finalists and two winners total will be selected – six from college students, six from those in high school. Winners will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a lifetime Nation subscription. Finalists receive $250. The winning essays will be published in The Nation magazine and at thenation.com. For complete guidelines, please see https://www.thenation.com/article/the-2016-nation-student-writing-contest/. Please help spread the word.


During her recent sabbatical, Kate Haake published a co-authored essay, “The Bold and the Beautiful: Rethinking Undergraduate Models,” in What We Talk About When We Talk About Creative Writing. She also had fiction appear in West Branch Wired (http://www.bucknell.edu/west-branch-wired/katharine-haake.html), Shenandoah (http://shenandoahliterary.org/652/2016/03/15/diptych-forbidden-red-rubber-ball-katharyn-haake/),  and, in August, in the London-based Litro@StorySunday (http://www.litro.co.uk/2016/08/crown-gold-fuzz/).

Dr. Kim Knight, an assistant professor of emerging media and communication at UT Dallas and a former TA in our department, has received the 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for her work and innovation in the classroom. Knight credits her training here for her achievement. “From the very beginning, Dr. Clark helped me frame the classroom as a space that should place students and their thinking at the center,” Knight said.

Over the summer, Martin Pousson’s new novel, Black Sheep Boy, was released in hardcover by Rare Bird Lit. Two of his short stories were published: “Most Holy Ghost” in TriQuarterly (https://www.triquarterly.org/issues/issue-150/most-holy-ghost) and “Black Sheep Boy” in Eclectica (http://www.eclectica.org/v20n3/pousson.html). “Black Sheep Boy” also was a finalist for the Glimmer Train Fiction Open prize. Two of his essays were published: one on the Orlando mass shooting in The Advocate, where it was an Editor’s Pick, and one on LGBTQ history in MEL Magazine. He performed readings at Women & Children First in Chicago, Dog Eared in San Francisco, Skylight in Los Angeles, and Roar Shack & 826LA in Echo Park.

Linda Rader Overman‘s essay “Mestiza consciousness of La Fontera/Borderlands in Sandra Cisneros and Helena María Viramontes,” was published this spring in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the the American West . Ed. Steven Frye. New York: Cambridge Univ Press.



Volume 42:14

May 5th, 2016 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:14)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon



Summer on the horizon…Hard to believe another school year is closing….

Great Retirement Party Last Saturday~Wonderful Hosts Dorothy and Phil Barresi, Amenities Committee did a nice job, Sharon Klein provided excellent introductions to the eleven retirees and an opportunity to see those we hadn’t seen in awhile.  If you didn’t get to say goodbye to your favorite retiree–some are finishing the semester–search the halls and bid adieu.  Others left in Fall–you’ll have try email and texting


Tonight May 5th 7:00 pm JR 319 Wendy C. Ortiz will read from her acclaimed memoir Excavation. And Kate Rowe will introduce a new piece of creative non-fiction.

May 12th 7pm JR 319 698D reading and party to celebrate completion of their projects–poetry, narrative and drama/performance.  Come…Enjoy   (refreshments)

Martin Pousson will launch his new novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, at Skylight Books May 26, 7:30


Deadline for submissions to Wings May 13th 5pm  Questions–Ask JC Lee

Deadline for submissions to New Voices May 20th Noon  Questions–Ask JC Lee

Grades Due Friday May 27th…Get them in early and save yourself hassle if you need help and no one is available


Raquel Gutiérrez, part of the Central American Studies Lecture Series, May 10th 12:30 Sequoia Hall 104. She is an actor, curator, publisher, playwright and community organizer. Sponsored by Gender and Women’s Studies, Queer Studies in addition to Central American Research and Policy Institute. Sounds Interesting.


Raegen Pietrucha’s debut poetry chapbook, An Animal I Can’t Name, is the winner of the 2015 Two of Cups Press Chapbook contest…it has also been published. Raegen’s first poems were published in the Northridge Review as winners of the Academy of American Poets Prize. Raegen passes on a thank you to those who believed in the work, and especially Dorothy Barresi and Leilani Hall.

Martin Pousson’s invited essay “Right Time for Right Side” will be published in The Archive Fall 2016


until another semester ~                                                              RosaMaria out  ~