1. Announcements

The Northridge Review is celebrating its first ever digital release with a virtual reading happening on Friday, April 24th from 5:00–8:00 p.m. The event will include an open mic reading @ 5:30 p.m. and a contributor reading @ 6:30 p.m. Save the date and come join us at the launch next Friday! Students should RSVP if they would like to participate in the open mic (5-minute maximum per reader) or join the NR reading to be admitted to the literary splendor without reading their own work. And, of course, faculty are warmly invited to attend as well. Unfortunately, it is B.Y.O.S. (bring your own snacks) this time.

Additionally, the submissions window for the Fall 2020 issue of The Northridge Review has been extended until April 25th. Submissions are free, reviewed anonymously, and open to poetry, prose, drama, and art. Students may submit their work by going to submissions. Please encourage students you know to check it out.

Social distancing got you feeling cooped up? Looking for something to do virtually on a Friday night? Join us for an evening of poetry and prose as graduate students from CSUN’s English Department Graduate Studies read their best creative work in a virtual reading event. This will be the first ever Virtual Graduate Reading Series from CSUN’s English Department! Poetry readings from Angel Baker, Annabelle Bonebrake, Carl Robinette and Miguel Noh. Prose readings from Michael Washington and Sam Goli. Anyone can join as an audience member via Zoom. For those who have never used Zoom it is quick to set up. Just click the link on the night of the event and follow the instructions that appear. Feel free to start the conversation on social media now, and on the night of, at #VirtualGRS2020. Join the event by clicking the link on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

The English Department is pleased to announce the opening of the application process for the Spring Awards. Please encourage students to apply. For detailed information on the many student awards we offer, please visit Spring Awards.

2. Reminders

The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2020 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. The AAP is also 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. To Enter: Submit one to three poems, accompanied by a cover sheet, to their Canvas site: ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS. Poems may be any length or style. Your name should not appear on the poems. Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the titles of the poems you are submitting. All work must be typed and submitted in a single word doc. The cover sheets will be separated before being sent to the national judge. Submissions are judged anonymously. The winners will be announced in May. For more information please contact Leilani Hall at leilani.hall@csun.edu or Dorothy Barresi at dorothy.barresi@csun.edu. Deadline: April 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

As we continue our new reality, teaching remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty Technology Center and Faculty Development is hosting several workshops to assist our transition to online teaching. For information on the upcoming workshops, please visit FacDev.

Students who are currently experiencing COVID-19 issues of any kind and would like to drop a class must do so by Friday, April 17. After Friday, Undergraduate Studies will only accept new, emergent COVID-19 issues (i.e. issues that start happening after the 17th) as a reason for late drops. For the form, please see schedule change. Undergraduate and second bachelor’s students use this form to request a change of academic schedule only after the Late Registration/Schedule.

Amber Norwood is working with Faculty Development as a resource for faculty who want a hand, a sounding board, or one-on-one chat about what’s happening in your classes, what could be happening, and how to make it happen. Feel free to email her at amber.norwood@csun.edu to chat or zoom.

3. Opportunities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $22.2 million in grants for 224 humanities projects across the country. These grants will enable the production of a 90-minute documentary on singer and civil rights pioneer Marian Anderson, support a Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition on Rockwell’s Four Freedoms series, and bolster the digital infrastructure of the Walt Whitman Archive to allow greater access to this online scholarly repository. For more information, visit NEH.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. For more information, visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants.

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 Grant Cycle. Grants are described below. They seek proposals for the following grant opportunities:

Pedagogical Grant – up to $2,500 per faculty member applicant;
Faculty Engaged Research or Creative Activity Grant – up to $1,500 per faculty applicant;
Seed Grant – up to $1,000 per faculty applicant;
Student Scholar Grant – up to $500 to pay a student scholar to support your teaching;
Travel Grant – up to $500 per faculty applicant.

Visit the Grant Opportunities page for more details. Application Deadline: April 20, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. to the grant specific email address noted on each application.

4. Achievements

Congratulations to our undergraduate and graduate students for the unprecedented and major adjustments they have made to continue their educations online.

Congratulations to the English Department faculty for the unprecedented and major adjustments they have made to offer their courses online.