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Upcoming Events Fall 2018Upcoming English Department Events:

November 14, 2018: Tea & Scones- Airships, Fellowships, & Internships at 1 p.m. in Engleman D253.

November 28, 2018: Sigma Tau Delta Resume Writing Workshop with Professor Jason Lawrence at 1 p.m. in Engleman D264.

 November 2018 EventTea & Scones: Airships, Fellowships, & Internships! November 14, 2018 at 1 p.m. in Engleman D243 (English Department Common Room). Stop by for some tea and scones and listen to fellow students from LJMU and elsewhere talk about their time as exchange students. Also, hear about opportunities for upcoming fellowships and internships, as well as how to apply.

Past english Events:

October 2018 EventTea & Scones: Ask your Professor! October 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. in Engleman D253.  Forget syllabi and Blackboard. We're going to chat about the how/why questions of what it means to be a professor at SCSU, and life beyond campus. Featuring: Rachel Furey, Melissa Talhelm, Steven Larocco, and Tony Rosso.

 Tim Parrish"Where We Live", September 4, 2018. Listen to Professor Tim Parrish's recent NPR interview, "Being a Recovering Racist,"  here. He discusses what it was like to attend high school in rural Louisiana surrounded by violent racism, and his journey through life overcoming these beliefs.

Colloquium Colloquium and End-of-Semester Celebration, May 05, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Engleman D253. Come support the creative and scholarly work of undergraduates and graduates. The event will include intellectual food for the mind as well as tasty pizza, cookies, and beverages. 

Folio MarchFolio's 2018 Release Party, May 04, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the ASC Ballroom. Join us in the release of our new Folio edition. We'll have readings and presentations by our winning writers and artists. Free food, giveaways, and open mic. 

English Talk What to Do with an English Degree?, April 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Come hear from two former English majors talk about their current jobs and how an English degree prepared them for it. Support for this has been provided by an SCSU "Conversations in the Disciplines" grant. 

Deborah Stories as Introduction: How Lived Lives Create Interest in Our Fields, April 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join us for a talk with award-winning children's and young adult author Deborah Heiligman, followed by a book-signing. Funded by an SCSU Faculty Development Grant and brought to you by Adam Goldberg (Curriculum & Learning), Régine Randall (Graduate Reading), and Andrew Smyth (English)

AprilFolio's April Reading, April 06, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the ASC Fireplace Lounge. Join us for the last reading of the spring semester. We will have featured readers, along with an open mic/easel, free food, and giveaways. 

LEP WorkshopCoffee, Cookies, and Curriculum: An LEP Course Writing Workshop, April 06, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in ASC 309. Have a great idea for an LEP course? Need help navigating the LEP proposal process? This workshop is for you. Bring your course in progress or come to learn more about how to turn your idea into a successful LEP course. To register, go to Registration is limited to the first 25 participants. 


InternshipsInternships, Fellowships, Airships, April 04, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in ENG D253. Come hear English students Bruce Michaud and Tyler Korpani give talks on their internship and study abroad experiences. Free pizza will be provided. 

KathleenKathleen Wolak and Juliana Gray Reading, March 22, 2018 at 7:45 p.m. in ENG D253. Please come out to a reading by SCSU grad and genre writer, Kathleen Wolak (pictured here), and acclaimed poet, Juliana Gray.

EJWEnvironmental Justice Week will kick off with renowned nonfiction writer Kathryn Miles, March 05, 2018 from 1:10 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. in ENG A120. Miles will discuss her latest book, Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake. This event is part of the Visiting Writers Series. 

Author Kathryn Miles: 'Making a Career in Freelance Nonfiction Writing,' March 05, 2018 from 7:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in ENG D253. Miles will also be giving a talk on how to do research, face-to-face interviews, and making a career in freelance nonfiction writing. 

Folio MarchFolio's March Reading, March 02, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the ASC Fireplace Lounge. Join us for the second reading of the semester. We will have featured readers, an open mic/easel, food, and giveaways. 

Public Reading SCSU Readers: Furey and Labbe, February 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Professor Rachel Furey gives her first public reading at SCSU, joined by SCSU grad and current adjunct professor, Jason Labbe, who will be reading from his first full-length poetry collection, Spleen Elegy (BlazeVOX, 2017). Please come celebrate these two fine writers and colleagues. 

Awards Call for Entrants: The English Department Student Awards 2018. Submit your best critical essay or literary research paper, professional writing portfolio, or secondary education statement from the past two semesters (Spring or Fall 2017). Deadline is February 21, 2018. Click hyperlink for more information. 

Experiential Learning WorkshopExperiential Learning Workshop, February 15, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in ENG D253. Come meet visiting students from Liverpool John Moores University and learn to prepare a proposal for the SCSU Research & Creativity Conference in April. Free pizza will be provided. 

Anti-Valentine's DayHate to Love. Love to Party, February 14, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in ENG D253. Join the English Bookmarks Club for an anti-Valentine's Day party. Open mic, free food, raffle prizes, book swap, and rapport! 

Folio Folio's February Reading, February 02, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the ASC Fireplace Lounge. Come join us for the first reading of the spring semester. There will be an open mic/easel, food, and giveaways. 

First Thursdays "Reading in the Age of Spectacle: Alienation, Mechanization, and Book Burning" presented by Dr. Meredith Sinclair (English), February 01, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the Buley Art Gallery. Join us as Dr. Sinclair kicks off the 2018 First Thursdays faculty series with a talk on the consequences of divorcing the activity of reading from lived experience. 

"Hymning the Lamb: Blake and British Revival Hymnody" by Dr. George Rosso (English), April 05, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Buley Art Gallery. Dr. Rosso will be discussing the impact of eighteenth-century British hymnody on Blake's poetic myth and theology. 

Dr. KingMy March with Dr. King: A Celebration Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 31, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Adanti Student Center Ballroom. Please join us as Dr. Yan Searcy recounts his personal journey with Dr. King. Live entertainment and refreshments will be provided. 
Thrive Together#ThriveTogether, January 31, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Engleman B121. Come voice your needs and concerns as a college student. Photo booth, information, and light refreshments will be provided. Make yourself heard!
UUgly Sweatergly Sweater Party, December 06, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join us for free food, book swap, and an ugly sweater contest. The contest will be judged at 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Bookmarks English Club. 
Folio DecemberFolio's December Reading, December 01, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join us for the last reading of the semester. Featured readers, open mic, free food, and giveaways.  
MattisonAlice Mattison Gives Writing Advice, November 09, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. in Engleman D253. Alice Mattison, a widely acclaimed author and longtime writing teacher, will be joining us to discuss the stages of writing fiction, the writing life, and common traps to avoid.
NovemberFolio's November Reading, November 02, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the ASC Fireplace Lounge. We invite you to our second reading of the semester, complete with an open mic/easel, free food, and giveaways. 
Jennie"Representing Race and Voodoo in the Louisiana Federal Writers' Project" with Jennie O'Reilly, October 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. SCSU international exchange student from Liverpool John Moores University, Jennie O'Reilly, will be giving a talk on the works of the Louisiana Federal Writers' Project and their accounts of Voodoo in New Orleans.  


Madi"A Multidisciplinary Approach to Studying American Poetry" presented by undergraduate Madison Csejka (English), October 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Madison Csejka will be presenting her recent Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship into the history of anthologizing American poetry and its applications in the classroom. 

English Internships What to Do with an English Degree? October 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Engleman D266. Career Services will be discussing the internships available to English majors and minors. There are more options besides teaching! Brought to you by the Bookmarks English Club. 

Ray LennonWe're pleased to announce that our own Ray Lennon is the winner of the 2017 Rattle Poetry Prize! Lennon, whose poem was selected from well over 15,000 entries, will receive a $10,000 prize. Lennon's collection of poems is also a finalist for best Connecticut book of poetry of 2016. Congratulations, Ray!

Melissa Scholes Young Melissa Scholes Young and Greg Antonini Reading, October 11, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join us as Melissa Scholes Young reads from her debut novel Flood (Center Street, 2017), accompanied by SCSU grad Greg Antonini, who will be reading from his first collection of poetry, Speaking in Hands (Flying Horse Press, 2017).


Lyric HallMFA Students and Faculty Reading, Saturday, October 07, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Join us at Lyric Hall in Westville as current and former MFAs share from their work, followed by an open mic. Lyric Hall is located at 827 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT 06515. 

Folio OctoberFolio's October Reading, October 05, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the ASC Fireplace Lounge. Come support Folio in its first reading of the fall semester. Free food, giveaways, and an open mic. Share your work among friends! 

First Thursdays "Humanist and Anti-Humanist Humanities: A New Way to Understand the Canon Wars" presented by Dr. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch (English), October 05, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Buley Art Gallery. Join us as Dr. Kalbfleisch gives the first lecture of the First Thursdays faculty series for 2017 - 2018 on the Canon Wars as a conflict between two humanistic paradigms. 

CafeCafé Bookmarks, September 27, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join Bookmarks English Club in its first event of the semester! Book swap, refreshments, and open mic. We hope to see you there!


 the swoopThe Swoop | Fall 2017 - Hear from our students about what's been going on in the English Department this semester, from student academic achievements to alumni involvement and more.


MFA in Creative Writing Annual MFA in Creative Writing Thesis Reading, May 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join us in celebrating the achievements and hard work of our graduate writers! Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Students of Southern's MFA in Creative Writing. 

Barton Dog Medicine Reading April 2017Julie Barton Reading, April 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Engleman A120. Southern grad Julie Barton (MA, SCSU, MFA, Vermont College of the Fine Arts) reads from her New York Times bestseller Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself (Penguin, 2015). Sponsored by the SCSU Creative Writing Program.

What is Reform March 2017

"What is Reform? 1517-2017," March 02 - 03, 2017 at 5 p.m. on March 02 in Engleman A120. A two-day symposium at SCSU marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Reformation, featuring Dr. Carlos Eire (Yale), Dr. Steve Mentz (St. Johns), Dr. Greg Kneidel (UConn), and Dr. Karl Gunther (U Miami), organized by Dr. Joel Dodson (English, SCSU) and the Renaissance Studies Minor.  

Susan Howe Poster"A Conversation with Susan Howe," November 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in Engleman D253. One of the preeminent poets of her generation, Susan Howe, comes to the SCSU English Department for a conversation on poetry and poetics with Dr. Charles Baraw (English). 

SCSU English Department special guestUndergraduate and Graduate Colloquium, December 09, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Come support the research and creative writing of graduate and undergraduate students.

Update: The program featured four panels. We would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Vara Neverow for organizing an excellent event.

SCSU English Department special guest"The toy/become the aesthetic archetype:" Mina Loy and the Material Word, November 15, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in Engleman D253. Ryan Coogan, visiting from Liverpool John Mores University, explores the role of materiality in the literary and visual works of 20th-century poets who engage with the visual arts. In particular, his thesis examines key poems, art works and performances by Mina Loy, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Susan Howe, Joan Retallack and Paula Claire.

SCSU English Department special guest"The World of Gaming, Gaming in the World," April 21, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in Engleman C112. Join us for an interdisciplinary academic symposium on the influence of gaming on identity, gender, and culture, featuring keynote speaker and visiting scholar Dr. Joaquin Granell Zafra.