Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Angus McLinn Will Read His Award-Winning Story "Baby Teeth" In Group Reading at Cornelia Street Cafe

Angus McLinn (Creative Writing MFA candidate) will be giving a public reading of his short story "Baby Teeth," which won first prize in the "Quarter Life Crisis" contest held by Three Rooms Press and will be featured in that press's forthcoming book Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Stories (April, 2016).

The reading will be at the Prose Poetry Party 3 at Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan) on Friday, December 4th.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

LIU Brooklyn Campus Goes Tobacco-Free

LIU is committed to providing its students, employees, and visitors with a safe and healthy environment as well as aggressively promoting the values of reason and ethics at the core of higher education. In light of these commitments and the findings of the U.S. Surgeon General that tobacco use and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke are significant health hazards, LIU Brooklyn, after many months of discussion and outreach, has established the following tobacco-free policy, effective January 1, 2016.

The use of any form of tobacco is prohibited anywhere on the property of the LIU Brooklyn campus, including all buildings, private offices, open park areas and green space, University vehicles, playing fields, dormitories, locker rooms, loading docks, storage areas, terraces and garages. This policy covers the use of all tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarette and cigar smoking, chewing and smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, and powdered tobacco. Further, all tobacco promotions, advertising, marketing, sponsorship of events or individuals and distribution are prohibited from campus. This policy applies to anyone who uses the LIU Brooklyn campus, including employees, students, and visitors.

For those who would like to participate in on-campus activities to promote a smoke-free campus, please contact Carole Griffiths ( or Jolanta Kruszelnicka (

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Patrick Horrigan: Messages for Gary

LIU Brooklyn's Performing Arts Department Theatre Program presents MESSAGES FOR GARYby Patrick E. Horrigan (English Department, LIU Brooklyn),
directed by Iris Rose.

This absorbing one-act play documents the true-life story of a young political activist and writer named Gary Lucek.  For unknown reasons, from 1987 until 1991 Gary saved all of his incoming answering machine tapes. Horrigan transcribed those tapes word for word (15 tapes in total, amounting to 18 hours of messages), and shaped them into this one-act play, which tells the story of Gary's life in silhouette. Through the ordinary voices of everyday people, the play chronicles the dawning of AIDS activism, the changing tides of local and national politics, as well as the often tangled lives of Gary's family, friends, lovers, and acquaintances. 
MESSAGES FOR GARY is both an intimate portrait of a unique individual and a devastating commentary on the struggle to find humanity in an increasingly alienated world. More than just a time capsule of the late 80s and early 90s, MESSAGES FOR GARY is a meditation on technology and its impact on the way we talk, listen, and care for each other.

MESSAGES FOR GARY was a commercial and critical hit when it was first produced as part of the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival.  This new production, with a wonderful cast of LIU-Brooklyn student actors, is the first revival in over 16 years.
Student actors include Chris Burgess, Morgan Hotchkiss, Winchelle Jean-Pierre, Kyle Petrshin, Samantha Samant, Alexander Simon, Aidan Wallace, and Andrew Williams.

November 17-21, 2015 @ 7PM.
The Barbara and Melvin Pasternack Little Theatre (Humanities Building, Room H608).

Tickets are $5 each.

Email Valerie Cardinal at to reserve seats.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Advisement & Mentoring Info for English Majors & List of Faculty Mentors

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The English Department is committed to providing English majors with the best possible academic and professional guidance as they complete their degrees and contemplate life beyond graduation. To that end, the Department offers a strong program of advisement and mentoring.

Wayne Berninger is the Registration Advisor for all undergraduate English majors. He will help you keep track of your progress toward graduation and can answer any questions you may have about requirements and registration. Please meet with Mr. Berninger each semester before you register for classes, even if you have another advisor elsewhere (e.g., if you are in Honors, or if English is your second major). When the time comes, he will help you make sure your Application for Graduation is in order. Mr. Berninger is also the contact person in the Department for evaluation of transfer credits.


Registration begins in October for the spring semester and in March for the summer and fall. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates. To best prepare for Registration, follow these steps.

1. Check your Advisement Sheet to see what courses you still need. Consult the Schedule of Classes to see which of your required courses are being offered in the coming semester. Read our professors' descriptions of those specific sections on this page on the English Department blog.

2. Sketch out a tentative schedule for yourself. It's a good idea to have back-up courses in mind. Make sure you've met any prerequisites and that there are no scheduling conflicts.

3. When the time comes to schedule advisement appointments, Mr. Berninger will notify you via e-mail. In addition, Mr. Berninger uses an app called Remind, which makes it possible to send a single text message that goes to the whole group. To sign up for this free service, if you haven't already done so, go here. The widget below shows the most recent text messages that have gone out. 

4. Mr. Berninger uses an app called Setster for appointment-booking. To book your own appointment, go here. This short video shows how to use the app.

5. Register for your courses. If for some reason you're unable to register online, Mr. Berninger can sign a registration card for you to take to the Registrar. Once you've successfully registered, e-mail Mr. Berninger to let him know. Also notify him whenever you make any changes to your schedule.


Every English major also has an Academic Mentor. This member of the English Department faculty will advise you about all aspects of your academic career other than registration. You can go to your Academic Mentor at any time for advice about a variety of academic matters, from choosing electives with an eye toward career preparation, to selecting a second major or an appropriate minor, to making a decision about graduate school and career goals. You may always seek advice on an informal basis from any member of the English Department faculty, but please meet with your assigned Academic Mentor at least once per semester to discuss your progress in the major and your plans for the future. Keep your Academic Mentor informed about how you are doing in your studies so that he or she can provide you with the best academic guidance possible.

Mentor assignments are as follows.

Go here for mentors' contact info

  • student (concentration) -- mentor
  • Sarai Arroyo (CW) -- John High
  • NEW! Heather Browne (WR) -- Donald McCrary
  • Stephen Cadavillo (Lit) -- Patrick Horrigan
  • Ralph Dorsinville (Lit) -- Jonathan Haynes
  • Kathryn Dure  (Lit) -- Sealy Gilles
  • Karisma Everett (WR) -- Deborah Mutnick
  • Celina Flores (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Alicia Folk (WR) -- Donald McCrary
  • Megan Gray (CW) -- John High
  • Kristen Heim (Lit) -- Srividhya Swaminathan
  • NEW! Arianna Honore-Sebreth (CW) -- John High
  • Shanica Huggins (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Joy Jackson (WR) -- Michael Bokor
  • Joann Jeannot (Lit) -- Leah Dilworth
  • Donte'Sha Jones (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Leatrice Jones (Lit) -- Michael Bennett
  • Yu June Lee (WR) -- Michael Bokor
  • Madison Lukosius (WR) -- John Killoran
  • Nichia McFarlane (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Keila Matthews (Lit) -- Louis Parascandola
  • Jocelyn Melendez (WR) -- Deborah Mutnick
  • Yelissa Melendez (WR) -- Patricia Stephens
  • Jessica Montrose (Lit) -- Sealy Gilles
  • Priscilla Paulino (Lit) -- Patrick Horrigan
  • Jessica Persaud (CW) -- John High
  • Rebecca Rimple (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • NEW! Destinee Rodriguez (WR) -- John Killoran
  • Alyssa Saunders (CW) -- John High
  • Roksolana Sheverack (Lit) -- Leah Dilworth
  • Mahima Singh (Lit) -- Bernard Schweizer
  • Brandi Sutherland (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Remson Younge (CW) -- John High
  • NEW! Karen Zhang (Lit) -- Sealy Gilles


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Barbara Henning: Poems

Four poems from Twelve Green Rooms by Barbara Henning (English) have been republished online at Water, Water Everywhere, a blog of poems, short prose & art. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Book Party & Reading for Daniel Owen & Tony Iantosca

We are happy to report that two recent alumni from the English Department's Creative Writing MFA program have new poetry collections available from United Artists Books (Editor, Lewis Warsh).

United Artists and Shoestring Press, a fine art print shop and art space in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, will be hosting a book party and reading for Toot Sweet by Daniel Owen and Shut Up, Leaves by Tony Iantosca.

Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 7 PM.

Shoestring Press
663 Classon Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

2/3/4/5 to Franklin (on Eastern Parkway)
C or S to Franklin (on Fulton)
A to Nostrand
G to Classon.

About the books....

Toot Sweet
Daniel Owen
Cover by Pareesa Pourian
ISBN 0-935992-41-3
58p.   $15.00

“Like its punning title, Dan Owen’s agile first collection is playful but with a subtext of urgency. “We ask for nothing less than new / means of new streets,” he writes, but the request goes unanswered—which is what happens when poems end but whatever prompted them persists. Here, the prompts range from the cannibalism of cockroaches to the terrifying specter of ‘the Capital skull,’ from an image of ‘40 active war heads” to an intuition of existing in “a prison of safety.’ The cumulative effect is one of a quiet, persistent claim to some kind of agency against the odds. Even the puns and wordplay in Toot Sweet make for small acts of resistance, not in lieu of but in line with action in the world (‘things happen so we / take to the bridge’)—for puns also have the power to divert traffic from its prescribed course. Owen has developed a disabused but undeterred lyric mode, fit to metabolize ‘futurity’s bitty / beads of fat.’”  Anna Moschovakis
Toot Sweet, Daniel Owen’s exquisitely scaled long poem full of jaunts and song and a wry foregrounding of diction, strums delight. And values bewilderment. And acknowledges, without giving into, the power of despair. Its line--the sense of where you are in a poem--goes horizontal when you think you’ve caught its rhythm, never settles, is unmachine-like and possessed by touch. This makes for a pleasure-giving, complex, and quite beautiful read, open to anyone who looks for such qualities in this world.”  Anselm Berrigan

Shut Up, Leaves
Tony Iantosca

Cover by Zachary Cummings
ISBN 0-935992-42-1
96p.  $15.00

“Tony Iantosca's sentences sharpen all the senses at once; the heard world is as present as the seen and touched. "I’m tapping my foot to nothing much," but actually, it's the profound rhythm of elegy disguised as mundane, everyday life: street, couch, phone, heart. Something or someone is missing, it could be a dog, it could be the poet. There are rumors of Ted Greenwald and Joseph Ceravolo in these poems, amidst their self-deprecating vernacular, calling to mind William Carlos Williams when Spring and All was green. ‘Once poetry / was important I guess or at least / peripherally relevant to something / everyone else was doing.’ This is unfashionable and excellent poetry. Consider reading it to a lover so as to elicit a reciprocal feeling, ‘or whatever.’ It will work.” Matvei Yankelevich

“The poet-voyeur in Shut Up, Leaves walks his reader into a world of senseless losses and discrepancies. We go along, each poem a door to a new labyrinth of paradoxical situations, and we believe we are really heading somewhere. Iantosca’s poems are compelling in their imaginative engagement with language and emotion, and they make us rethink the way we see and live in the world. This is a necessary book.” Barbara Henning

Both books are available from the following:

Small Press Distribution,
United Artists Books,

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lewis Warsh: Moby Dick Marathon Reading

Lewis Warsh (English) will be one of the readers at this year's Moby Dick Marathon NYC, which is being co-sponsored by the Whitney Museum.

The reading begins on Friday, November 13, 2015 @ 11AM; and ends sometime the next day.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Jonathan Haynes: New Article

We are happy to congratulate Professor Jonathan Haynes (English) on the publication of his chapter “La fondazione di Nollywood: ‘Living in Bondage’.” (Trans. Alessandro Jedlowski) in the book Lagos Calling: Nollywood e la reinvenzione del cinema in Africa (Eds. Alessandro Jedlowski and Giovanna Santanero; Ariccia, Italy: Arachne, 2015. 25-41.)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Core Faculty & Visiting Writers, Creative Writing MFA Program


Photo: David Shankbone
Jessica Hagedorn is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA Program. An award-winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter, poet, and performance artist, her novels include ToxicologyDream JungleThe Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the editor of both volumes of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology Of Contemporary Asian American Fiction, and the forthcoming Manila Noir. Her work in theater includes the stage adaptation of DogeatersMost WantedFe In The Desert, and Stairway To Heaven. Prizes and honors include the Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship, the Lucille Lortel Playwright’s Fellowship, the AAWW Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as fellowships from the Sundance Playwrights Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. See a video of Jessica speaking here.

Photo: David Gardiner
Lewis Warsh is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including Alien Abduction (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), One Foot Out The Door: Collected Stories (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), A Place In The Sun (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010), and Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary Books, 2008).  He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and The Fund for Poetry. His work has been widely anthologized, including The Best American Poetry Anthology (1997, 2002, 2003). He is co-editor of The Angel Hair Anthology, editor and publisher of United Artists Books, and teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at LIU Brooklyn.

Photo: Andrea Libin
A recipient of four Fulbright Fellowships, John High  has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (fiction and translation), the Witter Bynner Foundation, and Arts International. He is a former member of the Moscow Club Poetry and a founding editor of Five Fingers Review. Poet, translator, Zen monk—he has written ten books, including the novel, The Desire Notebooks, and his most recent, interconnected poetry collections: here, a book of unknowing, you are everything you are not, and forthcoming, 2016, vanishing acts (Talisman House). His translations of contemporary Russian poetry include books by Nina Iskrenko, Ivan Zhdanov, and Aleksei Parshchikov, and he is the chief editor for Crossing Centuries—The New Generation in Russian Poetry. His translations of Osip Mandelstam have appeared in The NationFulcrum, Denver Quarterly, Pen America, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Poetry. Recent readings include Istanbul, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Hangzhou, Venice and New York. Recent work has appeared in Verse, New American WritingThe Brooklyn Rail, Ugly Duckling Presse (6×6), Brooklyn Paramount, Poems by Sunday, Visceral Brooklyn, Conjunctions, Poetry Northwest, and Paris Lit Up. Poems from his recent four book series have been translated into French and Russian for the Paris Ivy Series, Upstairs at Duroc Literary & Arts Journal, and The St. Petersburg literary journal, Kreshchatik. He has taught creative writing and literature in Moscow, Istanbul, Hangzhou, and San Francisco, and teaches in the MFA program at LIU Brooklyn, where he was a recipient of the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Photo: Mookie Saperstein
Barbara Henning is the author of three novels and eleven collections of poetry. Her most recent publications are A Day Like Today (Negative Capability Press 2015); A Swift Passage (Quale Press, 2013); Cities & Memory (Chax Press, 2010); a novel, Thirty Miles to Rosebud (BlazeVox, 2009); and a collection of object-sonnets, My Autobiography (United Artists, 2007). She is the editor of The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins and a collection of interviews, Looking Up Harryette Mullen. She is a board member of the Belladonna Collaborative, editor of Long News: A Journal of Writing (1991-96) and a long-time yoga practitioner, having lived and studied in Mysore, India; she brings this knowledge and discipline to her writing and teaching for Naropa University (2006-14) and for the MFA program at Long Island University in Brooklyn.


Every year, we invite a writer to teach a course as a Distinguished Visiting Writer. Previous Visiting Writers are as follows.

Robert Antoni (2014) / Calvin Baker (2011) / Anselm Berrigan (2012) / Brenda Coultas (2009) / Thulani Davis (2007) / Kaylie Jones (2011) / Jaime Manrique (2009) / Alex Mindt (2010) / Sigrid Nunez (2015) / Akilah Oliver (2008) / Han Ong (2008), Martha Southgate (2012) / Anne Waldman (2010) / Matvei Yankelevich (2013).

Our Writers on Writing class also presents an opportunity for students to visit with and talk with a number of guest writers. The following is a complete list of those who have been guests.

Ammiel Alcalay (2013) / Gina Apostol (2013) / Paul Beatty (2009) / Bill Berkson (2009, 2015) / Anselm Berrigan (2009) / Donald Breckenridge (2013) / Charlotte Carter (2003) / Gabriel Cohen (2011) / Brenda Coultas (2003) / Samuel R. Delany (2007, 2011) / Monica de la Torre (2011) / Linh Dinh (2009) / Joseph Donahue (2012) / Vladimir Druk (2012) / Jennifer Egan (2011) / Zhang Er (2012, 2014) / Norman Fischer (2012) / Edward Foster (2012) / Tonya Foster (2007) / Gloria Frym (2009) / Renee Gladman (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) / Francisco Goldman (2012, 2014) / Richard Hell (2003) / Barbara Henning (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015) / David Henderson (2004) / Bob Holman (2011) / Fanny Howe (2010, 2012) / Erica Hunt (2003) / Laird Hunt (2011) / Marlon James (2011, 2012) / Kaylie Jones (2012) / Patricia Spears Jones (2009) / Dorothea Lasky (2013) / Doretta Lau (2014) / Eric Lehman (2002) / Gary Lenhart (2011) / Ben Lerner (2015) / Jocelyn Lieu (2013, 2014) / Eugene Lim (2015) / Katt Lissard (2004, 2007) / Michelle Major (2014) / Jaime Manrique (2010) / Bernadette Mayer (2007, 2009) / Albert Mobilio (2010) / Dennis Moritz (2005) / Tracie Morris (2011) / Anna Moschovakis (2007) / Uche Nduka (2014) / Murat Nemet-Nejat (2010, 2014) / Alice Notley (2013) / Idra Novey (2014) / Akilah Oliver (2010) / Maureen Owen (2004) / Ruth Ozeki (2012, 2014) / Ron Padgett (2011) / Willie Perdomo (2014) / Simon Pettet (2007, 2012) / Wang Ping (2007, 2011, 2013, 2015) / Kristin Prevallet (2009) / Karen Russell (2007, 2010) / Christopher Sawyer-Lau├žanno (2014) / Kyle Schlesinger (2013) / Eleni Sikelianos (2010) / Lynne Tillman (2009) / Edwin Torres (2003) / Chuck Wachtel (2007) / Anne Waldman (2004, 2007, 2013, 2015) / Colson Whitehead (2010) / Tyrone Williams (2015) / Elizabeth Willis (2011) / Matvei Yankelevich (2007, 2010).

Please visit The Longest Island (the English Department’s blog) for further information about the MFA and the other programs and activities of the Department, including upcoming readings by our faculty.