Monday, July 20, 2015

Daphne Horton: Reading at Brooklyn Public Library Event for Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize Stories Project

Daphne Horton, an alumna of the English Department’s undergraduate English major program, will read her story, “The Burning of Brooklyn,” at the the Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize readings on September 15th, 2015. The readings are being presented in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklyn Collection and will showcase half a dozen authors who were finalists for the Brooklyn Non-Fiction program since 2011. Brooklyn Collection archive of Brooklyn Non-fiction Prize Stories Project: The Brooklyn Collection will archive the Brooklyn stories presented at this event in their collection. The stories will be housed as an anthology of Brooklyn Non-fiction Prize stories. About the Brooklyn Collection: The Brooklyn Collection houses a rich assortment of Brooklyn-related research materials and archival documents.

When: Tuesday, September 15th.  From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Where: The Info Commons Lab Brooklyn Public Library which is located on the first floor of BPL’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

Tuesday, July 14, 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
  • Krista Benitez (WR) -- Michael Bokor
  • Barrington Boothe (WR) -- John Killoran
  • Stephen Cadavillo (Lit) -- Patrick Horrigan
  • Fanta Camara (Lit) -- Sealy Gilles
  • Melissa Clermont (Lit) -- Donald McCrary
  • Ralph Dorsinville (Lit) -- Jonathan Haynes
  • Kathryn Dure  (Lit) -- Sealy Gilles
  • Laquesha Ekowo (CW) -- John High
  • Celina Flores (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Alicia Folk (WR) -- Donald McCrary
  • Megan Gray (CW) -- John High
  • Candace Harris (Lit) -- Louis Parascandola
  • Kristen Heim (Lit) -- Srividhya Swaminathan
  • 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
  • Keila Matthews (Lit) -- Louis Parascandola
  • Nichia McFarlane (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Jessica Montrose (Lit) -- Sealy Gilles
  • Priscilla Paulino (Lit) -- Patrick Horrigan
  • Jessica Persaud (CW) -- John High
  • Rebecca Rimple (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Roksolana Sheverack (Lit) -- Leah Dilworth
  • Mahima Singh (Lit) -- Bernard Schweizer
  • Tashawana Smith (WR) -- Patricia Stephens
  • Miguel Sosa (WR) -- Donald McCrary
  • Brandi Sutherland (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Remson Younge (CW) -- John High

Friday, July 10, 2015

MA in English

The M.A. in English gives students a choice of three areas of concentration:

   •  Literature

   •  Writing & Rhetoric

Teaching assistantships, graduate fellowships, and scholarships are available on a limited basis. All courses are taught by full-time faculty members and are offered on weekdays (in the late afternoon and evening), and occasionally on Saturdays.

For more information, contact the English Department's graduate advisement coordinator, Jake Matkov.

BA in English

The 128-credit B.A. in English offers students the opportunity to concentrate in:

   •  Creative Writing
   •  Literature
   •  Writing & Rhetoric

All English majors gain a breadth of knowledge of English literary traditions, including American and Anglophone literatures around the world. In the Creative Writing concentration, students develop their abilities to express themselves imaginatively in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students concentrating in Writing & Rhetoric hone their skills in writing clearly and persuasively for any audience or purpose. In all three programs, students gain an extensive knowledge of literature, a sense of the scope of English studies, and familiarity with important issues in their fields of concentration. All three programs require the completion of 33 credits in English courses numbered 100 or above.

For more information, contact the English Department's undergraduate advisor, Wayne Berninger


Today’s professional must interpret and manipulate complex information, so employers are attracted to job candidates who read carefully, think creatively, and write clearly and persuasively. English majors have a distinct advantage. We believe the English major program at LIU Brooklyn helps students build a strong foundation for success in advertising, business, education, journalism, law, politics, and a wide range of other careers... Read more.


The English Department welcomes majors from other departments across the Campus who wish to minor in English as a way to supplement their academic specialties with advanced skills in textual analysis, writing and rhetoric. A minor allows you to pursue interests outside your major field and demonstrates the diversity of your skills to future employers and/or graduate programs. A minor consists of four English courses numbered 100 or above. For more information about the English minor, click here.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Internships & Volunteering, Creative Writing MFA Program

Students in the MFA Program have the opportunity to intern or volunteer at a variety of cultural organizations and events, such as the PEN World Voices Festival, the National Book Foundation, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and others. Contact Jessica Hagedorn for further information.

Students also have the opportunity to work in a variety of volunteer positions at the Poetry Project. Contact Lewis Warsh for more information.

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.

Literary Events & Awards, Creative Writing MFA Program

The following are literary events and awards specifically relevant to the Creative Writing MFA Program.

See a full list of the department's awards & prizes, and a full list of the department's clubs & events.

Faculty & Visiting Writing, Creative Writing MFA Program


Jessica Hagedorn - 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 Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The 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 Dogeaters, Most Wanted, Fe 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 credit: David Shankbone)

Lewis Warsh 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 credit: David Gardiner)

John High - (Photo credit: David Gardiner)


Ammiel Alcalay (2013) / Robert Antoni (2014) / Gina Apostol (2013) / Calvin Baker (2011) / Paul Beatty (2009) / Bill Berkson (2009) / Anselm Berrigan (2009, 2012) / Donald Breckenridge (2013) / Charlotte Carter (2003) / Gabriel Cohen (2011) / Brenda Coultas(2003, 2009) / Thulani Davis (2007) / 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) / Gloria Frym(2009) / Renee Gladman (2009, 2011, 2013) / Francisco Goldman (2012, 2014) / Richard Hell (2003) / Barbara Henning (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) / David Henderson (2004) / Bob Holman (2011) / Fanny Howe (2010, 2012) / Erica Hunt (2003) / Laird Hunt (2011) / Marlon James (2011, 2012) / Kaylie Jones (2011, 2012) / Patricia Spears Jones (2009) / Dorothea Lasky (2013) / Eric Lehman(2002) / Gary Lenhart (2011) / Jocelyn Lieu (2013, 2014) / Katt Lissard (2004, 2007) / Michelle Major (2014) / Jaime Manrique(2009, 2010) / Bernadette Mayer (2007, 2009) / Alex Mindt (2010) / Albert Mobilio (2010) / Dennis Moritz (2005) / Tracie Morris(2011) / Horacio Castellanos Moya (2013) / Uche Nduka (2014) / Murat Nemet-Nejat (2010, 2014) / Alice Notley (2013) / Idra Novey (2014) / Han Ong (2008) / Maureen Owen (2004) / Ruth Ozeki (2012) / Akilah Oliver (2008, 2010) / Ruth Ozeki (2014) / Ron Padgett (2011) / Willie Perdomo (2014) / Simon Pettet (2007, 2012) / Wang Ping (2007, 2011, 2013) / Kristin Prevallet (2009) /Karen Russell (2007, 2010) / Christopher Sawyer-Lau├žanno (2014) / Kyle Schlesinger (2013) / Martha Southgate (2012) / Lynne Tillman (2009) / Edwin Torres (2003) / Chuck Wachtel (2007) / Anne Waldman (2004, 2007, 2010, 2013) / Colson Whitehead (2010) /Elizabeth Willis (2011) / Matvei Yankelevich (2010, 2013).

Course of Study, Creative Writing MFA

This page provides a detailed course of study for the Creative Writing MFA program. For more information about the program, contact the English Department's graduate advisor, Jake Matkov.

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.



Required: All three of the following.
  • English 502 Writers on Writing (3 credits)
  • English 503 Theory of Writing (3 credits)
  • English 504 Traditions & Lineages (3 credits)


Required: Fifteen credits from the following.
  • English 520 Nonfiction Writing Workshop (3 credits / may be taken only once)
  • English 523 Fiction Writing Workshop (3 credits / may be taken three times)
  • English 524 Poetry Writing Workshop (3 credits / may be taken three times)
  • English 525 Play Writing Workshop (3 credits / may be taken three times)
  • English 526 Writing for Media I: The Story (3 credits / may be taken only once)
  • English 528 Seminar in Creative Writing (3 credits / may be taken three times)
  • English 529 Topics in Creative Writing (3 credits / may be taken three times)

  • Required: Three Literature courses (3 credits each).


  • Required: One English elective (3 credits), chosen in consultation with Graduate Advisor and MFA Director.


  • Required: English 708 Thesis (3 credits).


In addition to the course requirements listed above, Teaching Assistants are required to take English 646 Individual & Small Group Writing Instruction. Teaching Fellows are required to take English 700 Practicum in the Teaching of Writing.



To be admitted to this program you must:
  • Submit a creative writing sample that reflects the genre/s of your specialties. 
  • Submit a letter of intent that describes why you want to pursue an MFA. 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic/creative writing professors. 
  • Submit Official educational transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or better, preferable at least 6 credits in advanced English courses. 
  • Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions (see Submitting an Application for Admission).

This package will be reviewed by an English Graduate Admissions Committee.

submitting an application for admission

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.



Teaching Assistantships (TAs)
 are awarded to select students who qualify to tutor in the Writing Center. You must interview for this position, and if accepted, you must take ENG 646, Individual & Small Group Instruction. You tutor for ten hours per week and receive some tuition remission and a stipend. Contact the English Department’s Graduate Advisor (Jake Matkov) to find out about availability. Contact the Writing Center’s Associate Director (Lynn Hassan) to schedule an interview. We occasionally have TA positions for special projects, such as working with faculty in community-connected writing projects. These positions are posted on the English Department’s graduate-student listserv as they arise.

Teaching Fellowships (TFs) are awarded to select students who qualify to teach freshman composition (English 16) courses under the mentorship of a faculty member. In order to apply for these positions, you must establish eligibility by (1) documenting a strong background in teaching composition or serving satisfactorily as a TA in the Writing Center, and (2) completing (with at least a 3.0) ENG 700, Practicum in the Teaching of Writing. These positions are limited and competitive. TFs receive some tuition remission and a stipend. We post these positions in the fall and spring semesters on the English Department’s graduate-student listserv. The contact person for this position is the Assistant Director of the Writing Program.

Research Fellowships (RFs) are available in fall and spring and occasionally in summer. These positions are limited and competitive (we typically offer 2 per semester). An RF works with a faculty member on a specific research project. Skills needed vary by project. You must apply and interview for these positions. An RF receives a stipend. We post these positions on the English Department’s graduate-student listserv prior to each semester. Contact person varies by project. If you have questions, please contact the English Department’s Graduate Advisor (Jake Matkov).

Scholarships are limited and only available for MFA students. Only first-semester students may apply. Scholarships offer $2500 toward tuition for four semesters. Contact person is the English Department’s Graduate Advisor, (Jake Matkov).


For more information about admission requirements and/or funding opportunities or about the MFA Program in general, contact the English Department’s Graduate Advisor, Jake Matkov.

MFA in Creative Writing

An M.F.A. in Creative Writing is a terminal degree program designed to help meet the needs of students as they seek to become published writers and teachers. This program offers a solid foundation and practice through courses in literature, writing workshops and writing process and technique courses designed for the aspiring writer. In this vigorous and innovative program, students will have opportunities to work with a host of visiting writers and poets, as well as to participate in the vibrant writing and performing arts communities of both Brooklyn and Manhattan.

In the 39-credit MFA in Creative Writing, the focal point of the curriculum is the writing workshop. Students have opportunities to work in poetry, fiction, playwriting, creative non-fiction and on cross-genre projects. They explore a wide range of literary styles, from traditional narratives to the experimental, contemplative and avant-garde. In literature and theory classes, students look closely at the links between contemporary writing and literary traditions, writing and theory, and between writing, reading, music, and the visual arts. Students are encouraged to take artistic risks while moving in the context of multiple traditions. A small intimate program setting allows for easy access to, and strong mentoring by faculty members who are deeply committed to their students.

Graduates of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing will be prepared to seek publishing and performance venues for their work and thus participate more widely in the ongoing conversations that make up literary traditions and lineages. In addition to experimenting with varying styles and honing their skills as writers in varied imaginative genres, students will have the opportunity to tutor undergraduates and teach composition; skills that in combination with the M.F.A. degree, will serve them well in future writing and teaching jobs.