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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chia-Lun Chang: Reading

Creative Writing MFA alum Chia-Lun Chang (2014) will be reading on Valentines Day at the Zinc Bar, with Maureen Thorson and Matvei Yankelevich (formerly a Visiting Writer in the Creative Writing MFA Program). This event is hosted by Ugly Duckling Presse.

Chialun Chang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She is the author of the chapbook, One day we become whites (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press, forthcoming) and a recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts IAP program, The Center for Book Arts, and Poets House.

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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 11/18/15! Heather Browne (WR) -- Donald McCrary
  • 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
  • Kristen Heim (Lit) -- Srividhya Swaminathan
  • NEW 9/28/15: Arianna Honore-Sebreth (CW) -- John High
  • Shanica Huggins (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Joy Jackson (WR) -- Michael Bokor
  • Joann Jeannot (Lit) -- Leah Dilworth
  • NEW 1/29/16! Daisey Jefferson (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • 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
  • NEW 1/27/16! Ruby Perez (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Jessica Persaud (CW) -- John High
  • Rebecca Rimple (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • NEW 10/16/15! 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 10/21/15! Karen Zhang (Lit) -- Sealy Gilles


Monday, February 1, 2016

Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing

Downtown Brooklyn is the literary magazine of the English Department at LIU Brooklyn. When Issue 24 came out in the summer of 2015, we announced (see below) that we were going on indefinite hiatus due to uncertainties about funding. Well, we're back (for at least one more issue)! Here is the latest call for submissions...

a note from the editor

It is with no small amount of sadness that I announce that Issue #24 will very likely be the final issue of Downtown Brooklyn. When I took over as Editor in 1998-99 (issue #8), our annual print run was 2000 copies. Since then, a series of budget cuts at LIU has forced us to reduce our print run, first to 1000 copies in 2009, then to 500 copies in 2013, and then to zero copies in 2014, when we produced our first online-only issue. While I am grateful that we have been able to produce issue #24—another online-only issue—I regret to say that as of this writing, a way forward for the magazine is unclear. Until such time as our funding can be restored, I have no choice but to say that the magazine will be on indefinite hiatus.

I am happy to report that Downtown Brooklyn has received many compliments over the years, but such praise is not mine alone. It also belongs to a host of other people without whose enthusiasm and dedication the magazine could not have survived as long as it has, and I want to take this opportunity to thank them for helping to make the magazine such a wonderful publication and one that has reflected so very well on the English Department and on LIU Brooklyn. With regard to those instances in which the magazine has fallen short of expectations and for all errors that have made their way into print (or pixilation), I take full responsibility.

The list of people I have to thank is very long (see the index in Issue #24). Please forgive me for not thanking everyone by name here.

I must begin with Barbara Henning and Rudy Baron, with whom I founded Downtown Brooklyn in 1992. Thank you for creating and entrusting us with the magazine. I hope you’re proud of what we’ve been able to achieve.

To the 81 people who have served (in some cases for many years) as editors, associate editors, assistant editors, copy editors, members of the editorial committee, and/or as my editorial advisors—some of you without ever publishing your own work in our pages—thank you for the generous donation of your time and for your hard work and expert advice.

Eleven of the abovementioned 81 were graduate assistants assigned to work with me at various times between 1998 and 2009, and they deserve special acknowledgement. Thank you for working so hard and for generally making my job easier. I am not so vain as to assume that you learned much from me, but I hope that you look back with fondness on our work together.

Finally, to the 463 poets and prose writers, and to the 47 visual artists (illustrators, sculptors, painters, comics artists, and photographers) whose contributions have so enlivened our pages, thank you for trusting us with your work. You are the magazine’s heart, and I sincerely thank you from the bottom of mine.

Wayne Berninger (late summer, 2015)

about the magazine

Downtown Brooklyn is the literary magazine of the English Department at LIU Brooklyn. The magazine showcases a wide variety of work (in traditional forms as well as more experimental styles) by undergrads; grad students; alumni; current and former faculty; and administrative, clerical and other staff from across the Campus—not only from English. One issue has appeared every year since 1992.

The university environment exposes us to a variety of personalities and ideas, but on a commuter campus, it's easy to feel alienated from each other and from the overall campus culture. It's difficult to take advantage of what your campus has to offer if you always have to rush straight to the subway after class. It's hard enough just to get to class on time, let alone find out that the person next to you in the elevator is a great writer. But who knows? The person sitting behind you in class might be your future favorite novelist or the next [insert name of favorite poet]. If you aren't tuned in to what other people are doing on campus, you're really missing out.

Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing (ISSN 1536-8475) was founded in 1992 to showcase poetry and literary prose by writers at LIU Brooklyn. We feature a wide variety of work in traditional forms as well as more experimental styles. We have published the work of undergraduates and graduate students; full-time and adjunct faculty members; and administrative, clerical and other staff from across the Campus. Our aesthetic is eclectic. Our mission is to promote not any particular style but all the different kinds of writing being created on campus.

Issues #1-22 are available in the periodicals collection of Salena Library at LIU Brooklyn. A set of these issues is also available in the Little Magazine Collection at the University of Wisconsin (Madison).

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Voices of the Rainbow: Spring 2016

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Barbara Henning: Workshop & Reading

Professor Barbara Henning (English) will be offering a creative writing workshop called Chronology of Mind this February at the Poetry Project. The workshop will be Saturday, February 6 at 2-4 PM. See the link above to register.

Here is Barbara's description of the workshop: 

"Over the years, I’ve developed a long list of approaches and experiments that have helped me generate poems (and novels) and also helped me think differently. Most of these experiments (or constraints) engage autobiographical material (the self extending into the world) while at the same time disrupting or redirecting an easy chronology. Some of the assignments will include: walking/writing meditation, sequential quilting, prose sestinas, research/layering, a line an hour, thinking the opposite, etc. The class will function as a workshop; we will read and discuss your writing. We will also spend part of the time considering writing by others, such as: Matsuo Basho, Harry Mathews, Jack Kerouac, Harryette Mullen, William Carlos Williams, Helene Cixous, Bill Kushner, Bernadette Mayer, and Ed Sanders."

Also in February at the Poetry Project: Barbara will be giving a reading with Ed Pavlić. The reading will be Wednesday, February 10 at 8PM. 

The Poetry Project is at St. Mark's Chuch, 131 East 10th Street, Manhattan.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

John Casquarelli: News

John Casquarelli (Creative Writing MFA, 2012) has been awarded a Kafka Residency Prize and will be in Hostka, Czech Republic this summer.