Thursday, September 18, 2014

Faculty Mentors for English Majors (undergrad)

Prior to registration each semester, every undergraduate English major should meet with Wayne Berninger, the Department’s Undergraduate Advisor. Mr. Berninger uses an app called Setster for appointment booking. Setster allows you to book your own appointment without having to play phone tag or send a bunch of e-mails. To use this free service to book your own appointment, click here. Here is a video that will show you how to use Setster.

Mr. Berninger uses an app called Remind, which makes it possible to send send a single text message that goes to the whole group. To sign up for this free service, go here. The widget below shows the most recent text messages that have gone out.

For guidance with everything other than registration, please meet with your Faculty Mentor at least once per semester. 

Go here for mentors' contact info.

Assignments are as follows.
  • student (concentration) -- mentor
  • Sarai Arroyo (CW) -- John High
  • Jocelyn Baskett (Lit) -- Srividhya Swaminathan
  • Krista Benitez (WR) -- Michael Bokor
  • Barrington Boothe (WR) -- John Killoran
  • Stephen Cadavillo (Lit) -- Patrick Horrigan
  • Fanta Camara (Lit) -- Sealy Gilles
  • Alexa Carter-Rodriguez (CW) -- John High
  • Melissa Clermont (Lit) -- Donald McCrary
  • Stacy D'Cunha (Lit) -- Carol Allen
  • Ralph Dorsinville (Lit) -- Jonathan Haynes
  • Kathryn Dure  (Lit) -- Sealy Gilles
  • Laquesha Ekowo (CW) -- John High
  • Alicia Folk (WR) -- Donald McCrary
  • Kristin Griffith (Lit) -- Maria McGarrity
  • Candace Harris (Lit) -- Louis Parascandola
  • Joy Jackson (WR) -- Michael Bokor
  • Yu June Lee (WR) -- Michael Bokor
  • Madison Lukosius (WR) -- John Killoran
  • Jessica Montrose (Lit) -- Sealy Gilles
  • Muzahid ("Jahid") Mowla (WR) -- Patricia Stephens
  • Rose Nash (Lit) -- Michael Bennett
  • Warline Norzeus (Lit) -- Carol Allen
  • Jessica Persaud (WR) -- Patricia Stephens
  • Brittany Rader  (WR) -- John Killoran
  • Rebecca Rimple (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Anisha Robertson (WR) -- Deborah Mutnick
  • Daniel Rosenberg (CW) -- Lewis Warsh
  • Roksolana Sheverack (Lit) -- Leah Dilworth
  • Mahima Singh (Lit) -- Bernard Schweizer
  • Tashawana Smith (WR) -- Patricia Stephens
  • Aaron Stewart (CW) -- John High
  • Shannon Thomas (WR) -- Wayne Berninger
  • Remson Younge (WR) -- Deborah Mutnick

Faculty News: French & Spanish Editions of Kenneth Bernard's FROM THE DISTRICT FILE

We hear through the grapevine that there are two new editions of the novel From the District File, by Kenneth Bernard (Professor Emeritus, English).

Originally published in the United States in 1992 by Fiction Collective Two, the book reappeared in 2010 in a French translation, a second edition of which is now available (Extraits des archives du district, Le Tripode, 2014.)

Also available is the (relatively new) Spanish translation (Entre los archivos del distrito, Errata Naturae Editores, 2012).

Professor Bernard retired from LIU a number of years ago but many of you knew him, either as a colleague or professor. You will be pleased to hear that our source (Professor Bernard's son Lucas) reports that his father (and mother Elaine) are both doing well.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Aumni News: New Book by Aimee Herman (MFA, Creative Writing, 2012)

Aimee Herman's new poetry collection...

meant to wake up feeling

...will be published in October by great weather for MEDIA

There will be a book release celebration as follows.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Parkside Lounge
317 E. Houston St., Manhattan.

Special guests include the phenomenal poet and mixed-media superstar, Todd Anderson, and Staten Island band, Yeti.

For more info, email Aimee at:

Faculty News: New Book by Charles Matz

LIU Brooklyn English Professor Charles Matz's new book, The Joyful Sleepwalkers, came out this past spring and was presented at the Mondolibro bookshop in Belluno, Italy, on August 22, 2014

Here is video from the event.

The presentation, organized by Valentina Reolon, was sponsored by the Casa dei Beni Comuni and the Mondolibro bookshop. Julia Bisinella (an actor from Belluno but now part of the well-known Kairos Italy Theater in New York City theater scene) and Nanni Dorigo performed scenes from the book. The author, Charles Matz, teacher, poet, and performer, worked with Hallam Tennyson at the BBC London, with Norman Mailer in New York, and with Andrea Zanzotto in Italy, among many others. Matz lived for 20 years in Feltre, a small city near Belluno, where he taught at schools and at the University IULM. Matz defines the area as one in which he grew and matured as a writer and performer.

Monday, September 15, 2014

English Department to Host Literary Scavenger Hunt at LIU Brooklyn as Part of Brooklyn Book Festival

Come and discover the literary luminaries who once read their works on the campus of Long Island University. Test your knowledge of the literary world by finding clues and learn about the amazing poets, playwrights, short story writers, and novelists who have shared their talents. Compete for a range of prizes that include complimentary copies of these author’s works.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5-6:30 PM = Scavenger Hunt (meet in Main Building Lobby)
6:30-7 PM = Light reception (TBA)
Click here for more information.
Calling all Volunteers! We could definitely use some help with organizing! We have two events: a scavenger hunt on Wednesday, September 17, from 5-7 and the festival itself on Sunday, September 21st. There are multiple ways to help so we are asking if people might be willing to spare an hour (or more) for what promises to be a very fun event.Contact Professor Srividhya Swaminathan (Chair of English) if you have some time to spare.

Workshop with Barbara Henning at Poets House

LIU Brooklyn English Professor Barbara Henning will be leading a workshop called From Journal to Poem at Poets House. 

Here's Professor Henning's description "In this workshop we’ll develop multiple ways of gathering material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes. We’ll explore walking/writing meditation, layered journaling, collaging from news and other resources, and more. Readings will be from Matsuo Basho, Harry Mathews, Jack Kerouac, Harryette Mullen, William Carlos Williams, Helene Cixous, Bernadette Mayer and Ed Sanders, among others. Students will leave the class with a collection of five poems or short prose pieces."

September 20, 2014 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM
September 27, 2014 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM
October 4, 2014 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM
October 11, 2014 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM
October 18, 2014 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM
October 25, 2014 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM

Barbara Henning is the author of three novels and nine books of poetry, her most recent a collection of poetry and prose, A Swift Passage. Born in Detroit, she has lived in New York City since 1983. A long-time yoga practitioner, she brings this knowledge and discipline to her writing and her teaching at Naropa University and Long Island University in Brooklyn, where she is Professor Emerita. A new book of poems, A Day Like Today, is forthcoming in 2015 from Negative Capability Press.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Full-Time Faculty Office Hours, Fall 2014

If this post has not yet been updated to the current semester, or if your instructor is not listed here, and you need to know his/her office hours, please call the English Department front desk at 718-488-1050.
Usually, this list will be fully updated to the current semester by the end of the second week of classes.

Carol Allen T 5-6. Th 12:15-1:15. Also by appointment.
Michael Bennett MW 3-4:30. Also by appointment.
Melissa Antinori TTh 12-1. Also by appointment. (Note new office: Pratt 310).

Wayne Berninger TThF 9-12. TThF 1-4.

Michael Bokor MW 1:20-2:50. Also by appointment.

Marilyn Boutwell MW 11-5. TTh 3:30-5. Also by appointment.

Leah Dilworth MWF 11-12. W 2-3. Also by appointment.

Sealy Gilles MW 1-2. W 5-6.

Jessica Hagedorn MW by appointment.

Lynn Hassan W 10-11. Also by appointment.

Jonathan Haynes MW 12:30-1:30. Also by appointment.

John High W 12-3. Also by appointment.

Patrick Horrigan M 3-6. Also by appointment.

John Killoran TTh 10:30-11:45. TTh 3:00-4:30. Also by appointment.

Donald McCrary MW 12-1.  M 3:30-4:30. Also by appointment.

Maria McGarrity M 4:15-6. W 4:15-5. Also by appointment.

Charles Matz TTh 9-9:30. TTh 10:45-11:45. Also by appointment.

Deborah Mutnick MW 1-2. Also by appointment.

Louis Parascandola MW 2-3. MW 5-6.

Robert Pattison MW 12-1:30.

Bernard Schweizer TTh 11-12. Th 1:30-3.

Michael Sohn T 3-4. W11-4.

Patricia Stephens MWTh 2-3.

Srividhya Swaminathan T 2-3. W 1-3.

Lewis Warsh MW 12-1. MW 3-5:30.

La MaMa presents Catherine Filloux's SELMA '65 (September 26-October 12, 2014)

In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting March, award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux (formerly an adjunct professor in the LIU Brooklyn English Department) brings to life the interconnected stories of Viola Liuzzo, none civil rights activist, and Tommy Rowe, FBI informant, undercover with the Ku Klux Klan. Marietta Hedges plays both roles.

More info at Filloux's website.

More info at Filloux's blog.

Ticket information.

Voices of the Rainbow, Fall 2014