Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Advisement & Mentoring for Undergraduate English Majors

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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 post an announcement to the English Department blog. He will also notify you via e-mail. In addition, Mr. Berninger will send the news in a text message that goes to everyone. To sign up for these text messages, go here.

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.

The English Minor

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Although it is not a requirement for graduation, a minor gives you a way to pursue your interests in a field other than your major. In addition, a minor gives you a way to show future employers or graduate school admissions committees the diversity of your interests and skills; therefore, you might want to think about your future goals when choosing a minor. For example, if you are headed towards business and technology, you might want to minor in Computer Science or Economics. If you are headed toward graduate study and have a specific interest in gender issues, you might choose to minor in Gender Studies. If you are interested in law school or public service, consider minoring in Philosophy, Political Science, or Urban Studies. Your advisor can help you think about other possibilities, such as Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Psychology, Social Work, or Journalism. For an interesting perspective on the topic of choosing a minor, you may be interested in the following New York Times article: "What’s Your Minor?" by Michelle Slatalla (April 20, 2008).

A minor consists of twelve credits at or above the 100-level in one department (fifteen credits in some departments). Some departments may not allow minors, so you should check before you make your decision. It is also possible to develop an interdisciplinary minor with the approval of the respective department chairs and deans. In order to have your minor listed on your transcript, obtain a "Request for Minor" form, available in the Registrar's Office. Fill out this form, listing the courses you have completed in your minor subject. Meet with the minor Department Chair and have him/her sign the form, certifying that you have completed the requirements for a Minor in that subject. Then submit the form to the Registrar.


You enjoy reading, analyzing, and writing about literature, and no matter what you do after graduation, you already know that literature will be a part of your life. To prepare for that lifetime of reading, take some extra literature courses!

You like to think and write creatively, and you want to be a poet, fiction writer, or playwright—on top of whatever it is you end up doing for a living. Get started now with some creative-writing courses!

You want a career in law, public relations, education, politics, advertising, journalism, web marketing, or publishing—or something else. Whatever your profession, you know it will require you to think critically and write persuasively. Get that skill set ready by taking some advanced courses in writing and rhetoric!

You want to make a difference in your community and persuade others to help. You're going to need to develop your expertise in argumentative writing. Better head for the English Department!

One final possibility: You want to pass on your love for English by teaching young people to be careful readers and good writers. If this is your goal, you're going to need more than a minor. Double-major in education and English and get certified to teach in the public schools.


The English minor consists of four English courses numbered above 100. According to the LIU Brooklyn Undergraduate Bulletin, "Any minor satisfies the distribution requirement." That means no what your major is, you can earn a minor in English, and it will also satisfy your distribution requirement!

For more information about the English minor (or the English-major program), contact Wayne Berninger, the English Department's Undergraduate Advisor. To make your own appointment, use the app at Here is a short video showing how to use the app.

Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing

Download Issue #23

Issue #24 will also appear in this space soon. Stay tuned!


Check out our Facebook page for a gallery of our past covers.


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 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


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.

Download Issue 23 in PDF.

Issue #24 will also appear in PDF. Watch this space.

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).

Chia-Lun Chang & Aimee Herman: Bone Bouquet Issue 6.1 Launch Reading at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop

Chia-Lun Chang & Aimee Herman, alumni of the English Department's Creative Writing MFA program, will read, along with other contributors, at the launch party for Issue 6.1 of the magazine Bone Bouquet.

Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126A Front Street
DUMBO, Brooklyn

More info about the reading.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chia-Lun Chang Chosen for 2015 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program

Congratulations to Chia-Lun Chang (Creative Writing MFA, 2014), who will be one of 25 participants in NYFA's 2015 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program.

More info.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lewis Warsh: Two Readings in Bay Area

Professor Lewis Warsh (English) will be giving two readings in the San Francisco Bay area this summer. Details are as follows.

June 25, 7-9 PM

Toni Mirosevich
Tod Thilleman
Lewis Warsh

Bird & Beckett
653 Chenery St.
San Francisco, California

More info.


June 28, 2-4 PM

Gloria Frym
Tod Thilleman
Lewis Warsh

La Commune
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland, California

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Starting From Paumanok (English Department Lecture Series on American Literature & Culture)

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Starting from Paumanok, a series of annual lectures on American literature, was inaugurated by the English Department at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus in 1983. By naming the series after Walt Whitman's great poem (which invokes the Algonkian name for Long Island), the English Department acknowledges Long Island University's geographic and cultural connection with one of Brooklyn's (and Long Island's) foremost literary figures.

Watch The Longest Island for announcements about the next lecture. You will also find the Paumanok listed in the calendar on our LibraryThing venue page.

The faculty of the English Department would like to thank the Offices of the President of Long Island University, Vice-President Gale Haynes and Dean David Cohen, all of whom, with the support of the Mellon Foundation and Long Island University's John P. McGrath fund, have made a significant and ongoing commitment to the series. We are also grateful to the History Department, the Honor's Program, the English Department's Voices of the Rainbow Series, and the Gender Studies Program, which have also generously provided funding for the series over the years.

Back to Clubs & Events page.


Edwidge Danticat
February 25, 2014

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and immigrated to Brooklyn when she was twelve. She has written numerous novels, short story collections, and non-fiction books. Her most recent novel is Claire of the Sea Light. She is the winner of many prizes including the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a MacArthur Fellows Program Genius Grant. This event was co-funded by the John McGrath Fund, the Mellon Fund, LIU Brooklyn’s English Department, Voices of the Rainbow, Gender Studies Program, LACS, and the Africana Studies Program.

Tracy K. Smith
2013 (February 5)


This bio was current at the time of the event. Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Life on Mars (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. The collection draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie, and is in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope. Duende (2007) won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body's Question (2003) was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. After her undergraduate work at Harvard, Smith earned her MFA at Columbia before going on to be a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University from 1997 to 1999. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Princeton University, and has also taught at Columbia, City University of New York, and the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Brooklyn.

Alison Bechdel 
2012 (February 23)


This bio was current at the time of the lecture. For twenty-five years, Alison Bechdel, internationally-acclaimed lesbian cartoonist, wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a chronicle considered “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period” (Ms.). She is also the author of the best-selling graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which won an Eisner Award and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. Time Magazine namedFun Home the number one Best Book of 2006, declaring, "The unlikeliest literary success of 2006 is a stunning memoir about a girl growing up in a small town with her cryptic, perfectionist dad and slowly realizing that a) she is gay and b) he is too….This is a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other." Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For have been translated into many languages, and Bechdel, who lives in Vermont, has an ardent international following. She has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta, and her work is widely anthologized.

2011 (March 10)
Ha Jin

This bio was current at the time of the lecture. Ha Jin, born in China, is a poet, fiction writer and essayist. He was a member of the People’s Liberation Army before coming to the United States in 1986.

He is the author of A Good Fall (about the Chinese immigrant experience in America),Waiting (Winner of a Nation Book Award and based on his five-year service in the communist Chinese Army), and War Trash (winner of a PEN Faulkner Award). 

He is currently a Professor of English at Boston University.

2010 (February 24)
Lynn Nottage


This bio was current at the time of the lecture. Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning playRuined has also received an OBIE, the Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodman Theatre). Other plays include Intimate Apparel (New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play; Roundabout Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, South Coast Repertory);Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award; Playwrights Horizons, London’s Tricycle Theatre); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone;Por’knockers and POOF!

Nottage is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts.

Her most recent publications include: Ruined (TCG), Intimate Apparel and Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine: Two Plays(TCG) and Crumbs from the Table of Joy and Other Plays (TCG). She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, an alumna of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer.

2008 (October 2)
Walter Mosley


This bio was current at the time of the lecture. Walter Mosely is the author of twenty-nine critically acclaimed books which have been translated into twenty-one languages. His popular mysteries featuring Easy Rawlins began with Devil in a Blue Dress in 1990. Others in the series include A Red Death, White Butterfly, Black Betty, and A Little Yellow Dog (both of which were New York Times bestsellers). Recently, Easy Rawlins has returned in Bad Boy Brawly Brown, Six Easy Pieces, Little Scarlet and Cinnamon Kiss, a 2006 New York Timesbestseller.

Mosley has written five works of literary fiction: RL's Dream; Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned; Walkin' the Dog; The Man in My Basement and Fortunate Son; three works of science fiction, Blue Light, Futureland and The Wave; and four works of nonfiction, Workin' on the Chain Gang, What Next, Life out of Context, and This Year You Write Your Novel. Two movies have been made from his work: Devil in A Blue Dress, starring Denzel Washington and Always Outnumbered, starring Laurence Fishburne.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Grammy Award, the O'Henry Award, the Sundance Institute Risktaker Award for his creative and activist efforts, and the Anisfield Wolf Award, an honor given to works that increase the appreciation and understanding of race in America. 
Mosley created, along with The City College, a new Publishing Degree Program aimed at young urban residents. It is the only such program in the country. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he now lives in Brooklyn.

2008 (April 15)
Yvonne Seon

"The Importance of Africana Studies Programs"

This bio was current at the time of the lecture. Dr. Yvonne Seon is a renowned and respected innovator and administrator of Africana studies programs. She earned a B.A. degree from Allegheny University and an M.A. degree in American government and politics as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at American University. After living and working in the Congo shortly after its independence in 1961, Dr. Seon continued her studies at Union Institute, where she earned perhaps the first doctorate in African and African-American studies, a program she helped design. Dr. Seon is the founding director of the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center at Wright State University, where she returned in 2005 to serve as Distinguished Visiting Director. She was again appointed to direct the program in 2006, the same year she retired as Professor of African-American Studies in the History Department at Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Maryland. Dr. Seon has also taught black studies at University of Maryland at College Park, Wilberforce University, and Howard University. While raising three children, she earned an M.Div. from Howard University Divinity School and was the first African-American woman ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Deeply committed to others, Dr. Seon is on the Board of Directors of Africare, a private voluntary organization specializing in African development. She recently wroteTotem Games, a poetic exploration of her search for African identity.

Colson Whitehead
"Becoming a New York Writer"

The following bio was current at the time of the lecture. Colson Whitehead's first novel The Intuitionist won the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway. The book concerned intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors in a major metropolis. John Henry Days, an investigation of the legendary folk hero, came out in 2001 and won the Young Lions Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Colossus of New York is a collection of impressionistic essays about the city. The question was, "What makes this place tick?" It was published in 2003. Whitehead's writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Granta, Harper's and Salon. He has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Whiting Award. The novel Apex Hides the Hurt concerns identity, history, and the adhesive bandage industry.

Tom Kerr
"Prison U: How the Late Tookie Williams and Other Incarcerated Writers are Teaching Us"

The following bio was current at the time of Tom Kerr's lecture. Formerly Director of Writing at L.I.U.'s Brooklyn Campus, Tom Kerr is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College. He was active in the media campaign to win clemency for Tookie Williams and is currently shopping Steve Champion's San Quentin death row memoir, One Day Deep: Meditations on Death Row, which he and a former student have edited over the last three years. Tom believes America's incarcerated writers, published and unpublished, have much to teach us. His commentaries have appeared in the online edition ofCounterpunch, the Syracuse Peace Council Newsletter, and various newspapers.

Andrew Ross
"Mental Labor, Mental Property"

Ed Bullins
"The Work of a Black Playwright"

Barbara Foley
"The Radical Origins of the Harlem Renaissance"

Nellie McKay
"African American Women Writers: Legacy & Influence on American Literature"

Edward Said
"American Humanism"

Paul Lauter
"Civil Rights and Literary Study"

Nell Irvin Painter
"Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol"

Deborah McDowell
"Viewing the Remains: Black Funerals/Black Families in Contemporary Photojournalism"

Ann Douglas
"Finding Mongrel Manhattan of the 1920s"

bell hooks
"Ending Racism: Building Community"

Arnold Rampersad
"Black Writers and the Religions of India"

Houston A. Baker, Jr.
"Hybridity, the Rap Race, and Pedagogy for the 1990s"

Carole Boyce Davies
"The Voices of Others: Black Women's Writing, Third World Politics, and Feminist Discourses"

Alfred Kazin
"A Creative Town: Foreign Artists and Writers in New York"

Vivian Gornick
"Willa Cather and the American Vision"

Elizabeth Hardwick
[Lecturing on Gertrude Stein]

Denis Donoghue
"America in Theory"

Irving Howe
"Work in American Literature"

Justin Kaplan
“…And from Hannibal: Whitman and Mark Twain”


Voices of the Rainbow: Celebrating the Oral Tradition (English Department Reading Series)

Since 1993, the English Department at LIU Brooklyn has hosted this series of poetry and fiction readings.

Readings are free and open to the public.

Several programs have been presented in collaboration with the School of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning, the Gender Studies Program, and/or the English Club.

Watch The Longest Island for information about the next event. You will also find Voices of the Rainbow events listed in the calendar on our LibraryThing venue page.



October 27, 2014
Alison Donnell
October 9, 2014
Sandra Maria Esteves & Cynthia Hogue
October 8, 2014
Gaiutra Bahadur & Tiphanie Yanique
September 5, 2014
Robert Antoni
April 9, 2014 
Marilyn Boutwell & Liz Dalton 
April 1, 2014
Ayana Mathis
March 5, 2014
Evie Shockley & Cheryl Boyce Taylor
February 26, 2014
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
February 25, 2014
Edwidge Danticat (Paumanock Lecture)


November 18, 2013
Suzanne Corso
November 13, 2013
Naomi Replansky & Edward Field
November 7, 2013
Roger Bonair-Agard & Jesus Papoleto Melendez
October 7, 2013
Catherine Chung & Yvonne Cassidy
April 17, 2013
Les Murray
April 16, 2013
Andriana Alefhi
April 2, 2013
Wendy Lee & Joseph Lennon
March 27, 2013
Danielle Mebert & Felice Belle
February 6, 2013
Edwin Torres & Jason Schneiderman


November 14, 2012
Martha Witt & Glenville Lovell
October 9, 2012
Elizabeth Nunez & Kamala Nair
October 3, 2012
Paolo Javier & Irina Reyn
March 29, 2012
A’Lelia Bundles
March 28, 2012
Patricia Smith & David Mills
February 27, 2012
Jayne Cortez & Bernice McFadden
February 23, 2012
Alison Bechdel (Paumanok Lecture)
February 16, 2012
Terrance Hayes


November 14, 2011
Tina Chang
October 13, 2011
Heidi Durrow & Dahlma Llanos Figueroa
October 5, 2011
Paola Corso & Sandra Maria Esteves
September 27, 2011
Eduardo Chirinos
April 29, 2011
Harryette Mullen
April 13, 2011
Patricia Spears Jones & Alicia Berbenick
April 4, 2011
Gary Shteyngart & Sonya Chung
March 28, 2011
March 3, 2011
Valzhyna Mort


Nov. 1, 2010
Afaa Weaver & Merrill Feitell
Oct. 28, 2010
Kevin Young & John Morillo
Oct. 6, 2010
Michael Thomas & Anton Nimblett
Apr. 19, 2010
Susan Choi & Patrick Rosal
Apr. 14, 2010
William Burgos & Tejan Green
Mar. 2, 2010
Colum McCann
Feb.22, 2010
Merle Collins & Sandra Maria Esteves
Feb. 11, 2010
Michael Thomas


Nov. 10, 2009
Roger Sedarat & Tiphanie Yanique
Oct. 26, 2009
Kevin Baker
Oct. 7, 2009
Thomas Sayers Ellis & Jacqueline Bishop
Apr. 15, 2009
Charulata Dyal (MFA student), Michael Hassan (English Department adjunct professor) & Uche Nduka (MFA student)
Apr. 7, 2009
Ellen Litman & Nathalie Handal
Apr. 2, 2009
Colum McCann (CANCELLED)
Mar.11, 2009
Suheir Hammad & Joyce Zonana
Feb. 23, 2009
Kwame Dawes & Willie Perdomo


Dec. 10, 2008
Charles Dickens' Holiday Story The Chimes, performed by David Houston
Nov. 6, 2008
Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Oct. 8, 2008
Gary Shteyngart & Marie-Elena John
Oct. 2, 2008
Walter Mosley (Paumanok Lecture)
Apr. 9, 2008
Pamela Sneed, Lara Stapleton & Margot Marie Nasti
Apr. 1, 2008
Ishle Yi Park
Mar. 24, 2008
Major Jackson & Kwame Dawes
Mar. 4, 2008
Gregory Pardlo & Jennifer Knox
Feb. 20, 2008
Sandra Maria Estevez & Cheryl Boyce Taylor
Feb. 4, 2008
Elizabeth Nunez


Nov. 13, 2007
Monique Truong & Heidi W. Durrow
Nov. 6, 2007
Taha Muhammad Ali
Oct. 17, 2007
Jayne Cortez & Annecy Baez
Oct. 1, 2007
Edgardo Vega Yunqué & Janice Erlbaum
Apr. 17, 2007
John High, Cecelia Muhlstein & Jeremy Beauregard
Apr. 12, 2007
Paul Muldoon
Apr. 2, 2007
Nahid Rachlin, Kym Ragusa & Patrick Rosal
Feb. 12, 2007
David Mills
Feb. 5, 2007


Nov. 16, 2006
Susan Choi
Oct. 30, 2006
Oct. 25, 2006
Gary Shteyngart & Nathalie Handal
Oct. 17, 2006
Linton Kwesi Johnson
Oct. 4, 2006
Marita Golden
Jun. 15, 2006
Patricia Smith, Cheryl Boyce Taylor & Tish Benson
May 25, 2006
Apr. 12, 2006
Joseph Bruchac
Apr. 6, 2006
Giannina Braschi
Apr. 5, 2006
Barbara Henning, Anele Rubin & Ashley Carter-Sinclair
Mar. 2, 2006
Ha Jin
Feb. 13, 2006
Meena Alexander & Patrick Rosal


Nov. 17, 2005
Lara Vapnyar and Mia Yun
Nov. 9, 2005
Nathalie Handal, Luis Francia, and Sholeh Wolpe
Oct. 11, 2005
Sandra Maria Estevez
Oct. 10, 2005
Piri Thomas
Oct. 4, 2005
Bernice McFadden
Apr. 13, 2005
Angie Cruz & Sandra Maria Estevez
Apr. 6, 2005
Danny Hoey, Sarah Kolbasowski & Sherry Mason
Mar. 30, 2005
Caryl Phillips
Feb. 17, 2005
Ishle Yi Park
Feb. 9, 2005
Randall Kenan



Nov. 10, 2004
Daniela Gioseffi & Paola Corso
Oct. 19, 2004
Tracy K. Smith & Tina Chang
Oct. 13, 2004
Dorothy Allison
Oct. 4, 2004
Tish Benson & Bonair Agard
Apr. 13, 2004
Jay Wright
Mar. 29, 2004
Jayne Cortez & Zohra Saed
Feb. 25, 2004
Feb. 12, 2004
Danzy Senna



Nov. 12, 2003
E. Ethelbert Miller
Oct. 21, 2003
Open Mike & Tracie Morris
Oct. 15, 2003
Marjorie Agosin
Oct. 2, 2003
Louis Reyes Rivera & Kenji Jasper
Apr. 16, 2003
Merle Collins
Apr. 1, 2003
Christina Chin & Nahid Rachlin
Mar. 3, 2003
Meera Nair & Kenji Jasper
Feb. 25, 2003
Willie Perdomo
Feb. 10, 2003
Edwidge Danticat




Nov. 6, 2002
Alexander Chee
Oct. 28, 2002 
Cornelius Eady
Oct. 10, 2002 
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Oct. 2, 2002 
Carmen Boullosa & Mia Yun
Oct. 1, 2002 
Cheryl Boyce Taylor
Apr. 17, 2002 
Wayne Berninger, Andrea Libin & Mei-Luen Liu
Apr. 8, 2002 
Jeffrey Renard Allen & Kelvin Christopher James
Mar. 28, 2002 
Suheir Hammad & D. H. Melhem
Mar. 7, 2002 
Angie Cruz & Nellie Rosario
Feb. 25, 2002 
Cheryl Boyce Taylor
Feb. 13, 2002 
Piri Thomas




Nov. 19, 2001
Carolyn Ferrell & Thomas Glave
Nov. 13, 2001
Wanda Phipps
Nov. 5, 2001
Ernesto Quinonez and Abraham Rodriguez
Oct. 18, 2001
Ken Corsbie
Oct. 11, 2001
Chang-rae Lee
Apr. 18, 2001
John High, Lisa Jarnot, Earl Clark & Phaedra Moore
Apr. 9, 2001
Nuruddin Farah
Apr. 4, 2001
Elizabeth Nunez
Mar. 1, 2001
Patricia Chao & Wanda Phipps
Feb. 22, 2001
Wesley Brown



Nov. 14, 2000
Willie Perdomo
Nov. 13, 2000
Colin Channer and Staceyann Chin
Nov. 1, 2000 
Ernesto Mestre
Oct. 10, 2000
Ernesto Quinonez
Oct. 3, 2000
Victor LaValle & Cheryl Boyce Taylor
Apr. 12, 2000
Jessica Hagedorn & Wang Ping
Apr. 5, 2000
Jacqueline Woodson
Mar. 6, 2000
Loida Maritza Perez & Willie Perdomo
Feb. 29, 2000
Evangeline Blanco
Feb. 24, 2000
Junot Diaz & Colin Channer
Feb. 10, 2000
Maryse Conde




Nov. 15, 1999
Kimiko Hahn & Ameena Meer
Nov. 1, 1999
Manchild in the Promised Land
Oct. 14, 1999
Omar Tyree
Apr. 6, 1999
Glenville Lovell
Apr. 5, 1999
Women of the Calabash
Mar. 8, 1999
Fae Myenne Ng
Feb. 23, 1999
Amiri Baraka
Feb. 10, 1999
Christina Garcia



Nov. 10, 1998 
Jayne Cortez & Andrea Louie
Oct. 29, 1998 
Martin Espada
Oct. 5, 1998 
Ntozake Shange, Edwidge Danticat, Sapphire & Abena Busia
Apr. 16, 1998 
Jessica Care Moore
Apr. 7, 1998 
Cenen & Jack Agueros
Mar. 19, 1998 
Lloyd Brown
Mar. 9, 1998 
Ishmael Reed
Feb. 4, 1998 
Raouf Mama



Nov. 18, 1997 
Kwadwo Kamau & Junot Diaz
Oct. 20, 1997 
James McBride
Sep. 25, 1997 
Paule Marshall
Apr. 23, 1997 
Miguel Algarin
Apr. 14, 1997 
Cheryl Clarke
Apr. 8, 1997 
Patricia Smith
Mar. 5, 1997 
Fay Chiang & Julio Marzan
Feb. 3, 1997 
Gloria Naylor



Dec. 5, 1996 
Cenen & Glenville Lovell
Nov. 6, 1996 
Rosa Guy
Oct. 9, 1996 
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Apr. 22, 1996 
David Lamb & Edwidge Danticat
Mar. 12, 1996 
Kimiko Hahn
Feb. 7, 1996 
Gwendolyn Brooks



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Claude Brown
Nov. 9, 1995 
Malika Lee Whitney
Oct. 11, 1995 
Nicholasa Mohr
Apr. 27, 1995 
Reg E. Gaines & Tracie Morris
Apr. 3, 1995 
Jon Yasin & Friends
Mar. 6, 1995 
Yelena Khanga
Feb. 15, 1995 
Ntozake Shange




Dec. 9, 1994 
Jayne Cortez & Sapphire
Nov. 10, 1994 
Edwidge Danticat & Sandra Maria Esteves
Oct. 11, 1994 
Paul Keens-Douglas
Apr. 18, 1994 
Grace Nichols
Mar. 21, 1994 
Yelena Khanga
Feb. 23, 1994 
The Jones Twins



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Sapphire & Reg E. Gaines
Dec. 1, 1993 
Amiri Baraka
Oct. 28, 1993 
Abena Busia