Screenwriting Presentation by Chris Millis

ChrisMillisWP_1Wednesday, March 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Science Center 369, The College of Saint Rose
993 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

Chris Millis, Visiting Writer for Spring 2015 at the College of Saint Rose, will give a fun, visually-packed presentation on modern film and classic three-act structure. Millis is a prize-winning novelist, screenwriter, producer, cartoonist, and best-selling celebrity collaborator. He adapted his first novel, Small Apartments (Anvil Press, 2001), winner of the 23rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest, into a motion picture now distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.

“Small Apartments” is directed by Jonas Akerlund and stars Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, James Caan, Dolph Lundgren, Juno Temple, Peter Stormare, James Marsden, Amanda Plummer, Saffron Burrows, David Koechner, David Warshofsky, Rebel Wilson, Rosie Perez, and many more. The film made its World Premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Books and DVDs will be available for purchase after the event.

Official SONY Pictures “Small Apartments” Theatrical Trailer:

Faculty Reading Follow-Up: Kenneth Krauss

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Dr. Krauss, holding a copy of the first review at Alley Cat Books in the Mission District in San Francisco, CA on January 4th, 2015. Photo taken by Gary Palmer.

In December, we posted about Dr. Kenneth Krauss’ California readings for the paperback released of his book, Male Beauty. The readings went swimmingly, and we are pleased to share with you the first review of the book, published in Gay/Lesbian Review for their Jan/Feb 2015 issue.

Male Beauty:  Postwar Masculinity in Theater, Film, and Physique Magazines
by Kenneth Krauss
SUNY Press.  366 pages, $27.95

This book illuminates the changing image of masculinity between the end of World War II and the early 1960s. According to Krauss, an associate professor of drama at the College of Saint Rose, this change set the stage for a “prolonged period of social revolt” in the late ’60s and ’70s. Crucial to this transformation was an idea of male beauty. Before the 1950s, masculinity was anchored to such qualities as strength, loyalty, and wisdom, while “beauty was always regarded, especially from the male point of view, as dubious,” writes Krauss. His book offers a richly contextualized reading of plays of the era, including Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Robert Anderson’s Tea and Sympathy, and Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. Krauss explores the film careers of Montgomery Clift, James Dean, and Marlon Brando, whose sex appeal exemplified an image of masculinity that held an emotional complexity and contradictory impulses, in contrast to such actors as John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart. He also details the careers of three physique models—John Tristram, Glenn Bishop, and Richard

Dr. Krauss signing books at Studio One 11 in Cathedral City, CA on January 6th, 2015. Photo by Gary Palmer.

Dr. Krauss signing books at Studio One 11 in Cathedral City, CA on January 6th, 2015. Photo by Gary Palmer.

Harrison—whose images were iconic of the era’s beefcake and muscle magazine subculture, exemplified by Bob Mizer’s Athletic Model Guild, founded in Los Angeles in the late 1940s. While Krauss’ larger arguments are not so fully developed across each part of the book, Male Beauty offers great biographical and historical details, intriguing rereadings of iconic plays and films, and compelling insights into the idea of male beauty in an era of changing codes of gender and sexuality.

— James Polchin

Event: The Vagina Monologues February 22 on campus!

The Vagina Monologues will be performed on Sunday, February 22nd, 1pm, in Saint Joseph’s Auditorium (985 Madison Ave).  Admission is $3 for Saint Rose Students and $5 for others.  All money raised from ticket sales and the intermission bake sale will be donated to Equinox.


Poster for Event

Winners of The College of Saint Rose High School Essay Contest!

The English Department announces the winners for The College of Saint Rose High School Essay Contest.

The theme of this year’s contest is:
If you could share a meal with a fictional character, author, or filmmaker, who would this be? How has he or she affected your life?  What would you eat?  What would you discuss?

The winners for 2014-2015 are:
First Prize ($300.00):  “Dreams of a Detective” by Lisa Hladik of the Academy of the Holy Names

Second Prize ($200.00):  “My Lunch with Tyler Durden” by Sami Ahmad of The Doane Stuart School

Third Prizes: ($50.00 each):  “Anxiety and Insanity at the 76 Diner” by Dominick Vaughn of Shenendahowa High School and “Teatime with Anne” by Sarah Hummel of the Academy of the Holy Names

Congratulations to the winners!

The winners, their families, and their high school English teachers will be honored at an awards reception on March 15th.  Ninety-five submissions total were received.  Thanks to all who submitted and to the high school English teachers who encouraged their students to submit!

For more information on the English Department at the College of Saint Rose, please click here.

Upcoming Event: MFA student Sarah Sherman reading

College of Saint Rose student Sarah Michelle Sherman will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:30PM.

Sarah Michelle Sherman is a writer, teacher, bartender, graduate student pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at The College of Saint Rose, and managing editor of Pine Hills Review. Her work has appeared in Nailed MagazinePloughshares OnlineThe Helix, and Decades Review. She is also a contributing writer for Albany’s alternative newspaper, Metroland.

The event also includes an open mic.

Sign-up starts at 7:00PM, with the reading beginning at 7:30.

The suggested donation is $3.00.

Getting To Know You: A Quick Conversation w/ MA student Josh Bovee

Are you local to the area? Where you from?  Why Albany?

I am not local. I am from Johnstown New York, a very small town about 45 minutes outside of Albany. Really I chose Albany because it is a reasonable commute between there and Johnstown and I’m able to keep my tutoring job at FMCC while attending classes.

Why a Master’s Degree in English? 

I’m getting a Master’s Degree in English for the simple fact that I love to read and write. So I guess through Master’s study I’d like to become not only a better reader and writer but a more persistent one and ultimately a more serious one.

Who is your favorite author?

This changes all the time, but for the moment I would have to say William Faulkner.

What do you hope to accomplish by the time you graduate?

I would like to become a better speaker. I still have a tremendous fear of public speaking which for some odd reason is heightened all the more by being in a classroom. This is not a good thing for someone who eventually wants to teach! So hopefully I can get past that and learn to speak clearly and coherently in front of an audience!

What are your long-term goals for your degree?

I would like to teach English at a community college. I went to Fulton-Montgomery Community College when I got out of high school and it was the best decision I ever made. I would have failed miserably if I had gone straight to a four-year college. I now work as a tutor at FMCC and I work with students who have the intelligence to succeed in the higher education system but for various reasons require smaller and more hands on learning in-order for them to develop. Community colleges offer this to those students and I would like to be a part of it.

What was the last good book you’ve read?

I recently read the Zuckerman Bound Trilogy by Philip Roth and loved every bit of it.

Josh Bovee

English Faculty News!

College of Saint Rose English Professor K.A. Laity has a new book out!  Check out information about it here: (

Professor Laity will also be a panel author at a discussion this week (Saturday, January 31 from 12PM-3PM) at the East Greenbush Public Library (

Additional information about the discussion:

The Mavens of Mayhem is the Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an international organization comprised of readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, and librarians bound by their affection for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries.

The Mavens will be holding a Panel Discussion and Book Signing on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 12 Noon-3:00 pm at the East Greenbush Library. Authors from the local chapter of the Sisters in Crime will speak about their books of crime and murder. The panel of authors will consist of: Susan Sundwall, Frankie Bailey, Donna Lagone, Robert Knightly, Kate Laity and Eleanor Kuhns.

And for more information about the Mavens of Mayhem check out their page: