Congrats to MFA student Juliet Barney! Plus an interview!

Congratulations to MFA student Juliet Barney for receiving a graduate research grant.  Juliet plans to use the grant money for traveling expenses to Lake Placid to research the setting for her thesis novel.  To celebrate her accomplishment we decided to do an interview with her to get more information on the grant and the writing process!

First, congrats on receiving a graduate research grant!  What do you plan on doing with the grant? 

One of the main issues I’ve faced while working through my thesis is differentiating it from other realistic young adult novels. Capturing the essence of teenagers is a difficult task and for my novel, I’m aiming to portray a realistic view of the modern teenager growing up in a small town–specifically, Lake Placid–where I grew up. But, I’m seven years removed from that specific lifestyle and I’m going to use the grant to conduct hands-on research with current students.

I’m working with English teachers at the high school, coordinating dates and times where I will go in and guest teach classes – introduce creative writing, share my experience with writing, and conducting interviews with students about their current experiences. I’ll be simultaneously gathering information to personalize my novel to the small town experience while spreading the knowledge I’ve gained during my time at Saint Rose.

You have been working on your thesis this semester.  Now that the semester is coming to a close do you have any advice for students on time management, the process of writing the thesis, or any other helpful hints that they might use when facing this big task toward graduation?

The process of writing my thesis has been a completely eye-opening experience. It’s not like I’m writing a paper for class that will go into an electronic file, never to be seen again. This is something that I will, hopefully, publish once I’m finished. So, it’s less like school work, and more like a glimpse of what post-grad life will be like. As a result, I was forced to abandon my usual dance of procrastination and figure out what time management even meant.

I set a strict schedule, like it was a real job. I woke up every morning at 7am, made a cup of coffee, and forced myself to write three pages a day until I reached my page goal. Now, I follow the same schedule, but instead of adding three pages, I revise a scene every day.

Creating a set schedule was my saving grace. It forced me to move forward at a steady rate allowing me an enormous amount of time for revisions. Otherwise, I would still be writing in circles, playing catch up.

Now that you have been entrenched in the thesis writing process have you found any new authors or books that helped you in your research of the young adult novel?

Researching young adult novels has proven rather difficult. Essentially, my only resource is current YA fiction. The status of YA lit is widely debated. Many critics don’t believe it should be considered a literary genre, because it’s not worthy of criticism. So there isn’t a lot of of scholarly texts specific to writing YA lit. It’s forced me to get a little creative in which books to read and what fiction techniques work for YA, which is why hands-on research is so important for the creation of my novel. The research grant will really help in this aspect.

What are your post-graduation plans? 

I want to write and write and write until I’ve said everything I’ve ever wanted to say. 

What do you think you will miss the most from your experiences at the College of Saint Rose?

I’ll miss the relationships. I’ll miss my professors and their willingness to help me work through any professional woes. I’ll miss my classmates with whom I’ve formed lifetime bonds with and I’ll miss the barista at Starbucks who has memorized my order.

It’s not that these relationships will disintegrate when I walk across the stage, but I won’t be able to experience the daily community atmosphere. I spent seven years at Saint Rose working towards this ultimate goal and I’ll miss the community that helped me get to this point.

MFA Student Juliet Barney

MFA Student Juliet Barney

Screening of “Small Apartments” with Chris Millis

MOV_756c1bae_bThursday, April 9th
5:15-7:30 p.m.
Carondelet Symposium
Lally School of Education

A Q&A hosted by Communications Professor Liz Richards will follow the screening.

Chris 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 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.

This event is sponsored by the English Department and the Communications Department.

Official SONY Pictures “Small Apartments” Theatrical Trailer:

Call for Papers!

Complied below is a list of Calls for Papers (CFP’s) from academic institutions all over the world. They seek submissions for both journal publications and proposals for academic conferences. MA and MFA students are strongly encouraged to look through this list and consider submitting to one or more. Submitting to a CFP is a great way to build on current works-in-progress and obtain valuable academic experience. Entries include calls for both creative and critical pieces. For more information and other entries, visit the website.


Summer 2015 Issue of Luvah: Journal of the Creative Imagination Seeking Submissions

Luvah: Journal of the Creative Imagination

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Luvah: Journal of the Creative Imagination is seeking submissions for our Summer 2015 issue. We are looking for short stories, poetry, and critical articles.

•By web submission at 03/19/2015 – 13:46 Read more

Finished work due: July 1st 2015

 Call for Papers for Victorian Poetry Special Issue: Ballads (Winter 2016)

Letitia Henville, University of Toronto
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Call for Papers for Victorian Poetry Special Issue: Ballads (Winter 2016)
Edited by Letitia Henville, University of Toronto

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Submissions due: December 15, 2015

 [UPDATE] Wreck Park Journal Now Taking Criticism Submissions

Wreck Park Journal

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Wreck Park: Interesting Literatures, Interested Criticism

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Submissions due: May 1, 2015

 Reading Queer in Literature, Film and Culture (and Theory itself) 

The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies []

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The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (ISSN 2393-9001) Volume 2, Issue 2 | June 2015                                                                                   FOCUS: Reading Queer in Literature, Film and Culture

•By web submission at 03/18/2015 – 07:29 Read more                            Submissions due: 15 May, 2015

CFP: Gothic Tourism

Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Prof. Donna Lee Brien

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In recent years, it has become clear that ‘Gothic’ as a critical term has the potential to bring together varied perspectives, from numerous areas of enquiry.

•By web submission at 03/19/2015 – 20:58 Read more                               Abstracts due: 1 June 2015                                                                                               Final Chapters due: December 2015

 Pedagogies in the Flesh: Teaching, Learning, and the Embodiment of Sociocultural Differences in Education

Editors: Sarah Travis, Amelia M. Kraehe, Emily Jean Hood, and Tyson E. Lewis

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Current discourses surrounding education rely heavily upon developmental psychology and cognitive theory as the primary tools for depicting and explaining human experience and subjectivity.

•By web submission at 03/19/2015 – 19:53 Read more                                  Proposal Submission Due: May 15, 2015                                                                    Review Results Sent to Authors: June 15, 2015                                                     Chapters Due: September 15, 2015                                                                          Requests for Revisions Sent to Authors: October 15, 2015                                         Final Chapters Due: November 15, 2015

Interplay: A Journal of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature

Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Tunghai University

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Interplay: A Journal of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature

•By web submission at 03/17/2015 – 08:42 Read more                                  Abstracts due: May 15, 2015                                                                                              Final Papers due: August 15, 2015

 Edith Wharton Review

Edith Wharton Society

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The _Edith Wharton Review_ is currently seeking submissions.

•By web submission at 03/14/2015 – 02:02 Read more

 Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar

Edith Wharton Society

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Edith Wharton Society Awards 2015-2016

Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar

•By web submission at 03/13/2015 – 20:37 Read more                                 Deadline: June 15, 2015

 Sonic Horror

Horror Studies

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CFP: Sonic Horror “Shh—was that a voice?”

•By web submission at 03/13/2015 – 15:29 Read more                                          Essays due: January 31st, 2016

 Memory and Remembering. Articles: 6/1/2015

Abbes Maazaoui, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania is requesting articles for its annual publication, The Lincoln Humanities Journal.

•By web submission at 03/12/2015 – 19:17 Read more                                Important Dates & Deadlines:                                                                                  Deadline for submitting manuscripts : June 1, 2015                                        Acceptance Notification: 60 days after submission                                           Publication Online: October-November 2015                                                            Paper Version: December 2015

 Call for Papers (Volume 2, Issue 1)

International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies (ISSN 2356-5926)

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The International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies (ISSN 2356-5926) invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of humanities, anthropology, business

•By web submission at 03/09/2015 – 22:04 Read more                           Manuscripts Submission Deadline: May 20, 2015

 Literature and Tourisms of the Long Nineteenth Century – due date June 3 2015

_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

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According to the OED, the word tourism enters the English lexicon at the dawn of the nineteenth century, thus institutionalizing the notion that travel is a necessary component of personal development

•By web submission at 03/09/2015 – 16:15 Read more                                   Deadline for submissions: June 3, 2015.

 Dark Nature in American Literature

Richard Schneider

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Call for Chapter Proposals, Deadline Extended:                                                               A major publishing company has expressed interest to me in a collection of ecocritical essays on the subject of The Dark Side of Nature.

•By web submission at 03/09/2015 – 16:19 Read more                              Proposals due: April 1, 2015

 Hawthorne and Influence: Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and the Romantic

David Greven/The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review

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Hawthorne and Influence: Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and the Romantics

•By web submission at 03/09/2015 – 01:41 Read more                                Proposals due: March 31, 2015                                                                                Completed Essays due: September 1, 2015

 Chapter Proposals for “Literature and Ecofeminism”; April 1, 2015 Deadline

D. A. Vakoch / California Institute of Integral Studies

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Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume on ecofeminist literary criticism titled Literature and Ecofeminism.

•By web submission at 03/08/2015 – 22:11 Read more                                   Proposals due: April 1, 2015                                                                                                 First Draft due: September 1, 2015                                                                                  Final Draft due: November 1, 2015

 Roots and Routes: The Twenty-First-Century Southern Novel – Journal Special Issue

Dr Christopher Lloyd

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Roots and Routes: The Twenty-First-Century Southern Novel                               Guest Editor: Christopher Lloyd

•By web submission at 03/08/2015 – 13:26 Read more                               Abstracts due: May 1, 2015

 Call for Submissions: Barzakh Spring 2015 Issue


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Barzakh Spring 2015 Issue: “Rage”

Deadline: April 15, 2015

•By web submission at 03/05/2015 – 01:05 Read more

 Toni Morrison and Mothering/Motherhood – CFP for Edited Collection

Lee Baxter and Martha Satz / Demeter Press

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We are seeking and welcome perspectives from a variety of disciplines, historical, comparative, and cross-cultural, for a collection of essays entitled Toni Morrison and Mothering/Motherhood.

•By web submission at 03/04/2015 – 02:54 Read more                                Abstracts due: April 30, 2015


The Imagist Revolution

John Allaster – McGill University

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In critical appraisals of Imagism, the early 20th century movement has often been portrayed as “revolutionary,” especially in terms of form and technique.

•By web submission at 03/18/2015 – 15:00 Read more                                 Proposal due: April 10, 2015

 “The News from Poems” – William Carlos Williams Society Biennial Conference: June 18-

William Carlos Williams Society

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The News from Poems
The Sixth Biennial Conference of the William Carlos Williams Society
William Paterson University
June 18-20, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Paul Mariani

•By web submission at 03/20/2015 – 00:10 Read more                                Proposal due: April 1, 2015

 International Shakespeare: Translation, Adaptation, Performance. September 18-20, 2015

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Call for Papers: Where in the World is Shakespeare?

•By web submission at 03/19/2015 – 17:36 Read more                                 Abstract due: May 15, 2015

 [UPDATE] MSA 17 – Modernism’s Reiterations

Modernist Studies Association

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In “Tradition and the Practice of Poetry”, T.S. Eliot states that “The perpetual task of poetry is to make all things new.

•By web submission at 03/12/2015 – 15:32 Read more                                Proposals due: April 10, 2015

High School Essay Contest Winners Celebrated

Congrats to the winners of the The College of Saint Rose High School Essay Contest! The winners were honored on March 15 with an awards ceremony on campus.  Friends and family of the winners attended, as well as Dr. Hadi Salavitabar (Provost), Dr. Leroy Bynum (Dean of Arts and Humanities), Dr. Dave Rice (Chair of the English Department), and officers of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society.

The winners for 2014-2015 were:

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 Shenendehowa High School and “Teatime with Anne” by Sarah Hummel of the Academy of the Holy Names

Thanks again to all who attended!

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

Call for Entries: Take Back the Night contest

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Guild is sponsoring a poetry contest in honor of National Poetry Month and Crime Victims’ Week in April. The winner will read their poem during the Take Back the Night Rally on April 21 at The College of Saint Rose and have his or her poem published in the Take Back the Night program.

We are looking for email submissions of poetry that celebrates the strength and spirit of survivors. Poems should be 30 lines or less. Submit entries in the body of the email by 3/25/15 to<>.

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Event Announcement: “The Colored American Project: African American Print, Materiality and Digital Archives”

“The Colored American Project: African American Print, Materiality and Digital Archives”

Join CREST as Dr. Eurie Dahn and Dr. Brian Sweeney, both from the Department of English and CREST Residential Fellows, 2014-2015; present their joint digital humanities project about how they are creating a curated digital archive of the Colored American periodical.


March 30, 2015

5:00 PM


Location: Carondelet Symposium, Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Ave.

Brian Sweeney’s Bio and Research Statement

Eurie Dahn’s Bio and Research Statement

MA Alumni Update w/ Lauren Davis

Interview with MA Alumni Lauren Davis by Rachel Simonds

Q: When did you graduate? With what degree?

I graduated in May 2014 with my Masters of Arts in English. (Undergrad is 2012 with a Bachelor’s of\Arts in English Adolescent Education).

Q: What career were you looking for when you graduated?

After graduating, I was looking for subbing positions in local middle and high schools in this area, assuming that permanent teaching positions were hard to come by. During the search, I found there was an opening at St. Pius X for a Literature teacher and was hired for that.

Q: What are you currently doing?

I am currently teaching Literature to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Q: How has your education helped or hindered you?

My education has helped me in a number of ways. Aside from helping build my own skills in reading and writing analytically and broadening my knowledge of literary topics and texts, it has also helped me gain an understanding of the types of skills that students can and should be developing early in their academic careers in order to prepare them for their future goals inside and outside the classroom.

I found during my own experiences studying literature in college that there were important skills that I needed that I had never formally learned. For instance, if you look at my books from my freshman year of college, its clear that I had never been taught how to annotate texts properly. I highlighted anything and everything, but I never wrote notes in my texts. Of course, I was practicing important skills like inferencing, connecting, visualizing, and analyzing as I read, but I had no idea how to translate that into viable notes that I could use later on. I also wasn’t really sure how to explain what exactly I was doing in my head. I was close reading, but I didn’t know that it was called close reading, and I didn’t know how to discuss it. While my own students are obviously not going to be analyzing literature in the same way that college freshman are, I am teaching them to annotate and we regularly work on making inferences and drawing conclusions from the clues in our texts. We focus heavily on authors’ purposes when writing and how that shapes their works. I also try to keep them writing and using evidence to support their ideas and conclusions.

On the flip side, having a Masters in English, as opposed to Education, often means that I often have high standards for my young students, sometimes too high. I get excited about ideas or connections that I make, and then try very hard to find ways to modify them for middle school use. Obviously, this doesn’t always work. I have to “kill my babies” pretty often when it comes to my lesson planning.

Sometimes, I want to do much more than we have time for and I want them to be able to recognize or analyze patterns and details in texts in ways that are still over their heads. In other words, its hard to think like a middle schooler.

Q: What advice do you have for about-to-graduate students?

What I found most stressful after finding a job was that I wanted to be perfect at it right off the bat. Its impossible to be perfect at teaching, no matter how long you have been doing it. There is such a learning curve and I can only imagine its the same for any job. My best advice, I guess, is to be willing to make mistakes. Don’t hold yourself to ridiculous standards and focus on getting through one day at a time. Give yourself time to adjust before you start to doubt yourself.