Congratulations Danni Epting!

Saint Rose undergraduate English major Danni Epting recently had two of her personal works published in Thought Catalog and Nailed. Danni’s two stories are her very first publications, displaying her genuine, honest, and lightly humorous writing

“7 Amazing Things That Happened After I Logged Off Social Media For Good”, September 27th, 2017, Thought Catalog Online Magazine 

Danni uses her sense of humor for some light comic relief before digging deeper into her reasoning behind disconnecting from social media in the first place—her experience being stalked her freshman year. She talks about how letting go of platforms such as Instagram allowed her to become more in touch with herself. She describes how invigorating it was to disconnect from an ever-growing stage that everyone relies on so heavily for validation and attention from others. She goes on to discuss that now she has a bigger appreciation for the people and things around her, but most importantly—herself. Her personal growth from this experience is an example of the positive outcomes that all of us Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat lovers could benefit from if we were to take a step back from the constant connection to our iPhones and Laptops.

Favorite Quote from Publication: “Each day I get to write and rewrite my own story. I am the sole author, and I don’t have anyone to compete with except myself.”- Danni Epting, “7 Amazing Things That Happened After I Logged Off Social Media For Good”

  “DEATHWISH 057: DANNI”, Editor’s Choice, September 20th, 2017, Nailed Online Magazine

In her second publication, a Deathwish submission in Nailed, “DEATHWISH 057: DANNI” recounts a near death experience wherein she woke up in the hospital with acute alcohol intoxication. She goes on to tell a very raw, yet sincere story of her struggle with an eating disorder that summer. She describes feeling alive in that moment in the hospital bed, but aware that the price that she had to pay for feeling so alive was much too high. Once again, Danni uses her sense of humor to lighten the mood of her challenging recollection on nearing death.

Favorite Quote from Publication: “I wished I could go back to the time in my life when I didn’t know what it was like to feel like anyone other than myself. I wanted to go back to the time before I knew things could go so wrong.”- Danni Epting, “DEATHWISH 057: DANNI”

More about the writer: Danielle Epting 


Danni is a senior undergraduate English major expected to graduate this May of 2018. She originally studied Education, but after taking a Creative Writing class with English Professor Jacqueline Kirkpatrick, she realized how much she loved writing and decided to keep pursuing it by changing her major to English her sophomore year. Her favorite part about being an English major is not having too many tests! She likes that rather than exams and quizzes, students in the English program really get to write more instead.

Danni plans to continue pursuing her passion for writing and hopes to get into an MFA program after graduating from Saint Rose. She appreciates the work of Tobias Wolff and Raymond Carver as inspirational figures in her field. Danni encourages anyone who’s nervous about or afraid to submit their work for publication to “Just do it– you don’t know until you try. And even if you get denied, you just have to keep trying, eventually someone will like it.”

As far as future publications, Danni is working on a few different fictional stories right now, including “Smoke”, “The Diner”, and “Anchovies”. She is super excited about her works being published, as is the English Department. If you haven’t already, definitely check out her stories on Thought Catalog and Nailed via the links below. Congratulations Danni! We look forward to seeing more of your publications in the future!

Check out Danni’s publications here:




Meet Eileen Sperry! Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Eileen grew up in upstate New York, just outside of Binghamton. She completed her undergraduate studies at New York University, where she majored in English and Linguistics. It was at NYU where she first discovered her desire to pursue English as a career. During a seminar class on Milton, Eileen’s teacher had her and fellow classmates read Paradise Lost very slowly, to explore it more deeply and work towards understanding the meaning of it. She credits this moment as her inspiration to study the poetry of the English Renaissance.

After completing her Master’s in English at Binghamton University, Eileen earned her Ph.D in English with a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies from Stony Brook University. Eileen has several research focuses on how we experience the body in literature, and specifically bodily decay in Renaissance poetry.

Her role here at Saint Rose is the 2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor of English. She is currently teaching Expository Writing classes, as well as a class on the senses in early English poetry. She’ll be teaching Expository Writing again in the Spring, along with a class on Later Shakespeare. She is really enjoying the small school atmosphere and the close relationships she’s forming with students and colleagues. She enjoys helping freshman with the transition from high school to college and loves watching her students learn and grow.

Eileen recently published an article in the Spring 2017 issue of Shakespeare Bulletin titled, “Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing and the Voyeuristic Audience.” Her current book project is on decay in Early Modern verse, and part of it, an article on decay and intimacy in John Donne’s poetry, is currently under review at an academic journal. Eileen also has an essay on Macbeth and Queen Elizabeth’s legacy that is due to appear this Spring in the edited collection Cultural Representations of Breastfeeding, from Demeter Press.

Some fun facts about Eileen:

When asked to describe herself in three words Eileen said, “easy- going, focused, and fun.” In her spare time, Eileen really enjoys spending time outdoors—hiking, camping, and volunteering annually at Sky Lake Camp and Retreat Center in Windsor, NY. She also enjoys cooking and traveling!

Welcome to Saint Rose Eileen!

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Congratulations to Last Night’s Readers!

Congratulations to last night’s MA/MFA readers!


(Pictured: last night’s readers, from left to right: Allison, Amber, Carol, Alyssa, and Alicia.)



(Pictured: On the left is Dr. Ungar, professor of poetry. Center, MFA Graduate Alyssa Cohorn. Right, MFA Graduate Amber O’Sullivan.)

English Majors Represent Saint Rose


Saint Rose English majors pictured above, Hannah Lee (second from left) and Christina Romeo (far right).

Saint Rose English majors Hannah Lee and Christina Romeo represented the department April 8 at SUNY Oneonta’s Undergraduate Literature and Composition Conference. Hannah and Christina were accompanied by Chantelle DeRose and Brittney Domagal.

Hannah Lee presented her paper, “The King as Poet Not God: The Influence of Religious Iconography and Queer Theory in Rupert Goold’s Richard II.” The paper, Hannah explains, “is an analysis of a movie version of Richard II and how Richard’s identity, along with his kingship, falls apart.”

When asked about her experience and if she had any advice, Hannah replied, “I’ve only attended Saint Rose’s English Symposium before, so being at a new college was nerve-wracking. However, the conference went well overall. I don’t think I’m in any place to give advice since conferences are a new territory that I’m trying to figure out as well. Nevertheless, I would say the big thing is to try your best to not panic–which I know is easier said than done. Relax, drink enough water so your mouth isn’t dry, and read clearly.”

Chantelle DeRose, also speaking on the conference experience, found Oneonta to be “a wonderful atmosphere. Everyone at SUNY Oneonta was incredibly welcoming, and the entire event was extraordinarily organized. Although I only attended the conference to support my friends, it was still such a valuable experience. I really enjoyed listening to everyone’s papers, and I feel that I learned a lot just from observing. If I could give any tips to students who may want to attend in the future, I would just tell them to be confident in their abilities. Once you put yourself out there, it’s a fantastic opportunity to present your work. It’s also a great chance to meet and spend time with other students outside of Saint Rose who love writing. We met a lot of awesome students, some from New York City and some from SUNY Cortland, who really made our day much more enjoyable.”

For more information regarding SUNY Oneonta’s conference series, visit


Upcoming MFA/MA Reading

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Upcoming Readings

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Upcoming Readings at Saint Rose

May 1st 7pm Touhey Forum
Join our visiting writer Rebecca Godfrey as she reads selections from her work. Rebecca Godfrey will be joined by guest writer Rebecca Wolff.

Rebecca Godfrey is the author of the novel, The Torn Skirt (HarperCollins), a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Under The Bridge (Simon & Schuster), a work of literary reportage about the arrests and trials of seven teenage girls for the murder of Reena Virk, was featured in GQ and Rolling Stone, and is being adapted for feature film. She is the recipient of the James Silberman and Selma Shapiro Fellowship from Yaddo. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches in the MFA Programs at Brooklyn College and Columbia University.

May 4th 6:30-8:30pm Albertus 301
MA/MFA Reading
Join our recent MA and MFA graduates as they read selections from their theses.
** Alyssa Cohorn will read from her work of creative non-fiction, “The Suburbs: An Exploration of the Lyric Essay”
** Carol Jewell will read from her work of poetry, “Hits and Missives”
** Lee Geiselmann will read from his work of fiction, “Grounds from Divorce”
** Amber O’Sullivan will read from her collection of fiction and poetry, “This Side of Wanting”
** Allison Paster-Torres will read from her work of poetry, “Eradicating Heart Disease in the 21st Century”
** Alicia Sharp will read from her work of literary criticism, “The Soul Response”

See you there!