This Thursday, English Club will hold a meeting at 5:30pm in Albertus room 369. We will go over our final event for the semester, as well as our outcomes for our two past fundraisers. We will also be speaking of future events.
Hope to see you all there!
English Club Vice President
7 pm April 24th
Carondelet Symposium, Lally Hall, 3rd Floor
We are delighted to host 2018 MacArthur fellow John Keene as our visiting scholar for the 2018-9 academic year. He will be speaking the evening after our department symposium (beginning at 9am in Midnight Eats). From the MacArthur Foundation press materials:
John Keene is a fiction writer exploring the ways in which historical narratives shape contemporary lives while simultaneously re-envisioning these narratives from the perspectives of those whose voices have been suppressed. Through innovations in language and form, he imbues with multifaceted subjectivities those who have been denied nuanced histories within the story of the Americas—primarily people of color and queer people—and exposes the social structures that confine, enslave, or destroy them.
His first book, Annotations (1995), is simultaneously a semi-autobiographical novel chronicling the coming of age of a black, queer, middle-class child in the 1970s and ‘80s in St. Louis and a collection of essays about the ideological, philosophical, and political contexts that define his struggle to achieve agency. In the story collection Counternarratives (2015), Keene reimagines moments, both real and fictional, from the history of the Americas, adopting the language and literary forms of the time periods in which his characters live—from seventeenth-century epistolary novels to Modernist and post-modernist experiments with stream of consciousness. One story, “Gloss on a History of Roman Catholics in the Early American Republic,” is framed as an excerpt from a history book. As the text unfolds, it is revealed that what at first appears to be a footnote about the disappearance of a convent school in early nineteenth-century Kentucky is in fact the eyewitness account of Carmel, an enslaved girl who achieves literacy and a literary voice within the space of the work. “A Letter on the Trials of the Counterreformation in New Lisbon,” also narrated by an enslaved person, turns a letter between missionary priests into an assertion of queer African presence in the New World. In “Rivers,” Keene imagines two meetings between an older Huckleberry Finn and a now-free Jim; he endows Jim with a voice and consciousness, thereby presenting Tom Sawyer and Huck from a powerful new perspective that extends and transforms Twain’s original novels.
In his fiction and in a number of other projects spanning translation, poetry, and cultural criticism, Keene is correcting and enlarging our distorted, partial views of American history and culture, and challenging his readers to question received understandings of our past.
John Keene received an A.B. (1987) from Harvard University and an M.F.A. (1997) from New York University. Before joining the faculty at Rutgers University-Newark, where he is currently professor and chair of the Department of African American and African Studies and a professor in the Department of English, he taught at Brown University and Northwestern University, among other institutions. He was a member of the Dark Room Collective and is a graduate fellow of Cave Canem. In addition to his novels, he has published two collaborative volumes of poetry, Seismosis (2006) and GRIND (2016), a chapbook of poems, Playland (2016), and translated Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer, from Portuguese. His writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, the Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares, among other journals.
Over at the CSR Chronicle a piece on English professor Jennifer Marlow inviting an author for a virtual visit with students:
Author Lacy M. Johnson, who wrote “The Reckonings,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, virtually visited Wednesday with English 317-The Art of Essay class via Skype, for a Q&A session.
College of Saint Rose professor, Jennifer Marlow, invited Johnson to offer insights to her student writers. “Since she is a writing teacher herself, I know that she will be able to converse with and offer practical advice to student writers,” said Marlow.
Read the rest here.
Come on out and take in a night of emo poetry with two top-emo poets! Leza Cantoral, Xicana writer & editor of CLASH Books, author of emo poetry collection TRASH PANDA and Christoph Paul, award-winning humorist, editor, author of AT LEAST I GET YOU < IN MY ART.
Thursday, April 18 • 7:30p.m.
Second Floor, EAC Standish Rooms
420 Western Avenue, Albany, NY
Free event. Books will be available for purchase.
Leza Cantoral is a Xicana writer & editor who lives on the internet. She is the author of Cartoons in the Suicide Forest & Trash Panda. Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath is a CLASH Books anthology of stories that she edited as a result of being a Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath megafan. She is the editor of CLASH Books & trashpandapoetry.com, and hosts Get Lit With Leza, where she talks to cool ass writers.
Christoph Paul is an award-winning humor author. He writes non-fiction, horror, and poetry, including The Passion of the Christoph, Great White House Vol 1 & 2, Slasher Camp for Nerd Dorks, and Horror Film Poems. He edited the anthologies Walk Hand in Hand Into Extinction: Stories Inspired by True Detective and This Book Ain’t Nuttin to F*%k With: A Wu-Tang Tribute Anthology for CLASH Books.
For more information contact Daniel Nester at email@example.com or call 518.454.2812
The English Department is delighted to celebrate our latest inductees into Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honors Society. Drs Chan and Laity hosted an event that featured VPAA Dr Steve Ralston, Dean Jeff Marlett, and English Chair, Dr David Morrow. Congratulations to our best and brightest students, who have maintained the required high GPA through challenging English courses.
Ashley Richardson, President of the Beta Phi Chapter and assisted by VP Malcolm Brownell and Secretary Hannah Deetz, inducted the new members of Sigma Tau Delta:
|Danniella L. Beltrán
Samantha O. Karian
Sabrina Joy Leviton
|Sunny Leigh Nowacki
Aliya A. Vasquez
Well done, all!