Attention Undergraduates!

Have you recently finished writing a really great research paper? How about a poem or a short story? If so, I bet you’re wondering where you could have it published. Well here’s your answer! Keene State College has compiled a list of Undergraduate Research Journals and Literary Magazines all looking to publish works by undergraduates just like YOU!

Check it out!

You might also consider submitting that research paper to Saint Rose’s Journal of Undergraduate Research. 

Check that out, too!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to have your work published!

An Interview with Graduating Senior Abbey Barker

Congratulations to Abbey Barker! She will be graduating in May with a Bachelor’s degree in English. We took this opportunity to ask her a few questions about her time here at St. Rose and what her plans are for the future.

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What made you decide to become an English major?

I was originally a Communications major with a Journalism concentration when I started at Saint Rose. After my first six weeks of classes, I realized that switching my major would be the most beneficial thing for me in the long run. Dr. Cailin Brown was incredibly influential in my decision to transfer over to the English department. She said to me, “Abbey, I have three degrees on the wall and none of them are for journalism. Become an English major and it will be the best decision you’ll ever make.” She was so right.

Why Saint Rose?

I’ve lived in the Albany area for most of my life, so Saint Rose has always been in my periphery. When the time came to observe the school, I loved the small class sizes and the familial atmosphere that makes Saint Rose a wonderful place to grow and learn.

What was your experience like as a St. Rose student? Any particular classes or moments that stand out?

My experience at Saint Rose was a bit different than most English majors: Throughout all four years I’ve had either an internship or job located in Manhattan, so most of my time has been spent there continuing my education outside of the classroom. Inside the classroom, my greatest memory was English 311, Writing Creative Non-Fiction, with Professor Nester in the fall semester of my sophomore year. Nester really challenged all of us, pulling out our true potential – I’m still learning from that class nearly three years later. Other standout moments are my literature and theory classes with Dr. Sweeney and Senior Seminar with Dr. Morrow. I can’t say enough wonderful things about both Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Morrow; I am so thankful to have been able to learn from them.

Do you have an area of concentration?  What are you most interested in, with regard to English studies?

Creative non-fiction and memoir are the areas I have tried to focus the most on throughout my time here. Thanks to Dr. Sweeney, however, I have also become interested in cultural theory and criticism.

What’s next for you?

A few days after graduation I will be moving to Brooklyn and continuing to work at Bob Mackie Design Group as their Administrative Director.

What are your long-term goals for your degree?

Ultimately, my goal is to write for television and film. Within the next year, I am going to start taking improv and sketch writing classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in Chelsea (where Amy Poehler started out) and hopefully make the transition from there to television. I would also love to be a staff writer for a fashion magazine at some point along the way. I have a few areas of deep interest, so I’m thankful for a degree that can carry me through whichever creative field I decide to land in.

Any advice for new or prospective English majors at St Rose?

The greatest advice I can give to new English majors is simply to intern. Interning is not just a plus for your resume and experience levels, but it ensures that you’re not merely going through the motions of college. Internships can either make you fall in love with your major and goals post-graduation or it can show you that you don’t love it and want to take a different path. If it weren’t for my internships, I would have stayed a communications major. An internship a year or each summer can work wonders for students, on both education and personal fronts. The English department is incredibly supportive of their students who chose to take their studies into the real world and truly make themselves available to help you find the best placement.

An Interview with Graduating Senior Jessica Lamoureaux

Congratulations to Jessica Lamoureaux! She will be graduating in May with a Bachelor’s degree in English. We took this opportunity to ask her a few questions about her time here at St. Rose and what her plans are for the future.

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What made you decide to become an English major?

I’ve always loved reading. Writing was the natural next step – after reading so many stories, I had plenty of my own to tell. When I went to college, though, I was hesitant to declare an English major. I loved analyzing literature in high school, but I knew there was a stigma attached to the major. What would I do with it? To buy myself time, I decided to remain undecided. I actually ended up declaring my major at orientation, when I found out that the Exploratory Program for undecided students mandated some sort of class on time management. I figured, why beat around the bush? It was easily one of the best decisions I made in college. English is definitely where I belong.

Why Saint Rose?

Our department. The English faculty members at Saint Rose are beyond phenomenal. They’re all brilliant, and their passion and knowledge have spurred me on every step of the way.

What was your experience like as a St Rose student? Any particular classes or moments that stand out?

I’ve been pretty busy these past four years. I loved all of my classes, especially Critical Theory, Afrofuturism, and Native American Lit. My senior seminar, Satan in Literature, was awesome – it led to my Summer Research Grant, which allowed me to write my paper that’s being published in the Journal of Undergraduate Research. I was in eight drama productions, two web shows, and a handful of student films. My semester abroad in England was easily the best adventure I’ve ever been on; I studied Shakespeare in London, wandered street markets in Versailles, and stood on the battlefield that marked the last battle between the English and the Highland Scots. I brought home tons of stories (which everyone is tired of hearing!) and a newfound love of travel. This semester, I completed my senior writing project, which consists of three short stories and a novella that play with themes from fairy tales and quest stories. I won the Senior Writing Award and was named my class’s Outstanding Senior in English. I guess I kind of did it all.

Do you have an area of concentration?  What are you most interested in, with regard to English studies?

I would say I have concentrations in creative writing and postcolonial literature. I love looking at books as tools of expression and picking apart language to identify the kinds of things that it constructs. Postcolonial theory provides a base from which to explore the systems embedded in our world; it helps us recognize the constructs that have been put in place to regulate society. I’m a total nerd for theory in general.

What’s next for you?

A break! I’m taking a year off before I go to graduate school.

What are your long-term goals for your degree?

I want to either work in publishing or become a college professor. Or both!

Any advice for new or prospective English majors at Saint Rose?

Read widely and wildly. Get involved – check out the drama program or sneak into an English Club meeting. Oh, and use lots of sticky notes!

Barbara Ungar Reading May 21

College of Saint Rose English Professor Barbara Ungar will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30PM.

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Barbara Ungar has published four books of poetry, most recently Immortal Medusa and Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life, both Hilary Tham selections from The Word Works. Her prior books are Thrift and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Press Poetry Award, a silver Independent Publishers award, a Hoffer award, and the Adirondack Center for Writing poetry award. She is also the author of several chapbooks and Haiku in English. She has published poems in Salmagundi, Rattle, The Nervous Breakdown, and many other journals. A professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, she coordinates their new MFA program. For more information, please see Barbaraungar.net.

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.

Interview: Samson Dikeman on Gregory Pardlo

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Gregory Pardlo (left) with Samson Dikeman (M.F.A. ’15).

In spring 2014 poet Gregory Pardlo was a visiting writer on campus teaching a graduate class in poetry.  This spring we celebrate Pardlo winning the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

As graduation approaches, we interview M.F.A. graduate Samson Dikeman.  Samson not only took the class, but he also was able to have Pardlo as one of the readers for his thesis in poetry.

Gregory Pardlo was a visiting writer at The College of Saint Rose and you took his class. How do you think his insight and teaching techniques affected or changed your work?  

Greg Pardlo was a wonderful teacher to have.  I think the thing I took away from his class more than anything else is the realization that you must challenge yourself on every word in your poem.  You have to ask if the word is right for for the poem and if not, replace it.  It helped me cut out a lot of fluff in my poems.

What made you choose Pardlo to be one of your readers for your thesis?  

I chose Pardlo as one of my readers because of his expertise.  You get the sense when you work with him that he has a tremendous gift for reading poetry and identifying what is making it tick.  He knows the right questions to ask and I felt like I needed that for my thesis project.

How did the news of Pardlo receiving the Pulitzer affect you?  How did you feel? What were your thoughts?

When I found out that Pardlo won the Pulitzer, I was like a giddy schoolgirl (If that’s still PC); it was amazing.  I went around and started telling everyone about it.  It’s such a great honor for him.  Digest is a wonderful book; I’m very happy for him.

Do you have any poems of Pardlo’s that you would recommend a reader check out?

As far as poems to read, definitely check out Digest from Four Way Books .  As far as individual poems, I love “Problema 4″ from Digest and “Written By Himself,” which was published in Best American Poetry 2010 and can be read online.

Daniel Nester on W. Bliem Kern: Check it out!

Just up on Poetry Foundation’s website is Daniel Nester’s appreciation of Meditations, W. Bliem Kern’s sound poetry book/cassette collection from 1974.
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If you want to read (and see/hear) more about Daniel Nester’s interest in W. Bliem Kern – check out his blog post!

2015 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture (MAPACA) Conference

The Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association
26th Annual Conference
November 5-7, 2015
Philadelphia

Call for Papers:

The American Studies Area of The Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture
Association (MAPACA) invites academics, graduate and undergraduate students,
independent scholars, and other professionals to submit papers for the annual
conference, to be held in Philadelphia, November 5-7, 2015.  Papers from
interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary perspectives that investigate the
actions, influences, and phenomena that have formed American society will be
considered. Though the field of American Studies may approach American culture from a variety of directions, it focuses on America as a whole; as a result,
papers on all facets of American society and/or culture are welcome.

Please submit a one-page abstract to the area chair via the MAPACA website at:

http://www.mapaca.net/confer/callForPapers.html

DEADLINE: June 29, 2015

For more information regarding the format of your proposal and submission
guidelines, please refer to:

http://www.mapaca.net/help/conference/submitting-abstracts-conference

PLEASE NOTE: Prospective presenters may submit only ONE proposal to only ONE area. Multiple submissions, whether to one area or several, will result in
rejection of all proposals.

The 2015 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture (MAPACA) conference will be held November 5-7, 2015 at the Sonesta Philadelphia, located at 1800 Market Street in Center City Philadelphia.