Enter to win! The 2018 Senior Writing Award- $300 1st Place Prize

Open to any student, in any major, who graduated in December 2017 or is graduating in May 2018. Professional writers from outside the College of Saint Rose community will judge all entries.

The prize will be given at the Honors Convocation on March 24th at 2:30pm in the Picotte Recital Hall of the Massry Center for the Arts. Deadline for submissions is February 23, 2018 at noon.

 *See guidelines below. For more information on submission rules, visit the English Department website (www.strose.edu/English), or contact Dr. Rone Shavers (shaversr@strose.edu).


 Rules for Entries

 Students of any major who graduated in December 2017 or are graduating in May 2018 are eligible for the award. Submit three copies of a portfolio consisting of the following: Three separate pieces of writing, including at least two different genres, altogether totaling a minimum of ten pages–maximum of twenty-five pages. Each portfolio should contain at least two different genres (for example, 1 formal academic paper and 2 short stories; 2 essays and 1 play script; 2 sets of poems and 1 short story; or an essay, a story and a set of poems). Poetry submissions must have a minimum of 2 poems and maximum of 5 poems as one set.

 Submissions must be anonymous. No name should appear on any page of the submissions. Type your name, address, telephone number, and email address on an index card, place the card in an envelope, and seal the envelope. This envelope must be placed, with three copies of your submission, in a large manila envelope. The copies must be arranged as three separate packets, each packet containing your three pieces of writing. Each packet should be bound with a clip or placed in a sturdy binder. One packet from each student will be sent to each of the three judges.

Work completed as a course assignment is appropriate, but it must be retyped so that the instructor’s comments do not appear on the pages. Any work that has been published should not be submitted.

Judges are professional writers from outside the Saint Rose community. Judges use a numerical tally, awarding up to 25 points to each of the three pieces submitted by each student. Judges will be guided by the following criteria:

~Appropriateness of form and mastery of the conventions of the genre

~Maturity of diction, syntax, tone, and style

~Quality of the piece as compared to publications in the genre

Note: Pieces containing errors in syntax, spelling, punctuation, grammar, typing, or other elements of correct, standard English will be disqualified. Proofread carefully!

Due Date: Portfolios must be submitted to the English Department Office in Marcelle Hall (444 Western Avenue) by 12:00 noon, Friday, February 23, 2018. No late entries will be accepted. The Writing Award will be given at the Honors Convocation on March 24, 2018. The award is $300.00. The winner will be notified in advance.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Rone Shavers, shaversr@strose.edu, or 518-485-3787

A copy of the previous year’s winning entry is available for review on request.


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:

Link: https://thoughtcatalog.com/danielle-epting/2017/09/7-amazing-things-that-happened-after-i-logged-off-social-media-for-good/

Link:  https://nailedmagazine.com/editors-choice/deathwish-057-danni/

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 http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/conferences/ugconf.asp


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