Juniper Summer Writing Institute

Dear Writer,

Every summer, the Juniper Institute gathers a community of writers to explore the creative process and develop new approaches to the craft of writing. Hosted by the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Juniper is a weeklong immersion in the writer’s life, June 18-25, 2017. It is time out for you and your writing, time for wild invention, and to become part of a diverse community of acclaimed and emerging writers from all walks of life. We hope you will join us this year.

We are pleased to announce our 2017 faculty: Timothy Donnelly, Dorothea Lasky, Harryette Mullen, and Dara Wier will lead workshops in poetry. Stephen Graham Jones, Sam Michel, and Joy Williams will guide workshops in fiction. Paul Lisickywill teach a workshop in creative non-fiction and memoir.

We’re delighted to welcome Arda Collins, Rachel B. Glaser, Nathan Hill, Amy Leach, Lydia Millet, Camille Rankine, Arisa White, and Tiphanie Yanique as writers in residence.

Complete program information can be found on our website.

A few dates to remember:

*   Applications will open online January 3, 2017.
*   We offer both full and partial scholarships and grants, as well as work study opportunities. Scholarship applications are due March 10, 2017.

With all best wishes,

The Juniper Team


Call for Submissions!



To all creative writers:


End the year right. Get all those words you’ve been working on out into the universe by submitting them for publication. Here’s just a taste of what is available to  you. Now get out there and submit!



  • Posted December 01, 2016 
  • Submissions now open for our Second Issue – ‘Dwell’

  • Deadline: December 31, 2016

The theme for our spring issue is “Dwell.” Where and how do we live? Don’t forget the Latin word domus stood for a large compound or mansion that might house multiple families and individuals: inter-generational, engendered. Submissions are open to emerging and established poets and fine art photographers.



  • Posted December 01, 2016 
  • Call for Submissions: Storm Cellar

  • Deadline: December 30, 2016

Storm Cellar is a literary journal of safety and danger in print and ebook editions, and placed work in this year’s Pushcart anthology. We seek creative prose, poetry, and art for an issue featuring the work of women and genderqueer (broadly construed) creators. We encourage writers at the intersection of these and other under-represented groups to share their work. We also prize content/creators connected to the Midwest. Send us surprising, unbound, gripping, and innovative things. Full guidelines at and submission manager at


  • Posted December 01, 2016 
  • Call for Submissions: BLR’s Theme Issue on Family

  • Deadline: January 1, 2017

In Fall 2017, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue that explores the concept of family—the primary latticework and laboratory of human nature. We are now accepting submissions of poetry (3 poems max), fiction, and nonfiction (5,000 words max for prose).  Please visit our website for complete guidelines.

  • Posted November 30, 2016 
  • Belletrist Magazine Seeking Submissions

  • Deadline: January 31, 2017

“Grace to be born and live as variously as possible.”—Frank O’Hara
Belletrist Magazine is seeking submissions for our Spring 2017 print issue. Send your poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, art, and photography. Give us something to notice. Belletrist Magazines publishes out of Bellevue College. We also accept submissions for our website to be considered as featured online content; these submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and published year-round. Contact  for more information.

  • Posted November 28, 2016 
  • Thrice Fiction Open Call

  • Deadline: December 31, 2016

Thrice Fiction announces an open call for fiction of all shapes and styles beginning on December 1st. Hit the Submittable button on our website and give it to us hard and fast. Please read the guidelines and free issues online. No coming-of-age or JohnBoy Walton stuff please. No yours isn’t good enough to make an exception. No fee/no pay.

  • Posted November 28, 2016 
  • Second Hand Stories Podcast Call for Submissions

  • Deadline: Rolling

Second Hand Stories is a podcast that features short works of fiction, submitted and written by you, to be read aloud on our show. Listen to our episodes at to get a sense of what we’re looking for. We will accept any genre of fiction (no poetry) and our word limit is flexible (preferably between 1,500 and 6,000 words). Please practice reading your story aloud to ensure it flows as well verbally as it does on the page. Thanks for submitting!

  • Posted November 28, 2016 
  • Submit Your Personal Essays to The Artist Unleashed

  • Deadline: Rolling

Earn $0.015 per word to be published on our blog, The Artist Unleashed. We want articles based on your personal experience as a writer or artist to help fellow creatives. Articles for this website must be about an aspect of writing and/or art and must also inspire and/or motivate, encourage discussion, offer advice or argue an opinion, and be rich with informative/engaging content. We will tweet and Facebook your post to get it as much exposure as possible. Unique views on a single post have reached 1500+ within 24 hours. Please visit our website for guidelines:

  • Posted November 23, 2016 
  • All Genres are Created Equal at the GNU

  • Deadline: December 15, 2016

The motto of the GNU literary journal is “All Genres are Created Equal.” We accept traditional literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; but we are also friendly to genre fiction, YA literature, short plays, comics, photography, and writing that defies classification. The GNU is an annual online literary journal run by the MFA students at National University. We never charge a submission fee. Please see our submission guidelines for details. Deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2016.

MA/MFA Advanced Projects and Thesis Presentations, May 2, 2016

The College of Saint Rose MFA Program and MA in English present:
Advanced Project and Thesis Readings
Monday May 2nd 2016 at 6:00 pm
Carondelet Symposium – 3rd Floor of the Lally Building

“A City Divided” by Kimberly Daigle
What We Knew Then (Stories) by Josh Patrick Sheridan
“Disconnected” by Jackie Kirkpatrick
“Frame and Color as Narrative Structure: Rethinking Julie
Taymor’s The Tempest” by Rob Stoddard

Please join us for a reception in Dolan Hall immediately afterward.

Herman Melville House Visit in Troy – Sunday February 7

Scenes from Dr. Sweeney’s Herman Melville class visit to the Melville house, Sunday, February 7. Located at 2 114th Street, Troy, NY, Herman Melville completed his first two books-Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847)-while living in the house.

Students, faculty, and friends were treated to a presentation by Warren Broderick, Melville scholar and Emeritus Archivist at the NY State Archives, as well as a guided tour of the house.

For more information on the house, visit Lansingburgh Historical Society.


Warren Broderick, Melville scholar and Emeritus Archivist at the NY State Archives








This copy of Jane Eyre features an inscription to Fanny Melville by Augusta Melville (HM’s sisters)



Dr. Sweeney Herman Melville class on the front steps of the Melville house.

English Department Creative Writing Faculty Reading


Join the wonderful creative writers of the English Department for a reading on February 18th. Hear work by Rone Shavers, Hollis Seamon, Kenneth Krauss, Barbara Ungar, and Daniel Nester. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. in the Standish Rooms.

Hope to see you there!

Barbara Ungar’s “Immortal Medusa” Named One of the Best of the Year by Kirkus Reviews

immortalCongratulations to Barbara Ungar on her latest book, Immortal Medusa, being one out of only seven books of poetry named by Kirkus Reviews as the Best Indie Poetry of 2015!

You can read the review here and get a copy of Immortal Medusa for yourself here.

An Interview With Marshelle Woodward, the Newest English Faculty Member

On a brisk afternoon in early December, Jessie Serfilippi, a graduate assistant in the English program, sat down at Tierra Coffee Roasters with the newest member of the Saint Rose English Department faculty, Dr. Marshelle Woodward. They discussed her love of books, her foray into literary studies, and the classes she’ll be teaching this spring.

How are you liking Albany so far?

I’m really enjoying Albany. I think what I actually like the most about Albany is how close it is to so many other places. I have friends who live in Binghamton and Hartford, Boston, and NYC, so it’s like this great hub to travel and see other parts of New England. Coming from the South, I’m getting to see a lot of places that I’ve read about and heard about my whole life but never seen.

I also like the diversity of the city. You can find lots of quirky little coffee shops and hole-in-the-wall little bars and restaurants.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Kentucky. I spent the first 22 years of my life there. I went to college at a liberal arts school called Georgetown College, which is near the University of Kentucky in the Lexington area. While I was there I got to study abroad at Oxford through a program the school had. I studied Old English poetry there for a semester.

It was really important to me to find a school to teach at that reminded me of my own undergrad because it was such an important experience in my own life.

How did you come to study English?

When I went to college I thought I was going to be a double major in history and political science, which were two different departments at my school. I thought I would be a lawyer. In my first semester I took an honors composition course and we read Hamlet. I wrote this very involved research paper that led me to things written by King James and other 17th century writers, and it was so interesting and stimulating. I realized I needed to be an English major.

That summer I would go to the bookstore after work. I was reading The Phantom Tollbooth there and thinking about how much fun it would be to teach classes forever, just read books and talk about them. I went home and emailed my professor and said I want to do what you do.

I originally thought I wanted to study children’s literature, which was at the time an emerging field, but there weren’t a lot of programs. It was growing, but during the financial crisis all of those programs were cut back. So, relatedly, I decided to specialize in something else and maybe teach children’s literature on the side if I get a chance. I chose Renaissance literature and, particularly, 17th century poetry and prose. The period just clicked with me. I was fascinated by the medical science of the period, and the sort of correspondences that people saw in the cosmos. I loved Milton, I loved Paradise Lost, his great epic poem, so that’s what led me there. I also tended to write the best papers in those classes.

What classes are you teaching next spring?

I’m teaching ENG-105 and my thematic focus is going to be Local Horror Stories & Urban Legends. I sort of transition from horror, to urban legends, to detective stories, because the class is all about learning to write academic research. I like to think about how we investigate the unknown and move from the supernatural to the natural world. I’m excited about that one. I’m teaching ENG-230, Early British, and I taught that this semester. It’s on the theme making knowledge in Early Modern England. We look at all the different forms of knowledge and how literature was seen as a sort of technology for knowing the world. I’m also teaching ENG-240, which is on Metaphysical Poetry. I’m very excited about that one. That’s a new class.

What do you expect from your students?

I expect curiosity, dedication, and a degree of resilience. I teach difficult literature. I expect my students to be sort of able to dwell in that difficulty, trusting that we’re going to find some kind of understanding on the other end. I expect them to be okay with difficulty and with the process of working through complex texts together. 

What book makes you excited to teach?

Paradise Lost makes me really excited to teach because the poetry is sublime and Satan is an amazing character. I get excited to introduce my students to that text and remember what it was like to read it for the first time.

What are some of your favorite books, food, and movies?

My favorite Shakespeare play is King Lear. For fun I like to read fantasy novels, like books by Patrick Rothfuss and Lev Grossman.  I love the essays of Michel de Montaigne and Thomas Brown.

My favorite food is Southern-style food, biscuits and gravy.

I love Mad Men, and most recently I’ve been watching Jessica Jones and Master of None.

When you’re not teaching, you’d rather be…

Probably in Toronto where my husband teaches. And I’d also rather be watching Netflix with my cats.