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Publishing Announcement: Paige Maguire

Congratulations to undergraduate student Paige Maguire on publishing her short story “The Best Things You Get In Life Are Stolen,’ in the online literary magazine Write From Wrong. The story was written as an exercise in Dr. Hollis Seamon’s ENG 313 class in Fall 2011.

Write From Wrong is run by recent graduates of Loyola University Maryland. They welcome all writers from all over the globe and publish poetry, short fiction, and creative non fiction, as well as photography and art.

Paige Maguire’s story can be found here.

If you’re being published in the coming months, make sure to let us know to be featured on the blog!


The Vagina Monologues: Monday, April 23 at 7pm

Join us for a performance of The Vagina Monologues in conjunction with

VDay2012. Written by Eve Ensler, the play is a series of monologues each having to do with a different issue that befalls women and their sexuality. All the proceeds from this event will go to the Domestic Violence Prevention Center at the Albany Equinox Shelter.

Hope to see you there in support of this worthy cause!

Student/Faculty Reading this Friday!

Image The next reading in this semester’s Student/Faculty reading series will be held this Friday night! Join us in a night of original fiction read by your classmates and professors. This week’s participants are Dr. Rone Shavers, Tony Carrano, Emily Perez and Jay Frost. It will start at 6:30 at the Hudson River Coffee House at 227 Quail St. in Albany.

Hope to see you there!

Call for Graduate Papers: The 6th Nomadikon Meeting

“Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images”

The 6th Nomadikon Meeting

The Nomadikon Centre, The University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway and The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, USA invite paper proposals for a graduate student program on the theme “Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images.”  The one-day program will be held September 27, 2012 from noon to 5:00 pm on The College of St. Rose campus in Albany, New York, and will precede the Nomadikon/Saint Rose conference (which will run from Thursday evening, Sept. 27, through Sept. 29).  The conference theme reflects an overall interest in the process of seeing itself, where “seeing” suggests  but is not limited to physical sight and includes metaphors of an embodied “seeing.”  The conference is interdisciplinary and invites papers on film, painting, photography, performance, music, material culture, and literature.  Students who participate in this pre-conference event are invited to join the full conference that begins on Thursday evening, the 27th.

Papers may include, but are not limited to, the ethics and/or aesthetics of image, the embedded image, images that “make” space, and images that “are” space, the codification of image, and image that resists codification.  In reference to the conference theme, papers may also address themes of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, dis/ability and class.  The conference is small by design.  We will accept the ten (10) papers that best address the conference theme.

Student registration for the conference is $40.00 U.S.  Send proposals of 300-500 words to Mark Ledbetter at by May 10, 2012.  For out of town guests, hotel information will be provided.

Nomadikon is a transdisciplinary research group and center for image studies and visual aesthetics at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. The center launched in the fall of 2008 with the project New Ecologies of the Image (2008-2012), and consists of a core team of six locally based scholars, international affiliates, and a global network of visual culture studies researchers.

Among the research topics pertinent to the Nomadikon project are the manifestations of iconoclasm and iconophobia; image wars and visual ideologies; the cultural performance of on/scenity (Linda Williams); the aestheticization of affliction; controversial and offensive images; media convergence and the formation of new visual ecosystems; the nomadicization of the image; and the visual codification of subjectivity and social value. For more information on Nomadikon and its previous meetings and publications, visit

Graduate Student Ben Harris on Internet Publishing and Being a Conference Panelist

Gaining Legitimacy and Confidence: On My Experience as a Panelist

I kept asking myself, “At what point does my project, my venture, become legitimate?”

My name is Ben Harris, and I’m a writing tutor and graduate student here at Saint Rose in the English MA program.  For the past three years, I have been the editor-in-chief of Thoughtsmith, an online literary magazine that publishes poems, short stories, and essays about writing and creativity.  When I started Thoughtsmith, I was finishing up my associate degree at SUNY Adirondack and was working there as a writing tutor in their Center for Reading and Writing.  One day, I decided that I wanted to create a literary journal, so I did.  It really was that simple.  I came up with a name for the journal, I bought a domain name, and I paid for web hosting for a year, thinking that I wouldn’t just discard Thoughtsmith on my pile of one-post blogs and one-entry journals if I had invested money into it.

Fast-forward three years, and here I am, a “legitimate” editor.  On March 10th, at The Arts Center in Troy, I was part of a panel called “Submitters and Rejecters: Local Editors and Publishers Discuss Their Work.”  The panel was one of many at “Write Here,” which was described as “a mini-conference for and about writers and writing in and around the Capital Region of New York State.”  I, just a guy who had started a journal out of the blue, was on a panel with real editors.  I sat between Chloe Caldwell, who runs her own reading series and is a columnist for The Faster Times, and David Holub, the editor and publisher of Kugelmass.  To David’s left sat Matthew Klane, the editor and publisher of Flim Forum Press, and Nancy White, the president and editor of The Word Works.  They were real writers, real editors, collected together by Daniel Nester, the moderator of the panel, in order to impart some writing and submitting wisdom on a crowd of local writers.  I was, surely, there by mistake.

During the panel, I had a realization: hey, these “real, legitimate” editors started the same way I did!  Sure, I was intimidated by the fact that they had print material for sale (I mean, surely print is better than online—right?), but they had started their projects, which in turn had become legitimate enterprises, just like me.  It was this realization that allowed me to relax.  During my portion of the panel, I talked about Thoughtsmith and my experiences as an editor; I discussed the submission manager we use, “Submittable,” and how it allows me to organize incoming submissions for my journal; and I talked about Duotrope’s Digest, a great tool which writers can use to organize their submissions, acceptances, and rejections.  There was a short and question-and-answer section after we all presented, and I was able to field a few questions. (In fact, I jumped right in on a few, something I never thought I would do!)  I felt honored when, after the panel, a few people who had attended came up to me, asked me questions, and thanked me for my participation.

Overall, the experience was amazing in so many ways. Not only was I able to share a little bit of expertise with local writers interested in getting their work published, but I was able to feel like a real editor: something, it turns out, I was all along.

Visiting Scholar Event: Dr. Sean Latham

The College of Saint Rose 2012 English Department Visiting Scholar is Dr. Sean Latham. Join us as he presents his paper “New Media, New Modernisms: Magazines and Digital Theory.”

Dr. Latham is a professor of English at the University Of Tulsa. He serves as Editor of the James Joyce Quarterly and is co-director of the Modernist Journals Project, as well as co-editor of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies.

He has acted as author or editor of five titles and many articles on topics in modernism, cultural history, law, media, and the digital humanities. Titles include The Art of Scandal: Modernism, Libel Law, and the Roman A Clef in 2009, and 2003’s Am I a Snob? Modernism and the Novel.

The lecture will take place on March 27th at 6:30 pm at the Carondelet Symposium in the Thelma Lally School of Education, which is located at 1009 Madison Ave. This event is free and open to the public!

See you then, for what is sure to be a very interesting evening!

Hollis Seamon in Persimmontree Magazine

Dr. Hollis Seamon has been published in the latest edition of Persimmontree Magazine!

You can read her story, “The Trojan Cat,” here.