Pine Hills Review Fall Launch Reading at Hellman Library November 22

Pine Hills Review, the literary journal of The College of Saint Rose, invites you to a fall launch reading with four of our contributors: Olivia Dunn, Danielle Epting, Penny Perkins, and Karen Schoemer. Student editors will open reading work from Pine Hills Review‘s pages. And it’s all happening at the Neil Hellman Library!

The details follow!

Friday November 22 7pm
Neil Hellman Library
The College of Saint Rose
392 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203
Free and open to the public



Olivia Dunn is a Teaching Professor of English at Skidmore College. Her work has appeared in The Pinch Journal, Seneca Review, Entropy, JMWW, The Nervous Breakdown, River Teeth, and McSweeney’s.

Danielle Epting (B.A. English 2017) is a student in the MA Program at the University at Albany. She has published creative work along with news and feature stories in The Record. You can find her creative work published in various journals such as Nailed Magazine, Thought Catalog, The Airgonaut, etc. And, if you can find her pinky knuckles, she will be your very best friend, as she doesn’t seem to have any.

Penny Perkins has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Her short story, “Car Ride Through Corn Fields (1975),” was chosen by Manuel Muñoz as the winner of Beecher’s Magazine‘s 2014 Fiction Contest. Recent short stories have been published in Waxwing and HOAX. Other publication credits for fiction, poetry, and non-fiction include Salon, Conditions, The Portable Lower East Side, Curves, Girlfriend No. 1, and Book.

Karen Schoemer’s poetry has appeared in Pine Hills Review, Hobo Camp Review, La Presa and Up the River. She is vocalist for the bands Sky Furrows and Jaded Azurites. Her music journalism has been widely published and anthologized; her book Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair with ’50s Pop Music was published in 2006. A recent graduate of the Writer’s Foundry MFA program in Brooklyn, she is working on her debut poetry collection, Third Nature.

Ben Railton to Present Visiting Scholar Lecture November 15

This year’s Visiting Scholar Lecture will be held next month when the English Department welcomes Ben Railton, Professor of English and American Studies, Fitchburg State University, who will present a talk entitled “We the People: The 500-Year Battle Over Who Is American.”

Friday, November 15
3:00-4:30 PM
Free and open to the public
Carondelet Symposium
Lally Building, Third Floor
The College of Saint Rose
1009 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
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Ben Railton is Professor of English Studies and Coordinator of American Studies at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. He writes the daily AmericanStudies public scholarly blog, is a prolific public scholarly Tweeter with more than 38680 followers, and is a frequent contributor to websites such as HuffPost, Talking Points Memo, We’re History, the Washington Post’s Made by History blog, and the Saturday Evening Post, for which he has written a biweekly online column since January 2018. Ben Railton is Professor of English Studies and Coordinator of American Studies at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Dr. Railton’s most recent book is We the People: The 500-Year Battle Over Who Is American (Rowan & Littlefield 2019).

Faculty Works in Progress on November 13: Barbara Ungar, Eurie Dahn, and Brian Sweeney

The English Department Faculty Works in Progress afternoon talks continue on Wednesday, November 13 with Barbara Ungar, Eurie Dahn, and Brian Sweeney. The talks begin at 2:40pm in Albertus Hall, Room 305.

Barbara Ungar, Professor of English, will present “Poems from Save Our Ship,” and Eurie Dahn and Brian Sweeney, both Associate Professors of English, will co-present their talk on “Hidden Selves: Mesmerism, Race, and Of One Blood.” The talks will take place Wednesday, November 13, in Albertus 305, 2:40pm.

Bring a lunch! Have some snacks! Q&A follows. For more info, email nesterd at

And mark your calendars for when our Faculty Works in Progress afternoon talks continue in the Spring 2020 semester, when on Wednesday, February 26, we will have two Visiting Assistant Professors of English presenting talks: Vicki Hoskins and Eileen Sperry. Watch this blog and our Facebook page for their talk titles and other details!


ENG 252: Saint Rose Students Participate in Climate Change Strike

IMG_0829What do you call home? By definition, it’s “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household”. However, home can be a place, person, object, or anything that makes you feel complete. But all of these things exist upon one thing: Earth.

September 20-27 consisted of what is known as the Global Week for Future. This was a series of international strikes and protests to demand action be taken to address climate change. A record of 7.6 million people, mostly led by youth and students, took to the streets to strike for climate action. All around the world, in cities and villages, big and small, millions joined hands and spoke up in defense of the climate.

The College of Saint Rose students gathered together to prepare for the strike by creating signs and chants. Friday, September 20th, these students joined hands with the University of Albany as well as Albany High School to march all the way to the state Capital and strike together as one. Hundreds more joined, including students from Siena, Skidmore, and Union. As they marched to the Capitol, students chanted things such as “If we’re standing up for our environment, what do we do? STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!”

This is all in an effort to show that overall, through the community and Government, we have the people power necessary to fight climate change and end the era of fossil fuels. According to the NASA website, if climate change persists, the Northeast and Capitol Region will experience heat waves, heavy downpours, sea level rise, growing challenges, and more. It is up to us to fight prevent these results now before it is too late. Saint Rose students and more are doing just that.

About the Writer: Jennifer Moss is a Junior at the College of Saint Rose studying
Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising.