Category Archives: Faculty Dish

Daniel Nester on “Desiderata”

Desiderata_coverYou’ve almost definite heard of the ubiquitous feel-good poem “Desiderata.” Professor Daniel Nester has just been published on the Poetry Foundation’s website, in search of the origins of this famous poem.

He writes,

You remember “Desiderata.” Maybe you heard its sweet strains on the radio. Or you recall key phrases—“you are a child of the universe” or “be gentle with yourself.” Chances are you have an aunt who hung a plaque of the poem set in calligraphy, its first words, “Go placidly,” standing out in decorated capitals. Or maybe we’re just talking about my aunt.

Check out the rest of the essay on the Poetry Foundation, and if you would like to hear him speak on the subject of “Desiderata,” go to Opalka Gallery tonight, October 16th, at 6:30 p.m. Opalka is located at 140 New Scotland Avenue.

No matter what you do, go placidly.


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.


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

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.

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.
If you want to read (and see/hear) more about Daniel Nester’s interest in W. Bliem Kern – check out his blog post!

Event Announcement: “The Colored American Project: African American Print, Materiality and Digital Archives”

“The Colored American Project: African American Print, Materiality and Digital Archives”

Join CREST as Dr. Eurie Dahn and Dr. Brian Sweeney, both from the Department of English and CREST Residential Fellows, 2014-2015; present their joint digital humanities project about how they are creating a curated digital archive of the Colored American periodical.


March 30, 2015

5:00 PM


Location: Carondelet Symposium, Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Ave.

Brian Sweeney’s Bio and Research Statement

Eurie Dahn’s Bio and Research Statement

A Poetic Spring: Five Upstate Poets Read from Their Work


Sunday, March 22nd
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Come hear five distinct and distinctly different poetic voices on Sunday, March 22nd at 2pm in the Arts Center of the Capital Region. The event is an immersive poetry experience that will resonate long afterwards, and the poets include Celia Bland, Shira Dentz, Matthew Klane, Daniel Nester, and Gretchen Primack.


Celia Bland teaches poetry and cultural reportage at Bard College, where she Writer-in-Residence and the International Coordinator for the Institute of Writing and Thinking. In the last year she has led workshops in Berlin, Vilnius, the West Bank, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is the author of Soft Box: Poems (CavanKerry), which won ForeWord magazine’s Silver Medal, and Madonna Comix (f8), a word & image collaboration with artist Dianne Kornberg. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Cortland Review, Narrative Review (where her poem, “Wasps,” wonPoem of the Year), Witness, Green Mountains Review, Sarah Lawrence Review, et al.

Shira Dentz is the author of black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), and door of thin skins (CavanKerry), as well as Leaf Weather (Shearsman), and Sisyphusina (forthcoming, Red Glass Books). Her books have been favorably reviewed in many venues including American Brook Review and Rain Taxi, and her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, et al,, and featured at The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers‘ Workshop, she has a doctorate in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah, and is currently Drunken Boat‘s Reviews Editor, and teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. See

Matthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press. His books include B (Stockport Flats, 2008) and Che (Stockport Flats, 2013). An e-chap, from Of the Day, has recently been published by Delete Press ( Other new work can be found in Horse Less Review, Lit, Harp & Altar, and word for / word. He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY, where he co-curates the Yes! Poetry & Performance Series and teaches at Russell Sage College. See:

Daniel Nester is the author of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Grief, Making Out in Church, and Other Unlearnable Subjects, which is due from 99: The Press in 2015. Other books include How to Be Inappropriate, God Save My Queen I and II, and The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which he edited. His writing has appeared in N+1, The New York Times, The Morning News, The Daily Beast, Best American Poetry, Best Creative Nonfiction, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction. He teaches writing at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Gretchen Primack is the author of two poetry collections, Kind (2013) and Doris’ Red Spaces (2014). Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, FIELD, Antioch Review, Ploughshares, and other journals. She coordinates an education program in the Ulster County Jail. Also an animal advocate, she co-wrote the memoir The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals (Penguin Avery 2012).

English Faculty News!

College of Saint Rose English Professor K.A. Laity has a new book out!  Check out information about it here: (

Professor Laity will also be a panel author at a discussion this week (Saturday, January 31 from 12PM-3PM) at the East Greenbush Public Library (

Additional information about the discussion:

The Mavens of Mayhem is the Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an international organization comprised of readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, and librarians bound by their affection for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries.

The Mavens will be holding a Panel Discussion and Book Signing on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 12 Noon-3:00 pm at the East Greenbush Library. Authors from the local chapter of the Sisters in Crime will speak about their books of crime and murder. The panel of authors will consist of: Susan Sundwall, Frankie Bailey, Donna Lagone, Robert Knightly, Kate Laity and Eleanor Kuhns.

And for more information about the Mavens of Mayhem check out their page:

Someone Up There Hates You Released Today in Paris

Someone Up There

Today is publication day of Hollis Seamon’s critically acclaimed novel,  Someone Up There Hates You,  in Paris, with the title DIEU ME DETESTE–and they really did it up right. Check out the poster on the Paris building below!

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