Meet Eileen Sperry, Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Elieen Sperry PhotoEileen 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 Dr. Sperry 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!



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


Upcoming MFA/MA Reading

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Upcoming Readings

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Upcoming Readings at Saint Rose

May 1st 7pm Touhey Forum
Join our visiting writer Rebecca Godfrey as she reads selections from her work. Rebecca Godfrey will be joined by guest writer Rebecca Wolff.

Rebecca Godfrey is the author of the novel, The Torn Skirt (HarperCollins), a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Under The Bridge (Simon & Schuster), a work of literary reportage about the arrests and trials of seven teenage girls for the murder of Reena Virk, was featured in GQ and Rolling Stone, and is being adapted for feature film. She is the recipient of the James Silberman and Selma Shapiro Fellowship from Yaddo. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches in the MFA Programs at Brooklyn College and Columbia University.

May 4th 6:30-8:30pm Albertus 301
MA/MFA Reading
Join our recent MA and MFA graduates as they read selections from their theses.
** Alyssa Cohorn will read from her work of creative non-fiction, “The Suburbs: An Exploration of the Lyric Essay”
** Carol Jewell will read from her work of poetry, “Hits and Missives”
** Lee Geiselmann will read from his work of fiction, “Grounds from Divorce”
** Amber O’Sullivan will read from her collection of fiction and poetry, “This Side of Wanting”
** Allison Paster-Torres will read from her work of poetry, “Eradicating Heart Disease in the 21st Century”
** Alicia Sharp will read from her work of literary criticism, “The Soul Response”

See you there!

Congratulations Tyleigh Versocki!

Saint Rose alumna Tyleigh Versocki graduated with a B.A. in English Language and Literature two years ago. Two days ago, Albany-based communications, public affairs, and event agency Relentless promoted Versocki to partner! Congratulations!