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Welcome to all returning English majors/minors and incoming students to the Fall 2017 Semester! Watch this space for upcoming speakers, events, and readings this semester. 

UUgly Sweatergly Sweater Party, December 06, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join us for free food, book swap, and an ugly sweater contest. The contest will be judged at 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Bookmarks English Club. 
Folio DecemberFolio's December Reading, December 01, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join us for the last reading of the semester. Featured readers, open mic, free food, and giveaways.  
MattisonAlice Mattison Gives Writing Advice, November 09, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. in Engleman D253. Alice Mattison, a widely acclaimed author and longtime writing teacher, will be joining us to discuss the stages of writing fiction, the writing life, and common traps to avoid.
NovemberFolio's November Reading, November 02, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the ASC Fireplace Lounge. We invite you to our second reading of the semester, complete with an open mic/easel, free food, and giveaways. 
Jennie"Representing Race and Voodoo in the Louisiana Federal Writers' Project" with Jennie O'Reilly, October 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. SCSU international exchange student from Liverpool John Moores University, Jennie O'Reilly, will be giving a talk on the works of the Louisiana Federal Writers' Project and their accounts of Voodoo in New Orleans.  


Madi"A Multidisciplinary Approach to Studying American Poetry" presented by undergraduate Madison Csejka (English), October 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Madison Csejka will be presenting her recent Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship into the history of anthologizing American poetry and its applications in the classroom. 

English Internships What to Do with an English Degree? October 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Engleman D266. Career Services will be discussing the internships available to English majors and minors. There are more options besides teaching!

Ray LennonWe're pleased to announce that our own Ray Lennon is the winner of the 2017 Rattle Poetry Prize! Lennon, whose poem was selected from well over 15,000 entries, will receive a $10,000 prize. Lennon's collection of poems is also a finalist for best Connecticut book of poetry of 2016. Congratulations, Ray!

Melissa Scholes Young Melissa Scholes Young and Greg Antonini Reading, October 11, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join us as Melissa Scholes Young reads from her debut novel Flood (Center Street, 2017), accompanied by SCSU grad Greg Antonini, who will be reading from his first collection of poetry, Speaking in Hands (Flying Horse Press, 2017).


Lyric HallMFA Students and Faculty Reading, Saturday, October 07, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Join us at Lyric Hall in Westville as current and former MFAs share from their work, followed by an open mic. Lyric Hall is located at 827 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT 06515. 

Folio OctoberFolio's October Reading, October 05, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the ASC Fireplace Lounge. Come support Folio in its first reading of the fall semester. Free food, giveaways, and an open mic. Share your work among friends! 

First Thursdays "Humanist and Anti-Humanist Humanities: A New Way to Understand the Canon Wars" presented by Dr. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch (English), October 05, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Buley Art Gallery. Join us as Dr. Kalbfleisch gives the first lecture of the First Thursdays faculty series for 2017 - 2018 on the Canon Wars as a conflict between two humanistic paradigms. 

CafeCafé Bookmarks, September 27, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join Bookmarks English Club in its first event of the semester! Book swap, refreshments, and open mic. We hope to see you there!


 the swoopThe Swoop | Fall 2017 - Hear from our students about what's been going on in the English Department this semester, from student academic achievements to alumni involvement and more.

past English Department Events:

MFA in Creative Writing Annual MFA in Creative Writing Thesis Reading, May 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join us in celebrating the achievements and hard work of our graduate writers! Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Students of Southern's MFA in Creative Writing. 

Barton Dog Medicine Reading April 2017Julie Barton Reading, April 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Engleman A120. Southern grad Julie Barton (MA, SCSU, MFA, Vermont College of the Fine Arts) reads from her New York Times bestseller Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself (Penguin, 2015). Sponsored by the SCSU Creative Writing Program.

What is Reform March 2017

"What is Reform? 1517-2017," March 02 - 03, 2017 at 5 p.m. on March 02 in Engleman A120. A two-day symposium at SCSU marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Reformation, featuring Dr. Carlos Eire (Yale), Dr. Steve Mentz (St. Johns), Dr. Greg Kneidel (UConn), and Dr. Karl Gunther (U Miami), organized by Dr. Joel Dodson (English, SCSU) and the Renaissance Studies Minor.  

Susan Howe Poster"A Conversation with Susan Howe," November 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in Engleman D253. One of the preeminent poets of her generation, Susan Howe, comes to the SCSU English Department for a conversation on poetry and poetics with Dr. Charles Baraw (English). 

SCSU English Department special guestUndergraduate and Graduate Colloquium, December 09, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Come support the research and creative writing of graduate and undergraduate students.

Update: The program featured four panels. We would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Vara Neverow for organizing an excellent event.

SCSU English Department special guest"The toy/become the aesthetic archetype:" Mina Loy and the Material Word, November 15, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in Engleman D253. Ryan Coogan, visiting from Liverpool John Mores University, explores the role of materiality in the literary and visual works of 20th-century poets who engage with the visual arts. In particular, his thesis examines key poems, art works and performances by Mina Loy, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Susan Howe, Joan Retallack and Paula Claire.

SCSU English Department special guest"The World of Gaming, Gaming in the World," April 21, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in Engleman C112. Join us for an interdisciplinary academic symposium on the influence of gaming on identity, gender, and culture, featuring keynote speaker and visiting scholar Dr. Joaquin Granell Zafra. 

SCSU English Department special guest"Fugitive Slaves and Uncle Tom: The New Haven Connection," Wednesday, November 04, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Adanti Student Center Theatre. Join us as Susanna Ashton talks about the story of John Andrew Jackson and the forgotten connections that make up how we see our histories and communities. Reception will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Jason Lawrence Guest SpeakerWhat can you do with an English Major? November 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Dr. Jason Lawrence will speak about pursuing a career in the professional writing industry. His slide presentation contains four important recommendations for English Majors.
SCSU English Department special guest"What Kind of Culture is Religious Culture?" presented by Dr. Aramech Dustdar, October 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Engleman A120. Dr. Dustdar, one of the most influential thinkers in the history of modern Iran, will be examining the concepts of language, culture and nationality in the pre- and post- Islamic Middle East. 
cre readingBill Black and Benjamin S. Grossberg Reading, October 01, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Come kick off The Creative Writing Series this semester. We look forward to seeing you there!
folioFolio's first reading of the semester, October 02, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adanti Student Center Fireplace Lounge. Literary works will be raffled off, followed by an open mic. Bring some of your creative work to share!
WelcomeEnglish@SCSU Welcome Party, September 23, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. All majors, minors, and interested students are welcome.
 bookmarks book swapGuilty Pleasures Book Swap, April 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., in the English Common Room, Engleman D253. The Book Swap will take place during the English End-Of-Semester Party.
End of SemesterEnd-Of-Semester Party, April 29, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., in Engleman D253. Join us to celebrate the end of the semester with food, books, awards, and good company. All English majors and minors are welcome to bring friends. 
Eng Placeholder2015 Graduate English Colloquium, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., in Engleman D253. Open to SCSU graduate students, faculty, and visitors. $10 registration.
what can you do with an english majorWhat Can You Do With An English Major? March 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Come hear SCSU alumna Tanya Kimball Genn and course instructor Kenna Barrett speak about pursuing a career in the non-profit sector.
Brendan Walsh talkGet Paid to Go Abroad: How to Win a Student Fulbright Fellowship, March 11, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. Join us as SCSU alumnus and Fulbright Fellow Brendan Walsh discusses ways to win a Fulbright Fellowship. 
English place holder2015 SCSU MFA Writers' Conference: A Gathering of Connecticut-Region Writers, March 6 - 7, 2015 in Engleman A210. Open to the general public. See conference web page for more information. 

Bookmarks murder mysteryLiterary Murder Mystery Party, February 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Engleman D253. All SCSU students are welcome to join. 

Woloch talkDr. Alex Woloch (Stanford University), "Getting to Work: Irony and Socialism in George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier," February 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., in Engleman D253. Event is open to the general public.

Hinds and Baskin posterGareth Hinds and Nora Raleigh Baskin, "Literacy, Identity, and What Students Are Reading: Graphic Writing, Young Adult Literature, and their Place in the Academy," February 20, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., in the English Common Room, Engleman D253. This event is open to all SCSU faculty.