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News and Upcoming events (2017-18):


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. 


 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. 

Melissa Scholes Young Melissa Scholes Young Reading, October 11, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. in Engleman D253. Melissa Scholes Young will be reading from her debut novel Flood (Center Street, 2017). Scholes Young has been published in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Narrative, Ploughshares, and other literary magazines. She is currently a contributing editor at Fiction Writers Review and editor of Grace of Darkness, an anthology of female writers. This reading is sponsored by the SCSU Creative Writing Program.

Greg AntoniniSCSU grad Greg Antonini will be accompanying Melissa Scholes Young and reading from his first collection of poetry, Speaking in Hands (Flying Horse Press, 2017). Antonini grew up in Milford, Connecticut and graduated from SCSU twice. After the CT Poetry Society named him Student Poet in 2004, Antonini read at several Connecticut universities including Yale, Trinity, and SCSU. He is the recipient of the Leo Connellan Poetry Prize, the Eve Cummings Prize for Poetry, and the John Holmes Award from the New England Poetry Society. Antonini is working on his second collection of poems. 

MFA Students and Faculty Reading, Saturday,Lyric Hall October 7, 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. 



 the swoopThe Swoop | SPRING 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 the English Common Room, 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. 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 2-3, 2017. 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. 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 guest

December 9, 2016. The Fall 2016 Colloquium features the research and creative writing of both graduate and undergraduate students. The program featured four panels. Thank you to Dr. Vara Neverow for an excellent event.

SCSU English Department special guestNovember 15, 2016, 4:30-5:30. Ryan Coogan (LJMU): "The toy/become the aesthetic archetype": Mina Loy and the Material Word. His current research 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 guestApril 21, 2016. An interdisciplinary academic symposium with keynote speaker and visiting scholar Dr. Joaquin Granell Zafra. Join a vibrant discussion about the influence of gaming on identity, gender, and culture.

SCSU English Department special guestWas Uncle Tom from New Haven, CT? Join us for Susanna Ashton's (Clemson) lecture "Fugitive Slaves and Uncle Tom: The New Haven Connection" on Wednesday, November 4, 6:00-7:00 PM in the Adanti Student Center Theatre. Reception begins at 5:15 PM.

Jason Lawrence Guest SpeakerWhat can you do with an English Major? Dr. Jason Lawrence will speak about pursuing a career in the professional writing industry. While he focuses on professional writers in the workforce, he suggests all English Majors offer the same kind of value to employers. His slide presentation contains four important recommendations for English Majors. Monday November 2, 2015. 1-2 pm
SCSU English Department special guestDr. Aramech Dustdar is one of the most influential thinkers in the history of modern Iran. Join Dr. Dustdar as he examines the concepts of language, culture and nationality in the pre- and post- Islamic Middle East; listen to how and why the Islamic religion has influenced all three. Monday October 19, 2015. 1-2 pm
cre readingThe Creative Writing Series kicks off this semester with authors Bill Black and Benjamin S. Grossberg. Come hear some great fiction and poetry on Thursday, October 1st at 8pm in Englemann D253! 
folioFolio Literary Magazine's first reading of the semester will be on Friday, October 2nd at 7pm in the Adanti Student Center Fireplace Lounge. Literary works will be raffled off, and there will be an open mic, so bring some of your creative works to share!
WelcomeJoin us for the English@SCSU Fall 2015 Welcome Party, Wednesday, 9/23 1-3 PM in the English Common Room (ENG D253)! All majors, minors, and interested students welcome.
 bookmarks book swapBookmarks English Club Guilty Pleasures Book Swap - April 29, 2015, 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 SemesterEnglish End-Of-Semester Party - April 29, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., in the English Common Room, 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 SCSU Graduate English Colloquium - April 18, 9:00-2:30 PM, 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? Come hear SCSU alumna Tanya Kimball Genn and course instructor Kenna Barrett speak about pursuing a career in the non-profit sector. March 25, 2015, starting at 1:00 p.m., in the English Common Room, Engleman D253.
Brendan Walsh talkGet Paid to Go Abroad: How to Win a Student Fulbright Fellowship (Brendan Walsh, Assistant Director of International Programs / Study Abroad) -  March 11, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 p.m., in the English  Common Room, Engleman D253.
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 mysteryCafé Bookmarks, Literary Murder Mystery Party - February 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM, in the English Common Room, Engleman D253. All SCSU students are welcome to join. 

Woloch talk

Dr. 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 the English Common Room, 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.