First-Year Writing and Great Works of Literature form an essential core of the general education experience at Baruch College. Since Aristotle, education in the Western tradition has centered on rhetoric (the study and practice of communicating effectively) and poetics (the study of dramatic, poetic, and literary works). Building on this rich tradition, courses in first-year writing and Great Works of Literature focus on developing writing and reading practices that are vital in twenty-first century globalized environments.

Writing & Reading at Baruch

Featured Faculty & Students

    “Especially now, it’s the ideas that will win, not the people we have associated with those ideas and ideals—and I look forward to using Refract as a space for that…getting to the core of an issue” said Jeremy Brown under the post-election pall and gray sky that hung over the Vertical Campus. As Editor in Chief of Refract, the student-run “digital, non-fiction literary publication, focusing on contemporary issues within the arts, sciences, politics, culture, and literature” supported by the English department, Jeremy plays an important Read More +
  • Jeremy Brown

News & Events

    On April 4 the Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center and the Baruch Performing Arts Center present The Making of Jewish Theater, an all-day conference on the history and making of Jewish theater.   11:00 am-12:30 pm Panel I: The History of Yiddish Theater Panelists: Alyssa Quint, David Mazower, Nhama Sandrow, and Edna Nahshon 3:00-4:30 pm Panel II: Jews and the Golden Age of Broadway Panelists: Alisa Solomon, Stuart Hecht, and Henry Bial 5:30-7:00 pm Panel III: Jewish Theater Today Panelists: David Mandelbaum, Jesse Freedman, Dan Fishback, Read More +
  • The Making of Jewish Theater
  • The Baruch Performing Arts Center presents “theater, music, dance, literary and spoken word, film, and discussions which inform through relevant content and engage through singular experiences, enriching the appreciation of Baruch students, faculty and alumni for culture in its broadest sense, while serving as a resource for all New Yorkers.” This spring are they are offering a variety of events, some of which are free to Baruch students including:   Performeteria – March 20th and 24th An “interactive festival featuring works from some of the Read More +
  • This Spring at BPAC
  • The Martin E. Segal Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY presents events intended to bridge the gap between the arts and academia. This spring they are featuring a variety of events of possible interest to literature and writing classes, including:   MARCH March 13 Poetry as Revolt Spoken Word w/ Advocate of Wordz, Saroya Marsh, Pamela Sneed, et al. w/ Daniel Gallant/Nuyorican Poets Cafe 6:30pm Readings March 27 UN-BANNED Artists from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen All Day Open Forum March 27 Read More +
  • Upcoming Events at the Segal Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Recent Faculty Publications and Honors

Fall 2016

K. Paige Ambroziak
“What I’m Reading: ‘The Pocket Instructor: Literature’” in The Chronicle of Higher Education (May)

Emily Bloom
The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968, Oxford University Press (forthcoming, December)

Chris Campanioni
Death of Art,, C & R Press
“Who the Hell Are You” in At Large, volume 6
"In a place where everybody" in Notre Dame Review, issue 42
"I Do" in Tahoma Literary Review, volume 3
“Hot Tips For Healthy Living” in Entropy (August)
“Opening Shot” and “Send Help” in Public Pool
“I arrive as I always do” in Reality Beach, issue 3
“Privileged, Witness” in Ambit, issue 225
“Buffering” in London Journal of Fiction, volume 2
“In the name of the father, & the son” in The Brooklyn Rail (September)
Poet of the month interview in The Connotation Press (September)
“This body’s long & I’m still loading” a multimedia project with Ab [Screenwear]

Miciah Hussey
“Eyeing the Beholder: Henry James's Immaterial Portrait of a Lady” in The Henry James Review, volume 37, number 2

Patricia Kim
“What Must be Undone” in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, issue 28, number 4

Carina D. Pasquesi
“The Perils and Pleasures of Drinking in Herman Melville and Will Self” in Queer Difficulties in Art and Poetry: Rethinking the Sexed Body in Verse and Visual Culture, Routledge (forthcoming, 2017)

Grace Schulman
Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry, Poetry Society of America; Frost Medal Lecture: “A Poet’s Dawn”
“Image Worship” in The Plume Poetry Anthology, 4th ed, Madhat Press
"Image Worship" in Still Life with Poem, Literary House Press
“Happiness” and “Orchid” in The Yale Review, volume 104, number 2
“Sleep No More,” “A Love Supreme,” “Greenwich Village Street Talk,” “Erratic,” “The Jetty” in The Southampton Review, volume 10, number 2
"Orchid" featured on Poetry Daily (May)

Sheila Spector
“The Evolution of Blake’s Myth: Urizen’s Multiple Identities” in Translating Myth, Modern Humanities Research Association and Routledge
“Frye’s Mistreatment of the Archetype” in Blake, An Illustrated Quarterly, volume 50, number 2

Michael Staub
“Controlling Ourselves: Emotional Intelligence, the Marshmallow Test, and the Inheritance of Race” in American Studies, volume 55, issue 1