May 2022

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May 3. Weissman Faculty and Staff Happy Hour, Room 750, Library Building. 5-7

May 5. Workshop on Transnationalism and Writing Pedagogy. Zoom. 1-2:30

May 5. Addison Gayle Seminar: A Conversation with Amber Musser, moderated by Baruch undergraduates Michelle Hernandez and Dana Stevens. Register for Zoom link. 6:00

May 25. English Department’s End-of-Year Celebration. VC 14-270. 3:00



Timothy Aubry published a review for the Chronicle this month.

Eva Chou’s article, co-authored with Lee G. K. Singh, titled “The Establishment of Beijing Dance School in the First-Hand Report of Soviet Specialist O. A. Il’ina​: Introduction, Translation, Notes,” has been published by Dance Research: The Journal of Dance Research Society, University of Edinburgh. 16,200 words. DOI: 10.3366/drs.2022.0356.

Erika Dreifus‘s flash story “Fabrication” appears in the latest issue of Teach.Write. Erika is also featured in a “Where Are They Now?” interview on the Literary Mama blog (“they,” in this case, refers to past contributors). Finally, for Jewish American Heritage Month (May 1-31), Erika has written an overview of some new picture-book biographies for Moment magazine.

Ian Ross Singleton translated a poem by Ukrainian Oksana Gadzhiy in Springhouse Journal. He also published an essay on the 2017 anthology Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine in Asymptote. One of the editors of Words for War is the Spring 2022 Harman Creative Writing Fellow, Oksana Maksymchuk.



Christina Christoforatou introduced Harman Writer-in-Residence Ersi Sotiropoulos at this semester’s Harman reading in the Library on April 7.

Catherine Keohane presented a paper titled “Transformative quotation: Ann Yearsley complains about conceptions of the poor” on April 2 at the annual conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) in Baltimore, Maryland.

Patrick Reilly will give his talk “Blindsight and Insight: Exploring the shadows in James Joyce’s Pomes Penyeach” at The XXVIII International James Joyce Conference in Dublin in June. He is also a beneficiary of a PSC-Cuny Travel Grant for that conference.

Micheal Rumore delivered a Works-in-Progress talk,”Sylvia Wynter’s 1498: Indian Ocean Studies and Transatlantic Modernity” in the department on April 26.



Adrian Izquierdo won a four-month François Chevalier Fellowship at the the Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS), a research center created jointly by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the French École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (School of Advanced Hispanic and Iberian Studies).

Sean O’Toole was awarded a publication grant from the Aaron Warner Fund of the Columbia University Seminars for his book Dorian Unbound: Transnational Decadence and the Wilde Archive, forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in spring 2023.

Steven Swarbrick won a 2022 Feliks Gross Award for Outstanding Research by Assistant Professors in CUNY.

Congratulations, all!



Lisa Blankenship and Allison Deutermann are pleased to announce the launch of a redesigned joint website for First-Year Writing and Great Works of Literature. This year-long project will be ongoing even as we launch the new site this week, as we’ll continue to add pedagogical resources and photos of our faculty and students in the year ahead.

A special thank you to our two Writing Across the Curriculum Fellows for this year, Tania Nicolaou and Margot Kotler, who redesigned our joint site of several years to a much more streamlined interface, with new content and resources for faculty and students. Tania is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center with research interests in contemporary literature and cinema of the Americas. She was a teaching fellow in our department for three years prior to her WAC fellowship, and currently is working on her dissertation. Margot Kotler is a doctoral candidate in English at the GC and an adjunct instructor in English at Queens College, currently writing a dissertation on impersonality in twentieth-century queer life writing. ​We were fortunate to have them in our department this year in this capacity and wish them well with their endeavors!


Keep the news coming. The deadline for the next newsletter is September 6. Enjoy the break, everyone.

Featured photo by Aamyr on Unsplash.

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