April 20: Willie Perdomo Headlines POL Reading

The last reading of the season in Fordham’s Poets Out Loud (POL) series features 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award (Poetry) finalist Willie Perdomo, English Ph.D. candidate and poet Jordan Windholz, and high school students who have attended workshops this year as part of the POL outreach program.

The reading on Monday, April 20th, which begins at 7 p.m., is being held at the University's Lincoln Center Campus at 113 West 60th Street (corner of Columbus and 60th St.) in the Lowenstein 12th Floor Lounge. It is free and open to the public.

More details are available in a Fordham News article on the event.


Willie Perdomo Introduces Himself, Reads from "The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon"

CURA's Museum In Media Res

On Saturday night, the 12th floor of Lowenstein was the site of Museum In Media Res—a pop-up, experimental museum.

CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action hosted Museum In Media Res, a laboratory experience designed to showcase and celebrate artistic process and collaboration.

“We’re interested in art as a vital, unfolding conversation and in-the-moment epiphany.  While we publish and love painstakingly crafted literature and art, Museum In Media Res will assemble some of the finest literary and artistic minds to improvise and play,” said Sarah Gambito, Editor in Chief.

The Museum artists were given three creative proposals to speak to CURA’s theme of “Borderlands” (which evokes The Doe Fund’s transformative mission). The artists were given a half hour to respond to each proposal in any way they wished. While the artists were welcome to collaborate on any of the prompts, the final prompt required the three artists to collaborate together.

CURA’s editorial staff documented the living museum and conduct short, recorded interviews with the artists. Theses artifacts and documentation of Museum In Media Res will be showcased in CURA’s next issue.

Artists R. Luke DuBois, Kimiko Hahn, and Phillip Lopate joined CURA for Museum In Media Res.

From left to right:  R. Luke DuDois, Phillip Lopate, Kimiko Hahn, and CURA Associate Editor Amy Benson.

From left to right: R. Luke DuDois, Phillip Lopate, Kimiko Hahn, and CURA Associate Editor Amy Benson.

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. His work has been exhibited in countries ranging from Spain, South Korea, Australia, and has been featured (among other things) in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, The New York Times, National Geographic, and Esquire Magazine.

Kimiko Hahn, the author of nine collections of poetry, finds her material from varied sources. Both Brain Fever (W.W. Norton, 2014) and Toxic Flora (2010) were triggered by varied fields of science; The Narrow Road to the Interior (2006) is a collection of Japanese forms.  She also investigates the Asian American female body, black lung disease, premature burial. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award; also, the Shelley Memorial Prize, The PEN/Voelcker Award, Asian American Writers Workshop Literary Award.

Phillip Lopate has written three personal essay collections, two novels, a pair of novellas, and three poetry collections. He has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. He is the director of the nonfiction graduate program at Columbia University, where he also teaches writing.

Since the artists were not given any details regarding what prompts they might be facing, they were unsure what to expect.

“How did I get myself into this?” Lopate joked on the opening panel. “This is a departure for me, writing in public.”

The artists cited widely varying spheres of influence in their art: DuBois cited his training as a musician experience playing in a punk band; Hahn remarked on the weight of French feminists’ writings and Emily Dickinson on her work; and Lopate cited the influence of honesty and friendship, as well as writers long-since passed. “I still connect with old writers, writers that have passed on,” Lopate said. “I learned to write through reading.”

Each of the artists said they were eager to have the opportunity to collaborate with one another.

“I was trained as a musician,” DuBois said. “Music isn’t very interesting if you aren’t collaborating.”

DuBois also commented that even the resistance between collaborators is exciting.

“Half the work was figuring out how to work,” DuBois said.

During the Museum, each artists was given a simple “studio” in a large, shared room. As the artists opened the envelope containing their first prompt, the room fell silent. The only sounds in the room quickly became the muted horns of distant traffic, the air conditioner ruffling a tablecloth, and the sporadic clicking of DuBois’ keyboard.

Staffers from CURA—about 12 students—watched the artists at worked and documented the experience. Staffers were able to see the creative process from start-to-finish, a process that will be documented in Issue 15 of CURA.

CURA Prize: Now Taking Submissions

Deadline for Submission: February 28

A prize of $1,000 and publication by CURA magazine is given for a short story based in some way on the theme of Borderlands. 


  • Reading period is from February 1 - 28.
  • Stories must be no more than 2500 words in length.
  • Stories cannot be previously published.
  • Electronic submissions are available from February 1 to February 28. We do not accept paper submissions.
  • An $15 entry fee will be collected at the time of submission.
  • Winner will be announced in the late spring. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.

Bricolage Call for Submissions

Bricolage, Fordham University’s student-run journal of Comparative Literature, has extended its call for submissions to the print journal to January 20th.

Published annually in the spring, Bricolage features both critical and creative writing in multiple languages –– the only Fordham University journal to do so. It also publishes photography and art.

Members of the student editorial board have control over both the structure and the content of the journal. The editors are currently looking for online and print submissions. See their guidelines here.

Suggested prompts for online submissions can be found here.

Questions should be directed to litstudies@fordham.edu.

Call for Submissions: Creative Writing Prizes

The Creative Writing Program is now accepting Fordham student submissions to the 2015 Creative Writing Prizes.  

  • Academy of American Poets Prize
  • Bernice Kilduff White & John J. White Creative Writing Prize
  • Margaret Lamb/Writing to the Right-Hand Margin Prizes
  • The Reid Family Prize
  • Ully Hirsch/Robert F. Nettleton Poetry Prizes

Deadline for submissions: February 7, 2015

Fourteen Faculty Fellowships!

Fourteen English department faculty members have been granted research leaves for all or part of the 2015-16 academic year, under Fordham's competitive Faculty Fellowship program. We're pretty sure that this extraordinary number is an all-time high for our department, and it may be a record for any department at Fordham. 

And what a range of research projects Fordham's Office of Research will be supporting! Their geographical scope includes Europe and the Near East, Tanganyika and Tanzania, Great Britain and North America. The historical periods covered range from medieval to Victorian to contemporary. The themes researchers will be exploring include the black body, economic and political development, homelessness, love, modernity, pilgrimage, riots, travel, tourism, and upward mobility. The forms of culture they will analyze include broadsides, drama, films, grave markers, illustrations, music, novels, plays, and poetry. The methodologies and theories being brought to bear on these texts include affect studies, critical race studies, cultural studies, disability studies, genre studies, performance studies, philology, and postcolonial studies.  This is what the research agenda of a great English department looks like. 

Each of the recipients--and the department as a whole--thanks Fordham's University Research Council and Office of Research for the faith they have demonstrated in the research productivity of the English faculty. 

Recipients of Faculty Fellowships for one or both semesters of the 2015-16 academic year include: 

  • Andrew Albin, for Richard Rolle’s Melody of Love: Alliterative Translation and Commentary.
  • Edward Cahill, for Colonial Rising: Narratives of Upward Mobility in British America
  • Shonni Enelow, for Emotion After Fascism: Affect, Politics, and the Performing Body in Theater and Film of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Christopher GoGwilt, for Joseph Conrad and Romanization: The Timing and Spacing of English as World Script
  • Constance Hassett, for Edward Lear: Genre and Genealogy
  • Glenn Hendler, for Buildings on Fire: The 1838 Pennsylvania Hall Riots
  • Corey McEleney, for More Strange than True: Re-Visions of Shakespeare’s “Dream”
  • Fawzia Mustafa, for Intersections of Literature, Film, and Development in Tanganyika and Tanzania
  • Rebecca Sanchez, for Adomestic Modernity: Homelessness, Migration, and Access to the Private Sphere
  • Elizabeth Stone, for The Grave Marker as Autobiography: The Stone Carver as ‘Ghostwriter’
  • Dennis Tyler, for Disability of Color: Figuring the Black Body in American Law, Literature, and Culture
  • Keri Walsh, for Acting Like a Hustler: Method Acting, Gender, and the Hollywood Film
  • Suzanne Yeager, for Tourism, Travel, and Ritual: Premodern Pilgrimage from Europe to the Near East. 

Congratulations to ALL!

S15 Graduate Course - Sir Thomas Malory: Political, Religious and Literary Cultures of the Fifteenth Century

Professor Jocelyn Wogan-Browne will be teaching a graduate-level course focusing on Sir Thomas Malory and the political, religious, and literary cultures of the fifteenth century this spring.

Students may register for the course through my.fordham according to the schedule below. The CRN is 25016.


Spring 2015 courses and registration schedule
Mon., 11/17: Ph.D. students with 31 credits & above.
Tues., 11/18: Ph.D. students with 0-30 credits.
Wed., 11/19: MA students with 21 credits & above.
Thurs., 11/20: MA students with 6-20 credits.
Fri., 11/21: MA students with 0-5 credits.
Mon., 11/24, 2014: All students.
Fri, 12/5: Registration deadline for all continuing students.
Add/drop or late registration deadline is January 26, 2015.

Eva Badowska (and other faculty) on WFUV

Our own Eva Badowska will be on WFUV's "Fordham Conversations" show at 7am this coming Saturday, May 17. She'll be interviewed as chair of the Fordham Task Force on Liberal Education and as a follow-up to the symposium she recently helped organize on "The Value of Liberal Education for the American Future." The focus of the interview is the value of liberal education in the workforce, though it will range into other, related topics. For anyone who is not up and about at 7am on Saturdays, the interview will be posted on the web not long after it airs. 

Call for Applications: KGB Reading

Студенты внимание выпускников!

(Attention graduate students!)

Fordham Креатив объявляет возможность читать ваши 

работы перед аудиторией

Fordham Creative Writing announces an opportunity to read your work

in front of an audience at the famed KGB Bar, on Tuesday, April 29, from 7-9 pm

KGB is a Ukrainain Socialist social club turned night joint and literary magazine. The location has been featured on several “best of” lists by the New York Times and New York Magazine and has featured some of the best writers in the country.

We’re looking for prose writers to read for ten minutes. If you are interested in participating, please submit your piece(s) for approval.
Eligibility: Rose Hill and Lincoln Center graduate students in the English department.

Guidelines: Submit up to (but no more than) seven pages of text (fiction or nonfiction).  Please identify the genre to which you are submitting. 

To submit your application, click here.


Literary Speakeasy and Issue 13

The Creative Writing Program at Fordham is thrilled to announce that CURA Magazine's Issue No. 13 is now live.  You'll find new media work by Jason Nelson, poetry by Cate Marvin and a special section featuring emerging Filipino artists and writers.

Also, CURA is throwing a party just for you... if you know the password.

Please join us for The Beautiful & The Damned: A Literary Speakeasy on April 23rd at 8 pm.
To celebrate the unsilenceable voices of censured writers and our April issue, we’re taking a trip to Prohibition-era New York. There will be banned book readings by time-traveling authors. There will be defiantly free-flowing libations, and a sinful dessert bar. (Plus, we have a few surprises stashed up our sleeves.)
Dress to impress Zelda Fitzgerald.
Costumes will be rewarded.
The best part? Well, the fine literature and company, of course.

The very-close-second-best part? You get all this (including the two-hour open bar), for $15 admission, plus a $5 donation to our indomitable partners at the Doe Fund, who work to support formerly homeless and incarcerated New Yorkers as they find their voices.  For more, click here.

April 16: Voices Up! Concert

Fordham University Announces

Voices Up Picture.jpg

Voices Up!
New Poems Set to Music

In collaboration with Poets Out Loud

Fifth Annual Event

Wednesday April 16th, 7:30 pm


Music by TIGUE Percussion, Kyle Vegter, and Lawrence Kramer

Poems by 2013 winners of Fordham University Press Poets Out Loud Prizes 
Sara Michas-Martin and Peter Streckfus
Performed by TIGUE Percussion

Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody, with Kjersti Kveli, soprano

Admission Free
Fordham University—Lincoln Center
NW Corner 60th St. and Columbus Ave.
12th Floor Lounge

April 10: Sianne Ngai on Literary Gimmicks

The Feminist Reading Group presents 

a talk by 

Sianne Ngai 

Literary Gimmicks

Thursday, April 10, 2014
5:00 PM
McMahon Hall Lounge (Lincoln Center)
Free and open to the public

Sianne Ngai is Professor of American Literature at Stanford University. Her books are Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting (2012) and Ugly Feelings (2005). Her new project is on literary gimmicks and the intersection of technique and enchantment in the literature of twentieth-century capitalism.

In her first book, Ngai explored non-cathartic emotions--envy, irritation, anxiety--demonstrating how these so-called minor and politically ambiguous feelings are particularly well-suited for describing late-19th and early-20th century life. Her most recent book, Our Aesthetic Categories, was the Feminist Theory Reading Group’s pick for our Fall 2013 read.  It inspired a lively conversation about the distinction between the cute and the beautiful, the uncanny valley, and the attraction of cute robots. We look forward to hearing her speak about her new work on literary gimmicks.

Digital Humanities + Pedagogy Workshop - April 9

Will Fenton, Louie Dean Valencia-García, Christy Pottroff, and Christopher Rose will lead a special DH + pedagogy working group from 2-4pm on Wednesday, April 9 in Walsh Family Library Room 047 on Fordham University's Rose Hill campus. During this afternoon session, our interdisciplinary panel will introduce graduate students and faculty to the latest DH-infused pedagogy practices, tools, and questions. Beyond theorization, this working group aims to introduce participants to tools and methods they can immediately integrate into their classrooms and personal research. Within these intimate working groups, participants will have an opportunity to test, build, and perhaps fail to apply DH to pedagogy.

The session will begin with a brief introduction from each panelist on a particular DH project. Will Fenton will present on gamifying the Comp/Rhet syllabus, Christy Pottroff will discuss Omeka and text-to-map web publishing, Louie Dean Valencia-García will introduce participants to augmented reality-infused pedagogy, and Chris Rose will preview historiography and the online archive. Workshop participants will then join smaller working groups to pursue the topics that interest them. Together they will collaboratively build a relevant project. Finally, the entire group will reconvene to discuss their experiences, discoveries, questions, and concerns.  


Will Fenton is a teaching fellow and doctoral candidate who specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and the Digital Humanities. As a HASTAC scholar and recipient of a Fordham Innovative Pedagogy Initiative Grant, Will regularly writes about technology.

Louie Dean Valencia-García is a teaching fellow and doctoral candidate studying Early Modern and Modern European History. Valencia-García studies cultural history, contemporary European history, the production of space, social network theory, and everyday dissent in youth and subaltern cultures in contemporary history. His dissertation is on Spanish youth culture and everyday dissent in the later half of the twentieth century. He is a United States Library of Congress Swann Fellow. 

Christy Pottroff is earning her PhD in nineteenth-century American Literature at Fordham University. Her dissertation, "The Mail Gaze: Early Women's Literature, Letters, and the Post Office, 1790-1865," investigates the influence of the United States Postal Service on women's participation in early national literature and politics.

Christopher Rose studies Medieval History at Fordham University, where he teaches Medieval & Early Modern History. His dissertation explores identity and lordship among a community of crusader colonial elites in the Eastern Mediterranean during the thirteenth century.

Jean Franco on Cruel Modernity, April 2

Acclaimed Latin American literary and cultural critic Jean Franco will join Fordham professors Chris GoGwilt, Cynthia Vich, and Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé in a talk and discussion on her latest book, Cruel Modernity. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 2, from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Fordham Law School in Room 430BC (140 West 62nd Street). 

In Cruel Modernity, Franco examines the way cruelty in its various forms—genocide, torture, disappearance, and rape—has become during the modern period the instrument of armies, governments, rebels, and rogue groups throughout the Americas.  Drawing on a wealth of testimonial archives, state, police, and human rights commission reports, literary accounts, art and film, Prof. Franco shows how these cruel practices, which have fostered an extreme form of masculinity whose unspeakable brutality has been exercised mainly against indigenous populations and women, have become institutionalized and normalized in the Americas for the purposes of creating what its perpetrators perceive as modern societies.

Jean Franco is Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and a former president of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). She is the author of numerous books, including The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City: Latin America in the Cold War (Harvard UP, 2002) and Critical Passions (Duke UP, 1999).

Prof. GoGwilt is author of The Passage of Literature: Genealogies of Modernism in Conrad, Rhys, and Pramoedya; Prof. Vich has written extensively on Peruvian indigenous movements and on violence in literature and film, and Prof. Cruz-Malavé writes on gender and sexuality in Caribbean and Latino literatures. 

Sponsored by the departments of Modern Languages and Literatures and English, the programs in Latin American and Latino Studies, Comparative Literature, Peace and Justice Studies, American Studies, and Women’s Studies, and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Fordham University School of Law. 

Reception and Book Signing to Follow.


Nov. 19: Keats, Interrupted by John Mulrooney



Please join us for the first New York City Romanticism Group (NYCRG) first event of the semester. 

Jonathan Mulrooney, College of the Holy Cross, will present:

"Keats, Interrupted"


November 19 at 5:30pm
Fordham University
Lincoln Center Campus
South Lounge
(corner of 60th Street & Columbus)

Please join us for Jonathan's talk and some light refreshments.