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"

April 22: The Banned & The Beautiful: A Literary Speakeasy

We've seen you sneaking a peek at Lolita....

CURA Magazine is cordially inviting you (in strictest confidence) to our second annual Literary Speakeasy in celebration of our Spring 2015 issue. Indulge yourself with poetry readings, forbidden literature and other literary adventures.

As always, dress to impress. The Fitzgeralds will be in attendance, and there's a rumor that they intend to generously reward their equals. 

Join your fellow literary outlaws at NYC's KGB Bar on April 22 from 7 - 9 pm.
Admission is FREE and you can win chances for free drinks. 

Apologies to those still in the springtime of their youth- only those 21 & older will be admitted.

Peter Murray, PhD Candidate, Receives Harry Ransom and NEMLA Fellowships

Peter Murray, a Ph.D. English candidate, has received not one but two prestigious fellowships: a Harry Ransom Center Dissertation Research Fellowship and Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) 2015 Summer Fellowship Award. These awards will support work on his dissertation, which centers on 1930s feminist writers such as Una Marson, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, and Robin Hyde. In this work, Murray argues that these writers reevaluate the successes and failures of the feminist movement through their representations of precarious children.   

Both awards will allow Murray to do archival research at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. While on the Ransom Center Fellowship, he plans to examine the Elizabeth Bowen papers, especially the manuscript materials for her 1935 novel The House in Paris, focusing on Bowen's representation of childhood sexuality. Murray contends that Bowen's aesthetic representation of queer children produces an affective response of dread for both adult characters in the novel as well as the reader. With the NEMLA Award, Peter will extend his time at the Ransom Center in order to consult the feminist magazine Time and Tide (1920-1986) as well as papers by Virginia Woolf, Marie Stopes, and other facilitators of transnational feminist modernism.

In its award letter, NEMLA commended Murray "for successfully competing against a particularly strong group of applicants." Murray's colleagues in Fordham's English department--faculty, staff, and fellow graduate students--echo those congratulations! 

April 24: Patricia Coughlan Talk on Elizabeth Cullinan

The final event in this year's Irish Women Writers Symposium will be a talk by Patricia Coughlan, Professor Emerita at University College Cork. Her talk is titled “‘The Time of Adam’? Elizabeth Culllinan and the Social Order at Mid-20th Century.”

Patricia Coughlan, who is at Fordham on a Fulbright Fellowship to the career Elizabeth Cullinan,  an Irish-American writer who taught creative writing at Fordham University and also contributed fiction to The New Yorker.

Coughlan will speak at 2:30 PM on Friday, April 24, in Faculty Memorial Hall Room 220 on the Fordham University Rose Hill Hill Campus. For more information, please contact Keri Walsh.

English Graduate Course Lineup

Summer and Fall 2015 feature an array of interesting English graduate course offerings. 

A seminar on Horror and Madness in Fiction and Film is being offered in Fordham's Summer Session 2. The course counts for an American 2 or Elective Requirement and is open to non-degree students.

The Fall 2015 English graduate course schedule includes Research Methods; Theatrical Enterprise in Early Modern England; Romanticism and Private Life; Eighteenth Century Travel; Memory, Travel, Narrative; Approaches to American Literature Before 1900; 20th Century American Novel: A Violent Survey; Themes in Pre-Conquest Literature; and Late Medieval Women. Two creative writing options include a Master Class on The Short Story and a Playwriting Workshop.

For continuing graduate students, registration begins on April 7th for Summer and Fall 2015 English Graduate Courses.

Students who are not matriculated at Fordham may apply for non-degree enrollment now.

For further information, please contact Martine Stern at marstern@fordham.edu.

April 26: Fordham Medieval Dramatists to Perform "Everyman" in Central Park

The FCLC Medieval Dramatists, comprised of the students of Professor Andrew Albin's ENGL 3102: Medieval Drama in Performance, will offer their debut performance of the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman at noon on April 26, 2015, at Summit Rock in Central Park (83rd Street & Central Park West).  This production, free to the public, tells the story of Everyman, who finds himself on Death’s doorstep and in need of guidance before he goes to meet his Maker. As he travels the road to the grave, Everyman encounters those things dearest to him and comes face to face with the choices he has made during his life. Everyman represents the culmination of ENGL 3102’s semester-long immersion in the dramatic texts and traditions of late medieval England; the result is a medieval play reinvented for modern audiences, one that melds festivity, community, and ethical searching with comedic flair and New York savvy.

Designed and realized from the ground up by the FCLC Medieval Dramatists, this performance of Everyman loosely models itself on medieval modes of play-making.  Over the course of the spring semester, students have worked as a tight-knit collective to read, discuss, adapt, and stage the play, with recourse to the wealth of talents they each bring to the playing space.  Guided by Professor Albin, students have read deeply into the corpus of medieval English drama in the original Middle English, accompanied by works of criticism, theater history, and modern critical dramaturgy. For the performance of Everyman, though, Prof. Albin takes a back seat, facilitating students in their own creative exploration of the play they themselves chose to perform. Students also will record the live performance to create a film that will form the centerpiece of a media-rich digital archive of their efforts. Such an interdisciplinary project has benefitted greatly from the support of a variety of departments, programs, and offices, including English, Theatre, Medieval Studies, Media and Communications, New Media and Digital Design, Instructional Technology Academic Computing, and the Dean's Office.

A more appropriate debut performance for Fordham’s medieval theater troupe could not be imagined. Everyman asks difficult questions about our values, our ties to the world around us, our bonds with each other, and our relationships to ourselves.  In the hands of the Medieval Dramatists, it has become a thoroughly local play, in dialogue with the culture of New York City and taking place in Central Park at the heart of Manhattan. Mindful of its rootedness in the Catholic culture of the Middle Ages, Everyman turns a critical eye on that culture and interrogates it, asking us to do the same for our own through laughter, inquiry, and play. Please join us!

When: Sunday, April 26 at 12pm

Where: Central Park at Summit Rock (83rd Street & Central Park West, enter at 85th or 81st).

This performance is free and open to the public.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1049102691785044/

Twitter and Instagram: @fordhameveryman #RIPEVERYMAN


Sign Up for the Future: Procedural Poetry

There are a few spaces available in Fordham's Procedural Poetry Workshop class to be held at Lincoln Center in Fall 2015. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that job openings will increase steadily for writers and editors with supplemental experience in new media and in related fields including graphic design, web design, and multimedia.  Learn cutting edge skills and work on poetry that is changing how the written word is generated and read.

ENGL 3017, Section 10    
Digital Creative Writing: Procedural Poetry  
Lincoln Center: Mondays/Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:15 pm 

This course introduces students to the history and practice of procedural poetry: poems made by rules, constraints, appropriation and chance. In particular, the course focuses on teaching students how to use the Python programming language to create computer programs that produce poetry. Programming tutorials will be interspersed with readings from well-known practitioners in the field, focusing on technique, historical context and theory. No previous programming experience is required.   

Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, experimental writer, educator and game designer who lives in Brooklyn. A graduate of New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, her teaching and practice center around digital poetics, procedural design, and Internet culture.