Reid Writers of Color

Mullarkey-Reid Website Goes Live

The 2017 Mullarkey-Reid Departmental Forum on 'Linguistic Diversity in English' aroused much interest and included informative presentations concerning questions of what English teachers need to know about the following:

  • English and their students' multilingualisms

  • The sometimes very high stakes involved in linguistic difference

  • Linguistic justice

  • The relations and status of English and Hispanic

  • What classroom strategies we should have for language issues 

The presenters have contributed their papers to a new website in order to make a more permanent resource for the Department. The website is complementary to the  Reid teaching sites maintained by Sarah Gambito, who led the excellent collective discussion of the 2017 Reid book, Rigoberto Gonzalez's Autobiography of My Hungers (Wisconsin University Press, 2013), in the second session of the forum (see under the Faculty tab on English Connect for the Teaching Reid Books site).

You can access the Forum website from the English Department's front page at  Mullarkey-Reid 

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English Major Taylor Shaw Interviews Rigoberto González

English Major Taylor Shaw Interviews Rigoberto González

Fordham English major Taylor Shaw published an interview in the Fordham Ram with writer Rigoberto González, who last Monday read his work to a huge crowd at Pope Auditorium as this year's participant in the Reid Family Writers of Color Reading Series.

Rigoberto González Reading, Talk, and Book-Signing


Rigoberto González, author of Autobiography of My Hungers, spoke on Monday, April 16, at 5pm in Pope Auditorium on Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus. His visit was part of the Reid Family Writers of Color Reading Series, which since 2008 has brought some of the most celebrated writers of color to Fordham.  Events have included readings, master classes and panel discussions.  The English Department at Fordham is deeply grateful to the Reid Family for their continuing generosity.

Rigoberto González is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His ten books of prose include two bilingual children's books, the three young adult novels in the Mariposa Club series, the novel Crossing Vines, the story collection Men Without Bliss, and three books of nonfiction, including Autobiography of My Hungers and Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He also edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and Alurista's new and selected volume Xicano Duende: A Select Anthology. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, a NYFA grant in poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award, he is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online. Currently, he is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, and the inaugural Stan Rubin Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Rainier Writing Workshop. In 2015, he received The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. As of 2016, he serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Since 2016 he has served as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times and on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

González also led a Craft Class and met with students and others on Monday afternoon. His 5pm reading and talk were be followed by a book-signing. 

This year’s Reid events were made possible through the generosity of Kenneth and Frances K. Reid and the sponsorship of the Fordham English and African & African American Studies departments, the Graduate Student Association, and the Creative Writing Program.

2013 Reid Family Events and Prize


This year's Reid Writers of Color Reading Series featuring Pulitzer-prize playwright, Lynn Nottage was a major success. Events at both Lincoln Center and Rose Hill featured staged readings and question and answer sessions on Nottage's acclaimed play, Ruined. Over 200 students attended the public events. In addition, Ms. Nottage conducted a Master Class on creative process for Fordham students at the Lincoln Center campus.

The inaugural Reid Family Prize, given for excellence in creative expression and commitment to social justice, was presented to Fordham student newspaper, The Observer.