Highlights

A Special Guest with a Story to Tell

Olivia Lucas with Ambassador Joseph

Olivia Lucas with Ambassador Joseph

Raymond A. Joseph, the former Haitian Ambassador to the United States recently visited Professor Elizabeth Stone's "New Wave Immigrant Literature" class to tell his own immigrant story as someone condemned to death in absentia by the government of François Duvalier, president of Haiti from 1957-71. 

Joseph, who first came to the United States as a teenager to study theology and to translate the Bible into Creole, has also previously been a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and one of the founders of The Haiti Observateur.  He is shown with class member Olivia Lucas who presented a brief biographical report on Ambassador Joseph to the class.  

English Major is a Fiction Contest Finalist

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Congratulations to English major Julia Gagliardi, FCRH’19, who has been named a finalist in the Southhampton Stony Brook Short Fiction Contest for her story “The Chapel of Love” and was recently among those selected as a Creative Writing Concentrator. 

Storytelling of all sorts is close to Julia’s heart––she writes powerfully and persuasively in creative writing classes about her Irish aunts and is a story-telling mentor and founding member of “Our Story,” an event featuring student storytellers who create and share their personal stories with a live audience.

The third “Our Story” event was held Monday, November 12 at Rose Hill, during which Julia told the audience, “This is a chance for students to share uninterrupted stories, share authentically, and share truthful stories from their life.”

For more on Julia, click here:

https://changemaker.blog.fordham.edu/our-story-a-lool-into-social-impact-storytelling-an-evening-for-not-just-for-storytelling-but-also-story-listening/

Come to "Documenting America's Wars: A Conversation with Director Ian Olds"

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Award-winning director Ian Olds will join Fordham's Graduate Film Group for the talk “Documenting America’s Wars: A Conversation with Ian Olds” on Wednesday, April 25th from 5:30-7 pm at the Fordham Law School at the Lincoln Center campus (room 3-03). The event will be followed by a reception.

Ian Olds is the co-director of the “grunt’s-eye view” documentary Occupation: Dreamland (2005), winner of the 2006 Independent Spirit Award, and the director of Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi (2009), the chronicle of an American journalist and Afghan interpreter during the War in Afghanistan, which earned Olds Best New Documentary Filmmaker at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.  His more recent collaborations with James Franco and independent forays into short film have led to spots at some of the most prestigious film festivals, from Sundance to Rotterdam, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.

On the 25th, Olds will discuss his work on Occupation and Fixerhis personal journey, craft as a war documentarian, and experience covering Iraq and Afghanistanas well as his broader thinking about the art and politics of documentary filmmaking and representing today’s armed conflicts.

Thanks to the generous support of the GSA as well as the GEA and English Department, the Graduate Film Group thrilled to be able to open the talk to all Fordham students and faculty but seating is capped at 90 people, so if you want to secure a seat in advance, please RSVP to wardocumentarytalk@gmail.com.

It is a shaping-up to be an important and exciting evening of interdisciplinary exchange, so no matter your field or background: be there!

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

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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.