Recent Events

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Celebrate Earth Day 

April 22nd, 9am-5pm
 College Lodge 8067 Route 380 in Brocton, NY

Come out to the College Lodge and spend a day in nature both relaxing and learning about our planet and what you can do to help make it a better place! Be sure to check out the events being put on by members of the English department at 12:50 and 2:20. For a complete list of all the events, which are free and open to the public, click here. A free shuttle will run between the SUNY Fredonia campus and the Lodge, starting at 9:30 AM and ending at 5:00 PM. Buses will depart campus from the loading area near Rockefeller and Maytum. Free food and drinks provided courtesy of FSA in conjunction with the SUNY Fredonia Sustainability Committee, SUNY Fredoina's Go Green Initiative and SUNY Fredonia.


Slam Poetry Festival

April 14th, 6:30 p.m.

in 209 McEwen

Join us for Maxim Backer, Good Ghost Bill, Fatimah Asghar, and Andrea Gibson
Free event.  Tickets can be picked up at the box office or available at the event. 
Sponsored by Writer's Ring, Pride, and the Women's Student Union


The Day of Poetry and Prose
April 10th, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Williams Center S204

The 6th annual Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 12-5 in room S204 of the Williams Center. This event celebrates the great literature taught by Dr. Dunn as well as your favorite poems or prose pieces. It is held during National Poetry month and promotes the art of reading aloud. There is no charge to attend and everyone is encouraged to come and listen. Due to its length it is a come and go as you need to event. Reading fees are required prior to the event and raise funds for the Albert A. Dunn Scholarship and Book Grant(s). Participation forms for readers will be available in February in the English Dept.
For more information as well as a copy of the speakers application please download the application.

Ira Sukrungruang, Poet and Nonfiction Writer Craft Talk and Reading
April 4th, Craft Talk at 4pm followed by Reading at 7pm 
202 McEwen Hall
In Thailand It Is Night and Talk Thai: the Adventures of a Buddhist Boy,Ira Sukrungruang's essays, stories and poems have appeared in such magazines as North American Review, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is associate professor in the MFA program at University of South Florida. For more information on this event take a look at here!

Outlaw/ed Bodies Exhibit
Opening Reception Wednesday March 26th from 4-5pm
in Reed Library
Join us for the opening of the Outlaw/ed Bodies exhibit. We will be joined by special guest Dr. Bill Boerner, chief diversity officer. There will be refreshments and live cello music! The exhibit will remain on display for the remainder of the semester. Here's a link to the campus report page with more information!

Foreign Bodies: A Graduate Faculty Panel
Monday March 10th from Noon-1pm
Fenton 127

Over the past few years the body -- and the foreign body in particular -- has emerged as one of the primary foci within the field of English. Join Dr. David Kaplin, Dr. Heather McEntarfer, and Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck for a panel discussion of how approaches to foreign bodies informs their current scholarship.  Refreshments will be provided.


L. Annette Binder, Fiction
Writer Craft Talk and Reading
March 6th, Craft Talk at 4pm followed by Reading at 7pm
202 McEwen Hall
L. Annette Binder's collection of stories, Rise (Sarabande Books), received the 2011 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Her stories have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize XXXVI, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, One Story, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, Third Coast, and others.

 Welcome Back To English Works!
21 East Bookstore, Dunkirk
Sunday February 23rd at 5 p.m.
Join the English Works Club as the celebrate the start to a new semester! Stop by and see how awesome English works is!

Final Thoughts and Concerns
Dec. 5, Thursday, 2:00 - 3:20
English Reading Room (127 Fenton hall)
In this workshop, students are encouraged to express their thoughts and concerns that they are interested in knowing about in addition to sharing their gains from this series of workshops both verbally and in written form. Students will be given a questionnaire to answer some questions which can help themselves realize what they have learned in these workshops as well as help the workshop holder to learn what other topics should be included in future semesters in order to better assist international students at Fredonia.


Workshops for International Students at SUNY Fredonia

Fall 2013

Reducing Stress and Identifying Expectations
Nov. 19, Tuesday, 2:00 - 3:20
English Reading Room (127 Fenton Hall)
To all students, stress may affect each of us in different ways. It is important to realize some symptoms caused by stress and then effectively deal with them. In this workshop, tips for identifying sources of stress as well as strategies for reducing and minimizing stress will be introduced. Some students may be invited to share what stressful situations they have experienced and how they overcome their stress effectively.

Gathering to remember Thom Dean
Please join use for for a campus gathering to honor the memory of Thomas Dean.

Wednesday, 11/20, 4 pm, Horizon Room, Williams Center  





Craft Talk and Reading with Poet Tamar Yoseloff
Monday, September 16, 2013
McEwen Hall 209
Everyone is invited to this free event! Tamar has collaborated with graphic artist and photographer Vici MacDonald on some fascinating projects, including Formerly, "poems and photos about disappearing London." Check out the website for the project, bios, and more.





English Department Fall Picnic
Friday, September 6, 2013
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Russell Joy Park, lower pavilion
English and English Education Majors are invited to join English Department Faculty
for a potluck picnic to celebrate the start of a new school year! 


English Works


Come Join Us At The First English Works Event:


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

12-3 p.m. Williams Center S-204 ABC

 Tuesday, April 30th, 12-3pm in the Williams Center (S-204-ABC), will mark the first English Works event! This is a new student group, now acknowledged by Student Association, to help English students connect to professional opportunities.


Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series

We are excited to have an ongoing series of nationally-acclaimed visiting writers, who work directly with our students in small workshop as well as lecture settings. All are welcome. 

Author craft talk: 4-5pm, reading 7pm. All events in 202 McEwen Hall and free and open to public. Q&A and book-signing after each reading.

Spring 2013

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3/14:Eugene Cross is the author of the short story collection "Fires of Our Choosing," which was long listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania and received an MFA from The University of Pittsburgh. His stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine (which named him one of "20 Best New Writers" and his story "Harvesters" a "Top Five Story of 2009-2010"), American Short Fiction, Story Quarterly, TriQuarterly, and Callaloo, among other publications. His work was also listed among the 2010 Best American Short Stories' 100 Distinguished Stories. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Chautauqua Writers' Festival and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, as well as a fellowship from the 2012 Sewanee Writers' Conference. He is the winner of the 2009 Dzanc Prize for Excellence in Literary Fiction and Community Service and is the Simon Blattner Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Northwestern University. He currently lives in Chicago where he also teaches in the Fiction Department at Columbia College Chicago. You can find him online at 4/4: Eduardo C. Corral (Xicano poet) is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition for his first collection, Slow Lightning. His poems have appeared in New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. His work has been honored with a "Discovery"/The Nation Award and residencies from The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He holds degrees from ASU and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has been honored with a "Discovery"/The Nation award and residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo. He has taught poetry at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. To read some of his poems and other materials on poetry, please visit his blog Lorcaloca.

3/11: McEwen Hall 202 Slam Poets on Campus: Shanny Maney and Buddy Wakefield
Free and open to the public

6-7pm: Shanny Maney craft talk/Q&A
7-8pm: Buddy Wakefield craft talk/Q&A
8-9pm: performances by both Shanny and Buddy

Shanny Maney (hosted by Writer's Ring) is a performance poet and teacher from the middle of the Midwest. With poet Robbie Q. Telfer, she cofounded The Encyclopedia Show, a radical literary reading/spectacular which now runs in venues all across the globe. Maney continues to co-curate the original show in Chicago. Years ago, she hosted the Ear Candy open mic/music/poetry slam series in Normal, IL. She lives with her husband and cute dogs in the house that looks like their dreams. Her first book of poems, I Love Science!, is available from Write Bloody Publishing.

Buddy Wakefield (hosted by Pride) is the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and most recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then successfully defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries with works translated into Dutch. In 2005 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship. An author at Write Bloody Publishing, his books include Gentleman Practice and Live for a Living.

The Second Biannual Stefan Zweig Lecture


3/19: Rosch Recital Hall at 7:30 pm Robert Kelz (Assistant Professor of German at the University of Memphis): lecture will focus on a little known aspect of Zweig’s 1936 visit to Buenos Aires: his address to the pupils (most of them Jewish émigré children from the Third Reich) of the Pestalozzi school, the only German language school in Argentina not to have fallen under the spell of Nazi ideology. Drawing in part on personal interviews that Kelz conducted with some of the former pupils of the Pestalozzi school, his lecture will offer a unique insight into the long-lasting (!) impact of a creative writer in the classroom and into what Kelz calls a “pedagogy of the persecuted.” more info and here

3/20: Diers Recital Hall, in Mason Hall at 5:00 pm Cyberbullying Workshop: Dr. Heather McEntarfer will present and lead discussion on research and information from UB’s fall conference on cyberbullying.


The Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose


The 5th annual Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 12:00-4:30 p.m. in room S204 of the Williams Center.  This event celebrates the great literature taught by Dr. Dunn as well as your favorite poems or prose pieces.  It is held during National Poetry Month and promotes the art of reading aloud.  There is no charge to attend and everyone is encouraged to come and listen.  Due to its length, it is a come and go as you need event.  Reading fees are required prior to the event and raise funds for the Albert A. Dunn Scholarship and Book Grant.  Participation forms for readers will be available in February in the English Department office.



Community Bedtime Stories


For campus community kids (or just kids at heart)--


Join Sigma Tau Delta (the national English Department Honor Society) and Reed Library Wednesday April 24th from 7-8pm in the garden at Reed Library Wear your pjs!


Small snacks will be provided!


Bedtime stories will be read by professors Susan Spangler, KimMarie Cole, and Dustin Parsons


English Works--Mini "Internship & Job" Fair for English Majors


Tuesday, April 30th, in the Williams Center Room S204 ABC
A panel of staff and business leaders will close the event, discussing the real-world applications of an English degree, and answer questions from students.


Poetry Gala reading, featuring the poets of ENGL 460: Advanced Poetry


 Kristie Beckinghausen, Shelby Converse, Laura Distaso, Gabriel Fontanez, Ashley Friedman, Dan Hahn, Alice Hodge, Jake Lesinski, Drew Lockwood, Peter Mason, Jesse McMahon-Eagan, Emily Metzler, Teresa Porcaro, Mark Schlewitt & Will Walawender
May 7th
Japanese Garden Room
Reed Library
Refreshments will be provided!


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