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Events from the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Events for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled all remaining Fredonia English events for Spring 2020 in mid-March 2020. Here's what we would have done had COVID-19 not intervened.

  • April 2-4:  Writers @ Work Alumni Writers-in-Residence Series: Young Alumni Changemakers

Young Alumni Changemakers, Writers @ Work, April 2020


  • April 7-8:  MLW Visiting Writers Series and Convocation Welcome Meg Day, Science Center 105

Meg Day, Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series, April 2020


  • April 28: Day of Poetry and Prose (and Humor and Performance), Williams Center Multi-Purpose Room

  • May 8: English Department Awards Ceremony


These events were held before the COVID-19 shutdown.

March 11, 7:30-9 p.m.: Open Mic Night, Sigma Tau Delta/English Adolescence Education Club, Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County Book Store, 12 Park Place, Fredonia

Open Mic Night, March 11, 2020


December 3, 2019, 3:30 p.m.:  Birger Vanwesenbeeck, "Teaching African American Literature in Turkey," Science Center Aerie.


November 8, 2019, 12-1 p.m.: Coffee Talk with Professor Michael Sheehan, Sigma Tau Delta, Fenton 127.


November 7, 2019, 5-6 p.m.:  MLW Lecture Series Welcomes Nishta Mehra, McEwen 209.

Nishta Mehra, Fall 2019 MLW Lecturer


November 6, 2019, 12-1 p.m.:  CLAS Brown Bag Lecture Series Welcomes Williams Visiting Professor Edward Ball, Williams Center S204.


October 30, 2019, 7:30-9 p.m.: Open Mic Night, Sigma Tau Delta and Writers' Ring, Literacy Volunteers Bookstore, 10 Park Place, Fredonia Village Square.


October 3-4, 2019:  MLW Visiting Writers Series and Convocation Welcome Jamel Brinkley

Jamel Brinkley, Fall 2019 MLW Visiting Writer


Events from the 2018-2019 Academic Year


May 10, 4-5 p.m.:  English Department Awards Ceremomy, Horizon Room, Williams Center.


May 1, 3-4:30 p.m.:  Release Party for The Trident, English Reading Room.


April 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.:  Day of Poetry and Prose (and Song and Drama), Fredonia Technology Incubator.

In 2019, we are honoring Emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor Malcolm "Mac" Nelson and Emeritus Professor Albert A. "Al" Dunn.  Our event precedes a celebration of Mac's life in the Incubator from 3-5 p.m. organized by the Catch Club.


April 9-10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Craft Talk and Reading by Michelle Whittaker (Stony Brook University). Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series, McEwen 209.

Michelle Whittaker is a West Indian-American poet and pianist whose interests include expository and creative writing pedagogy, music composition, 20th Century American, Afro-Caribbean, and ecopoetry. Michelle completed an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature at Stony Brook University. Her poems have been recently published in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Southampton Review, NarrativeVinyl PoetryLong Island QuarterlyTransitions Magazine for Hutchins Center, and other publications. She was awarded a Jody Donohue Poetry Prize, Cave Canem Fellowship for African American poetry, and a Pushcart Special Mention. Her first book, Surge, is available now from great weather for Media. 


Michelle Whittaker, MLW Visiting Writers Series, April 9-10, 2019


April 4-6: Four Years Out (Class of 2015). Writers @ Work Alumni Writers-in-Residence Series.

Writers @ Work: Four Years Out (April 4-6, 2019)

Writers @ Work: Technical Writing with Naomi Coufal (April 5, 2019)


March 24-26: Scott Martelle. Writers @ Work Alumni Writers-in-Residence Series.

Scott Martelle, journalist and historian



February 25, 4:30 p.m.: Skype lecture and reading by poet and editor Camille Dungy (Colorado State University) in ENGL 333 Environmental Literature. Fenton 166.

Camille Dungy, poet and editor

Dungy’s full-length poetry publications include Trophic Cascade (2017); Smith Blue (2011), a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; Suck on the Marrow (2010), winner of an American Book Award, a California Book Award silver medal, and the Northern California book award; and the sonnet collection What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (2006), a finalist for both the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Library of Virginia Literary Award. Describing the poems in What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison as “rogue sonnets,” Dungy said of the poems’ speakers in a 2007 Boxcar Review interview, “These are folks who take the restrictions and traditions that have been handed to them and they do what they can to make beautiful things with their lives […] so the fact that the sonnets follow some rules and flaunt others is a direct reflection of their subjects.” In a 2009 review of the same collection for Pembroke Magazine, Tara Betts observed that the collection “offers a number of ways to look at what is considered to be a part of nature, whether it is a part of the plants or the people that inhabit a place.” As Betts later noted, “This tension of living close to passion and death simultaneously creates urgency in these quiet poems.”

Addressing the paucity of African American poets in anthologies of nature poetry, Dungy stated in a 2010 interview for the Oakland Tribune, “I miss seeing writers of color in the conversation. Until we have greater variety in the conversation, it is not a conversation—it is a monologue.” To that end, Dungy edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009), which won a Northern California Book Award and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. She was also co-editor of From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great (2009), and assistant editor for Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (2006). Dungy's most recent work includes the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History (2017). 


November 15, 6-8 p.m.:  Book Release Party for Eric Schlich's Quantum Convention, Kelly Family Auditorium, Science Center 105.

Eric Schlich's Quantum Convention Book Release Party



November 12-13, 5-6:30 p.m.: Anne Valente, Mary Louise White Visiting Writer, Craft Talk and Reading, McEwen 209.


Anne Valente, Mary Louise White Visiting Writer

November 8-10: Ambassador James Foley. Writers @ Work Alumni Writers-in-Residence Series.

Ambassador James Foley at Fredonia for Writers @ Work Alumni Writers-in-Residence Series November 2018


Thursday, November 8:

7:00-8:30 p.m.: Foley will deliver a speech entitled “Democracy's Fate in an Unjust World – Lessons from a Lifetime in Diplomatic Service,” with an introduction by Fredonia President Dr. Virginia Horvath. A reception will follow.

Location: Kelly Family Auditorium (Science Center, 1st floor)


Friday, November 9:

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Foley will host a workshop intended for current and prospective students on “Writing and Public Communications in the Diplomatic Arena.” This event is co-sponsored by the American Democracy Project and the Fredonia Democracy Initiative.

Location: Kelly Family Auditorium (Science Center, 1st floor)


3:00-3:30 p.m.: Reception for interested students and members of the community.

Location: Fenton Hall, Room 127 (English Reading Room)


3:30-5:00 p.m.: Foley will hold open office hours for interested Fredonia students to speak further about his experiences in international diplomacy.

Location: Fenton Hall, Room 127 (English Reading Room)


Saturday, November 10:

11 a.m.: Foley will make brief remarks as the featured alumni speaker for the Fredonia Exploration Day.

Location: King Concert Hall (Rockefeller Arts Center)


October 30, 7:30-9 p.m.: Open Mic Night, Sigma Tau Delta and Writers' Ring, 21 East Bookstore.


October 19, 4-5 p.m.: Sharon Flake, “The Power of Literature to Give Voice to Young Adults.” Mary Louise White Lecture, McEwen 209.

Sharon Flake, Mary Louise White Visiting Lecturer

Sharon Flake is an African American YA author whose books feature African American characters and address issues related to race, class, ability, and gender. This is the 20th anniversary of her book The Skin I'm In, which won a Coretta Scott King Award. This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.


October 8, 12-1 p.m.: Jeffry Iovannone, Sigma Tau Delta Coffee Talk, Fenton 127.

Dr. Iovannone will discuss the literary activism of gay rights pioneer Barbara Gittings, referred to as "the mother of the Gay Rights Movement." In the post-Stonewall era, Gittings used the American Library Association as a vehicle to get books with positive representations of LGBTQ people into public and university libraries throughout the United States and to create awards to support the work of LGBTQ authors. Gittings' activism is largely responsible for today's boom in LGBTQ publishing and speaks to the fundamental role of literature within social change movements.


September 20-22: Spotlight on Nonprofits. Writers @ Work Alumni Writers-in-Residence Series.


Thursday, September 20

7:00–8:00 p.m.: “Advancing the Common Good: Working for Nonprofits” (Panel Discussion with Rich Ryan and Heather McKeever)

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Location: Fenton Hall 105

Friday, September 21

9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon:  Mini-Intensives on Nonprofit Writing.

These free workshops are open to students only. Location: Williams Center S204ABC

9:00–10:00 a.m.:  Heather McKeever, Writing for Nonprofits: From the Desk of the Executive Director

Explore the art of persuasive writing, how to tell a story, and make “the ask.” McKeever will also address the importance of stewardship and cultivation and building relationships through personal notes, as will the simple act of saying thank you to build lasting donor support. 

10:00–11:00 a.m.: Rich Ryan, “Attracting Donors Through Comedy Writing” (or, “A priest, a rabbi and a donor walk into a bar...using creative writing to gain support for the National Comedy Center”)

The 37,000 square-foot museum delivers an interactive exhibit experience for visitors through more than 75 exhibits and archival pieces, as well as innovative programming to cultivate future writers, directors, and performers. Ryan will focus on utilizing comedy writing – either his own or from others – to make the case for financial support of the National Comedy Center.

11:00 a.m–12:00 noon: Carol Pulver, “The Art of Writing SOPs [standard operating procedures]

Learn about the great need for technical writers with this competency. Pulver will discuss the significance of each section of Frontier Science’s SOP template, guidance in completing the template, as well as the interesting issues that had to be resolved in order to finalize the template. A brief overview of clinical trials and the importance of SOPs in conducting research, along with explaining why SOPs are essential to software development and validation, will also be included.

12:00–1:00 p.m. Appearance on High Noon Friday (WDVL, 89.5 FM; WCVF, 88.9 FM)

Ryan and McKeever will be interviewed on the campus student radio station.



Events from the 2017-2018 Academic Year


May 11, 4-5:30 p.m.: Department Awards Ceremony. Horizon Room, Williams Center.


Apr. 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Sarah Thomson, "Deadly Fl*wers: Girls, Ninjas, and Using History to Create Fiction."  Science Center 105.

Deadly Flowers


Apr. 23, 6-7 p.m.: "Bedtime Stories: About the Earth & Environment." Reed Library, Japanese Garden Area

Bedtime Stories



Apr. 10, 4-5:30 p.m.: MLW Visiting Writers Series: George David Clark (craft talk), McEwen 209.



Apr. 11, 4-5:30 p.m.: MLW VWS: George David Clark (reading and book signing), McEwen 209.


Apr. 7, 12-4:30 p.m.: Al Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose. Fenton 105.


Apr. 5-7: Four Years Out, Writers @ Work.


Apr. 5, 4-6 p.m.: Mary Louise White Lecture: Madelyn Detloff, Miami University of Ohio, McEwen 209.

McVicker Poster


Mar. 28: Sigma Tau Delta applications due into English Department Office, Fenton 277.


Mar. 22-24: Sarah T. Schwab and Brian Long, Writers @ Work.

Sarah Schwab Master Poster

Thursday, March 22

4:00–5:00 p.m.: “Hunger Is the Best Sauce: Becoming a Professional Writer” (Craft Talk and Discussion)

Sarah will discuss how her experiences at Fredonia helped inspire and launch her writing career. She will also talk about the realities of being a full-time playwright and screenwriter living in New York City, including the challenges and successes she has experienced in her pursuit of truthful storytelling. Location: Science Center 105, Kelly Family Auditorium

6:00–7:30 p.m.: “Show, Don’t Tell: The Art of Visual Storytelling” (Public Talk and Film Screening)

Saying less is more. That’s the trick of visual storytelling. Sarah will discuss what inspired her to write and direct her first screenplay, “‘A’ My Name Is.” After her talk, there will be a screening of her short film, a story about a young girl with early stage cancer who has a late-night adventure that culminates in the realization of her mortality. Location: Fredonia Technology Incubator (214 Central Avenue, Dunkirk)

Friday, March 23

12:00–1:00 p.m. Appearance on High Noon Friday (WDVL, 89.5 FM; WCVF, 88.9 FM)

Schwab and Long will be interviewed on the campus student radio station.

3:00–4:30 p.m.        “Interrogate Your Darlings, Don’t Kill Them” (Writing Workshop)

The hairs that stand up on the back of your neck when something’s not quite right... That little voice inside your head that says, “Stop. Go this way, not that...” That’s your intuition speaking; your third eye; your heart or gut. Whatever you call it, Sarah believes it’s your most important tool as a writer. Unvarnished musings that so often surface in first drafts shouldn’t be met with death as one attempts to smooth out the rough edges, but rather with an honest conversation: “Does this push the story forward?” “What works here and why?” “How can I show this better?” Such questions will sharpen your skills, and Sarah will discuss why. Location: English Reading Room (Fenton Hall, Room 127)



Mar. 20, 7-9 pm: Open Mic Night at 21 East Bookstore.


Mar. 5, 1-2 pm: Sigma Tau Delta Coffee Talk with President Horvath, Fenton 127.


Feb. 21, 12-3 p.m.: WWI Centennial: Poetry Reading, Reed Library, Japanese Garden.

Feb. 22, 12-3 p.m.: WWI Centennial: War and Peace Panel, Reed Library, Japanese Garden.

WWI Centennial Poster: Feb. 21 Reading 12-2 p.m.; Feb. 22 Panel 12-3 p.m. featuring Christopher Capozzola, Brian Castner,  Ian Fishback; both in Japanese Garden, Reed Library


November 29, 4 p.m.: Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series Reading: C.J. Hauser, Colgate University, McEwen 209.


November 28, 4 p.m.: Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series Craft Talk: C.J. Hauser, Colgate University, McEwen 209.


November 16, 5-6 p.m.: Tomas Q. Morin, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Skype talk with ENGL 362 and guests, Fenton 108.


November 9-13: Wendy Corsi Staub and Lucia Macro, Writers @ Work.


WCS Events


Thursday, November 9

4:00–5:00 p.m.:  Office Hours with Wendy and Lucia, Fenton Hall, Room 127.

6:00–8:00 p.m.:  “From Mundy’s Landing to Lily Dale: Where Fact Meets Fiction,” Public Talk (Williams Center, S204 ABC) and Book-Launch Party/Signing (Williams Center, S204 ABC; Pucci Room).


Friday, November 10

12:00–1:00 p.m.:  Appearance on High Noon Friday (WDVL, 89.5 FM)

3:00–4:30 p.m.:  “You’re Hired!: Landing a Job after Graduation": A Career Workshop for Students of All Majors.  Pizza will be served.  Fenton Hall, Room 105.  

6:00–8:00 p.m.:  Book-Launch and Signing.  Pucci’s, 112 West Main Street, Fredonia, NY.


Saturday, November 11

10:00–11:00 a.m.:  Open House, King Concert Hall, Rockefeller Arts Center.

2:00–4:00 p.m.:  Book-Launch and Signing, FSA Bookstore, University Commons.


Monday, November 13

1:00–3:00 p.m.:  Office Hours with Wendy and Lucia, Fenton Hall, Room 127.

5:00–7:00 p.m.:  “Crafting Stories, Crafting Relationships”: A Master Class on Writing Fiction and Working with an Editor.  Refreshments will be served.  Science Center 105, Kelly Family Auditorium.


November 2, 5-6 p.m.: Natalie Shapero, Tufts University, Skype talk with ENGL 362 and guests, Fenton 108.


October 30, 3-5 p.m.:  Elliot Ackerman, Science Center 105, Kelly Family Auditorium.

Elliot Ackerman reading, Oct. 30, 3-5 p.m., Science Center 105, Kelley Family Auditorium


October 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: 2017 Mary Louise White Lecture: Ashwin Manthripragada, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, "Unpublished Racism: Stefan Zweig on Blackness in America," Science Center 105, Kelly Family Auditorium.

Zweig at 50 Poster, including notice of MLW Lecture by Ashwin Manthripragada, Oct. 25, 2017, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Science Center 105, Kelley Family Auditorium.


This event is part of the Zweig at Fredonia: 50 Years of Transformation celebration.


October 24, 7:30-9 p.m: Fall Open Mic Night, hosted by Sigma Tau Delta, 21 East Bookstore, Dunkirk, NY.


October 17, 5-7 p.m.: Robert B. Hass and Donald Sheehy, two of the co-editors of Harvard's Collected Letters of Robert Frost, “Epistolary Sleuthing: Searching For, In, and Under the Letters of Robert Frost,” Williams Center S204.

Oct. 17, 5 p.m.: Robert B. Hass/Donald Sheehy, "Epistolary Sleuthing: Searching For, In, and Under the Letters of Robert Frost"



October 15, 2-4 p.m.: Tea Party, ENGL 400: Senior Seminar, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the WCA Home, Lanford House.


October 13-14: Tree Planting, ENGL 333: Environmental Literature.


September 28, 6 p.m.: Carol J. Adams, "Ferment of Freedom: On Ecofeminisms, Cultivating Compassion, and Social Justice Legacies," Science Center 105, Kelly Family Auditorium.

September 28, 6 p.m.: Carol J. Adams, "Ferment of Freedom: On Ecofeminisms, Cultivating Compassion, and Social Justice Legacies," Science Center 105, Kelly Family Auditorium.


September 16-17, 12-2 p.m.: International Coastal Cleanup, Point Gratiot, Dunkirk.

Largest International Coastal Cleanup ever at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk, NY.


September 12, 5 p.m.: Traci Langworthy, JCC professor and local historian, "Making Woman's History: Chautauqua County & the Suffrage Movement," Reed Library, Garden Room.


Sept. 7, 1:10-1:50 p.m.: Jay Satterfield, Head of Dartmouth’s Rauner Special Collections Library, Skype talk with ENGL 427 and guests, Fenton 170.



Events from the 2016-2017 Academic Year


May 5, 4-6 p.m.: Department Awards Ceremony, Horizon Room, Williams Center.


Apr. 3-May 4: Regional Read: Beyond Human: Animals in Literature.


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Apr. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Bedtime Stories, Sigma Tau Delta, Japanese Garden area, Reed Library.


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Apr. 7-8: Writers @ Work Class of 2013 panels featuring Keah Brown, Christina Stock, Ethan Powers, and Kelley Lord.

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Apr. 7, 1:30-1:45 p.m.: Iclal Vanwesenbeeck, Fulbright Conference, Horizon Room, Williams Center.


Apr. 6, 6-7:30 p.m.: Dr. Keri Cronin, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, Brock University, and curator of the online "Be Kind" Exhibit, Kelly Auditorium, Science Building.

This is the keynote event for the "Beyond Human" series that ENGL 400 students are bringing into local libraries.

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Apr. 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m.: Poetry Reading: Karyna McGlynn, Fenton 105.

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Apr. 4-5: Homeland: Iraq Year Zero Film Screening with Director Abbas Fahdel.  Part One: 4/4, 5-8 p.m., McEwen 202. Part Two: 4/5, 6-9 p.m., Science Center 105.


Apr. 3, 12-4:30 p.m.: Al Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose, Costello Community Room, Rockefeller Arts Center.


Apr. 1, 6-8 p.m.: The Well-Lit Cafe featuring Alice Major and Lisa Graziano: Binocular Visions--Science Meets Poetry, Horizon Room, Williams Center.


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Mar. 22, 12-1 p.m.: STD Coffee Talk with Professors Heather McEntarfer and Jeffry Iovannone, English Reading Room, Fenton 127.


Mar. 8, 2-5 p.m.: Randy Cronk (Fredonia English '72) of at Job & Internship Expo/Summer Job Expo, Multipurpose Room, Williams Center.

The greatwriting internship is specifically geared toward English majors. Students can earn up to $1,200 per semester writing articles for the greatwriting blog, which are intended to help his audience up their game by applying lessons learned in English classes (and specifically Fredonia English classes) to 21st-century marketing. (Of course, this is a lesson interns also learn in the process.) For examples of past articles, see To learn about the internship and request an individual appointment directly on March 8 or 9, see


Mar. 1, 7:30-9 p.m.: STD and Writers’ Ring Open Mic, 21 East Bookstore.


February 26-March 2, 2017

Writing Workshop: Brian Castner


Feb. 28, 4:30-6 p.m.: Craft Talk, Fenton 105

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Thursday December 1, 2016

Sigma Tau Delta Book Drive 

Fredonia’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, is conducting a book drive that will begin on Thursday, December 1st. Fredonia students, professors, and surrounding community members have the opportunity to donate books to build the classroom library of Fredonia alum, Rachel Beneway.

Rachel graduated from Fredonia’s English Adolescence Education program in May 2016, and is an alumna of the Fredonia chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. She teaches seventh grade English at P.S.M.S. 279 Captain Manuel Rivera Jr. middle school in the Bronx. Rachel’s students quickly exhausted the books in her current classroom library in October. Her students do not have the necessary resources and access to good books to support their avid reading that all students should be given. Her students’ reading levels range between elementary to high school level, so a wide range of books will be accepted and greatly appreciated.

The book drop will be located in University Commons, right outside of Starbucks.  

Thursday December 1

Writers' Ring Presents:

4th Annual Fredonia Poetry Slam

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To sign up or for more information, email James Lillin.

Tim Hortons | 6:30 - 9 PM

Monday November 14

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Please join Sigma Tau Delta on Monday, November 14th at Noon for our final Coffee Talk of the semester. We will hear fiction and poetry readings by Visiting Assistant Professors Joshua Kalscheur and Eric Neuenfeldt! If time allows, we will follow the readings with a discussion of creative writing as a career and within the academic sphere (from undergraduate programs, to graduate programs, and beyond)


Wednesday, November 9

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Monday, November 7

Screening of the documentary Project 22, introduced by Theo Collins (Fred alum) and Dr. Jonathan Chausovsky.  Discussion and Q&A to follow.

Kelly Auditorium | 6:30 PM - 9 PM


Monday, November 7

Beyond the Gender Binary: Creativity in Pronoun Innovation

Lee Airton, who teaches in the Master of Teaching program at the Ontario Institute of Education at the University of Toronto and writes the popular blog They Is My Pronoun, will speak on "The Making of Effort: What Singular They Teaches Us About the Everyday Life of Social Difference" and moderate a panel discussion of Fredonia faculty, staff, and students on pronoun innovation.

Williams Center S204-ABC | 12 - 2 PM

Friday, November 4

Withdrawal Deadline (from classes; form with instructor and advisor signature needed)

November 3 - 5

Phil Zimmer

Thursday, November 3

Writing History for a Public Audience and Specialty Magazines

Knowing who our audience is when we write is extremely important. The audience we are writing for can shape our choice of subject, the questions we ask about that subject, and the story we ultimately tell. The papers and essays we write for our classes are almost always intended for an academic audience, for those who have degrees in History or who are pursuing degrees in History. How is writing History for a general audience different from writing for an academic audience? This workshop will explore techniques and strategies for writing for a general audience, using Phil Zimmer's unique PHD (Personalize - Humanize - Dramatize) approach.

English Reading Room | 4 - 5:30 PM

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Friday, November 4

Working with Editors | Student writing workshop

Topics at this workshop will include: "how to pitch a story idea to an editor, the use of gentle persistence, how to get a busy editor to respond to a query, and ways of identifying his/her specific writing style preferences. Methods for stretching a writers comfort zone would be included as well."

Fenton Reading Room | 3 - 4:30 PM

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Saturday, November 5

Veterans Panel Moderated by Phil Zimmer and Greg Peterson

Fredonia Technology Incubator | 11 AM

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Saturday, October 22

English and English Education Homecoming Event

Alumni House | 4-6 PM

October 17-22

Commemorating the Scientific and Literacy Legacies of Eva Saulitis

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Monday, October 17

“Into Great Silence: Unique Killer Whales on the Brink of Extinction”

Matkin and Bradfield will deliver a joint presentation, “Into Great Silence: Unique Killer Whales on the Brink of Extinction.”

Fenton 105 | 7- 8:30 PM


Tuesday, October 18

Elizabeth Bradfield Craft Talk

Elizabeth Bradfield will offer a craft workshop for aspiring poets and nature writers.

Fenton 127, 4-5 PM

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Tuesday, October 18

Bradfield and Matkin Talk, “Deep Soundings: The Written Legacy of Eva Saulitis”

Fenton 105 | 7-8:30 PM


Thursday, October 20

College Lodge Nature Walk

Terry Mosher, Mark Baldwin and Jon Titus will take you to three of the sites that Eva Saulitis described in her College Lodge field guide.  We will contrast what she observed back in 1980 with what is there today and read excerpts from her writing.  

College Lodge Nature Preserve | 1- 3 PM


Saturday, October 22

Greystone Nature Preserve Memorial Tree-Planting Event

Memorial trees will be planted to commemorate Eva Saulitis, Rachel Carson and John Muir.  Led by Christina Jarvis. 

Greystone Natural Preserve | 1 - 3 PM

Tuesday, October 11

English Works for Everyone: Your Story

Please join English Works for an event celebrating world cultures and world poetry in English and other languages. The event, which will take place in the Williams Center, G103B, will feature international student speakers along with international faculty members Dr. Xin Fan and Dr. Chiara De Santi.

The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are needed. If you have any questions, please email Yue Wang at

Williams Center G103B | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Monday, October 10

Writers @ Work: Gina Browning

Director of Public Realtions at SPCA Serving Erie County.

Class of '98

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3 PM #WeDon'tTalkAnymore (So Let's Write Better)

A writing workshop open to all students.

Williams Center S204AB

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7 PM I'm Not that Great Out Loud... But, Boy, Can I Write!

A public talk on where writing can take you.

Kelly Auditorium | Science Center

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Friday, October 7 

A Career as a Playwright: Tom Dudzick (Visual Arts ’73),

Reed Library Garden Area | 12 - 1 p.m.

October 3 - 5

Zweig at Fredonia 2016

"Zweig and Strauss: Artistic Collaboration in a Time of War"

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Monday, October 3 

Faculty panel "Strauss and Zweig", with musicologist Matthew Werley (Richard Strauss Institute) 

Venue TBA | 3:30 - 5 p.m.


Tuesday October 4

Music performance of parts of Die Schweigsame Frau by School of Music students

Rosch Recital Hall | 8 p.m.


Wednesday, October 5

4th Biennial Stefan Zweig Lecture by Zweig biographer George Prochnik, to be followed by book signing (Mary Louise White Lecture)

Rosch Hall 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28

Coffee Talk with Sigma Tau Delta

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Friday, September 23

English Department Faculty and Students' Ice Cream Social

Join us, THIS FRIDAY (9/23) from 3 - 5 p.m., for the English Department's Ice Cream Social on the Tim Hortons's Patio (Williams Center)! Enjoy free ice cream and mingle with other English and English Ed. majors/minors, English graduate students, and English faculty and staff. This event will replace our annual English Department Picnic, so make sure to stop by! 
We hope to see you there!

Tim Hortons's Patio | 3 - 5 p.m.

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Wednesday, September 21

Creativity and Perseverance: Rita Moreno

King Concert Hall |  3 p.m.

Free tickets available at the ticket office

Tuesday, September 20

Magical Iceland: an evening of Iceland culture, landscapes, and music with INED 399 students and Professor Iclal Vanwesenbeeck. Please join us and enjoy beautiful Iceland.

Rosch Hall | 6:30 p.m. 


Events from the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Saturday, May 7

Nature walk led by English professor emeritus Terry Mosher.

College Lodge |12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Friday, May 6

English Department Awards Ceremony

Join us for a celebration of our students' and our department's achievement this year!

Horizon Room, Williams Center | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m

Thursday, April 28

Bedtime Stories

Garden Room at Reed Library | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m

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Thursday, April 21

Roundtable dedicated to 400th anniversary of Shakespeare.

Kelly Auditorium, Science Center 105 | 5 - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13

Want to be a Librarian?

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 11

ENGL 400, Downton Abbey Group: High Tea Party

President's House | 5 - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6

Book Club/ Short Story Club. Selection to be announced.

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6

Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck discusses Stefan Zweig and work in the archives

English Reading Room | 12 - 1 p.m.

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Alumni-in-Residence Series: April 7-9

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Thursday, April 7

7 - 8:30 p.m. : "A Story Becomes a Story Becomes A Story'

Join Sean Kirst to hear how a Dunkirk childhood and Fredonia education led to a career as story teller, columnist, and author. Q&A after.

Refreshments provided.

Location: Jewett Hall 101

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Friday, April 8

3 - 4:30 p.m. : "Seeing the Stories Around You"

Writing workshop.

Location: Williams Center G103B

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Saturday, April 9

2 - 3 p.m. : "Local History: How Dunkirk/Fredonia Changed Mark Twain's Life" with Q&A after.

Refreshments served.

Location: Fenton 105

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Tuesday, April 5

8th Annual Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose

Williams Center S204 | 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Saturday, April 2

Book Across Borders Read Aloud

Williams Center S204ABC | 1 - 4 p.m.

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Friday, April 1

Graduate program application deadline for summer/fall semester course. Late fee of $25 is charged after the deadline.

Wednesday, March 30 

Open mic night at 21 East Bookstore.

Books will be on sale. Hardcover $1.00, Paperback $0.50. Refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by STD and Writers Ring.  

21 East Bookstore | 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 30

Want to Write? : Information Session on the Writing and Rhetoric Minor & the Certificate in Advanced Study in Professional Writing

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30

"Mail Art, Ragged Edge Press, and Social Change: A Conversation with Joel Cohen (a.k.a. “The Sticker Dude”)

English Reading Room (127 Fenton Hall) | 3-4:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 30

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series: 

"Kurt Vonnegut’s 1978 Fredonia Commencement Speech: Tralfamadorian Beads of Amber" 

Williams Center Room S204  | 12-1:10 p.m.

Dr. Christina Jarvis, Professor of English, will briefly contextualize the speech within Vonnegut’s canon while Professor Emeritus and Fredonia’s Reminiscer-in-Chief, Mac Nelson, will describe the excitement Vonnegut’s speech generated. Followed by a screening of Kurt Vonnegut’s May 20, 1978 Fredonia commencement address.

Kurt Vonnegut 1978 Commencement Speech at Fredonia

Daniel A. Reed Library, Archives and Special Collections

Wednesday, March 16

Movie Night/ Game Night with English Works

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 12

Women Leaders Then & Now: the Invention of Wings

Dr. Susan McGee and the students in her class ENGL /WGST 314 will give a brief presentation on the history of the Grimke sisters, leaders in the abolitionists and suffragette movements.  The students will then read passages from the novel, a fictional account of Sarah Grimke and lead a discussion of models for becoming effective leaders and agents of change. 

Horizon Room, Williams Center | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

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Friday, March 11

Dr. Gerber and Professor Parsons will discuss the creative and rhetoric writing minors.

English Reading Room | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 8

Q&A Publishing Session with Greg Roza from PowerKids Press

Williams Center S204ABC | 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 2

Interview Face-Off with the Career Development Office

Williams Center S204ABC | 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24

Innovative Interview Workshop with the Career Development Office

Gregory Hall, 2nd Floor | 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17

Resume Building Workshop with the Career Development Office

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 10

How to Find an Internship with the Career Development Office

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 12

Tuesday, February 9

Application for Student Teaching Meeting

Williams Center S204 | 4:00 pm to 6:00pm


Friday, February 5

10–11:00 a.m.: “Getting Started with a Long-Distance Student Internship”

Panel discussion with Randy Cronk, ’72 (English), founder of greatwriting; Tracy Collingwood, Career Development Office; Dr. Ann Siegle Drege, English; W. Dean Furness, ’16 (M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies).

Whether you are a business, nonprofit, or faculty member, join us for a panel discussion exploring learning outcomes, logistics, and lessons learned from years of long-distance student internships with Randy Cronk at greatwriting, LLC.

Location: Williams Center 204B


1–2:00 p.m.: “Why Great Writing Matters:  An Interview with Randy Cronk, '72” 

WNFY-televised interview by Fredonia President Virginia Horvath with Randy Cronk, ’72 (English), founder of greatwriting. Kevin Kearns, Vice President for Engagement and Economic Development, and Tracy Collingwood, Director of the Career Development Office, will join the conversation.

Join President Horvath as she explores the distinctiveness, value, and meaning of the Fredonia experience through a televised conversation about Randy Cronk's life and career, the development of his business, and the implications for Fredonia's future with engaged learning and economic development.

Location: Williams Center Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)



2:30–3:30 p.m.: “Why Great Writing Matters for Everyone, Including Your Business”

Join Randy at the Fredonia Technology Incubator to learn how you can use the power of great writing to draw potential clients to your website and to drive business.

Location: 214 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY


Thursday, February 4

4:30–5:30 pm: Launch and Reception

We'll celebrate the kinds of opportunities that Randy Cronk, founder of greatwriting, LLC, has created. Come learn more about opportunities to partner with our students. Refreshments will be served.

Location: Fenton Faculty Lounge (Fenton 116). Limited space available.

Wednesday, February 3

7–8:30 p.m.: "Making Good Writing Great: A Student Writing Workshop"

Whether you are writing a letter of intent or submitting a short story for publication, how do you make your writing stand out? Join Randy Cronk as he distills his 30 years’ experience into a dynamic workshop surveying your writing. Writers of all genres are encouraged to submit their writing or to come and listen in. In partnership with Alpha Lambda Delta, English Works, Golden Key, Sigma Tau Delta, Tau Sigma, and Writers' Ring.

Location: English Reading Room (Fenton 127). Limited space available.

Monday, December 7

Application due for Sigma Tau Delta.

Friday, December 4

Coffee Talk

English Reading Room | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Professor Jarvis will speak about her research on Vonnegut.

Wednesday, November 18

"What are people for?', Kurt Vonnegut, Technology, and Humanism"

Japanese Garden Area of Reed Library | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Lecture by Vonnegut Scholar Dr. Christina Jarvis, brief presentations by English 427 students, and reception.


Tuesday, November 10

105 Science Center | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Iceland Summer 2016 study abroad information session with Dr. Iclal Vanwesenbeeck, followed by a movie.


Thursday, November 5

105 Science Center | 6:30 pm

Book signing with Matt Gallagher

Wednesday, November 4

105 Fenton Hall | 6:00 pm

Book Signing with author Brian Turner

Wednesday, November 4

Coffee Talk

English Reading Room | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Kaplin, Dr. McRae will speak about Literary London and answer questions about study abroad.

Friday, October 23

Wendi Corsi Staub Book Signing Event

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Friday, October 23

Deadline for submission of portfolios for Intermediate Fiction

Thursday, October 22

3rd Annual Poetry Slam

McEwen 209 | 6:00 pm to 9:00pm

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Wednesday, October 7

Comp @ Lunch

Fenton Faculty Lounge | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Saturday, September 26

Professors McVicker and Rivera speak on Gendered Borders

Buffalo Humanities Festival: Gender Bender

University of Buffalo, Ketchum Hall Room 315 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Buffalo Humanites festival

Wednesday, September 23

Guest Speaker, Professor Adam Rome

Kelly Family Auditorium, Science Center | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Adam Rome, Professor of History and English and Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment at the University of Delaware, will give a talk entitled, "Fashion Forward? The Environmental History of Style from Beaver Hats to iPhones."*
Dr. Rome's first book, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism, won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner award. His second book, The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation, came out in 2013. He also has written about environmental reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era – the period when Americans first tried to stop pollution, conserve natural resources, and preserve wild places and wild creatures. From 2002 through 2005, he edited Environmental History, the leading journal in the field. He also is a member of the English department, where he teaches courses on environmental non-fiction, and he is co-director of the College of Arts and Sciences environmental-humanities initiative. He is also a Huffington Post blogger. He earned his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
*Sponsored by the Sustainability Committee and the Department of History.

Wednesday, September 16

English Department Picnic

Russell Joy Park Lower Pavilion | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for the English department's annual picnic. This is a great chance to meet and interact with faculty in a relaxed atmosphere and to learn about opportunities to get involved on campus. We'll have pizza, and faculty members will bring homemade sides and desserts to share. Students, you are not obligated to bring anything, but if you'd like to bring a canned good donation for the local food pantry, we'll gladly accept it.
Directions to Russell Joy Park: Take Water St to Howard St. Turn right onto Howard and then right into Russell Joy Park. We'll be in the lower pavilion.

Friday, September 11

Past MLA president Michael Bérubé speaks on tenure at Fredonia

Horizon Room, Williams Center | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


All are invited to join a VOTE-COPE, Tenure and Promotion presentation and workshop on Friday, September 11. This UUP event will feature guest speaker Michael Bérubé.
Bérubé, a past president of the Modern Language Association, is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature & Director of the Institute for the Arts & Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. His latest book, The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments (co-authored with Jennifer Ruth), was published earlier this year by Palgrave.He is the 2014-15 editor of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom.
Lunch will be served from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm to UUP members. Non-members are welcome to attend.
As part of the labor week activities Jeff Zimmerman from NYSUT will speak about VOTE-COPE. Between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm, there will be a panel of speakers including Jamie Dangler, Statewide Academic VP for UUP; Cynthia Smith, UUP Fredonia chapter Academic VP; Tara Singer-Blumberg, NYSUT/UUP labor relations specialist; and Michael Bérubé.

Events from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Friday, February 27

Literary London

159 Fenton | 4:00-5:00 pm

Are you interested in participating in the Literary London adventure this summer? Join us for an informational meeting next Friday. If you can't make it and have questions, contact Dr. Kaplin or Dr. McRae.

Thursday, February 26

Graduate Symposium: "Coping with Trauma"

204E Williams Center | 2:00-4:00 pm

Thursday, February 12

Convocation Themed Panel

Gavin Aerie Science Center ¦ 2:00-4:00 pm 

December 12-19

Progressive Era

Reed Library Display
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Prof. McRae's Honors Seminar (HONR 225.1) will have a display on the Progressive Era (1865-1915). This will include archival images and artifacts from that period such as patent medicine ads, freak show cabinet cards, minutes from town hall meetings, images from Lily Dale and other Spiritualist and Second Great Awakening religious communities, information about labor strikes, and institutions such as the Perrysburg Sanitarium.

December 12-19

Fredonia & Chautauqua County History

Reed Library Display

Katarina Kleine - Dewittville Poorhouse

Prof. McRae's English Senior Capstone class (ENGL 400) will have

informational posters on display about various intriguing moments in Fredonia and Chautauqua County history, contextualized within larger American historical trends. Some of these include: "BJs--An American Dive," "The Dewittville Poorhouse," "Enoch Curtis--the Architect of Fredonia," "The Students Awaken: State University of New York at Fredonia and Vietnam War Protests," "Welch's Grapes in 1910," "The Fredonia Women's Temperace Union," "Everything you Always Wanted to Know about Club 35," "When they Changed the Drinking Age," "Lucille Clifton and Racism in Fredonia in the 1950s," "The Abortion Underground Railroad in the 1970s," and "Fredonia Implements the 504 Plan."

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October 16 - December 15

“Stefan Zweig and World War I”

Lobby of Reed Library

Organized by the grad students in ENGL 514


Please add a description of this image.“Dear Mister Zweig: A few years ago, in a moment of doubt, I took heart and sent out a selection of my poems, whose words were to determine my fate: whether I would continue working on them or whether I would follow my surroundings and throw all mental activities aside and adopt a reasonable profession. I sent these poems to you.” Thus wrote Erich Maria Remarque in 1929 letter to Stefan Zweig. His groundbreaking novel about World War I, All Quiet on the Western Front, had just been published to great international acclaim; and the letter attests to the pervasive influence played by Zweig over some of the greatest European writers of the early twentieth century.

The hand-written letter by Remarque, as well as the poems he sent to Zweig, are among a handful of archival items from Fredonia’s renowned Stefan Zweig Collection that will be on display in the exhibit, “Stefan Zweig and World War I,” that is to officially open this Thursday Oct 16 at 3 pm in the lobby of Reed Library.  The opening, which will be followed by a reception, is free and open to the public at large.

Marking this year’s centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the exhibit offers a for Western New York unique insight into the causes that led to the war, and how it was experienced by the European artists and writers of the era. Curated by the English graduate students in Prof. Birger Vanwesenbeeck’s “Remembering the Great War” course, the exhibit tells the story of Zweig’s dramatic transformation from his initial employment as a propagandist in the Austrian war archive towards his pacifism later in the war.  Among the items to be displayed are hand-written letters by James Joyce and Frans Masereel;  some of Zweig’s manuscripts and typescripts; as well as a translation of Zweig’s 1915 war poem “Der Krüppel” (“The Cripple”) that, until now, had been unavailable to English readers.

The opening of the exhibit, which will be on display in Reed Library through December 15, will mark the official kick-off for a whole week of Zweig-related activities on the Fredonia campus that will include a staged reading of the play The Last Days of Stefan Zweig; and a keynote lecture on Zweig by French novelist Laurent Seksik.

Monday, Nov 17

English Works: Casual Career Talk with President Horvath & Librarian Scott Richmond

Thursday, November 13

Brian Castner : Talk & Roundtable / Veterans Book Project

5:30-7:30pm Located in Rosch Recital Hall, followed by reception 7:30-9:00 in Reed Library

Thursday, November 6

Daisy Fried

Poet Daisy Fried

4:00pm & 7:00pm | 202 McEwen

MLW visiting writers series

Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poetry, Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice (University of Pittsburgh, 2013), My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (University of Pittsburgh, 2006), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn't Mean to Do It, (University of Pittsburgh, 2000), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Award. For her poetry, she's received Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships, as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares. Recent poems have been published in the London Review of Books, The Nation, The New Republic, Poetry, The Threepenny Review and in Best American Poetry


Monday, October 27

Loran"Everything That Can Be Truly Said Is A Language Game"

Speaker, Loran Peterson, English department alum

12:00pm - 1:00pm |Fenton 127

A Fredonia native and alumnus, Loran Peterson worked as an editor of material translated from Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Dari and Urdu in Doha, Qatar. He has taught self-designed language courses for translators from all over the Near East and was a writing tutor at the American University of Beirut. He is currently the Features Editor and a contributing writer at NOW News, in Beirut, Lebanon, and is writing his graduate thesis on rhetorical scale and physiological ethics at AUB under Dr. David Currell.

This event is sponsored by the English Department with the student groups Sigma Tau Delta and English Works. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.

Wednesday, October 22

Zweig at Fredonia, 2014

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3rd Biannual Stefan Zweig Lecture by French novelist Laurent Seksik

6:00pm | Rosch Recital Hall

The life and works of the Austrian-Jewish writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) offer a unique insight into the artistic and political turbulence of the first half of the twentieth century. A self-styled humanist and pacifist as well as a longtime advocate for European unification, Zweig was deeply affected by the carnage of World War I and subsequently sought to redeem its trauma through artistic-cultural solidarity. In the 1920s the popularity of his stories and his biographies of such historical figures as Erasmus and Marie-Antoinette made him, according to one study published at the time, the most translated author in the world. A decade later his books would be burned by the Nazis. Forced into exile—like so many other Austrian and European Jews—Zweig moved to Petrópolis, Brazil where, horrified by the carnage of yet another war ravaging his beloved European soil, he committed suicide together with his second wife, Lotte.
The manuscripts, correspondences and personal items of Fredonia’s Stefan Zweig Collection offer a unique insight into the many aspects of this extraordinary life and its literary output. This internationally renowned collection, which first came to Fredonia thanks to the efforts of the late Robert Rie, a longtime friend of Zweig’s and former Professor of Modern Languages at Fredonia, has long been a preferred lending place for museums in Europe who have eagerly displayed some of its items in their exhibits over the years, including most recently in Berlin and Vienna. A video about Fredonia’s Zweig Collection may be accessed at


On Wednesday Oct 22 French author Laurent Seksik will deliver the 3rd Biannual Stefan Zweig Lecture in Rosch Recital Hall at 6 pm. Seksik, who is also a practicing physician, is the author of Les Derniers Jours de Stefan Zweig (translated in English as The Last Days), a bestselling novel about the final months of Zweig and his second wife Lotte who committed suicide in Brazil in 1942.  The novel, which was staged as a theaterproduction in Paris in 2012 and, more recently, adapted into a comic book, has been translated into fifteen languages. Seksik’s lecture will be

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entitled, “The Physician as Writer: How Stefan Zweig Changed My Life.” His lecture will be free and open to the public at large. The Biannual Stefan Zweig Lecture series celebrates the legacy and works of Fredonia’s world-renowned Stefan Zweig Collection. For more on this collection, please go to



Reproduction of a 1929 letter by
Erich Maria Remarque to Stefan Zweig
Courtesy of Reed Library

Copies of Seksik’s books as well as the works of Stefan Zweig are available in the campus bookstore.  For more information on the 3rd Biannual Stefan Zweig lecture, please contact Prof. Birger Vanwesenbeeck at

Tuesday, October 21

Staged Reading of “The Last Days of Stefan Zweig”

7:30pm | Bartlett Theatre

Directed by Prof. Jessica Hillman and performed by students in Fredonia’s Theatre & Dance department, the staged reading of The Last Days of Stefan Zweig will mark the American premiere of a play that dramatizes the final months of Stefan Zweig and his second wife Lotte before they committed suicide in Petropolis, Brazil, on February 22 1942.  The play was earlier staged in Paris and Tel Aviv; currently a Munich production is being prepared.

Thursday, October 2

English Works meeting

6:00pm | Williams Center G103C

Join us for a speaker from the CDO describing internship opportunities and other resources.
Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 29

“Sigma Tau Delta Coffee Talk ”

6:00pm | English Reading Room

Sigma Tau Delta is having their first Coffee Talk of the semester tonight at 6pm in the English Reading Room. In honor of Banned Books Week, there will be a discussion about our favorite banned books and why books are banned in the first place. Coffee and cookies will be served. Bring your favorite banned book and a friend!

Thursday, September 11

MLW visiting writers series:Carolyn Turgeon

 4:00pm & 7:00pm| 202 McEwen 

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Turgeon is the author of five novels: Rain Village, Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, Mermaid, the middle-grade The Next Full Moon, and The Fairest of Them All (Simon & Schuster, 2013) all re-imaginings of fairy tales. Turgeon teaches in the University of Alaska Low-Res MFA program.

Monday, September 8   

Department picnic

6:30-8:30pm | Russell Joy Park lower pavilion

English department faculty, majors, minors, and graduate students are invited to celebrate the start of a new school year!

Events from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Friday, May 9

English Department Awards Ceremony

4pm-6pm | William's Center Horizon Room

The English Department takes time at the end of each year to recognize the achievements of both faculty and students.

Thursday, May 1

16th Annual Student Research & Creativity Exposition

1pm-6pm | Williams Center MPR

Come check out the amazing work done by students of the English department and of all the other departments on campus. For more information about the event follow the link.

Tuesday, April 29

Bedtime Stories with Sigma Tau Delta

6:30-7:30pm| Japanese Garden, in Reed Library

Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, will be sponsoring its Bedtime Stories event on Tuesday, April 29th, from 6:30 to 7:30, in the Japanese Garden at Reed Library. Come in your PJs to hear Bedtime Stories!

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The Department of English is a proud sponsor of the Big Read keynote events


  Dr. Alexandra Socarides Associate Professor of
English at the University of Missouri
MLW Lecture & Big Read Keynote Speaker

“Layers of Erasure: Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Recovery”

Wednesday, April 23rd 7:30 pm at the 1891 Opera House

Co-sponsored by Reed Library, The Big Read, the Mary Louise White Fund, and the State University of New York at Fredonia Department of English.

Despite our best efforts, Emily Dickinson remains the only nineteenth-century American woman poet to be taught in high schools and colleges as well as read by a general and robust audience. In this talk I describe the ways in which women’s poetry was everywhere in the nineteenth century and explore a new explanation for its erasure from literary history. By reading this poetry with knowledge of the cultural and literary conventions that shaped it and circulated it, I argue for a rethinking of our method of recovery – from one that takes its cues from our 21st-century desires to one that listens to the poetry itself.

Big Read Meet & Greet
Thursday April 24th 9:30-11am
Japanese Garden Room in Reed Library
Students are invited for refreshments and casual conversation with our Big Read keynote speaker Dr. Socarides. This event is free and open to the public.


Big Read Library Discussion
Thursday April 24th 6:30pm
Patterson Library, Westfield, NY

“‘Just How the Fingers Hurried’: Emily Dickinson and Poetry Making”

One way to gain access to a seemingly impenetrable writer’s work is to ask how she went about making that work. Where did she sit, did she use a pencil or a pen, what kind of paper did she write on? more...

Did she draft and draft until she got it just so, or did the works we know today come out fully formed? What had she read in the newspaper that morning, or dreamt the previous evening? Who was having an argument within earshot? While these might seem like biographical and historical questions of little importance, investigating them can often get us reading poetry from the inside out: not as nuts to crack, but as the creations of real people in real time. In this talk/discussion, I will explore how reading Emily Dickinson’s poems with such questions (if not, always, answers) in mind gives us new access to her work. See the full Big Read event calendar for more details about events planned throughout the local community.


Wednesday, April 23

Coffee & Literature: Sigma Tau Delta Coffee Talk

2-3pm | English Reading room in Fenton Hall

Sigma Tau Delta is proud to host a Coffee talk where English professors will come and discuss how they discovered what their specialties in literature. This event will hopefully help those of us who're confused about what literature courses to sign up for, but more importantly will be a great opportunity to hang out with professor's outside the class room. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Student Association.

Tuesday, April 22

Celebrate Earth Day 

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 State University of New York at 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 State University of New York at Fredonia Sustainability Committee, SUNY Fredoina's Go Green Initiative and State University of New York at Fredonia.

Monday, April 14

Slam Poetry Festival

6:30 p.m | 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

Thursday, April 10

The Day of Poetry and Prose

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.

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Friday, April 4 

Ira Sukrungruang, Poet and Nonfiction Writer Craft Talk and Reading

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!

Wednesday, March 26

Outlaw/ed Bodies Exhibit Opening Reception 

4-5pm | 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!

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Monday, March 10

Foreign Bodies: A Graduate Faculty Panel

12-1pm |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.

Thursday, March 6

Please add a description of this image.Writer Craft Talk and Reading : L. Annette Binder, Fiction

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.

Sunday, February 23

Welcome Back To English Works!

5 p.m | 21 East Bookstore, Dunkirk

Join the English Works Club as the celebrate the start to a new semester! Stop by and see how awesome English works is!

Thursday, December 5

Final Thoughts and Concerns

2:00 - 3:20 p.m | 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.

Wednesday, November 20

Gathering to Remember Thom Dean

4 pm | Horizon Room, Williams Center  

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

Tuesday, November 19

Reducing Stress and Identifying Expectations

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.

Monday, September 16

Craft Talk and Reading with Poet Tamar Yoseloff

6:00pm | 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.

Friday, September 6

English Department Fall Picnic

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!  

Events from the spring 2013 semester

Tuesday, May 7th

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

5-6pm | Japanese Garden Room Reed Library

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
Refreshments will be provided!

Tuesday, April 30

English Works

Come Join Us At The First English Works Event: MINI JOB/INTERNSHIP FAIR

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.

Tuesday, April 30

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

12:00-3:00 | 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.

Wednesday, April 24

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.

Wednesday, April 24

Community Bedtime Stories

7-8pm | The garden at Reed Library

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

Join Sigma Tau Delta (the national English Department Honor Society) at the Reed Library Wednesday April 24th for bedtime stories. Bedtime stories will be read by professors Susan Spangler, KimMarie Cole, and Dustin Parsons.

Wear your pjs! 

Small snacks will be provided!

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.

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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.

Thursday, March 14
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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



Wednesday, March 20 

Cyberbullying Workshop:

5:00 pm | Diers Recital Hall, Mason Hall 

Dr. Heather McEntarfer will present and lead discussion on research and information from UB’s fall conference on cyberbullying.

Tuesday, March 19 

The Second Biannual Stefan Zweig Lecture

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

Monday, March 11

Slam Poets on Campus: Shanny Maney and Buddy Wakefield

McEwen Hall 202 |  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.

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