March 1, 2017



Carmen Kynard got an article with her former grad student accepted: "Sista Gurl Rock: Women of Color and Hip Hop Deejaying as Raced/Gendered Knowledge and Language."

Mark McBeth and Tim McCormack. The University of Colorado has just released Contingency, Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor and Action in English Composition in which you will find Chapter 3. An Apologia and a Way Forward: In Defense of the Lecturer Line in Writing Programs, Mark McBeth and Tim McCormack.  While the compilation will shortly appear in hard copy, it is currently up on the Clearinghouse at

Sara Whitestone was asked to write a guest post about the aftermath of the election for Rock and Sling. At first she was stymied—suffocating underneath the fear and conflict and turmoil of these last few weeks. But then, one night at 3am, she woke and reached out.

Whitestone also had a personal essay printed in Rock and Sling's special election edition, which was released at this year's AWP conference. "The Web" tells the story of how, in choosing to vote in an election, Whitestone also chose to leave her marriage.


Carmen Kynard gave a keynote at the University of Washington's Simpson Center for the Humanities.  Before the keynote, I also worked with the faculty research cluster, "Writing across Difference" and joined a panel of graduate students called "Post-Election Pedagogies."

She also gave a Friday Forum talk at the Graduate Center and was appointed to the English faculty.

Andy Majeske presented a paper entitled "Donald Trump, American Caesarism, and the Legacy of Leo Strauss" at the "Cultures of American Conservatism" Conference at the University of Goettingen in Germany.


Baz Dreisinger was named a Fulbright Global Scholar! Her winning proposal involves creating a road map for how truth-and-reconciliation commissions and prison-to-college pipelines can replace mass incarceration as a system of justice; for this she will be traveling to Rwanda, South Africa and Chile. 

Carmen Kynard is now a member of the Conference on Community Writing's committee to chose the 2017 Distinguished Engaged Scholar.

She started working with a group of colleagues to plan a workshop with the Highlander Center at the 2017 Conference on Community Writing.

4Cs has a series of "trading cards" (yes, you heard that right, like baseball) for newcomers to the conference and Carmen is now on one of the cards, although she has, thus far, refused to show it to anyone.

September 19, 2016



Allen, Valerie. "Algebraic Notation, Poetic Conceit, and the Development of the Symbolic." New Chaucer Society. London, England. July

Davies, Lyell. Screening Making Ourselves Free (Liz Curtis, Lyell Davies & Naomi Wilson, 1994)(selections) at the Féile an Phobail/West Belfast Festival 2016.

Matteson, John. On August 6, John was in Sandomierz, Poland, speaking on the topic of "Deposing the Pose: Between Biographical Prose and Biography." His talk, a part of Sandomierz' Prose of the City series of cultural events, was delivered in conjunction with a dramatic reading by Polish film star Jan Nowicki.,10489310/

McKible, Adam. “The Midnight Motion Picture Company Goes to Europe.” Across Borders: Print and Periodical Studies in Motion Symposium. New York City College of Technology-CUNY. June 9 – 10.

Mills, Jean. "Out-takes from Upstarts: Virginia Woolf, Jane Ellen Harrison, and the Heritage of Dissent, or There She Wasn't?" Plenary address at the International Virginia Woolf Society at Leeds/Trinity University. June.

Staines, John. "The Republican Sublime and Republican Subjectivity in Shakespeare and Milton" at the World Shakespeare Congress in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. August.

Whitestone, Sara. Sara was invited to teach at the Chautauqua Institute, NY, June 27 to July 1. The 5 day workshop, titled Expressive Writing: Words that Heal, was based largely on the book of the same name by psychologist James Pennebaker and educator John Evans.


Davies, Lyell. (2016). “Netflix and the Coalition for an Open Internet.” In The Netflix Effect: Technology and Entertainment in the 21st Century, edited by Daniel Smith-Rowsey and Kevin McDonald. p.15-32

Davis, Robert. "How Left-Handed Penmanship Contests Tried To Help Civil War Vets After Amputation." In Slate’s Vault blog this summer:

Hurtes, Sandy. Sandy's piece in the NY Times mentions John Jay and our ENG 201! September 2, 2016.

McKible, A. "We Return Fighting”: Black Doughboys and the Battle of Representation."American Periodicals: A Journal of History & Criticism 26.2 (2016): 167-182. Project MUSE. Web. 16 Aug. 2016. <>.

Mills, Jean. "With Every Nerve in my Body I Stand for Peace"--Jane Ellen Harrison and the Heresy of War," forthcoming in an  anthology of essays (mostly historians, except for her). Defenders of the Peace: 1914-1918 (Palgrave, November 2016), with thanks also to The German Historical Institute of Paris for their support.

Nair, Sanj. Sanj exhibited three paintings, "Shiny Things," in a group show inspired by Nicole Callahan's book. The title of the show was "The Deeply Flawed Human" at The Court Street Collective. July 13 - August 4.

Petrovitch, Andrei. Diana Xiomara Petrovitch. August.

Petrovitch, Diana Xiomara. Poops copiously.

Whitestone, Sara. CNF essay "Roots" with photography as the second in her States of Mind series by GFT Press. Sara entered into a contract with GFT Press (where she is a contributing editor) to publish an essay from her States of Mind series every other month. Her photography will illustrate each essay. The first of the series debuted in July.


Davies, Lyell. John Jay College Student Technology Fee. Equipment for ENG261 Digital Video Production. $3,585.

Dreisinger, Baz. The Prison-to-College Pipeline was one of 67 schools chosen for Obama's Second Chance Pell Grant program!

Mills, Jean. Jean set up an archive in her mother's name: The Alice Jean Mills K/S Fanzine Collection at the Browne Library of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. and

Winson, Alan. The Tech Fee proposal for RADio 568 was approved.  Alan will be working with AVS to purchase equipment that will improve the sound quality and general utility of the studio.

Congratulations Everyone!

May 4, 2016


Join me in celebrating another month of impressive accomplishments.  I send a special shout out to Mark McBeth, Tim McCormack and our Graduate Teaching Fellows Robert Greco, Erin Anderson, Lindsey Albrecht and Seth Graves for representing John Jay so well at the Four Cs.


Katherine Arnoldi published "Feast for the Eyes: Showing Art in Restaurants" in Professional Artist magazine, April/May issue.

Jonathan Gray published an interview with Ta-Nehasi Coates as as well as a Review of Coates’ Black Panther in the New Republic 

Robert Greco, Erin Andersen, Lindsey Albrecht, Seth Graves, and Mark McBeth presented at the Conference of College Composition and Communication in a panel, entitled “Curricular Overseeing vs. Curricular Liberties: Designing Infrastructures for Pedagogical Innovation.”  Tim McCormack acted as the panel respondent. 

Carmen Kynard presented 4 talks (!):

  • The Edward Corbett Lunch Keynote at the Black Lives Matter in the Classroom Symposium at Ohio State U.  Her keynote was called: "Ain't New to This/True to This": Black Lives Matter in the New Black Campus Movement.
  • "Institutional Whiteness and the Uneven Work of Diversity." My paper was called: “Until I Am Free, You Are Not Free Either”: Black Feminist/Compositionist Interruptions of Institutional Whiteness, at the Conference of College Composition and Communication.
  • As a panelist for "Living Room: A Gathering on June Jordan's Life and Work - Workshop and Dialogue" @ The Center for the Humanities / The Graduate Center.
  • "#BlackFuture is Now": Race Protest, New Compositions/Rhetorics, and Our Classrooms in the New Jim Crow, at Colgate University.

John Matteson spoke to a sold-out dining room at Concord's Colonial Inn in Concord, Massachusetts, on April 2 on the subject of  “How Nurse Alcott Earned Her Star: The Author of Little Women and the Civil War.”

Allison Pease gave a talk to the Columbia University Literature Humanties faculty on how to teach Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.

John Staines gave a talk and a conference paper: “‘A Gentleman Born Before My Father’: The Winter’s Tale and Transformations of Social Identity.” Shakespeare Lives! A Celebration of 400 Triumphant Years, City College of New York, CUNY, 19 April 2016.
“Thomas Nashe’s Unfortunate Scaffold: The Problems of Plot and the Confessions of the Condemned.” Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, University of Connecticut Law School, Hartford, CT, 2 April 2016. 

Sara Whitestone published "Preflight," flash fiction in Riding Light, Spring 2016, Print and Online Read it here and "H2O," poem in SLAB: Sound and Literary ArtbookIssue 11, Spring 2016, Print Read it here.


Ann Huse will be co-editing a collection of essays called "Games and Game-Playing in Early Modern Art and Literature" for Medieval Institute Publications/Amsterdam University Press and also writing an essay for that volume on toys and games for girls in Bathsua Makin's pedagogical tract.

April 1 , 2016



Adam Berlin, Victoria Bond, and Alexander Long read from their works at the PSC rally on March 20, and Adam Berlin and Alexander Long read from their work at the KGB Bar on March 15.

Victoria Bond published “Portraits of American Mothers” in Winter Tangerine,

Alexa Capeloto participated in a panel discussion called "University Foundations and the Public's Right to Know," which aired on the March 25 broadcast of WNPR's "Where We Live" and on Connecticut Public Television. 

Lyell Davies published "Human Rights Film Festivals: Activism in Context." Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Ontario: Carlton University. 24 (2) Fall. (book review)

Julie Gafney gave two presentations at NEMLA this month, one on the cult of Orpheus and the garden of Eden entitled "(Other)worlding: Continuity and Self in Sir Orfeo," and one as part of a round table on podcasts in the college classroom entitled "Teaching 'Serial' at the Criminal Justice College." Additionally, Julie will be presenting a chunk of her dissertation this weekend at the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium. Her talk there will be entitled "Augustine in the Garden: Edenic Naturalism and 'The Miller's Tale'."

Veronica Hendrick gave a lecture at Case Memorial Library, Orange, CT to a crowd of about 100 on her forthcoming book "Toni Morrison: Life, Liberty, and Literature" (Routledge Historical Americans).

Sandy Hurtes published a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times

Helen Kapstein published “Crude Fictions: How New Nigerian Short Stories Sabotage Big Oil’s Master Narrative” in Postcolonial Text 11.1 (2016): 1-18.

Carmen Kynard gave three talks: (1) a presentation on her research/pedagogy at the CUNY Research in the Classroom conference. (2)  “AfroDigital Feminisms and ‘Mobile Black Sociality’" presented as a Watson Symposium Scholar at Univ of Louisville.  (3) a talk for grad students at the Black Lives Matter in the Classroom Symposium at Ohio State U called:"#BlackFuture is Now": Connecting the BCM, Black Space & Intersectional Classrooms."

John Staines attended the Shakespeare Association of America Conference in New Orleans and presented a seminar paper on "Ovid's Sublime Raptus and Shakespeare's Macbeth."

John Staines published a review of "Alison V. Scott, Literature and the Idea of Luxury in Early Modern England," Spenser Review 45.3.14 (Winter 2016)

Scott Stoddart gave the Diversity Awareness keynote speech at Marymount Manhattan on March 5, entitled “Queer Eye for a Straight Dick: Researching The Queer Villains of Film Noir.” 

Sara Whitestone gave aniInvited talk, "Work in Process: Writing from Creation to Publication" at Authorcon, Samuel's Public Library, March 19, 2016


Carmen Kynard had an article accepted in Changing English called: "Seeing What We Can Do: A Narrative Inquiry of the Promise and Peril of Counter-Standardization for College Writers of Color."

Jean Mills was appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Woolf Studies Annual. In addition her essay, "With every nerve in my body I stand for peace"--Jane Ellen Harrison and the Heresy of War" from January 2014 Colloque defenseurs de la paix at German Historical Society of Paris (thank you JJ for funding that trip!) was accepted for publication by Palgrave Macmillan for a collection of essays on women pacifists during World War I, called Defenders of Peace, publication slated for October 2016.

Sara Whitestone was named Contributing Editor of GFT Press, an all-profits-to-charity literary and art press, publishing both online and in print.

Congratulations all – your work is inspiring.

 March 2, 2016



Al Coppola delivered the lecture, "Modest Witnesses and Eager Spectators: Engendering Enlightenment Science” to the Rutgers University Transatlantic 18th Century Group on January 28, 2016, and to the University of Pennsylvania Restoration-Victorian Working Group on February 25, 2016. 

Lyell Davies published (2016). “Ideological Transactions at the Hot Docs Screening Site.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies/Revue Canadienne d'études cinématographiques. Volume 25, Number 1. Spring.

Jay Paul Gates, published 'Prologue to the Laws of Alfred the Great: A Student Edition and Translation', The Heroic Age 17 (2016).

Veronica Hendrick published another children's book in China, " Afanti goes to ….. Italy." This is the 10th book out her 52 book (!) series.

Amy Lawless published I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected, a collaboration with the poet Chris Cheney through Pioneer Works Press. While it's a hybrid text (essay, poem, social media collage), it's being distributed internationally as an Art Book by DAP. Here's the book's description: "I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected is a collaborative, hybrid composition by Chris Cheney and Amy Lawless: part essay, part poem and part social media collage. In the composition of this book, the authors cannibalized traditional research methods for a more personalized, technology-based process. Meditating upon Kurt Schwitters’ notion that "the medium is as unimportant as I am myself," they confront historical traumas through the body of real and virtual environments. Establishing online personas on Myspace, Yelp and Twitter, they explore the feelings that attach themselves to these expressions of self, the real sense of desire, connection, affirmation and friendship, as well as possibilities of destruction and loss. The relationship to the mother, a candlepin bowling league and an online Korean roleplaying group are the social environs through which the authors grapple with their own sense of isolation and otherness in the digital age, the blind energy of desire and the strangeness of tears."

Amy Lawless’s poem "Inspire Hope" was anthologized in the Academy of American Poets' book  POEM-A-DAY: 365 Poems for Every Occasion.

Tim McCormack and Mark McBeth published “Equal Opportunity Programming and Optimistic Program Assessment: First-Year Writing Program Design and Assessment at John Jay College of Criminal Justice” in Composition Forum.

Jean Mills, published “The Politics of Class” in A Companion to Virginia Woolf, ed. Jessica Berman.  Wiley Blackwell. Pp. 219-234.

Scott Stoddart, edited and published  The New Western: Critical Essays on the Genre Since 9/11.  McFarland & Co. Publishers.

Sara Whitestone had three works published in the January online edition of GFT Press, a literary magazine whose profits go toward the understanding and prevention of depression:

"Innocence," a personal essay on childhood innocence, the loss of it, and on finding it again

"Stained Glass," photography in the visual art section of the magazine

"Covered Bridge," photography featured on the cover page of the GFT website


Al Coppola is serving as one of the five jurors for the 2016 Clifford Prize, offered by the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, which recognizes the best article published in the field in the past year. 

Jonathan Gray, as editor, published the first issue of The Journal of Comics & Culture.

Jonathan Gray appeared on CBS News last Saturday night as an expert on diversity & comics:

Ann Huse had an essay accepted  for publication; it treats common fields and communal authorship in the work of the first African-American writer. It will appear in a volume devoted to "Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives"  sponsored by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers and published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Alexander Long will  have a chapbook published in time for this year's AWP Conference in LA. It's an abridged version of five of the chapters of the biography he has been working on about Larry Levis.  Q Avenue Press, operated partly out of Texas Tech University, will be publishing 50 letter-press editions, & then a largely print run (probably only about another 200 if the 50 get gobbled up) after that.  The title of the chapbook is The Widening Spell

Congratulations all – and keep up the amazing work.

February 3, 2016



Katherine Arnoldi, "The Art Market Down the Street: How to Place Your Work in Hospital Art Collections" in the February/March issue of Professional Artist magazine.

Effie Cochran with Lubie Grujicic-Alatriste, “TAKING STOCK OF CUNY ESL: WHAT SURVEYS OF ESL FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS SAY ABOUT THE PAST, THE PRESENT, AND THE FUTURE - A Collaborative Report” NYS TESOL Journal Volume 3, Issue 1: ESL in Higher Education, January, 2016.

Jonathan Gray, ed., with Chris Foss, Zach Whalen. Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives (Literary Disability Studies).  Palgrave Macmillan.

Alexander Long, "The Natural Prayer of the Soul: The Shared Gaze of James Wright and Larry Levis" Valparaiso Poetry Review Fall/Winter 2015-2016: Volume XVII, Number 1.

Alexander Long, “The Violence of Style, and the Impossible Pedagogies,” the AGNI blog, January 4, 2016.

John Matteson's essay “‘When Rude Hands Shake the Hive’: Louisa May Alcott and the Transformation of America” was published in Critical Insights: Louisa May Alcott, a pedagogical collection published by Salem Press. John's review of Chris Jennings' book Paradise Now appeared in the Wall Street Journal. John also traveled to Austin, Texas, to chair a panel at the MLA, titled "Autobiography as Education: Adams and Beyond." The papers delivered at this panel have received an offer of publication from a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.

Sara Whitestone, Remembering the English Language Learning Trajectory of L2 Students in ENG 101 A Response to: John Beaumont’s (Vol. 2, No. 1, 2015) “ENG 101 Instructors’ Perspectives on the ESL Experience” NYS TESOL Journal Volume 3, Issue 1: ESL in Higher Education, January, 2016.


You all should keep an eye out for the launch of Incarceration Nations, Baz Dreisinger’s book that will launch next Tuesday, February 9.  Baz has already been taping news segments on the book for national news outlets and is set to push forward the national conversation on mass incarceration not just in the U.S., but in many nations around the world that have modelled their prison system on ours.

January 4, 2016



Gray Campbell published “Rosalind Among the Cony-Catchers” in Notes & Queries.

Alexander Long published “Letter to Levine from Sharon Hill” on Brooklyn’s tribute to Philip Levine:

John Matteson published The Annotated Little Women, which enjoyed a fleeting stint as the #1 best seller among books of children's literary criticism on Amazon. John also appeared by invitation at the Boston Athenaeum on "Little Women: A Book among Books";  gave book talks at the Concord Bookshop and Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts; and recorded an interview for the podcast "Late Night Library," which will air in mid-January.

Irene Zola published "From the Field - Dealing With Geriatric Shame" in Aging (Nov/Dec 2015).

December 1, 2015



Ann Huse gave a talk at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference in Philadelphia, on early African-American literary culture in New England for a session on women poets of the 18th and 19th centuries: "Beyond `The Bars': Lucy Terry Prince and the Margins of the Colonial Landscape."

Carmen Kynard presented her paperPretty for a Black Girl’: Digital Vernaculars and TechnoCultural Feminisms in the Education of ‘Soul Children’ 2.0” at the annual conference for the NCTE in Minneapolis where she also received the James N. Britton Award for her book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacies Studies. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, April 2013

Mark McBeth published “Revising by Numbers: Promoting Student Revision Through Accumulated Points” in Journal of Response to Writing. 1.2 (2015)

Tim McCormack published “Researching Up: Triangulating Qualitative Research To Influence the Public Debate of "On-Time" College Graduation” in Teacher’s College Record.

Adam McKible and Allison Pease presented truly revolting papers on the “Revolting Modernisms Roundtable” at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Boston. 

Jean Mills presented “ ‘Christ or Kitchener!’: Pacifism and the Crisis of Audience” at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Boston.

Sara Whitestone published “Finding the Form and with It the Freedom: Creative Writing with ESL College Students” in Humanising Language Teaching. 17. 5 (October 2015).

November 2, 2015



Bettina Carbonell made a presentation entitled "Approach with Caution: History, Memory, and the 'Processional' in Architecture" -- which was part of a panel on "Misery and Memorial: On the 9/11 Museum, its Objects, Topography, and Scale" -- at the American Studies Association Conference in Toronto (10/8-10/11/15).

Gregory Crosby participated in the panel "RECYLING, UPCYCLING AND THEFT: POETS IN CONVERSATION WITH POETRY," alongside Claudia Keelan, Olivia Clare, and Laura Mullen, at the Vegas Valley Book Festival in Las Vegas. He also moderated the panel "LITERARY NONFICTION: THE ELEGANCE OF THE TRUTH." He then left town down about eighty bucks.

Jonathan W. Gray presented a talk “New Faces under Old Masks: Race, Gender, and the Future of Superheroes” at Louisiana State University on September 22.

Jonathan W. Gray presented “‘It wasn’t a match.... It was a lesson.’: Sport and Spectacle in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen” – at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present at Clemson University, September 25.

Ann Huse gave a talk called "Bathsua Makin's Advertisement for Herself: Selling Women's Education in the City" at the Northeast Association for Eighteenth-century Studies conference at Trinity College in Hartford on October 6-8. Makin established a school for girls in seventeenth-century London that taught them Latin and Greek instead of arts and crafts.

Carmen Kynard, gave a presentation at the GC to CompComm (the comp community) and a talk at one of the Friday Forums there (with Mark McBeth) in relation to Critical University Studies.

Jean Mills presented "As if/What if": The Social Imaginaries of Virginia Woolf and Jane Ellen Harrison as Sites of Positive Peace at Haverford College, Oct. 6th, for "Testimonies in Art & Action: Igniting Pacifism in the Face of Total War" along with Jessica Berman, Paul K. Saint-Amour, and Farah Mendelsohn.

Jean Mills published a Book Review of "On Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf: The 22nd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf" and "Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader: The 23rd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf" 2 vols. of Selected Papers. Clemson UP, 2013;2014 in WOOLF STUDIES ANNUAL, Fall 2015.

Jean Mills published aBook Review "On Virginia Woolf's Late Cultural Criticism by Alice Wood" published Oct 2015 Virginia Woolf Miscellany.

Jean Mills and Hussey, M; Froula, C; Cole, S; Foster,  J. A. "Woolf and Violence: Roundtable" in Virginia Woolf, Writing the World. Clemson, SC: Clemson UP, 2015. 2-22.


Lyell Davies' article “Ideological Transactions at the Documentary Film Festival Exhibition Site,” was accepted by the peer-review journal, Canadian Journal of Film Studies/Revue Canadienne d'études cinématographiques.

Baz Dreisinger received a positive early book review on Kirkus Reviews:

Carmen Kynard was selected as a 2016 Watson Symposium Scholar at the University of Louisville.

September 1, 2015



Victoria Bond  published a piece in Al Jazeera called “Dear White People, Laughing is Not a Crime”:

Lyell Davies published “Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Vol. 92. No. 3. September 2015. pp. 757-758 (Book review/800 words).

Simon Fortin performed Dying to Learn/Learning to Die, a theatrical lecture, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Tim McCormack presented at the Conference of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) in July in Boise, Idaho. The title of his talk was "Name, Proclaim, Sustain:  A Program Assessment Feedback Loop for the Classroom."

Tim McCormack wrote an epilogue/reflection to the book Floatplane Odyssey, the story of aviator Tom Casey's 1990 flight around the world in a float plane, landing only on water. The book is reviewed here:  As part of his former career, Tim worked on the public relations team that supported the record-setting trip, which no pilot has ever accomplished since.


Katherine Arnoldi offered the workshop, "Writing Literature Reviews" on August 26 for the John Jay Graduate Studies Department.

Carmen Kynard’s book, Vernacular Insurrections (SUNY 2013), was just awarded the 2015 James Britton Award. The James Britton Award is given out once every two years by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

August 3, 2015



Valerie Allen and Ruth Evans, eds. Roadworks: Medieval Britain, Medieval Roads. Manchester University Press.

Valerie Allen reviewed (2015). Martha Bayless. Sin and Filth in Medieval Culture: The Devil in the Latrine. New York: Routledge, 2012. The Medieval Review (online),



Helen Kapstein signed a book contract this month. Tentatively titled Postcolonial Nations, Islands, and Tourism: Reading Real and Imagined Spaces, it'll be published with Rowman and Littlefield International in their new series, Rethinking the Island.

April 2, 2014



Allen, “The Craft of Numbering.” Postgraduate Conference in British Cultural Studies. Universität Leipzig, Germany.

Arnoldi, Katherine. Visiting Writer for the Pittsburgh Collaborative for Working Class Studies, the Humanities Center and the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh (March 30-April 2).

Berlin. Adam. Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship.

Cochran, Effie. "Seeking Parole: Prisoners' Use of Various Oral Discourse Strategies at Parole Board Hearings." Portland, Oregon.

Davies, Lyell. KTOO 360 North Alaska Public Television (PBS). March 1. Broadcast: Brain Injury Dialogues.

Fortin, Simon. Paper accepted for conference at Freiburg University, Switzerland (the Medieval Studies conference called Theatre and Pedagogynext September).

Hendrick, Veronica. Accepted for NEH sponsored Summer Institute on Westward Expansion and the Constitution in the Early American Republic at the University of Oklahoma. 


Crosby, Gregory. poem published in print in Quarter After Eight (No. 20), and two poems published online in Ithaca Lit.

Dreisinger, Baz. Signed a book deal with Other Press, an independent imprint of HarperCollins for INCARCERATION NATIONS: A Journey Through Prisons Around the World.

Hendrick, Veronica. Has translated 6 children's books from Chinese to English (with a lot of help). They will be published by a Chinese house as well as Lang. 

Jackson, Mitchell. “Growing up Black in the Whitest City in America,” Salon.

Jokic, Olivera. "Teaching to the Resistance: What to Do When Students Dislike Austen" in Persuasions (Online) 34.2

Lawless, Amy. "Fear of Missing Out," Black Warrior Review, Issue 40.2, and the poem "Are You the Right Girl?" was featured in The Common. Amy will also be teaching a six week generative poetry course at Poets House.

McKible, Adam, guest edition of "The Harlem Renaissance and the New Modernist Studies” (Vol. 20, no. 3).

Mills, Jean. Virginia Woolf, Jane Ellen Harrison, and the Spirit of Modernist Classicism (Ohio State University Press)

  • (April 2, 2014) Guess who won one of the Faculty Scholarly Excellence Awards—Adam Berlin! Congratulations Adam!!
  • (March 28, 2014) Virginia Woolf, Jane Ellen Harrison, and the Spirit of Modernist Classicism (Ohio State University Press) is born today, March 28th. Wonderful news--congratulations Jean!
  • (March 26, 2014) Please join me in congratulating Olivera Jokic for winning a top award in the competitive "Enduring Questions in the Humanities" run by the NEH (10% funding ratio). It’s to support teaching a pilot course in the Honors Program on friendship. Many congratulations Olivera, and thank you for putting the effort into applying for something that so directly benefits our students.
  • (March 20, 2014) You may already have heard that McKenzie won the 2013 Tony Hillerman Prize for a best first mystery set in the Southwest. Bad Country will be published by St. Martin's Press later this year. This is a wonderful achievement, and we're delighted for you McKenzie. Here's a picture of Himself being presented with the award back in November.
  • (February 18, 2014) Along with her colleagues in the Prisoner Reentry Institute (Bianca Van Heydoorn and Ann Jacobs), our own Baz Dreisinger has been awarded a $250,000 Ford Foundation Grant to continue and grow the Prison-to-College Pipeline program. This is wonderful news. Baz, congratulations and thank you for working so hard to make this program happen. We’re delighted to see your efforts rewarded in this way.
  • (February 11, 2014) Congratulation to Belinda Rincón on being chosen for the Young Scholars Symposium at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. We’re delighted for you and really impressed by the achievement—6 places and 92 applicants! Well done.

  • (January 6, 2014) And there are congratulations in order:  --to John Matteson, who has been newly elected to a five-year term on the Executive Committee of the MLA’s Division on Autobiography, Biography, and Life Writing.  --to Carmen Kynard, who’s only just arrived and already been awarded a CUNY diversity grant.  --to Katherine Arnoldi, who has published “Appreciating Tillie Olsen” in Literarian magazine at the Center for Fiction.  --and, very specially, to Sandy Hurtes, whose book, The Ambivalent Memoirist, came out last month. It has an entry entitled “Teaching Grammar.”  I’m sold!  

  • (December 14, 2013) Remember to get the New York Times this weekend because Claudia Zuluaga's Fort Starlight is reviewed in it. And Katherine Arnoldi's graphic novel, The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Momis doing so well it's gone into reprint.  Congratulations you two!
  • (December 4, 2013)  Please join me in congratulating Vicky Bond because her book Zora and Me has been selected along with 34 other books (which include an Agatha Christie, Catch-22, and Tobias Wolff's memoir) for sharing with "light or non-readers" all over the country for World Book Night. 15,000 (yes, that's fifteen thousand) copies of her book will be distributed.  
  • (November 6, 2013) Along with three other “expert evaluators” solicited from the U.K., Europe and Cyprus, Effie has been asked to be part of an external committee to assess the Department of English Language and Literature of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. That’s quite an honor Effie—congratulations from all of us. We’ll think of you in Greece while we freeze here in December.
  • (November 3, 2013) Adam Berlin's boxing novella, Both Members of the Club, was reviewed on Yahoo Sports Radio - click on episode 30.  Many congratulations Adam on yet another major publication.
  • (October 8, 2013) Despite the fact that he disapproved of Chaucer's immodest tales, John Dryden is not half bad. Check out Ann Huse's forthcoming "Restoring Dryden to the Core Curriculum: Groups, Crowds, and the Poetry of Public Occasion" in the MLA Guide, Approaches to Teaching the Works of John Dryden. Congratulations Ann.
  • (September 17, 2013) The following was a lovely email to get. Colleagues, Dean Pease says congratulations and thank you, and so do I. Vicky, especially so to you.  

Dear Valerie, There is nothing more important to a student’s success than the positive support of a faculty member who takes his or her work seriously.  With that in mind, I want to commend the English Department for receiving the most student nominations of faculty mentors of any department at the college.  Seventy-seven students on the Dean’s List said that an English professor played an integral part in their academic success last year.  That is a terrific tribute to the caring excellence of your department and hope you will extend my thanks and congratulations.  A special congratulations should be extended to Professor Vicky Bond who received seven individual student nominations, the most of any faculty member at the college.  That is simply outstanding.  Best, Allison  

  • (September 2, 2013) Here's another brick in the solid foundation Adam and Jeff are laying for the J Journal. Paragraph 1 will make you roll your eyes, but at least the reviewer admits that he/she/it got it all wrong.  Well done you two. 
  • (September 2, 2013) The Number of Missing garners some early applause. Congratulations Adam. 
  • (September 2, 2013) Bravo Claudia. You've published your first novel, and it looks great. Here's one of the early reviews of Fort Starlight.    
  • (August 20, 2013) A memo issued by the Pre-Law Institute calls attention to the tremendous successes of our own John Staines, Vicky Bond and Dainius Remeza in teaching and supporting students in our pre-law boot camps and prep programs.  Have you seen them here, teaching in summer and winter when everyone else is vacationing?  Apparently, they have added tremendous value to their students lives.  My hats off to the trio who can now form their own law firm: Staines, Bond and Remeza.  
  • (August 19, 2013) Karen Kaplowitz wrote to tell me that Baz has a book reviewon the cover of the Sunday New York Times book review section, so I went to the website and punched in "Baz Dreisinger" to get it - up popped not just the review, but a travelogue of Kampala by our own dear colleague, who has been a busy one (just a few weeks ago she was meeting the Princess of Thailand in a woman's prison in Thailand to talk about modelling her prison to college pipeline project there).  Baz, you continue to make us proud and impress!  
  • (August 15, 2013) Jonathan Gray is bringing culture and enlightenment to the masses with his recent article in Entertainment Weekly.  Nice Jonathan!  
  • (August 15, 2013) We're very proud of John Matteson for having The Lives of Margaret Fuller shortlisted in the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography's top five biographies for 2013. --similarly accoladed by The Wall Street Journal and the Biographers' International Organization's Plutarch Award. Congratulations John--again!!

  • (July 8, 2013) Imagine that a scholarly article you published ten years ago was adapted by a smart and creative theater director into a full-scale opera. That'd be a funny dream, right? Or, if you are Jean Mills, it would be the NYCFringe production of Gertrude Stein SAINTS! that will be playing in New York this August based on ideas she wrote about in her Americana article, "Gertrude Stein, The Great Great Grand MF of Rap?  Four Saints in Three Acts and the Hip Hop/Rap/Spoken Word Aesthetic" 2.1 (2003). Congratulations Jean!

  • (June 23, 2013) I was reading this week's Chronicle of Higher Education and to my surprise and delight came across this editorial in the review section by our own Rachel Friedman discussing our quiet students and their non-native English language strengths. Enjoy and congrats Rachel!
  • (June 12, 2013) We in English have received some pretty great news this week.

    First we received results of the college's Student Evaluation of the Major report in which all John Jay alumni are polled on their experiences of "Administration of the Major"; "Faculty in the Major"; "Advising in the Major"; "Overall Satisfaction in the Major" and "Student Learning and Development in the Major". Of the 20 questions students were asked, student experience of the English major was superior to the college average in all but 3 instances. Of particular note, 93% of students found the teaching ability of faculty in the major excellent or good and 91.5% of students were taught to think critically and analytically. We also greatly outperformed the college in students who report advising in the major with 64.8% of ours vs. 44.5% college average. Both averages tell sad stories, but we are clearly doing a better job than most. For the full report -- alongside other facts and figures about the administration of the English Dept, refer to the attached document. 

    Thanks to everyone teaching in the major for their continued investment in giving our students their best. 

    Second: We made over a 4 point gain in the number of students passing ENG 101 with a C or better this year. This comes on top of similar gains only two years ago. This stunning shift is the result of Tim McCormack's excellent guidance of the Writing Program, our wonderful cohort of dedicated Writing faculty who work collaboratively on all of this, the Writing Center's direct involvment in the 101 curriculum through the Jumpstart workshop series thanks to Livia Katz, the continued success of Learning Communities and the LC showcase, and better prepared EAP students through curriculum and faculty development per Kim Helmer's OA report of two years ago, and a few other cool initiatives that are the brainchildren of Dr. McCormack. 

    These impressive facts remind us what a tremendous job our entire Writing Program is doing and why it is Award Winning. Congratulations! 

    Third, Livia Katz just found out the outcomes of the Writing Center's SpringStart workshops and they are simply phenomenal: total pass rate for the 115 students who used the Writing Center to help with ENG 101 in the spring was 96.26% and 82.24% students received grades in the range of A-C+. 

    Livia Katz and her Writing Center are a huge part of our writing outcomes success and should be lauded. 

  • (May 16, 2013) Congratulations to Marcie Bianco who has been named a Lambda Literary Fellow and will be participating in the 2013 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices this summer.  Yay Marcie! 
  • (May 16, 2013) Congratulations to Bettina Carbonell and Jonathan Gray, recipients of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities.  The theme of the 2013-2014 Mellon Seminar in the Humanities will be “Images and Information” - perfect for these two! 
  • (May 7, 2013) Al Coppola co-authored a review for a scholarly journal with a student, Jessica Paiz. Ms. Paiz went with Al's summer 2012 LIT 373 class to see a production of Aphra Behn's The Rover in Riverside Park, and then she and Professor Coppola wrote the review together. The review appears inRestoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research (vol 27, no 1) summer 2012.  Go Al! 
  • (April 22, 2013) John Matteson’s biography of Margaret Fuller has been nominated for a new award, the Plutarch Award for best biography.  He's in excellent company and whether he wins or not, we know it is an honor to have been nominated.  Congratulations John! 
  • (April 19, 2013) Amanda Freeman just wrote a series of three stories for Newsweek's Women in the World Foundation, trying to shine a spotlight on the link between women and poverty in America. Check them out: The Face of American Poverty Today, Life on the Brink¸ and Poverty Doesn’t Have to Be Permanent
  • (April 10, 2013) Congratulations to Veronica Hendrick who received one of the college's prestigious Faculty Scholarly Excellence Awards for exceptional scholarship in the previous three calendar  year.  Veronica's book Servants, Slaves, and Savages: Reflections of Law in American Literature came out in 2012, she is a Fullbright Scholar in Shanghai, China this spring, and her second book, Toni Morrison: Life, Liberty and Literature, is due out next year.  Congratulations Veronica! 
  • (April 9, 2013) Congratulations to Richard Perez for winning a Distinguished Teaching Award!  Confirming my claim that curricular innovators make great teachers, Richard, along with Belinda Rincon, has created seven new courses for the U.S. Latino/a Literature minor and is constantly finding ways to make Latino/a literature vital to the intellectual lives of his students.  He has done more independent studies than any one of us (well, Toy Tung is giving him a run for his money) and for many students he is a life changer.  As one student wrote in his nomination: "Professor Perez does not operate through the conventional teacher/student model; he lifts his students to the intellectual plain where he abides and makes a home for them."  Congratulations Richard! 
  • (April 8, 2013) Congratulations to Mark McBeth for winning a Distinguished Teaching Award!  We know that his innovative curriculum is award-winning - the CCCC's told us that - but, not surprisingly, good curriculum and good teaching go together!  You've seen Mark in his office with groups of students holding weekly tutorials - that's just part of the picture of how he finds ways to engage students and hold them accountable to high standards.  Congratulations Mark on a well-deserved award.  
  • (April 3, 2013) Please join me in congratulating Alexa Capeloto for winning the Distinguished Service to Students Award this year.  Talk about good work being recognized.  If you haven't noticed Alexa's incredible work with students -- teaching four days a week for years in order to reach all students, staying with them in the newsroom for hours on end, paying out of pocket for expenses not covered by the school, and always challenging our student journalists to become the best they can be -- then you haven't been paying enough attention to your deserving colleague.  This woman works hard! 
  • (April 1, 2013) Note that our own Jonathan Gray will be on CUNY TV's "Study with the Best" talking about how the comics industry has blossomed into a billion-dollar industry.  
  • (March 30, 2013) Baz Dreisinger is spending her sabbatical year travelling in Africa to research her book on prisons, but she's also doing what she always does well, pieces for NPR on Caribbean-based music.  Listen to this great piece on Weekend Edition about South Africa's reggae scene.   
  • (March 29, 2013) Adam McKible is quoted in a Washington Post article on literary Washington DC talking about When Washington Was in Vogue. For those of you who joined the party late: that's the Harlem Renaissance novel Adam discovered in his periodical research and had published a few years ago. He and the book are very cool. 
  • (March 20, 2013) Today the college recognized a series of milestones for faculty and staff at the college, and English featured prominently, as it always does.  In addition to celebrating the tenure of Jonathan Gray, Toy-Fung Tung, Devin Harner, Veronica Hendrick, Alexander Long and Caroline Reitz, we noted the promotions of Devin, Veronica, Alexander, Caroline, and Allison Pease.  What's more, the college recognized the many years of service of some of our colleagues and we were able to applaud Adam Berlin and Marc Dolan's 20 years at the college, Michael Blitz's 25 years, Peggy Escher's 30 years, Livia Katz’s 35 years, and Marny Tabb's whopping 40 years as a professor and sometime chair at the college.  
  • (March 8, 2013) Congratulations to Richard Perez and Belinda Rincón, conference organizers of Haciendo Caminos: Mapping the Futures of U.S. Latino/a Literatures. This is the nation's first-ever conference dedicated solely to U.S. Latino/a Literature, and in being so is an event of historic importance.  Richard and Belinda have brought together about 200 U.S. Latino/a literature scholars and writers from all over the country who together are forging a field of intellectual inquiry of tremendous importance for the future of literary and latino/a studies.  John Jay should be very proud to be part of this historical moment, and to be able to claim these intellectual leaders, Richard Perez and Belinda Rincon, as its own.