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Catherine Green, current M.A. candidate, is a recipient of the Tow Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship for research travel. She will visit two regions of France in January 2018 with the Tow Fellowship support.

Congratulations to current M.A. candidate Esther Ritiau, who will present her research at the Northeast MLA conference in Pittsburgh in Spring 2018.

Recent graduate Haneen Adi ('16) accepted a position as Lecturer in the English Department at Birzeit University in the West Bank.

Congratulations to Timothy Griffiths (MA '13), who was appointed to the University of Virginia English Department on a post-doctoral fellowship for 2017-2019.

Student Joseph Romano (MA '18) has had his paper, "A Rejection of 'The Rejection of Closure': Lyn Hejinian, Leslie Scalapino and the Post-Language Poetics of Occurrence and Collaboration," accepted to the National Poetry Foundation's Poetry & Poetics of the 1990s conference at the University of Maine, in June 2017.

Congratulations to Jason Hoelzel (MA '14), who was admitted to the Harvard Divinity School Master's program, starting Fall 2017.

Congratulations to Robert Weitzer (MA '15), who will begin the PhD in English at SUNY Stony Brook in Fall 2017.

It's a banner Spring '17 for Tristan Cooley, who will present at three academic conferences: "Alchemy of Language in The Canon's Yeoman's Tale," at the U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill conference Transformations: Tracing Forces of Change in the Medieval and Early Modern Period; "Disastrously in Death: Zero K and the Technological Now," at Northern Illinois University's MCLLM graduate conference on Altered States, Times, Perspectives; and "The Sacred Midwest in 'Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way,'" at the International David Foster Wallace Conference, Illinois State University. 

Congratulations to M.A. students who gained admission to doctoral programs starting Fall 2016: Shayne McGregor (MA '16) will attend the PhD program in English at Yale University; Kelly Roberts (MA '16) will attend the English PhD program at Rutgers University; Yashari Nunez (MA '15) will attend the English PhD program at the University of North Dakota.

Ursula Lukszo (MA '07) completed her PhD at SUNY Stony Brook in 2013 and now teaches in the English Department at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.

Lauren Navarro (MA '07) is an Assistant Professor of English at Laguardia Community College, CUNY.

Beatrice Bradley (MA '13) collaborated with Prof. Tanya Pollard to write an essay about Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale that was accepted for publication by the academic journal English Literary Renaissance. Beatrice is currently a PhD student at the University of Chicago.

De'Shawn Winslow (MA '13) will attend the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of Iowa in Fall 2015.

Brittney Date (MA '15) will move to Madrid, Spain, for a 2015-16 teaching position through the Council on International Education and Exchange.

Summer 2015 will find Shayne McGregor (MA '15) in Philadelphia at the Library Company of America, where he received a fully funded week-long archival research grant.

Several recent grads will be starting PhD programs in Fall 2015, including Andrew Dunn (MA '11) at the CUNY Graduate Center to study Digital Humanities, Rebeca Rivera (MA '13) at Drew University, Jake Sanders (MA '14) at SUNY Buffalo to study 20th Century literature, Jennifer Caroccio (MA '14) at Rutgers-Newark to pursue US Latino/a Studies, Washieka Torres (MA '14) at the program in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green University, Jeremy Specland (MA '13) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick to study English, Shoba Parasram (MA '11) to study Education at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and Bradley Nelson (MA '14) at the CUNY Graduate Center to study 19th Century American literature. Congratulations and best wishes to all.

Jacob Chandler (MA '14) presented the paper "Identity and Materialism: Reading the Space Between Persons and Things" at the University of Alabama - Huntsville graduate student conference, Spring 2015.

MA student Haneen Adi is an intern at Verso Books.

Cherry Lou Sy (MA '13) is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Long Island University.

Elizabeth Lotto (MA '13) is Contracts Associate at DK, an imprint of Penguin/Random House Books.

Michelle Gordon (MA '14) is a contributor to the online magazine, Germ.

Charles (Chet) Jordan (MA '12) is an instructor at Gutman Community College (CUNY) and a PhD student in the Composition & Rhetoric program at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Bob Williams (MA '13) published the novel Two Is For You (Open Books, 2015).

Suzette Andrews (MA '13) teaches English Composition and Developmental Writing at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, and is a member of the Budget Committee in the  School of Liberal Arts and Education. She conducted the workshop presentation "Moving Beyond One-Size-Fit-All: Using Writing Assessment as a Tool for Differentiating Instruction" at CUNY's Best Practices Conference, Fall 2014, and received a grant from PSC-CUNY to present an excerpt from her M.A Thesis, "Narrationality: The Allegorical Space between the African Burial Ground and Ground Zero" at Florida International University's Conference on Literature and Crisis, Spring 2015.

Beatrice Bradley (MA '13) began the PhD program in English at the University of Chicago in Fall 2014. She is studying Renaissance Literature.

Natalie Nuzzo (MA '14), English teacher at David A. Boody Middle School, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study at the Emily Dickinson archives in Amherst, Massachussetts in Summer 2014. Natalie is co-editor of Wreckage of Reason II: Back to the Drawing Board, a collection of experimental women's writing. She was also named an Astor Education Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum in Fall 2014.

Elroy Esdaille (MA '11) gained admission to the doctoral program in Education at Teacher's College, Columbia University, for Fall 2014.

Bradley Nelson (MA '14) participated in the University of Maryland Digital Humanities Seminar in Summer 2014.

Nicole Casamento accepted a position as Editorial Associate at ARTnews.

Beatrice Bradley received funding from the BC School of Humanities and Social Sciences to travel to present an abridged version of her M.A. thesis at the the Medieval-Renaissance Conference at the University of Virginia's College at Wise in Fall 2013.

Kat Thek (MA '12) landed a job as assistant to the Chief Digital Marketing officer at Harper Collins publishers.  A new department, Digital Marketing brainstorming sessions “happen in a room that looks like the inside of Jeanie's bottle inI Dream of Jeanie,” says Kat, “and all of the walls are coated with white board paint so you can go nuts on the walls.”

Bob Williams had “Forevermore,” an essay on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket published in The Montreal Review, February 2013.  He has also published two stories this year, “Strollers” in Epiphany (April 2013) and “The Hanger Thief” in The Faircloth Review (May 2013).  His critical essay “Blowing Bellows: And All That Would-Be Could Be in Jonson’s Volpone” is forthcoming in the Ben Jonson Review in 2014.

Natalie Nuzzo and Cherry Lou Sy received travel grants from the Office of the Associate Provost to present papers at conferences in Spring 2013.  Natalie will present her work on the reproduction and subversion of social class on Facebook at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference at Tufts University.  Cherry will present a paper about the performance artist Staceyann Chin at the American Literature Association conference.

Vivien Cao presented her paper "You're a Good Man, Walter White," about signifiers in Breaking Bad, at the CUNY Graduate Center conference In Trans: Reading Between and Beyond, November 2012.

Claudette Visco (M.A. ’12) has a job a writer for the Poetry Division at Shmoop, an educational website in Silicon Valley, CA.


Congratulations to our many current students and recent alumni who will enter PhD programs this Fall.  Amina Tajbhai (M.A. ’12) has been admitted to the PhD program in English at Fordham University, beginning Fall 2012. James Osborne (M.A. '10) has been admitted to the PhD English program at the University of Arizona.  Timothy Griffiths (M.A. ’12) has been admitted to the PhD program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, beginning Fall 2012.  Lindsay Lehman (B.A. ’08, M.A. ’10) has been admitted to the PhD program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, beginning Fall 2012.  Francisco Delgado (M.A. ’09) has been admitted to the PhD program in English at SUNY Stony Brook, beginning Fall 2012.  Michael Carosone (B.A. ’97, M.A. ’07) has been admitted to the EdD program at Teachers College, Columbia University, beginning Fall 2012.  We wish them well!

In addition to a new job at Brooks Brothers, Michael Dell’Aquila (M.A. ’10) has two forthcoming publications: one in a short story anthology called Writing Our Way Home (Guernica Editions, ed. Licia Canton, Elena Lamberti and Caroline Di Giovanni) and a poem in the upcoming issue of the Paterson Literary Review.  

Stephen Spencer (M.A. ’11) will present his paper, "Cognitivism, New Criticism, and the Epistemic Persona of Nabokov's Lolita" at the CUNY Graduate Center’s conference on May 4, 2012, “Principles of Uncertainty: a Conference on Critical Theory.”

Natalie Nuzzo, current M.A. student, will present "Intentional Exposures and Coded Behaviors in the Age of Facebook: Social Constraints in The House of Mirth" at a special session, “Edith Wharton and the Age of TM(I)nformation,” convened by the Edith Wharton Society at the American Literature Association annual conference in San Francisco in May 2012.

Timothy Griffiths, graduating M.A. student, chaired a session at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference in March, 2012, entitled “Intellectual Spars and Rival Texts in 20th Century African-American Literature.”

Joan Jean-Francois, current M.A. student, had her paper "Will The Real Racist Joseph Conrad Please Stand Up?" accepted to the College English Association conference, March, 2012, and her paper "Nationalism vs. Postcolonialism in W.B. Yeats's Works" accepted to the graduate English conference at California State University-Fullerton that same month. 

Jonathan Gardner, current M.A. student, presented his paper "The Shield, Antiheroes, and Oppression in America" at the 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference at Louisiana State University on February 16, 2012.

Michelle Gibbs, current M.A. student, had tremendous success submitting her paper on Derek Walcott to conferences this year.  "Colonial Trauma of Dissociative Proportions in Dream on Monkey Mountain" was accepted to conferences from Aberdeen, Scotland, to Madrid, Spain, to Brooklyn, New York.  She presented it at the College English Association: Caribbean Chapter conference, "On Exile and Its Variations," at the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo, March 2012; at the 42nd Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in Boston in April 2012; and also in April read her paper by skype at the University of South Florida's English Graduate Association conference, "Re-conceptualizing Cartography: Space-Time Compression and Narrative Mapping."  She will present it once again at the Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference, “The Shifting Self,” on April 28, 2012.

Claudette Visco, graduating M.A. student, presented her papers "The 'Unspoken' Codes of Second Language Acquisition: Karen Ogulnick's Onna Rashiku: The Diary of a Language Learner in Japan” at the graduate symposium “Belonging” sponsored by the Rice University Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, March 30, 2012.

Chet Jordan will present a paper based on his thesis about visual rhetoric and the teaching of composition at the conference "Making Meaning: Language, Rhetoric and the Power of Access,” University of Michigan, September 2011.

Michelle Gibbs will present her paper “Postcolonial Schizophrenia in Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain” at the Fordham University Graduate English Conference “The Art of Outrage,” October 2011.

Michael Clyne (M.A. 2010) traveled to Ireland in June, 2011, to present his paper, "Diffusing a Politics of Contradiction in The Waves," at the International Virginia Woolf Conference at the University of Glasgow.

Jennifer Stoops (M.A. Teacher, 2008) was admitted to the Ph.D. program in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center for Fall 2011.

Pizer Graduate Colloquium
Ann Marie Prudhomme, “On the Road Out of Peyton Place: The Franco American Working Class New England Voice of Jean-Louis Kerouac and Marie-Grace De Repentigny Metalious” (May 5, 2011)

GIP Grant recipients 2011: Stephen Spencer, Patricia Marquez


John Yi (B.A. 2005, M.A. 2007) has been accepted to the PhD program at Teachers College, Columbia University, for Fall 2011.  His focus will be on the import of Postcolonial Studies and Migrant Literatures for pedagogical theory and practice.

Christopher Irving, who began the M.A. program in Fall 2010, has a new book Graphic NYC Presents Dean Haspiel just out from IDW Publishing. It is a combination of creative nonfiction essays on the Emmy award-winning comic book artist, as well as a collection of his earlier comic book work. Check out for a preview and other information.  Chris edits and writes for the Graphic NYC (, a comic book journalism site that features photo and essay profiles on many comic book luminaries.

“Fearful Symmetry: Thinking Through Dualities,” the SUNY Stony Brook graduate English conference in February, 2010, featured four Brooklyn College M.A. students.  Francisco Delgado presented “Neither Japanese nor American: Identity and Citizenship in John Okada’s No-No Boy”; Saad Ibrahim presented “Of Elephants and Horses: The Rationalization of Human Nature and the Work Ethic in Dickens’ Hard Times”; Michael DiBerardino presented “The Split Gaze: Labor, Insight, and the Product of Poetry in Chaucer’s ‘Parliament of Fowls’”; and Patricia Marquez, presented “Detecting Literature’s Impact on Ideology with the Emergence of the American Novel.”

Patricia Marquez, is presenting her paper “The Copyright and Trademark: Piracy, Artist Rights, and the New Semiological Culture” in a panel on Cyber Aesthetics at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference in April, 2011, at Rutgers University.  Patricia also delivered a presentation, "The Devaluing of the Author in New Historicism," at the SUNY Albany Graduate English Conference in April, 2010.

Stephen Spencer will present his paper "'A Lower Flight': Astronomy and Narrativity in Paradise Lost” at the 19th Annual Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature at St. Mary's University of Minnesota in April 2011.

The Fourth Annual Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference, “The New Urgency: Emerging, Evolving, and Redefining Literature,” April 30, 2011, features papers by current M.A. students Suklima Roy, Gregory Kirkorian, Saad Ibrahim, Timothy Griffiths, and Phil Rafferty, along with students from St. John’s University and New York University. 

Timothy Griffiths will present his paper "Of Hobos, Farmers, and Geologists: Mixed Environments, Dual Alienation, and the Emblems of Occupation in Breece D'J Pancake's 'Trilobites'" at the University of Rhode Island Graduate English Conference, “[Pre]Occupations: Working, Seizing, Dwelling,” April 16, 2011.


T. Olubunmi Olosunde
(M.A. Teacher '09) has been admitted to the Ph.D. program in English for Fall 2010 at Howard University in Washington D.C.

Catherine Baker (M.A. ’10) has been accepted for Fall 2010 to the University of Tulsa and the University of Miami, home of the James Joyce Quarterly and James Joyce Literary Supplement, respectively.

Kam Hei Tsuei will present a paper at the "2010 National Black Writers Conference," Medgar Evers College, March 25-27, entitled "The Total Scale of Kamau Brathwaite's Nation Language."

Jarad Krywicki (M.A. ’09) has been acceptance to the PhD programs at University of Colorado (Boulder) and University of South Carolina (both with full funding).

Patricia Marquez, a first year MA English student, will present her paper entitled "Detecting Literature's Impact on Ideology with the Emergence of the American Novel" at the SUNY Stony Brook Graduate Conference on February 20th.

Sarah Kilby, current MA English student, published two poems, "The Bottletree" and "The Day She Remembers," in volume 7 of Anamesa, an interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing based at New York University.

Clare Callahan (MA ’08) and Sarah Brown (BA ’08) will co-chair a panel called "Looking Back on Activism and Twentieth Century American Literature," at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference in April in Montreal.  As their title suggests, Clare and Sarah’s panel examines representations of activism and the relationship between literature and activism through the theme of "looking back."  The papers they’ve selected include “How Do You Spell 'Modernity?': Oppen and the Enchantment of Ideology,” “‘What my heart not my mouth has uttered’: Edwin Rolfe and the Body Politic,” and “(Re)relevance and Social Activism: Don DeLillo on the Subject of Terror.”  Clare, a first-year student in the PhD program in Literature at Duke University, will be a graduate assistant for the NeMLA conference organizers for the second year in a row.  Sarah is pursuing a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center when she is not working in Boylan 2314.

Bridget English (M.A. '07) is a Ph.D. student at National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where in addition to studying modern Irish literature she regularly blogs about her experiences as an expatriate graduate student there.

Lia Deromedi and Michael Dell'Aquila both received grants in Fall 2009 from the CUNY Graduate Investment Program. Lia's funding will offset her research expenses in writing her thesis, which examines how Primo Levi translates traumatic memories into language in his novel, If Not Now When. As part of her comparative and interdisciplinary study on Levi, she is incorporating scholarship in trauma studies, cultural studies, Holocaust studies, and linguistic studies. This spring (2010), Lia will present her work at two conferences: Trauma: Intersections among Narrative, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis, and the New Jersey College English Association annual conference. Michael's funding will enable him to present a paper at the conference "Mothering and Migration: (Trans)nationalisms, Globalization and Displacement," hosted by the Association for Research on Mothering at the University of Puerto Rico in February, 2010

Leah Sadykov, who received both her M.A. English and M.A. English Teacher degrees from Brooklyn College in 2007, published her thesis in the inaugural issue of the journal Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies (June 2008).  The article, “Linguistic Determinism,” engages the debate in linguistics between the Sapir-Worf hypothesis and “the contemporary linguistic trend of universalism.”  Leah currently teaches high school journalism and English courses and is an adjunct English instructor at Suffolk Community College.

Francisco Delgado, a student in the English M.A. program, will present a paper entitled "A Means of Resistance: Basketball in Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" at the 8th annual Native American Symposium, to be held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on November 5-6, 2009.

Mike Dell’Aquila earned a BA in English from Penn State University and began the M.A. English program in the Fall of 2008 at Brooklyn College.  In October 2009, he will be presenting his paper “Long Ways to Go: Sterling A. Brown, Diane di Prima and the Specter of the American South” at the 2009 American Italian Historical Association’s Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.  In February 2010, Mike will also be presenting a paper entitled “Who Are You Calling Paesan?: Ethnic Identity and Epicurean Transcendence in Lucia Perillo’s ‘The Northside at Seven’” at the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association’s annual conference in Albuquerque, NM.  His main interests include ethnic and cultural studies, specifically Italian American literature.  Mike plans on pursuing a Ph.D after completing the MA English program.

Michael Clyne received a BA in philosophy and creative writing from Eugene Lang College and entered the MA program at Brooklyn College in 2008 . He will be presenting a paper titled "Romanticized Risk and Arresting Experience in Poe's Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym" at the Fall 2009 New York College English Association Conference in Niagara County.

Catherine Baker presented a paper from her thesis, “Profaning the Sacred and Sanctifying the Mundane: Heretical Humor in James Joyce’s Ulysses,” at this year’s North American James Joyce Conference: “Eire on the Erie” in Buffalo, NY. In November, she will be presenting another paper titled “Don Quixote and ‘The Death of the Author’” on the Cervantes Society of America panel at the South Atlantic MLA conference in Atlanta. And in February, she will be presenting a paper titled “A ‘Manly Voys’ and a ‘Talking Queynte’: The Wife of Bath as a Ventriloquized Hole” on the Gender and Sexual Identity panel at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Catherine’s interests include Irish literature, modernism, and psychoanalytic criticism.

Clare Callahan, Ryan Dobran, Osvaldo Oyola, Suzy Uzzilia, Bridget English, and Melissa Sande have all been accepted to English doctoral programs starting in Fall 2009. As of this posting, Suzy is planning to enroll at the CUNY Graduate Center, right here in New York City, and Osvaldo, who had initially planned to attend SUNY Stonybrook, will be going to SUNY Binghamton after receiving a very generous offer from them. Clare has decided to move to North Carolina where Duke University has offered her full tuition remission, a substantial living stipend, and the promise of a reasonable TA load. Ryan hasn't yet decided between the Graduate Center and Cambridge University in merry old England. As for Melissa, she has just received an acceptance from SUNY Binghamton which includes a significant annual stipend. Bridget turned down offers from Queens University, Belfast, and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in favor of the National University of Ireland at Maynooth, where she will study contemporary Irish literature.

Michael DiBerardino came to New York in 2007 to begin the MA program after receiving his BA in Literature and Philosophy from Ramapo College.  In March, he will be presenting his paper "The Saint of Spectacle: Shrike as the Figure of Late Capital in Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts" at the University of Rhode Island's Annual Graduate Conference, where this year's theme is "Bodies In Motion."  His main interests include Modern/Postmodern theory, Semiotics, and the literature of the American South.  When he is not preoccupying himself with how to make it into a Ph.D program, he  balances his time between bartending and controlling his potentially pathological obsession with the TV show Lost

After receiving a B.F.A from NYU in film and television, Rabecca Hoffman joined the M.A. English program in 2005, where she pursued her interest in film, literature, gender studies and semiotics, culminating in her 2007 thesis "Gender Differences in Cinematic Storytelling Styles: Bound vs. High Art." Since graduating, she has been working for the New York Public Library and will begin the Library Science Program at Pratt Institute in the fall of 2009, focusing on film, media, and performing arts librarianship. When she is not busy assisting patrons with research, she helps run a monthly film program at the library.
THIS JUST IN: Jessica Starr (M.A. 2007) will as also be pursuing a second graduate degree in Library Science, at the University of British Columbia. She was accepted into all the programs she applied to, with several scholarships thrown in, but decided to accept the offer from U.B.C., as she writes, "after they campaigned quite hard to get me to say yes; they also have terrific job placement numbers, and a very strong program, particularly with regard to archiving and preservation."

A 2008 graduate of the MA English Teacher program and a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows' cohort 12, Jennifer Stoops is currently teaching 8th grade English Language Arts at MS 57 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where with the assistance of a funded proposal from Donors Choose, she recently spearheaded an after-school program for students interested in reading and drawing comics, graphic novels, and manga. During her time at Brooklyn College and as a recipient of the Pizer Prize, Jennifer presented her paper, "David Malouf's An Imaginary Life: A Meditation on Language, Loss, and Liminality" in May 2008 as part of the Wolfe Institute's Graduate Student Colloquium. The same month, she was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the Education Honors Society. Future professional plans include studying for a second master's degree as a Reading Specialist and compiling her absurd experiences with the New York City Department of Education into some sort of novel.

As an undergraduate at Indiana University, Ryan Everitt studied comparative literature and music. After three years in publishing, he returned to literary study at Brooklyn College, earning his M.A. in 2007. During this time, Ryan rediscovered his interest for Victorian Literature, culminating in a master’s thesis on Charles Dickens’s Bleak House. Along the way, he was awarded the Michael Tuch Foundation Scholarship; he has also been an adjunct lecturer for the English department for four years. Ryan was accepted to several doctoral programs including those at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the CUNY Graduate Center, which he is currenty attending, while continuing to teach as an adjunct in the English Department at Brooklyn College.

Leah Sadykov, who completed both the MA English Teacher degree (2006) in the Teaching Fellows program, and the MA English degree (2008), is currently employed at August Martin High School in Jamaica, Queens, where she has developed and taught an AP English course as well as created a Media Literacy Program and school newspaper, The Martin Messenger. She has also made presentations at the conferences of the Popular/American Culture Association (2/13/08) and the American Comparative Literature Association (4/24/08), and published her paper "Teacher as Hero in Late Cold-War Film and Culture" in Heroes of film, Comics and American Culture Essays on Real and Fictional Defenders of Home (L. DeTora, Ed. McFarland Publishing, 2009). Leah is applying to doctoral programs in American Studies, where she hopes to examine the way in which "American culture, which is fueled with Christian entitlement, denies its own demise and how this denial informs the entire culture."

After earning her B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing at Bard College in 2000, and spending a few years in the world of web publishing, Lauren Kilian received her M.A. from Brooklyn College in 2005. She then taught composition at Brooklyn College and at Kingsborough Community College, while revisiting her thesis ("'How Do You Connect Things?': Adding up the Arbitrary in Don DeLillo's The Names") in preparation for applying to doctoral programs. Along the way, she presented at Brooklyn College's Graduate Student Colloquium and at SUNY Stony Brook's Annual Graduate Student Conference. She was accepted to several doctoral programs and is now attending attend the English Ph.D. program at SUNY Stony Brook.

Risa Shoup, whose interests include cultural studies, theories of adaptation, gender studies, and post-colonial theory, presented a paper on Shirin Neshat's adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur's Women Without Men at our 2008 Graduate English Conference. She is currently teaching in the English Department, and is the Performing Arts Programming Director at chashama, a not-for-profit arts services organization. She recently spoke at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) about chashama and the use of video to virtually expand an artist's workspace, and will be presenting two papers drawn from her thesis-in-progress, one at the 2009 Joint Conference on "Migration, Border, and the Nation-State" at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and the other in Toronto, at the "Intersections 2009" conference sponsored by the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York Universities. Risa reads entirely too many comic books and political blogs, and really enjoys NPR.

Joseph Russo and Prof. Nicola Masciandaro both made presentations at the world’s first heavy metal conference (“Heavy Fundamentalisms: Music, Metal, and Politics”) held in Salzburg, Austria, on Nov 3-8, 2008. Joseph’s paper, “Nile's Primal Ritual - Induction of the Devotee,” examined metal’s indulgence in ritual, not merely as a theme, but as a model for what the form itself is, or might become. Nicola, in his “What is This that Stands before Me?: Metal as Deixis,” explored how metal’s vocal deixis reopens as always present the place where language begins, what Agamban calls “the no-man’s-land between sound and signification.”

Clare Callahan and Deb Travis have obtained graduate assistantships from the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). They are currently busy organizing the more than 300 panels which will be held at the 2009 NeMLA Conference in Boston (Feb 26 - March 1) under Elizabeth Abele, the organization's Executive Director. They will also be attending the conference where their duties will include such tasks as working at the registration table and taking minutes for the NeMLA Board Meeting. Compensation includes a stipend and free hotel accommodations.

Steve D'Amato came to the MA English program in fall 2007. His first semester, he obtained a travel grant from Brooklyn College to attend Western Michigan University's 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. The following spring, he helped organize our first Graduate English Conference (see below) where he presented a paper entitled "The Work Of Milton's Alchemy: A Reexamination of Paradise Lost." Now in his second-year, Steve is an adjunct instructor in the English Department where he teaches freshman composition; he is also a writing tutor for the Philosophy Department. He plans to continue his teaching while pursuing the subject of alchemy in his Master's thesis, which he will probably complete next fall. Aside from literary alchemy, Steve practices a form of the proto-science in his very own kitchen at home, cooking and brewing new culinary recipes for the pleasure of his friends and loved ones. He also devotes some of his free time to mixing vinyl records of electronic music.

Peter Quartuccio secured a marketing internship with Maquet Cardiovascular of San Jose, CA this summer. After an awkward beginning (what use is an English MA in a medical firm?), the Maquet folks quickly put Peter's talents to full use; he wrote letters to the field, wrote and edited pieces for a newsletter, and was placed in charge of carrying out a survey to assess the effectiveness of Maquet's marketing tools in the field. He is currently working on his thesis ("Elements of Detective Fiction in Joyce's Dubliners") and plans to complete his degree in January. Maquet has already encouraged him to return to the firm upon graduation, an option which he is seriously considering.

Diane Goettel, currently in her second semester in the M.A. program, is the Editor of The Adirondack Review, an online quarterly publication that has just entered its ninth year, and the Managing Editor of Black Lawrence Press, which publishes literary fiction and poetry as well as nonfiction titles. Diane will participate in the Brooklyn College Study in China Program this summer during which she hopes to complete an independent study project on women's Chinese Literature. She considers that her graduate work is providing her with exciting new perspectives which inform both her writing and her editorial work.

Melissa Sande, also in her second semester here, recently presented a paper entitled "A Move from Modernist to Postcolonial Literature: Heart of Darkness, Voyage in the Dark, and the Cultural Conversation" at the 20th Annual Stony Brook Manhattan Graduate Conference.  Another paper of hers has been accepted by the Conference on "(dis)junctions: Where the Streets are Re-Named" at the University of California, Riverside. This one poses the question, "Who Owns Writing?: Language as the Terrain of Empire." It examines the role of English as the language of the colonizer in creating a separation between a colonized people and their native land.

Tim Holland graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in English and is now in his final semester in the M.A. program. He recently presented at the James Joyce Graduate Conference in Rome, Italy (keynote speakers included Umberto Eco and Derek Attridge). His paper, The Real Troubles in Joyce’s Dublin: Literature as Agent of Empire in Ulysses, is currently being considered for publication in the journal Joyce Studies in Italy. Tim works for a language translation company in Manhattan, teaches composition at Brooklyn College, writes stories, makes paintings, and is planning to pursue his studies at the doctoral level.

Ryan Dobran, a second-year MA student, graduated from Stonehill College with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy. At Brooklyn College, Ryan won a GIP research grant for work related to his thesis which examines George Oppen’s collection of poems, Of Being Numerous. A second grant is sending him to Detroit’s College for Creative Studies to deliver a talk based on Of Being Numerous. Crucially, Ryan played a central role in  creating the recently established Graduate English Committee,  which has already staged several events,  including poetry and fiction readings, film screenings, social gatherings, and an upcoming colloquium. Last, but not least, Ryan is the drummer in a local Brooklyn band, King Crab.

Clare Callahan graduated from the University of Texas-Austin with a double Major in English and Anthropology. Since beginning her Master’s work at Brooklyn College, Clare has been busy presenting papers at several conferences including the Northeast Modern Language Association convention, the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Conference on Science and the Humanities. She has won a number of awards, including the Michael Tuch Foundation Scholarship, and GIP research and  travel grants. Right now, she is hard at work on her thesis project, which maps the current debate for and against Theory. She is currently revising an essay for publication, while another of her works is up for review. Clare will graduate in June and plans to go on to a Ph.D. program.

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The Pizer Graduate Student Colloquium is a series of lectures and presentations by graduate students chosen from all departments and programs. The lectures are usually based on, but not limited to, the students’ master’s thesis research. Recent English MA presenters are listed below:

Michael Dell'Aquila: "Who Are You Calling Paesan? Ethnic Identity and Epicurean Transcendence in Perillo's The Northside of Seven" (Nov. 19, 2009)

Michael Clyne: "The Practical Implications of Artistic Limitations in To the Lighthouse" (May 6, 2009)

Timothy Holland: "The Trouble in Joyce's Dublin: Political, Religious, and Literary hegemony in a Portrait of the Artist  and Ulysses" (November 18, 2008)

Jennifer Stoops: "David Malouf's Imaginary Life: Meditation on Language, Loss, and Liminality" (May 8, 2008)

Suzanne Uzilla: "Distancing Through Language in Three West Indian Novels" (December 6, 2007)

Kristi McGee; "Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49: A Quest for Meaning"; (May 9, 2007)

Clare Callahan: "Mottled As If By Shadows: The Shadow of the Clown and Trickster of Myth in Hamlet" (December 6, 2006)

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The Graduate Investment Program (GIP) is made possible by the City University of New York in an effort to help students enrich their graduate experience by encouraging them to participate in established professional conferences related to their academic studies (the Travel Grants), and by helping them to purchase items/supplies beneficial to their academic progress (the Research Grants).

GRANT RECIPIENTS 2009 (grants ranged from $300 to $650): Michael DiBeradino, Siobhan Ladjache, Risa Shoup, Lia Deromedi, Michael Dell'Aquila.

GRANT RECIPIENTS 2008: (grants ranged from $45 to $1550): Clare Callahan, Samantha Losapio, Murtha Meghan, Siobhan Ladjache, Ryan Dobran, Rachel Kershenbaum, Stephen D'Amato, Peter Quartuccio, Joseph Russo

GRANT RECIPIENTS 2007 (grants ranged from $700 to $1500): Timothy Holland, Clare Callahan, Peter Quartuccio, Sharbari Bose, Ryan Dobran, Brian Lane

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