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Upcoming Events

DH Lightning Talks Fall 2022

SEP 29
Digital Humanities Faculty Lightning Talk
 4:00 pm
LA-61 and Zoom

Featuring Lashon Daley, Assistant Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Learn more about the DH event.

 

Huerta

OCT 5
Living Writers' Series
7:00 pm
LL-430

Lizz Huerta will read from her debut novel, The Lost Dreamer. Huerta has been celebrated as “a powerful new voice in fantasy.”

 

Zalkow

OCT 19
Living Writers' Series
7:00 pm
via Zoom

Yuvi Zalkow will read from his most recent book, I Only Cry With Emoticons, which has been described as “A sly, forthright comedy about the intersection of love and technology…” and answer questions from attendees.
Register for the 10/19 event.

 

Torres

NOV 9
Living Writers' Series
 7:00 pm
 LL-430

Each semester, thanks to an endowment created by her family and friends, the Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading honors the memory of SDSU alumna, Laurie Matsueda Okuma. The fall 2022 Okuma Author, Angela Narciso Torres, will share poems from her most recent publications, including What Happens is Neither, which has been praised as “poems of intense reflection and loss, but also of rediscovery and delight.”

 

Book Talk: Julia H. Lee

NOV 14
Book Talk: Julia H. Lee
 12:00 pm
 Art North 300B

Julia H. Lee, professor and chair of the Asian American Studies at UC Irvine will discuss her new book, The Racial Railroad.  The book highlights the surprisingly central role that the railroad has played—and continues to play—in the formation and perception of racial identity and difference in the United States.

 

Meet and Greet

NOV 16
Meet & Greet
 12:00 - 2:00 pm
 Oggi's Pizza, SDSU Campus

All MA and MFA students, faculty and staff in the department are invited for meet and greet. 
Please RSVP to Mary Garcia at [email protected] by Nov. 14. 

 

Prufer

NOV 16
Living Writers' Series
 7:00 pm
 LL-430

Kevin Prufer will read from his most recent publications, including The Art of Fiction: Poems, which has been described as “phenomenal in both senses of the word.”

 

Poetry International

NOV 30
Living Writers' Series
 7:00 pm
 LL-430

Past and present poets, editors, and collaborators of SDSU’s beloved journal, Poetry International, will come together both in-person and via Zoom, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its publication. Of this edition, Editor-in-Chief, Sandra Alcosser writes, “For this anniversary edition assembled during a pandemic, climate crises and world uprisings, it’s never been more important to have these shared conversations in verse and prose on the page.”

 

 

Recent News

Critical Conversations in Children’s Literature 

Critical Conversations in Children’s Literature brings together authors and scholars to discuss critical topics brewing within the field.

Episode #1 features a conversation with Tae Keller, the 2021 Newbery Award, and Dr. Daley, an assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, discussing the representations of girlhood presented in Keller's novel, When You Trap A Tiger. 

Episode #2 part two to Dr. Daley's conversation with middle-grade author Tae Keller, features Dr. Charlene Tung sharing her insights on the historical and theoretical context of When You Trap a Tiger. Tung, a professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Sonoma State University, specializes in gender and globalization, Asian American women's history/contemporary (im)migration, and gender and race-ethnicity in popular culture.

Episode #3 features Dr. Libby Gruner, the 2021-2022 President of Children's Literature Association (ChLA). ChLA is the largest organization of scholars, critics, professors, students, librarians, teachers, and institutions dedicated to studying children's literature. In this episode, Dr. Gruner considers the subtle and large ways that collaboration exists within the field.

Episode #4 features Lin Oliver, the co-founder of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). SCBWI is the largest organization of children's book industry professionals. In this episode, Oliver acknowledges that collaboration can often be a lesson in power negotiation. 

Episode #5 features our very own Newbery Award winning author, Matt de la Peña, along with New York Times bestselling illustrator, Loren Long. In this episode, they discuss their behind-the-scenes collaborative process for their 2018 New York Times bestselling picture book Love as well as their current project. 

Funded by the Department of English & Comparative Literature and an SDSU IRA grant and is in collaboration with the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature.

Archives

SEP 21
"Why There's No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It's a Good Thing Too: Part the Second"
 12:00 pm
AL-660 or Zoom

Stanley Fish will address recent controversies over academic freedom and freedom of speech that have swirled around college campuses.

SEP 14
Living Writers' Series
 7:00 pm
 LL-430

Richard Martin will read from his most recent book, Chapter & Verse, which has been lauded as “…required reading for the pandemic world.”

SEP 6
One Story, Three Scholars
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
 via Zoom

One Story, Three Scholars brings together one prominent children’s book author and three scholars to celebrate National Read-A-Book Day. This event features a 15-mintue reading and discussion from author Dinah Johnson, followed by short presentations from scholars Lashon Daley, Gloria Rhodes, and Avery Caldwell about Indigo Dreaming through the lens of each of their research. The event will conclude with a Q&A.

Outstanding Graduating Seniors

OSG 2022 Rochelle and SaraThis year’s Outstanding Graduating Seniors are Rochelle Vera Serrano for Comparative Literature (left in photo) and Sara Canelon for English (right in photo). 

Both students selected Dr. Clare Colquitt as their most influential faculty member. 

Congratulations to all our graduates!

MAY 13
Commencement
 3:00 pm
 Viejas Arena
The College of Arts and Letters ceremony for students and their guests (tickets required).

MAY 6
MFA Graduation Reading
 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Scripps Terrace

Join us for readings from our 2022 MFA graduating students.

MAY 6
Digital Humanities Showcase and Electronic Literature Competition
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
LA-61

Our annual DH Showcase and E-Lit student competition is back! Join us as we reunite in the DH Center and celebrate all of the creative digital work we created during the Pandemic. 

APRIL 29
Service commémoratif: Laurie Edson
 12:00 pm
 Scripps Cottage

You are invited to attend an informal service to commemorate the long and distinguished career of Professor Laurie Edson, who passed away at the end of 2021. Several former students and colleagues will share short memories or readings, and others are welcome to do so too. 

APRIL 28
Adaptive Performance of Brown Girl Dreaming
1:00 pm
LA-61

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson’s lyric memoir about finding her voice as a young African American writer, will be collaboratively adapted for performance by the students in Professor Dani Bedau’s THEA 510 advanced Creative Drama course.

APRIL 27
Living Writers' Series
 7:00 pm
via Zoom

Award-winning poet, Atsuro Riley will read from his latest publications and answer questions from attendees.

APRIL 21-22
Omni Echo Event
 10:00 am
LA-61M

The Omni Echo is an immersive synthesizer, an augmented reality experience that stretches sounds in time. Chris Warren, Assistant Professor of Digital Composition and Sound Design, Music Recording Technology and Audio Design Area Coordinator in the School of Music and Dance, will lead this immersive exploration.

APRIL 13
Faculty Book Celebration
 12:00 pm
AL-266 or Zoom

Join us as we celebrate recent faculty book publications.

APRIL 6
Living Writers' Series
7:00 pm
On Zoom

Maurice Carlos Ruffin will read from his most recent publications and answer questions from attendees. 

MARCH 23
NCSCL Visiting Scholar's Lecture
4:00 - 5:30 pm
LL-430

This year's NCSCL Visiting Scholar's Lecture: "A 'Damn Mob' of Scribbling Girls: From Jo March to Starr Carter" by Maria Tatar.

MARCH 21
Warner Innovation Lecture
12:00 - 12:50 pm
AL-102

 Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature Diana Leong will discuss her in-progress book manuscript, Against Wind and Tide: Toward a Slave Ship Ecology, which situates environmental justice within abolitionism to reveal how modern racial slavery shapes our understanding of what it means to be free within an environmentally-just world. 

MARCH 16
Living Writers' Series
7:00 pm
LL-430

Conversations in Children’s, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Literature: A Reading and Discussion featuring Award-winning Authors and Scholars, Chris Baron, Lashon Daley, and Matt de la Peña.

MARCH 14
Bad Air, Built Environments, and the Brookes
10:00 am
On Zoom

Diana Leong will present her current research during the IEPA Faculty Work in Progress Lecture Series. 

MARCH 9
Living Writers' Series
7:00 pm
On Zoom

Elisabet Velasquez will read from her debut novel, When We Make It, and answer questions from attendees.

MARCH 4
Introduction to E-Lit
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
On Zoom

Join Brent Ameneyro for an introduction of his new position and a brief exhibition and discussion of Electronic Literature. 

FEBRUARY 16
New Faculty/Staff Lightning Talks
4:00 - 5:00 pm
On Zoom

Lashon Daley - Assistant Professor of English andComparative Literature
Romain Delaville - Digital Humanities Center ProgramsSpecialist.
Dustin Edwards - Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and WritingStudies
Kylie Sago- Assistant Professor of French in the Department of European Studies.

FEBRUARY 16
Living Writers' Series
 7:00 pm
On Zoom

The Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading presents, Award-winning Author and Utah’s Poet Laureate, Paisley Rekdal.

FEBRUARY 23
Indigenous Digital Storytelling
 4:00 - 5:00 pm
On Zoom

“Mite Achimowin (Heart Talk): Indigenous Women’s Expressions of Heart Health & Decolonizing Research Methods through Community-Based Digital Storytelling” with Dr. Lorena Sekwan Fontaine, Associate Professor, Human Rights, University of Winnipeg and SDSU Fulbright Scholar in American Indian Studies. 

In Memoriam: Laurie Edson

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Laurie Edson, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, passed away 29 December.  Laurie was an acclaimed scholar of the political, cultural, social, and economic issues facing women in postcolonial cultures, with her works drawing together literary and visual media to critique traditional methods of knowledge production. In addition to scholarly books on Henri Michaux and the Poetics of Movement and Reading Relationally, Laurie guest-edited special collections of several journals, translated Jeanne Hyvrard’s Mother Death, and published more than 30 book chapters and essays. 

Laurie joined SDSU as an Associate Professor of French in 1988, after appointments at Harvard, Stanford, and UCLA, and moved to the Department of English and Comparative Literature as a full professor in 1993, serving in multiple important roles over the course of her career. She introduced students to the works of writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Tsitsi Dangaremba and was recognized as the Most Influential Faculty member on three separate occasions (1989, 2012, and 2017). She also received Mortar Board’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2012 and Phi Beta Kappa’s recognition for excellence in teaching in 2002. Throughout, she drew attention to the lives of the marginal and marginalized, and championed the importance of comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature.