Recent Events

Check out our current events here!

Thursday, April 21

Roundtable dedicated to 400th anniversary of Shakespeare.

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

Wednesday, April 13

Want to be a Librarian?

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 11

ENGL 400, Downton Abbey Group: High Tea Party

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

Wednesday, April 6

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

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6

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

English Reading Room | 12 - 1 p.m.


Alumni-in-Residence Series: April 7-9


Thursday, April 7

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

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

Refreshments provided.

Location: Jewett Hall 101


Friday, April 8

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

Writing workshop.

Location: Williams Center G103B


Saturday, April 9

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

Refreshments served.

Location: Fenton 105


Tuesday, April 5

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

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



Saturday, April 2

Book Across Borders Read Aloud

Williams Center S204ABC | 1 - 4 p.m.

Friday, April 1

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

Wednesday, March 30 

Open mic night at 21 East Bookstore.

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

This event is sponsored by STD and Writers Ring.  

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

Wednesday, March 30

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

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30

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


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

Wednesday, March 30

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series: 

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

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

Kurt Vonnegut 1978 Commencement Speech at Fredonia

Daniel A. Reed Library, Archives and Special Collections


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

Wednesday, March 16

Movie Night/ Game Night with English Works

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 12

Women Leaders Then & Now: the Invention of Wings

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

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

 Friday, March 11

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

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

Wednesday, March 8

Q&A Publishing Session with Greg Roza from PowerKids Press

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

Wednesday, March 2

Interview Face-Off with the Career Development Office

Williams Center S204ABC | 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24

Innovative Interview Workshop with the Career Development Office

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

Wednesday, February 17

Resume Building Workshop with the Career Development Office

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 10

How to Find an Internship with the Career Development Office

Williams Center G103B | 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 9

Friday, February 12

Application for Student Teaching Meeting

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



Friday, February 5

1011:00 a.m.: “Getting Started with a Long-Distance Student Internship”

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

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

Location: Williams Center 204B

12:00 p.m.: “Why Great Writing Matters:  An Interview with Randy Cronk, '72” 
WNFY-televised interview by Fredonia President Virginia Horvath with Randy Cronk, ’72 (English), founder of greatwriting. Kevin Kearns, Vice President for Engagement and Economic Development, and Tracy Collingwood, Director of the Career Development Office, will join the conversation.
Join President Horvath as she explores the distinctiveness, value, and meaning of the Fredonia experience through a televised conversation about Randy Cronk's life and career, the development of his business, and the implications for Fredonia's future with engaged learning and economic development.

Location: Williams Center Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)


2:303:30 p.m.: “Why Great Writing Matters for Everyone, Including Your Business”
Join Randy at the Fredonia Technology Incubator to learn how you can use the power of great writing to draw potential clients to your website and to drive business.

Location: 214 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY



Thursday, February 4

4:30–5:30 pm: Launch and Reception

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

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


Wednesday, February 3

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

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

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

December 7, 2015

Application due for Sigma Tau Delta.



December 4, 2015

Coffee Talk

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

Professor Jarvis will speak about her research on Vonnegut.


November 18, 2015

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

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

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



November 10, 2015

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

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



November 5, 2015

105 Science Center | 6:30 pm

Book signing with Matt Gallagher

November 4, 2015

105 Fenton Hall | 6:00 pm

Book Signing with author Brian Turner


November 4, 2015

Coffee Talk

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

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

std coffee talk



October 23, 2015

Wendi Corsi Staub Book Signing Event

University Bookstore | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm


October 23, 2015

Deadline for submission of portfolios for Intermediate Fiction


October 22, 2015

3rd Annual Poetry Slam

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


October 7, 2015


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


September 26, 2015

Professors McVicker and Rivera speak on Gendered Borders

Buffalo Humanities Festival: Gender Bender

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

Buffalo Humanites festival


September 23, 2015

Guest Speaker, Professor Adam Rome

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

Adam Rome, Professor of History and English and Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment at the University of Delaware, will give a talk entitled, "Fashion Forward? The Environmental History of Style from Beaver Hats to iPhones."*

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

*Sponsored by the Sustainability Committee and the Department of History.


September 16, 2015

English Department Picnic

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

Join us for the English department's annual picnic. This is a great chance to meet and interact with faculty in a relaxed atmosphere and to learn about opportunities to get involved on campus. We'll have pizza, and faculty members will bring homemade sides and desserts to share. Students, you are not obligated to bring anything, but if you'd like to bring a canned good donation for the local food pantry, we'll gladly accept it.

Directions to Russell Joy Park: Take Water St to Howard St. Turn right onto Howard and then right into Russell Joy Park. We'll be in the lower pavilion.



September 11, 2015

Past MLA president Michael Bérubé speaks on tenure at Fredonia

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


All are invited to join a VOTE-COPE, Tenure and Promotion presentation and workshop on Friday, September 11. This UUP event will feature guest speaker Michael Bérubé.

Bérubé, a past president of the Modern Language Association, is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature & Director of the Institute for the Arts & Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. His latest book, The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments (co-authored with Jennifer Ruth), was published earlier this year by Palgrave.He is the 2014-15 editor of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom.

Lunch will be served from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm to UUP members. Non-members are welcome to attend.

As part of the labor week activities Jeff Zimmerman from NYSUT will speak about VOTE-COPE. Between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm, there will be a panel of speakers including Jamie Dangler, Statewide Academic VP for UUP; Cynthia Smith, UUP Fredonia chapter Academic VP; Tara Singer-Blumberg, NYSUT/UUP labor relations specialist; and Michael Bérubé.

Click here to see the list of events from the 2014-2015 Academic year




February 27, 2015

Literary London

159 Fenton ¦ 4:00-5:00 pm

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



February 26, 2015

Graduate Symposium: "Coping with Trauma"

204E Williams Center ¦ 2:00-4:00 pm



February 12, 2015

Convocation Themed Panel

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


Dec 12-19, 2014


Progressive Era

Prof. McRae's Honor Seminar

Reed Library Display
Courtney Poirier Courtney Poirier

(Courtney Poirier's Display)

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

Dec. 12-19, 2014



Fredonia & Chautauqua County History

Prof. McRae's English Senior Capstone

Reed Library Display

Katarina Kleine - Dewittville Poorhouse

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

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

Kathryn Haro(Kathryn Haro's Display)

Oct 16-Dec 15, 2014


“Stefan Zweig and World War I”

Lobby of Reed Library

Organized by the grad students in ENGL 514


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

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

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

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


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



Brian Castner

Talk & Roundtable / Veterans Book Project


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




Daisy Fried

Daisy Fried


4:00pm & 7:00pm
202 McEwen

MLW visiting writers series

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




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

Speaker, Loran Peterson, English department alum

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Fenton 127

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

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



Zweig at Fredonia, 2014

3rd Biannual Stefan Zweig Lecture

by French novelist Laurent Seksik


Rosch Recital Hall

The life and works of the Austrian-Jewish writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) offer a unique insight into the artistic and political turbulence of the first half of the twentieth century. A self-styled humanist and pacifist as well as a longtime advocate for European unification, Zweig was deeply affected by the carnage of World War I and subsequently sought to redeem its trauma through artistic-cultural solidarity. In the 1920s the popularity of his stories and his biographies of such historical figures as Erasmus and Marie-Antoinette made him, according to one study published at the time, the most translated author in the world. A decade later his books would be burned by the Nazis. Forced into exile—like so many other Austrian and European Jews—Zweig moved to Petrópolis, Brazil where, horrified by the carnage of yet another war ravaging his beloved European soil, he committed suicide together with his second wife, Lotte.

The manuscripts, correspondences and personal items of Fredonia’s Stefan Zweig Collection offer a unique insight into the many aspects of this extraordinary life and its literary output. This internationally renowned collection, which first came to Fredonia thanks to the efforts of the late Robert Rie, a longtime friend of Zweig’s and former Professor of Modern Languages at Fredonia, has long been a preferred lending place for museums in Europe who have eagerly displayed some of its items in their exhibits over the years, including most recently in Berlin and Vienna. A video about Fredonia’s Zweig Collection may be accessed at



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

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

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

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








Staged Reading of “The Last Days of Stefan Zweig”


Bartlett Theatre

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







English Works meeting


Williams Center G103C

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







“Sigma Tau Delta Coffee Talk ”


English Reading Room

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





carolyn turgeon  Carolyn Turgeon

   (young adult/prose)

  4:00pm & 7:00pm
  202 McEwen

  MLW visiting writers series


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






Department picnic


Russell Joy Park lower pavilion

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

Click here to see the list of events from the 2013-2014 Academic year




English Department Awards Ceremony

May 9th,4pm-6pm

William's Center Horizon Room

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


16th Annual Student Research & Creativity Exposition

May 1st,1pm-6pm

Williams Center MPR

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


Bedtime Stories with Sigma Tau Delta

April 29th 6:30-7:30pm

Japanese Garden, in Reed Library

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

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




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

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

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

Co-sponsored by Reed Library, The Big Read, the Mary Louise White Fund, and the SUNY Fredonia Department of English.

Despite our best efforts, Emily Dickinson remains the only nineteenth-century American woman poet to be taught in high schools and colleges as well as read by a general and robust audience. more...

In this talk I describe the ways in which women’s poetry was everywhere in the nineteenth century and explore a new explanation for its erasure from literary history. By reading this poetry with knowledge of the cultural and literary conventions that shaped it and circulated it, I argue for a rethinking of our method of recovery – from one that takes its cues from our 21st-century desires to one that listens to the poetry itself.
Big Read Meet & Greet
Thursday April 24th 9:30-11am
Japanese Garden Room in Reed Library
Students are invited for refreshments and casual conversation with our Big Read keynote speaker Dr. Socarides. This event is free and open to the public.



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

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

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

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


Coffee & Literature: Sigma Tau Delta Coffee Talk

April 23rd, 2-3pm

English Reading room in Fenton Hall


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



Celebrate Earth Day 

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

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


Slam Poetry Festival

April 14th, 6:30 p.m.

in 209 McEwen

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Workshops for International Students at SUNY Fredonia

Fall 2013

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

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

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





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


English Department Fall Picnic

Friday, September 6, 2013

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Russell Joy Park, lower pavilion

English and English Education Majors are invited to join English Department Faculty for a potluck picnic to celebrate the start of a new school year!  


Click here to see a list of events from the Spring 2013 semester


English Works


Come Join Us At The First English Works Event:


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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

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


Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series

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

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

Spring 2013

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

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

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

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

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

The Second Biannual Stefan Zweig Lecture


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

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


The Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose


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




Community Bedtime Stories


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


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


Small snacks will be provided!


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


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


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


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


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



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