English Division Blog (04.07.17)

Coming Events

The Writers Project

Stephen Lewandowski is a poet and creative non-fiction writer, author of Under Foot (a collection of poems and essays), O Lucky One, and Last Settler in the Finger Lakes among his other books. Lewandowski, a native of Canandaigua, will read from his work in 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall.

College Lecture Series

On April 19, Dr. Martin Wasserman, Professor of Psychology and Anthropology (Emeritus), will talk on “Ezra Pound’s Cathay: A Replication of an Experiment in Translation.” Cathay, published in 1915, is a collection of classical Chinese poetry translated into English by the poet Ezra Pound. The talk will take place in Miller Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

Other Events

Tara Bradway, the Artistic Director of the Adirondack Shakespeare Company, who is also a tutor in the Center for Reading and Writing, announces the Company’s spring schedule, which includes Hamlet and Cymbeline in repertory at a wide variety of venues from April 25 to May 6. The company also performs their work at high schools in the greater Capital District and the Adirondacks. Contact Bradway for further information. Photo courtesy of Adirondack Shakespeare Company.

Dr. Kathie McCoy, Professor of English and Chair of the English Division will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. A donation of $3 is requested. For more information, contact Dan Wilcox, (518) 482-0262; e-mail dwlcx@earthlink.net.


Faculty Accomplishments

Finishing Line Press announces the publication of More Water than Words, a book of poetry by Dr. Kathie McCoy, Professor of English and Chair of the English Division. The photo above shows McCoy's book among those by English faculty on display at the recent College Open House.

Neal Herr, Adjunct Professor of English and tutor in the Center for Reading and Writing, held a release party for his CD, Pepper with the Salt, at the Hudson River Music Hall on April 8. Other SUNY-Adirondack personnel involved with the CD are graduate Kayla Hansen (AAS 2017) and current student Edward Gage, with back up by retired SUNY Adirondack Rich LaPlante and  Peter Fernbach, Associate Professor of English. The lyrics to one of the songs on the CD were written by SUNY Adirondack Trustee Bernice Mennis.


In Our Classrooms: More Translations from Chinese

Students in English 245: Readings in World Scripture, grapple with the concept of reading texts in translation. Their first assignment is to look at several translations of a classic Chinese poem and create their own translation, along with an artist’s statement explaining their choice of form and language.

While no match for Ezra Pound, the students’ renditions are always creative and interesting. Two graphic translations form the cover for a printing of this year’s poems. “More Ways of Looking at Wang Wei” (based on Eliot Weinberger and Octavio Paz, eds., Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei) is on display in the Center for Reading and Writing, or e-mail Professor Jane Arnold for a copy. The class particularly thanks Barb Schultz for doing an outstanding job with the printing.


The English Division in the Community

Kevin Ankeny (left), Professor of Radio/TV Broadcasting and Dr. Jeevan Gurung, Associate Professor of English (right) stand in front of the English Division display at the Open House.


Faculty Websites

Dr. Lâle Davidson
Dr. Khristeena Lute
Peter Marino 
Dr. Kathleen McCoy
Joe Portes
Ellen Ricks
Charlotte Smith
Bill Weiss

Other Websites of interest
Library Blog
CRW Tutors’ Blog
Joyce Miller

The English Division blog is maintained by Jane Arnold, Professor of English/Reading Specialist, arnoldj@sunyacc.edu.