English Division Blog (01.30.17)


In the fall of 2015, Librarian Kay Hafner sent me an e-mail telling me how much she enjoyed reading the English Division blog, and gently pointing out a typo. Of course, I immediately asked her if she would edit and proofread the blog for me, since none of us is capable of proofreading what we just wrote. She has been invaluable ever since.

I am delighted for Kay, but deeply sad for the College, that she will be leaving us to head the Hudson Falls Free Library. Be sure to visit her in her new job!


Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Lâle Davidson, Distinguished Professor of English, was featured on WAMC’s Vox Pop on December 21, 2016, along with novelist Barbara Chepaitis. You can listen to a broadcast of this Writer’s Forum presentation.

William (Bill) Weiss, Professor Emeritus of English, has several pieces in the 2016 issue of Speculative Fictions. Of the layout of the journal, Bill writes, “The jpeg has the entire journal presented as a collage.  Collage physics allow for the simultaneity of all the elements (texts & pix), so strictly speaking, there are no page numbers.  Once, when asked what to focus on in his collages, Rauschenberg insisted that each text and picture in the collage IS THE SUBJECT.  It goes some way toward ‘de-subjectivization’ or ‘de-authorization’ of the panels.”  

Dr. Kathleen McCoy was the featured poet at Caffe Lena's first Poetry Open Mic night in their renovated space on January 4, 2017, reading from her book Green and Burning. She is scheduled to read for the Writers Project on April 26.

Adjunct Faculty Neal Herr and Lisa Grant have accepted positions as Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition readers for June readings in Tampa, FL. Jane Arnold, Professor of English, will be reading AP English Language and Literature essays in Kansas City, MO, also in June.

Neal Herr, Adjunct Faculty and Tutor in the CRW, has released his CD, Pepper with the Salt: a Life in Song, a musical memoir of love, marriage, divorce, kids and age told in pop, country, jazz, folk and music hall styles. Herr composed, arranged, performed vocals, guitar and harmonica and music directed the 17 songs, writing all the lyrics except "Holding It All," which is by teacher, poet, activist, author and SUNY Adirondack Trustee Bernice Mennis, adapted from her poetry book of the same name. The covers by SUNY Adirondack Media Arts students Edward Gage II (front) and Kayla Hansen (back) were featured in the October 23, 2016 edition of this blog.  The CD includes support from recently retired SUNY Adirondack Rich LaPlante on drums, electric bass by Peter Fernbach, Associate Professor of English, as well as several notable local musicians and Herr’s daughter, Lucy Reid, on flute.


From the Center for Reading and Writing (CRW)


News from Our Graduates

Former CRW tutor Renée St. Jacques (AA, LA&S, 2008) will give an illustrated talk on her experiences as a Peace Corps Agribusiness Advisor in Cameroon, where she spent two years teaching small plot farmers to grow soy. Her talk will be at Crandall Library in downtown Glens Falls on February 1 at 7:00 p.m.

St. Jacques’s talk is part of Crandall Library’s Black History Month series, co-sponsored with the Glens Falls chapter of the NAACP, which features both lectures and a film series.  Both series are free and open to the public, and feature free refreshments and informative discussion. Photo courtesy Renee St. Jacques.


News From the Center:

Peer reading and writing tutors Hannah Kilpatrick, Amy Rohrman, and Kelsey Fredericks made the Fall 2016 Dean’s List.

Groups: The CRW is starting two groups this semester, Creative Writing and International Conversation. The Creative Writing Group meets weekly on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. and gives writers a friendly community in which to exchange work for feedback. The International Conversation Group is designed to provide informal support to ESL students to practice their conversational English. Check the CRW for the schedule.

Website: The CRW has launched a new website. This page includes links to the online scheduler as well as a web form for faculty to request class visits and workshops for classes. 

Facebook: The CRW has also launched a new Facebook page to reach students to check for important events and updates!

The CRW has also launched a Tutors’ Blog. CRW photo courtesy of Dr. Khristeena Lute.


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.