Harmonia and Discordia Release Party!!!

The English Department’s new issues of Harmonia, the creative writing journal, and Discordia, the scholarly journal, are being released next Wednesday, October 15th from 12-1pm in NAB-1100. Come by, jump on the open mic, have some light snacks, and grab your free issues! 

All are welcome–please join us!!!

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Call for Student Editors

The English Department is looking for dedicated English majors to work as student editors on Harmonia, our creative writing journal, and Discordia, our scholarly journal, for the 2014-2015 academic year.

If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Professor Jessica Williams at williamsJL@oldwestbury.edu

Thank you to those who have already expressed interest! You will be contacted in mid-August with details for a general interest meeting to be held at the start of the semester.

SUNY OW English Major Wins 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Alumni Award

Congratulations to Shaakirah Medford, winner of the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Alumni Award.  Shaakirah was presented with the award at the 2014 SUNY College at Old Westbury graduation ceremony where she received her BA in English with a Multicultural Literature Specialization and two minors, one in African American Studies and one in Media and Communications.  She has also served as a New York Youth Ambassador for the Youth Leadership Initiative and spoke at two White House Summits on Community Solutions for Disconnected Youth, meeting with President Obama.  Read more and watch a video clip at:

http://www.rappaportcommunications.com/portfolio/bringing-youth-voice-to-the-white-house/

 

Writing Contest Announcements

Write a 6 word story and win $100.

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn” – Ernest Hemingway wrote this 6 word story, saying it was his best work. What can you do in 6 words? Enter your 6 word story into our 6 word writing competition and the entry with the most likes will receive a cash prize of $100.

For more information visit: http://www.readwave.com/challenge/64/write-a-6-word-story-and-win-a-cash-prize-of-100/

 

Write a poem about your generation and win $100

Has the poem been left behind by tweets, memes and viral videos. That’s up to you! We want you to write a poem that embodies the triumph and weaknesses of your generation. The poem with the most likes will win a cash prize of $100.
For more information visit: http://www.readwave.com/challenge/65/write-a-poem-about-your-generation-and-win-100/

 
Is the Internet taking over? Write an 800 word article and win a cash prize of $250

In under a decade, social networks like Facebook and Tinder have redefined the way we live our lives, talk to our friends, even find love. With the launch of Google Glass it seems that technology will become an extension of how we see the world. But is the social web benefitting society or hurting it? And where will the digital revolution go from here?

We’re inviting all journalists and bloggers to have their say at our ReadWave Digital Identities writing competition. Write down your thoughts in less than 800 words. The winning article will receive a cash prize of $250 with a $100 cash prize for the runner up.
For more information visit: http://www.readwave.com/challenge/63/is-the-internet-taking-over-write-an-article-and-win-a-cash-prize-of-250/.

NY Times Letter Written by Dr. Hobson Quotes OW English Major

The English Department’s Dr. Christopher Z. Hobson recently had a letter to the New York Times editor published. The letter is about teaching James Baldwin and quotes one of our English majors! The letter reads: 

It’s welcome that James Baldwin’s reputation is rising again. But in focusing on early masterworks like “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Sonny’s Blues,” we risk neglecting Baldwin’s rich, deeply felt later novels, particularly “If Beale Street Could Talk” (1974) and “Just Above My Head” (1979). I teach these regularly.

College readers respond to Baldwin’s vivid language — colloquial as well as literary; to the wisdom and sorrow of “Just Above My Head”; and to Baldwin’s prophetic anticipation of today’s partial acceptance of homosexuality and America’s stalled racial reformation.

One of my seniors wrote that Baldwin “hurt me in such a beautiful way that I could not be angry with him,” and that is one mark of a great writer.

CHRISTOPHER Z. HOBSON
Old Westbury, N.Y., April 27, 2014

Click here to view the page directly (Dr. Hobson’s is the second letter on the page)