On Friday, October 25 from 6 to 9 pm in the Student Union Multipurpose Room B, T.J. Parsell, author of Fish, will be screening a rough cut of his documentary followed by a lively discussion. This event is sponsored by the First Year Experience Program.
T.J. Parsell is an American writer, filmmaker and human rights activist committed to ending prison rape. At age 17, he was sentenced to four years in prison, where he was sexually assaulted numerous times. T.J. has since written the award-winning book Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison, which details the sexual violence he experienced.
Today T.J. is a leading human rights activist working to reform the prison system and end prison rape. His documentary, Fish: A Boy in a Man’s Prison, will be a film adaptation of his book.
Dear Colleagues and Friends of the English Department at SUNY College at Old Westbury,
As you might know, with our move to the New Academic Building, we lost our Poetry Center in the Academic Village. I am currently working with another professor, Professor Sylvie Kande of the History and Philosophy Department, on a grant proposal to obtain funding and a space for a new Poetry Center. Our new vision for the proposed Poetry Center would not necessarily be a space that is large enough to host events, but rather a safe space to share poetry, meet to discuss events, and act as a home-base for many of our poetry centered organizations and events including the Poetry Club, and Harmonia, the Creative Writing Journal at Old Westbury.
We need your help to make this happen. We are looking for testimonials from both students and faculty who hosted or participated in events or otherwise used the Poetry Center space in Academic Village. I know that many of us are very busy, especially at the midway point of the semester. Your testimonial can be as short as a sentence or two, or as long as you’d like. Please share with us any memories, past experiences, friendships formed, events witnessed, or inspiring moments that you had at the Poetry Center. Also feel free to share why you think we need to reestablish a space for poetry at SUNY Old Westbury. I am asking for all testimonials to be returned to me at williamsJL@oldwestbury.edu as soon as possible, but no later than November 15th.
Thank you so much in advance for considering writing a testimonial in support of a new space for poetry at Old Westbury. Hopefully, with your help, we can resurrect the Poetry Center!
Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.
Professor Jessica Williams
Due to the ongoing renovation of the Library, the Writing Center has relocated. Beginning Monday, 10/7/13 the Writing Center will be located in room H216 in Campus Center.
Advising for Spring 2014 will begin for all English majors on Wednesday, November 9th. Please check the bulletin board outside of the English Department (NAB 3036-A) to find out who your adviser is and how to contact them. Remember, even though continuing students no longer need PIN numbers to register, you should still be advised for registration.
Registration dates are as follows:
Seniors: Monday Nov 4 (88 + credits)
Juniors: Thursday Nov 7 (57 – 87 credits)
Sophomores: Monday Nov 11 (32 – 56 credits)
Freshmen: Thursday Nov 14 (0 -31 credits)
Register early to get the classes you need!
Look at Something Beautiful Every Day by Professor Jennifer Person
Look at Something Beautiful Every Day is my first book and was self-published by Xlibris publishers at the start of the Fall 2013 semester. The book is a collection of my original poetry paired with pictures of artwork that mirror the poems themselves. It is meant to be an eclectic collection of both genres and is a collaborative work — many people helped me over the three year period it took to write the book and bring it to publication. Professor Jessica Williams is an editor of the book and we worked closely together throughout the writing process and made many revisions as we went along. My intention when putting the book together was to make poetry accessible to all types of readers and to remind readers (as well as myself) of the importance of seeing beauty in everyday things and to engage all of their sense while reading the poems and looking at the paired images. My hope is that the book will achieve both of these things and appeal to readers who are new to poetry as well as those who are looking for fresh poems to read and consider. Look at Something Beautiful Every Day is available through Xlibris pushing and can be found on amazon.com and Barnes and Noble’s website. The book is also available as an e-book and can be downloaded to a Kindle in both black and white and color.
I hope the book will be an enjoyable source of both poetry and artwork for all readers and will serve as a reminder to Look at Something Beautiful Every Day!
Professor Jennifer Celeste Person
Adjunct Instructor, English Department