Look at Something Beautiful Every Day by Professor Jennifer Person

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



Come to the Writing Center, room L-300 in the Library for all Workshops

Call us at (516) 876-3093 for more information. 


Improve your writing skills by practicing specific aspects of college writing.  All workshops are FREE.  Registration is encouraged but not required.  Call 876-3093 or stop by the Writing Center in room L-300, Library, Campus Center to register.  See you there!


 RESEARCH WRITING: Using Sources in an Essay

Date: Tuesday, October 1st          OR                Date: Wednesday, November 6th

Time: 3-4:30pm                                                    Time: 7:15-8:45pm


Writing a Research Paper this semester?  Want to know more about how to use sources in academic writing?  This workshop will help you develop skills for writing college-level research papers.  We will practice strategies for narrowing a broad topic to a manageable focus, developing thesis statements, constructing argumentative paragraphs, incorporating source material, and avoiding plagiarism.


 COOKIES AND COMMAS: A Punctuation Workshop

Date:  Monday, October 28th         OR                 Date: Tuesday, November 12th

Time: 3-4:30pm                                                       Time: 6:30-8pm


Perplexed about punctuation?  Confused about commas?  Stumped by semi-colons?  Join us for a workshop on punctuation.  We will review and practice guidelines for punctuating sentences effectively. 



Date:  Tuesday, October 8th            OR     Date: Wednesday, October 9th                                

Time: 12-1pm                                               Time: 12-1pm


Essay exams are given in many subjects across campus.  Join us to explore strategies for studying for and succeeding on essay exams.   

An OW Student Abroad: Part Three of a Special Three Part Blog Series

Hello OW Community!


So here I am trying to summarize my six month trip abroad to Turkey but I cannot seem to do so without getting bombarded with memories flushing through my mind of how great of an experience I had — almost too great to be true, almost as if it were all a dream, as if it all never really happened. But it had. Because here I am, back in Long Island, back at Old Westbury, back at the old routine, starting my junior year of college.



That’s what it was. I can sum up the whole trip with that one measly word: bittersweet. It’s an easy word to define. However, when put into actual reality, it’s somewhat of a difficult thing to experience – because essentially you don’t know what or how to feel. You’re sort of just in a state of confusion. And it’s like a tug-of-war. Should I be happy? Should be sad?


Or maybe I am just being too emotional – I really don’t know.

Continue reading “An OW Student Abroad: Part Three of a Special Three Part Blog Series”

Writing Center Info for Fall 2013

The Writing Center, located in room L-300 in the Library, is open during the hours below through December 16th:

Mondays, 11am-9:30pm

Tuesdays, 11am-9:30pm

Wednesdays, 10am-7pm

Thursdays, 10am-7pm

The Writing Center follows the class schedule and is closed when classes are not in session.

While walk-ins are always welcome, appointments can be made and cancelled through our online system at http://oldwestbury.mywconline.com.  This system also allows us to provide limited hours of synchronous online tutoring.

The Writing Center provides assistance with all aspects of the writing process, including understanding assignments, generating ideas, organizing, developing thesis statements, paragraphing, and sentence-level clarity.  As part of the educational mission of the College, we focus on fostering learning about writing and the development of portable writing and critical thinking skills.

Harmonia Call for Submissions!!!

It’s that time again!!! Harmonia, the English Department at SUNY Old Westbury’s Creative Writing Journal, is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2013 issue.

Our two new student editors, Meagan Hill and Alcides Aleman, and our faculty editor, Prof. Williams, are excited to read your submissions!

Please send all submissions to harmoniajournal@gmail.com by Oct. 21, 2013. 


Chair’s Welcome by Dr. Margaret Rose Torrell

Chair’s Welcome by Dr. Margaret Rose Torrell

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Welcome to the SUNY College at Old Westbury English Department Website. I hope you had a pleasant summer and are re-energized and ready to achieve great things this fall!  A warm welcome to our new freshmen, majors, graduate students, and faculty.

The Fall semester is just about three weeks underway and our students have already begun a journey that takes them across time, around the globe, and to more advanced levels of writing, reading, and thinking.  In one classroom, they are engaged in a discussion about the Old English epic, Beowulf.  In another, the ancient Greek tragedy, Antigone. 

Down the hall, students are exploring the transformative power of storytelling in The Arabian Nights or The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa while others are making friends with literary theory or have begun their intensive study of Virginia Woolf.  Some of our seniors are embarking on an exploration of the intellectual autobiography that will culminate in writing their own story of their intellectual development.  Other seniors are ready to submit the first installment of their senior thesis projects on topics such as masculinity in Junot Diaz’s works, homoerotics in Virginia Woolf’s novels, folklore in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and literary elements in Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition.

In our Writing Programs courses which are coordinated by Dr. Christopher Hobson, some English Composition I classes are reading and writing literacy narratives while English Composition II students are using multicultural literature as a springboard to practice advanced analysis techniques and research writing.

Students new to our Master of Arts in Teaching English program, coordinated by Dr. Linda Camarasana, have begun their surveys of American and British Literature and those in their second year are preparing to teach writing and enter the English classroom as student teachers.

Continue reading “Chair’s Welcome by Dr. Margaret Rose Torrell”

Call for Submissions from SUNY Geneseo

See below for a call for submissions from SUNY Geneseo:
Greetings from SUNY Geneseo!

           Fire up your nibbed pens, computers and chalkboards! Gandy Dancer, SUNY Geneseo’s online literary magazine, is accepting submissions for Issue 2.1. until 11:59 p.m. October 1st.  


          We consider previously unpublished work only! Up to 5 poems, jpeg files of artwork (photos, drawings, sculpture, installation and paintings) and prose writing pieces up to 25 pages in length (drama, fiction and creative non-fiction) may be submitted for publication per genre. Submissions in multiple genres are welcome. 

           For further questions or concerns please contact us at gandydancer@geneseo.edu or visit our webpage gandydancer.org

Call for Student Committee to Create Department Literary Journal

The English Department is hoping to develop an academic literary journal for student essays, book reviews, and literary criticisms. To accomplish this goal, we need to put together a student committee to create the journal from the ground up. This will include conducting research, designing submission guidelines, and creating an editorial panel, among other things. It will be a strong item to include on your academic résumé.

If you think you might be interested in working on this project, please contact Professor Williams (williamsJL@oldwestbury.edu) no later than Thursday, September 19th.

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