Department of English

Department of English

Faculty Accomplishments (2010-2011)

At the conclusion of each English Department meeting, faculty share with colleagues their accomplishments over the preceding month(s). Those accomplishments are the reported here.

November 2011

Jonathan Hall presented "What College Writing Instructors Can Learn From Language Pedagogy; What Language Instructors Can Learn From College Writing Pedagogy" at the conference "Writing Education Across Borders," Penn State University, September 30, 2011.

Linda Grasso presented a paper “I did things other people don’t do:”Georgia O’Keeffe as National Icon in the Twenty-First Century” at the New England American Studies Conference, Plymouth Plantation, Mass., November 6, 2011.

October 2011

Tom Moore is working on a series of long form radio reports on the economy and jobs. The five minute stories look at the special problem of long-term joblessness. The reports also cover other aspects of unemployment and the weak economy. The first three parts of the series have already aired on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York. WBAI is part of the national Pacifica Radio Network.

Shereen Inayatulla presented a paper (remotely) at the UCLA Queer Studies Conference on Oct. 15th.

Jim Papa has an essay, "Naming Noddy," an excerpt from a book length manuscript he is working on, forthcoming in the November issue of LI SAIL. He has poems forthcoming in The Midwest Quarterly and Confrontation Magazine. He will be giving a poetry reading at the Locust Valley Public Library in mid-November. He was recently asked to record some of his poetry for the web site

September 2011

Mariahadessa Tallie's first book of poetry,  Karma's Footsteps, was recently published by UK based Flipped Eye Press. The book tackles issues of racism and sexism while celebrating the healing power of voices raised against injustice. Tallie's work is also the subject of the documentary "I Leave My Colors Everywhere" which will be showing at festivals and conferences throughout the year.

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Olivia Kate Cerrone, who joined the adjunct faculty of the English Department at York in Fall 2011, was recently awarded a creative writing residency and an artist's grant by the Vermont Studio Center for the 2012 January session.  A graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at New York University, Cerrone has published fiction in a wide range of print and online literary journals, and is currently at work on a novel.  She is also a frequent contributor to the Southern Italian American culture magazine, Magna GRECE, where she recently interviewed critically acclaimed author, Tony Ardizzone:

Claire Serant was a fellow at Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy in July. She discussed new approaches to help students deconstruct news stories and determine better source reliability.

Cynthia Haller recently hada chapter proposal accepted for  Environmental Rhetoric: Ecologies of Place, in a collection edited by Peter Goggin.

April 2011

Glenn Lewis will be the director of the CUNY Journalism School Undergraduate Initiative starting Fall 2011. As director, Prof. Lewis will continue to work with the undergraduate campuses to strengthen student news outlets and create a CUNY-wide undergraduate campus wire service. This will allow editors and advisors of news outlets across CUNY to share their work and communicate with each other. The undergraduate journalism faculty have asked for help to create a Journalism Discipline Council. Prof. Lewis, as the director, will be heavily involved in that effort and should help head up the council. Prof. Lewis was instrumental in working with journalism faculty across CUNY to create the journalism school, and he heads up one the university’s largest undergraduate journalism programs. He was the Journalism School’s choice to continue to expand the undergraduate journalism work in the university.

Tom Moore has been awarded a PSC-CUNY grant to advance his study of digital journalism. He'll be teaching a special topics class on that subject in Fall 2011. The class will incorporate developments in the world of Internet-based news, focusing on the best in multimedia journalism. The course will also aim to put those best practices into use here at York in our Journalism Program.

Debbie Rowe has been awarded a PSC-CUNY Research Grant for Academic Year 2011-2012.  This grant will fund the next leg of her research investigating how experienced writers apply the solitary reading aloud technique during the revision of their own writing.  This particular next step of the research will look at how non-native English speakers apply this technique when writing in English.

The English Department was strongly represented at the York College Research Day on April 14 th. Three panels, moderated by Deep Bisla, Mychel Namphy, and Tom Zlabinger, featured English majors/minors Travis Geoffroy, Isabelle Lanchez, Simon Volker, Robert Springer, and Kathy Recckia. Special mention to Heather Robinson and her advisee Robert Springer who discussed Robert’s work on Trinidadian dialect as part of the featured lunchtime panel. Kelly Josephs, Shereen Inayatulla, and Mychel Namphy comprised the hosting committee for the keynote speaker, the poet/author/activist Staceyann Chin. Ms. Chin’s presence was organized and made possible in large part due to Prof. Joseph’s efforts. The event was organized by Office of Undergraduate Research and Honors Program Director Rishi Nath.

March 2011

William Hughes is a 2011 recipient of a Prevention for A Safer Society (PASS) Award from The National Council on Crime and Delinquency for coverage of the criminal justice system in his article "Memories of a Murder," published in the November 2010 edition of  City Limits Magazine. In the article, Professor Hughes examines the psychology of false confessions and the phenomenon of wrongful convictions by discussing the case of a man who claims to have been erroneously convicted for the 1990 slaying of a tourist in New York City.

The PASS Award, according to The National Council on Crime and Delinquency " . . . is the only national recognition of print and broadcast journalists, TV news and feature reporters, producers, writers, and those in film and literature who try to focus America’s attention on our criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems in a thoughtful and considerate manner."

Kelly Josephs has been selected to participate in a Mellon Foundation-funded faculty seminar on "Freedom" during the 2011-2012 academic year at the CUNY Graduate Center. Professor Josephs will join faculty and students from the Graduate Center as well as colleagues from Brooklyn College, Queens College, Baruch College, John Jay College, College of Staten Island, and LaGuardia Community College, all of whom are working on projects related to the seminar theme.

During academic year 2010-2011, Professor Josephs co-organized and facilitated a Center for Humanities Seminar on "Caribbean Epistemologies" that brought together faculty across CUNY and in the New York region who work on Caribbean studies. The seminar culminated with an all-day symposium, "Caribbean Epistemologies: Challenges and Conversations" held at the Graduate Center on April 15th.


February 2011

Sundeep Bisla’s forthcoming book:  Wilkie Collins and Copyright: Artistic Ownership in the Age of the Borderless Word will be published by Columbus: Ohio State UP.

Janice Cline's husband directed a one-man show  performed here at York. Brent Buell, Director and Co-producer in conjunction with Executive Producer Jane Dubin brought Iyaba Ibo Mandingo's  unFRAMED to York College's PAC.  The Cultural Diversity Program sponsored it. Brent Buell taught in York's English Department from 2001 - 2002.

Cynthia Haller was interviewed on Marjory Stoneman Douglas in “Marjory and Marjorie on the Natural Florida.”   Florida Frontiers: The Weekly Radio Program of the Florida Historical Society. No. 75. [Selected public radio stations in Florida.] Interview available at

Professor Haller published “Walk, Talk, Cook, Eat: What Can You Do with Others’ Work?”  Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing . Vol. 2. Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky, eds. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press. 2011. Print.

William Hughes' long form magazine piece, "Memories of a Murder: Johnny Hincapie has done 20 years for his role in an infamous killing. Was he even there?" which appeared in  City Limits Magazine ’s November, 2010, caught the interest of a book agent and he’s now working with the agent.

Jim Papa's creative non-fiction essay, "Long Cove," appeared in the Spring 2010 edition of    ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment) , an Oxford University Press journal.  His personal essay "A True Phoenician" appeared in the April 2011 edition of  LI SAIL. His critical article, "Canvas and Steam: Historical Conflict in Jack London's  Sea-Wolf, which originally appeared in  The Mid-West Quarterly, was recently reprinted in  Jack London: Modern Critical Views (2011), edited by Harold Bloom.  His poems have appeared most recently in  Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Long island Poetry.

December 2010

Cynthia Haller published “Toward Rhetorical Source Use: Three Student Journeys.” Writing Program Administration: Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators 34.1 (Fall/Winter 2010): 33-59.

Investigative journalist  William Hughes published a 5,000-word article in the November issue of City Limits Magazine looking into whether an inmate in Sing Sing prison was wrongfully convicted more than 20 years ago.

Glenn Lewis served as Editor and sole writer for the Keys Documents Volume of The Encyclopedia of Journalism published by Sage Publications. The Encyclopedia previously won the Dartmouth Medal - Honorable Mention as one of the three most prestigious reference publications for 2010. The Encyclopedia of Journalism has now been chosen as a Booklist Magazine 2010 Editors Choice honoree. The announcement will be included in the January 1, 2011 Editors Choice issue of Booklist to be widely distributed at American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.

October 2010

Charles Coleman will present a paper titled “Assumptive and Situational Language Behavior in Humor Used by and about President Barack Obama” at the July 2011 12 th annual International Pragmatics Association Conference in Manchester, England.  He will also present a paper titled “Discourse Practices and Critical Literacy” at the April 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Atlanta, Georgia.

September 2010

Glenn Lewis was recently reappointed to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Governance Council for the academic year 2010-2011 as a Consortial Faculty Representative.

William Hughes published an article in the September/October 2010 issue of New Jersey & Company Magazine titled, “Red Tape Review: Gov. Chris Christie's overhaul of New Jersey's administrative rules and regulations created a media and real estate industry sensation. But will it really help development?”


Mychel Namphy presented at the Africana Colloquium Series on Wednesday, September 15. Prof. Namphy presented “Alex Haley: The Silent Partner” from Malcolm’s Mood Indigo.”

Kelly Josephs is co-organizing "Caribbean Epistemologies," a seminar run through the Center for Humanities at the Graduate Center.  The Seminar focuses on Caribbean Studies and will meet once per month for the 2010-11 academic year.