SUNY Geneseo is can’t-turn-the-pages-fast-enough-excited to launch NaRMo: National Book Review Month – one day into February and already many have heeded the call to @getreviewing!
Lytton Smith, a faculty member in the English Department here at SUNY Geneseo, has participated in National Novel Writing Months and National Poetry Writing Months, and is thrilled to see the products of such intensive generative cycles.
But where, he asks, is the space to review all this great contemporary writing?
We’re constantly hearing, for example, about the “death” of poetry, or of experimental writing, or the short-story, or books themselves. As Chrissy Montelli, writing on the Gandy Dancer blog (the SUNY system’s literary magazine) put it: “if you have to keep declaring, over and over, that poetry is dead, it can’t actually be dead.” The reason for repeated attempts to cremate the literary arts often boils down to lack of awareness: the writers of such articles haven’t found the scintillating contemporary writing that would convince them to put down pen, shrug off misanthropy, and settle down to read some amazing writing, about which they could then write.
That amazing writing is out there, and NaRMo will provide readers with ways to find it, and reviewers with an excuse to shout it from the virtual rooftops.
NaRMo is a grass-roots organization, based at SUNY Geneseo, and dedicated to increasing the number of book reviews of writers from all styles and backgrounds during the month of February. A collaboration between SUNY Geneseo’s English Department and Milne Library, NaRMo intends to link readers through book reviews and to help initiate conversation about books from an assortment of genres including children’s books, drama, non-fiction, fiction and poetry. This is the first year NaRMo is up and running, and we encourage everyone to get reading and get reviewing! Whether it’s through the official NaRMo site, via a literary journal, or on an online store: post a review of a recent book you want the world to know about.
Please join in, whether on the NaRMo website, Twitter, Facebook, or in whatever part of the internet or the physical world makes sense to you: reviews on online retailers, notecards in people’s mailboxes, letters to friends.
The English Department and Milne Library are proud to host a reading by Eugene Stelzig, a Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo. Stelzig will be reading from his new poetry collection, Assorted Selfscriptings, next Tuesday, November 3rd, at 4:15pm in Milne Library.
Stelzig has taught at Geneseo since 1972, and has published 5 books and many articles, as well as one other volume of poetry, Fool’s Gold. His book, Henry Crabb Robinson in Germany, received the Jean-Pierre Barricelli Book Prize for the year’s best book in Romanticism studies. In 2013, Stelzig published a short study on Bob Dylan with Milne Library
Throughout his academic career, Stelzig has been a lifelong poet. This volume, also published by Milne Library, spans two decades of reflective writing, chronicling the poet’s journeys and observations from Cambridge Massachusetts, to Cambridge University in the UK, to country life in Western New York.
Among many praises from colleagues and readers, Stephen Behrendt, George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English at University of Nebraska, Lincoln writes of Assorted Selfscriptings, “A record of warmth and wisdom, informed by sly wit, passionate compassion, and a sure ear for the music of language and the voice of the spirit—this is the poetry of Eugene Stelzig”
Other publications by Milne Library most recently have included a 2nd edition of Christopher Leary’s A Friendly Introduction to Mathematical Logic. Milne Library will also be hosting a celebration of Geneseo faculty, student and staff authors to highlight and celebrate all publications from the past year. The Geneseo Author’s celebration will take place in Milne 213 at 4pm on Wednesday, November 18. Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to share news of any article or book published in the last 12 months, scholarly or not, as well as major digital projects–email Sue Ann Brainard at [email protected] or contact any of the librarians at Milne with citation information to contribute to the impressive list of Geneseo publications.
~ Allison Brown, author.
On May 12th of this year, the winners of the 2011 Genesee Valley Peace Poetry Contest shared their poems at SUNY Geneseo’s Alice Austin Theater. Nearly 900 poems were submitted by children in public and private schools of the Genesee valley in grades K- 8.
Check out the original post with video on the Geneseo English Department News blog!
On Wednesday, November 28th, Milne Library hosted Recreate the Galaxy, an event featuring poetry readings and dance performances showcasing the creative and artistic talents of Geneseo students from all different academic disciplines. Dr. Leah Garland (SOTA) was the Master of Ceremonies and Jeanette Molina (Director of Dual-Degree Programs), Dr. Cristina Rowley (Foreign Languages) and Rich Dreifuss (Milne Library) presided as judges. Recreate the Galaxy was an event sponsored in conjunction with the heavens above: photographs of the universe from the Hubble Space Telescope special exhibit. Winners of the competition were students Nathan Lauffenburger (Physics), Charles Shickley (Mathematics) and Garrett Jones (Computer Science). The trio’s entry was The dark in my heart: 51 haikus, a series of haiku poems read by the students. Congratulations Nathan, Charles and Garrett! For more information, visit the Heavens Above website.
An exerpt from The dark in my heart: 51 haikus:
The dark in my heart
Opens up memories, dust
Closure of my space
A hohmann transfer
To the orbit from beyond
Into tandem thus