Todd Dills to Speak at Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block, Rider’s student writing club, presents novelist and business journalist Todd Dills, who will speak on April 14 in the open period, 11:30-1:00, in Fine Arts 307.


Todd Dills is the author of a novel (Sons of the Rapture, Featherproof 2006) and the 2013 short-story collection, Triumph of the Ape. He is senior editor of Overdrive magazine where his writing was recently awarded the highest honor in business journalism—the Grand Neal—by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards.

Breanne Needles Lands Dream Internship!

Breanne Needles, a junior English major, has accepted a paying internship for this summer writing press releases for the Wu-Tang Clan.


Breanne will be the assistant to Eva Ries, the marketing executive and talent agent who over the past twenty years has brokered record deals and booked tours for Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, and Russell Simmons.

If you see Breanne around campus, congratulate her!

Lillian Faderman Keynote at the NJ Gender Colloquium, Friday 3/27

This Friday, March 27, Rider will be hosting the New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Colloquium. This is essential for anyone working on gender and sexuality studies in literature and film as well as anyone specifically interested in the history of sexuality and lesbian studies (Faderman is a foundational critic in the latter).

Faderman’s keynote will be held in Sweigart 115 between 1:10-2:30.


Emeritas professor of English at California State University, Fresno and visiting professor at UCLA, Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature.

Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship, including Yale University’s James Brudner Award, the Monette/Horwitz Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Culture Hero Award, and the American Association of University Women’s Distinguished Senior Scholar Award. The New York Times named two of her books, Surpassing the Love of Men and Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, on its Notable Books of the Year list.

Susquehanna Review Call for Submissions: Deadline Mar. 31

Susquehanna Review, an online and in-print literary journal, is calling for submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, translations, and art from any and all undergraduate students. We’re interested in writing with fresh language, complexity, strong character development, emotional resonance, and momentum. We want to read something we haven’t read before. We want your language to linger in us long after we’ve finished the piece. Please check out the work in our online journal for examples of what we’re looking for. To be considered for our 2016 issue, please submit your fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by Tuesday, March 31, 2015 and your art and translations by Tuesday,  April 7, 2015 via our online submissions manager at In your cover letter, please be sure to include the name of your undergraduate institution, as well as any of your previous publications, for purposes of inclusion in author biographies.
Submissions are eligible for the Gary Fincke Creative Writing Prize for the best piece of poetry ($100) and the best piece of prose ($100) in each issue. There is no entry fee. All submissions to Susquehanna Review will automatically be under consideration for the contest, which is judged by Susquehanna University Creative Writing faculty members.