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.

Alumni News: Where Are They Now?

Through the efforts of Dr. Hess, the English Department has just added a section to its website highlighting the achievements of recent alumni through brief interviews. If you’re looking for ideas about what to do once you graduate, have just graduated, or want to see what some peers have been doing since graduation, check it out!


Capital City Book Fair, May 1-2

The Capital City Book Fair, a two-day literary event in downtown Trenton, NJ, will line the streets with authors and booksellers. Events will include signings by Pulitzer Prize winning authors, a poetry slam, a literary-themed tour of Trenton, live music, Scrabble, and free books for Trenton kids.

For more information on attending, donating books, or volunteering, see the website: