Department Chair

  • Erich Hertz
    Associate Professor of English
    Kiernan Hall 214
    (518) 782-6896

Department News

The English Department is proud to announce the

  2013 Major Field Award Recipient: Olivia Phetteplace
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Faculty News – Spring 2013


Tom Akstens will attend the NELGBT conference in April, where he will present a program on Ally initiatives for trans students.  Tom has initiated a research project on the correspondence and friendship between Louise Bogan and Rufina Morris McCarthy. He has articles forthcoming in Adirondack Life and Adirondac, the magazine of the Adirondack Mountain Club.  His solo album, Flow: Music, Water, Time is a work-in-progress.  In the meantime, he and his musical partner, Neil Rossi, will celebrate 50 years of performing with a series of concerts. One of the stops on the tour will be at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, July 28th. He hopes to see some friendly Siena faces in the audience!

Jerry Dollar will present a comparative paper on Willa Cather and Leslie Marmon Silko--"From the Blue Mesa to North Top: Cather's Environmental Influence on Silko's Ceremony"--at the 14th International Cather Seminar (June, 2013; Northern Arizona Univ.). Following the conference, Jerry plans to resume work on literature of the Far North, with an emphasis on John Muir and Jack London.

Mary Fitzgerald-Hoyt's essay "The Child, the Famine, the Future:  Claire Keegan's 'Foster'" has been published recently in Ireland by Four Courts Press as part of a collection entitled "The Country of the Young," edited by Kelly Matthews and John Countryman.  An expanded version of "Torching the Thatched Cottage:  Claire Keegan's New Rural Ireland," a conference paper she presented last fall in Belgium, has been accepted for a book of essays on the Irish short story.  Mary is also happily serving as a reader for Lauren Eversley's fine Honors thesis on the role of media during  the Freedom Rides of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.

Margaret Hannay recently published her article “The ‘Ending End’ of Lady Mary Wroth’s Manuscript of Poems,”  Special Issue: Mary Wroth.  Sidney Journal 31 (2013): 1-22.  The last edition of The Letters (1595-1608) of Rowland Whyte (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society), co-edited by Margaret Hannay, Noel J. Kinnamon, and Michael G. Brennan, is forthcoming in summer 2013.  Rowland Whyte is a significant writer, whose accounts of Queen Elizabeth's court and of the Sidney family are lively, informative, and include real drama.  At the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI, Margaret received The Jean Robertson Lifetime Achievement Award, International Sidney Society, May 2013.  It was just the third award given out in more than 30 years.

Naton Leslie. Nine of his poems are forthcoming in: Cyphers [Dublin, Ireland], Tar River Poetry 49.2 [East Carolina U., Greenville, NC], Poet Lore [Bethesda, MD], James Dickey Review [Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA]; Saranac Review[State U. of New York, Plattsburg] and Slant [U. of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR. Three poems recently appeared:  “You Have the Right to Good Reception” Poems and Plays [Middle Tennessee State U, Murfreesboro, TN], “In Niles, Ohio” and “On the Kayaderroseras” and Ship of Fools [U. of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH.  Four essays appeared:  “Talk” in Fourth Genre [Michigan State U, East Lansing, MI], “In Public” in Xavier Review, [Xavier U., New Orleans, LA] “The Culture of Guns” in Palo Alto Review and “All Around the World” in North Dakota Review [U of North Dakota, Grand Rapids]. An essay about the rhythm and blues artist Little Willie John, “All Around the World,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors of that magazine.  It is his ninth nomination for inclusion in the prize anthology.

Karin Lin-Greenberg will be a Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review's Summer Writers Workshop this June.

Lisa Nevárez has been active with her vampire scholarship. She presented a paper, "Renesmee and Roses: The (R)omantic Child in Breaking Dawn," at the national meeting of the Popular Culture Association in March. At that conference she also participated in a "Teaching the Vampire" roundtable. She is preparing the manuscript of her edited volume, "Out of the Coffin and Into the Classroom: Essays on Teaching the Vampire," for McFarland Press. The anticipated publication date is Spring 2014. Her essay on Maria Nugent's "India Journal," which appears in a collection edited by Susmita Roye and published by Cambria Press, will be published later this Spring. Dr. Nevárez is concluding her two-year term as Dept. Chair, and in the Fall will be teaching Literary Perspectives, Survey of English Literature II, and Latino/a Literature.

Dr. Trainor has recently had two articles accepted for publication and delivered a conference paper as well. The first article, "He Stoops to Conquer: Fielding and English Song," will appear later this year in the peer-reviewed journal Miscelanea, and the second, "Fielding and the Morality of Music," will be published in Neophilologus, a peer-reviewed journal that is included in the ProQuest and SpringerLink databases. In addition, in April he delivered a paper on "Fielding, Opera, and Oratorio: the Case of George Frideric Handel" at the annual conference of the College English Association in Savannah, GA.  Both articles and the paper are part of his long-term study of the musical attitudes and practices of the eighteenth-century English author Henry Fielding.

In March, Dr. Keith Wilhite chaired a panel on “The City in Literature after 9/11” at the Northeast MLA Convention in Boston, MA.  As part of that panel, he also presented a paper entitled “History against the grain: Teju Cole’s Open City.”  The essay examines the connection between the wreckage of history and the persistence of memory in post-9/11 Manhattan.  In June, Dr. Wilhite will attend the “Cultures of the Suburbs Symposium” at Hofstra University where he will present an essay entitled “Imagining a Community of Readers in the Era of Suburban Sprawl.”


Student and Alumni News


Eden Alaxanian '13 will enter the M.A. program in English at the University at Albany in fall 2013.


Michelle Campbell '13 is currently working for Saratoga Living Magazine as an Editorial and Marketing Assistant.   She worked for Saratoga Living as an intern through Siena this past spring and is happy to continue writing articles and execute the magazine's media plan this summer.  In July, Michelle will start working as an Online Marketing Apprentice for Potratz Advertising Agency in Schenectady.  In addition to work, she also recently became a Junior Committee Member for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. With the help of other young professionals, Michelle will be organizing fundraisers for SPAC's performances & crafting newsletters and other press release materials.


Neidy Hammer '14 and Chelsea Platt '13, two English majors,  presented papers at the Queer Studies conference at the University of North Carolina at Asheville,  on a panel organized by Dr. Rachel Stein,  in April 2013.   Neidy read a creative non-fiction essay entitled "Mixed Marriages"  that explored similarities between biculturalism and bisexuality.  Chelsea Platt read excerpts from a short story entitled "Under the Cross"  about religious conservatism and transphobia.  Both students also discussed their participation in efforts to improve the college climate for queer currently in the M.A. Program in English at Westfield State University in Massachusetts.

Stephen Kingsley '13 will attend Mercy College in Westchester County, NY this fall, pursuing an M.A. and teaching certificate in Adolescent Education (focus on English).

Rachel McCabe '12 will complete the M.A. program in English at the University at Buffalo this fall.

Cameron McMahon '13 will be serving in Americorps in Iowa starting in August 2013.

Charles Pensabene '12 is currently enrolled in the University at Albany Law School.

Patrick Zwosta '13 will enter the M.A. program in English at St. John's University this fall.