December 2013

Department Notepad:

A biannual newsletter of faculty, staff, current students and alum developments. Click the image to the left to view.

Seeing Voices

Katherine Ann Powers: Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J.F. Powers

 A writer, editor and eldest daughter of J.F. Powers, sits down with Luke Mancuso (Associate Professor of English) in a video interview about her widely-praised book, that was published in the fall of 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her book, Suitable Accommodations:  An Autobiographical Story of Family Life:  The Letters of J. F. Powers, is a collection of edited letters from her father that are compiled to show the true essence of J.F. Powers as a writer, an unorthodox Catholic and a family man. These letters show the undiscovered side of Powers. J.F. Powers (1917-99) won the 1963 National Book Award for his first novel, "Morte d'Urban," and was writer-in-residence here at CSB/SJU for a substantial amount of his career. Watch the video interview here.

Book Arts Studio: Make It New:

A video feature which introduces the CSB Book Arts Studio printmaking practices with Rachel Mellis (CSB/SJU Art Department) as our engaging guide, along with her Book Arts students in session. We are pleased to spotlight the CSB/SJU Book Arts Minor, which many English students enroll in for credit.  Click on the photo to the left to watch.


Allison Horton and Nicole Werner: Book Arts Minors' Major Passion:

Allie Horton (CSB 2012) and Nikki Werner (CSB 2012), the two first Book Arts Minors here at CSB/SJU, engage in a lively audio conversation about their passion for book arts with Luke Mancuso (Associate Professor of English). Click the image to the left to listen to the podcast.

Hearing Voices

Women Having Words/A Poetic Encounter:

Jessica Harkins (Assistant Professor of English) and Betsy Johnson-Miller (Instructor of English and Communication): Jessica and Betsy sit down for an audio interview with Luke Mancuso to read and discuss several of their poems and their passion for the writer's craft.  (click on the picture to listen)

No Bullshit in Being Flynn:

Internationally celebrated, New York Times-bestselling writer Nick Flynn sits down for a revealing conversation with Luke Mancuso (Associate Professor of English) and Cody Lynch (SJU 2014): their free-wheeling chat centers on Nick's struggles with the writerly life, readings from his poetry, as well as a behind-the-scenes peek at the Hollywood film set of Being Flynn, starring Robert de Niro and Paul Dano, the recent film adaptation of his memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which has been called "a nearly perfect work of literature.," by the San Francisco Chronicle. Audio feature.

Reading Voices

"In Claro" and "II. Pictures from Prague"

By Jessica Harkins (Assistant Professor of English)
Jessica Harkins has published two poems in the Fall 2013 issue of The Adirondack Review.  

"I pray that this has left you, a prophet,
seeing the world burst before it came to pass.
May it cease breaking, for you, for us,
on the floor of the garden among the birch trees,
where the same blue delphiniums may be pooling from their stalks,
brilliant, and tender as the faces of the young."

Luke Bock (SJU 2016) contributes his poem, "Artificial Logic" from his creative writing course this term with Rachel Marston (Assistant Professor of English). Click here to read.

James McClean (SJU 2014):  "There Will be Blood:  Greed and Family" (film studies essay).Click here to read. 

Cody Lynch (SJU 2014), "Wrapping the earth in copper wire" (poem). Click here to read. 


Erin Carey (CSB 2015), "Gertrude Stein Writes a Breakup Letter" (Poem). Click here to read.