News and Announcements

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English Dept
July 21, 2016
English professor Jake Shore has written a new play entitled Holy Moly that will be performed at The Flea Theater in the TriBeCa neighborhood of Manhattan, opening August 3rd, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. and running through August 13th. You can click on the hyperlinks to purchase tickets for Holy Moly on The Flea Theater's website. Holy Moly works in harmony with Shore’s novel, A Country for Fibbing, which you can purchase on The play is literally in the novel; it’s written by [...] Keep reading →
Addis Ababa University gates 16x9
July 19, 2016
Associate professor Steven W. Thomas of Wagner College’s English Department will be a Fulbright Scholar at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia for the coming academic year, from September 2016 through June 2017. There, he will join the faculty in the graduate film program in the art department of Ethiopia’s oldest and most prestigious university, where he will teach courses in film theory and cultural studies. Ethiopia’s film industry has grown rapidly in the past decade, prompting its flagship [...] Keep reading →
Arijeta Lajka ’15, an English and Political Science major, has been selected for a 2016–2017 Fulbright Award to Turkey.
June 13, 2016
Wagner College is pleased to announce that 2015 graduate Arijeta Lajka has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for an English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey for the 2016-17 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Lajka is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-17 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards [...] Keep reading →
May 9, 2016
Just a year after graduating from Wagner College, Emily Rekstis (class of 2014) found herself giving a speech alongside the musician Abe Guthrie, grandson of the famous American folksinger Woodie Guthrie, about the subject of Huntington's Disease. How she got to this place was through writing. Today, not only is Emily earning a living by writing as the Beauty Assistant at SELF Magazine, but also she continues to make a difference in others' lives. Emily published a thoughtful, personal article, [...] Keep reading →
February 12, 2016
On Tuesday, February 10th, Wagner College hosted the New Negress Film Society, who exhibited six of their short films: "Boneshaker" by Frances Bodomo, "Pain Revisited" by Dyani Douze and Nontsikelelo Mutiti, "An Ecstatic Experience" and "Cakes da Killa: No Homo" by Ja'tovia Gary, "savage" by Kumi James, and "Seventh Grade" by Stefani Saintonge. The Society is a collective of black women filmmakers whose priority is to create community and spaces for support, exhibition, and consciousness-raising. [...] Keep reading →
January 31, 2016
After getting her degree in English from Wagner College in May of 2015, Mallory Lee did what most college students do: she got a job. For several months, she worked for Zomato, a global restaurant website, where she wrote and edited content for its app. When Zomato had to downsize its corporation and layoff employees, Mallory made a major life decision to follow her heart, first travelling to Turkey in early December, and then from there to the island of Lesvos, Greece, to volunteer as an aid [...] Keep reading →
Sandra Minchala '15 (R) tutors Nadia Asfar '15 (L) during a Writing Intensive Tutor (WIT) session in the Writing Center of Horrmann Library. Both are chemistry majors.
December 1, 2015
The Wagner College English Department is pleased to announce that they will be offering a minor in Writing. The minor will consist of 6 units as described below: Creative Writing, 1 Unit. Choose from: Introduction to Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing, Screenplay Writing, or Playwriting Journalism, 1 Unit. Any 1-unit Journalism course Literary Analysis, 2 Units. Any 200-level or higher Literature Courses Elective, 1 Unit. Creative Writing, Journalism, or Literature Internship or an [...] Keep reading →
Gilman Scholarship Winner 2013
November 3, 2015
Congratulations to Abigail Creem, Lisa Condemi, and Arijeta Lajka for having their essays published in Wagner College Forum For Undergraduate Research.  "Alien to Ourselves: Finding Humanity in Mars Attacks!" Abigail Creem. "Even the Grass: Food in Half of a Yellow Sun."  Lisa Condemi.  "Re-writing Myth, Exploring Gender, and Challenging Misogynist Narratives in Christine de Pizan's Writings." Arijeta Lajka [...] Keep reading →
February 11, 2015
The family and friends of the late Dr. Jack Boies, a distinguished member of the Wagner English Department for more than two decades, have established an annual award in his memory. The award, with a cash prize of $500, will be given annually for the best work of poetry, fiction or drama by a Wagner College undergraduate. Students who wish to be considered for the award should submit their best work in one of the following categories: POETRY — A long poem (6 to 15 pages ) or group of poems (1 [...] Keep reading →
January 26, 2015
Jonathan Pigno has just published The Island Never Burned So Bright. The book is a poetic memoir of a twenty-something Staten Islander's thoughts, observations, and struggles in a post-9/11, post-Hurricane-Sandy world. His collection of "broken hymns" aims to capture the ways in which hope and faith are discovered in the midst of skepticism and anger. Pigno finished his degree in English at Wagner in 2011 and a masters in Adolescent and Special Education in 2014. Some of his memoir was inspired [...] Keep reading →