Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The English & Speech Department is signing up for an affiliate membership with AWP, so that means FIT students can attend the entire conference (including all events, day and evening)for a discounted rate of $35 each. Active members who participate in fund-raising and community service will be able to go as a field trip paid for by the club!
Friday, September 7, 2007
Great news! Helen He has completed the design and layout of the club anthology, Catharsis, and copies will be ready on September 19, in time for the Club Carnival! It looks great and, of course, contains wonderful words. All members will get multiple copies to distribute to friends and family.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I wanted to make sure everyone knows that I am on sabbatical this semester to work on a book project. I'll be back at FIT in January, but in the meantime Prof. Mark Goldblatt of Educational Skills has generously agreed to be Acting Faculty Advisor. If you need to get in touch with him, his email is Mark_Goldblatt@fitnyc.edu.
President Celeste will be keeping everyone informed of the goings-on, which will include a table at the Club Carnival (Sept. 20), several special guest speakers, community service, and fund-raising. Another very exciting development is the distribution of the 2007 club anthology, Catharsis. It will be available no later than Sept. 20, and there will be plenty of copies to spread around!
I wish you a wonderful semester and look forward to working with you again in 2008!
--Prof. A. L.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
He was very informative in the way writing is also translated into Journalism. Journalism is a separate entity. In such a way that most of Charles Salzberg's career is made out of his way of utilizing the magazine industry by interviewing various people in many career choices.
He also broke down the types of articles and demographics of some magazines he brought in to help us know the consumer of each magazine. For instance NY Magazine which I took a kin to. I knew well but I was proven wrong at the last minute that the demographic is 20-30 somethings both men and women. But the test was guessing the advertisement on the back of the magazine and I was thinking more in terms of a women's point of view. So I thought it was cosmetics but you had to think in terms of what both sexes would be interested in. That in fact turned out to be Jose Cuervo. How funny? But in retrospect yes after working 20-30 somethings they always want to drink or party. I don't know why I didn't know that. I drink and read that magazine ritually too. I've failed my magazine. hahaha.
The discussion moved onwards to delve into the matter of ways to get published in journalism and how to decisively engage in an interview. It's interesting to me that when you're interviewing a celebrity on anything new they are doing that they want to promote you always have to have a follow up question that is not only something to further explain a point you're trying to make but something awkwardly interesting to ask them to write about to the magazine's audience.
Afterwards those of us who wanted a consulation on our writing works were able to get one on one discussions with Charles Salzberg. I was so happy that Charles Salzberg liked my excerpts of my manuscript I'm trying to get published. He was very helpful and offered his help by e-mail. It's so nice to have that contact. I hope everyone else who was able to get help from Charles Salzberg has gotten the constructive criticism they wanted.
Kate Gale spoke this time on the matter of publication and how the publishing industry works. She touched on new elements. For instance I didn't know the various levels of the publishing industry in terms of small presses, university presses, other presses such as Penguin. Kate Gale represents Red Hen Press an independent press or a small press. Meaning they are non profit and work just the same as any other press but they don't get any money from any author's books published. They solely rely on government grants. This in very interesting to me.
She said Independent Presses are great in that way for authors but she said not to rule out the other presses as well. University Presses are like small presses but they have money to back them up because they are part of a school. But other presses get profit from their author's books that sell. Only a percentage negotiated between the author and the publisher.
She also mentioned that a great way for writers trying to get published is to go to writing forums. It could be just to get yourself known to the publishing world by signing up for an open mic night at a poetry cafe. Or going to next years AWP event being held in NYC. Of all places!! AWP stands for The Association of Writers and Writing Programs. It will be so fun to go to all the publishers presses to get in touch with prospective editors and pick up literature on each publisher. These are all both really great ways to convey who you are and what you have to say to the writing industry.
Description of yourself to the publishers needs to be concise as well. She described your query letter in the format of "you", "it" and "them". This means describe yourself in the first paragraph. The second paragraph describing the manuscript or poetry collection, etc. The final paragraph how you feel your work you're trying to get published through them fits their mission statement. I know after hearing this I have to work on my query letter. What struck me the most fascinating was that someone that's a mix in ethnicity or religion or gender or sexual orientation has a better chance of getting published because they stand out among the other writers. I guess I have some luck working for me?
She also gave us her business card if we wanted to contact her on any matters regarding the publishing process. She's very nice and also hilarious with her stories. She's always fun to have at FIT to speak.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
We have our final guest speaker coming to FIT. Kate Gale from Red Hen Press will be here again. She was here last spring and spoke with Mark E. Cull both on the board of directors at Red Hen Press. They were very knowledgeable in speaking about the publishing world.
Thursday May 10th
Binsky's II (6th floor A building)
Bio of Kate Gale:
Hope to see you there!!
Thursday, May 3, 2007
I can't wait to hear your reports about the workshop and conferences with Charles Salzberg. I was disappointed to miss it, but I do know that he really enjoyed being here.
Friday, April 27, 2007
On April 19th, Corie Feiner spoke to our club about poetry and the process of getting poetry published. She is the poetry editor at Bellevue Literary Review. Her stories on how she became a poet were just as interesting as the poetry pieces she read to us.
It's quite different to have poems read out loud as opposed to for print only. She described her process in writing a poem for a reading. Her poems ranged from anything from NYC life to a rather hilarious poem on pimples. It was really wonderful to see the spectrum of poetry that is performed. My favorite was "Subway Pastoral", what a classic.
On April 26th, Bill Coyle read from his chap book, The God of This World to His Prophet, each poem within the collection was written in various forms. Of these forms were sestina, sonnets and other well structured poems. Each poem gave us a sense of how many ways one can convey a theme. I was especially intrigued by a poem in which he translated from Swedish to English. Translating can be hard for any language but when he was describing the way to keep the form written in Swedish and translate it into English it's hard to keep within the parameters. But as far as translating Håkan Sandell's poems I wanted to see what the Swedish version was too.
Overall our club highly enjoyed both events and welcome them back again. It was so nice to see different poets speak about their paths through poetry. Seeing how poetry can be conveyed in various forms was a definate plus for everyone who shared this interest as much as I did.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The club has been working to get the Anthology started. All production criteria is being sorted out as we speak but......We need submissions of any kind. You know your best work in any genre of writing whether it be poetry, short fiction, etc. If you want to see what types of material we want in the anthology check out any literary magazine and you'll see what they publish.
Only what's much cooler is that it's our work in the anthology. It's quite an accomplishment in it's self. Please submit to Prof. Lemmon or myself any documents pertaining to what you want in the anthology.
Okay, with that said we are planning to have the anthology due out in the fall. So keep your writing going and we'll have a surprise in the fall when the anthology is out.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
ICON def. needs your poetry. Pls. send your works asap if you want to get published!!!!
They are located in A bldg 7th floor in student life office. You can sign a form there to release your poetry there or Prof. Lemmon has release forms in her office. Either way you should get your poetry published!!! It's a great way to get your works noticed!!
So go now!! and send some in!!!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Michael Hyde read one of his short stories from his short story collection "What Are You Afraid Of?" to get a sense of what a short story is composed of. Afterwards we asked questions pertaining to writing and then did a writing exercise on how to compose a fictionalized character. This helped us because the short story Michael Hyde read to us was from the narrative of a young girl which is a fictionalized character with certain traits to explore within the short story the character is part of.
The exercise got our minds working on as to compose a fictionalized character. We also brainstormed as a group on each others characters. Our characters we even further developed by thinking in a psychological sense.
We were given a picture each at the end for us to use in any way we wanted alongside our new fictionalized character.
Bio:Michael Hyde’s debut short story collection What Are You Afraid Of? won the 2005 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University, where he was a Teaching and Writing Fellow. His stories have appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories, Bloom, Ontario Review, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in fiction from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a Fundación Valparaíso artist grant, he currently lives in New York City. Access his website at
Monday, March 26, 2007
Remember when we created "Random Word" poems.....well if you would like to display them in a display case that will be celebrating National Poetry Month and FIT Words and want to contribute your poem by all means do so.
In addition you can also contribute your Visual Poetry written on bias tape with the theme of Bias that we created when Denise Duhamel spoke about how Visual Poetry was used and some of her visual poetry works.
Please send all queries to either me or Prof. Lemmon.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Just to let you know....not only can you pick up schedules of readings at local bookstores but you can also find them on the web.
see the following links:
Barnes and Noble
**Upstairs at the square events at barnes and noble in union square
click my stores, put in a zip code and then the events show up and you can even select "see more events" on any location that shows up.
I think the web is more utilized than going to the book stores themselves and picking up a monthly calendar event schedule. But now you see there are an abundance of events.
Denise Duhamel spoke to our club today about some of her own poetry but this time with a focus on "visual poetry". She showed us some rather creative approaches to presenting poetry on objects such as a window blind and type writer, among other interesting objects that it seems almost like art in way. Something that could be displayed in an art gallery. But Denise Duhamel said that she had to think about bridging both the visual poetry and art aspect.
All of the people present at the event were able to create their own visual poetry. We made a list of ten items that we thought were "Bias" and then wrote them on...bias tape....hmmm.....only our school would sell such a thing to which conversely use for a medium to create visual poetry and not the standard use that most of us would consider as fashion students. It was quite creative.
It was so nice to also have Denise Duhamel visit again. She was at the school last spring and that was equally as fun.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
East Village poetry scene still thrives
Bowery Poetry Club has defied the odds of survival (gentrification of the East Village was already well under way) but it's also managed to build a thriving community of poets and performers. Tonight's Bowery Women Salon Reading features some of the 76 contributors to the new anthology Bowery Women, which contains poems by those who have left their makr on the club over the last five years. Fay Chiang, Cynthia Kraman, Amy Ouzoonian, Marjorie Tesser, and others share their work.
At 7, Penington Friends House, 215 East 15th Street, 212-673-1730, free
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
There's this really cool art gallery/ book-like-library place not too faraway from the school that they highlighted. I thought I'd just share the review and post the links.
Best Store to Hear an Author
192 Tenth Ave., 212-255-4022
With an atmosphere that’s more home library than bookstore, this airy shop provides a welcome reprieve from the big-box feel of the city’s larger chains, making it an excellent, cozy place to catch a reading by your favorite author-of-the-moment. The readings are free but require reservations because of limited space, so bibliophiles in attendance are assured an experience free of the jostling and neck-craning that accompany most such events. They’re also a great deal, as most of the authors are A-listers (Jane Smiley, Salman Rushdie, John Ashbery, to name a recent few) whom fans pay big money to see at venues like the New York Public Library or the 92nd Street Y—meaning attendees can pick up one of the gorgeous art books the store’s famous for without feeling a bit of spender’s remorse.
It looks totally interesting and seems to have artsy related books there!
With all the midterms and budgets due and all else in between. I hope you're coping with all of it and hopefully by next Wednesday you can all join the club for yet another guest speaker.
Speaking on Visual Poetry
Wednesday March 21st
The Pizza Lounge*
*Located on the 5th floor of the A building right outside the elevators. You can't miss it!!
Links you should read:
Hope to all see you there!!
Thursday, March 8, 2007
"Brooklyn's Lit Up"
Waxing poeting in Williamsburg
The folks behind the weekly Burning Chair literary series at the Fall Cafe in Carroll Gardens host today's Brooklyn Poetry Bazaar, a full afternoon of readings and music, in celebration of the borough's thriving independent-media community. Featured guests include Anna Moschovakis, an editor and designer at Ugly Duckling Press and author of I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone; Anselem Berrigan, director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project; Ann Lauterbach, author of If in Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000; and Jess Mynes, author of Birds, for Example.
Sunday March 11
From 2:30 to 7, Galapagos Art Space, 70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718-782-5188, $5
In another note to this he also mentioned that if you have your own website exhibiting your work that can also help your resume and you can be referenced to the website. This is a more modern approach to exposing your writings to prospective publishing places.
He spoke about this topic after reading a piece he wrote about killing a cockroach in NYC and it was satirical images which was very visual. I liked the story in the length he read for us. But he told us the reality of writing a long piece and then seeing if it could get published in print form and he said that when it was published it was only approximately 500 words where as the version he read to us was close to 4 pages in length. So he said that print form might not be such a good way of getting published in the electronic and internet world. This is true.
Mark Goldblatt is also the author of the book entitled "Africa Speaks" which I read up on and was intrigued to hear about how the topic for his book was thought up. He wrote in a different voice which was that of an African American man. See link http://markgoldblatt.com/ The topic for the book is very controversial but it takes a lot to write about something so daring. Definately check this book out!!!
If you want to buy his book check out http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9781579620899&itm=4
It was really great to kick off the club with our first guest speaker and we appreciated the insight Mark Goldblatt shared with the club. :)
Monday, March 5, 2007
Thursday March 8th
Binsky's II (located A building 6th floor through the doors next to the elevators, it's a big open space where we can have a good enough space to discuss things. It's ideal for this event.)
Mark Goldblatt is a novelist, columnist and book reviewer as well as a professor at FIT.
His controversial first novel, Africa Speaks, was published in 2002 by Permanent Press, but he is perhaps best known as a political commentator. He has written hundreds of opinion columns for a combination of the New York Times, the New York Post, USA Today, the Daily News, Newsday, National Review Online and the American Spectator Online. Several of these essays have been anthologized in standard college textbooks, Across Cultures and Negotiations, and many more have been posted on popular web sites and blogs such as Arts and Letters Daily, Jewish World Review and Free Republic. He has been a guest on the Catherine Crier Show on Court TV and done dozens of radio interviews for stations across the country and in England. His integrity has been called into question by the Village Voice - which should count for something.
Secondly, Sorry the Thursday March 8th evening event with Kurt Anderson is cancelled. Due to insufficient ticket sales. Just thought anyone who signed up for tickets for the event should know.
Also ICON is still taking submissions of poems, you can submit your work in Room A713, or you can bring them to Prof. Lemmon and fill out a release form. Either way you can submit your poems and sign a release form.
But the beginning first few minutes of the meeting this Thursday we, we will approve the minutes from the first meeting and distribute copies of the revised club constitution. Then, our guest speaker Prof. Mark Goldblatt will read a short excerpt from his work and talk about his experience as a writer. He’ll be able to answer our questions, too!”
Hope to see you all there this Thursday!!!!
Thursday, March 1, 2007
They need submissions in poetry for the magazine asap!!! Pls. drop off your poems to ICON on the 7th floor Student Life room. The office is way in the back of the room. There is a short cut if you go past the elevators to your left you can also get to the office. Either way works.
When you submit poetry you have to sign release forms. They should give you a form in order to submit. Almost a contract of sorts.
I submitted way back in December and was one of the first to submit. But now that FIT Words Club has members interested in many literary forms not only poetry. I encourage you to submit any piece to ICON because any exposure in writing is very well a start.
You gotta get your poetry out yo!!!
Any questions: contact me or Prof. Lemmon
We can give you e-mails of who to contact in ICON.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
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Monday, February 26, 2007
Event: Guest speaker, Prof. and prose writer Mark Goldblatt
Wednesday, March 21, 1-2 p.m. D504
Event: Guest speaker, poet Denise Duhamel
Media: projector for computer (powerpoint)
Thursday, April 26, 1-2 p.m. Binsky’s II
Event: Guest speaker, poet Bill Coyle
**Binsky’s II is located on the 6th floor in the A building through the double doors by the elevator. It’s a big hall where there will be tables set up for us to sit as a group for discussion.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Thanks to Professor Lemmon for the wonderful writing prompt exercise today! Tons of fun and looking forward to others like it in the future! Thanks to everyone who came and if you couldn't make it, see you next time!
Peace and love everyone! .... .... ~_^
Media, Politics & "Heyday"
co-founder of Spy, host of WNYC's Studio 360, columnist and former editor-in-chief of New York magazine, at a conversation about media, politics and his just-published second novel, "Heyday," set in the boisterous America of the 19th century, a portrait of a country coming of age.
Interviewed by David Carr, New York Times "Media Equation" columnist and the "Carpetbagger" blogger on nytimes.com.
The club has been given 10 tickets ($25 value). Sign-up sheet will be available in the meeting 2/22. List of attendees must be confirmed by email Thursday, March 1. Tickets can be picked up Monday or Tuesday, March 5 or 6, in Prof. Lemmon’s office (B602).
For more information on Andersen, visit his website: http://kurtandersen.com/
Also on March 8th Mark Goldblatt will be speaking in Binsky's II (though not definate on room and time)
March 21 Denise Duhamel room tba 1-2pm
March 22nd or 29th Michael Hyde room and time and actual date tba
***Not Coming March 29th Lee Guttkind
We need volunteers to go to the mandatory meeting and bring back information on what we need to do for these events.
The International Festival is coming up soon. We still need some ideas on what to present to others and represent our club. Any ideas are welcome.
International Festival: March 29th need table reserved in Great Hall
Mandatory Meeting: February 27th 1-2pm rm A721
Ideas thought of from today's meeting is a Literature Translation
This Flea Market/ Fundraiser is a long way from now but it's best to plan ahead.
Flea Market/ Fundraiser: May 3rd table reserved b/w A and B bldgs
Mandatory Meeting: April 19th 5-7pm rm A718
We thought of selling something promoting our club along with our favorite and most successful item.....bake sale!!! So if you can bake double double fudge brownies or a handed down recipe keep that in the back of your mind. It sold quite well last semester.
National Poerty Month in April
For this month the library wants to have a banner made promoting National Poetry Month along with promoting FIT Words Club.
They will produce a banner for us and make the display. But I just thought you'd all like to know we are more and more exposing our club to the FIT community. The banner will say: “FIT Words: The Club for Writers Celebrates National Poetry Month”
Anyone who writes poetry can contribute poems to the display.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
It was a good event we had many people there. Everyone who participated contributed so much just to read a poem or two.
Prof. Lemmon and I read poems that we wrote. Since it was a very emotional day some of us cried during poems.
But it all payed off in the end because we further exposed the club to many people present at the event.
Good Work Everyone!!!!
I will have more info. tomorrow on other events anyone can participate in as the semester goes on.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
W27 the school newspaper is sending a reporter to the Love Your Library poetry reading event on Valentines day from 5-6pm when all selected club members performing poetry in any form present their works in the first poetry reading!!! Isn't that just so cool that we're getting more exposure to the school through W27!! Hope you can all stop by and listen or perform your pieces. Note: those of you who are performing, I know some of you who picked out poetry to read from the library is a good thing but if you want to share some of your poetry that pertains to the subject of Valentines day by all means bring them. I dug some of my poetry out to share.
Bill Coyle will be at the school on April 26th time and room tba. Here is a link to some info. on this poet.
Denise Duhamel will be at the school on March 21st 1-2pm the room tba. btw, she spoke at the school last spring and was really reallly funny. Both her poems and personality match. Here is a link to some of her poems and bio.
This Thursday Feb 15th from 12-1pm is an officers meeting. This is for treasurer, secretary, student council reps, pres. and advisor. Meeting in either the english dept. conference rm, cafeteria or another place to discuss things.
Pls. volunteer to put up fliers. Hopefully you all got my e-mail about putting them up. It takes only 5 mins. Everythings there for you in the folder. It would mean a lot to put them up because that's how students see that we are a club. That's how many of you came to the first meeting.
Another interesting thing that we can use our funds for are:
Subscriptions to Poets & Writers and perhaps other literary magazines
We can get them with a possible discount because we're from a school. Any publications you have in mind pls. share.
Writing-related books, such as The Portable MFA in Creative Writing, which includes a chapter on magazine writing by Charles Salzberg (http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Creative-Writing-Writers-Workshop/dp/1582973504/sr=8-1/qid=1171205842/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-7434599-1809661?ie=UTF8&s=books) , Heather Sellers’ Page after Page (http://www.amazon.com/Page-After-Discover-confidence-passion/dp/1582973121/sr=1-1/qid=1171207377/ref=sr_1_1/002-7434599-1809661?ie=UTF8&s=books), and Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird (http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Some-Instructions-Writing-Life/dp/0385480016/sr=1-1/qid=1171207443/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-7434599-1809661?ie=UTF8&s=books). We could order them through the FIT bookstore in multiple copies. You probably have other books you would recommend from your own reading.
If there are any books you think the club should know about we can get them.
Special writing-related materials (journal notebooks, etc.)
REMINDER FOR ALL CLUB MEMBERS:
Wed. Feb 14th Valentines Day
Love Your Library
**I know you have poems picked out from the library but if anyone wants to share some of their own material that would be great. This way you can practice on speaking your poetry.
Thurs Feb 22nd
2nd club meeting
**Pls. bring ideas.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
- Workshop: Everyone emails me 1 poem or short prose piece; I can make copies for the group and we'll talk about it together
- Q&A: How do you get published? How do you write when you don't feel like writing? How do you know when a piece of writing is really good? etc. etc.
- Writing on the spot: Hands-on exercises will get you to produce a piece of writing on the spot, and we can share the results.
To cast a vote or make a request, post a comment to this posting (rather than a new blog posting). Let's hear what you want!
Since the club was formed we've been working with The Community Word Project doing various invitation preparations for the annual banquet to benefit inner city kids with sharing the art world in many forms. It's a big asset to be able to express one's self through many forms of art particularly writing.
This is where the club helped out the most in. I felt that being president of FIT Words Club to see what the other members wanted to get out of the club and also share stories of interest. It's definitely been of much help to have members from many majors with a similarity in writing in general.
I hope that the club will offer as much attention to writing in any form to us as a group. Along with the valuable connections our advisor has in bringing various writers to speak at our college.
Thank you so much to our advisor, Prof. Lemmon in sharing and forming the club. The Community Word Project is also a great connection we have and we are helping out the community in and around which our college surrounds.
Thank you to to the members who helped out today. It is very much appreciated on my part and also from Prof. Lemmon's part that we did reach out to students who want to write.
I'm sure we will have a wonderful and fun filled semester with all the events planned and will be happening quicker than we think.
I still think Robert De Niro would be great for the community word project. Hahaha.
Pres. Pam ":D
Thursday, February 8, 2007
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