Lima essay accepted for publication

Prof. Maria Lima’s essay “The Choice of Opera for a Revisionist History: Joan Anim-Addo’s Imoinda as a Neo-Slave Narrative” has been accepted for publication in the 2013 volume of Caribbean Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (selected Proceedings of the “Islands-in-between Conference,” Grenada 2011).

Back in March, Prof. Lima participated by Skype in an International Expert Meeting, “Black British Women’s Writing: Where is it now?” Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium, delivering a position paper titled “Why Black British?”


Our March visit from Kadija Sesay

Kadija SesayContinuing our look back at Spring 2013, one memorable event was a reading on March 28 by poet Kadija (George) Sesay. A graduate of Birmingham University, where she majored in West African Studies, Kadija is the founder/publisher of SABLE LitMag and SABLE LitFest. She’s also the editor of several anthologies of work by writers of African and Asian descent: Dreams Miracles and Jazz: New Adventures in African Fiction (Picador Africa 2008); Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry (2010); Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems for Ken Saro-Wiwa (with Nii Ayikwei Parkes) and IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (with Courttia Newland) and Write Black, and Write British: From Post Colonial to Black British Literature.  Kadija has published her own poetry, short stories, essays and articles in magazines, journals, and anthologies in the UK, USA and Africa; her work has been featured on the BBC.

Kadija has coordinated various literary events, such as “Word from Africa” at the British Museum (2008), and organized international writer’s residencies: the SABLE Writer’s HotSpot to The Gambia, Cuba and New York. She’s a fellow of the George Bell Institute, a Fellow of the Kennedy Arts Centre of Performance Arts Management and an associate of Vision Quest International. She’s received several awards for her work in the creative arts.

Her poetry collection, Irki (which means “Homeland” in the Nubian language) was published by Peepal Tree Press this March.

The event was sponsored by the English Department, the Office of the Provost, and International Programs.

Spring Semester Roundup

With apologies for the protracted radio silence, we offer this roundup of important events and developments from the Spring 2013 semester:




2012-13 saw the launch of SUNY Geneseo’s student-run online literary journal Gandy Dancer. Prof. Rachel Hall serves as faculty adviser to the journal, which invites submissions from across SUNY and is published twice yearly.

2012-13 Department Award Winners

Graduating Senior Awards

  • William T. Beauchamp Literature Award: Cailin Kowalewski and Yael Massen
  • Patricia Conrad Lindsay Memorial Award: Tim Caughlin and Pam Howe
  • Calvin Israel Award in the Humanities: Logan Mahlum
  • Joseph M. OBrien Memorial Award: Megan Cicolello
  • Rosalind R. Fisher Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Teaching in English: Marissa Liberati


  • Natalie Selser Freed Memorial Scholarship: Christine O’Neill and Ava Russell
  • Rita K. Gollin Senior Year Scholarship for Excellence in American Literature: Eve Anderson
  • Rita K. Gollin Junior Year Scholarship for Excellence in American Literature: Rebecca Miller
  • Hans Gottschalk Award: Sean Neill
  • Joseph M. OBrien Transfer Scholarship: Erica George
  • Don Watt Memorial Scholarship: Bibi Lewis and James Ryan

Writing Awards

African American Studies
  • 1st: Connor Burgevin
  • 2nd: Briana Onishea
  • 3rd: Gregory Palermo
Critical Essay
  • 1st Matthew Cordella
  • 2nd Co-winners Meghan Kearns and Gregory Palermo
  • 3rd Sean Fischer
Freshman Writing
  • Kathleen Trabert
Creative Non-Fiction
  • 1st: Alexa Burkett
  • 2nd: Megan Ross
  • 3rd: Pam Howe
  • Jennie Conway
  • 1st: Suraj Uttamchandani
  • 2nd: Pam Howe
  • 3rd: James Ryan
  • 1st: Yael Massen
  • 2nd: Daniel OBrien
  • 3rd: Bibi Lewis
  • Honorable Mention: Alexa Burkett and Emily Webb