A Writing Series Event – Don’t Miss It!

Books that Cook



 A great literary event featuring three of our esteemed English professors! Come with an appetite!

Join us THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5th at 6:30pm in the Forum Theater (Campion Student Center) for a reading to satisfy all appetites: BOOKS THAT COOK: The Making of a Literary Meal, featuring readings from SJU’s own Dr. Melissa Goldthwaite, Dr. April Lindner, and Tenaya Darlington. Our SJU cast will be joined by Howard Dinin and Dr. Goldthwaite’s co-editor, Jennifer Cognard-Black. The event is free and open to the public, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. See you there!


Originally posted on Facebook by Dr. Paul Patterson.

The Writing Series Presents a Screening & Discussion of Hamlet

A Screening of Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet at Forum Theatre


When: Thursday, January 29th, 6:00 pm

Where: Forum Theatre, Campion

What: As part of the Writing Series Events going on this spring, the SJU Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies Department is sponsoring a screening of Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet (2000, starring Ethan Hawke) with a discussion led by Villanova’s Dr. Alice Dailey.

It should be a fascinating evening!


English Professor Dr. Jason Powell Receives NEH Fellowship

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This article originally appeared in SJU Today News, written by Katie Smith (’15).

PHILADELPHIA (December 17, 2014) — Jason Powell, D.Phil., associate professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, has received a $50,400 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to complete the second of a two-volume project on the poetry and prose of Sir Thomas Wyatt. With this award, Powell plans to take a sabbatical during the 2015-16 academic year to focus on Wyatt’s poetry.

Powell received an NEH Fellowship of the same amount in 2008, which allowed him to complete the first volume of the two-part work. Oxford University Press will publish the first volume of The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, which features Wyatt’s prose, late next year.

“This is a big project,” says Powell, who also co-directs SJU’s Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies program. “The first volume is over 253,000 words. These big editions often will be split between different editors, but the NEH grants have allowed me the time to do the work myself. This way, one person can see the whole picture.”

Sir Thomas Wyatt (1504-1542) was an English poet, courtier and diplomat during the reign of King Henry VIII. He is generally credited with writing the first sonnet in English. He also published the first translation of Plutarch’s classical moral essay “The Quiet of Mind,” in English, and introduced a number of new verse forms into English poetry.

Powell’s research on Wyatt, continued through more than 15 years, has informed his classes at SJU. “I teach ‘Henry VIII in Life and Legend,’ an English course that includes poetry by Wyatt and his contemporaries, each with sharply differing accounts of the controversial figures at Henry’s court,” says Powell. “It’s one of the most enjoyable courses I teach.”

An independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research in history, literature and philosophy and funds proposals from around the nation.

English Degrees Provide a Great Return on Investment

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All you English majors, take note:

salary.com has recently published an article about college degrees that have the best Return on Investment, or ROI. To read the article in its entirety, click here. English is one of the degrees mentioned! The three English related jobs they chose to illustrate their point included:

Speech Writer, Communications Manager and Content Manager (Web)

Other degrees included Information Technology, Human Resources and Biology. The job titles have extensive information, including annual salary ranges, description of duties, and in some cases, job openings that are available for a particular job title. While its nice to know the expense of a college degree will pay off based on data derived from various sources, real-world examples are especially compelling. Read on to learn about what a few SJU English alumni are doing today. We plan to publish more profiles in the coming weeks, but this article jump-started our campaign to demonstrate the versatility and dynamic qualities that an English degree provides. We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Owen Gilman for all his hard work researching the diverse career paths of our alumni.


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Ryan Birchmeier (’12)Assistant Managing Director, City of Philadelphia. Toward the end of his program of study in English, Ryan had two internships: one over the summer as a Marketing Intern at LympheDIVAS; the other as a Communications Intern in the spring semester of his senior year at The Gabriel Institute. He was also a Writing Tutor for two years in the SJU Writing Center.


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Sean Coit (’10)Press Secretary, office of U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Washington, DC. At the campus newspaper (The Hawk), Sean was the Managing Editor. After graduation, he was a political analyst at the Philadelphia Inquirer, then began working in politics, first for Representative Gabby Gifford, and most recently for Senator Murray.


Kelly Farber

Kelly Farber (’09) – Owner & Scout at KF Literary Scouting, New York City. After working as a Foreign Rights Assistant for Sterling Lord Literistic for two years, Kelly became a literary scout for Barbara Tolley & Associates, where she consulted for over ten major international publishing houses looking to find publishing projects for foreign houses. Since 2013, she has been an independent literary scout with her own agency.


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Heather Goldsmith (’10) – Director of Development at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia. At SJU, Heather majored in English with a minor in Faith Justice. She was a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. She received an M.S. in Public Policy from Drexel University.



Lorraine Ustaris (’06) – English Teacher at the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, Philadelphia School District. Benjamin Rush is an arts integrated special admissions high school where she engages students through an inquiry-based, 21st century literacy curriculum that balances literary and cultural studies with social justice themes and utilizes art, media and technology to augment traditional reading, writing and thinking activities. Since 2010, she has directed an after school Student Reporting Lab for PBS NewsHour and works in close collaboration with WHYY and The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Lorraine has created curriculum and participated in research for Educurious, Harvard Project Zero and the Learning through Photography initiative. She is an active member of the Philadelphia Writing Project at The University of Pennsylvania and frequently shares her work at local and national education conferences. In 2012, she won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Dr. April Lindner Book Signing



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Come to the SJU Bookstore during free period November 11 to get your paperback copy of Catherine signed by the author, Dr. April Lindner, SJU Professor of English.

Read what they are saying about her fantastic book:




“Give this book to readers of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Simone Elkeles and be prepared for many discussions with readers who want the story to continue past the final pages.”

Library Media Connection, starred review

“Dramatic events touched by love, loss and longing have all the juicy elements readers will appreciate,” says Booklist. Linder’s captivating adaptation is Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before.


Don’t miss it!







Kudos to Dan Reimold and the Hawk Staff!

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Congratulations to Dan and the Hawk staff for being named a Pacemaker (newspaper of the year!) finalist in the prestigious Associated Collegiate Press competition.  Dawn Cai was also named a finalist in the Design of the Year category.   The winners will be announced at the National College Media Convention, which will be held in Philadelphia at the end of the month.

In the journalism world, these honors are huge—great for the Hawk, for the English department, and for St. Joe’s!