Eric Berman graduated from SUNY New Paltz in May of 2019, with a Master’s in English and a certification to teach grades 7-12. He is delighted to have recently completed a thesis on David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. Before teaching in public schools, Eric’s near-term plans include working in Austin Texas’ solar industry and teaching English abroad in South Korea.
Joseph Curra is an English MA student at SUNY New Paltz. As an undergraduate student, he earned his BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing at New Paltz, as well. His work has appeared in the Stonesthrow Review and the Gandy Dancer.
Joann K. Deiudicibus (MA, English 2003) is a writing instructor and Staff Assistant for the Composition Program at SUNY New Paltz. Her poems appear in Chronogram, The Shawangunk Review, Awosting Alchemy, as well as A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley (Codhill Press), the Calling All Poets Twentieth Anniversary Anthology and Ekphrasis 2020 (CAPS Press). She is the poetry co-editor of WaterWrites (Codhill Press). Her essays appear in Reflecting Pool: Poets and the Creative Process (Codhill Press) and Affective Disorder and the Writing Life (Palgrave Macmillan). She’s been reading poetry out loud in bars, coffee houses, motels, classrooms, and churches since her late teens. Her interests include cats, composition, creativity, and confessionalism.
Patrick Jonathan Derilus is a Nyack-born American-Haitian independent writer and author. He writes poetry, short stories, and essays that are centered on existentialism in the context of Blackness. Currently a student in the MA program in English at SUNY New Paltz, he plans to pursue a career as a Creative Writing professor after graduation.
Dennis Doherty teaches creative writing and literature and SUNY New Paltz. He has also enjoyed teaching, lecturing, and reading for many other public and private schools in the region, from elementary to high school to prison. He is author of four volumes of poetry: The Bad Man (Ye Olde Font Shoppe Press, 2004), Fugitive (Codhill Press, 2007), Crush Test (Codhill Press 2010), and Black Irish (Codhill Press, 2016) as well as a book-length study of Huckleberry Finn: Why Read the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (New Street Communications, 2014). Essays, poems, and stories appear throughout the literary press.
Ryene Fenner is pursuing her MAT in adolescent education at SUNY New Paltz, where she also earned her MA in English in 2019 and her BA in English in 2017 (with a minor in creative writing). Ryene writes creatively for three reasons: 1) To give voices to the voiceless when she’s feeling inspired, 2) To give people a good read, and 3) To escape mundane surroundings. When she isn’t at school, she is at home raising her son, who inspired her latest project (a children’s book).
Thomas Festa Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of a book and two dozen articles, as well as co-editor of three anthologies, mainly focused on Milton, Donne, and other early modern English writers. Current projects include a fourth anthology, a study of W.S. Merwin, and new poems and translations.
Jacqueline George is Associate Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz. She has published articles about Romantic reading practices and relationships between books and people. She is currently at work on a monograph about genre, the history of reading, and late-Romantic prose fiction.
Nicole Halabuda teaches English at the secondary level. She earned her MAT degree from SUNY New Paltz in 2016, and she returned last fall to complete the dual MA/MAT degree program. Her interests include ecology, posthumanism, and popular culture.
Teresa Kurtz is a student in the MA program in English at SUNY New Paltz who will graduate in May 2020. She is interested in the intersection of feminist theory and queer theory as a way of exploring the representation of bodies in literature. She plans on writing more about female monstrosity, with a focus on Frankenstein, in her future academic career.
Jessica Leigh is a student in the MA English program at SUNY New Paltz. She has focused her studies on medieval and Renaissance England with an emphasis on the development of beliefs surrounding magic and their influence on English literature. Her studies influence her ongoing creative writing in the fantasy genre. Her thesis, “Women and Magic in Medieval Literature,” was completed in 2019.
Sabrina E Lopez is a 2014 graduate of CUNY Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature – Creative Writing. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she is a first-generation graduate student in the MA program in English at SUNY New Paltz. Her interests include 21st century manifestations of the mixed body and Afro-Cuban spiritual folklore.
Stephanie A. Lopez graduated from SUNY New Paltz’s English MA Program in December 2019. Her interests include Shakespeare studies, science/speculative fiction, and film criticism. In the past, she has written about feminist and postcolonial adaptations of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the complicated adaptation history of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.
Julia Ponder is a teacher, poet, and writer living in the Hudson Valley region of New York. She will earn her MA in English from SUNY New Paltz in May 2020. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and literary magazines, including Chronogram, The Susquehanna Review, 805Lit, THAT Magazine, and The Sonder Review.
Jared S. Richman is Associate Professor of English at Colorado College. His teaching and research centers on the literature and culture of Britain’s Long Eighteenth Century (1660-1832). Professor Richman’s work has appeared in such journals as European Romantic Review, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Eighteenth Century Theory and Interpretation. He has published on the works of William Blake, the fiction of Charlotte Smith, and the poetry of Anna Seward. Professor Richman’s research has been supported by fellowships from the Library of Congress, the Lewis Walpole Library, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and most recently by the Huntington Library. His latest project, from which his Symposium keynote was drawn, traces the relationship between nascent elocutionary theories of the Enlightenment and disability in Anglo-American culture.
Aaron Ricciardi is a New York City-based writer and performer. He is currently a Core Apprentice at the Playwrights’ Center, a member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early-Career Writers’ Group, and a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Work includes Only Child; A Bushel and a Peck, a play for one actor; Nice Nails; The Travels: an Epic play with songs (New York Musical Festival production); and Hanukkah Harriet, a play for young people (soon to be published by Stage Partners). Aaron graduated from the Theatre program at Northwestern University, where he studied playwriting under Laura Schellhardt, and he received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University, where he studied under Peter Gil-Sheridan. Aaron is currently on faculty at SUNY New Paltz. www.aaronricciardi.com
Jan Zlotnik Schmidt is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz in the Department of English where she teaches autobiography, creative writing, American and contemporary literature, women’s Literature, and Holocaust literature courses. Her work has been published in many journals, monographs, essay collections, and other venues. One chapbook, The Earth Was Still, was recently published by Finishing Line Press and another Hieroglyphs of Father-Daughter Time by Word Temple Press. Legacies: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction, a composition and literature textbook and anthology, co-authored with Lynne Crockett, published by Cengage is now in its fifth edition. Her full length volume, Foraging for Light was published in September 2019 by Finishing Line Press. She has a B.A. from University of Rochester (1969); an M.A. from University of Wisconsin, Madison (1970); and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University (1977).
Jeffrey Seitz is a graduate student at SUNY New Paltz, studying for his MA in English. Besides writing poetry, he is working on a novel titled Tethered which narrates the lives of conjoined twin brothers. His writings have been published in the Chronogram, Hudson Valley Magazine, and more recently The Lakeville Journal. He graduates this May.
Robert Singleton received both his BA Degree and MA Degrees from SUNY New Paltz. His mother, Natalie Tompkins Singleton was also a New Paltz graduate (Class of 1940). He taught in the Composition Program as a TA and later as an Adjunct Instructor for the English Department until his retirement from the department after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2014. He also taught in the College Writing program at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. His poems have appeared in Xanadu, The Long Island Poetry Collective, Maelstrom, Foxtail, The Image of War (the publican of The Center for the Preservation of Civil War Photography), as well as previous issues of The Shawangunk Review. He currently lives in Schenectady, New York.
H. R. Stoneback (Distinguished Professor Emeritus, SUNY New Paltz) is the founding editor of the Shawangunk Review and the author of several monographs, essays, and poetry collections, including Reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (Kent State UP, 2007), Imagism: Essays on Its Initiation, Impact, & Influence (UNO Press 2013), Affirming the Gold Thread (Florida English Press, 2014), and Songs & Poems for Hemingway & Paris. Despite (or because of) his retirement, his itinerary of keynote addresses and poetry readings over the past year has taken him to Philadelphia, Nashville, the Caribbean, and beyond.
Jeremy Strahan resides in Wallkill, New York, and earned his English Master’s degree through SUNY New Paltz. He has both taken and taught courses in creative and academic writing, and continues to write from his home. He has a fondness for voice acting and tabletop games.
Sharon Strauss is a visual artist and poet who earned an MFA in painting and drawing in 2019 from SUNY at New Paltz, New York. Her itinerant youth, living in diverse places for one to three year periods has influenced the ways that Sharon moves through the world. Poetry and drawing helps her to understand and connect to the ecology of the everyday. Irrespective of the medium, visual or language arts, her work hinges on observations of her surroundings, bearing witness to the intrinsic magic contained within the universes that cross her path.
C. E. Witherow is a student at SUNY New Paltz studying for an MA in English and teaching first year composition. She spends too much time in nature waiting for the trees to tell her stories. Her fiction work has been published in Crab Fat Magazine and The Stonesthrow Review; her poetry has been published in The Stonesthrow Review.
Sarah Wyman teaches 20th & 21st century North American literature with a focus on poetry, drama, and the visual arts. Her poetry has been published in Mudfish, Aaduna, Petrichor Review, and other venues. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook Sighted Stones in 2018.