English Department Events

Department Events Spring 2024


February 29, 2024 - A Poetry Reading with Toby Altman

Toby Altman is the author of Jewel Box (Essay Press, 2025), Discipline Park (Wendy's Subway, 2023), and Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017). Altman has held fellowships from the Graham Foundation, MacDowell, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Altman is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Beloit College. He holds an MFA in Poetry from the lowa Writers' Workshop and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University, where his dissertation "The Shock of the Old: Periodization, Poetics, and Diachronic Exchange between the Renaissance and the Avant-Garde," received the Jean H. Hagstrum Prize for Best Dissertation. His criticism has been widely published, including articles and essays in Contemporary Literature, English Literary History, The Georgia Review, and Jack.

This event will be held at 4:30 PM PST in Crookshank 108 Ena Thompson Reading Room.



March 20, 2024 - Four 'First Novelists' from the 5Cs

Please join us in this unique celebration of four writers just setting out on remarkable careers, all of whom were recently part of our Claremont creative writing community.

 Francesca Capossela (Trouble the Living, Pomona ‘18)

 David Connor (Oh God, The Sun Goes, Pomona ‘15)

 Julius Taranto (How I Won a Nobel Prize, Pomona ‘12)

 Tyriek White (We Are A Haunting, Pitzer ‘13)

The readings and conversation will be introduced by Pomona Professor Jonathan Lethem and four special “mentor” guests: Charmaine Craig (Pomona), Brian Evenson (Cal Arts MFA), Laura Harris (Pitzer), Kevin Dettmar (Pomona).

Event will be held at 7:00PM at the Rose Hills Theater. Admission is free, seating unreserved.


April 04, 2024 - Cintelechy Screenings

Event will be held at 7:00PM at the Benton Museum of Art's Art After Hours.


April 10, 2024 - Department Fair

Please join the English department to meet professors and learn about upcoming Fall courses! Any and all majors are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Event will be held 4pm-6pm in Crookshank 108 Ena Thompson Reading Room.

April 25, 2024 - Performance by Julian Talamantex Brolaski.

Julian Talamantex Brolaski will be performing its recently released country music at the Benton.

Event will be held at 7:00PM at the Benton Museum of Art's Art After Hours.


April 26, 2024 - Senior Thesis Symposium

Join the English Department in celebrating our graduating thesis students and their accomplishments! There will be snacks and refreshments.

Event will be held at 8am-2pm in Crookshank 108 Ena Thompson Reading Room.





Past Events


February 21, 2024 - "Clothed in our Fraile Attire": Textile and Texts in the Works of Aemilia Lanyer

Please join us for a talk from poet, literary critic, and professor Kimberly Johnson.

1611 saw the publication of a book remarkable not only for its ambitious scope and its boldly protofeminist rewritings of familiar biblical stories, but also because it was authored by a woman. In her volume Salve Deus Rex ludaeorum, Aemilia Lanyer uses a number of metaphors taken from the fabric arts—sewing, embroidery, and other housewifely concerns—and she frequently stitches together her spiritual contemplations with terminology from sempstressry. This pattern, which is continuous throughout both her great poetic work and the dedicatory poems that preface it, spins a connective thread between Christ's incarnation and the domestic sphere—the province of women's authority. This talk will show how Lanyer uses language from what is conventionally dismissed as mere women's work to claim Christ under the authority of women.

This event will be held at 4:30 PM PST in Crookshank 108 Ena Thompson Reading Room.


February 22, 2024 - Reading and Artists Talk from Layli Long Soldier

Please join us for a reading and artist talk from poet, writer, and artist Layli Long Soldier. This event will also be broadcast live over the air with KSPC–tune in to 88.7fm or stream online at kspc.org.

Layli Long Soldier holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, The New York Times, The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review, BOMB and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. She has also received the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award, the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award, a 2021 Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, and the 2021 Michael Murphy Memorial Poetry Prize in the UK. She is the author of Chromosomory (Q Avenue Press, 2010) and WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017). She is a mentor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This event will be held at 4:30PM PST in the Rose Hills Theater, with a reception to follow the reading.