Are you ready?

The time is fast approaching for the Sigma Tau Delta, Iota Chi annual colloquium. Are you ready? We sure are!

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We have a lot of fantastic presenters on deck, ready to showcase the excellent work they’ve been doing. Check out the conference website for the full list of presenters, moderators, and more!

The conference starts bright and early at 9:15am in the CSU, Northridge University Student Union, and everyone is welcome for some pre-panel breakfast and coffee at 8:30am. Lunch will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 and our very excellent speaker, Dodie Bellamy, will go on at 2:30 pm.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there, and we encourage everyone to come out and support the great things being done in English studies!

 

Spring Poetry Contest

Spring is here, and it’s time for Sigma Tau Delta, Iota Chi’s first ever Spring Poetry Contest! The contest will be judged by the talented and wonderful Patty Seyburn.

The deadline for submission will be March 31st, and the winner will be published in the Fall 2014 Northridge Review and will receive a signed copy of Patty Seyburn’s collection: Hilarity. The winner, along with finalists, will be given the opportunity to read their work with Patty Seyburn at an upcoming event. How cool is that?!

As in all things, there are a few guidelines for submitting:

  • We are looking for previously unpublished poems.
  • Each applicant can submit a maximum of three poems.
  • The entry fee is $5 per submission.

Submission packets should include two copies of each poem, a cover letter, and entry fee. Packets can be turned in to the English Department Office in ST 708 or to any Sigma Tau Delta Board Member. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at sigmataudeltaiotachi@gmail.com.

Good luck!

Patty Seyburn Poetry Contest Flyer

Meeting of the Minds

First of all, thank you to everyone who came out to our meeting last week. It was wonderful to see so many of your smiling faces, especially when we all know how hectic and busy the semester can be.

For those of who you weren’t able to make it, please know that you were dearly missed, and we hope you will be able to make it to a meeting or event in the future! There were a lot of wonderful ideas and some great discussions during the meeting, and so here is a quick run down of what you might have missed:

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ISMs Conference Updates:

  • March 22nd, 8:30am – 4:00pm in the USU.
  • It is important for Sigma members to participate in this event; not only presenting on panels or helping with set-up, but to be in attendance on panels and the keynote speech. We are currently accepting sign ups for volunteering at the conference, and if you are available to help out and sit in on some panels, please email us at sigmataudeltaiotachi@gmail.com.
  • This event is open to the public, so invite friends/family members/friendly strangers.
  • Dodie Bellamy’s books will be available for purchase during the conference. We recommend familiarizing yourself with Bellamy’s work. She is all kinds of amazing. You should be able to find much of her work on-line or through the English databases on the Oviatt Library Website. Or, ask around and see if a friend can lend one of her books.
  • There will be flyers available and a website up soon.
  • Remember to announce this event in your classes. If you are an SI or TA, offer extra credit for the student’s attendance and perhaps a small report on what they saw.

Aimee Bender Reading:

  • April 24th, 2014. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Lake View Terrace, USU.
  • We are now beginning to take volunteers for this event as well. If you are interested, shoot us an email at sigmataudeltaiotachi@gmail.com, and we’ll put you on the volunteer email list.
  • This event is open to the public and, we encourage you to invite anyone who might interested in hearing her work.
  • A selection of Bender’s books will be available for purchase at the event. If you haven’t read her work, we recommend checking it out. She is fantastic. Trust us.

Upcoming Poetry Contest judged by Patty Seyburn

  • We will be accepting submissions starting March 1st through the 31st.
  • The details are still being ironed out, but if everything goes as planned, the winner will be published in the Fall 2014 edition of the Northridge Review, will receive a signed copy of Seyburn’s newest collection of poetry, and will also be able to read with Patty Seyburn at an upcoming STD sponsored reading later in the semester. Check back in in the coming days for more updates on how and where to submit your poetry, as well as contest rules!
  • Patty Seyburn received her MFA in poetry from UC Irvine and her PhD in Poetry and Literature from University of Houston. She is the co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry; award winning author of three collections of poetry, and currently teaches at CSULB.

Graduation

Many of our members are graduating this coming Spring. If you are one of them, and would like to order STD paraphernalia, such as an honor stole, medallion, or honor cords, please let us know before March 1st. We need to order these asap so that we can ensure they arrive prior to graduation. Pricing is as follows:

  • Honor stole: $19
  • Medallion: $11
  • Honor cords: $9 each
  • Medallion-Honor cord combination: $18
  • Medallion-Honor stole combination: $27

Please send us an email at sigmataudeltaiotachi@gmail.com if you would like to order something.

STD Journals

Sigma has two journals, The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle and The Sigma Tau Delta Review. Both Journals are open to submit to from Tuesday, April 1st – Monday, May 12th. The Rectangle will accept one work of fiction/non-fiction; or up to three poems. Meanwhile, The Review will accept submissions of one critical essay. PLEASE NOTE: You are only allowed to submit to one of these journals during the submission period; choose your strongest work and good luck. You can find more information here: www.english.org/sigmatd/publications/journals

Undergraduate Scholarships:

If you are an undergraduate there are a couple different scholarship opportunities you can take advantage of:

  • “Summer Program Scholarship” – up to $1,000 with proof of enrollment in a Summer Program. (Will not apply to CSUN Summer session)
  • “Study Abroad Scholarship” – up to $3,000. Sigma Tau Delta awards these scholarships to active, undergraduate members for the purposes of studying for an academic term or year in a certified, undergraduate program outside the country in which the nominating chapter is located.

Applications for these scholarships are accepted between March 4th and April 1st. IMPORTANT: Only three members are permitted to apply for each scholarship and must be approved by the Sigma Board. If you are interested in applying to these scholarships, please contact Eric Barnhart to set up a meeting before the end of February with your intent to apply.

Volunteering with the LA Festival of Books

Once again, we will be volunteering at the LA Festival of Books. If you are interested in being a part of this great experience, please send us an email. More detailed information will be forthcoming.

Congratulations to Chris Espinosa!

Congratulations are in order… So, everyone, raise a glass and toast the winner of our Flash Fiction contest, Chris Espinosa!

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Chris Graduated from CSUN with a BA in English a few years ago and then proceeded to get lost for a few years. But that’s okay, because he likes getting lost. And while we are on the subject of things Chris likes, we can add roadrunners, kittens, travel, and the beach. He also loves the ocean and space (although he isn’t sold on this land stuff) and he also LOVES conspiracy theory. So Chris has returned to the English department, this time for a Master’s degree. But deep down, what he really wants is to be a writer. He primarily works in fiction. He used to write poetry until a theory class forced them apart, although like any passionately painful relationship, they are trying to work things out.

Currently, Chris is working in the world of fitness, where he trains and lectures navy seals, other military personnel and law enforcement, as well as the general public about strength training and nutrition. He has 3 certifications in nutrition and is a BioSignature Modulation Practitioner. However, all he really wants is to be chained to a desk and forced to write.

Congratulations, Chris! Everyone can look forward to reading Chris’ piece in the next edition of the Northridge Review! We’ll send another update out when that becomes available.

And thank you, to everyone who submitted. We appreciate all of your support.

Oh! And don’t forget, the deadline for submitting your abstract to the ISMS conference this Spring is fast approaching! Check out the CFP here, and then send us your abstracts to sigmataudeltaiotachi@gmail.com.

 

ISMS Abstract Deadline Extended!

Hey everyone! We have some excellent news; we’ve extended the abstract deadline for our Spring Colloquium: ISMS to January 13th. Let the people rejoice!

Isms: An Exploration into the Invisible Barriers of Classification

CFP Poster (2)

A conference hosted by Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Chapter and sponsored by the CSUN English Department and the Distinguished Speaker Award.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at California State University, Northridge

Beliefs, ideologies, labels, titles: these are just a sample of the systems within which we operate in on an ever day basis: the isms. Sometimes they cause conflict; other times they unite. But what really are these systems?

We are interested in work that investigates the various isms of the past, present, and future, in order to examine how the ism functions. How are they created and propagated? Do they isolate peoples or unite them, stigmatize or revolutionize? Should the isms be cultivated or avoided, continually added to or subtracted from? And can examining these systems help us re-imagine what power can/should be, or will we merely be reconstructing a new form of power?

We invite graduate and undergraduate works, both creative and scholarly, across most genres that explore, scrutinize, dismember, defend, upend, or create the isms that affect us in seen and unseen ways ever day.

Keynote Speaker: Dodie Bellamy – author of Academonia and The Buddhist. She has taught at Antioch University, San Francisco State University, and California College of the Arts.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Blended and Multi-Genres: Hybridity, Liminality, Interstitiality
  • Slipstream, Speculative, Surrealist Narratives
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Poetry, Poetics, Lyric Essays
  • Globalization
  • World Literatures, Post-Colonialism, Cultural Studies
  • Popular Culture, Film Studies, New Media
  • Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies
  • Pedagogy, Narratology, Rhetoric and Composition
  • Unlikely juxtapositions in Literature, Film, Art, etc
  • Gender, Race, Class, and Politics
  • Linguisitics
  • Identity, Identities, Identification(s)

Please submit your abstract of 250-350 words to sigmataudeltaiotachi@gmail.com by January 13, 2013. Include your name and contact information with your abstract/proposal.

Meeting Time!

The STD board would like to invite you to come out for one last whole club meeting and fundraiser to celebrate the end of another semester in style: with friends, literariness, and… pizza! What else can you ask for?!

We’ll be sending off finals week at CPK in Northridge on Wednesday, December 18th. Click and print this flyer, and give it to your lovely server:

 

I like parties too! Don't forget me!

I like parties too! Don’t forget me!

 

 

A very informal club meeting will begin at 5pm at CPK, which will include a fun holiday book exchange! Woot! Books! So, grab a book off of your shelf that you want to share, and join us if you can for some exciting updates, literature, and fun.

Fabio would like to be your +1.

Fabio would like to be your +1.

Also, pizza and cocktails. Who can say no to these things?! We know we can’t!

Baby goats also like parties.

Baby goats also like parties.

The Horror! The First STD Flash Fiction Contest

Sigma Tau Delta, Iota-Chi is accepting submissions for their first-ever writing contest to be judged by inSanity, AZ author James Ninness!

James Ninness

James Ninness

The winner of this competition will be published in the Spring 2014 Edition of The Northridge Review and will receive an autographed copy of inSanity, AZ. How cool is that?

So, get started on that chilling and hauntingly beautiful story you’ve always wanted to tell.

Scare us. Horrify us. Make us fear what’s under the bed. Show us what horror means to you.

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The guidelines are simple:

  • Your story must be 500 words or less.
  • $5 per (1) submission and you may enter more than once.
  • Submissions should include a cover sheet that includes your name, phone number, and email address and can be turned into the English Department Office in Sierra Tower 708 or to any of the Sigma Tau Delta Board Members.
  • This competition is open to all CSUN students both currently enrolled and alumni.

If you’re a CSUN alum, and currently flung too far by the winds of Fate to get that story to us in person, send us an email and we’ll see what we can work out (sigmataudeltaiotachi@gmail.com).

Your submissions must be received by Thursday, October 31, 2013.

We are very excited about our first ever flash fiction contest, and are even more excited to have James as our judge. We expect great things from this contest, and can’t wait to see what you wonderful, talented writers come up with!

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The Graduate Reading Series

What are you doing this Friday night?

We know where we will be – at the Graduate Reading Series!

We welcome you to come join us as we support the readers of the second Graduate Reading Series of the semester. Come listen to Katherine Wang (Fiction), Miguel Noh (Poetry), and Melisa Malvin (Drama) read their very excellent work!

The reading will be held at CSUN on Friday, 10/11 in JR 319 at 7:00 pm. Word on the street is that there will also be free snacks and refreshments. You don’t want to miss it!

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“Isms” the Spring 2014 Conference CFP is released!

Submit! Submit! Submit!

Submit! Submit! Submit!

 

Isms: An Exploration of the Invisible Barriers of Classification

A conference hosted by Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Chapter and sponsored in part by the CSUN English Department and the Distinguished Speaker Award.

Saturday, March 22th, 2014
California State University, Northridge

Ism: A distinctive doctrine, system, or theory.

Ours is a world that builds, worships, and deconstructs at an incessant rate. So often we are required to define ourselves, our work, and our beliefs by either adopting or rejecting various labels. But is this mode of thinking beneficial? essential? or even healthy? This conference will attempt to explore the structures, the isms, that define and bind. We welcome work that aims to dissect various isms of the past, present, and even future, in order to examine their individual parts. We want works that attempt to uncover how these constructs are created and propagated, works that expose what controls their upkeep. Should we actively cultivate the isms or avoid them? Do they isolate or unite, stigmatize or revolutionize? Can examining isms help us re-imagine what power can/should be, or will we merely be reconstructing a new form of power? How do we work within, against, and between these systems of classification? Have we created a hydra head of isms?

We invite both graduate and undergraduate creative and scholarly works that explore, scrutinize, dismember, as well as defend or create the isms that restrict or empower in seen and unseen ways every day.

Potential topics include:
• Blended and Multi-Genres: Hybridity, Liminality, Interstitiality
• Slipstream, Speculative, Surrealist Narratives
• Creative Non-Fiction
• Poetry, Poetics, Lyric Essays
• Globalization
• World Literatures, Post-Colonialism, Cultural Studies
• Popular Culture, Film Studies, New Media
• Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies
• Pedagogy, Narratology, Rhetoric and Composition
• Unlikely Juxtapositions in Literature, Film, Art, etc.
• New Approaches to Gender, Race, Class, and Politics
• Linguistics
• Identity, Identities, Identification(s)

Please submit proposals of 250 words to sigmataudeltaiotachi@gmail.com by December 18th, 2013. Include with your abstract/proposal, your name, and contact info.

Thank you!

Pizza with a purpose.

The end is nigh! Well, the end of the first week of the Fall semester that is. Do you know what comes with the end of the first week back at school? That’s right! The Annual Sigma Tau Delta “Back to the Grind” Mixer! Huzzah!

This year, we will be holding the mixer at CPK, Northridge on this Thursday, August 29th from 11am to 11pm. CPK, people Pizza! Drinks! All the things!

(Sorry for all the exclamation points, but pizza!!!)

All you have to do is show up, and present your server with this very powerful, yet elegant flyer, and CPK will donate 10% of your ENTIRE check to Sigma. We will use the funds raised to help put on a fantastic conference that full of excellent things like name tags, and programs, and more name tags.

For real though, conferences are expensive.

We hope to see you there, and have an excellent first week back!

Click on the image for the larger, printable version. Or hunt down an officer; they will have extras.

Click on the image for the larger, printable version. Or hunt down an officer; they will have extras.