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Awards & Prizes

Awards & PrizesThe following awards are presented each May at the English Department Awards Ceremony.

  • Barbara Henning Distinguished Service Award

  • Departmental Awards for Excellence in English

  • Edward Edelman & Susanne Popper-Edelman English Essay Prizes

  • Elaine Spielberg Award

  • Esther Hyneman Graduate Awards in Poetry and Fiction

  • Liang and Bernard Schweizer Graduate Thesis Award

  • Louis and Ann Parascandola Graduate English Award

 

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for information about the next ceremony. Also check the blog for the latest information about each award and for announcements about each year's winners.

Barbara Henning Distinguished Service Award

Established in 2009, the Barbara Henning Distinguished Service Award is not an annual award, but will be given periodically by the faculty of the Department to a graduate student in appreciation for exceptional service to the English Department.

Barbara Henning, a poet and novelist, was for many years a professor in the English Department at the Brooklyn Campus. She was chair of the Department from September 1997 to August 2000. She designed the creative writing program, both graduate and undergraduate, and advised all the creative writing students. She also was director of the freshman writing program for three years and a writing specialist for HEOP. She retired in 2005 to concentrate on her writing. For the latest information about Professor Henning's publications, visit her Web site.

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for the announcement of future winners.

Past Winners

2012 - Sarah Wallen

Sarah received her B.A. from the University of California in Santa Cruz, where she was a co-editor of Pulp, the college literary magazine. She entered LIU Brooklyn's Creative Writing MFA program (poetry) in Fall 2010. She has served as assistant to the director and was a co-founder, co-editor, and designer of Brooklyn Paramount, the literary magazine of the MFA program. She participated in the Associated Writing Program conference in Chicago, February 2012, and coordinated MFA-program readings and events, both on and off campus. She is publisher of Third Floor Apartment Press, which has published small, hand-made editions by numerous poets, including Lisa Rogal and Tony Iantosca. She is also editor of her own magazine, Poems By Sunday. She is the author of three chapbooks, blinking bending bone (2009), dream-self tells me: destroy a bench (2010) and opossumoon (2010).

2009 - Nell del Giudice

Nell was the assistant to the director of the M.F.A. program in creative writing from February 2008 through May 2009. She coordinated the many readings – both off and on campus – that took place during this time, and was involved in all phases of this program. As the M.F.A. assistant, she participated in the Associated Writing Programs conference in Chicago in February 2009. An accomplished actress, Nell received her B.A. from Bennington College and graduated from the Brooklyn Campus M.F.A. program in creative writing in May 2009.

Departmental Awards for Excellence in English

Each May, at the end of the spring semester, the English Department gives its Departmental Awards for Excellence in English to graduating seniors and graduate students who meet the following criteria.

Undergraduate

  • The student graduated the previous September or January or is graduating in May.
  • The student has a 3.5 GPA in English classes.

Graduate

  • The student graduated the previous September or January or is graduating in May.
  • The student has a 3.8 GPA in English classes.

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for the announcement of this year's winners.

Past Winners

2013

Undergraduate: Andrani Foster, Daphne Horton, Keeley Ibrahim, Natalie Mamelko, Sarah Reynolds
Graduate: Alicia Berbenick, Patia Braithwaite, Constance Gough, Jon Jenkins, Elspeth Macdonald, Asja Parrish, Kevin Reyes, Lisa Rogal, Sarah Wallen

2012

Undergraduate: Kadienne Bruinsma-Campbell, Nicholas Conklin, Theresa Gorella, Ralph Tolbert
Graduate: John Casquarelli, Aimee Herman, Tony Iantosca, Rachel Jackson, Willie Perdomo, Jessica Wedge

2011

Undergraduate: Robin Renahan, Felicia Reynolds
Graduate: Emily Drabinski, Christine Francavilla, James Jones, Mary Walker

2010

Undergraduate: Franchesca Castano, Bethann Henry, Enid Hernandez, Nikki Alimonda, Alane Celeste, Andrea Cox, Michelle Young
Graduate: Jeremy Beauregard, Yoav Ben Yosef, Liliana Almendarez, Christine Gans, Stephanie Gray, Zahra Patterson, Jon L. Peacock, Tejan Anna-Kaye Waszak, Larry Young III

2009

Undergraduate: Nikki Alimonda, Barbara Joseph
Graduate: Katuraka Alston, Christy Bright, Nell del Guidice, Charulata Dyal, Jacqueline McCormick, Cherisse Mayers, Lindsey Miller, Jessica Rogers, Charles Thorne

2008

Undergraduate: Adynah Johnson, Kaung Set Lin, David Wheeler
Graduate: Jaime Barker, Omayra Cruz, Joseph Garnevicus, Sarah Kolbasowski, Sophia Mavrogiannis, Cherisse Mayers, Lindsey Miller, Margot Nasti, Helen Seo, Charles Thorne

2007

Undergraduate: Amanda Childress, Tiffany Dunbar, Christine Gans, Mireille Merilice, Amos Schumacher, Polina Zavidovsky
Graduate: Walter Balcerak, Courtney Frederick, Chole Leyow, Karen Pitt

2006

Undergraduate: Joanne Hyppolite, Jacqueline McCormick, Meghann McCormick, Giorgios Retsinas, Evelina Shikhman
Graduate: Deanna Andrews, Sarah Blazer, Sonia Mae Brown, Danny Hoey, Sophia Mavrogiannis, Larry Young

2005

Undergraduate: David Ledet, Deidre Soto, Julianna Tabak, Collette Tardiff
Graduate: Betsy Brody, Angela Koritsoglou

2004

Undergraduate: Ashley Carter-Sinclair, Diane Harrison, Jana Hasprunarova, Sayde Marzolf, Joseph Palmer, Monique Scott
Graduate: Christopher Leary, Robert Nelson

2003

Undergraduate: Souhir Ayach, Kathryn Balmer, Monica Hopkins, Emeke Orakwue, Cheryl Williams
Graduate: Archana Adalja, Ann Larson, Richard Loyd, Allia Matta, Phaedra Moore

2002

Undergraduate: Julia Lisanti
Graduate: Andrea Libin

2001

Undergraduate: Kristin Bohn, Joyce O'Brien, Anna Zak

2000

Undergraduate: Harold Clemmons, Steven Cox, Vanessa Richards, Ann Roberts, Charles Sausa, Amos Schumacher, Mia Stevens-Haynes
Graduate: Frederick Wambolt

1999

Undergraduate: Kerry-Ann Clarke, Farida Ennab, Milady Morales, Lisa Sikarevich

1998

Undergraduate: Christopher Sabatella, Labrini Delaveris
Graduate: Giles Mebane Robertson

Edward Edelman & Susanne Popper-Edelman English Essay Prizes

The English Department gives these prizes for outstanding essays written in undergraduate English courses.

Established in 1999, the prizes were at first simply called the English Essay Prizes, but in May 2002, they were renamed in remembrance of Professor Susanne Popper-Edelman, for her many years of dedication to the English Department and Brooklyn Campus students. In December 2002, the Prizes were again renamed to honor her husband, Professor Edward Edelman.

The Department awards the Prizes at the end of each spring semester for essays written during the previous academic year (i.e., the current spring semester and the previous fall semester and summer sessions). All essays must be typed and free of written comments or grades. The name of the student and his/her instructor should be on the cover sheet but not on the essay itself. A student may not submit more than one essay in each category. A student may submit to more than one category, but each student can win only one prize per award year.

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for the next call for entries and the announcement of this year's winners.

The Edward Edelman and Susanne Popper-Edelman English Essay Prizes are given in the following categories:

Best Essay in a Developmental Freshman Writing Course

This prize is awarded for the best essay written in English 14 or 14X. The prize is accompanied by a check for $125. Essays should be 3-5 pages, double-spaced. This length is a suggested parameter. Essays that exceed 5 pages will not be excluded from consideration.

Past Winners

2013: Jonathan McCarthy Assavero: “Change of Location, Change of Perspective”
2011: William Donohue
2010: Justin Wolsky
2009: Tashana Thompson
2008: Sehrash Tanveer
2007: Rimon Makar
2006 (first award year): Kevin Miley

Best Essay in a Freshman Writing Course

This prize is awarded for the best essay written in English 16 or English 16X. The prize is accompanied by a check for $125. Essays should be 4-6 pages, double-spaced. This length requirement is a suggested parameter. Essays that exceed 6 pages will not be excluded from consideration.

Past Winners

2013: Sandy Mohsen: “The Educational System and ESL Students”
2011: Irina Braynina
2010: Stephanie Sakellis
2009: Rebecca Scher
2008: Gregory Cross
2007: Lucia Liang
2006: Monica Vega
2005: Andrea Rose Caluori
2004 (first award year): Christopher Boccio

Best Essay in a Sophomore Core Literature Course

This prize is awarded for the best essay written in English 61, 62, 63, or 64. The prize is accompanied by a check for $125. Essays should be 5-15 pages, double spaced. This length requirement is a suggested parameter. Essays that exceed 15 pages will not be excluded from consideration.

Past Winners

2013: Kerby Anorjuste: “The Guy Code”
2012: Josh Lamore: “Life, Work, and Walden”
2011: Robyn Heckstall
2010: Natacha Gordon
2009: Robert Barnes
2008: Lisa Rathod
2007: Melissa Ramroop
2006: Quyen Lan Lam
2005: Cyprianne Awung
2004: Tiffany Johnson
2003: Nathasha Capers
2001: Chaya Lieberman
2000: Claudette Marcarno
1999 (first award year): Tung Tong

Best Essay in an Upper-Division English Course

This prize is awarded for the best essay written in an English department course numbered 100 or above (excluding 190, 191, and 192). The prize is accompanied by a check for $125. Essays should be 5-15 pages, double spaced. This length requirement is a suggested parameter. Essays that exceed 15 pages will not be excluded from consideration.

Past Winners

2013: Marnelle Dorvil: “Marriage and Money: Contrasting Forces”
2012: Jahsel Carmichael: “Oh Rats”
2011: Melissa Martinez
2010: Ralph Tolbert
2009: Sophie Vranian
2008: Jonathan Kuhr
2007: Matt Wilson
2006: Meghann McCormick
2005: Collette Tardiff
2004: Julianna Tabak
2003: Ashley Carter-Sinclair
2002: Jana Hasprunarova & Kathryn Balmer
2000: Arwa Deiban
1999 (first award year): Risha Henneman

Best Senior Seminar Paper

This prize is awarded for the best essay written in English 190 or 192. The prize is accompanied by a check of $150. Essays should be 20-25 pages, double spaced. This length requirement is a suggested parameter. Essays that exceed 25 pages will not be excluded from consideration.

Past Winners

2012: Jacquelle Morgan: “The Magic of Conjuring: Fact or the Imagination of the Suppressed?”
2010: Felicia Reynolds
2009: Franchesca Castano
2007: Lazarette Strouble
2006: Nicholas Bennett
2005: David Ledet
2004: Sayde Marzolf
2003: Kathryn Balmer
2001: Anna Zak
1999 (first award year): Amos Schumacher

Elaine Spielberg Award

Elaine Spielberg taught for many years as an adjunct professor in the First-Year Writing Program of the LIU Brooklyn English Department, following a long career as a NYC public high school teacher. In honor of Professor Spielberg's dedication to LIU-Brooklyn students, Professor Marilyn Boutwell (English Department) gives an annual award ($200) to an outstanding student in English 13/13x or English 14/14x. The Award is presented at the English Department Awards Ceremony in May. The first award year was 2012.

In order to be eligible for this Award, a student must have:

  • earned a 3.0 GPA;
  • demonstrated motivation and improvement in his/her ability to read, write, and think critically;
  • attended classes, utilized student support services, and worked with his/her peers constructively in order to participate fully and effectively in his/her English course;
  • received a written recommendation with writing sample from his/her instructor.

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for the next call for applications and the announcement of this year's winner(s).

Past Winners

2013: Lakishia Brown

2012 (first award year): Bridget Castro

Esther Hyneman Graduate Awards in Poetry and Fiction

The graduate creative writing faculty of the English Department gives two annual awards ($250 for poetry and $250 for fiction) to graduate students in the creative writing program. The awards are named for Professor Esther Hyneman, in recognition of her creative energy and her many years of dedicated service to the English Department. The first award year was 2003.

Submission Guidelines: Submit 8-10 pages of poetry and/or 10-15 pages of fiction. For each piece, include two cover pages, one with title, name of writer, address, email address, and telephone number. The other cover page should list only the title of the work. Place submissions in Lewis Warsh's faculty mailbox in the English Department. For further information about these awards, contact Lewis Warsh at lewis.warsh@liu.edu.

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for the next call for applications and the announcement of this year's winners.

Past Winners

2013 Fiction: Tiani Kennedy
Poetry: Daniel Owen
2012 Fiction: Michael Grove
Poetry: Felice Bell & Giuseppe Infante
Cross-Genre Writing: Aimee Herman
2011 Poetry: Tony Iantosca & Mary Walker
Fiction: Gulay Isik & Lisa Rogal
2010 Poetry: John Casquarelli
Fiction: Patia Braithwaite
Non-Fiction: Zahra Patterson
2009 Poetry: Jeremy Beauregard & Christine Gans
Fiction: Yoav Ben Yosef & Christy Bright
2008 Poetry: Gary Parrish
Fiction: Jessica Rogers
2007 Poetry: Margot Nasti
Fiction: Michael DeSerio
2006 Poetry: Sarah Kolbasowski
Fiction: Diane Macaraeg
2005 Poetry: Courtney Frederick & Sarah Kolbasowski
Fiction: Walter Balcerak & Ashley Carter-Sinclair
2004 Poetry: Valerie Deus
Fiction: Christopher Leary
2003 Poetry: Joy Surles
Fiction: Betsy Brody

Liang and Bernard Schweizer Graduate Thesis Award

The Liang and Bernard Schweizer Graduate Thesis Award ($300) was created by Professor Bernard Schweizer (English Department) to recognize professional promise and to reward academic excellence and intellectual maturity among the outgoing M.A. students of the LIU-Brooklyn English Department. In years when there is an award, it shall be given to the most rigorously intellectual, original, and important master's thesis submitted by an M.A. student during the academic year preceding the award. The award shall be given to a student in the M.A. program, either for a thesis in Literature, Professional Writing, or Writing & Rhetoric. The award, if any, will be presented at the English Department Awards Ceremony in May. The first award year was 2008.

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for the next call for applications and the announcement of this year's winner(s).

Past Winners

2011 2011 Emily Drabinski, for “Teaching in Time: Toward a Kairos of Library Instruction," which investigates the important role played by timing, context, and occasion (i.e. kairos) in library instruction.
2008 Helen C. Seo, for "Evelyn Waugh: 'Change and Decay in All Around I See'," an interdisciplinary study of Waugh's fiction from a literary critical and media studies perspective.

Louis and Ann Parascandola Graduate English Award

In honor of his parents, Professor Louis Parascandola (English Department) gives an annual award ($300) to an outstanding graduate student in one of the English Department's three M.A. tracks (Literature, Professional Writing, or Writing & Rhetoric) or the Creative Writing MFA program. On occasion, the Award is shared by more than one recipient. In the event of a tie, two students will be awarded $200 each. Previous winners are not eligible.

The Award is presented at the English Department Awards Ceremony in May. The first award year was 2002.

In order to be eligible for this Award, a student must have completed at least 24 credits by the end of the previous fall semester with at least a 3.7 GPA. They also need a written recommendation from a member of the English Department's graduate faculty and a writing sample (e.g., a paper submitted for a graduate class--not a work of creative writing).

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for the next call for applications and the announcement of this year's winner(s).

Past Winners

2013: Felice Belle & Lisa Rogal
2012: Laurel Schumacher
2011: Christine Grausso
2010: Emily Drabinski
2009: Nell del Guidice & Jessica Rogers
2008: Jaime Barker
2007: Cherisse Meyers & Karen Pitt
2006: Sarah Blazer
2005: Siu Ng & Chloe Leyow
2004: Jennifer Ambrose & Kevin Reyes
2003: Angela Koritsoglou
2002: Ann Larson