And the Winner is….

Congratulations to 2017 Cosenza Prize Winner: Continue reading


Announcing the 2017 Cosenza Prize

Announcing the 2017 Cosenza Prize for Undergraduate Writing Continue reading

Announcing the 51st Poetry and Fiction Contest

The Poetry Center of Long Island University, Post Campus is excited to announce the 51st Poetry and Fiction Contest! Continue reading

“Children Walk on Chairs to Cross a Flooded Schoolyard” by: Patrick Rosal

For those of you who are fascinated by archiving, such as collecting old photos, you are sure to enjoy reading “Children Walk on Chairs to Cross a Flooded Schoolyard” by Patrick Rosal.

Anyone who is still interested in writing their own poem reflecting on a picture from their past can send them to Our earlier blog post, “Honoring American Archives Month” will provide you with the necessary details.

We look forward to reading your submissions, and hope that Rosal’s poem sparks your creativity!

Children Walk on Chairs to Cross a Flooded Schoolyard
by: Patrick Rosal
Taytay, Rizal Province, Philippines
(based on the photo by Noel Celis)

Hardly anything holds the children up, each poised
mid-air, barely the ball of one small foot
kissing the chair’s wood, so
they don’t just step across, but pause
above the water. I look at that cotton mangle
of a sky, post-typhoon, and presume
it’s holding something back. In this country,
it’s the season of greedy gods
and the several hundred cathedrals
worth of water they spill onto little tropic villages
like this one, where a girl is likely to know
the name of the man who built
every chair in her school by hand,
six of which are now arranged
into a makeshift bridge so that she and her mates
can cross their flooded schoolyard.
Boys in royal blue shorts and red rain boots,
the girls brown and bare-toed
in starch white shirts and pleated skirts.
They hover like bells that can choose
to withhold their one clear, true
bronze note, until all this nonsense
of wind and drizzle dies down.
One boy even reaches forward
into the dark sudden pool below
toward someone we can’t see, and
at the same time, without looking, seems
to offer the tips of his fingers back to the smaller girl 
behind him. I want the children
ferried quickly across so they can get back
to slapping one another on the neck
and cheating each other at checkers.
I’ve said time and time again I don’t believe
in mystery, and then I’m reminded what it’s like
to be in America, to kneel beside
a six-year-old, to slide my left hand
beneath his back and my right under his knees, 
and then carry him up a long flight of stairs
to his bed. I can feel the fine bones,
the little ridges of the spine
with my palm, the tiny smooth stone
of the elbow. I remember I’ve lifted
a sleeping body so slight I thought
the whole catastrophic world could fall away.
I forget how disaster works, how it can turn
a child back into glistening butterfish
or finches. And then they’ll just do
what they do, which is teach the rest of us
how to move with such natural gravity.
Look at these two girls, center frame,
who hold out their arms
as if they’re finally remembering
they were made for other altitudes.
I love them for the peculiar joy
of returning to earth. Not an ounce
of impatience. This simple thrill
of touching ground. 


“War Photograph”: By Kate Daniels

To continue in the celebration of American Archives Month, here is a moving poem written by Kate Daniels about a young girl, thrust into the chaos of war.

Also, remember to send you poems to for a chance at being featured on our blog. For details, see our last blog post: “Honoring American Archives Month” and send us your poem.

War Photograph
by: Kate Daniels

A naked child is running 
along the path toward us, 
her arms stretched out, 
her mouth open, 
the world turned to trash 
behind her.

She is running from the smoke 
and the soldiers, from the bodies 
of her mother and little sister 
thrown down into a ditch, 
from the blown-up bamboo hut 
from the melted pots and pans. 
And she is also running from the gods 
who have changed the sky to fire 
and puddled the earth with skin and blood. 
She is running--my god--to us, 
10,000 miles away, 
reading the caption 
beneath her picture 
in a weekly magazine. 
All over the country 
we’re feeling sorry for her 
and being appalled at the war 
being fought in the other world. 
She keeps on running, you know,
after the shutter of the camera 
clicks. She’s running to us. 
For how can she know, 
her feet beating a path 
on another continent? 
How can she know
what we really are? 
From the distance, we look 
so terribly human.

Honoring American Archives Month

Collecting photos or historical objects is a wonderful way to look into the past. As a part of the celebration of American Archives Month, the Writing Center invites you to write a poem reflecting on a photo from your or your families history, engaging the reader in a story that goes beyond the still image. Once you have written your poem, e-mail them to the Writing Center at, where it will have the chance of being posted on our blog! Be sure to include your name, year, and major in the e-mail. We are excited to read your poems and cannot wait to post them for others to see!

If you need a little help getting started, take a look at Gabeba Baderoon’s poem below!

Old Photographs

On my desk is a photograph of you
taken by the woman who loved you then.

In some photos her shadow falls
in the foreground. In this one,
her body is not that far from yours.

Did you hold your head that way
because she loved it?

She is not invisible, not
my enemy,
nor even the past.
I think I love the things she loved.

Of all your old photographs,
I wanted this one for its becoming. I think
you were starting
to turn your head a little,
your eyes looking slightly to the side.

Was this the beginning of leaving?

50th Annual Poetry and Fiction Contest

Poetry Contest

Calling all poets and fiction writers:

An outstanding undergraduate poet will receive the John and Agnes McCarten Memorial Award of $100. $75 will be awarded for the best poems in the following categories: graduate, faculty/staff, alumni. (See below for short fiction contest)

Deadline for Receipt: February 22, 2016

Eligibility: Any original, previously unpublished poem no longer than 50 lines.

Rules: No identification should be placed on the manuscript itself.
No more than three (3) poems per entrant.
All poems, typed one to a page, should be submitted following one of these two methods:

  • Electronic submission (preferred) to
    Subject line should read Poetry Contest Submission. Please indicate your status at Post.
  • Placed together in a single envelope. On the envelope, write your name, address (both dorm and home), and status at LIU Post (undergraduate, graduate, faculty/staff, or alumnus/alumna). Bring the envelope to the Poetry Contest Box in the English department on the second floor of Winnick House (the mansion), or mail to:

Poetry Contest Boxes
English Department
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

Winners will be notified by mail. Others will be notified of the winners if they include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or request notification by email. An award may be withheld in a category if, in the judges’ determination, none of the submitted poems is deserving of a prize. No hard copy entries will be returned, nor their receipt acknowledged.

Short Fiction Competition

Entries must be original, previously unpublished short stories. Manuscripts must not exceed three (3) pages typed and must be double-spaced in Time new Roman, 12 pt. font. Prize will be $50. See above for submission methods.

These competitions are sponsored by The Poetry Center, the English department, The Academy of American Poets, and Jeanne Marie Scott.

The submissions will be judged by LIU Post English department faculty.

The 50th annual Poetry Awards Night will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Barbara Novack and Esther Weiner will read from their work and present the awards. The winning poems will be printed in the evening’s program, and winners will read their poems.

Copyediting Opportunity for LIU Post Undergraduate and Graduate English Majors

ENG 101: Internship or ENG 743: Graduate Internship is available to you as a 3-credit elective working as a copyeditor or writer for the student newspaper The Pioneer.

The student will choose an advisor in the English department to work with closely throughout the semester, and register for ENG 101 or ENG 743, in addition to working with The Pioneer staff.

Please come in to the English Main Office, Winnick House 210, to discuss this new opportunity, or contact Dr. John Lutz, chair of the English department at

LIU Post Book Scholarship Application

Deadline: February 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

“#WeAreLIUPost” Book Scholarship is a comprehensive program created by LIU Post to assist current students in financial need. The university community is committed to making a college education affordable to all our students. Sometimes, students who have taken advantage of all available financial aid, scholarships and student loans still have difficulty affording textbooks.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Sonnet Contest for LIU Post Students


In connection with the Shakespeare Festival that LIU Post will be hosting this spring, The Poetry Center is announcing a sonnet contest open to undergraduate and graduate students. We welcome entries of sonnets on all subjects and composed in any sonnet form. There will be cash prizes and the winners will read their sonnets at a Poetry Center event on March 2, 2016 and at the Closing Ceremony of the Shakespeare Festival. Become a bard! Most people have never written a sonnet. Most 21st century poets have never written a sonnet, so you may just as well try your hand.

Entries (up to 3) must be submitted as email attachments to

Deadline: February 1, 2016

For more information on what a sonnet is and how it is composed, click here.