Graduate Student Orientation

On Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 am, Drs. Catherine Mazak and Leonardo Flores will be offering an orientation for its new and experienced graduate students. This orientation will not be yet another drill on rules, regulations, the Graduate Handbook, and Certification 09-09, or our TESOL Certificate, but a practical guide to successfully navigating your graduate studies towards your future career goals. The orientation will be held in CH-326. Program Welcoming Remarks – Dr. Leonardo Flores Timeline to Graduation – Dr. Catherine Mazak First Semester Forms: Letter for validating courses, TESOL Certificate Application form Recommended courses: Research Methods, Deficiencies (if applicable), … Read more…

Welcome to the English Department, Prepas!

Welcome to your new home at UPRM! The English Department is currently home to about 200 undergraduate students, 50 graduate students, 30 tenured & tenure-track faculty, 8 adjunct faculty, and 3 administrative staff members. Our administration consists of the following: Dr. Leonardo Flores, Interim Director, oversees the entire operation of the English Department. Dr. Mary Sefranek, Interim Associate Director, is in charge of the undergraduate students and directs the Orientation Committee. Ms. Katherine Jorge is the Department’s Administrative Assistant, in charge of service orders, contracts, etc. Ms. Paulette Almodovar is the Department’s Secretary and she is your first point of … Read more…

Summer Session Update

Here’s an updated version of the courses we hope to be offering this summer. All the courses have room for more students and need higher enrollment numbers to be assured, so if you’re interested in taking them you can enroll on July 7 (preferably in the morning). Time Course Instructors Classroom 10:10-12:35 3321: Survey of English Literature I Nickolas Haydock CH-319 10:10-12:35 3236: Technical Writing Rosita L. Rivera CH-325 10:10-12:35 3201: Reading and Composition I Nancy Vicente CH-318 12:50-3:15 3238: Creative Writing Iris Toro CH-326 12:50-3:15 3345: Topics in Film TBA (Nickolas Haydock or José Irizarry) CH-319 Classes begin on … Read more…

The English Department Enrollment Guide: Summer and Fall 2017 Edition

This is a guide for everyone who needs to take English courses this coming Summer or Fall 2017 sessions. Let’s begin with our offerings: Summer 2017 Course Offerings – All courses will be offered in the first Summer Session (July 8-29). Fall 2017 Course Offerings Fall 2017 Guide for English Majors and Graduate Students Courses category – Our blog has a category dedicated to information on our courses offerings, including flyers and promos. This resource applies to all undergraduate students: General Education English Sequences Please consult this document carefully to avoid course validation problems later. It has been updated and … Read more…

Fall 2017 Guide for English Majors and Graduate Students

This guide offers a simple visual representation of the courses that English majors and graduate students may need to take in the Fall. Graduate courses have been emphasized with bold text. For the Summer offerings, visit this post. Adjustments and changes in August 7-11. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30-9:20 am 9:30-10:20 am 10:30-11:20 am 11:30-12:20 pm 12:30-1:20 pm 1:30-2:20 pm INGL 3231: Expository Writing – Dr. Nancy V. Vicente INGL 3236: Technical Communication – Dr. Sandra Ríos (Hybrid Course) INGL 3236: Technical Communication – Dr. Sandra Ríos (Hybrid Course) INGL 3279: Introduction to Poetry – Dr. Leonardo L. Flores INGL 3236: … Read more…

Summer 2017 Course Offerings

This information is outdated: here is an updated Summer 2017 Offering. Here are the courses to be offered this Summer 2017. Time Course Instructors 7:30-9:55 3238: Creative Writing Iris Toro 7:30-9:55 3201: Reading and Composition I Glory J. Soto 7:30-9:55 3101: Basic English I TBA 7:30-9:55 3103: Intermediate English I TBA 7:30-9:55 3211: Advanced English I TBA 10:10-12:35 3321: Survey of English Literature I Nickolas Haydock 10:10-12:35 3236: Technical Writing Rosita L. Rivera 10:10-12:35 3201: Reading and Composition I Glory J. Soto 10:10-12:35 3101: Basic English I TBA 10:10-12:35 3103: Intermediate English I TBA 10:10-12:35 3211: Advanced English I Janice … Read more…

Leonardo Flores’ Poetry Series: Introduction to Poetry

This series of courses taught by Dr. Leonardo Flores will develop your poetry reading and analytical skills while bringing you up to date on poetic movements during the past century. For best results, take the whole sequence. INGL 3279: Introduction to Poetry (Fall 2017) – Cultivate your critical vocabulary and skills while discovering the impact of orality, writing, print, audio recording, film, and digital media in the creation, publication, and reception of poetry. INGL 3325: Modern Poetry (Spring 2018) – Discover how poetry was transformed during the first half of the 20th century with innovations (such as free verse) that … Read more…

Ricia Chansky: Fulbright Specialist at York University

Dr. Ricia Chansky has won a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Program grant to convene and participate in the IABA conference, lecture, and other related activities at York University in Toronto. Here’s the poster for a lecture she delivered yesterday, titled “Texts in Crisis: Esmeralda Santiago, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and the Case for Rereading Identity.” Thank you for representing us so well!

New book: “Partida en Dos” by Gabrielle Armstrong Velázquez

Partida en Dos is a bilingual book of poems written by English major Gabrielle Armstrong Velázquez. It was published through CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on January 2017. In it, the author tackles with several memories and parts of herself that pull parts of her into contrary directions. The poems tackle themes of modern love, the lack of it, fleeing in the face of new loves that feel like something dreamt about, a life “full of walks and wends, traffic and due dates to comply” (“Common Sleep,” page 4). Inner conflicts come to life where the author copes with loneliness, feeling … Read more…

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