Rachel HallProfessor of English and Creative Writing
Rachel Hall has been teaching at SUNY Geneseo since 1993. She received her M.F.A. from Indiana University, where she was awarded the Hemingway Fellowship. Every semester at Geneseo, Hall teaches Literary Editing & Publishing 426/428 that produces the bi-annual issues of Gandy Dancer, a SUNY literary magazine. She also functions as the group’s faculty advisor. She has received two Chancellor's Awards, one for excellence in teaching and the other for excellence in scholarship and creative activities.
Hall was awarded the BkMk Press 2015 G.S. Sharat Chandra prize selected by Marge Piercy for her collection of linked stories titled Heirlooms, later published in September 2016. Her work focuses primarily on fiction writing and her stories and essays have been published in several journals and anthologies: Bellingham Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gettysburg Review, Lilith, New Letters, Water~Stone, among other publications. Her story, "La Poussette," came in first place for the Lilith Fiction Prize in 2016. For more information on Hall, visit her website.
ENGL 101: Topics in Lit:The Short Story
A course exploring a particular topic involving specific themes, issues, authors, literary forms, or media types. Subtitles of "Topics in Literature" help students develop fundamental skills for critical reading and effective writing. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.)
ENGL 402: Senior Sem in Creative Writing
This is the capstone class for English majors pursuing the creative writing track. Students will select, revise and polish work for presentation at their Senior Reading. In addition, students will learn all aspects of staging a literary event, including publicity and advertising. Finally, students will learn the practical skills of pursuing a literary life beyond Geneseo. Required for all English majors pursuing the creative writing track. Prerequisite: Senior Standing in Creative Writing track. Offered every spring English Courses
ENGL 426: Editing&Production Workshop I
An introduction to the basics of publishing through the opportunity to edit and produce, Geneseo's online literary journal, Gandy Dancer. Coursework will include the creation of advertising and marketing, solicitation of manuscripts, collaboration within editorial committees, copyediting and proofreading as well as layout and design. Prerequisites: ENGL 203
ENGL 428: Editing&Production Workshop II
This advanced course focuses on editing and producing, Geneseo's online literary journal, Gandy Dancer. The coursework will include the creation of advertising and marketing, solicitation of manuscripts, collaboration within editorial committees, copyediting and proofreading as well as layout and design. Students enrolled in 428 will assume leadership roles in the hands-on work of putting out this journal. Prerequisites: ENGL 426.