Gregory Pardlo, a doctoral student in English at the Graduate Center, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his book, Digest.

Gregory PardloThe judges cited Pardlo’s “clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st Century America, rich with thought, ideas, and histories public and private.” In a recent review, The New York Times described Digest as “a brainy, compassionate book that uses a pleasingly large stylistic palette to paint a portrait of fatherhood, racial politics and Brooklyn before it became a place to buy $30 glasses of bourbon.”

Written in a breezy vernacular style with a lively streetwise inflection, the poems in Digest take their inspiration from Pardlo’s neighborhood, the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, or tap into his sense of identity,” The New York Times reported.

Pardlo’s first book, Totem, received the American Poetry Review/ Honickman Prize in 2007. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Nation, Ploughshares and Tin House, as well as in anthologies including Angles of Ascent, the Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry and two editions of Best American Poetry.


Big Apple Job Fair Draws Hundreds Seeking Employment, Internships

Students meeting recruiters at the Big Apple Job FairHUNDREDS OF STUDENTS connected with recruiters in hopes of launching their careers at the 27th annual CUNY Big Apple Job & Internship Fair. The annual event, held April 17 at the Jacob Javits Center, drew notable firms and government agencies including Apple computers, Yelp, Sesame Street, Bright Horizons Child Care & Early Education, Northwestern Mutual, and the New York State Assembly. At a breakfast reception to kick off the fair, Senior Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson and CUNY Trustee Freida Foster expressed gratitude to recruiters for participating in the event. Keynote speaker for the reception, City Council Member Julissa Ferreras (D-Queens), recalled memories of landing her first job at the Jackson Heights Public Library. “New York needs more young people in the workforce,” Ferreras said. The Big Apple Job Fair began 27 years ago at the World Trade Center, with the objective of bringing graduating students and recent alumni together with private- and publicsector organizations seeking qualified employees. In later years, the fair expanded to include opportunities for currently enrolled students to gain internships with work experience to feature on their resumés. The Big Apple Job Fair also includes a graduate and professional programs fair, providing students and sometimes recruiters from participating organizations with information on advanced degrees.


Thirty-seven CUNY students from the class of 2015 have joined Teach For America – a national, nonprofit organization that places graduates in high-need schools across the country. While the majority of CUNY’s new teachers will remain in New York City, others have been assigned to Miami, Denver, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Washington D.C. Hunter College has the most students committed to the program – 9 – followed by City College, 7, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 5, Brooklyn College 4, Lehman College and Queens College, 3, and York College and College of Staten Island and Baruch, 2. Staten Island also has one graduate student joining the corps.


CCNY Alum’s Provocative ‘Tom in America’ Wins Top Honors At CUNY Film Festival

Poster for Tom in AmericaA FILM ABOUT the secret desires within the marriage of an elderly couple, written and directed by a City College MFA alumnus, won the Grand Jury prize at the 2015 CUNY Film Festival at Macaulay Honors College. Flavio Alves’ “Tom in America” explores the relationship of Michael and Betty — played by the veteran actors Burt Young and Sally Kirkland — a Long Island couple who have been married 50 years. While rummaging through trash in search of things to sell at the local flea market, Michael finds a “Tom of Finland” doll that triggers a longignored impulse. Tom of Finland dolls are inspired by the homoerotic fetish art of Touko Laaksonen, a Finnish artist best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland.

CUNY has a creative and diverse student body, and the films shown at the festival reflect their unique perspectives, says Macaulay New Media Lab director Robert Small.

“We have so much talent here, and it would be counterintuitive not to have a place where students could display their work,” says Small, an Emmy-award winning television producer and film director who organized the festival with students from the media lab. The Macaulay New Media Lab is a club where students learn about filming, video editing and social media marketing strategies.