Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Full-Time Faculty

As Eloisa James, Mary Bly has written twelve New York Times bestselling romances.  She is particularly interested in romance's place in popular culture, writing an op-ed for the Times and a forthcoming article entitled "Shakespeare, Popular Romance and Homeland Security."  She appeared on the keynote panel of Princeton's 2009 popular romance conference.  She maintains a large, interactive website,; one of her projects there has been to expand understanding of the material boundaries of a novel.  After each publication, her readers vote for a chapter they wish she had included in the novel; a month or so later she posts that chapter on her website.

Mark Caldwell is the author of The Prose of Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke (1987), The Last Crusade: America’s War on Consumption, 1862-1954 (1988); Saranac Lake: Pioneer Health Resort (1993); A Short History of Rudeness: Manners, Morals, and Misbehavior in Modern America (1999); and New York Night: The Mystique and Its History (2005).

Lenny Cassuto is the author of The Inhuman Race: The Racial Grotesque In American Literature and Culture (Columbia, 1997) and the editor of three other volumes. He is currently serving as General Editor of The Cambridge History of the American Novel. Cassuto’s book on twentieth-century American crime fiction, Hard-Boiled Sentimentality, was published in fall of 2008 by Columbia University Press. His articles about American crime fiction have lately appeared in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Minnesota Review, and other publications. Cassuto is also an award-winning journalist. His commentary on academic politics and culture has been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education and elsewhere.

Heather Dubrow
is the author of Forms and Hollows (Cherry Grove), two chapbooks of poetry, and a play produced by a community theater. Journals where her poems have appeared or are forthcoming include Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Yale Review. One of her sonnets was featured on the Poetry Daily site, and other poems have been set to music and performed. Wearing her other hat as a literary critic, she has published six single-authored monographs, co-edited a collection of essays, and edited an edition of As You Like It. Since 2009 she has been director of the Poets Out Loud reading series.

Anne Fernald is the author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader (Palgrave 2006). She has published articles on Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and modernism generally at Blackwell’s Literature Compass, in Feminist Studies (2005), Modern Fiction Studies (2003), and elsewhere, including several edited collections. Her work pays particular attention to the essay, and this research focus informs her work as the Writing Director (in charge of first-year composition classes) at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. She is currently at work on the Cambridge University Press edition of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

Elisabeth Frost is the author of a book of poems, All of Us (White Pine Press, 2011); a critical study, The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry (Iowa, 2003); and two chapbooks: Rumor (Mermaid Tenement Press, 2009) and A Theory of the Vowel (Red Glass Books, 2013). She also co-edited Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews (Iowa, 2006). Her text-image collaborations with the artist Dianne Kornberg have been exhibited in venues across the U.S., and her work has been published in Barrow Street, The Denver Quarterly, Poetry, and The Yale Review, among other journals. She directed the Poets Out Loud Reading Series at Fordham for a decade, and she is founder and editor of the POL Prizes book series from Fordham University Press, now in its fifteenth year.

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Matadora (Alice James Books) and Delivered (Persea Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. Her current research focuses on post-modern U.S. immigration via Internet-based poetics. She is co-founder of
Kundiman, a non-profit organization that promotes Asian American poetry.

Elizabeth Stone is the author of the memoir, A Boy I Once Knew: What a Teacher Learned from her Student (Algonquin, 2002), and three other books, including Black Sheep and Kissing Cousins: How Our Family Stories Shape Us (Time Books, 1988; with a new introduction, Transaction Publications, 2004).  Her essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Gettysberg Review and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and her journalism has been published in various sections of The New York Times (including the Magazine, Science and Arts & Leisure), Smithsonian Magazine, and elsewhere.  Also a member of the department of Communication and Media Studies, she is advisor to The Observer, Fordham's award-winning newspaper, and one of the few college publications to include a literary section.  She has taught memoir-writing at the University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival, and, with clinical psychologist Evan Imber-Black, Ph.D,  has run several workshops for family therapists on the uses of memoir writing at the Ackerman Institute of Family Therapy in Manhattan.

Writers in Residence

Kim Dana Kupperman is the author of a critically acclaimed collection of essays, I Just Lately Started Buying Wings: Missives from the Other Side of Silence (Graywolf, 2010), which received the 2009 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize in Nonfiction from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and was recently longlisted for the Indie Booksellers Association Choice Award. She is thefounder of Welcome Table Press, dedicated to publishing and celebrating the essay in all its forms. Ms. Kupperman currently works as  managing editor of the award-winning quarterly literary journal, The Gettysburg Review, where she also coordinates an annual summer conference.
Meera Nair received both her M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing; as a master's student atNew York University she was a New York Times Fellow. Her debut collection, Video (Pantheon, 2002), won the Asian-American Literary Award and was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, the Editor's Choice book at the San Francisco Chronicle, and a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book. Her stories, articles, and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, in anthologies, and on National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, among other places. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. She is currently completing a novel tentatively entitled Harvest for Pantheon.



James Braly is the writer and performer of the monologue Life in a Marital Institution, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, sold-out 59E59 Theaters in New York City, and transferred Off Broadway to the Soho Playhouse. Reviewed as “gaspingly funny” (Variety), “never less than excellent” (The New York Times), and “a masterpiece of storytelling” (The List), the show has played over 120 performances and is currently on tour around the country.

Christopher Hirschmann Brandt
is a poet, translator, carpenter, furniture designer and maker, political activist, and a long-time member of Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble (NYC's oldest experimental theatre company).  His poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies in the US, Mexico, Spain and France.

Erica Ehrenberg's
poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including The New Republic, Slate, jubilat, Octopus, and Everyman's Library Pocket Poets: Poems About Horses (Knopf, 2009). Born and raised in New York City, she has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and from Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry. In the fall of 2011 she began a residency in the Workspace program at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. 

Paul Foster Johnson grew up in New York City and earned a BA at SUNY Geneseo and an MFA at Brown University. His free verse poems explore safety and risk within public, intimate, and political spaces. The author of poetry collections Refrains/Unworkings (2008) and Study in Pavilions and Safe Rooms (2011), Johnson has served as editor of Litmus Press and as curator of the Experiments & Disorders reading series. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Porochista Khakpour has been awarded fellowships from Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ucross, Djerassi, and Yaddo. She is the recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing. Her debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove/Atlantic, 2007)  was a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” Chicago Tribune’s “Fall Best,” and a California Book Award winner. Her second novel The Last Illusion is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2014.  Her nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, Salon, Slate, Harper’s, Marie Claire, Newsweek, GQ,, and many others.  She has taught creative writing and literature at Johns Hopkins University, Hofstra University, Bucknell University, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Fairfield University’s MFA program, the University of Leipzig, and the Gotham Writers Workshop. She currently teaches at Columbia and Wesleyan as well.




If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.

--Benjamin Franklin

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