Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

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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

Amy Benson’s book, The Sparkling-Eyed Boy (Houghton Mifflin 2004), was the 2003 Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize winner in creative nonfiction, sponsored by Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.  Recent work has appeared in journals such as Agni, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, PANK, and Triquarterly.  She has been a fellow at Bread Loaf and a resident at Ledig House International and is the co-founder of the First Person Plural Reading Series in Harlem.

Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, experimental writer, educator and game designer who lives in Brooklyn. A graduate of New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, her teaching and practice center around digital poetics, procedural design, and Internet culture.


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 Slate, The New Republic, CURA, The St. Ann’s Review, Octopus, jubilat, Everyman’s Library Pocket Poet Series, Guernica, and The New England Review. She has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford, a poetry fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and at the Vermont Studio Center, a writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and has been in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at Yaddo. She has also recently given talks at the Storm King Sculpture Center on poetry and sculpture, and has written in collaboration with and about contemporary artists for Real Art Ways in Hartford CT and for a project that premiered at the New Shelter Plan gallery in Copenhagen as part of the 2014 Artist Run International Festival.

Dale Megan Healey's work has appeared in DIAGRAM, The Common, The Atlas Review, Immaterial, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn and is working on a series of essays on grief and experiential art.

David Petersen has had his films exhibited at numerous museums and festivals, and his films are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His films include the Academy Award nominee Fine Food, Fine Pastries, Open 6 to 9, If You Lived Here You Would Be Home Now, Let the Church Say Amen, Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter, Lift, and the upcoming dramatic film Billy and Ray, produced by Mike Ryan (Junebug) and Amy Hobby (Secretary). As a filmmaker and writer, he has received artist fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, and VCCA. As a writer, he has received commissions from La Jolla Playhouse, Squonk Opera, and Miramax Films, and his fiction has appeared in various literary journals in the United States and overseas.


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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