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Creative Writing Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Mary Bly is a Shakespeare professor at Fordham and, as Eloisa James, the author of 26 New York Times bestselling historical romances. She also published a memoir about the year her family moved to France, the bestseller Paris in Love. Her two lives most recently overlapped on Valentine’s Day 2017, when CBS Sunday Morning filmed her Shakespeare class for a piece on romance.

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).

Leonard Cassuto is the author or editor of nine books, most recently The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education (with Robert Weisbuch; Johns Hopkins UP, 2021). That book, like its predecessor, The Graduate School Mess (Harvard, 2015), grew out of his monthly column, "The Graduate Adviser," for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Cassuto is also an award-winning journalist who writes on topics ranging from science to sports, in venues from The New York Times to salon.com. www.lcassuto.com.

Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea, A Seahorse Year, The Sky Below, and Wonderland, and the nonfiction book The Art of Intimacy: The Space Between. She is a former Stegner Fellow, the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction, and the winner of an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize from the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her essays, features, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Boston Review, Bookforum, The New England Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is a Frederick Lewis Allen Room Fellow at the New York Public Library for 2016-17.

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 seven 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.

Shonni Enelow is the author of Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-drama, (Northwestern University Press, 2015), for which she won the 2015–2016 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. She is the co-author, with Una Chaudhuri, of Research Theatre, Climate Change, and the Ecocide Project(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), which includes her play, Carla and Lewis. Other scholarly publications include articles for TheaterTheatre Survey, and Theatre Topics. She has additionally written for Film CommentReverse Shot, and the Criterion Collection, and also writes for the theater. She has recently taught courses on the avant-garde, modern drama, dramaturgy, modernism and fashion, ecology and representation, gender and sexuality, and the theories of comparative literature.

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 the poetry volume All of Us, the critical study The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry, the chapbooks Rumor and A Theory of the Vowel, and Bindle (a collaboration with the artist Dianne Kornberg). She also co-edited Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews. The recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, MacDowell, Yaddo, and others, Frost has published poetry and criticism in Denver Quarterly, Yale Review, Poetry, Contemporary Literature, and other journals. She is founder and editor of the Poets Out Loud Prizes book series from Fordham Press.

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Loves You (Persea Books), Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, POETRY, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers, The Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts from the Asian American Arts Alliance and grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony. She is co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving writers and readers of Asian American literature.

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, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Creative Nonfiction, Gettysburg Review and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her essay, “Husband Emeritus,”was designated a “Notable Essay” in The Best American Essays of 2011, 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. In 1980, Prof. Stone founded Fordham’s award-winning newspaper, The Observer and served as its adviser until 2016. During her tenure as adviser, The Observer won more than 50 awards, nationally, regionally and at journalism conferences ""Best in Show."" Her students have gone on to positions at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, New York Magazine, Popular Science, Bloomberg News, NBC, Sirius Radio, and NPR.

 


Instructors

Christopher Hirschmann Brandt is a poet, translator, actor, political and community activist, and has worked with Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble (NYC's oldest experimental theatre company) as an actor, producer, director and technician since 1973. He is also a carpenter and furniture designer and maker. His poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies in the US, Mexico, Spain, and France.

Duy Đoàn (pronounced zwē dwän / zwee dwahn) is the author of We Play a Game (Yale University Press 2018) winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, The Georgia Review, Poetry and Slate. He has been featured in the Poetry Foundation’s Editors’ Blog and PBS’s Poetry in America. Duy received an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he later served as director of the Favorite Poem Project.

Theo Ellin Ballew (deepest known matronym Srebrna or Silver) writes poetry, some of which they code to move and/or occupy space. Their work has appeared in Juked, 3AM, Bone Bouquet, screen_, Tagvverk, and elsewhere; it's also been shown in art spaces internationally. Theo is the founder of ORAL.pub, a bilingual magazine for web-based language art. They hold an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown. Theo has gone home to Los Angeles, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Scottsdale, Tempe, Fresno, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, New Haven, Cambridge, Dallas, Brooklyn, Denver, Mexico City, and Providence, in roughly that order. They currently live in Brooklyn.

Molly Horan is a YA and children's book author. Her debut novel, Epically Earnest, will be released in June 2022, and her debut picture book, I Have Seven Dogs, will be released in 2023. She received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from The New School, and is currently pursuing her PhD in children's literature at Bath Spa University. In addition to teaching at Fordham, she works as an adjunct professor at NYU and SVA. Her essays on the arts have been published by The New York Times, The AVClub, Jezebel, Refinery29, and many other sites.

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago, both from CavanKerry Press; and three chapbooks: Postcards (Ghost Bird Press), Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), and Subways (Thrush Press). Recent works have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, World Literature Today, Best of the Net, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. He co-founded Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.

Cleyvis Natera is the author of the debut novel Neruda on the Park forthcoming from Ballantine Books/Penguin Random House Spring 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Arts from New York University in Fiction. She was a 2021 Peter Taylor Fellow in Fiction at the Kenyon Writers Workshop. Her past honors include writing awards and fellowships from PEN America, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, The Juniper Institute, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation. Her writing has appeared in Time Magazine, Gagosian Quarterly, The Washington Post, The Kenyon Review, Asterix and Kweli Journal, among other publications. She currently teaches Creative Writing in New York City.

Kyle Lucia Wu is the Programs and Communications Manager at Kundiman, a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing Asian American literature, and a senior editor at the literary journal Joyland. She has received the Asian American Writers Workshop Margins fellowship and residencies from the Byrdcliffe Colony, the Millay Colony, the Writing Downtown Residency in Las Vegas, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School and a BA in Psychology from NYU.