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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).

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.

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.

Scott Poulson-Bryant is the author of HUNG: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America (2006) and a novel, The VIPs (2011). His scholarly work has appeared in Palimpsest, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and American Studies. Before coming to academia, Professor Poulson-Bryant worked as a journalist; his work appeared in such publications as The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and VIBE, the hip-hop and urban culture magazine for which he was one of the founding editors. His research interests include 20th century African American literature and popular culture and gender and sexuality studies. He is currently writing Bicentennial Black: Uplift, Citizenship, and the Cross-Racial Politics of 1970s US Popular Culture. His website is

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, Gettysburg 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. As a member of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, in 1980, she founded Fordham’s award-winning newspaper, The Observer (one of the few college publications to include a literary section) 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."

Writer in Residence

Nia Ostrow Witherspoon is a black queer theatre-maker, vocalist/composer, and cultural worker investigating the metaphysics of black liberation, desire, and diaspora. Called “fascinating” by Backstage Magazine, featured on NPR for her curation of BlackARTMatters, and named one of Phoenix’s top 100 artists, A current AIR at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Resident Artist at HERE, Witherspoon has been a 2050 Playwriting/Directing Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop and Restorative Justice Director at Boerum Hill School for International Studies. She has been the recipient of multiple honors, including awards by the Mellon Foundation, the Astraea Foundation, the Wurlitzer Foundation, Lambda Literary, and Theatre Bay Area, and her work has been featured by La Mama ETC, BRIC, HERE, National Black Theatre, BAAD, Movement Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, Painted Bride, 651 Arts, and other prestigious organizations. As a performer, Witherspoon is co-founder of ceremonial music collective SoliRose, a world-premiere cast member (and in the touring company of) Sharon Bridgforth’s River See (Links Hall), and has been a featured vocalist in the work of Cherríe Moraga in La Semilla Caminante/The Traveling Seed (Intersection for the Arts). Recent publications include “Missy’s Trick/(Un)Making Queer” in the Journal of Popular Culture and “SHE” in Imagined Theatres (Routledge). She holds a B.A. from Smith College and a PhD from Stanford University in Theatre and Performance Studies, has held tenure-track professorships at Florida State University and Arizona State University, and has recently been awarded a two-year Jerome Foundation Artist Fellowship.

Writer at Risk in Residence

Kanchana Ugbabe is a professor of English and African Literature at the University of Jos, Nigeria, and author of Soulmates (Penguin), an acclaimed 2011 short story collection that explores being an insider and outsider in both Indian and Nigerian cultures. Coming from an area torn apart by ethno-religious conflict, her writing explores what it means to encounter terrorism in everyday living.


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.

Cathy Linh Che is the author of the poetry collection Split (Alice James Books, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. She has received awards from Poets & Writers, Hedgebrook, the Center for Book Arts, the Jerome Foundation, Artist Trust, Poets House, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and was a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence at Sierra Nevada College.

Caroline Hagood is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Fordham. Her first book of poems, Lunatic Speaks, came out in 2012 and her second poetry book, Making Maxine’s Baby, a small press bestseller, came out in 2015 from Hanging Loose Press. Her lyric essay book, Ways of Looking at a Woman, will come out from Hanging Loose in 2019. Her writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Hanging Loose, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Salon, and the Economist. She is a Kenyon Review Staff Blogger.

Molly Horan is an adjunct professor of young adult literature and web writing at NYU and SVA. A member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, her plays have been performed at the People's Improv Theater. Her work has been published on The AV Club, Refinery29, Teen Vogue, Mashable, and many other sites.

Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections Winter Sex (Verse/Wave), The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA Editions), The bright red horse—and the blue— (Atelos), and The Engineers, which is forthcoming on Solid Objects Press in 2021. She is also the author of the memoir Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Crown), which was a New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice" and one of Esquire's eight "Best Books of the Year." Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, her honors and awards include fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared recently or are forthcoming in n+1, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, Bomb Cyclone, and Boston Review.

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.

Kyle Lucia Wu is the Programs and Communications Manager at Kundiman, a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing Asian American literature, and the co-publisher of the literary journal Joyland. She was awarded the Asian American Writers Workshop Margins fellowship in 2017, and has received residencies from the Byrdcliffe Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Writing Downtown Residency in Las Vegas. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School and a BA in Psychology from NYU.