Faculty 2008-2009

Nancy Doyne

Tom Ferrick

Amy Herzog

Karl Kirchwey

Adrienne Miller

Catherine Murdock

J.C. Todd
Daniel Torday

Nancy Doyne

Lecturer, Creative Writing

Nancy Doyne is a writer.  Her screenplays include What Maisie Knew, based on the novel by Henry James and The Eustace Diamonds based on the novel by Anthony Trollope. Teleplays for television include adaptations of a short story by Frederic Brown as well as an adaptation of an EC Comic.  In addition to Bryn Mawr College, she has taught at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She lives and works in New York City, where she is currently writing an original screenplay entitled Skin.

 

Tom Ferrick

Lecturer, Creative Writing

Tom Ferrick, Jr. is a journalist with more than 35 years experience as a reporter, editor and columnist. He spent most of his career at the Philadelphia Inquirer and his assignments included City Hall bureau chief, national reporter, chief political writer, investigative reporter and poverty writer. He also helped establish the paper's Computer Assisted Reporting unit. For nine years, he was an Inquirer metro columnist. He currently works as a freelance reporter, editor and media consultant.

Ferrick is winner of a number of major local and national journalism awards, including a Polk Award for investigative reporting, a World Hunger Award for his reporting on the homeless, and a Pulitzer Prize as a member of a team of Inquirer reporters for coverage of the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island.

Course List:

Feature Journalism

News and Feature Writing

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HerzogAmy Herzog

Lecturer, Creative Writing

Amy received the 2008 Helen Merrill award for emerging playwrights.  Her plays include Opportunity, The Wendy Play, Hungry, Willing and In Translation.  Her work has been produced at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Ensemble Studio Theater (EST), and the Yale School of Drama, and she has received readings or workshops at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Stage and Film, The Black Dahlia in Los Angeles, and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.  She holds a commission from the Yale Repertory Theatre and is currently writing a new play for young audiences for the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer.  Her one-act play Christmas Present will be produced as part of the Marathon at EST this May.  Amy is a member of Youngblood, EST’s workshop for emerging professional playwrights.  She has a B.A. in English from Yale College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting  from the Yale School of Drama.

Course List:

Playwriting I

Playwriting II

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KirchweyKarl Kirchwey

Associate Professor, Director of the Creative Writing Program

Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing

Karl Kirchwey holds degrees in English Literature from Yale College (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.A.). He is the author of five books of poems: A Wandering Island (Princeton University Press, 1990; recipient of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America), Those I Guard (Harcourt Brace and Company, 1993), The Engrafted Word (Henry Holt, 1998; a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”), At the Palace of Jove (Putnam, 2002) and The Happiness of This World: Poetry and Prose (2007). His play in verse entitled Airedales & Cipher, based on the Alcestis of Euripides, received the 1997 Paris Review Prize for Poetic Drama and has been presented in public readings at An Appalachian Summer Festival (Boone, North Carolina) and at the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center in New York. His poems have appeared in periodicals such as Grand Street, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Criterion, The New Republic The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Parnassus, Partisan Review, Poetry (Chicago), Slate, The Southwest Review, Tin House, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. His poems and translations have been anthologized in works including The KGB Bar Book of Poems (2000), The Best of the Best American Poetry, 1987-1998 (1998), Twentieth Century Latin American Poetry: a Bilingual Anthology (1996), Twentieth Century Poems on the Gospels: an Anthology (1996), and After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (1995).

Karl Kirchwey has been the recipient of grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation as well as from the National Endowment for the Arts, and also received a Rome Prize in Literature in 1994-95. From 1987 to 2000, he was Director of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center in New York City. He has taught creative writing and literature at Smith College, Yale and Wesleyan Universities, and in the M.F.A. program at Columbia University. He received the Rosalind Schwartz Teaching Award from Bryn Mawr College in 2003.

Course List:

CSem 002 - Classical Myth and the Contemporary Imagination

Engl 202 - Understanding Poetry

Engl 231 - Modernism in Anglo-American Poetry

Engl 232 - Voices In and Out of School: American Poetry Since World War II

ArtW 159 - Introduction to Creative Writing

ArtW 236 - Contemporary Literature Seminar

ArtW 240 - Literary Translation Workshop

ArtW 261 - Writing Poetry I

ArtW 263 - Writing Memoir I

ArtW 361 - Writing Poetry II

ArtW 366 - Writing Memoir II

ArtW 367 - Advanced Fiction & Nonfiction (coordinator)

ArtW 382 - Poetry Master Class (coordinator)

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Adrienne Miller

Visting Lecturer, Creative Writing

Adrienne Miller was the literary editor of Esquire from 1997-2006. At Esquire she oversaw the magazine’s fiction and book sections, and also edited essays, narrative nonfiction features and reported pieces. She developed and edited two anthologies, Esquire’s Big Book of Fiction and Esquire’s Big Book of Great Writing, and created and produced a regular Esquire reading series. Under her literary stewardship, the magazine won numerous O.Henry and Best American awards and the National Magazine Award in Fiction. She was also a founding editor of McSweeney’s. She is the author of the novel The Coast of Akron, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2005, and named a book of the year in the Chicago Tribune and Newsday. She is finishing her second novel, and lives in New York City.

 

Course List:

Short Fiction

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Catherine Murdock

Visting Lecturer, Creative Writing

Catherine Gilbert Murdock (BMC ’88) received a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Penn in 1995, and published her dissertation as Domesticating Drink: Women, Men and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940 (Johns Hopkins University Press). She studied screenwriting for several years before penning the story of a Wisconsin farm girl turned football player. Houghton Mifflin published the YA novel Dairy Queen in 2006 and its sequel, The Off Season, the following year. She is also the author of the fairy tale Princess Ben. She lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children.

Course List:

Writing for Children

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ToddJ.C. Todd

Visiting Lecturer, Creative Writing

 

J. C. Todd has degrees in English Literature from Duquesne University (B. A.) and in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College (M. F. A). She is the author of a book of poems, What Space This Body (Wind Publications, 2008) and two chapbooks, Entering Pisces (Pine Press, 1985) and Nightshade (Pine Press, 2000), a finalist for the Flume Press Chapbook Award. Her poems have appeared in such periodicals as The American Poetry Review, The Atlanta Review, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Wild River Review, 5AM and elsewhere. Her poems and translations have been anthologized in Poetinus Druskininku Ruduo (Vaga, 2002, 2004, 2005), Poezijos Pavasaris (Vaga, 2001), and SHADE (Four Way Books, 2004). As a contributing editor for The Drunken Boat, she has edited translation features on contemporary poetry from Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia, and she has been a guest poetry editor for the Wild River Review (Summer, 2005).

J. C. Todd has received fellowships and grants for poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, and the Latvian Cultural Capital Fund, as well as an International Artist Exchange Award from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a scholarship to the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators. She has received four Pushcart Prize nominations for poetry and one for creative non-fiction. Formerly she has lectured in creative and expository writing at The College of New Jersey and Kutztown University. In 2004, she was a guest lecturer in American Studies for various universities in Germany through the United States Embassy in Berlin.

J. C. Todd has a long-standing commitment to the role of the arts in secondary education. In addition to her lectureship in the Arts Department, she is a faculty member in Bryn Mawr’s Writing for College Program, a consultant to the Poetry Program of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and a poet-in-residence for the New Jersey State Arts Council. She has been designated a New Jersey Distinguished Teaching Artist and received a Governor’s Award for Arts Education.

Course List:

Introduction to Creative Writing
Poetry I

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Daniel Torday

Lecturer, Creative Writing

Daniel Torday served from 2000 to 2005 as an editor at Esquire Magazine, where he edited book reviews and features, and helped develop some of the magazine’s longest-running features, including The Best and Brightest and What It Feels Like. During his time there he worked with such writers as Tom Junod, Michael Paterniti and Mike Sager, as well as many others. More recently he served as editor of the literary journal Salt Hill and fiction editor of Stone Canoe, a journal of the arts from Upstate New York.

Torday’s short stories, criticism, and non-fiction have appeared in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times and Interview Magazine, among other publications. His story “Bubi Grynszpan Dreams Assassination Dreams” was the winner of the 2006 Peter Neagoe Award, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has recently completed his first novel, the research for which took him to Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania. He holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, where he taught literature and writing.

Course List:

Writing Short Fiction I 

Writing Short Fiction II 

Creative Nonfiction

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