Faculty 2009-2010

Robin Black
Tom Ferrick
Amy Herzog
Karl Kirchwey
Elizabeth Mosier
J.C. Todd
Daniel Torday

Robin Black

Lecturer, Creative Writing

Black  Robin Black holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from Warren Wilson College.  Her first story collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, is forthcoming from Random House in 2010.  The book will also be brought out by six foreign publishers and translated into four languages. 

Robin Black’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Southern Review, One Story, The Georgia Review, Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. I (Norton, 2007).  She is the recipient of grants from the Leeway Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Sirenland Conference and is also the winner of the 2005 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition in the short story category.  Her work has been noticed for Special Mention by the Pushcart Prizes on three occasions and also deemed Notable in The Best American Essays, 2008 and The Best Nonrequired Reading, 2009.  She is currently at work on a novel, also to be published by Random House and overseas.  Since receiving her MFA, she has taught at Advanced Fiction Writing at Arcadia University and worked extensively with individual students. 

Course List:
ArtW 260-Short Fiction I


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Tom Ferrick

Lecturer, Creative Writing

ferrickTom 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:
ArtW 264 - News and Feature Writing

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Amy Herzog

Lecturer, Creative Writing

HerzogAmy 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:
ArtW 262 - Playwriting I
ArtW 362 - Playwriting II

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Karl Kirchwey

Associate Professor, Director of the Creative Writing Program

KirchweyKarl 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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Elizabeth Mosier

Lecturer

Elizabeth MosierElizabeth Mosier is the author of the novel, My Life as a Girl (Random House ) and numerous short stories and essays, which have appeared in literary and commercial magazines including Seventeen , Cimarron Review , Child, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Poets and Writers . A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she has taught fiction and nonfiction writing to audiences from elementary school to adult, in a variety of settings including Bryn Mawr, the Bennington College July Program and at elementary schools as part of the Young Writers Day program.


Course List:
Writing for Children                                                                                                                                     Short Fiction I

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J.C. Todd

Lecturer, Creative Writing

ToddJ. C. Todd holds a B. A. in Literature from Duquesne University and  an M. F. A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  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; finalist for the Flume Press Chapbook Award).  Her poems have appeared in such periodicals as American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her poems and translations have been anthologized in What’s Your Exit? (2010), Poetinus Druskininku Ruduo (2002, 2004, 2005), Poezijos Pavasaris (2001), and SHADE (2004). As a contributing editor for The Drunken Boat, she edited translation features on contemporary poetry from Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia, and she has been a guest poetry editor for the Bucks County Review (Summer, 2005).

She is a recipient of 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 five Pushcart Prize nominations for poetry and one for creative non-fiction and was a finalist for the Lucille Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America.  She has been a lecturer in graduate English at Rosemont College and 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 under the sponsorship of the United States Embassy in Berlin.

Course List:
ArtW 159  Introduction to Creative Writing
ArtW  261  Poetry I
EMLY 001.001: The Journey: Act and Metaphor
ENG 125  Writing Workshop

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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:
ArtW 260 - Writing Short Fiction I
ArtW 360 - Writing Short Fiction II
ArtW 265 - Creative Nonfiction
ArtW 364 - Longer Fictional Forms

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