Dilruba Ahmed’s debut book, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf, 2011), won the Bakeless Literary Prize. Ahmed is the recipient of The Florida Review’s Editors’ Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference fellowship & scholarship, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her work has been anthologized in Becoming: What Makes A Woman (University of Nebraska), Another and Another (Bull City Press), Indivisible: Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas), and the Best of the Net Anthology (Sundress Publications). Ahmed’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Blackbird, Cream City Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, The Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. Her writing has also appeared online with the Michigan Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, and the National Book Foundation. Her first book manuscript was a semi-finalist for prizes from Alice James Books, BOA Editions, and Tupelo Press.
A writer with roots in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Bangladesh, Ahmed holds a BPhil in English Writing/Poetry and an MAT in Instruction and Learning from the University of Pittsburgh. A former project coordinator with The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, she has worked in K-12 and higher education settings for many years. Most recently, she has served as a lecturer for Chatham University’s Low-Residency MFA program. She is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers.
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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 her screenplay What Maisie Knew was released in 2013.
ArtW 266: Screening Writing
Nomi Eve is the author of the novel, The Family Orchard , (Knopf) and the forthcoming Henna , (Scribner’s). Her short stories and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including Glimmer Train Stories , The Village Voice Literary Supplement and Conjunctions . Eve holds a B.A. from Penn State and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Brown University. She has taught fiction writing at Brown, Wheaton College, and at Penn State. Website: nomi-eve.com
ArtW260: Writing Short Fiction I
Lauren Feldman's plays include AMANUENSIS (Northwoods Ramah Theatre Company commission); ANOTHER KIND OF SILENCE (Drama League New Directors/New Works Fellowship); THE EGG-LAYERS (National Playwrights Conference Finalist, New Georges/Barnard College co-commission); A PEOPLE (Jewish Plays Project NYC Residency); FILL OUR MOUTHS (New Theatre, Carbonell Nomination); GRACE, OR THE ART OF CLIMBING (Denver Center Theatre Company, Nice People Theatre Company, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award Nomination, Barrymore Nomination, The Kilroys’ “The List 2014”); several ensemble-devised works, including AND IF YOU LOSE YOUR WAY, OR A FOOD ODYSSEY (The Invisible Dog), LADY M (Philadelphia Live Arts Festival), and THE APOCRYPHAL PROJECT (Yale Cabaret), among others; as well as a dozen short plays and an autobiographical solo piece. Lauren has been nominated for the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award, Wendy Wasserstein Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, and she was a 2014-15 Jerome Fellowship Finalist. She was selected as an American playwright delegate for the Royal Court Theatre’s “Crossing the Borders” project and for Australia’s World Interplay Festival, and she has been an artist-in-residence at Terra Firma, SPACE at Ryder Farm, the School of Making Thinking, Tofte Lake Center, Montana Artists Refuge, Montana Repertory Theatre, Sewanee University of the South, Cornell University, and Theater Emory/Brave New Works Festival. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the New England Center for Circus Arts, Lauren is also a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a teacher of playwriting, and a creator/performer of theatrical circus (solo and duo static trapeze, handbalancing). She served as a panelist on Circus Dramaturgy at the 2014 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. She is in the midst of creating an evening-length ensemble theater/circus show called Tinder & Ash, and she is writing two new plays. Website: www.tinderandash.com.
Tom Ferrick, Jr. is a journalist with 40 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.
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. He currently serves as senior editor of Metropolis (www.plmetropolis.com), an in-depth news and information web site based in Philadelphia.
ArtW 264: News and Feature Writing
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Cordelia Allen Jensen's young adult novel in verse, Skyscraping, is forthcoming from Philomel/Penguin Random House in Summer 2015. Jensen was Poet Laureate of Perry County, PA, in 2006-2007. She owns her own business, Story Corners, which specializes in creative writing workshops for kids and teens, she teaches at The Big Blue Marble Bookstore, where she is a writer in residence. Jensen graduated with a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, a Masters in Education from Shippensburg University in 2004 and she graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College in 1998. You can find her at www.cordeliajensen.com and on Twitter @cordeliajensen.
ArtW 269: Writing for Children
Cynthia Reeves’s novella, Badlands (MU Press 2008), was the winner of Miami University Press’s Novella Prize. Her fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ontario Review, Potomac Review, the experimental prose anthologies Wreckage of Reason (Volumes I and II), and elsewhere. “A Letter to My Mother,” published in Ellipsis, was performed as part of the InterAct Theatre’s Writing Aloud series. Reeves has won numerous awards and honors, including several Pushcart Prize nominations and prizes in the Columbia Fiction Contest, the 2006 and 2008 DeMott Short Prose Contests (Quarter After Eight), New Millennium Writings Short Short Fiction Contest, and Potomac Review’s Fiction Contest.
A graduate of Warren Wilson College’s M.F.A. program, Reeves received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and spent a year studying economics and urban development at the London School of Economics.
J. 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.
ArtW 159: Introduction to Creative Writing
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ENG 125 Writing Workshop
Visiting Assistant Professor
Director of Creative Writing
Daniel Torday's novella, THE SENSUALIST, won the National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. His debut novel, THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL
WEST, will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2015, and has received
early praise from Karen Russell, Rivka Galchen, Gary Shteyngart, Jim
Shepard, Robin Black, Phil Klay and Daniel Smith. George Saunders has
called the novel "a wonderful accomplishment of storytelling verve:
tender, lyrical, surprising, full of beautifully rendered details.
Torday is a prodigiously talented writer, with a huge heart." Torday's
fiction, essays and criticism have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Five
Chapters, Fifty-Two Stories, Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, The Kenyon
Review, and The New York Times.
A former editor at Esquire, Torday serves as a Book Review Editor at The Kenyon Review. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Literary Imagination, and a consulting editor at Hunger Mountain.
Torday holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, where he taught literature and writing.