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, The North American Review 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.
Lauren Feldman's plays include Amaneusis (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 Lady M (Philadelphia Live Arts Festival); as well as a dozen short plays and an autobiographical solo piece. Feldman 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 she has been an artist-in-residence at numerous schools, universities and festivals.
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the New England Center for Circus Arts, Feldman 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 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.
262: Playwriting I
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 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
Professor of the Arts
Karl Kirchwey holds degrees in English Literature from Yale College and Columbia University. He is the author of six books of poems, including Mount Lebanon (Marian Wood Books/Putnam). Poems Under Saturn, his translation of Paul Verlaine's Poemes saturniens, was published by Princeton University Press. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review,The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.
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.
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
Annie Liontas' debut novel, Let Me Explain You (Scribner), was featured in the New York Times Book Review as Editor's Choice and has been selected by the ABA as a 2015 Indies Introduce Debut and Indies Next title. She is the co-editor of the anthology A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors and the recipient of a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her story “Two Planes in Love” was selected as runner-up in BOMB Magazine’s 2013 Fiction Prize Contest. Since 2003, Annie has been dedicated to urban education, working with teachers and youth in Newark and Philadelphia. She co-hosts the TireFire Reading Series in Philadelphia.
364: Longer Fictional Forms
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
ArtW 261: Poetry I
ArtW 361: Poetry II
EMLY 001.001: The Journey: Act and Metaphor
ENG 125 Writing Workshop
Associate Professor and
Director of Creative Writing
Daniel Torday is the author of the novel The Last Flight of Poxl West. New York Times chief critic Michiko Kakutani said the novel "announces Torday's emergence as a writer deserving of attention," and in a cover review, The New York Times Book Review called the book, “Expertly crafted... full of lyrical prose, superb Rothian sentences that glide over the page as smoothly as a Spitfire across a cloudless sky… utterly accomplished." According to George Saunders, "Torday is a prodigiously talented writer, with a huge heart," and John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, says "Poxl [is] a lovely novel sentence-to-sentence, and it gets at something deep about how we're all frauds, and all worthy of love."
Torday's novella,The Sensualist, won the National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. His fiction, essays and criticism have appeared in Esquire Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, n+1, Harvard Review and The New York Times. You can find more about him at: http://www.danieltorday.com/. Torday holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, where he taught literature and writing.