Faculty 2012-2013

Robin Black
Lauren Feldman
Tom Ferrick
Daisy Fried
Karl Kirchwey
Elizabeth Mosier
Christian TeBordo
Susan Gregory Thomas
J.C. Todd
Daniel Torday

Black

Robin Black

Lecturer

 Fiction writer and essayist Robin Black’s debut collection of short stories, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, was a finalist for the prestigious Frank O’Connor Award, and has been published in seven countries. In the Chicago Tribune, critic Alan Cheuse says, “Black delivers real emotion, the kind that gives you pause. I want to shout about how just when you thought no one could write a story with any tinge of freshness, let alone originality, about childhood, marriage, old age, Black has done it.” She is Bryn Mawr’s Visiting Distinguished Writer for the 2012-13 academic year.

Course List
ArtW 360: Short Fiction


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Lauren Feldman

Lecturer

Lauren Feldman’s plays include AMANUENSiS; A People; The Egg-Layers; Fill Our Mouths; Grace, or the Art of Climbing (upcoming production Jan 2013 at Denver Center Theatre); many collaboratively devised works (including The Food Play; The Orpheus Variations; Lady M; Now/Not Now; The Apocryphal Project); a dozen short plays; and a solo piece. Her work has been produced throughout the U.S. and in the U.K., Canada, and Australia. She was nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize and the inaugural Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, and her play Grace… was nominated for an ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award and a Barrymore Award for Best New Play . A  recent Dramatists Guild Fellow and terra NOVA Groundbreaker, she holds a B.A. in English from Cornell Univeristy and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.

Course List
ArtW 262: Playwriting

Fried

Daisy Fried

Lecturer

Daisy Fried
is the author of three books of poems, Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice (forthcoming, spring 2013), My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn't Mean to Do It , which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. For her poetry, she's received Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares. Recent poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The London Review of Books, American Poetry Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review and elsewhere. She reviews books of poetry for the New York Times and Poetry magazine, and received Poetry magazine's Editors Prize for a Feature Article, for "Sing, God-Awful Muse," about Paradise Lost and breastfeeding. She's been a guest blogger for Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation. She has taught creative writing at Villanova University, Haverford College, University of Pennsylvania, in Warren Wilson College's low-residency MFA program, and as the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College. She lives in South Philadelphia.
Photo: Pierce Backes

Course List
ArtW 261: Writing Poetry I
ArtW 361: Writing Poetry II

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Tom Ferrick


Lecturer

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.

Course List
ArtW 264: News and Feature Writing

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Kirchwey

Karl Kirchwey

Professor of the Arts, Director of the Creative Writing Program

Karl Kirchwey holds degrees in English Literature from Yale College (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.A.). He is the author of six 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), The Happiness of This World: Poetry and Prose (2007), and Mount Lebanon (Marian Wood Books/Putnam, 2011). Poems Under Saturn, his translation of Paul Verlaine's Poemes saturniens, was published by Princeton University Press in 2011. Kirchwey's 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, Little Star, The Nation, The New Criterion, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Parnassus, Partisan Review, Poetry, 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), 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

Elizabeth Mosier

Lecturer

Elizabeth Mosier is the author of The Playgroup (part of the Gemma Open Door series to promote adult literacy) and My Life as a Girl (Random House). Her short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in many national magazines, and her work is regularly featured in “Currents” in The Philadelphia Inquirer. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she has twice been named a Discipline Winner in Fiction by the Pew Fellowships in the Arts and has received a Literature Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She teaches fiction and nonfiction writing in a variety of settings, including the Pennsylvania Young Writers Day program.    www.ElizabethMosier.com

Course List
ArtW: 269: Writing for Children
ArtW: 260: Short Fiction I

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Tebordo

Christian TeBordo

Lecturer

Christian TeBordo’s most recent book, a collection of short stories called The Awful Possibilities, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, was nominated by Booklist as an American Library Association Notable Book of 2010, and was named a Bookmark Selection by Nylon Magazine. His novels include We Go Liquid, Better Ways of Being Dead, and The Conviction and Subsequent Life of Savior Neck. His short fiction, poetry, and criticism have been published in Ninth Letter, The Lifted Brow (Australia), Avery Anthology, The Diagram, The Collagist, and The Kenyon Review Online, among others. TeBordo holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Syracuse University. He has taught creative writing and literature at Temple University and the University of the Arts. He lives in Philadelphia, where he co-curates the TireFire Reading Series.

Course List:
ArtW: 260 Short Fiction I

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Susan Gregory Thomas

Lecturer

Susan Gregory Thomas is a writer, journalist, and author of In Spite of Everything: A Memoir (Random House: 2011) and Buy, Buy Baby: How Consumer Culture Manipulates Parents and Harms Young Minds (Houghton Mifflin: 2007). A founding producer of Time Inc.’s first website and former senior editor of US News & World Report, Thomas has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Marie Claire, Vogue, The Washington Post, Time, MSNBC.com, Glamour, and more. Thomas graduated from Columbia College in New York, with the English Department award for critical writing. She has taught at Temple University and lives in Philadelphia with her three children.

Course List
ArtW 263: Memoir


Todd

J.C. Todd

Lecturer

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.

Course List
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

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Daniel Torday

Visiting Assistant Professor

Daniel Torday's novella, The Sensualist, was the winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Outstanding Debut Fiction, the Goldberg Prize. His debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2015. 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.

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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