Creative Writing

CURA's Museum In Media Res

On Saturday night, the 12th floor of Lowenstein was the site of Museum In Media Res—a pop-up, experimental museum.

CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action hosted Museum In Media Res, a laboratory experience designed to showcase and celebrate artistic process and collaboration.

“We’re interested in art as a vital, unfolding conversation and in-the-moment epiphany.  While we publish and love painstakingly crafted literature and art, Museum In Media Res will assemble some of the finest literary and artistic minds to improvise and play,” said Sarah Gambito, Editor in Chief.

The Museum artists were given three creative proposals to speak to CURA’s theme of “Borderlands” (which evokes The Doe Fund’s transformative mission). The artists were given a half hour to respond to each proposal in any way they wished. While the artists were welcome to collaborate on any of the prompts, the final prompt required the three artists to collaborate together.

CURA’s editorial staff documented the living museum and conduct short, recorded interviews with the artists. Theses artifacts and documentation of Museum In Media Res will be showcased in CURA’s next issue.

Artists R. Luke DuBois, Kimiko Hahn, and Phillip Lopate joined CURA for Museum In Media Res.

From left to right:  R. Luke DuDois, Phillip Lopate, Kimiko Hahn, and CURA Associate Editor Amy Benson.

From left to right: R. Luke DuDois, Phillip Lopate, Kimiko Hahn, and CURA Associate Editor Amy Benson.

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. His work has been exhibited in countries ranging from Spain, South Korea, Australia, and has been featured (among other things) in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, The New York Times, National Geographic, and Esquire Magazine.

Kimiko Hahn, the author of nine collections of poetry, finds her material from varied sources. Both Brain Fever (W.W. Norton, 2014) and Toxic Flora (2010) were triggered by varied fields of science; The Narrow Road to the Interior (2006) is a collection of Japanese forms.  She also investigates the Asian American female body, black lung disease, premature burial. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award; also, the Shelley Memorial Prize, The PEN/Voelcker Award, Asian American Writers Workshop Literary Award.

Phillip Lopate has written three personal essay collections, two novels, a pair of novellas, and three poetry collections. He has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. He is the director of the nonfiction graduate program at Columbia University, where he also teaches writing.

Since the artists were not given any details regarding what prompts they might be facing, they were unsure what to expect.

“How did I get myself into this?” Lopate joked on the opening panel. “This is a departure for me, writing in public.”

The artists cited widely varying spheres of influence in their art: DuBois cited his training as a musician experience playing in a punk band; Hahn remarked on the weight of French feminists’ writings and Emily Dickinson on her work; and Lopate cited the influence of honesty and friendship, as well as writers long-since passed. “I still connect with old writers, writers that have passed on,” Lopate said. “I learned to write through reading.”

Each of the artists said they were eager to have the opportunity to collaborate with one another.

“I was trained as a musician,” DuBois said. “Music isn’t very interesting if you aren’t collaborating.”

DuBois also commented that even the resistance between collaborators is exciting.

“Half the work was figuring out how to work,” DuBois said.

During the Museum, each artists was given a simple “studio” in a large, shared room. As the artists opened the envelope containing their first prompt, the room fell silent. The only sounds in the room quickly became the muted horns of distant traffic, the air conditioner ruffling a tablecloth, and the sporadic clicking of DuBois’ keyboard.

Staffers from CURA—about 12 students—watched the artists at worked and documented the experience. Staffers were able to see the creative process from start-to-finish, a process that will be documented in Issue 15 of CURA.

CURA Prize: Now Taking Submissions

Deadline for Submission: February 28

A prize of $1,000 and publication by CURA magazine is given for a short story based in some way on the theme of Borderlands. 


  • Reading period is from February 1 - 28.
  • Stories must be no more than 2500 words in length.
  • Stories cannot be previously published.
  • Electronic submissions are available from February 1 to February 28. We do not accept paper submissions.
  • An $15 entry fee will be collected at the time of submission.
  • Winner will be announced in the late spring. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.

Bricolage Call for Submissions

Bricolage, Fordham University’s student-run journal of Comparative Literature, has extended its call for submissions to the print journal to January 20th.

Published annually in the spring, Bricolage features both critical and creative writing in multiple languages –– the only Fordham University journal to do so. It also publishes photography and art.

Members of the student editorial board have control over both the structure and the content of the journal. The editors are currently looking for online and print submissions. See their guidelines here.

Suggested prompts for online submissions can be found here.

Questions should be directed to

Call for Submissions: Creative Writing Prizes

The Creative Writing Program is now accepting Fordham student submissions to the 2015 Creative Writing Prizes.  

  • Academy of American Poets Prize
  • Bernice Kilduff White & John J. White Creative Writing Prize
  • Margaret Lamb/Writing to the Right-Hand Margin Prizes
  • The Reid Family Prize
  • Ully Hirsch/Robert F. Nettleton Poetry Prizes

Deadline for submissions: February 7, 2015

Call for Applications: KGB Reading

Студенты внимание выпускников!

(Attention graduate students!)

Fordham Креатив объявляет возможность читать ваши 

работы перед аудиторией

Fordham Creative Writing announces an opportunity to read your work

in front of an audience at the famed KGB Bar, on Tuesday, April 29, from 7-9 pm

KGB is a Ukrainain Socialist social club turned night joint and literary magazine. The location has been featured on several “best of” lists by the New York Times and New York Magazine and has featured some of the best writers in the country.

We’re looking for prose writers to read for ten minutes. If you are interested in participating, please submit your piece(s) for approval.
Eligibility: Rose Hill and Lincoln Center graduate students in the English department.

Guidelines: Submit up to (but no more than) seven pages of text (fiction or nonfiction).  Please identify the genre to which you are submitting. 

To submit your application, click here.


Literary Speakeasy and Issue 13

The Creative Writing Program at Fordham is thrilled to announce that CURA Magazine's Issue No. 13 is now live.  You'll find new media work by Jason Nelson, poetry by Cate Marvin and a special section featuring emerging Filipino artists and writers.

Also, CURA is throwing a party just for you... if you know the password.

Please join us for The Beautiful & The Damned: A Literary Speakeasy on April 23rd at 8 pm.
To celebrate the unsilenceable voices of censured writers and our April issue, we’re taking a trip to Prohibition-era New York. There will be banned book readings by time-traveling authors. There will be defiantly free-flowing libations, and a sinful dessert bar. (Plus, we have a few surprises stashed up our sleeves.)
Dress to impress Zelda Fitzgerald.
Costumes will be rewarded.
The best part? Well, the fine literature and company, of course.

The very-close-second-best part? You get all this (including the two-hour open bar), for $15 admission, plus a $5 donation to our indomitable partners at the Doe Fund, who work to support formerly homeless and incarcerated New Yorkers as they find their voices.  For more, click here.

Kindred Poetry and the Moving Image Master Classes


Acclaimed poet, Cathy Linh Che will lead two Creative Writing Master Classes at Fordham.

Thursday, April 4th
Lincoln Center, 12:00 - 2:00 pm, Lowenstein Room 413A
Rose Hill, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, McGinley Hall Room 236

Poetry and the Moving Image

This creative writing workshop will take a look at the exciting intersection between poetry and film. Participants will be encouraged to create and experiment. Using generative writing exercises and short film clips, we will creating our own image-explosive poems and deeply moving poem-films. No experience is necessary. Workshops will be limited to 15 students.

Instructor Bio:

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize. She received her MFA from New York University and is the recipient of fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Hedgebrook, and Poets House. She is a Program Assistant at Poets & Writers and co-edits the literary journal, Paperbag (

The Art of the Memoir

Join us on May 1st at 7 pm in the Lincoln Center 12th Floor Lounge 

Fordham will host this panel discussion of memoir writing, as well as a celebration of the three memoirs being published by members of the English Department this spring! Memoirists Elizabeth Stone and Kim Kupperman will be joined by new memoirists Mary Bly (writing as Eloisa James), Paris in Love; Richard Giannone, Hidden: Reflections on Gay Life, AIDS, and Spiritual Desire, and Eve Keller, Two Rings: A Story of Love and War. Short readings and discussion will be followed by a reception and book signing.