Call for Applications: The English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration

The Creative Writing Program at Fordham University is accepting applications for the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration from October 1st - November 1st.


Premised on the belief that the study of literature and the practice of writing are mutually reinforcing, the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration emphasizes the inter-relations among creative writing, digital media, criticism, and scholarship.


As a concentration with a dual focus on literature and creative work, fully integrated within the English department, this degree offering combines literature courses, small writing workshops, and practical industry training to prepare students for advanced study or careers in writing, media, and publishing. In addition, students benefit from the resources provided by New York City, a worldwide center for literary publishing.

Anwita Ghosh to Serve as Reviews Editor for Modernism/modernity

This fall, Anwita Ghosh, a second-year English PhD student, will begin serving as Reviews Editor for Modernism/modernity, which is coming to Fordham under the editorial leadership of Professor Anne Fernald.  

Modernism/modernityis a quarterly journal that “focuses on the methodological, archival, and theoretical approaches particular to modernist studies [and] encourages an interdisciplinary approach linking music, architecture, the visual arts, literature, and social and intellectual history.”  


Ghosh says she is excited to work on M/m with Professor Fernald because the journal is one of the leading voices in the field of modernist studies. “I am looking forward to learning about and meeting people who are making some of the amazing, cutting-edge contributions in the field of modernist studies,” she says, adding that she also hopes to learn more about how academic journals operate. Indeed, that’s one reason why the journal coming to Fordham is so exciting.  

Professor Fernald says that having this journal come to Fordham is remarkable not only because it raises Fordham’s research profile, but also because “the graduate students who work with me on the various aspects of editing—soliciting book reviews, contacting peer reviewers, editing pieces—get first-hand professional experience with scholarship as it’s being produced.”

Professor Fernald selected Ghosh to serve as Reviews Editor of M/m because “her enthusiasm for both literature and theory made her the perfect choice for this position.”  Professor Fernald also says that Ghosh is “a careful reader, which is essential, but she also brings a lot of joy to discovering and playing with new ideas: it’s the ideal combination for this work.”

 This approach to discovering and playing with new ideas is evident in Ghosh’s many and varied research interests.  Ghosh says that she hasn’t settled on a dissertation topic yet, but her current research interests are in Anglophone modernism and psychoanalysis. She plans to “work on the interface between psychoanalysis and modernist novels, especially those that treat family dramas and family traumas.”

Anwita Ghosh

Anwita Ghosh

Ghosh received her B.A. in English from Calcutta University and M.A. and MPhil degrees in English from Jadavpur University. She says that coming to Fordham was a big step in fulfilling her academic dreams, especially given its location in New York with all its resources. But the Fordham community itself stands out to her. She says, “I'm so glad I applied to Fordham. My departmental peers and professors are some of the most helpful people I've met so far in this inter-continental shift.”

 We are thrilled to have Anwita Ghosh in our community, too, and congratulate her on this well-deserved and exciting appointment as Reviews Editor of Modernism/modernity.

2019 LitFest and Mary Higgins Clark Address

On Monday, October 7th, the English Department will be hosting Fordham University’s 2019 LitFest, a celebration of the discipline of literary study and excellence in writing. The Literary Fair will feature publications from both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses, granting students the opportunity to meet their editors and learn about student contributor opportunities. The fair will be followed by an address by our 2019 Mary Higgins Clark Chair, New York Times writer and reporter Ligaya Mishan.

You can look forward to:

  • A Survey of the Field: What does it mean to study literature now?

  • Your 5 Burning Questions Answered

  • Real Talk: Alumni / Current Student Panel and Q & A

  • Pub Style Literary Trivia

  • Mary Higgins Clark Address by acclaimed author and critic Ligaya Mishan

  • English Dept Swag prizes

  • Reception

  • Campus Publication Literary Fair

The event will take place from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. in McNally Auditorium at the Lincoln Center Campus. This celebration is required for English majors and strongly encouraged for English minors and prospective English majors and minors.

Register for LitFest here and for the Mary Higgins Clark Address here.

Professor Hendler to Give Inaugural Lecture

You are invited to a fantastic Inaugural Lecture on September 18th at 4 pm: Glenn Hendler on the feline and fabulous David Bowie. The Inaugural Lecture is the only time that the English Department gathers together for an event. For more information, see below.

Please RSVP to Carole at by Wednesday, September 11, so we can get a proper head count for the reception to follow.

Please make every effort to attend!

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Writing for Publication, Fall 2019 Creative Writing Course

Sign Up, Spaces are still Available
Fall 2019 Creative Writing Course

ENGL 3019, Section 31
Writer’s Workshop: Writing for Publication
Lincoln Center Campus, Tues/Fri, 2:30 - 3:45 pm


“Writing for Publication” is designed to enhance your ability to get your writing to the audience you're looking for. If you have a special passion--Theatre? Vegan cooking? Climate change? Traveling?—this course will help you shape what you have to say into a personal essay, a review, a profile or an op-ed, with an eye toward successfully getting your writing to receptive editors, whether commercially (maybe at a place where you have or want an internship) or on campus. Published articles, called “clips,” will make you more desirable for a first internship or a more competitive second internship. Getting a good internship, or networking with classmates who may already internships, often leads to new opportunities, including entry level jobs. Guests to class will include recent Fordham graduates, many whose first clips appeared in campus publications and who are now successful media professionals writing for or editing publications such as,,,, The New York Times,, or media organizations, such as SesameStreet where writing is a key component.

NOTE: if you're doing an internship at a publication that requires you to receive academic credit, this writing course qualifies.



Via Press Release

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be in conversation with award-winning actress and author Sonia Manzano at Fordham University

The Bronx is Reading has announced that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been confirmed for the 2nd annual Bronx Book Festival scheduled to take place on June 7-8, 2019. The event will take place at Fordham University on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 10 AM - 11 AM with a signing to follow. Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be in conversation with award-winning actress and author, Sonia Manzano. This is a free event that requires all attendees to register in advance.

The Bronx is Reading - Bronx Book Festival is the largest literary event in the Bronx. Justice Sonia Sotomayor joins a buzzworthy line-up of literary heavy hitters like Lilliam Rivera, who is also confirmed as a festival keynote speaker, Darnell Moore, Sulma Arzu-Brown, Kacen Callender, Jerry Craft, Alexis Daria, Carlos Hernandez, Adriana Herrera, Tiffany D. Jackson, Lisa Ko, Torrey Maldonado, Wayétu Moore, Richie Narváez, Ellen Oh, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Emily X. R. Pan, Sarina Prabasi, Justin A. Reynolds, Booki Vivat, Ashley Woodfolk, and more.

Leading up to the Bronx Book Festival, The Bronx is Reading will also host author visits at Title I schools across the Bronx for the second year in a row to foster a love of reading in children and teens. The Bronx is Reading is pleased to host New York Times best-selling author Nic Stone (Dear Martin); 2017 finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature Erika L. Sanchez (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter); and NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens recipient Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Two Naomis) as its 2019 literacy authors.

“I am so thrilled to have another stellar line-up for the Bronx Book Festival! We have lots of stuff in store for Bronxites and the general public. The Bronx is Reading - Bronx Book Festival is more than just a festival, it’s a community event and all are invited. Even if you don’t read, come to Fordham Plaza and Fordham University to enjoy the entertainment!” said Saraciea J. Fennell, founder of The Bronx is Reading and organizer of the Bronx Book Festival.

Fennell founded and organized The Bronx is Reading and the Bronx Book Festival in response to an overwhelming need for a visible literary space for Bronx residents, after the closing of the borough’s only bookstore in 2016. Fennell has since continued to organize book events like The Bronx is Reading Book Club, a monthly book meet-up at the Andrew Freeman Home Library, and the Bronx’s first Literary Crawl, to celebrate the vibrant literary community present in the borough. Sustaining momentum in cultivating an enthusiastic literary community into a second year of programming, The Bronx is Reading will provide an even bigger and better festival experience for attendees. Sponsors of the 2019 Bronx Book Festival include The Lit. Bar, Fordham University, New York City Department of Transportation, Macmillan, Scholastic, and many more.

To RSVP for the festival visit

Professor Enelow's Latest Review

Professor Enelow

Professor Enelow

Professor Enelow has published a profound and powerful review of Mike Leigh latest film Peterloo in the most recent issue of Film Comment. “Peterloo depicts the political reform movement that led to the eponymous massacre of 1819, in which at least 60,000 peaceful protestors gathered in a field in Manchester and were attacked, unprovoked, by the military.”

Professor Enelow’s review is, as one would expect, astute and insightful. Here is just a sample:

“Peterloo inexorably builds to a violent climax, and offers no dulcet title card at the end (you have to go elsewhere to learn about the aftermath and historical effects of the massacre). But its open-endedness makes an important point. The truism that politics is theater has arguably never sounded more glib than it does today; if there’s any virtue in the thundering obviousness of the remark in 2019, it might simply be that it prompts more nuanced ones. What kinds of performances lead to what kinds of action? What kinds of spectators should citizens be?” 

To read the full review, click here:

Film Comment