Creative Writing

April 28th: Creative Writing Prizes Reading

Fordham University's Creative Writing Program cordially invites you to celebrate the winners of the 2015 Creative Writing Prizes. 

On Tuesday, April 28 at 5:00 pm in the Lincoln Center 12th Floor Lounge, the Program will host the 2015 Creative Writing Prizes Reading. The following students will read their award-winning work:

Academy of American Poets Prize
Anna Marie Anastasi, "3 Secrets"
Margaret Lamb/Writing to the Right-Hand Margin Prizes
Rachel Federman, "The Parts I Don't Believe"
Thomas Layman, "Almost Three"
Michael Grund, "Exponential Growth"
Mary Kate Crenny, "His Eyes Won't Be Blue"
Ully Hirsch/Robert F. Nettleton Poetry Prizes
Wallis Monday, "Lonesome Years in the West"
Samantha Norman, "New West"
Bernice Kilduff White & John J. White Creative Writing Prize
Frank Sivilli, "South of the House"

The Reid Family Prize
Patrick Skea, "Stateside"

Sign Up for the Future: Procedural Poetry

There are a few spaces available in Fordham's Procedural Poetry Workshop class to be held at Lincoln Center in Fall 2015. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that job openings will increase steadily for writers and editors with supplemental experience in new media and in related fields including graphic design, web design, and multimedia.  Learn cutting edge skills and work on poetry that is changing how the written word is generated and read.

ENGL 3017, Section 10    
Digital Creative Writing: Procedural Poetry  
Lincoln Center: Mondays/Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:15 pm 

This course introduces students to the history and practice of procedural poetry: poems made by rules, constraints, appropriation and chance. In particular, the course focuses on teaching students how to use the Python programming language to create computer programs that produce poetry. Programming tutorials will be interspersed with readings from well-known practitioners in the field, focusing on technique, historical context and theory. No previous programming experience is required.   

Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, experimental writer, educator and game designer who lives in Brooklyn. A graduate of New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, her teaching and practice center around digital poetics, procedural design, and Internet culture.


Spring 2015 Prose Reading: A Celebration of Fordham's Literary Magazines

On Wednesday, February 11th, students met in the 12th Floor Lounge at Lincoln Center to learn about Fordham's literary magazines. The event, hosted by the Creative Writing Program, showcased the vibrant literary community at Fordham.

Student editors from the Ampersand, Bricolage, The Comma, and CURA tabled with copies of their respective publications and spoke with students about how they could get involved.

Just because you missed the event doesn't mean you need to miss out on the opportunity to work with these amazing publications. Here's some information on how you can get involved.

1. the Ampersand

The Ampersand is Rose Hill's student-run literary magazine. Published twice annually (once in the fall, once in the spring), the magazine accepts poetry, prose, short stories, and photographs/artwork for publication from students at both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. See the Ampersand's submission guidelines here.

Join the Ampersand on Facebook and on Twitter at @fuampersand. The Ampersand can be reached at

2. Bricolage

Bricolage is a student-run journal of Comparative Literature that publishes 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 editorial board have control over both the structure and the content of the journal. Bricolage is currently accepting submissions (students from Lincoln Center and Rose Hill are both welcome) to four prompts listed on their website.

You can reach Bricolage  at and join them on Twitter at @BricolageTweets.

3. The Comma

Based in Lincoln Center, The Comma meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in LL 924 (unless otherwise specified on social media). The Comma is student-run, and workshops every other Monday and does writing exercises on the days they do not workshop.  The Comma is published in The Observer twice a semester and they publish the Creative Writing Awards in the spring.  The Comma also has two readings per semester.  Prose, poetry, and visual art submissions are accepted from undergraduates from either campus. The Comma's next submission deadline is March 13th and their next reading is on March 31st at 7:30 p.m. in LL 924.

You can reach The Comma at and join them on Facebook and on Twitter at @ObserverComma.

4. CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action

CURA is Fordham's preeminent professional literary magazine, focusing on the integration of the arts and social justice. Drawing submissions ranging from France to India, CURA offers students the outstanding opportunity to become involved in a professional publication. 

You can reach CURA at and join the magazine on Facebook and on Twitter at @CURAmag.

Dinika M. Amaral Published in The Iowa Review

Fordham's own Dinika M. Amaral has published the short story "No Good Deed Unpunished" in this winter's Iowa Review. The story also earned her the Review's Tim McGinnis Award.

Amaral earned her BA at Fordham before enrolling at New York University, where she received her MA and MFA. Her work has appeared in the Times of India and Golden Handcuffs Review and is forthcoming in the Denver Quarterly and Guernica. Amaral is currently a writing coach at NYU’s Stern School of Business and substitute-teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Golden Gloves Literary Competition

On December 3rd, ten creative writing classes touched gloves and competed in a super-literary battle.  Each class presented five minutes of work and this ranged from a film noir short film, to experimental hypertext and family memoir.

Professors Frank Boyle and James Kim judged the competition and selected Shannon Morrall's short story "The Adventures of Albert Price" from Amy Benson's Fiction Boot Camp class as the winner.  Read the winning story.