Creative Writing

Breathing Space & Indiegogo for The Doe Fund

On Tuesday, March 10, CURA Magazine will be hosting Breathing Space: A Literary Day Spa

With the belief that self-care can be a radical act in today's hyperactive world, CURA Magazine invites you to relax and unplug. Escape from the cold and get ready for Spring Break with aromatherapy by Aveda, restorative yoga stretching, creative writing and an herbal tea meditation. Door Prizes by: FACE StockholmIshta Yoga and The DogTag Project.  

Each participant will receive a gift certificate for a free week of unlimited yoga classes at Yoga Works.

The Spa will run every half hour from 12:30-2:00pm. in Fordham University's Lincoln Center Plaza Atrium. The event is free and open to the public.

Space is extremely limited. Sign up now for your half hour of tranquility and reflection. We will also be collecting donations for The Doe Fund's Youth Initiative. 

In coordination with Breathing Space, CURA is sponsoring its second Indiegogo fundraiser to support The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able Youth Initiative which provides education, personal growth and job readiness programs for homeless youth in New York City. A recent publication by the Center for Economic Opportunity reports that 15.8% of the youth in NYC are not engaged in work or school. As part of this new initiative, 18- to 26-year-olds who enter The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program without a high school diploma or equivalent will have the opportunity to participate in a mixed week of work and education. Of this population being served, 50% have a history of incarceration, 23% grew up in foster care, 93% are African-American or Hispanic, 28% are fathers, and 48% lack a GED or high school diploma.

While traditional youth programs emphasize transitional employment or education, The Doe Fund’s program allows participants to pursue both work and education at the same time without having to choose one over the other.

Check out our fantastic perks for donations including: an Aveda Wellness Partyfree classes at Exhale barre/spa/yoga, a gift certificate to Book Culture, dog tags from The DogTag public art exhibit and more. Join us in supporting The Doe Fund and their transformative mission.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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