Creative Writing

Kindred: A Summit for Students & Faculty of Color

On April 15th, the English department, Kundiman, and the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer co-sponsored Kindred: A Summit for Students & Faculty of Color at Fordham. The distinguished speaker for the night was Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of undocumented immigrants. The event also featured readings from Ama Codjoe, a poet from Cave Canem, a home for Black poetry, and professor of social justice and inclusion at The New School, and Deborah Paredez, co-founder of CantoMundo, a nonprofit for Latinx literature.

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 The event created a space for students to meet and hear from POC clubs and organizations, as well as to discuss goals for increasing the visibility of POC communities at Fordham.

Vargas, author of Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen, spoke on the history of immigration and assimilation in the United States, the presence of immigrants in our families and nation, and his own status as undocumented. He also addressed his experiences as a person of color outside of the dominant black/white paradigm in the United States.

Announcing the 2019 Creative Writing Prize Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Creative Writing Prizes.
Big congratulations to these students!

ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS PRIZE
Julia Gagliardi

THE BERNICE KILDUFF WHITE & JOHN J. WHITE CREATIVE WRITING PRIZE
Erin Kiernan

THE MARGARET LAMB /WRITING TO THE RIGHT-HAND MARGIN PRIZE
Fia Swanson

THE SUZANNA COHEN LEGACY FOUNDATION PRIZES
Dominique Dobransky
Tatiana Gallardo
Aaron Pinnix
Lauren Sperrazza

THE REID FAMILY PRIZE
Anne Marie Ward

Publishing Opportunity for Fordham Students

Are you a Fordham student who’s always dreamed of seeing your creative work in print? Well, submit to The Comma, Fordham’s new stand alone Literary Magazine.

The Comma is now accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, painting, photography, and more! Submissions are open to all Fordham undergraduates. The deadline is March 9th. Send submissions to thecomma@gmail.com.

Good luck!

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Writing Contest Opportunity for Fordham Students

An exciting opportunity for Fordham students, undergraduate and graduate, comes our way through The Suzanna Cohen Legacy Foundation (SCLF), an organization devoted to collecting and preserving narratives about forced displacement—past and present—of survivors, refugees, immigrants, and exiles, as well as individuals or groups who offered support and succor. 

This contest, offered for the first time, is open only to Fordham students, undergraduates or graduates in any of our programs or schools.  Four prizes, each of $750, are to be awarded to creative works in four categories: writing, performance, visual art, and mixed media. There is a possibility of eventual publication as well. Submission deadline is February 20th.

To submit, go here: Suzanna Cohen Legacy Foundation Prizes.

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SCLF is a nonprofit founded by the family of Edward Cohen, whose mother fled the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939 and three years later came to Tehran, where she met and married her husband and lived for close to forty years. She was exiled for a second time because of the Iranian Revolution in the late 1970s.  

The foundation's particular association with Fordham came about thanks to Kim Dana Kupperman, a former writer-in-residence in the English Department who wrote a novel about the family's story, entitled  Six Thousand Miles to Home: A Novel Inspired by a True Story of World War II.  

Call For Submissions: 2019 Creative Writing Prizes

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Creative Writing Prizes. Submissions will be accepted until February 20th. 

Click on the titles of prizes to access guidelines and the online submission manager. 

Academy of American Poets Prize
Eligibility: Any Fordham student
1 prize of $100

Bernice Kilduff White & John J. White Creative Writing Prize
Eligibility: Rose Hill senior undergraduate students
1 prize Cash Amount to be determined.

Margaret Lamb/Writing to the Right-Hand Margin Prizes
Eligibility: Any Fordham student
1 prize of $100

Suzanna Cohen Legacy Foundation Prizes
Eligibility: Any Fordham student
4 prizes of $750

The Reid Family Prize
Eligibility: Any Fordham student
1 prize of $500

Professor Bly's Book Named Best of 2018

Congratulations to Mary Bly (pen name Eloisa James), whose novel Too Wilde to Wed has been named one of the ten best books of 2018 by Apple Books.

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From Apple: “In 2018, Apple Books launched as a brand new app, making it effortless for iPhone and iPad users to discover and enjoy books and audiobooks. This year Apple Books celebrates works from a diverse group of authors,” including There There by Tommy Orange and American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

Too Wilde to Wed, a novel Booklist says marries “potent sensuality with a deliciously dry sense of humor,” also debuted at #7 on the New York Times best seller list and was picked as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month.

Congrats again to Professor Bly on this fabulous accomplishment.