Upcoming

Boyd Day, Poetry, and Pizza

Tomorrow, November 7th, from 12:15-2:00 in McGinley 234, all are invited to read aloud poetry and listen to others. Come in for, "a slice of pizza and a slice of sonnet," even if you can't stay long! Tomorrow will be the 8th anniversary of John Boyd Day and it will include some of Father Boyd's favorite poets.

Father Boyd taught at Fordham for over three decades. He was born in the Bronx, and earned his PhD at Harvard University. Poetry was his main focus and passion throughout his career. In 1968, he published The Function of Mimesis and Its Decline with Harvard University Press. In this book, he focused on the ways in which poetry should be engaged with the world. After father Boyd passed away, the Boyd Chair was established in his honor. 

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Bedtime Stories: Prose Reading

On Wednesday, February 15, the Creative Writing Program will host a reading of Eduardo Galeano's The Book of Embraces. Playwright and actress, Stacey Robinson will read and lullabies will be sung by Fordham's own Hot Notes. A milk and cookies reception and reflection writing space will follow.

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The event will take place on Wednesday, February 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Center Campus, 12th Floor Lounge.

  • Please bring comfortable clothes that you can lie down in and plan to arrive early. 
  • Because of the unique performance elements of this event, latecomers will not be admitted.
  • RSVP is required to secure your space. Please click on the below button.

Call for Submissions: 2017 Creative Writing Prizes

The Creative Writing Program is now accepting Fordham student submissions to the 2017 Creative Writing Prizes. Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2017. Click on the titles of prizes to access the online submission manager. 

Academy of American Poets Prize
Eligibility: Any Fordham student
Guidelines: Submit up to 5 pages of poetry (1 poem per page). Include year at Fordham and campus affiliation (Lincoln Center or Rose Hill). The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript.
Prize: 1 prize of $100

Bernice Kilduff White & John J. White Creative Writing Prize
Eligibility: Rose Hill senior undergraduate students
Guidelines: Submit up to (but no more than) 1500 words of text (fiction, non-fiction or poetry). Please identify the genre you are submitting. The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript.
Prize: 1 prize Cash Amount to be determined.

Margaret Lamb/Writing to the Right-Hand Margin Prizes
Eligibility: Any Fordham student
Guidelines: Submit up to (but no more than) 1500 words of text (fiction or non-fiction). Please identify the genre you are submitting. Include year at Fordham and campus affiliation (Lincoln Center or Rose Hill). The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript.
Prize: 4 prizes of $100

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

Ully Hirsch/Robert F. Nettleton Poetry Prizes
Eligibility: Lincoln Center undergraduate students
Guidelines: Submit up to 5 pages of poetry (1 poem per page). The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript. 
Prize: 2 prizes of $100

12/6: Golden Gloves Literary Competition & Literary Fair, Building Your Life as a Writer & Editor

On Tuesday, December 6th, the Creative Writing Program will host a night dedicated to student work and student success at Fordham Lincoln Center.

The evening will begin with "Building Your Life as a Writer & Editor," an event focused on professional development, publishing, careers, and post-graduate opportunities for writers and editors. The event will feature a round table and Q&A with four published writers from Fordham's Creative Writing faculty: Mary Bly, Stacey D'Erasmo, Jennifer Gilmore, and Sarah Gambito. The event will take place from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Lincoln Center's South Lounge. This is a wonderful opportunity for writers and those looking to work in publishing to ask questions and hear about what has made others successful. Coming to "Golden Gloves" later on in the evening? Why not stop by? Please RSVP if you plan on attending this event.

Following "Building Your Life," the Creative Writing Program will host a literary fair featuring student publications from both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center. Make sure to stop by to learn about the different opportunities for student writers at Fordham and how you can submit your work and get involved in leadership positions.

Finally, the evening will commence with many students' favorite Creative Writing event of the year: "The Golden Gloves Literary Competition." All ten of Fordham's Creative Writing classes will duke it out and compete for one of three prizes: Ram d'Or, Best Experiment, and Audience Favorite. Both the literary fair and the competition itself will take place in Lincoln Center's 12th Floor Lounge from 7:00 to 8:30.

Don't miss this evening of celebrating student writing!

Fordham English Undergrads to Present at Literature Conference

Adam Fales, Austin Fimmano, and Mara Leighton--all undergraduate Fordham English majors--will be presenting papers based on their research at a conference at New Jersey's Caldwell University on November 18, 2016. The conference's theme is "Literary Losers and Anti-Heroes." 

  • Adam Fales, a senior English major at FCLC, will be presenting a paper titled "Dying and Dieting: Hurstwood's Starvation in Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie.
  • Austin Fimmano, a senior English major at FCRH, will be presenting a paper titled "A Moveable Protagonist," analyzing Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast
  • Mara Leighton, also a senior English major at Rose Hill, will be presenting a paper titled "Scarlett O'Hara, An Anti-Hero."

James Van Wyck, a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the English department, will also attend the conference to support the students and their work. 

The English department congratulates all three students on their acceptance to this conference, and we all look forward to hearing how it went!

9th Annual English Inaugural Lecture to Feature Edward Cahill

Nine years ago, Edward Cahill suggested to the department chair that we should organize an inaugural lecture each year, at which a Fordham English faculty member would present his or her work to interested faculty, graduate students, and others. It was a great idea, and the annual inaugural lecture has become a beloved tradition. It opens the academic year with a discussion of intellectual substance, but it is also a festive occasion, at which new faculty and graduate students are welcomed to the department, transitions are marked, and delicious food and beverages are consumed. 

This year, on Wednesday September 14th at 4pm, Professor Cahill himself will deliver the Inaugural lecture. His talk is titled “Striving and Rising in the American Plantations," and it will take place in the  O'Hare Room on the 4th Floor of the Walsh Family Library on Fordham's Rose Hill campus. All are welcome to the lecture, and to the reception that will follo.