Meet the Faculty


cas_eng_huber Sonya Huber is an associate professor of creative writing at Fairfield University. She is the author of two books of creative nonfiction, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir (2010), finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year, and Opa Nobody (2008), shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize. She has also written a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration (2011), and an e-book, Two Eyes are Never Enough, available through SheBooks. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, Crab Orchard Review, Hotel Amerika, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post Magazine, and other outlets. She received the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Award from Terrain and her work appears in True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction 


Founding Director

mfa_mwhite_bio Michael C. White is the author of seven novels: Resting PlacesBeautiful AssassinSoul Catcher, A Brother's Blood, The Blind Side of the Heart, A Dream of Wolves, and The Garden of Martyrs. He is also the author of the story collection Marked Men. Selected as a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award for Fiction twice, he has published fifty stories in national and literary magazines, and was the founding editor of the American Fiction series. He currently teaches at Fairfield University, and is the fiction editor of Dogwood.


Guest Faculty: Winter '17

Carrie Brown Carrie Brown is the author of seven novels – Rose’s GardenLamb in LoveThe Hatbox BabyConfinementThe Rope WalkThe Last First Day, and The Stargazer’s Sister — as well as a collection of short stories, The House on Belle Isle. Her short stories and essays have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals, including the Southern ReviewGlimmer TrainTin House, the Oxford American and the Georgia Review. Brown has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Great Lakes Book Award, and, twice, the Library of Virginia Award for the best work of fiction by a Virginia author.

She has taught creative writing for many years, including at Hollins University, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, and Sweet Briar College, where she is currently the Margaret Banister Writer-in-Residence.


MFA Faculty Member Paul LakelandPaul Lakeland is the Aloysius P. Kelley, SJ, Professor of Catholic Studies and founding director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University. Educated at Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, Oxford University, the University of London, and Vanderbilt University, he has taught at Fairfield since 1981. He is the author of ten books, the most recent of which is The Wounded Angel: Fiction and the Religious Imagination‌. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Theological Society, the College Theology Society, and the Catholic Theological Society of America. He blogs occasionally and reviews fiction for Commonweal, a Catholic journal of opinion.


Dinty MooreDinty W. Moore is author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir, the memoir Between Panic & Desire, and many other books. He has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Arts & Letters, The Normal School, and elsewhere. Moore has won many awards for his writing, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He edits Brevity, an online journal of flash nonfiction, and lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions.


MFA Faculty Member Judith WeberJudith Weber, a principal in Sobel Weber Associates, Inc., joined the agency in 1977, following several years as Director of Publicity, Promotion, and Advertising and in senior editorial positions with major publishers. She has been a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and of Les Dames d'Escoffier. She is a founder of the New York Literary Writers Conference.



mfa_baschRachel Basch is the author of three novels: The Listener,  The Passion of Reverend Nash, named one of the five best novels of 2003 by The Christian Science Monitor, and Degrees of Love,  translated into Dutch and German and was a selection of the Hartford Courant’s Book Club. Basch has reviewed books for The Washington Post Book World, and her nonfiction has appeared in n+1Parenting, and The Huffington Post. In 2011 Basch received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and she recently won The William Van Wert Prize in fiction for the first chapter of her latest novel, The Listener. A dedicated teacher of creative writing for over 20 years, Basch is a contributor to Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises From Today's Best Writers & Teachers. Basch has been a Visiting Writer at Trinity College in Hartford. She currently teaches in Wesleyan University's   Graduate Liberal Studies Program and leads a private master class.


Profile Picture of Alan DavisAlan Davis, who has published 2 prize-winning collections of stories; Rumors from the Lost World and Alone with the Owl, was born in New Orleans, near the mouth of the Mississippi, into a large Catholic family of Italian, French, and Irish ancestry. He now lives in Minnesota, near the Mississippi's headwaters among Garrison Keillor's Lutherans, where he teaches in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University, Moorhead (MSUM), and serves as Senior Editor at New Rivers Press. Davis has received 2 Fulbright awards (to Indonesia and Slovenia), a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, and a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in Creative Prose. He recently  won the Prize Americana for Fiction 2010 for So Bravely Vegetative, his third collection of stories.


mfa_cadavisCarol Ann Davis is the author of Psalm and Atlas Hour, both from Tupelo Press. The recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and the W. K. Rose Fellowship for the Creative Arts from Vassar College, her work has appeared in Agni, American Poetry Review, Volt, The Threepenny Review, and on the ArtBeat website for PBS' Newshour. Her essay, "The One I Get and Other Artifacts," originally published in The Georgia Review, was one of five finalists for the 2015 National Magazine Award in the Essays and Criticism Category.  Carol Ann Davis served as editor of Crazyhorse from 2001-2012. She is Associate Professor of English at Fairfield University and Editor of Dogwood:  A Journal of Poetry and Prose.


mfa_kimEugenia Kim is an MFA graduate of Bennington College. Her debut novel, The Calligrapher’s Daughter, won the 2009 Borders Original Voices Award, was shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, was a Washington Post Critic’s Pick and Best Historical Novel, and a Publishers Weekly First Fiction Pick. She is the 2012 Eli Cantor Fellow at The Corporation of Yaddo, the 2011 Stanford Calderwood Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, and a fellow at Hedgebrook and VCCA. Her work has appeared in journals including Asia Literary Review, and anthologies including Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writing. She has presented at The Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution’s American History Museum, and the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea.


Susan Muaddi DarrajSusan Muaddi Darraj  teaches in the Johns Hopkins University's MA in Writing program and is the author of The Inheritance of Exile, which was named ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year (Short Fiction). Her second book, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, was named winner of the AWP Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction, the Arab American Book Award and, most recently, the American Book Award. She is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. 


mfa_osbornKaren Osborn is the author of four novels: Patchwork, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Between Earth and Sky, The River Road, and Centerville, which won the Independent Publishers Award in 2013. Her poetry has been published in numerous literary journals, anthologies, and magazines, including The Southern Review, Poet Lore, The Seattle Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Montana Review, Clapboard House, The Hollins Critic, and Kansas Quarterly. She was a finalist for the Dzanc Mid-Career Novel Award in 2012 and the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University in 2013. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts and teaches creative writing and fiction writing at Mt. Holyoke College. 


cas_mfa_paramoAdriana Páramo is a cultural anthropologist, writer and women’s rights advocate, Páramo is the author of Looking for Esperanza: The Story of a Mother, a Child Lost, and Why They Matter to Us, winner of the 2011 Benu Press Social Justice and Equity Award in Creative Nonfiction. Páramo immersed herself in the world of undocumented women toiling in the Florida fields to explore the story of an immigrant mother who walked the desert from Mexico to the U.S.  Páramo is also the author of a memoir, My Mother’s Funeral, in which she recreates her Colombian mother’s life in order to understand her own.


mfa_patrickWilliam B. Patrick is co-director of the MFA and his works have been published or produced in a number of genres: creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, screenwriting, and drama. His latest book, The Call of Nursing: Voices from the Front Lines of Health Care, published in May of 2013, presents twenty-three occupational portraits that reveal a profession which often hides in plain sight. Saving Troy, published by SUNY Press in 2009, is a creative nonfiction chronicle of a year spent riding along with professional firefighters and paramedics. From that experience, Patrick also wrote a screenplay, Fire Ground, as well as a radio play, Rescue, which was commissioned by the BBC and aired on BBC 3. An earlier teleplay, Rachel's Dinner, starring Olympia Dukakis and Peter Gerety, was aired nationally on ABC-TV, and his third feature-length screenplay, Brand New Me, was optioned by Force Ten Productions of Los Angeles and used as the basis for the remake of The Nutty Professor. His memoir in poetry, We Didn't Come Here for This (1999), was published by BOA Editions, as was These Upraised Hands (1995), a book of narrative poems and dramatic monologues, and a novel, Roxa: Voices of the Culver Family, that won the 1990 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for fiction.


mfa_seamonHollis Seamon is the author of a young adult novel, Somebody Up There Hates You, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.  Somebody Up There Hates You was named a Fall 2013 Indie Kids Indie Next pick, 2014 Best Book for Young Adults from the American Library Association, 2013 Best Teen Fiction from Kirkus Reviews, Bank Street College of Education Outstanding Book of 2013, and a Scholastic Book Clubs Selection.   The novel has been published in Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Spain.  Seamon is also the author of a short story collection, Corporeality, a gold medal winner in the 2014 Independent Publishers Awards and a finalist for Foreword Review’s 2014 book of the year.  She has published a previous collection of stories, Body Work, and a mystery novel, Flesh.  Her short stories have appeared in many journals, including Bellevue Literary Review, Greensboro Review, Fiction International, Chicago Review, Nebraska Review, Persimmon Tree, and Calyx. Her work has been anthologized in The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe and Other Stories of Women and Fatness, A Line of Cutting Women, The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, Sacred Ground, and Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers. She is a recipient of a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.  Seamon is Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY.


Jennifer Vanderbes is a novelist, television writer and playwright whose work has been translated into sixteen languages. Her first novel, Easter Island, was named a "best book of 2003" by the Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor.  Her second novel, Strangers at the Feast was described by O, The Oprah Magazine as "a thriller that also raises large and haunting questions about the meaning of guilt, innocence, and justice." Her third novel, The Secret of Raven Point, was hailed as “unputdownable”  (Vogue) and “gripping” (New York Times), and Library Journal wrote: “the only disappointing thing about this book is that it has to end." Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and The Atlantic, and her short fiction has appeared in Granta, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Best New American Voices.

In television, she has been commissioned to write dramatic pilots for the Lifetime and Bravo networks, and she has developed projects with Denver & Delilah Productions and Universal Cable Productions. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowship, a Colgate University Creative Writing Fellowship, and a Truman Capote Fellowship. Jennifer was born and raised in New York City and received her B.A. in English Literature from Yale and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.



mfa_bwormserBaron Wormser is the author of nine books of poetry, the latest, Unidentified Sighing Objects was published in 2015, and a poetry chapbook. He is the co-author of two books about teaching poetry and the author of a memoir, a novel and a collection of short stories. He is Director of Educational Outreach at the Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He served as poet laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2005 and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2005. His essay on the painter Willem de Kooning was chosen for Best American Essays 2014His first novel, Teach Us That Peace, was published in 2014 and his fifteenth book (second novel), Tom o'Vietnam will be published this November, 2017 by New Rivers Press.



Former Guest Faculty

6002_aca_cas_mfa_meghan-daum_01272017Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and the memoir Life Would be Perfect if I Lived in that House. Since 2005, Meghan has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times, covering cultural and political topics.

The recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Meghan is an adjunct associate professor in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University's School of the Arts.


6002_aca_cas_mfa_barbara-unger_01272017 Barbara Ungar has published four books of poetry, most recently Immortal Medusa and Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life, both Hilary Tham selections from The Word Works. Her prior books are Thrift and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Press Poetry Award, a silver Independent Publishers award, a Hoffer award, and the Adirondack Center for Writing poetry award. Also the author of several chapbooks and Haiku in English, Barbara has published poems in Salmagundi, Rattle, The Nervous Breakdown, and many other journals. Barbara is a professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.


Valerie MartinValerie Martin‌ is the author of eleven novels, including Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property, four collections of short fiction, and a biography of St. Francis of Assisi . She has been awarded the Kafka Prize (for Mary Reilly) and Britain’s Orange Prize (for Property.)

Her most recent novel The Ghost of the Mary Celeste was published in 2014 and Sea Lovers, a volume of new and selected short fiction was published in August of 2015.


cas_mfa_hoffmanRichard Hoffman is the author of three poetry collections: Without Paradise, Gold Star Roadwinner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club's Sheila Motton Book Award, and his latest, Emblem. His prose works include the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir, Interference & Other Stories, and Love & Fury‌.


Geof Hewitt: “I've been writing and publishing poems (since 1965) and teaching for a living. I hope the language of my poems is conversational, heightened only by a lucky image or cherished surprise. The Perfect Heart, my book of selected poems from Mayapple (2010), reflects that hope. I do not write "slam" poems, but I brag that I am Vermont's reigning poetry-slam champion (since 2004, the last year Vermont held a sanctioned championship).


‌Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and the novels Black & White and Family History. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Elle, Vogue, Ploughshares, One Story, The New York Times Book Review, and have been broadcast on NPR's "This American Life". She has taught in the graduate writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School, and Brooklyn College. She is co-founder of The Sirenland Writers' Conference in Positano, Italy. Her new book, Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life, will be published in October, 2013. 


mfa_ceireCarlos M. N. Eire was born in Havana, in 1950. In 1962 he fled to the United States as one of the 14,000 unaccompanied children airlifted out of communist Cuba by Operation Pedro Pan. After living in several foster homes, he was reunited with his mother in 1965, but his father was never able to leave the island. He is now the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1979. He is the author of War Against the Idols, From Madrid to Purgatory, A Very Brief History of Eternity, and Reformations: Early Modern Europe 1450-1700 (forthcoming, Yale, 2012). He is also co-author of Jews, Christians, Muslims: An Introduction to Monotheistic Religions. His memoir of the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana, which won the National Book Award in nonfiction for 2003, has been translated into thirteen languages, but is banned in Cuba, where he is considered an enemy of the state. The sequel to this memoir, Learning to Die in Miami, appeared in 2010.


mfa_japhillips11Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of four novels, MotherKindShelterMachine Dreams, and Lark and Termite for which she was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. Phillips is also the author of two collections of widely anthologized stories, Fast Lanes and Black Tickets. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Bunting Fellowship. She was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction at the age of 26 for Black Tickets, and has also received Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Shelter. Her work has been translated into twelve languages, and has recently appeared in GrantaHarper'sDoubleTake, and The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction.


mfa_karrMary Karr is an award-winning poet and best-selling memoirist. She is the author of Lit and the critically-acclaimed and New York Times best-selling memoirs The Liars' Club and CherryThe Liars' Club won prizes for best first nonfiction from PEN (The Martha Albrand Award for nonfiction), the Texas Institute for Letters, and was a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Awards. Of her poet's soul, Karr says, "From a very early age, when I read a poem, it was as if the poet's burning taper touched some charred filament in my rib cage to set me alight." Her poetry grants include The Whiting Writer's Award, an NEA, a Radcliffe Bunting Fellowship, and a Guggenheim. She has won prizes from Best American Poetry as well as Pushcart Prizes for both poetry and essays. Her four volumes of poetry are Sinners Welcome (HarperCollins, 2006), Viper Rum (Penguin, 1998), The Devil's Tour‌ (New Directions, 1993), and Abacus (Wesleyan, 1986). Her work appears in such magazines as The New YorkerThe AtlanticPoetry, and Parnassus. Karr is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University and was the weekly poetry editor for the Washington Post Book World's "Poet's Choice" column, a position canonized by Bob Hass, Ed Hirsch, and Rita Dove. She lives in Syracuse, New York and New York City.


mfa_lambWally Lamb is the author of 3 New York Times best-selling novels - The Hour I First BelievedI Know This Much is True, and She's Come Undone - of which 2 were Oprah's Book Club selections. Lamb edited Couldn't Keep It to Myself and I'll Fly Away, 2 volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women's prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for the past 10 years. His new novel, Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story was published in November of 2009. He is currently at work on his 5th novel, tentatively titled We Are Water. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. The Lambs are the parents of three sons. 


mfa_schultzOne of American poetry's longtime masters of the art, Philip Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the founder/director of The Writers Studio, a private school for fiction and poetry writing based in New York City. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Failure, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. These poems give voice to failures of many kinds - yet they are full of tenderness, empathy, and heartbreaking honesty, giving praise to the joy of life as well. His other collections include Living in the Past, and The Holy Worm of Praise. He is also the author of Deep Within the Ravine, recipient of The Academy of American Poets Lamont Prize; Like Wings, winner of an American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters Award as well as a National Book Award nomination. The God of Loneliness: New and Selected Poems will be published next year. His work has been published in The New YorkerPartisan ReviewThe New RepublicThe Paris ReviewSlate, among other magazines. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. He also received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (1981), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (1985), as well as the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine.


mfa_moodyRick Moody‌, author of several books, short stories and a memoir, most famously, The Ice Storm, is the recipient of the Editor's Choice Award from the Pushcart Press and the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is also a winner of the NAMI/Ken Book Award, the PEN Martha Albrand prize for excellence in the memoir, and the 2994 Aga Khan Award from The Paris Review. His short fiction and journalism have been anthologized in Best American Stories 2001 and Best American Essays 2004. His latest book, three novellas called Right Livelihoods, was published last year. Moody is a member of the board of directors of the Corporation of Yaddo, an artistic community that nurtures the creative process. He is also the secretary of the PEN American Center, and he co-founded the Young Lions Book Award at the New York Public Library. He has taught at the State University of New York at Purchase, the Bennington College Writing Seminars, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the New School for Social Research. Born in New York City, Moody now lives in Brooklyn.


mfa_silvermanSue William Silverman's memoir, Love Sick: One Woman's Journey Through Sexual Addiction (W. W. Norton), is also a Lifetime television original movie. Her first memoir, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs award series in creative nonfiction. One of her essays appears in The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction, while others won contests with Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, and Water~Stone Review. Her poetry collection is Hieroglyphics in Neon and a craft book, Fearless Confessions: A Writers Guide to Memoir, is forthcoming with the University of Georgia Press (Spring, 2009). As a professional speaker, Sue has appeared on "The View," "Anderson Cooper 360," and "CNN-Headline News." Additionally, she was featured in a recent interview in The Writer's Chronicle; is associate editor of Fourth Genre; and teaches in the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts (www.suewilliamsilverman.com).


schols_fu_logoAnita Shreve‌ has published 13 novels, among them The Weight of Water, The Pilot's Wife, The Last Time They Met, A Wedding in December, and Body Surfing. She has received the PEN/L. L. Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction. In 1999, The Pilot's Wife became the 25th selection of Oprah's Book Club and an international bestseller. In April 2002, CBS aired the film version of The Pilot's Wife, starring Christine Lahti, and in fall 2002, The Weight of Water, starring Elizabeth Hurley and Sean Penn, was released in movie theaters.


mfa_dotyMark Doty is the author of eight books of poetry and four volumes of nonfiction prose; his newest book, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, was published by HarperCollins in 2008. His 2007 memoir Dog Years was a New York Times bestseller. His work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction, and a Whiting Writers Award. He remains the only American poet to have won the T.S. Eliot Prize in the United Kingdom. He's received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Columbia University, New York University, Cornell, and Stanford, and currently is John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the graduate program in writing at the University of Houston, where he teaches one semester each year. The rest of the time, he lives in New York City. Congratulations to Mark Doty on winning the National Book Award in poetry for Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems.

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