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M.F.A. in Creative Writing Faculty

Faculty

Miguel-Angel Zapata
Office: Calkins Hall 326
Phone:(516) 463-4766
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Miguel-Angel Zapata (Program Director) holds a doctoral degree in romance languages from Washington University. A prolific poet, anthologist, and literary theorist, he recently published Un arbol cruza la ciudad (A Tree Crosses the City) (New York, 2019); Chopin invitado a Casa. Anthology (Seville, Spain, 2019); Degollado resplandor. Selected Poetry of Blanca Varela (Santiago, Chile, 2019); Hoy dia es otro mundo [Today is Another World]; La Nota 13 [Note 13]; and Uno scrive poesia camminando [One Writes Poetry Walking], tr. Emilio Coco (Italy: Ladolfi Editore, 2016). He was awarded the 2011 Latino Literature Prize in the Poetry Category for his book Fragmentos de una manzana y otros poemas [Fragments of an Apple and Other Poems] (Seville: Sibilina, 2011), among others. Earlier published works include Ensayo sobre la rosa: Poesía selecta (2010), Mario Vargas Llosa and the Persistence of Memory (2006), A Sparrow in the House of Seven Patios (2005), El cielo que me escribe (2002), Moradas de la voz. Notas sobre poesía hispanoamericana contemporánea (2002), Escribir bajo el polvo (2000), and Lumbre de la letra (1997).

Miguel-Angel Zapata

Álvaro Enrigue
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Álvaro Enrigue was a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library and a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores of Mexico. His work, written in Spanish or English, has appeared in The New York Times, El País, The Believer, Letras Libres, and The New York and London Review of Books, among others. He is the author of five novels, three books of short stories, and one of literary criticism, published by Anagrama in Spanish and Dalkey Archive and Riverhead in English. His novel Sudden Death, first published in Spain as Muerte< Súbita in 2013, was awarded the prestigious Herralde Prize in Spain, the Elena Poniatowska International Novel Award in Mexico, and the Barcelona Prize for Fiction. Enrigue was born in Mexico and lives in New York City.

Álvaro Enrigue
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Phillis Levin
Office: 107 Mason
Phone:(516) 463-6299
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Phillis Levin's fifth collection, Mr. Memory & Other Poem (Penguin Books, 2016), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is the author of four other poetry collections, Temples and Fields (University of Georgia Press, 1988), The Afterimage (Copper Beech Press, 1995), Mercury (Penguin, 2001), and May Day (Penguin, 2008), and is the editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English (Penguin, 2001). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Grand Street, Poetry, The Nation, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Plume, Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, AGNI, The Yale Review, PN Review, The New Republic, The Poetry Review, and Poetry London; in numerous anthologies, including Poetry 180 (Billy Collins, editor), The Best American Poetry (1989, 1998, and 2009), The Art of Losing (Kevin Young, editor), and The Waiting Room Reader II (Rachel Hadas, editor); and in many editions of the Alhambra Poetry Calendar. Her honors include the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar Award to Slovenia, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Bogliasco Fellowship, and grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Levin holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the Johns Hopkins University. She has taught at the University of Maryland at College Park, the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, The New School, and New York University. Since 2001 she is a professor of English and the poet-in-residence at Hofstra University.

Phillis Levin
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Julia Markus
Office: 110 Mason
Phone: (516) 463-6294
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Julia Markus is both a novelist and biographer. Her books include the novel Uncle, which won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Award, and the biography Dared And Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. She is Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Hofstra University. Her latest biography, Lady Byron And Her Daughters, presents the previously maligned Lady Byron in an astonishing new light. The Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition gave Lady Byron And Her Daughters a rave review, calling it "deliciously absorbing." Byron scholars have written: "I feel as if I'm getting acquainted with Lady Byron for the first time," (Peter Graham), and "A genuine contribution to Byron studies (Arnold Anthony Schmidt). Alix Kates Shulman wrote: "Cheers to Julia Markus for rescuing Lady Byron from two centuries of ignominy," and Vivian Gornick praised: "The book is a treat from start to finish." Professor Markus lives and writes in NYC.

Julia Markus
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Kelly McMasters
Office: 109 Mason
Phone: (516) 463-0278
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Kelly McMasters is co-editor of the 2017 essay collection This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home.She is also the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir From an Atomic Town, chosen as one of Oprah's top 5 summer memoirs and the basis for the documentary film The Atomic States of America, a 2012 Sundance selection. Her essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction, Tin House, Newsday, Time Out New York, Columbia Magazine, and MrBellersNeighborhood.com, among others. She received a Pushcart nomination and an Orion Book Award nomination.

Kelly McMasters

Martha McPhee
Office: 106 Mason
Phone: (516) 463-6744
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Martha McPhee is the author of the novels An Elegant Woman, Bright Angel Time, Gorgeous Lies, L'America, and Dear Money. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Real Simple, More, Tin House, The American Scholar, and many other places. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Gorgeous Lies was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her work has been translated into Dutch, German, Arabic, and Italian.

Martha McPhee

Additional Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty

Janet Kaplan's four books of poetry are The Groundnote (Alice James); The Glazier’s Country, winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press; Dreamlife of a Philanthropist, winner of the Sandeen Prize from the University of Notre Dame Press; and Ecotones, forthcoming from Eyewear Ltd. and finalist for the Sexton Prize. Her work has appeared in many journals, on line and in print, and anthologized in numerous volumes of poetry and prose poetry. As Adjunct Associate Professor, she teaches creative writing and poetry writing and serves as editor-in-chief of AMP, Hofstra's digital literary magazine: https://sites.hofstra.edu/amp/. Email her at engjek[at]hofstra.edu.

Janet  Kaplan

Connie Roberts, a County Offaly native, emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1983. Her poetry has been published in journals in the U.S. and Europe. In 2010 she received the Patrick Kavanagh Award for her manuscript Not the Delft School; was awarded first prize in the Dromineer Literary Festival Poetry Competition; and was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. In 2011 she received a Literature Bursary Award from the Irish Arts Council and was nominated for the Hennessy X.O. Literary Awards. She has been a finalist in several poetry contests, including the Strokestown International Poetry Competition, the iYeats Poetry Competition (twice), the Allingham Arts Festival Poetry Competition, the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award, the North West Words Poetry Prize (twice), the Fermoy International Poetry Competition, the Swift Satire Contest, and the Dana Awards. In 2013 she received the Poetry Collection Award at the Listowel Writers' Week Festival, and in 2014 she won the Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition. Spring 2015 Arlen House, Dublin published her debut volume, Little Witness, a collection of poetry inspired by her experiences growing up in an industrial school (orphanage) in the Irish midlands. The New York Times published a profile of her in 2015. She teaches creative writing and is part of the Irish Studies Program at Hofstra University. Visit her website at ConnieRobertsPoet.com.

Connie Roberts

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