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M.F.A. in Creative Writing Faculty

Faculty

J. Stephen Russell
Director, MFA Program
Office: 219 Mason
Phone: (516) 463-6284
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J. Stephen Russell is Professor of English at Hofstra University, where he has served since 1983. He earned a PhD in English Literature from Johns Hopkins University in 1976, with a specialization in medieval English literature. He is the author of The English Dream Vision: Anatomy of a Form (1988), Writing at Work (1985, rpt., 1993), Allegoresis: The Craft of Allegory in Medieval Literature (1988), Chaucer and the Trivium: The Mindsong of the Canterbury Tales (1998), The Cause (fiction, 2009), and over thirty articles and reviews on English, French, and Latin writers from the fourth through the fifteenth century. At Hofstra he teaches medieval literature, literary theory, and science fiction. From 2001 to 2007 he was the first Dean of Hofstra University Honors College.

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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 Poems, was published by Penguin in March 2016. 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 YorkerThe 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 four novels including UNCLE which won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Award and her four biographies including DARED AND DONE. THE MARRIAGE OF ELIZABETH BARRETT AND ROBERT BROWINING.. She is Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Hofstra University, Long Island, NY. 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). Fellow writers such as Alix Kates Shulman wrote "Cheers to Julia Markus for rescuing Lady Byron from two centuries of ignominy," and Vivian Gornick: "The book is a treat from start to finish." Julia 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 the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town. The book was listed as one of Oprah's top 5 summer memoirs and is 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 holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia's School of the Arts and is the recipient of a Pushcart nomination and an Orion Book Award nomination. Kelly has taught at mediabistro.com, NYU Gallatin, The New School, and in the undergraduate writing program and Journalism Graduate School at Columbia University. Prior to her position with Hofstra University, she served as the 2014-2015 Visiting Assistant Professor of Nonfiction at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and is the former owner of Moody Road Studios bookshop in rural Pennsylvania.

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Martha McPhee
Office: 106 Mason
Phone: (516) 463-6744
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Martha McPhee is the author of the novels 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, Italian.

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Additional Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty

Janet Kaplan is the author The Groundnote (Alice James Books); The Glazier’s Country, winner of the 2003 Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press; and Dreamlife of a Philanthropist, winner of the 2011 Ernest Sandeen Prize from the University of Notre Dame Press. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, American Letters & Commentary, and many others, in print and online. She published and edited Red Glass Books, an independent chapbook series, from 2011-2015. As Adjunct Associate Professor, she teaches poetry in Hofstra’s undergraduate and MFA creative writing programs and is Editor in Chief of AMP, a national digital literary magazine whose inaugural issue will go live in Spring, 2016. Find Janet on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/janet.kaplan3. Email her at engjek[at]hofstra.edu or at AMP[at]hofstra.edu.

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Richard Pioreck's plays include: Say It Ain't So, Joe; Nicolette and Aucassin (book and lyrics); This Is It!; How I Came To Be; Grocery Encounters; Ups (co-written with Reed Farrel Coleman); Seat of Power; GosAPP; and An Unexpected Turn of Events. He has also written for Memories & Dreams (the official magazine of the Baseball Hall of Fame) and MLB Insider.

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Robert Plath is a former student of poet Allen Ginsberg and the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Ashtrays and Bulls, Whiskey and Clay, and Tapping Ashes in the Dark.


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.  September 13, 2015 The New York Times published a profile of her. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University, New York and is part of Hofstra's Irish Studies program.

Connie Roberts

Paul Zimmerman's plays include Pigs and Bugs, Reno, and The Founder.  He is the screenwriter for Tribe Picture's A Modern Affair.  His fiction has also appeared in Confrontation magazine.


MFA in Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship