| Faculty, Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, Fairleigh Dikcinson University
Faculty, Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Rene Steinke, Low-Residency MFA, David Grand, David Daniel, Rebecca Chace, Minna Proctor, Jeffery Allen, Kathleen Graber, H.L. Hix, Ellen Akins, Walter Cummins, Thomas E. Kennedy


Rene Steinke

René Steinke

René Steinke is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. Her most recent novel is Friendswood, which was shortlisted for the St. Francis Literary Prize, and was named one of National Public Radio’s “Great Reads.” She is also the author of The Fires and Holy Skirts, which was a 2005 finalist for the National Book Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Salon, Redbook, TriQuarterly, Bookforum, and in various anthologies. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Literary Review, and now serves as Editor-at-Large. Steinke teaches creative writing and literature, and she directs the low-residency MFA program.


Gracelyn Weaver

MFA Coordinator




Renee Ashley

Renée Ashley

Renée Ashley is the author of six volumes of poetry: The View from the BodyBecause I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea; Basic Heart, which won the X.J.Kennedy Poetry Prize; The Revisionist’s Dream; The Various Reasons of Light; and Salt, which won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, as well as a novel, Someplace Like This, and two chapbooks, The Museum of Lost Wings and The Verbs of Desiring. She has received fellowships in both poetry and prose from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts. A portion of her poem, “First Book of the Moon,” is included in a permanent installation by the artist Larry Kirkland in Penn Station, NYC. She has served as Assistant Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and as Poetry Editor of The Literary Review. Ashley teaches poetry in the low-residency MFA program.


Jeffrey Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen’s most recent novel, Song of the Shank, was a  finalist for the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and listed as one of the Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times. Allen is also the author of the story collection, Holding Pattern, and the novel, Rails Under My Back, which won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction. Other awards include the Whiting Writer’s Award and the Chicago Public Library’s Twenty-first Century Award. He has been a fellow of the Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library, a John Farrar Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a Walter E. Dakins Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His essays, reviews, fiction, and poetry have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, Ploughshares, BOMB, Antioch Review, African Voices, African American Review, Callaloo, Other Voices, Notre Dame Review, The Literary Review, and XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, as well as anthologies including 110 Stories: New York Writes after September 11, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Jam Poetry Anthology, and Step into the World: A Global Anthology of Black Literature. Allen teaches fiction in the low-residency MFA Program.

Coe Booth

Coe Booth was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.  She received an MFA in creative writing from The New School.  Her first novel Tyrell won the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction.  Her novels Kendra and Bronxwood were both selected by the American Library Association as Best Books for Young Adults.  Her first novel for middle-school readers, Kinda Like Brothers, will be released this fall. Booth teaches writing for young adults and children in the low-residency MFA program.



Rebecca Chace


Rebecca Chace

Rebecca Chace is the author of the novels Leaving Rock Harbor and Capture the Flag, and the memoir, Chautauqua Summer. She is also the author of the play, Colette; The Awakening, an adaptation of novel by Kate Chopin. Chace adapted her novel, Capture the Flag, for the screen with director Lisanne Skyler; it won the Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Award (short film), Nantucket Film Festival, 2010. Her first novel for middle readers, June Sparrow and The Million Dollar Penny, will be published in May, 2017. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Sunday Book Review, The Huffington Post, NPR’s All Things Considered and other publications. She has been a Writing Fellow at Dora Maar House (Museum of Fine Arts Houston); a member of the Wertheim Study at the New York Public Library; a recipient of the Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship; and a recipient of the Frances Shaw Fellowship at the Ragdale Foundation. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Yaddo Foundation fellow. Chace teaches fiction and creative nonfiction in the low-residency MFA program.


Walter Cummins

Walter Cummins

Walter Cummins is the author of more than 100 short stories. His seven collections are titled: Witness; Where We Live; Local Music; The End of the Circle; The Lost Ones; Habitat: Stories of Bent Realism; and Telling Stories: Old & New. He is also the author of two novels, A Stranger to the Deed and Into Temptation. He has also published many essays and reviews. His nonfiction books include The Literary Explorer, co-written with Thomas E. Kennedy, a study of the impact of TV on life in the U.S., Programming Our Lives: Television and American Identity, co-written with George Gordon: and a photo history of the estate that became the Fairleigh Dickinson Florham campus, Florham: An American Treasure, co-written with Carol Bere, Samuel Convissor, and Arthur T. Vanderbilt II. With Thomas E. Kennedy, he is co-publisher of Serving House Books. Cummins teaches fiction in the low-residency MFA program.


David Daniel

David Daniel’s collections of poems include Seven Star Bird, for which he won the Levis Reading Prize; and his chapbook, The Quick and the Dead. Daniel’s new collection, Ornaments and Other Assorted Love Songs is forthcoming as part of the Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Press. He is a regular contributor to The American Poetry Review, and poems, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous other journals, including the Harvard Review, AGNI, Post Road, Witness, Boston Review, and Ploughshares, where he served as the Poetry editor from 1992 to 2007. Daniel holds degrees from Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Virginia. He is the Director of the undergraduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he created WAMFEST (The Words and Music Festival), which has featured such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Rosanne Cash, and many others. He lives in Boston, with his wife and three sons. Daniel teaches poetry in the low-residency MFA program.


Donna Freitas

Donna Freitas is the author of five novels for children, including The Possibilities of Sainthood, which received five starred reviews among other accolades. Her newest novel is called Good Girl and will be out from Penguin next spring. Freitas teaches writing for young adults and children in the low-residency MFA program.



Fairleigh Dickinson University, Creative Writing MFA


David Grand

David Grand’s most recent novel is Mount Terminus. He is the author of Louse, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and The Disappearing Body, which Bookforum described as “satirical noir at its mesmerizing best.” Jonathan Lethem has described Grand as “a stealth operator, a magician-architect in prose, building elegant mysterious structures.” He received his MFA from New York University, where he held the Fellowship in Fiction and studied with E.L. Doctorow. His writing has appeared in anthologies as well as The New York Times Magazine, Travel and Leisure, BlackBook, and elsewhere. Grand teaches fiction in the low-residency MFA program.

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Creative Writing MFA

H. L. Hix

H. L. Hix’s recent books include a poetry collection, American Anger; a translation, made with Jüri Talvet, of Estonian peasant poet Juhan Liiv’s poetry, called Snow Drifts, I Sing; an essay collection, Lines of Inquiry; and an art/poetry anthology, Ley Lines. Other recent poetry collections include First Fire, Then Birds; Incident Light; and Chromatic (a finalist for the National Book Award). His books of criticism and theory include As Easy As Lying, Spirits Hovering Over the Ashes: Legacies of Postmodern Theory, and Morte d’Author: An Autopsy. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas, and taught for fifteen years at the Kansas City Art Institute. More information is available at his website: www.hlhix.com. Hix teaches poetry writing and literary translation in the MFA program.




Idra Novey

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her most recent poetry collections Exit, Civilian was selected by Patri­cia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she’s written for The New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times, NPR’s All Things Con­sid­ered, New York Magazine, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endow­ment for the Arts, Poets & Writ­ers Mag­a­zine, the PEN Trans­la­tion Fund, the Poetry Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America. She’s also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Pas­sion Accord­ing to G.H. She has taught at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity, Columbia University, New York University, Fordham University, the Catholic University of Chile, and in the Bard Prison Initiative. Novey teaches literary translation in the low-residency MFA program.



Minna Proctor

Minna Zallman Proctor is the Editor of The Literary Review, the international literary journal published by Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is the author of Landslide and Do You Hear What I Hear? She translates from Italian and writes frequently about literature and photography. Proctor teaches literary translation and creative nonfiction in the low-residency MFA program.

Eliot Schrefer

Eliot Schrefer is a New York Times-bestselling author, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. In naming him an Editor’s Choice, the New York Times has called his work “dazzling… big-hearted.” He is also the author of two novels for adults and four other novels for children and young adults. His book have been named to the NPR “best of the year” list, the ALA best fiction list for young adults, and the Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best.” His work has also been selected to the Amelia Bloomer List, recognizing best feminist books for young readers, and he has been a finalist for the Walden Award and won the Green Earth Book Award and Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Schrefer teaches writing for young adults and children in the low-residency MFA program.

Rosie Schaap, Nonfiction Faculty

Rosie Schaap

Rosie Schaap is the author of the memoir Drinking With Men, named one of the best books of 2013 by National Public Radio, Library Journal, and BookPage. She was the drink columnist for The New York Times Magazine from 2011-2017, and she is a contributor to This American Life; she has also written for Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Gather, Marie Claire, The New York Times dining and travel sections, poetryfoundation.org, Saveur, Slate, and Travel + Leisure. She has contributed essays to many anthologies, including Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives, and Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York.  A native New Yorker, she lives in Brooklyn and is writing a book about whiskey. Schaap teaches creative nonfiction in the low-residency MFA program.