Poetry

Our faculty brings diverse styles of writing together through workshops and lectures, and students are exposed to many different voices. Students may choose their mentors, and the program focuses on an individualized curriculum and instruction. To help our students with the publishing process, we invite editors, literary agents, and other publishing professionals to the residencies. Most of our students publish in literary magazines while still enrolled in the program, and many of our alumni have published books.

 

Students work closely with their mentors, who are not only award-winning, acclaimed poets, but also skilled and devoted teachers.

 

“The fact of the matter is that the most unexpected and miraculous thing in my life was the arrival in it of poetry itself—as a vocation and an elevation almost.”
— Seamus Heaney
 
 
 

 

For More Information

René Steinke, Director
MFA in Creative Writing Fairleigh Dickinson University
email: writingmfa@fdu.edu

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Poetry Faculty

Harvey 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.

 

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.

 

Idra Novey

Idra Novey is the author of the novel Those Who Knew, a finalist for the 2019 Clark Fiction Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her first novel Ways to Disappear received the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Coun­try, a final­ist for the 2008 Fore­word Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. 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, and the Poetry Foundation. She has also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Pas­sion Accord­ing to G.H. A collection of her co-translations with Ahmad Nadalizadeh of Iranian poet Garous Abdolmalekian was published with Penguin Press in 2020. She currently teaches fiction at Princeton University.