M.F.A. in Creative & Professional Writing
The M.F.A. Program in Creative & Professional Writing at William Paterson University, established in 2011, has graduated many poets, essayists, columnists, and writers of other disciplines. Through workshops, internships, thesis seminars, and literature, pedagogy, and linguistics classes, students are exposed to all avenues of the writing world. Recent alumni have gone on to pursue careers in college instruction, Ph.D. coursework, and jobs in the publishing industry. The program's current students are industrious, too, boasting publications in national and international journals, as well as attending conferences within the field of English and writing.
Judy Hall is a writer and itinerant teacher of writing who has lived in such far-flung places as Iceland, Sudan, Germany and New Jersey. She has been published in Brevity, Split Lip Magazine, The Huffington Post, and many other places. Judy is also a reader for Literary Orphans. She is currently seeking representation for her novel about a mother raising a child with bipolar disorder. You can read most of her recently published work at www.voluptuousmermaid.com. She is a member of AWP and will be at the convention in Los Angeles in 2016.
Kara Jorgensen is the author an ongoing historical-fantasy series, The Ingenious Mechanical Devices. While in college, she realized she no longer wanted to be Victor Frankenstein but instead wanted to write like Mary Shelley and thus abandoned her future career in science for writing. She melds her diverse passions through her books and received an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing in 2016. When not writing, she can be found hanging out with her dogs watching period dramas or trying to convince her students to cite their sources. Her work has appeared in literary magazines, such as Selfish and Literary Orphans, and she currently teaches College Writing and various creative writing classes at Caldwell University and William Paterson University. Her next book is due out in the summer of 2017.
Elizabeth Martin is an Instructor in the Writing Studies Department at Montclair State University in New Jersey and a staff writer for American Mircoreviews & Interviews. Her journalism has appeared in Parsippany Life, Neighbor News, and The Suburban Trends. Her poetry and essays have been published by Hot Metal Bridge, Arsenic Lobster, Menacing Hedge, Eunoia Review, and Drunk Monkeys. She is the recipient of two New Jersey Press Association awards. Currently, she is at work on a series of essays that blend the political and historical contexts of motherhood with the anxieties, fears, and hopes of women.
West Moss' work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, The Saturday Evening Post, Brevity, and elsewhere. Her work has won The Saturday Evening Post's Great American Fiction Contest (2015), 2 Faulkner-Wisdom gold medals (for fiction and creative nonfiction), and The Diana Woods Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction from Lunch Ticket, out of Antioch. She is a MacDowell and VCCA fellow, and her first book, a collection of short stories called The Subway Stops at Bryant Park, is due out in the spring of 2017 from Leapfrog Press.
Susan Lago teaches composition and literature at William Paterson University. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in publications such as Pank Magazine, Word Riot, Per Contra, Monkeybicycle and Prime Number. In 2011, one of her short stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently at work on a collection of connected short stories. Visit her website at http://SusanLago.wix.com/susanlago or follow her on Twitter: Susan Ell (@SusanLago).
Scott Wordsman's poems have appeared in Thrush, Slipstream, Forklift/Ohio, Main Street Rag, Reality Beach, and other journals. His work has been nominated for Best New Poets and Best of the Net. Scott writes book reviews for Colorado Review and teaches within the English Department at William Paterson University.
Adrian Class is an Ecua-Rican writer from Jersey City. He has a background in hip hop and slam poetry. Adrian is currently working on his first collection of short stories titled "From 5 West to Now."
Joseph C. Jiuliani lives and writes in Paterson, New Jersey, with his Pomeranian, Sherly, and his partner, Emily. He is currently working on his thesis: a novella about 1940s Japanese-American internment (also, shadow governments and time-travel). His Pushcart Prize-nominated personal essay, "Of Stealing and of Being Stolen" can be found in Map Literary.
Diana Davis Olsen possesses a History M.A. which informs her fiction. Her works often explore the line between good and evil, man and monster. She is a graduate of the speculative fiction audition only workshops Taos Toolbox (2015) and Viable Paradise (2016). She writes as Diana Davis. Her current project is a mythological urban fantasy, the first in a series, entitled No Fury Like, with a blend of action, mystery, and humor. For more on the novel, please visit http://www.nofurylike.com.
It took Karthik Purushothaman three years to transition from aerospace engineering to creative writing; from Chennai to New Delhi. In this time, he has written five short stories, two plays, a record's worth of songs and a selection of poems, with one international publication. He is currently enrolled in the M.F.A. program at William Paterson University of New Jersey, in the fiction concentration, expecting to graduate in 2017 with a full-length manuscript.