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Fordham Graduate Students Thrive at the Folger

Four Fordham English Ph.D. candidates have received awards from the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2012-2013. 
  • Christi Spain-Savage, "Early Modern Cities in Comparative Perspective," conference 27-29 Sept 2012.
  • Erica DaCosta, "Researching the Archive," year-long dissertation seminar.
  • Jordan Windholz, "Sexuality, Theory, History, Drama," seminar fall 2012.
  • Malkah Bressler, "Contestations of Religion and Natural History in the Atlantic World," seminar spring 2013. 

2013 Reid Family Writers of Color Events and Prize

This year's Reid Writers of Color Reading Series featuring acclaimed playwright, Lynn Nottage was a major success. Events at both Lincoln Center and Rose Hill featured staged readings and question and answer sessions on Nottage's Pulitzer prize winning play, Ruined. Over 200 students attended the public events. In addition, Ms. Nottage conducted a Master Class on creative process for Fordham students at the Lincoln Center campus.

The inaugural Reid Family Prize, given for excellence in creative expression and commitment to social justice, was presented to Fordham student newspaper, The Observer.

Ph.D. Student Li Yun Alvarado Awarded AAUW Fellowship 


Li Yun Alvarado, Ph.D. candidate in English, was just awarded a full-year "American Fellowship" from the American Association of University Women for work on her dissertation, "Latina New York: Poetic (Re)constructions of the Empire City." The oldest and largest of AAUW’s fellowships and grant programs, the American Fellowships program began in 1888, a time when women were discouraged from pursuing an education. Now one of the largest sources of funding for graduate education for women, AAUW has provided more than $90 million to upwards of 11,000 fellows and grantees since awarding its first fellowship to Ida Street, a pioneer in the field of early American Indian history.

American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.


Kindred Poetry and the Moving Image Master Classes

Acclaimed poet, Cathy Linh Che will lead two Creative Writing Master Classes at Fordham.

Thursday, April 4th
Lincoln Center, 12:00 - 2:00 pm, Lowenstein Room 413A
Rose Hill, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, McGinley Hall Room 236

Poetry and the Moving Image
This creative writing workshop will take a look at the exciting intersection between poetry and film. Participants will be encouraged to create and experiment. Using generative writing exercises and short film clips, we will creating our own image-explosive poems and deeply moving poem-films. No experience is necessary. Workshops will be limited to 15 students.

Instructor Bio:
Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize. She received her MFA from New York University and is the recipient of fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Hedgebrook, and Poets House. She is a Program Assistant at Poets & Writers and co-edits the literary journal, Paperbag (

The Observer Newspaper wins prestigious accolades

The Fordham Observer newspaper has won a Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 1 Mark of Excellence Award in eight different categories--three in photography/multimedia and five in writing (breaking news, sports, opinion, column feature writing.)  Big congratulations to the hard-working Observer staff and to the Observer faculty adviser, Professor Elizabeth Stone.