Creative Writing Faculty-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Jane Bernstein

Jane Bernstein

Professor of English

Office: BH 260 C

Phone: (412) 268-6445

Email: janebern@andrew.cmu.edu

Website: www.janebernstein.net

When I joined the writing program here in 1991, I thought of myself as a fiction writer. In the years since then, I've found myself drawn to other genres. My new book, Rachel in the World, is a memoir, as were the two books that preceded it. I've published essays in such places as Ms. Prairie Schooner, Massachusetts Review, The New York Times Magazine, Self, and Creative Nonfiction and written several scripts, among them the screenplay for Seven Minutes in Heaven, a Warner Brothers Film.

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Gerald Costanzo

Gerald Costanzo

Professor of English

Office: BH 233

Phone: (412) 268-2861

Email: gc3d@andrew.cmu.edu

Website: http://www.cmu.edu/universitypress/

Carnegie Mellon University Press, which I founded in 1975, publishes twenty books each year in the fields of poetry, short fiction, memoir, history, art history, education, and business.   Perhaps the Press' most notable book has been Rita Dove'sThomas and Beulah which in 1987 received The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

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Jim Daniels

Jim Daniels

Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English

Office: BH 260 B

Phone: (412) 268-2842

Email: jd6s@andrew.cmu.edu

I have been teaching creative writing at Carnegie Mellon since 1981. My interests include poetry, fiction, and screenwriting. Recent books include Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry and From Milltown to Malltown (a collaboration with photographer Charlee Brodsky and writer Jane McCafferty). My fourth collection of short stories, Trigger Man, will be published in 2011.

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Sharon Dilworth

Sharon Dilworth

Associate Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing

Office: BH 260 F

Phone: (412) 268-6446

Email: sd20@andrew.cmu.edu

As an artist in mid-career my creative work in fiction explores the tragedies and resonances of middle age. In my new work I have attempted to discern the timbre and qualities that have emerged in my own adult life by creating characters whose desires are circumscribed by the landscapes and pasts they can no longer escape. I think my latest writing is more resonant emotionally than my earlier work. It deals more with ambiguity and paradox and attempts to capture the sadness and grace notes of everyday life.

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Kevin González

Kevin González

Assistant Professor of English

Office: BH 260 G

Phone: (412) 268-9195

Email: keving@andrew.cmu.edu

I teach courses in fiction and poetry.  I'm the author of a collection of poems, Cultural Studies, and am currently at work on a novel, excerpts of which have appeared in Playboy, Narrative Magazine, Best New American Voices, and Best American Nonrequired Reading.  In addition to teaching and writing, I edit the literary magazine jubilat, and, along with Lauren Shapiro, I co-edited an anthology of American poetry titled The New Census (Rescue Press, 2013).  I received a BA in Creative Writing and International Relations from Carnegie Mellon, an MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  Prior to returning to Carnegie Mellon as a faculty member, I was an Assistant Professor at Trinity College in Connecticut.  

Hilary Masters

Hilary Masters

Professor of English

Office: BH 260 A

Phone: (412) 268-6443

Email: hm05@andrew.cmu.edu

My working experience as a journalist, a Broadway Press agent and even some history in politics have all found a place and nurtured my writing. My work sounds themes of abandonment-the different kinds of abandonment, physical, spiritual and moral while I try to represent men and women in contemporary America.  

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Jane McCafferty

Jane McCafferty

Professor of English

Office: BH 245 N

Phone: (412) 268-7177

Email: janem@andrew.cmu.edu

I teach a variety of fiction and non-fiction courses. My favorite of these is Literary Journalism; I'm always awed by what many students are able to produce in this genre. I like to watch students learn to tell stories that expand their vision of their own communities, and their own lives. Our students usually end up teaching me more than I can teach them.  

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