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Deirdre Fagan, DA

Associate Professor
Creative Writing and Literature in Person Coordinator
English, Literature, and World Languages
Phone: (231) 591-3031
Email: [email protected]

Education

  • DA, University at Albany, English, Philosophy
  • MA, University at Albany, English
  • BA, University at Buffalo, English Literature

Biography

Deirdre Fagan is a native New Yorker who has previously lived in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Maryland. She has been teaching college writing and literature courses for over two decades and has been at Ferris since 2015. She is the author of a short story collection, The Grief Eater (Adelaide Books, 2020), a poetry chapbook, Have Love (Finishing Line Press, 2019), and a reference book, Critical Companion to Robert Frost (Facts on File, 2007). She has a memoir, Find a Place for Me, forthcoming from Pact Press, an imprint of Regal House Publishing, fall 2022. Fagan publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as literary and theoretical essays on poetry, memoir, and pedagogy. Her creative and academic work is available in online and print literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. She has also written entries for a number of encyclopedias. Fagan's poem, "Outside In," was a finalist for Best of the Net 2018 and her poem, "Homesick," was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart. She also received an honorable mention in the Muskegon Art Museum's 2019 Art Talks Back Contest. Fagan completed a writing residency at The Golden Apple Art Residency in Maine summer 2019, and at The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow in Arkansas summer 2018 and 2019. She regularly attends and presents at national and regional conferences as well as doing book readings and signings. Visit Fagan's personal website, deirdrefagan.com, to read her creative and scholarly work and learn more about her activities.

Publications and Intellectual Contributions

Presentations

  • Oral Presentation
    Fagan, D., South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, "Selections from Have Love," South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Virtual, (November 14, 2020).
  • Oral Presentation
    Fagan, D. (Author), Michigan College English Association Conference, “Love, Loss, Love: Poetry of Change and Survival,” Michigan College English Association, Virtual, (September 17, 2020).
  • Reading of Creative Work/Performance
    Fagan, D. (Author & Presenter), Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, "Love Begets Love: The Dual-Consciousness of Spouse/Caregiver, Lover/Nurse, Widow/Newlywed Revealed Through Poetry," Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, Illinois, (November 2019).
  • Reading of Creative Work/Performance
    Fagan, D., South Atlantic Modern Language Association, "The Diagnosis: An ALS Journey in Poetry and Prose,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA, (November 2019).
  • Reading of Creative Work/Performance
    Fagan, D., Popular Culture/American Culture Association, “Rotary Dial: A Short Story of Loss and Telephone Lines,” Popular Culture/American Culture Association, Washington, D.C, (April 2019).
  • Reading of Creative Work/Performance
    Fagan, D., South Atlantic Modern Language Association, "Writing to Examine, Writing to Resist: Political Illuminations through Poetry and Fiction," College English Association, Birmingham, Alabama, (November 2018).
  • Oral Presentation
    Fagan, D. (Presenter), Venkatesh, A. (Presenter), College English Association, "Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Cross-Disciplinary Bridges and Interdisciplinary Thinking in First Year English and Math Courses," College English Association, St. Petersburg, Florida, (April 2018).
  • Oral Presentation
    Fagan, D., Weis, C., Midwest Modern Language Association, "The Artist in the Classroom: How Visual Art Stimulates the Writer and Activist Within," Midwest Modern Language Association, Cincinnati, OH, (November 2017).
  • Reading of Creative Work/Performance
    Fagan, D., South Atlantic Modern Language Association, "Without Blinking: A Sampling of Poems" College English Association Creative Writing Panel," College English Association Creative Writing Panel, Atlanta, Georgia, (November 2017).
  • Reading of Creative Work/Performance
    Fagan, D., Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, "Dressing the Part" Creative Writing (Fiction) Panel," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, San Diego, CA, (April 2017).