Cara Blue Adams, MFA

Assistant Professor and Director of Poetry-in-the-Round
Department of English

My research focuses primarily on creative writing, with an emphasis on fiction. Secondary specializations include creative nonfiction and literary editing and publishing, along with contemporary literature. My stories regularly appear in magazines such as Granta, The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Story, and Epoch, and my creative nonfiction in magazines like The Believer. My stories and essays are anthologized in books, too, including The Little Magazine in Contemporary America (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Recent honors include a 2018 Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship and 2017 New York-Quebec Artist Residency Exchange Grant, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. During that time, I served as a visiting scholar at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada, in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. In 2016, I was profiled in Poets & Writers for my work on the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference admissions board. In 2020, I was awarded the Meringoff Prize in Fiction, an honor bestowed by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, and will give a reading at the conference meeting at Yale University in 2021.

Before joining Seton Hall, my stories were honored with a number of prizes and support from institutions like The Kenyon ReviewThe Missouri Review, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and I spent five years on the editorial staff of The Southern Review, culminating in the co-editorship. My courses include creative writing workshops and craft courses, along with contemporary literature. Drawing upon my editorial background, I also designed and teach a course on literary editing and publishing.

I recently completed a story collection, entitled You Never Get It Back, which was named a finalist for the 2020 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction at Sarabande Books, and am presently completing a novel, Removal, set in Boston shortly after 9/11 and focused on immigration law, in which I have a professional background, and a book-length lyric essay, Weather, about climate change.

Since 2017, I have directed Poetry-in-the-Round, our campus reading series, which brings a diverse range of acclaimed writers and literary professionals to campus each year.