Monica Wendel

Monica WendelAssistant Professor of Composition and Creative Writing

Maguire Hall 119
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Professor Monica Wendel began her teaching career in 2008 as a Goldwater Fellow, leading creative writing workshops for patients in Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island. Since then, she has taught creative writing in a variety of settings, including St. Mary’s Health Care System for Kids, two different nonprofit children’s educational organizations, NYU, and, of course, STAC.

In the past, she has studied the literature of illness and disability, and she was an associate editor at the Bellevue Literary Review, based out of Bellevue Hospital. Her poetry focuses on the body, politics, geography, history and dreams.

Currently, she is studying children’s literature and environmental literature. She is working on an adult education certificate in Botany from the New York Botanical Garden. Her focus has moved to fiction, and in particular writing for children and young adults.

Though her research interests have changed over the years, her writing always aims to reveal and question the effect of political, cultural and natural forces on an individual consciousness and conscience.

When she is not teaching, reading, writing or grading, you can probably find her at the beach (Jacob Riis or Brighton) or closer to home, in Harlem, where she frequents St. Nicholas Park, Morningside Park and Central Park.

Publications & Professional Affiliations

Book publications:
English Kills and Other Poems, Mayapple Press, 2018
No Apocalypse, Georgetown Review Press, 2013 (winner of the 2012 Georgetown Review Poetry Manuscript Prize)

Chapbook publications:
English Kills, Autumn House Press, 2016 (winner of the 2015 Coal Hill Review Chapbook Prize)
Pioneer, Thrush Press, 2014
Call it a Window, Midwest Writing Center, 2012 (national winner of the 2011 Mississippi Valley Chapbook Prize)

Anthology publications:
“Courthouse” and “Brain Science.” Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Ed. Jason Koo and Joe Pan. Brooklyn Arts Press, 2017.
“Courthouse.” Red Sky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women. Ed. Melissa Hassard, Gabrielle Langley, and Stacy Nigliazzo. Sable Books, 2016.
“In Supermarkets in Italy …” and “Sexual Assault Awareness Week.” Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Ed. Laura Madeline Wiseman. Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013.

Selected publications:
Don't Touch Your Face,” Entropy, nonfiction
Three poems, Burrow Press Review, (nominated for Best of the Net)
Brooklyn Poets Feature, Brooklyn Poets
And the Light,” Day One, fiction

Professional affiliations:
Member, Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)

Degrees & Certifications

MFA, Creative Writing — Poetry, New York University

BA, Philosophy, State University of New York at Geneseo