August 08, 2017

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – August 8, 2017 - The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, it has selected Grace Bonner as its new program director. Bonner will join SJC Brooklyn and its faculty for the upcoming fall semester.

“We're very excited to welcome Grace Bonner as the new director of the Writer’s Foundry at SJC Brooklyn,” said SJC President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D. “She comes to us with considerable experience teaching poetry, a notable literary pedigree, and most importantly, great poetic talent. We believe that Grace is an excellent choice to foster the talents of our distinguished students at the Foundry.”

Bonner is a former director of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center, where she now teaches poetry. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University and a B.A .from Sarah Lawrence College. Round Lake, her first collection of poetry, was published by Four Way Books in October 2016. Her poems have appeared in New Republic, The Paris Review, Parnassus, Poetry Daily, The Southampton Review, as well as several other literary publications. Excerpts from her memoir, Ghost Tracks, have been published in The Brooklyn Quarterly. Bonner is a MacDowell Fellow and has taught literature and creative writing at the Pierrepont School in Westport, Conn., and in Paros, Greece. In addition, she serves as a mentor in PEN’s Prison Writing Program.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College as M.F.A. program director and lecturer,” said Bonner. “What excites me most about the Writer’s Foundry is its intimacy, as  students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with mentors, in addition to participating in interdisciplinary workshops  and  seminars, or, as we call them “symposia.” Though we are still a relatively new program—just five years old—we offer a Master Lectures program, which features distinguished visiting writers, and with our location in one of the most culturally rich and diverse areas of the city, our students inevitably become part of that larger community.”

For more information about the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program at SJC Brooklyn, contact Michael Banach at 718.940.5584.

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.