Deirdre Fagan

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Department of Languages and Literature 820 Campus Drive, ASC 3052
Paris, MI 49338
Phone: 
231-591-3031
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Author's Bio

Deirdre Fagan is a widow, wife, and mother of two. She is the author of the memoir, Find a Place for Me: Embracing Love and Life in the Face of Death (Pact Press, November 1, 2022), a short story collection, The Grief Eater (Adelaide Books, 2020), and a chapbook of poetry, Have Love (Finishing Line Press, 2019). She is also the author of the reference book, Critical Companion to Robert Frost (Facts on File, 2007) and has published critical essays on poetry, memoir, and pedagogy. Fagan holds a doctorate in Humanistic Studies (English and Philosophy) from University at Albany, SUNY, and has taught university courses in writing and literature for over two decades. She is a native New Yorker who has also lived in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Maryland, and currently resides in Michigan where she teaches and coordinates the Creative Writing program at Ferris State University. She continues to write poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and is working on a poetry collection and a second memoir. 

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Anthology:
Adelaide Literary Award Anthology (Adelaide Books, 2019)
Book:
Find a Place for Me (Regal House Publishing, 2022)
Journals:
Adelaide Literary Magazine
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Emerge Literary Journal
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Orange Blossom Review
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The Coil
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Words Apart

Fiction

Book:
The Grief Eater (Adelaide Books, 2020)
Journals:
Adelaide Literary Magazine
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Bartleby Snopes
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Connotation Press: An Online Artifact
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Down in the Dirt
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Easy Street
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Picayune Literary Magazine
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The Cabinet of Heed

Poetry

Anthologies:
Vita Brevis Anthology (Volume III) (Vita Brevis Press, 2022)
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As the World Burns (Indie Blu(e) Publishing, 2021)
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Grey Sparrow 12th Anniversary Anthology (Grey Sparrow Press, 2021)
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Through the Looking Glass: Reflecting on the Madness and Chaos Within (Indie Blu(e) Publishing, 2020)
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Persona Non Grata (Fly on the Wall Press, 2018)
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We Will Not Be Silenced (Indie Blu(e) Publishing, 2018)
Chapbook:
Have Love (Finishing Line Press, 2019)
Journals:
3288 Review
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Amaryllis
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Anti-Heroin Chic
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Bonnie's Crew
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Clementine Unbound
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Corvus Review
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Dime Show Review
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Emerge Literary Journal
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Halcyon
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Ink Sweat & Tears
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Isacoustic
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Muddy River Poetry Review
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Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
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Nibble
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Nine Muses Poetry
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Picaroon Poetry
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Poetry Breakfast
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Red Eft Review
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Riggwelter
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The Cabinet of Heed
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Three Drops from a Cauldron
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Trouvaille Review
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Yellow Chair Review
Prizes won: 

Eric Hoffer Award Category Finalist and Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist 2022 for her collection of short stories, The Grief Eater. Memoir Magazine's 2022 Memoir Prize for Books Longlist for Find a Place for Me. Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net 2021 nominations for "Stepping Up," by Rat's Ass Review; Finalist for Best of the Net 2018 for the poem "Outside In," nominated by Nine Muses Poetry; Nominated by Constellate Journal for the 2018 Puschart Prize for the poem "Homesick." Received Honorable Mention in the Muskegon Art Museum's "Art Talks Back" contest (2019).

She was a a merit scholarship resident at Golden Apple Art Residency in Maine (2019) and a resident at the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow in Arkansas (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022).  She was also a poetry workshop participant at Antioch Writers' Workshop (2017) and one of 16 participants in the Donna Kaz Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference in Southampton, New York (2020).

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
NY
New York
Raised in: 
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Last update: May 18, 2022