Merle Bachman, MFA, PhD
Professor of English; Director, BFA in Creative Writing
The courses Dr. Merle Bachman teaches reflect the eclectic breadth of her scholarly interests and include creative writing, modern American poetry, British literature surveys, science fiction in film and interdisciplinary subjects such as “The Monstrous in Literature.” The students she mentors develop a life-long curiosity and love of learning.
Bachman is a poet and translator with four books out, the most recent being the poetry collection Blood Party (Shearsman Books, 2015). She maintains a scholarly interest in American Yiddish literature; her monograph Recovering “Yiddishland”: Threshold Moments in American Literature, was published by Syracuse University Press in 2009, and she was named a Fellow of the National Yiddish Book Center for 2015-16. Bachman’s interest in literatures of cultural identity has led to her research and publishing on a “lost” Scottish Jewish poet, A.C. Jacobs. She is currently lead editor on Jacobs’ Selected Poems, which is expected to be published by Northern House, an imprint of Carcanet Books in England, in 2018.