Creative Writing News

Creating fine literature is an art form, and the academic pursuit of fine-tuning that art is thriving at the College of Liberal Arts. English majors who decide to concentrate in Creative Writing at Temple center their studies on the genre they’re most passionate about: fiction, poetry or playwriting. Creative Writing students are storytellers—but what about their own stories? Here, we’ll spin yarns about the students, alumni and faculty whose journeys comprise the greater narrative of Temple’s Creative Writing concentration. Read their stories below and please contact us if you have a story of your own you think we should tell.


Kelly McQuain’s work has been featured in Painted Bride Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, Redivider and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Now he’s got another fellowship to write home about.

Kelly McQuain ‘91, who received his M.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction), was recently named a fellow at the Lambda Literary Foundation’s 2015 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. The week long retreat will be hosted this June at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Mecca Jamilah book cover photo

Riverdale Avenue Books has just published Mecca Jamilah Sullivan's first story collection, Blue Talk and Love. Sullivan graduated with an M.A. in Creative Writing (fiction) in 2006. Since that time she has earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is angry, but not the kind of angry that gets people marching in the streets. During an interview in the lobby of the Doubletree Hotel in Center City Philadelphia, where she is staying for a few days at the invitation of Temple University, the 52- year old's soft voice barely rose above the din.