• Nicholas Montemarano
Professor of English

Office Hours 

Spring 2015 Semester

  • Mondays and Wednesdays:  11:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Thursdays:  2:15-3:15 pm
  • By appointment 


Nicholas Montemarano is the author of two novels, The Book of Why (2013) and A Fine Place (2002), and a short story collection, If the Sky Falls (2005). His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, Tin House, The Southern Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and many others. His fiction has been reprinted in The Pushcart Prize and cited as distinguished stories of the year in The Best American Short Stories four times. He has published nonfiction in The Washington Post MagazineDoubleTake, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, the PA Council on the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.


B.A. Fairfield University

M.A. Binghamton University

M.F.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst


  • Creative Writing: Short Story, Novel, Memoir
  • Evolution of the Short Story
  • Contemporary Novel
  • Truth in Fiction

Grants & Awards

  • Eudora Welty Prize for Fiction (2006)
  • Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fellowship in Fiction (2006)
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Fellowship (2005)
  • Pushcart Prize (2003)
  • National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship (2002)
  • The MacDowell Colony, Fellowship/Residency (2001, 2003, 2006)
  • Yaddo, Fellowship/Residency (2004, 2005)
  • The Edward F. Albee Foundation, Fellowship/Residency (2002)



The Book of Why (Little, Brown, 2013); also published in the U.K., Russia, and Brazil

If the Sky Falls (LSU, 2005)

A Fine Place (Context Books, 2002)

Short Stories:

Esquire, Zoetope: All-Story, Tin House, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, AGNI, The Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Land-Grant College Review, The Massachusetts Review, Fence, The Cincinnati Review, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, Crazyhorse, Post Road, and The Pushcart Prize XXVII.


Public readings: UCLA (Hammer Museum), Bennington College, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, University of San Francisco, University of Cincinnati, College of New Jersey, Middlebury College, The New School, Fordham University, Queens College, NYU.

Course Information

  • ENG225: Intro to Creative Writing
  • ENG250: Contemporary American Short Story
  • ENG263: Contemporary American Novel
  • ENG271: Contemporary Memoir
  • ENG381: Writing Fiction
  • ENG480: Advanced Writing Workshop.