Professor of English



Office: KEI300


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). A third novel, The Senator's Children, will be published in November 2017. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, Tin House, The Southern Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, DoubleTake, 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 MagazineDoubleTakeThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and Brief Encounters: An Anthology of Short Nonfiction (Norton, 2015). 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.


He is an alumnus of Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens (1988), Fairfield University (B.A. 1992), Binghamton University (M.A. 1996), and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.F.A. 2000).



The Senator's Children (Tin House Books, 2017)

The Book of Why (Little, Brown, 2013)

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, and The Pushcart Prize XXVII.

Read, Watch

  • Review of The Book of Why from The Washington Post
  • Review of If the Sky Falls from The New York Times Book Review
  • Review of A Fine Place from The Chicago Tribune
  • Reading and Interview at The University of Chicago (2015)
  • Two short stories from Zoetrope: All-Story
  • "Loss Prevention," a memoir from The Washington Post Magazine
  • Review-essay from Los Angeles Review of Books on grief memoirs
  • "Feeding the Lake," an essay from The Huffington Post


Courses Taught

  • ENG225: Intro to Creative Writing
  • ENG250: Contemporary American Short Story
  • ENG263: Contemporary American Novel
  • ENG271: Contemporary Memoir
  • ENG371: Novel Writing
  • ENG381: Writing Fiction
  • ENG480: Advanced Creative Writing Workshop.

Office Hours 

Office:  Keiper 300
Semester:  Fall 2017
  • Mondays : 11:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30 am-9:30am
  • By appointment