LuAnn McCracken Fletcher
B.A. in English and Psychology, Lehigh University
M.A. in English, Lehigh University
Ph.D. in English, University of California, Los Angeles
LuAnn is a professor and department director in the English department at Cedar Crest College. She began teaching at Cedar Crest in 1993.
During her time at the college, she has taught more than 30 different literature and writing courses. She also advises Preterite, the college's literary club, and The Maurauders, a Harry Potter and fantasy club. She has previously served as department chair for Humanities.
Memberships & Awards
LuAnn is a member of the Modern Language Association (MLA), the Victorians Institute, the British Association for Victorian Studies, and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
Articles & Publications
LuAnn has co-edited an anthology of Victorian prose. She has also published scholarly articles on Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, and Virginia Woolf, and presented conference papers on George Gissing's New Woman novel, "The Odd Woman," and on J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series. Her current research focuses on the significance of mirrors in contemporary British literature.
Instructor of Creative Writing
B.A., Columbia University
J.D., Harvard Law School
M.F.A., Emerson College
Creative writing, including workshops in creative nonfiction, fiction, and multi-genre writing (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction). Recent specific course topics include The Personal Essay, Beginning Fiction, and Horror Writing.
Alexandria is a recipient of fellowships to Yaddo (2012, 2011), the MacDowell Colony (2011), Blue Mountain Center (2012), and the Millay Colony for the Arts (2010). (All are arts colonies, and the fellowships given in support of work on the book she is currently writing.)
She is also the recipient of a 2010 Rona Jaffe Writer's Award (a $25,000 grant given to six emerging women writers each year) and the Alice Hayes Fellowship for Social Justice Writing from the Ragdale Foundation.
Alexandria has given invited readings in New York, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and elsewhere. Her published essays and short stories appear in The New York Times, TriQuarterly Online, Fourth Genre, Connecticut Review, Southeast Review, and Bellingham Review (as the winner of the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction).
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Why Cedar Crest
"As the VIDA Count has compellingly documented in recent years, there is a crisis of under-representation of women's voices in the literary and social spheres. (VIDA: Women in Literary Arts is an organization that seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women.) Cedar Crest's emphasis on women's leadership, and the excellent students the College attracts, make this the perfect place to help correct this under-representation by helping the next generation of female writers to find and strengthen their voices."
"What inspires me is knowing that the writers I read and love were once not icons but mere human beings sitting alone in front of a blank page, too, and that with our own hard work, we all have the chance to join their ranks."
On being an instructor
"I knew I wanted to become a teacher in my very first creative writing class—which wasn't until I was in law school (I studied sociology in college, but attended creative writing classes at night while I studied law during the day.) I'd always loved writing, but it had seemed a mysterious kind of alchemy to me. My teachers showed me that great writing wasn't a mystery, it was the result of tools and techniques that could be learned—and that I could learn. I realized then that I wanted to help empower others to write, and help demystify the process for students the way my teachers helped demystify it for me."
Carol A. Pulham
B.A. in English, Cedar Crest College
M.A., Ph. D., Lehigh University
Carol is a professor in the English department. She recently returned to full-time teaching after seven years of holding various administrative positions at Cedar Crest College, including associate provost, provost, and one year as acting president.
As an alumna, Carol chose to teach at Cedar Crest College to become part of our tradition of excellence that she first experienced as a Cedar Crest student. She strives to prepare students for careers, graduate school and life after college, and is also personally inspired by the students that she works with each semester.
Memberships & Awards
Carol is a member of the Modern Language Association (MLA).
She enjoys traveling and organizes semi-annual week-abroad trips with Cedar Crest faculty and students. Most recently, Carol traveled to London, England with a group of alumnae, students and faculty to explore the literature of London.
Robert A. Wilson
Director of the Writing Program
B.A. in English, History and Pre-Law, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Literature, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
PhD. in English, Lehigh University
Robert is the author of "Write Like Hemingway: Writing Lessons you Can Learn from the Master." He has also published scholarly essays on Henry James, Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
He currently serves as the director of writing at Cedar Crest College.
Memberships & Awards
Robert is a member of the Modern Language Association, the Pennsylvania College English Association, Popular Culture Association, and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.
As an avid fan of American literature, Robert frequently teaches courses on Edgar Allen Poe, Hitchcock, American romanticism, Native American literature and more.
He greatly enjoys the diversity of learning opportunities offered at Cedar Crest College, and notes that the ability to explore various interests isn't just limited to students. Robert has been able to combine a passion for literature with a love of film and writing to allow students - and himself - to view the world in a new way.
Program Director of the Pan-European MFA in Creative Writing