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Amy Lemmon, PhD


Office Location: Business and Liberal Arts B614
Office Hours: M 12-2, Tu 2:30-3:30, W
Phone: 212 217.5342
E-mail:  amy_lemmon@fitnyc.edu

Amy Lemmon has taught at FIT since 1996 and joined the department full-time in 2000. She is the recipient of a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004-05) and the FIT Faculty Excellence Award (2015).

Prof. Lemmon is the author of two poetry collections: Fine Motor (Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Press, 2008) and Saint Nobody (Red Hen Press, 2009) and co-author, with Denise Duhamel, of the chapbooks ABBA: The Poems (Coconut Books, 2010) and Enjoy Hot or Iced: Poems in Conversation and a Conversation (Slapering Hol Press, 2011). Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared in Rolling Stone, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Verse, Court Green, The Journal, Marginalia, and many other magazines and anthologies. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her work was selected for The Best American Poetry 2013, and she has contributed articles to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, and the Facts on File Companion to Twentieth-Century British Poetry.

Prof. Lemmon holds an M.A. and PhD in English/Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati and is the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship and a Tennessee Williams Scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center, West Chester Poetry Conference, and Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Awards include the Elliston Poetry Prize, the Ruth Cable Poetry Prize, and the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Prize. Prof. Lemmon has served as faculty advisor to FIT Words: The Club for Writers and a judge for the Poetry Out Loud NYC regional competition, and is Poetry Editor of the online literary magazine Ducts.org



BA, Ohio Wesleyan University
MA and PhD, University of Cincinnati

View Dr. Lemmon’s CV




Enjoy Hot or Iced (chapbook), co-authored with Denise Duhamel, Slapering Hol Press, 2011.

ABBA: The Poems (chapbook), co-authored with Denise Duhamel, Coconut Books, 2010.

Saint Nobody (book), Red Hen Press, 2009.

Fine Motor (chapbook), Sow’s Ear Review Press, 2008.

Anthologies and Textbooks

“Enjoy Hot or Iced.” Dark as a Hazel Eye: Coffee and Chocolate Poems. Ed. Ellen Foos, Vasiliki Katsarou, Lynne Shapiro. Princeton, NJ: Ragged Sky Press, 2015 (forthcoming).

“I Take Your T-shirt to Bed Again.” The Best American Poetry 2013. Ed. David Lehman and Denise Duhamel.

“Márgenes” (“Margins”) and “Vísperas” (“Vespers”). Women Rowing: A Bilingual Anthology of Contemporary U.S. Women Poets. Ed. Scott Hightower. Trans. Natalia Carbajosa. Puebla, Mexico: El Colegio de Puebla, 2012.

Contemporary American Poems. Ed. David Mason. General Administration for Press and Publications of the People’s Republic of China (GAPP), 2011. A project of The National Endowment for the Arts., pp.


“M23,” Women’s Studies Quarterly Volume 43, Numbers 1&2 (2015): p. 266.

“Ruminalia,” “Sestina d’Alba,” “I Take Your T-Shirt to Bed Again,” Vitrine: A Printed Museum (Spring 2012).

“1965,” Fogged Clarity (January 2012)

“Women Who Think Too Much,” “How to Be An Adult in Relationships” (with Denise Duhamel), Kugelmass 3 (2012).

“Subway Blunder,” and “Wouldn’t You Like to Know?” (with Denise Duhamel), New Ohio Review 11 (Spring 2012).

Essays and Criticism

“Fumbling Towards Xanadu, or the Man from Porlock was Framed.”The Best American Poetry Blog (23 Oct. 2015).

 “Collaboration Queens (or how the chapbook, ABBA: The Poems came to be)” (with Denise Duhamel), New Ohio Review 11 (Spring 2012), pp. 180-85.

“Elements,” creative nonfiction essay, Marginalia 3.2, Fall 2007. pp.

Entries on “What I Expected” and “Not Palaces, an Era’s Crown” by Stephen Spender, Companion to Twentieth-Century British Poetry, Ed. Rob Watson, Facts on File, 2008.

“Famous Poets and Other Oxymorons: A Review of Luck Is Luck by Lucia Perillo,” New Letters, Spring 2006.

Entries on Lucia Perillo, Allison Joseph, and Bob Holman. Greenwood Encyclopedia of American.


  • EN 121 – English Composition
  • EN 231 – Short Fiction
  • EN 233 – Poetry
  • EN 361 – Creative Writing (online and face-to-face)
  • EN 362 – Creative Nonfiction
  • EN 364 – Poetry Writing (online and face-to-face)
  • EN 391 – Creative Imagination: Theory and Process (Honors)