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Amy Lemmon, PhD

Professor and ChairpersonAmy Lemmon
English Minor Coordinator

Office: Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B614
Phone: (212) 217-5342
Email:  [email protected]


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 three poetry collections: Fine Motor (Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Press, 2008), Saint Nobody (Red Hen Press, 2009), and The Miracles (C&R Press, 2019), 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 has been translated into Spanish and Chinese and was selected for The Best American Poetry 2013. Dr. Lemmon has contributed articles to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, and the Facts on File Companion to Twentieth-Century British Poetry.

Dr. Lemmon has served on the faculty of the West Chester Poetry Conference (PA) 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. Dr. Lemmon has served as faculty advisor to FIT Words: The Club for Writers, Poetry Editor of the online literary magazine Ducts.org, and co-creator and editor of The CDC Poetry Project. She has judged the Poetry Out Loud NYC regional competition since 2015 and in 2019 will judge the New York State Finals.


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

View Dr. Lemmon’s CV (.pdf)  

Selected Publications

Poetry Collections

The Miracles, C&R Press, 2019.

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

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

Saint Nobody, Red Hen Press, 2009.

Fine Motor, Sow’s Ear Review Press, 2008.

Selected Poems

“I Saw the Light” and “Change Is the Only Constant,” SHIFT: A Journal of Literary Oddities Issue 1 (2019).

“SEA-BANDSTM,” Michigan Quarterly Review 57.4 (Fall 2018).

Curator,” Post Road 33 (2018).

Un-tombed,” The Hopkins Review Volume 10, Number 1 (Winter 2017).

The Art Historian’s Talk Reminds Me of Childhood,” Two Peach Issue 3 (Summer 2016).

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

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 US Women Poets. Ed. Scott Hightower. Trans. Natalia Carbajosa. Puebla, Mexico: El Colegio de Puebla, 2012.

“Disclaimer,” “Scar,” and “A Physick,” 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. 340-51.

“Why Men Don’t Call” and “It’s Complicated” (with Denise Duhamel), in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Issue III, Volume I (November 2009).

Essays, Reviews, Interviews

Amy Lemmon’s 26-Minute Memoir,” Writing Is My Drink (blog), ed. Theo Pauline Nestor (23 Aug 2017).

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

Nichols, Kenneth. “What Can We Steal From Amy Lemmon’s ‘I take your T-shirt to bed again…’" Great Writers Steal (6 Sept 2014).

DiDonato, Jill. “Deconstructing the Poetry Goddess.” Huffington Post (5 May 2014).

Douaihy, Margot. “Urgent Hymn [interview with Amy Lemmon].” Philadelphia Stories (30 April 2014).


  • EN 121 – English Composition
  • EN 231 – Short Fiction
  • EN 233 – Poetry
  • EN 280A – Creativity: Theory and Practice
  • 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)
  • EN 480A – Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry and Hybrid Forms