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About Erik Fuhrer, Ph.D.

I have mentored dozens of faculty and graduate students at The University of Iowa and the University of Notre Dame and approximately one thousand undergraduate students at The University of Notre Dame, Goshen College, St. John's University, Suffolk County Community College, and the College of New Rochelle.


As a teacher and mentor, I have helped creators deepen their practices and coached those in fields traditionally deemed as non-creative on how to embrace their inherent creativity and develop creative methods and techniques to think more thoroughly through their lives and achieve their goals. I am flexible in my approach and quickly attune myself to the learning and writing style of each person I mentor to best harness and develop their unique strengths.

  • 10+ years of teaching and consulting experience

  • 6 published books of poetry, 3 including my visual art

  • Over 100 individual works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art in diverse print and online journals

  • Ph.D. in Creative Writing from The University of Glasgow

  • MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Notre Dame

  • BA in English and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College

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Published Books

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White Rocks


"This collection is immersive and forces the reader to confront disaster as a sprawling, volatile force that exposes awe, horror, and humor in the same vein. To navigate through these poems is to sink into each layer and listen to the voices that are freed when the human decomposes. The poems feel radioactive, charged with multiple force that clash with each other and make material that is unstable. This collection ultimately investigates happens when the human becomes compost, becomes indiscernible from the detritus of disaster, and speculates what remains when what is human morphs into decay."

-Scarlett Wardrop

Ecotheo Review


not human enough for the census

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 in which I take myself hostage


"Erik Fuhrer does this amazing trick where he reflects my deepest and darkest assumptions about the world—effectively validating them—but then makes a slight turn, giving me the will to wish for something more. Something better. And that, when you boil it all down, is exactly what poetry is here for."

-Joseph Haeger

Independent Book Review



Further Reviews

Eye, Apocalypse

Independent Book Review

in which I take myself hostage

Amanda McLeod Writes
Independent Book Review
After the Pause


Virginia Woolf Miscellany

not human enough for the census

ecotheo review
Independent book review
After the pause
Jon Squirrel, Mad Hatter Reviews
Jessica Drake
Alan Parry
Amanda McLeod writes
Emma Lee
Juliette van der Molen