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John Fried

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 624
Phone: 412.396.6428


M.F.A., Fiction Writing, Warren Wilson College, 2005
M.A., Cinema Studies, New York University, 1995

John Fried teaches creative writing and film as part of Duquesne's English Department. On the fiction side, he teaches all levels of the Fiction Writing Workshop, as well as Multi-Genre Writing, Independent Studies, and Directed Readings in Fiction Writing. He runs and hosts the Coffee House Reading Series at Duquesne, which brings local and national authors to read each month at our on-campus Barnes & Noble. He also helps organize the First-Year Writing Program's creative writing reading each year, which featured poet Terrance Hayes in April 2011 and fiction writer Stewart O'Nan in March 2012.On the film side, he primarily teaches Introduction to Film and genre classes (Horror Film, Science Fiction Film, Film Noir, etc.).

Outside of Duquesne, he is the Fiction Editor at Autumn House Press. His own fiction has appeared in many journals, including The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, and Minnesota Review. He is currently finishing a novel-in-stories. Prior to teaching, he was a reporter, writer, and editor for magazines, writing for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time, Worth, Real Simple, and Inc. He began his career in writing by proofreading chemical and pharmaceutical labels.


Short story, "Destroy All Monsters." The Blue Penny Quarterly. Fall 2012.

Short story, "Mississippi." Spout Magazine, Minneapolis, MN. Second runner-up Spout Press Story of the Year, 2009. Fall 2012.

Short story, "Nueve." North American Review, University of Northern Iowa. Spring 2010.

Short story, "Chicago." Gettysburg Review, Gettysburg College, Spring 2010.

Short story, "This Treatment Isn't In Any Way Cruel." Minnesota Review, Carnegie Mellon University, Issue 73-74, December 2009.

Short story, "Birthday Season.' tied for winner of 2007 Fiction Contest for Columbia University's literary journal Columbia: A Journal of Arts and Literature, Issue 45, January 2008.

Short story "Refrain." Front Range Review, Front Range Community College, Spring 2008.

Creative non-fiction story, "On the Summer of 1980, Dressed to Kill, and Epihphany." Florida State University's literary journal Southeast Review's online edition, southeastreview.org, November 2007.


Fiction Writing Workshop

Fiction Writing Workshop 2/3/4

Introduction to Film

Horror Film

Film Noir

Stanley Kubrick