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Cassandra Hirsch

Cassandra Hirsch

Associate Teaching Professor
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5016 MacAlister Hall


  • MFA, Creative Writing (Fiction), Rosemont College, 2008
  • BA, English, York University, 1987


From 1991-2006, I contributed essays, features, and profiles to regional and local (Philadelphia) newspapers and magazines. My fiction has been published in Philadelphia Stories, my creative non-fiction in Parlor Journal. The latter piece, “Ghosts,” (memoir) was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize. In 2009, my novel-in-progress, set in 1850’s coastal Massachusetts, was awarded the Novel of Promise Award from Ocean Creative Publishing. An excerpt of the novel and an interview can be found at When not teaching, I am a fiction/memoir writing workshop facilitator, and a freelance editor.

Favorite Authors and/or Books: Anita Shreve (just about anything she's written); Jane Austen (Sense and Sensibility); Ann Patchett. Truth is, I just love books; looking at them, possessing them, their smell, their texture. They always seem thicker after I've read them, particularly soft-cover books!

Favorite Musical Artists: The Beatles, Sheryl Crow, The Eagles, Sara Bareiiles, Joni Mitchell, Squeeze, Wilco, and anything with a good percussion.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: A long, brisk walk (in decent weather, cold or warm); traveling just about anywhere; writing and reading(!); listening to other people's stories.

A Favorite Quote: "I'm very much aware that all of my preparations, despite my earnestness, are merely prologue." Journal of my brother, Colin Stuart Krivy, 1967-2004, at the start of the cross-Canada cycling tour that took his life.

Favorite TV Show: Sherlock (BBC modern adaptation), Torchwood (lots of moral ambiguity in both).

One thing that makes me smile is: the realization that I get to meet 60+ new young people every ten weeks who will share their experiences with me through writing and dialogue.

A Pet Peeve is: Pretense. Be who you are, not how you think other people should see you. You'll get there (see my quote).

One hidden talent is: that I can often see past the pretense and that helps me to appreciate the individual.

One reason I like my job is: its variety of faces and experiences. I guess I keep coming back to the notion of enjoying people of all ages.