Fred Misurella, Ph.D.

Misurella_PersonalProfessor of English
B.A., 1962, Montclair State College
M.A., 1963, University of Iowa
Ph.D., 1975, University of Iowa


A writer, Fulbright Scholar, lover of newspapers, books, movies and most things French or Italian (especially novels and opera), Fred Misurella has published fiction and non-fiction in many journals, including The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Christian Science Monitor, The Partisan Review, Salmagundi, VIA, Altre Italie, and L’Atelier du Roman. He was educated at the University of Iowa, has lived in New York and Paris, and presently resides in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania with his wife, Kim, and son, Alex. He teaches creative writing, journalism, and Italian-American Literature at East Stroudsburg University and makes pilgrimages to Provence, Liguria, and Tuscany almost every summer with his family.

“Fred Misurella has published Only Sons, a novel, Lies to Live By: Stories; Short Time, a novella; and Understanding Milan Kundera: Public Events, Private Affairs (a critical study of Kundera’s work). His stories and non-fiction have been in Partisan Review, Salmagundi, Kansas Quarterly, Voices in Italian Americana, L’Atelier du roman (in France), The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Book Review. His essays on Primo Levi appear in The Legacy of Primo Levi and Answering Auschwitz. He is a Fulbright scholar and a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Other writers have said this about his fiction: “Fred Misurella tells the complex, and sometimes secret truth about what it is to be alive in these complicated times… Misurella writes in the clearest, precise prose, and has as his special strength the joining of shining intelligence with deep emotion.” –-Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong.

Dr. Fred Misurella ESU Scholar Talks


Misurella, Fred. Arrangement in Black and White. Blue Triangle Press, 2014. Print.

Misurella, Fred. Lies to live by : stories. Lafayette, IN: Bordighera, 2005. Print.

Misurella, Fred. Only sons. New York, NY: Bordighera Press, 2012. Print.

Misurella, Fred. Short time. West Lafayette, IN: Bordighera, 1996. Print.

Misurella, Fred. Understanding Milan Kundera : public events, private affairs. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press, 1993. Print.