MFA in Writing welcomes new Program Director Melissa Hammerle

VCFA has announced that Melissa Hammerle will become the new MFA in Writing program director beginning Dec. 1. 

HammerleHammerle is a writer, educator, and administrator with a strong background in higher education and the literary world. 

“We’re very pleased to have Melissa joining us,” said VCFA Academic Dean Matthew Monk. “She brings a wealth of experience and connections that are sure to serve the program well. Melissa is ideally suited to direct this venerable program into its next chapter.”

Hammerle, who lives in Cornwall, Vt., directed the Creative Writing program at New York University (NYU) from 1997-2006.  She has also worked at PEN America Center, was co-director of the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and has served as vice president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs board of directors. She has a doctorate from UVM on contemplative pedagogies in higher education. Most recently she was Visiting Assistant Professor at Middlebury College.

Hammerle is familiar with VCFA and while at NYU worked directly with VCFA alumni and faculty members. She said she is delighted to join VCFA’s MFA in Writing program and become part of its dynamic writing community. 

“I have been consistently impressed by the quality of literary mentorship and student fellowship that defines the VCFA program,” Hammerle said. “I look forward to bringing my many years of experience in the literary field to this low-residency program ranked among the finest in the country.”

Hammerle started at VCFA in November to work alongside longtime MFA in Writing Program Director Louise Crowley, who will soon step down after 35 years with the program. Crowley will remain with VCFA in a new role as part-time Assistant Dean of the College.