Janet McNally, MFA Visiting Assistant Professor

Janet McNally, MFA

Office: CT-708
Phone: 888-2939
Email: mcnallyj@canisius.edu 

MFA, University of Notre Dame
BA, Canisius College
Areas of Specialty:  Fiction/Poetry Writing, Contemporary Poetry, Modern American Fiction

Janet McNally '02 is among 18 fiction writers from New York State to receive the prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship. Previous NYFA fellows include Spike Lee, Tony Kushner, Todd Haynes and Junot Diaz. McNally holds a bachelor's degree in English from Canisius and a master's in fine arts from the University of Notre Dame. She has published stories and poems in literary magazines including The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, North American Review, New Ohio Review, Crab Orchard Review, Confrontation, Poet Lore, Bellingham Review, Greensboro Review, Southampton Review, and many others. She is currently at work on her first novel and a collection of poems.

McNally's teaching interests include fiction and poetry writing, contemporary poetry and fiction, and modern American women’s fiction.

"I believe the secret to good writing is good reading. I try to introduce my students to a wide variety of contemporary writers, both established and emerging. This takes a certain amount of patience and a willingness to read often and closely, but the rewards are worth it.” -- Janet McNally