Creative Writing
Department Chair:
Dan Chaon

Administrative Assistant:
Suzanne Overstreet

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-6567
Fax: (440) 775-6677

153 W. Lorain Street

Oberlin, OH, 44074

Jennifer (Lapidus) Ferrari-Adler

Jennifer (Lapidus) Ferrari-Adler

 is a graduate of Oberlin College and  the  University of Michigan, where she  received an  MFA in fiction. Jenni is a  literary agent  at Union Literary where  she represents  Fiction Writers  (including Emma Straub class  of '02)  and Food Writers among other  categories. She is the editor of the  anthology  Alone in the Kitchen with an  Eggplant,  Confessions of Cooking for  One and Dining  Alone (Riverhead,  2007). 

 What she remembers most about the  department was the commitment of the  professors. "They took us seriously and  devoted considerable energy and time to our  work," she writes. She credits them for i  introducing her to the world of contemporary  fiction, the short story, and "most of what I  knows about craft."

During that dizzying, frightful time known as being a senior in college, she asked one of these professors for some advice for the future. They met at the Oberlin Inn "to discuss what I might do with my degree and other highly marketable skills honed at Oberlin (contact improvisation, skateboarding, and baking wheat bread so dense it doubled as a weapon)."

Unconventionally, her professor didn't push her towards a field in publishing or editing, but suggested instead she try her hand at construction work, because, "it paid well and wouldn't interfere with the writing." She didn't take his advice literally, but did move to Brooklyn and work a series of odd jobs, including egg-selling. Her work has appeared in Glimmer TrainBellevue Literary Review,Hampton ShortsLiteral Latte, New York Magazine, and Happy and received a special mention in the Pushcart Prize. Eventually she found herself in the publishing world-working as an assistant to a literary agent and discovered that she loved agenting. After getting an MFA in Fiction and working off jobs for another year she began building her own list of clients at Brick House which merged into Union Literary where she works.