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Faculty in Fiction

Permanent Faculty
Ethan Canin is the author of six books of fiction, among them the novels, America, America, and Carry Me Across the Water, the collection of long stories, The Palace Thief, and the collection of short stories, Emperor of the Air. His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Granta, and The New Yorker, which named him one of 20 "writers for the new millennium." He is also a physician.

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of a collection of short fiction, Hunger, and two novels, Inheritance and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. Her work has been translated into nine languages and has been chosen twice for The Best American Short Stories. She has received creative writing fellowships from Stanford University, Princeton University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels Housekeeping, Gilead (which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005), and Home, and the nonfiction works When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam and Mother Country. Housekeeping was included in The New York Times Books of the Century and listed as one of the 100 greatest novels of all time by the UK Guardian Observer. In 1997 she received a Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts, and in 2013, she was awarded a National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

Visiting Faculty, Spring 2014

Kevin Brockmeier has published seven books of fiction, most recently the novel, The Illumination, and the story collection The View from the Seventh Layer. His memoir, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip, which will be published in April, 2014. His work has been anthologized in Best American Short StoriesNew Stories from the South, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction. In 2007, he received the PEN USA Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was named one of Granta magazine's Best Young American Novelists. .

T. Geronimo Johnson is the author of the novel, Hold It 'Til It Hurts, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received his MFA from the Writers’ Workshop and has taught writing and held fellowships—including a Stegner Fellowship and an Iowa Arts Fellowship—at ASU, Iowa, Berkeley, and Stanford. He is the founding director of the U.C. Berkeley Summer Creative Writing Program.

Karen Russell is the author of three books of fiction, most recently, the story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, and a New Yorker "20 Under 40" honoree. Her stories have been featured in The Best American Short Stories,  ConjunctionsGrantaThe New YorkerOxford American, and Zoetrope.

Visiting Faculty, Fall 2013

Kate Christensen is the author of six novels, including The AstralThe Epicure's Lament, and the PEN/Faulkner award-winning The Great Man. Her memoir, Blue Plate Special, was published by Doubleday in July, 2013.  Her essays, articles, reviews, and stories have appeared in many anthologies and periodicals, most recently, The New York Times Book ReviewBookforum, ElleThe Wall Street Journal, and Tin House.

Daniel Orozco's stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, as well as in magazines like Harper’sZoetropeMcSweeney’s, and Story Quarterly.  He is the author of Orientation and Other Stories (Faber and Faber).  He is currently at work on a novel. A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, he teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho.

Past Visiting Faculty, 2012-2013

Charles Baxter is the author of 5 novels, 5 collections of short stories, 3 collections of poems, and 2 collections of essays on fiction. A Guggenheim fellow, and a finalist for the National Book Award, he teaches at the University of Minnesota.

Kevin Brockmeier has published seven books of fiction, most recently the novel The Illumination and the story collection The View from the Seventh Layer. His work has recently been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction. In 2007, he received the PEN USA Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was named one of Granta magazine's Best Young American Novelists.

Charles D'Ambrosio is the author of The Point and Other Stories;Orphans, a collection of essays; and The Dead Fish Museum.  His work has appeared in The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewA Public Space, and in various anthologies.  The Dead Fish Museum was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of The Story of a Marriage, and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by The San Francisco Chronicle and The Chicago Tribune while garnering many other coast-to-coast honors. His first novel, The Path of Minor Planets, and his story collection, How It Was for Me, were also published to wide acclaim. His stories have appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and other national publications, and have been anthologized most recently in The Book of Other People and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library.

Ryan Harty is the author of Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona. A Stegner fellow and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, his stories have been widely published in literary magazines, including Tin House and the Missouri Review.

Michelle Huneven is the author of three novels: Blame, Jamesland, and Round Rock. Her nonfiction writings includes restaurant reviews for The Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Weekly, and other food journalism. She has received a General Electric Foundation Award for Younger Writers and a Whiting Writers’ Award for fiction.

Ayana Mathis is the author of the novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship.

Julie Orringer is the author of The Invisible Bridge, a novel, and How to Breathe Underwater, a short story collection. Her stories have been published in The Yale Review, the Paris Review, Ploughshares, Zoetrope All-Story, and the Washington Post Magazine. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Granta Book of the American Short Story, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and The Scribner Anthology of American Short Fiction. 

Previous Visiting Faculty

Allan Gurganus's books include, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Plays Well with Others, White People, and The Practical Heart. Winner of the Los Angeles Book Prize, The Lambda Literary Award and The Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy, he is a recent Guggenheim Fellow.

Paul Harding was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel, Tinkers, published in 2009 by Bellevue Literary Press. He is currently at work on his second novel, Enon, which will be published by Random House.

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of three books of fiction, Niagara Falls All Over Again, The Giant’s House, and Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry?, and one book of nonfiction, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination. She is the recipient of the Harold Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the PEN/Winship Award. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, and Michener foundation, the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was also honored as one of Granta’s 20 Best Writers Under 40

Peter Orner is the author of the novel, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, and the story collection, Esther Stories. A book of oral histories, edited by Orner, Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives, was published in 2008 by McSweeneys for the Voice of Witness Series.  His work has appeared in The Atlantic MonthlyThe Paris Review, and Best American Stories . Orner has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. A new novel, Love and Shame and Love, will be published by Little, Brown in 2011. 

ZZ Packer is the author of the short story collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, a PEN/Faulkner finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. Her stories have appeared in The New YorkerHarper’s Magazine,StoryPloughsharesZoetrope and The Best American Short Stories. A Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow and a Wallace Stegner Fellow, she has also been awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award. She was recently named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40.

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the bestselling novels American
, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which has been translated into
twenty-five languages. Prep was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, and American Wife was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2008 by Time, People, and Entertainment Weekly; both were nominated for the UK's Orange Prize. Sittenfeld’s nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Slate, Glamour, and on public radio's “This American Life.”

Scott Spencer is the author of nine novels, including Endless Love, which has sold more than 2 million copies. His other novels include The Rich Man's Table, Men in Black, A Ship Made of Paper, and Waking the Dead. He has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the New Yorker, GQ, and Harper's Magazine.

Wells Tower is the author of the short story collection, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned. The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, the 2002 Plimpton (Discovery) Prize from The Paris Review, and a Henfield Foundation Award, he was named as one of The New Yorker magazine's "20 under 40" luminary fiction writers. In 2010, he was awarded the Tenth Annual New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award.


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