Faculty in Fiction
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.
James Alan McPherson is the author of Hue and Cry, Railroad, Elbow Room, Crabcakes, Fathering Daughters, and A Region not Home. He is the recipient of many national literary awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship.
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.
Current Visiting Faculty, Spring 2013
Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of The Story of a Marriage, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, The Path of Minor Planets, and How It Was for Me. 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.
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.
Past Visiting Faculty, Fall 2012
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.
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 Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and in various anthologies. The Dead Fish Museum was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.
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.
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.
Past Visiting Faculty, Spring 2012
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.
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.
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.
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 Monthly, The 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 Yorker, Harper’s Magazine,Story, Ploughshares, Zoetrope 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 Sittenfeldis the author of the bestselling novels American
Wife, 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.