MFA in Writing Faculty
A standout among his many books and essays, Benjamin Anastas’ novel An Underachiever’s Diary has been called “the funniest, most underappreciated novel of the ’90s.”
Doug Bauer’s novels, essays, journalism, and anthologies have won wide praise for their stylistic precision, clarity, and ability to capture the texture and grit of American life.
April Bernard is a poet, novelist, and essayist. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry and the Stover Memorial Prize.
Sven Birkerts is author of The Gutenberg Elegies. His many books and essays examine the fraught interrelationship between reading culture and electronic culture.
Among Susan Cheever’s many works are Drinking in America and American Bloomsbury, biographies of E.E. Cummings and Louisa May Alcott, a biographical memoir of her father, John Cheever, five novels, and essays in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and a weekly column in Newsday.
David Gates was for many years a staff writer for Newsweek. He has won the Guggenheim fellowship, and his books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award.
Amy Hempel is the award-winning author of Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage.
Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry: Holding Company and Hoops, both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, Leaving Saturn, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle, and Roll Deep.
Dinah Lenney is author of the memoir Bigger Than Life and The Object Parade. In that most recent book, says one critic, “Lenney draws upon her experiences as a working actor and mother, offering a reflective and candid look at the connection between sentiment and necessity.”
Alice Mattison is the author of many critically acclaimed works of fiction. The New York Times describes her prose as “so crisp that along with all the pleasures of fiction she manages to deliver the particular intellectual satisfactions of an essay or a documentary.”
Jill McCorkle is the author of 10 books—four story collections and six novels—five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. She is the winner of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature.
Deirdre McNamer is the author of four novels: Rima in the Weeds, One Sweet Quarrel, My Russian, and Red Rover (Viking, 2007). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications.
Stuart Nadler is the author of two novels and a short story collection, including Wise Men, The Book of Life, and, most recently, The Inseparables.
Ed Ochester is the author of numerous books, including Sugar Run Road, Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New, The Republic of Lies, and The Land of Cockaigne.
Lynne Schwartz is the author of 25 books, including novels, short-story collections, nonfiction, poetry, and translations, which have garnered her National Book Award and PEN Award nominations and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA.
Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir and six poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle award in poetry. She was awarded an American Book Award for her memoir Bring Down the Little Birds and the Juniper Prize for Poetry for her collection Goodbye, Flicker.
Clifford Thompson received a Whiting Writers' Award for nonfiction for his 2013 Love for Sale and Other Essays. His writings have appeared in The Village Voice, The Threepenny Review, The Iowa Review, and a host of other noted publications.
Peter Trachtenberg is the author of 7 Tattoos, The Book of Calamities, and Another Insane Devotion. His essays, journalism, and short fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, A Public Space, Bidoun, and The New York Times’ travel magazine.
The New York Times writes of her novel The News from Spain that “Wickersham’s gift is for capturing the habits of mind that lead even smart people to deceive themselves.” Her memoir, The Suicide Index, was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Mark Wunderlich is author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry, and his poems, interviews, reviews, and translations have appeared in journals such as Slate, The Paris Review, and Poetry, and in more than 30 anthologies.