Resident Faculty

  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams, formerly the long-time graduate adviser and associate director of the MCW, is the Director of the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship Program of the University and the Texas Institute of Letters.   He is the author of short stories, essays, novels (Blind Man’s Bluff; Anniversaries in the Blood), and a college textbook, The Writer’s Mind: Making Writing […]

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  • Oscar Casares

    Oscar Casares (Fiction) is the author of the collection Brownsville, and the novel Amigoland, both published by Little, Brown.  A graduate of the Writers Workshop of the University of Iowa and recipient of fellowship support from the National Endowment for the Arts, his short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Colorado Review, Northwest Review, […]

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  • Steven Dietz

    Steven Dietz (Playwriting, Screenwriting) is the author of over 30 plays seen at over 100 regional theaters in the U.S., Off-Broadway and internationally.  Honors include Kennedy Center Fund for New American Play Awards (Fiction and Still Life with Iris); the PEN USA West Award in Drama (Lonely Planet); the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery […]

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  • Laura Furman

    Laura Furman, emeritus (Fiction, Non-fiction) is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, and essayist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Subtropics, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, The Threepenny Review, The American Scholar, and elsewhere.  She has written four collections of stories (The Glass House, Watch Time Fly, Drinking  with the Cook, The Mother Who […]

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  • Stephen Harrigan

    Stephen Harrigan’s (Fiction, Screenwriting, Non-fiction) books include the novels Aransas, Jacob’s Well, The Gates of the Alamo, Challenger Park and Remember Ben Clayton, as well as the works of nonfiction A Natural State, Comanche Midnight, and Water and Light. His articles and essays have been published in Texas Monthly, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Life, […]

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  • Kurt Heinzelman

    Kurt Heinzelman (Poetry) was the Founding Co-Editor of The Poetry Miscellany and is currently the Advisory Editor of Bat City Review. He has been publishing poetry for thirty years in such journals as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review, Marlboro Review, and Southwest Review. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and […]

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  • Stuart Kelban

    Stuart Kelban (Screenwriting) has written nearly a dozen feature-length screenplays and worked with Warner Brothers, Sony Studios, Twentieth-Century Fox and Mandalay Pictures developing material for Denzel Washington, Sean Penn, Samuel Jackson, and Goldie Hawn, as well as directors John Woo and Dean Perisot.  His television work includes drama pilots for NBC and UPN and a […]

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  • Peter LaSalle

    Peter LaSalle’s (Fiction) books include the novels Strange Sunlight and Mariposa’s Song, four short story collections—The Graves of Famous Writers, Hockey Sur Glace, Tell Borges if You See Him, and What I Found Out About Her—and a collection of essays on literary travel, The City at Three PM: Writing, Reading, and Traveling. His fiction has appeared in […]

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  • Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis (Screenwriting) has worked as an editor, producer, director, and/or writer for National Geographic, A&E, PBS, Sierra Club Productions, and Devillier-Donegan Enterprises.  His production, Chimp Rescue, premiered on National Geographic Explorer and won a Genesis Award for Best Cable Documentary.   Most recently, he worked on The Living Weapon for PBS’s American Experience.

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  • Kirk Lynn

    Kirk Lynn is the head of UT’s Department of Theatre & Dance playwriting and directing program, as well as playwright-in-residence and one of six co-producing artistic directors of Austin’s Rude Mechs. With the Rudes, Kirk has written and adapted more than a dozen plays, including Lipstick Traces, Cherrywood, and The Method Gun.  Most recently, he has three plays […]

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  • James Magnuson

    James Magnuson (Fiction) is the Director of the MCW and the author of almost a dozen novels—among them Without Barbarians, Ghost Dancing, Windfall, The Hounds of Winter, and  Famous Writers I Have Known—and a dozen plays, which have had production at Playwright’s Horizons, Hudson Guild, and St. Peter’s Gate.  He received the Hodder Fellowship of […]

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  • Elizabeth McCracken

    Elizabeth McCracken (Fiction) is the author of two short story collections, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry and Thunderstruck; two novels, The Giant’s House and Niagara Falls All Over Again; and a memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.  A graduate of the Writers Workshop of the University of Iowa, she has […]

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  • Cynthia McCreery

    Formerly of the UC Santa Barbara Film Studies faculty and the ULCA Professional Program in Screenwriting faculty, Cindy is a graduate of the Walt Disney/ABC Feature Writing Fellowship.  Her recent projects include two episodes of the Stephen King show HAVEN (on SyFy); UNPLUGGED (original cable movie for Disney); POWDER PUFFS (Disney); SOCCER MOM (New Line […]

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  • Lisa Olstein

    Lisa Olstein is the author of Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, (Copper Canyon 2006) winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet (Copper Canyon 2009), a Library Journal best book of the year; and Little Stranger (Copper Canyon 2013), which was a Lannan Literary Selection and named best book of the year by Coldfront magazine, Black […]

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  • Charles Ramirez-Berg

    Charles Ramirez-Berg (Screenwriting) is the author of Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion and Resistance and Cinema of Solitude: A Critical Study of Mexican Film, 1967-1983.  In addition, he has published many scholarly articles on Latinos in U.S. films and on Mexican cinema.  He writes screenplays, has published fiction, poetry, and co-authored a children’s book, […]

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  • Private: Alex Smith

    Alex Smith (Screenwriting), co-wrote and co-directed, with his twin brother Andrew, the award-winning feature film, The Slaughter Rule starring Ryan Gosling, David Morse, and Amy Adams. He has written scripts for Disney, Fox Searchlight, Columbia Pictures, HBO, and ESPN Films.  Most recently, he has adapted the graphic novel Son of the Gun, adapted the award-winning […]

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  • Deb Olin Unferth

    Unferth is the author of the collection of stories Minor Robberies, the novel Vacation, both published by McSweeney’s, and the memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, published by Henry Holt, and a finalist for a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award.

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  • Thomas Whitbread

    Thomas Whitbread‘s (Poetry) books include the collections Whomp and Moonshiver, Four Infinitives, and The Structures Minds Erect. His poems have also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Massachusetts Review, and The New Yorker, and his short stories in The Paris Review, Shenandoah, and The Texas Observer.  He teaches graduate courses on the major poets.

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  • Dean Young

    Dean Young (Poetry) has published over ten books of poetry, including  Elegy on Toy Piano, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Primitive Mentor, a finalist for the 2009 Griffin Prize in Poetry; his 2011 collection of poems, Fall Higher; his most recent new and collected, Bender; and a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness.  […]

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  • Suzan Zeder

    Suzan Zeder, emeritus, is a nationally and internationally recognized playwright of theatre for youth and member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.  Her plays include:  Step on a Crack, Wiley and the Hairy Man, In a Room Somewhere, and The Death of Life of Sherlock Holmes.  Her work has been produced off-Broadway […]

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