Visiting Faculty

  • Naomi Shihab Nye

    Naomi Shihab Nye (Fall 2014, Fall 2013) is the author of over thirty books of poetry, prose and literature for young adults, including 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, Red Suitcase, Habibi, Words Under the Words, Fuel,…

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  • Cristina García

    Cristina García (Fall 2014, Fall 2010) is the author of six novels:  Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to LuckThe Lady Matador’s Hotel, and The King of Cuba. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim…

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  • D.A. Powell

    Poet D.A. Powell will be at UT in late January and early February 2014 as Michener Residency Author, working in seminar with MCW poets.  His books include the AIDS trilogy Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails; Chronic; and The Useless Landscape, or

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  • Denis Johnson

    Denis Johnson taught for the MCW four times between 1998 and 2004, and returns in Spring 2014 to teach a fiction workshop. He is the author of the novels Train Dreams, Tree of Smoke, The Name of the World, Already

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  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly

    Brigit Pegeen Kelly‘s (Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2010) books of poetry include To the Place of Trumpets, chosen for the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1987 by James Merrill; Song, winner of the 1994 Lamont Poetry Prize; and The Orchard,

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  • Colm Toibin

    Irish writer Colm Toibin (Fall 2013 residency, visiting prof Spring 2006) is the author of The Master and The Blackwater Lightship—both shortlisted for the Mann Booker Prize in Fiction—Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Award for the Novel, and The Empty Family. His…

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  • Michael McGriff

    Michael McGriff (Fall 2013), a distinguished alum of the MCW, is the author of two volumes of his own poetry, Dismantling the Hills, winner of the 2007 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize of the University of Pittsburgh Press, and Home

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  • Edward Carey

    Edward Carey (Fall 2013, Fall 2010)  is a novelist (Observatory Mansions, Crown 2001; Alva & Irva:  The Twins Who Saved a City, Picador 2003), playwright (Sulking Thomas, Captain of the Birds, adaptations of Süskind’s The Pigeon and Coover’s Pinocchio in

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  • Linda Gregg

    Poet Linda Gregg (Spring 2013) is recognized as one of the finest lyric poets of our time, and with eight books of poetry to date, she has received such honors as the 2009 Jackson Poetry Prize, a 2006 PEN/Voelker Award,…

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  • Jim Crace

    English author Jim Crace (Fall 2012, Fall 2009) has twice been shortlisted for the distinguished Booker Prize in Fiction, for Quarantine and Being Dead, which also received the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in the U.S. and the Whitbread Novel Award in…

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  • Anthony Giardina

    Anthony Giardina (Fall 2012, 2009, 2006, 2003, 2000) has authored four novels—Norumbega Park, Men With Debts, A Boy’s PretensionsRecent History and White Guys—and a collection of short stories, The Country of Marriage, and is a regular contributor of essays and short…

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  • Allan Gurganus

    Allan Gurganus’s (Spring 2012 Residency Author) novels are Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Plays Well with Others.  His stories and novellas have been collected…

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  • Sherry Kramer

    Sherry Kramer (Spring 2012), who has taught for MCW six times since 1998, is an alumnae of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and former acting head of their playwriting workshop. Her plays include The Law Makes Evening Fall, Things That Break, David’s

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  • Joseph Skibell

    Distinguished MCW alum Joseph Skibell (Fall 2011) is professor of English at Emory University and the author of three acclaimed novels:  A Blessing on the Moon, winner of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation award of the Academy of Arts…

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  • Tomaž Šalamun

    Tomaž Šalamun (Spring 2011) is the author of over thirty books of poetry in Slovenian and English.  The most recent translations of his work include The Book for My Brother, Poker, Row, and Woods and Chalices. He is considered one…

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  • Octavio Solis

    Octavio Solis (Spring 2011) is a playwright and director whose widely-produced works include Man of the Flesh, Prospect, The Seven Visions of Encarnacion, Bethlehem, Burning Dreams, and Lydia.  Solis has received NEA Playwriting and McKnight Fellowships, a National Theatre Artists…

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  • Margot Livesey

    Novelist Margot Livesey will be in residence during January and February 2011 as the Michener Residency Author, teaching a short intensive craft course.  She is the author of six novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing

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  • Julie Marie Myatt

    Playwright Julie Marie Myatt is in residency October 2010 as the Michener Residency Award Author in Playwriting. Myatt’s work includes the plays The Happy Ones, commissioned by South Coast Repertory and winner of the Ted Schmitt Award for an outstanding…

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  • Richard Ford

    Richard Ford was Michener Residency Author for Spring 2010 and held a three-week master class in fiction with MFA candidates.  He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of six novels and three story collections, among them Independence Day, Rock Springs, The

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  • C.D. Wright

    Poet C.D. Wright was the Michener Residency Author in Fall 2009 and held a two-week workshop for poets in the MFA program.  Wright’s many honors include a MacArthur “genius” grant, a Lannan Literary Award, fellowships from the NEA and the…

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  • Marie Howe

    Marie Howe’s first collection, The Good Thief, was chosen for the National Poetry Series. Her second book What the Living Do was named one of the five best books of poetry published in 1997 by Publishers Weekly.  Her latest collection…

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  • Peter Carey

    Peter Carey was Michener Residency Author in Spring 2009, which brought him to campus for three weeks to conduct a short workshop with MFA candidates.  Carey, a native of Australia, has twice won the Booker Prize in fiction, for Oscar

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  • ZZ Packer

    ZZ Packer (Fall 2008) is the author of the story collection Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and a New York Times Notable Book of 2003. A graduate of Yale (B.A.), Johns Hopkins (M.A.) and the Iowa Writers’…

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  • Antonya Nelson

    Fiction writer Antonya Nelson (Fall 2007) is the author of the short story collections Some FunFemale TroubleFamily TerroristsIn the Land of Men, and The Expendables and the novelsLiving to TellNobody’s Girl, and Talking in Bed. Her work has been recognized with the Flannery O’Connor…

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  • August Kleinzahler

    August Kleinzahler (1999, 2006) has published nine volumes of poetry, including Storm Over Hackensack, Earthquake Weather, Red Sauce Whiskey and Snow, Green Sees Things in Waves, Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club, and The Strange Hours Travelers Keep, recognized with the…

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  • John Dufresne

    John Dufresne‘s (Fall 2005) published fiction includes the novels Louisiana Power and Lightand Love Warps the Mind A Little (both New York Times’ Notable Books of the Year) and Deep in the Shade of Paradise, and the story collectionsThe Way That Water Enters

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  • Alice Tuan

    Alice Tuan’s (Spring 2005) plays include Last of the Suns (Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Ma-Yi Theatre, NYC); Some Asians (UMass/ Amherst; Perishable Theatre, Providence RI); Alex (por nobody) (The Flea Theatre, NYC; Melbourne Fringe Festival; Salvage Vanguard, Austin), The Roaring Girle (Foundry Theatre, NYC); Ikebana

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  • Joy Williams

    Joy Williams (2001, 2004) is the author of the novels Breaking and Entering, State of Grace, and The Quick and the Dead, and of the story collections Taking Care, Escapes, and Honored Guest. Former recipient of the distinguished Strauss Living Award, Williams…

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  • Anne Rapp

    Anne Rapp’s (1998, 2004) first produced feature,Cookie’s Fortune, directed by Robert Altman, opened the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for both an Independent Spirit Award and an Edgar Allan Poe Award. Her second feature, Dr T and the Women,…

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  • David Bradley

    David Bradley’s (2000, 2002) The Chaneysville Incident won the Academy Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, as well as a PEN/Faulkner Award and a nomination for the American Book Award. His other work includes the novel South

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  • Naomi Iizuka

    Naomi Iizuka’s (2002) plays include 36 Views, Language of Angels, War of the World, Polaroid Stories, Tattoo Girl, and Skin. Her work has been produced by Berkeley Rep, Campo Santo + Intersection in San Francisco, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, the Dallas…

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  • Heather McHugh

    Heather McHugh (2002) is the author of Father of the Predicaments, Hinge & Sign: Poems 1968-1993 (National Book Award finalist), Shades, To the Quick, A World of Difference, and Dangers. She is also the author of Broken English: Poetry and Partiality (1993) and noted…

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  • Lee Blessing

    Lee Blessing (2000) is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee and author of the plays A Walk in the Woods, Thief River, Cobb, Eleemosynary, Chesapeake, and Going to St. Ives. Blessing’s TNT film Cooperstown won the Humanitas Prize, and he…

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