UMSL MFA program has presented public readings by the distinguished
writers listed below.
Carl Dennis, Ross
Gay, Rodney Jones, Joy Katz, Randall Mann, Adrian Matejka, Eric
Pankey, Arthur Sze
Ethan Canin, Tony D’Souza, John Dufresne, Margot Livesey, Erin
McGraw, Eric Puchner, Kevin Wilson
Creative Writing Program at the University of Missouri - St. Louis
invites accomplished and well-regarded poets, fiction writers, and
non-fiction writers to teach writing at UMSL for one semester.
Typically, the visiting faculty member teaches a MFA workshop class
and 4000-level seminar class open to both graduate students and
Altschul is the author of the novels Deus
Ex Machina and Lady
and short fiction and essays that have appeared in many publications
and anthologies including Best
New American Voices and O.
Henry Prize Stories.
He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford
University from 2002-2008 and taught previously in the graduate
programs at the University of San Francisco, Mills College, and the
University of Missouri-St. Louis. Since 2009 he has served as
director of the Center
for Literary Arts at
Geddes has written and edited more than 40 books and has received
numerous literary awards, including the British Columbia Lieutenant
Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and Chile’s Gabriela
Mistral Prize. He is the author of bestselling travel memoirs, The
Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things and
Drink the Bitter Root. He
lives on Thetis Island, British Columbia.
Haynes has been recognized by Granta
magazine as one of America's best young novelists. The author of six
critically acclaimed novels and five children's books, he is director
of creative writing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas,
former sixth grade teacher's short stories have been heard on
"Selected Shorts" on NPR, and his novels have been
recognized by the American Library Association.
Joy Katz http://joykatz.com/
Katz is the author of three poetry collections, The
Garden Room (2006), Fabulae (2002),
and a new, as-yet-untitled volume to appear from Four Way in 2013.
She is also co-editor of the acclaimed anthology Dark
Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (2007).
Honors for her writing include a 2011 NEA fellowship, a Pushcart
prize, a Stegner fellowship, and the Nadya Aisenberg fellowship at
the MacDowell Colony. Her poems are anthologized in The
Best American Poetry,
among other places, and appear in such journals as American
Poetry Review, Notre
Dame Review, Ploughshares, Cincinnati
and elsewhere. Her prose has appeared in The
New York Times Book Review and The
has taught literature and poetry at The New School and NYU and
currently teaches in the graduate writing program at the University
of Pittsburgh and in the low-residency and on-the-ground programs at
Chatham University. She is an editor-at-large for Pleiades.
Sommer has published three poetry collections: Lifting
the Stone, Other
Man Who Sleeps in My Office.
Most recently, he translated, along with Hongling Zhang, three
novellas by Wang Xiabobo (widely recognized as one of the most
important figures of 20th-century Chinese letters) to be published by
the State University of New York Press. He has also published verse
New Republic, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly,
and other magazines, and in several anthologies, including The
New American Poets.
His work has been honored with a National Endowment for the
Humanities grant and, in 2001, with the coveted Whiting Foundation
Writers' Award. Since 1985 he has served as Professor of English and
Poet-in-Residence at Fontbonne University.
Stacy Tintocalis is author of the short-story collection The
Tiki King (Ohio
University Press). Her fiction has been awarded The
fiction prize, Santa
Clara Review's editor's
choice prize, the Mahan Fiction Award, and the McKinney Fiction
Prize. Her story "Honeymoon in Beirut" is anthologized
California Writing 2012. She
is an MFA graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and received a PhD
in Fiction Writing and Literature from the University of Missouri.
Williford holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas and has
taught in the writing programs at Southern Illinois University, the
University of Alabama and the University of Missouri, St. Louis. His
was co-winner of the 1993 Iowa School of Letters Award for Short
fiction and non-fiction have appeared
American Literary Review,
Glimmer Train Stories,
Ferry Review, Kansas Quarterly,
Natural Bridge, The Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market 2002,
Poets & Writers, Quarterly West,
Schooner, Shenandoah, Southern
received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, Bread
Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the MacDowell Colony. He is
coeditor, with Michael Martone, of the popular Scribner
Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction,
now in a new second edition, and the new Touchstone
Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction.
The director of the new online MFA at the University of Texas
at El Paso, he also teaches in UTEP’s on-campus bilingualwriting