Scott Blackwood, M.F.A.
Visiting Associate Professor
Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
Office: Auditorium 205
Scott Blackwood is the author of two novels, a story collection, and two narrative nonfiction books. His most recent novel See How Small won the 2016 PEN USA Award for best work of fiction, was named a NPR great reads best book of the year and a NY Times Editor's Choice pick. His previous novel We Agreed to Meet Just Here earned him a 2011 Whiting Writers' Award, AWP Prize for the Novel, Texas Institute of Letters Award for best work of fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN USA Award. The New York Times called his first book In the Shadow of Our House "acute, nimble stories…an impressive, accomplished debut." Blackwood, a former Dobie-Paisano Fellow, has published stories and creative nonfiction in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, Southwest Review, The New York Times, Chicago magazine, and been anthologized in Janet Burroway's Imaginative Writing. Blackwood's narrative piece "Here We Are" was a 2016 finalist for the National Magazine Award for best feature writing and the first volume of his two narrative books on early jazz and blues figures, Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for writing on music. He's especially interested in the contemporary and experimental novel, placed-based writing, and narrative nonfiction. He's lived in Chicago and Austin. http://scottblackwood.com/
Bruce Bond, Ph.D.
Office: Auditorium 213
Bruce Bond is the author of eighteen books including, most recently, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (U of MI, 2015), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa, 2016), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), Sacrum (Four Way Books, 2017), and Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017). Three of his books are forthcoming: Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press), Frankenstein's Children (Lost Horse Press), and Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions). Other honors include the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Award, the Allen Tate Award, the Natalie Ornish Best Book of Poetry Prize, the Colladay Award, the Richard Peterson Prize, the Knightville Poetry Award, the New South Poetry Award, and fellowships from the NEA and the Texas Institute for the Arts. At UNT, he has received the Kesterson Award for Graduate Teaching, the Toulouse Scholars Award, and the UNT Foundation's inaugural Eminent Faculty Award. Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas.
Jehanne Dubrow, Ph.D.
Office: Auditorium 216
Jehanne Dubrow was born in Italy and grew up in Yugoslavia, Zaire, Poland, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. She is the author of six poetry collections, including most recently Dots & Dashes, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award. She is a co-editor of the anthologies The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume and Still Life with Poem: Contemporary Natures Mortes in Verse. Her poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New England Review, Pleiades, Blackbird, and The New York Times Magazine. http://jehannedubrow.com/
Bonnie Friedman, M.F.A.
Office: Auditorium 206B
Bonnie Friedman is the author of the best selling Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life, which has been anthologized in six different writing textbooks. She is also the author of the memoir The Thief of Happiness, and, most recently, Surrendering Oz: A Life in Essays, which was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel award in the Art of the Essay. A three-time Notable Essayist in The Best American Essays, her work has been selected for inclusion The Best American Movie Writing, The Best Writing on Writing, The Best of O., the Oprah Magazine, and The Best Buddhist Writing. Her personal essays have appeared in The New York Times, Ploughshares, Image, The Michigan Quarterly Review and other literary journals. http://www.bonniefriedman.com/
Corey Marks, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor | Director of Creative Writing
Office: Auditorium 214
Corey Marks is the author of The Radio Tree (New Issues Press, 2012), winner of the Green Rose Prize, and Renunciation(University of Illinois Press, 2000), a National Poetry Series selection. His poems have appeared in New England Review, The Paris Review, Poetry Northwest, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. He has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute for Letters, and the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review.
Ian McGuire, Ph.D
Ian McGuire grew up near Hull, England, and studied at the University of Manchester and the University of Virginia. He writes criticism and fiction, and his stories have been published in Chicago Review, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. His most recent novel The North Water was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and was named as one of the 10 Best Books of 2016 by The New York Times. http://www.thenorthwater.net/
Miroslav Penkov, M.F.A.
Associate Professor | Editor, American Literary Review
Office: Auditorium 213C
Miroslav Penkov was born in 1982 in Bulgaria. He moved to America in 2001 and eventually completed an MFA in creative writing at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of the story collection, East of the West (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011), and the novel, Stork Mountain (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016). His stories have won the BBC International Short Story Award 2012 and The Southern Review's Eudora Welty Prize and have appeared in A Public Space, Granta, One Story, The Best American Short Stories 2008, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013. He was a finalist for the 2012 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and the Steven Turner Award for First Fiction by the Texas Institute of Letters. His work has been translated in over twenty languages. He is currently a fiction editor of American Literary Review. http://www.miroslavpenkov.com
John Tait, Ph.D.
Office: Auditorium 206A
John Tait specializes in creative writing (fiction writing) as well as post World War II American fiction and film. His short stories have appeared in Crazyhorse, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, Michigan Quarterly and elsewhere and have been reprinted in New Stories from the Southwest and cited in Best American Short Stories. He has been the recipient of Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Emerging Writers and has also received the Tobias Wolff Fiction Award as well as first prize in the H. E. Francis Literary Competition, the Dogwood Fiction Awards and the River City Fiction Awards. He is currently at work on a novel, Poplar Crescent.
Jill Talbot, Ph.D.
Office: Auditorium 213B
Jill Talbot is the author of The Way We Weren't: A Memoir (Soft Skull, 2015) and Loaded: Women and Addiction (Seal Press, 2007). She's also the co-editor of The Art of Friction: Where (Non) Fictions Come Together (University of Texas, 2008), and the editor of Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction (University of Iowa, 2012). Her work has appeared in journals such as Brevity, DIAGRAM, Ecotone, Fourth Genre, The Paris Review Daily, The Normal School, The Rumpus, and Slice Magazine. Three of the essays in The Way We Weren't were named Notable in Best American Essays 2014, 2015, and 2016. http://www.jilltalbot.net