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Creative Writing Faculty

Scott Blackwood, M.F.A.

Visiting Associate Professor

Fall 2019 / Spring 2021

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.

Jehanne Dubrow, Ph.D.

Professor | Editor, American Literary Review

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 nine poetry collections, including most recently Wild Kingdom (LSU Press, 2021), and a book of creative nonfiction. Her poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New England Review, and The Colorado Review.

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.

Gabe Montesanti, M.F.A.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: Auditorium 205

Gabe Montesanti is a queer, Midwestern roller derby player. She earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Washington University in St. Louis and is the author of Brace for Impact: A Memoir, forthcoming in spring 2022 from The Dial Press. Her work has appeared in Brevity, The Offing, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, and Sinister Wisdom. In 2020, her piece, "The Worldwide Roller Derby Convention" was recognized as a notable essay in The Best American Essays.

Miroslav Penkov, M.F.A.

Distinguished Teaching Professor

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.

John Tait, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Auditorium 206A

John Tait's short stories have appeared in Narrative, Crazyhorse, Southwest Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, and elsewhere and have been reprinted in New Stories from the Southwest and the Crazyhorse 50th Anniversary Anthology. He has been the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Emerging Writers and has also received the Everett Southwest Literary Award, the Tobias Wolff Fiction Award, the Rick DeMarinis 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 fiction co-editor of American Literary Review.

Jill Talbot, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Auditorium 213B

Jill Talbot is the author of The Way We Weren't: A Memoir and Loaded: Women and Addiction, the co-editor of The Art of Friction: Where (Non) Fictions Come Together, and the editor of Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in journals such as AGNI, Brevity, Colorado Review, Diagram, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, Passages North, The Normal School, and The Paris Review Daily and has been recognized four times in The Best American Essays.


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