Scott Blackwood, M.F.A.
Visiting Associate Professor
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
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/
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 seven poetry collections, including most recently American Samizdat, and a book of creative nonfiction, throughsmoke: an essay in notes. Her eighth collection of poems, Simple Machines, won the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award and will be published by the University of Evansville Press at the end of 2019. Her poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New England Review, and Pleiades. 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.
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. http://www.miroslavpenkov.com
John Tait, Ph.D.
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. www.johntait.org
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