Students in the New Writers Project work with resident faculty as well as visitors, including Natalie Diaz (Fall 2017), Noelle Kocot (Fall 2016), and Heather Christle (Fall 2015) in poetry, and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho (Spring 2018), Paul Lisicky (Fall 2018), Karan Mahajan (Spring 2017), and Nina McConigley (Spring 2016) in fiction. Previous visitors include Dobby Gibson,
New Writers Project students additionally take courses with English Department faculty with expertise in a wide range of subjects, periods, and genres, including reading and writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as literary criticism, theory, and scholarship.
CORE WORKSHOP FACULTY
Edward Carey is the author and illustrator of two books for adults—Observatory Mansions (Vintage, 2000) and Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City (Harcourt, 2003), and the Iremonger Trilogy (Overlook Press), Heap House (2013), Foulsham (2015), and Lungdon (2016). He has written plays for the National Theatre of Romania and the Vilnius Small State Theatre, Lithuania. In England his plays and adaptations have been performed at the Young Vic Studio, the Battersea Arts Centre, and the Royal Opera House Studio. He has collaborated on a shadow puppet production of Macbeth in Malaysia, and with the Faulty Optic Theatre of Puppets.
Professor Carey teaches graduate writing workshops in fiction.
Oscar Cásares is the author of the story collection Brownsville (Little, Brown, and Company, 2003), and the novel Amigoland (Little, Brown, and Company, 2009), which have earned him fellowship support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Copernicus Society of America, and the Texas Institute of Letters. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Colorado Review, Northwest Review and The Threepenny Review. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Texas Monthly, Poets &Writers, and on National Public Radio.
Professor Cásares teaches graduate writing workshops in fiction and seminars on the role of place in literature.
Peter LaSalle’s books include the novels Strange Sunlight (Texas Monthly Press, 1984) and Mariposa’s Song (Texas Tech University Press, 2012) and five short story collections, The Graves of Famous Writers (University of Missouri Press, 1980), Hockey Sur Glace (Breakaway Books, 1996), Tell Borges if You See Him (University of Georgia Press, 2007), What I Found Out about Her (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014), and Sleeping Mask (Bellevue Literary Press, forthcoming 2017); and a collection of travel esaays, The City at Three P.M. (Dzanc Books, 2015). His fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, such as Paris Review, Tin House, Zoetrope, Best American Short Stories, Best of the West, Sports’ Best Short Stories, Best American Fantasy, Best American Mystery Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. He has received an NEA Fellowship, the Flannery O’Connor Award, the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction, and the Award for Distinguished Prose from the Antioch Review.
Professor LaSalle teaches graduate writing workshops in fiction and seminars on topics including the representation of time in modern literature, literature and painting, and imagined geographies in literature.
James Magnuson is the Director of the Michener Center for Writers and the author of 10 novels — among them Without Barbarians (McGraw-Hill, 1974), Ghost Dancing (Doubleday, 1989), Windfall (Villard, 1999), and The Hounds of Winter (University of Texas Press, 2005) — and a dozen plays, which have had production at Playwright’s Horizons, Hudson Guild and St. Peter’s Gate. He received the Hodder Fellowship of Princeton University for his plays, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an award from the Texas Institute of Letters for his fiction. His career also includes a stint as a series television writer in Hollywood. His newest novel, Famous Writers I Have Known, was published by Norton in 2014.
Elizabeth McCracken is the author of two story collections, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry (Turtle Bay 1993) and Thunderstruck (The Dial Press 2014), winner of The Story Prize; two novels, The Giant’s House (The Dial Press 1996), a finalist for the National Book Award in 1996, and Niagara Falls All Over Again (The Dial Press 2001); and a memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination (Little, Brown, and Company 2008). She has received grants from the Michener/Copernicus Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the NEA, The Guggenheim Foundation, The American Academy in Berlin, and the Radcliffe Insititue, and was named one of the 20 Best Young American Novelists by Granta.
Along with holding the James A. Michener Chair in Creative Writing, she is the Associate Director of the New Writers Project. Professor McCracken teaches graduate writing workshops in fiction.
Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections: Radio Crackling, Radio Gone (Copper Canyon Press 2006), winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet (Copper Canyon Press 2009), a Library Journal best book of the year; Little Stranger (Copper Canyon Press 2013), a Lannan Literary Selection; and Late Empire, forthcoming from Copper Canyon in fall 2017. Her chapbook, The Resemblance of the Enzymes of Grasses to Those of Whales Is a Family Resemblance, won an Essay Press prize and was released in 2016. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Lannan Writing Residency, and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Nation, American Letters & Commentary, and Boston Review. She serves as an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly, a contributing editor for jubilat, and as faculty advisor for Bat City Review. She is also the lyricist for the rock band Cold Satellite, fronted by acclaimed songwriter Jeffrey Foucault.
Currently the Director of the New Writers Project, Professor Olstein teaches graduate poetry workshops and seminars on topics including book-length poetic projects, poetic forms and modes, and contemporary poetry.
DEB OLIN UNFERTH
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of five books: two story collections, Wait Till You See Me Dance (Graywolf Press 2017) and Minor Robberies (McSweeney’s Books 2007); the novel Vacation (McSweeney’s Books 2008), the memoir Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War (Henry Holt and Co. 2011), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the graphic novel I, Parrot with artist Elizabeth Haidle (forthcoming Fall 2017). Her fiction has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Granta, Vice, Tin House, and McSweeney’s. She is the recipient of a grant from Creative Capital for Innovative Literature. She also runs a creative writing certificate program at the John B. Connally Unit, a penitentiary in southern Texas. Professor Unferth teaches graduate writing workshops in fiction, as well as seminars in topics such as modern and contemporary novel forms.
Dean Young has published 11 books of poetry, including Elegy on Toy Piano (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Primitive Mentor (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), and Bender: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). His most recent book of poems, Shock by Shock, was published in 2012 by Copper Canyon Press, and a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness, was published by Graywolf Press in 2010. In 2014, Dean Young served as the Poet Laureate for the State of Texas. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, two from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was on the permanent faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop until becoming the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. He holds the William Livingston Chair of Poetry.
Professor Young teaches graduate poetry workshops, as well as seminars in topics such as autobiography, the historical avant-garde, and lyric intensity.