Students in the New Writers Project work with resident faculty as well as visitors, including Heather Christle (Fall 2015), Noelle Kocot (Fall 2016), and Natalie Diaz (Fall 2017) in poetry, and Nina McConigley (Spring 2016) and Paul Lisicky (Spring 2017) in fiction. Previous visitors include Dobby Gibson,
CORE WORKSHOP FACULTY
Edward Carey is the author and illustrator of two books for adults—Observatory Mansions and Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City—and the Iremonger Trilogy, Heap House, Foulsham, and Lungdon. 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.
Oscar Cásares is the author of the story collection Brownsville, and the novel Amigoland, 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.
Peter LaSalle’s books include the novels Strange Sunlight and Mariposa’s Song and five short story collections, The Graves of Famous Writers, Hockey Sur Glace, Tell Borges if You See Him, What I Found Out about Her, and Sleeping Mask (forthcoming 2017); a collection of travel esaays, The City at Three P.M., was published in 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.
James Magnuson is the Director of the Michener Center for Writers and the author of 10 novels — among them Without Barbarians, Ghost Dancing, Windfall and The Hounds of Winter — 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 and Thunderstruck; two novels, The Giant’s House, a finalist for the National Book Award in 1996, and Niagara Falls All Over Again; and a memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination. 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 director of the New Writers Project.
Lisa Olstein is the author of three books of poetry: Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet, a Library Journal best book of the year; and Little Stranger, a Lannan Literary Selection. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Nation, The Iowa Review, American Letters & Commentary, and New Voices. She is the lyricist for Cold Satellite, a rock band fronted by acclaimed songwriter Jeffrey Foucault. Before joining the NWP in fall ’13, she cofounded and co-directed the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts & Action at UMass Amherst where she was associate director of the MFA program. She is the associate director and graduate advisor for the New Writers Project.
DEB OLIN UNFERTH
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of a story collection, Minor Robberies; a memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Critics Choice; and a novel, Vacation, winner of the Cabell First Novel Award. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many magazines, journals, and anthologies including Harper’s, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Esquire, and The Boston Review. She has received three Pushcart Prizes and a Creative Capital Grant for Innovative Literature from the Warhol Foundation.
Dean Young has published 11 books of poetry, including Elegy on Toy Piano, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Primitive Mentor. 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. A book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness, was published in the summer of 2010. His most recent book of poems, Bender: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2012. He holds the William Livingston Chair of Poetry.
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.