CORE WORKSHOP FACULTY
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 four short story collections, The Graves of Famous Writers, Hockey Sur Glace, Tell Borges if You See Him, and What I Found Out about Her. 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.
Recent visiting graduate faculty includes Mary Ruefle, Matt Hart, Dobby Gibson, Alexander Chee, and Edward Carey.
Laura Furman was born in New York, and educated in New York City public schools and at Bennington College. Her first story appeared in The New Yorker in 1976; since then work has appeared in Yale Review, Southwest Review, Ploughshares, American Scholar and elsewhere. Her books include three collections of short stories, two novels and a memoir. Recipient of fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, Dobie Paisano Project, Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, she’s been series editor of The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories since 2002, and each year she selects the 20 winning stories. She is professor emerita in the English Department. Her latest story collection is The Mother Who Stayed (Free Press).
Don Graham, J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American & English Literature, is the author of numerous articles and books dealing with Southwestern literature, history, and culture, including Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas; No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy; Giant Country: Essays on Texas; Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire; and, most recently, State of Minds: Texas Culture & its Discontents. He is also a Writer-at-Large for Texas Monthly.
Kurt Heinzelman co-founded and for 10 years edited the award-winning journal The Poetry Miscellany; he is currently editor-at-large for the Bat City Review as well as editor-in-chief of Texas Studies in Literature and Language (TSLL). He has been a multiple nominee for the Pushcart Prize. His first two books of poetry were both finalists for Best Poetry Book of the Year from the Texas Institute of Letters; a third, The Names They Found There, published in the spring of 2011, was cited by Poetry International as one of the “Notable Poetry Books of the Year.” Heinzelman is also a scholar: he has held a Fulbright Fellowship to Scotland, was a member of the Society of Fellows at Cornell University, and was a fellow at the Rockefeller Institute in Bellagio, Italy. His most recent book, Demarcations, a translation of Jean Follain’s 1953 volume Territoires, was a 2012 finalist for the Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation of a Book. He has published poetry translations from Spanish, German, Turkish and Latin, as well as French, and he serves on the Board of Directors of The University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize.
Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, a native Texan, serves as the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor in the English Department, and teaches the beginning course on creative writing, as well as Life and Literature in the Southwest, and has, on occasion, taught Plan II courses during his 31 years at UT. His most recent publication, A Voice of My Own, Essays and Stories, appeared in 2012 as did the republication of Partners in Crime, a novel in his Klail City Death Trip series. Doctoral theses on his series have been written in the U.S., Germany, Sicily and Spain, as well as Master’s Theses in this country and Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden. Recently his first novel Estampas de Calle/The Valley was published in a bilingual edition by Arte Público Press. In 2014 he received the Ivan Landorf Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle.
LISA L. MOORE
Lisa L. Moore is professor of English and Interim Director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Her writing has been awarded the Lambda Literary Foundation Award and the Art/Lines Juried Poetry Prize. She is the author or editor of four scholarly books and her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Lavender Review, Sinister Wisdom, and Broadsided.
Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin (Wings Press 2002), and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke University Press 2009). Her poetry and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry, Callaloo, Latino Studies Journal and Theatre Journal. Her honors include a 2002 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award, a 2008-09 American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship, and residencies from Hedgebrook and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the co-founder of CantoMundo, a national organization dedicated to Latina/o poets and poetry (cantomundo.org). Her poetry courses include Gender and Contemporary American Poetry and Poetry and Performance as Witness
Thomas Whitbread’s three books of poetry are Four Infinitives (1964), Whomp and Moonshiver (1982) and The Structures Minds Erect (2007). The first book won, and the second co-won, the annual Poetry Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. A short story, “The Rememberer,” won the third Aga Khan Award, given by The Paris Review, and was reprinted in Prize Stories 1962: The O. Henry Awards. His poems and stories have appeared in 20 anthologies and numerous journals, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Texas Observer, Shenandoah, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Borderlands and Poetry Northwest.