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Endowed Chair

Each year, our University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing teaches one graduate MFA workshop. The Chair holder also visits classes and gives two readings. MFA students may take a workshop with only one Endowed Chair holder.

National Book Award Winner Tim O'Brien held the Chair every other year from 1999 through 2012. Now, as our professor of creative writing, he teaches six MFA workshops annually. Every workshop is open to every student. Previous Chair holders include the poet Ai, Barry Hannah, Denis Johnson, Robert Stone and Cristina Garcia.

Karen Russell

Karen Russell
Pulitzer Prize finalist
2017-2019


Ben Fountain

Ben Fountain
National Book Critics Circle Award winner
2014-2016


Christina Garcia

Cristina García
National Book Award finalist
2012-2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Robert Stone

Robert Stone
National Book Award finalist
2010-2011


Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee
American Book Award winner
2008-2009


Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien
National Book Award winner
2003-2004
2005-2006
2007-2008
2011-2012


Dennis Johnson

Denis Johnson

National Book Award winner
2006-2007


Barry Hannah

Barry Hannah
Pulitzer Prize finalist
2004-2005


Ai

Ai
National Book Award winner
2002-2003