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MFA in Writing Faculty

Beachy Distortion
Beachy Some Phantom
Beachy Whistling Song
Brady Curled in Bed
Brady Elizabeth Blackburn
Brady End of the Class War
Brady Mechanics of Falling
Brady Story Logic
Buzbee After the Gold Rush
Buzbee Fleigelmans Desire
Buzbee Haunting Dickens
Buzbee Steinbecks Ghost
Buzbee Yellow Lighted Bookshop
Cohn Rough Magic
Cole Mars
Cole Spinoza in Her Youth
Cole Where Shadows Will
Schuyler Painting
Soenlien Robin and Ruby
Soennlein World of Normal Boys
Soennlein You Can Say
Faculty are listed by genre, followed by an alphabetical list with more details. In the alphabetical list, click on an MFA faculty member's name for more information and live links to interviews, readings, reviews, and author websites. Click on the slide show to the right to view images of their books.

Poetry: Norma Cole, John Isles, D.A. Powell,  Aaron Shurin, Bruce Snider, Thomas Sayers Ellis (Visiting Writer)

Fiction: Catherine Brady, Stephen Beachy, Lewis Buzbee, Joshua Mohr, Nina Schuyler, Porter Shreve, K.M. Soehnlein, Susan Steinberg

Nonfiction: Lowell Cohn, Dave Madden, Bich (Beth) Minh Nguyen, Ryan Van Meter

Tel:(415) 422-6066
beachy@usfca.edu

Stephen Beachy

Faculty

Michener Award in fiction. Author of The Whistling Song (1991), Distortion (2000), Some Phantom/No Time Flat (2006, 2013), and boneyard (2011). Published in High Risk 2, New York Times Magazine, Bomb, and Best Gay American Fiction 1996. Prose editor of Your Impossible Voice.

Tel:(415) 422-5109
bradyc@usfca.edu

Catherine Brady

Professor

Former president, AWP. The Brenda Ueland Prose Prize and the Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Prize. Author of three short story collections: The End of the Class War (1999), finalist for the 2000 Western States Book Award, Curled in the Bed of Love (2003), winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and The Mechanics of Falling (2009), winner of the Northern California Book Award for Fiction; a biography: Elizabeth Blackburn and the Story of Telomeres: Deciphering the Ends of DNA (2007); and a book on the craft of fiction, Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction (2010). Published in Other Voices, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, and Best American Short Stories 2004.

Tel:(415) 422-6066
buzbee@usfca.edu

Lewis Buzbee

Faculty

Author of novels Fliegelman's Desire (1990), Steinbeck's Ghost (2008) which was a Smithsonian Notable Book, the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Children's Book of the Year, and the winner of the Beatty Award from the California Library Association, The Haunting of Charles Dickens (2010), winner of the Northern California Book Award, an Edgar Award nominee, and a Judy Lopez memorial Honor book, and Bridge of Time (2012); stories, After the Gold Rush (2006); and nonfiction, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (2006) and Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom (2014). Published in Harper's, Paris Review, Gentleman's Quarterly, The New York Times Book Review, Black Warrior Review, ZYZZYVA, and Best American Poetry 1995.

Tel:(415) 422-6066
cohn@usfca.edu

Lowell Cohn

Faculty

Leverhulme Fellowship for study in England. San Francisco Bay Area sports columnist of the year (1996, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007). Sports columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and the San Francisco Chronicle (1979-1994). Author of Rough Magic: Bill Walsh's Return to Stanford Football (1994).

Tel:(415) 422-6066
colen@usfca.edu

Norma Cole

Faculty

Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award, Gertrude Stein Awards, the Fund for Poetry, and an award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Author of Mars (1994), Contrafact (1996), Moira (1996), Spinoza in Her Youth (2002), Scout (2004), Do The Monkey (2006), Collective Memory (2006), Natural Light (2009), Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems (2009), To Be At Music: Essays and Talks (2010), and Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside (2012), as well as numerous translations from French.

Tel:(415) 422-6066

Thomas Sayers Ellis

Writer-in-Residence

Recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award. Residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Yaddo. Author of the chapbook The Genuine Negro Hero and the chaplet Song On. His first full collection of poems, The Maverick Room, was awarded the John C. Zacharis First Book Award. Published in The Nation and Best American Poetry. Poetry editor of The Baffler.

Tel:(415) 422-6066

John Isles

Faculty

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Author of Ark (2003) and Inverse Sky (2008), a finalist for the Northern California Book Award as well as the Boston Review Award and the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America; co-editor of the Baltics section of Contemporary European Poetry (2008). Published in the anthologies Poems of the Bay Area Watershed and Deep Travel: Contemporary Poets Abroad and many journals, including American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, and Colorado Review.

Tel:(415) 422-6915
dmadden@usfca.edu

Dave Madden

Assistant Professor

Dave Madden is the author of The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy (St. Martin's, 2011). His shorter work has appeared in The Normal School, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, HOBART, and The Tampa Review, where his essay, "Play Dead", was named a Notable Essay of 2009 by the Best American Essays series. He's the recipient of the Sherwood Anderson Award in fiction, an AWP Intro Journals Award in nonfiction, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Since 2008 he has co-edited The Cupboard, a quarterly pamphlet of creative prose.

Tel:(415) 422-6066
jmohr@usfca.edu

Joshua Mohr

Faculty

Author of the novels Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine's Top 10 reads of 2009 and a SF Chronicle best-seller, Termite Parade, an Editors' Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List, Damascus, Fight Song, and All This Life (forthcoming, 2015). Published in The New York Times Book Review, 7x7, and the Bay Guardian.

Tel:(415) 422-5128
bnguyen5@usfca.edu

Bich (Beth) Minh Nguyen

Academic Director and Associate Professor

Author of the memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner, winner of the PEN/Jerard Award, the novel Short Girls, winner of an American Book Award, and the novel Pioneer Girl. Coeditor of the anthologies Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: I & Eye and 30/30: Thirty American Stories from the Last Thirty Years.

Tel:(415) 422-6076
dapowell@usfca.edu

D.A. Powell

Associate Professor

D. A. Powell's books include Cocktails (2004) and Chronic (2009), both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (2012), winner of the 2013 Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Powell's awards include the Kingsley Tufts Prize, a Pushcart Prize and the California Book Award. He has taught at Columbia University, University of Iowa, and Harvard University.

Tel:(415) 422-6066
schuyler@usfca.edu

Nina Schuyler

Faculty

Author of The Translator, winner of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award and short-listed for the 2014 William Sarayon International Prize for Writing, and The Painting, named a Best Book by San Francisco Chronicle and nominated for the Northern California Book Award. Her short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best American New Voices. She is the fiction advisor for the MFA Program's online journal, Switchback.

Tel:(415) 422-6066

Porter Shreve

Faculty

Author of the novels The Obituary Writer, Drives Like a Dream, When the White House Was Ours, and The End of the Book. Honors include New York Times Notable Book, Chicago Tribune Book of the Year and Borders Original Voices. Co-editor of seven fiction and essay anthologies, including The Contemporary American Short Story.

Tel:(415) 422-6066
shurin@usfca.edu

Aaron Shurin

Professor Emeritus

California Arts Council Fellowships in poetry (1989, 2002), National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and San Francisco Arts Commission grant in creative nonfiction (1995, 2005). Author of eleven books of poetry and prose, including the poetry collections A's Dream (1989), Into Distances (1993), The Paradise of Forms: Selected Poems (1999), A Door (2000), Involuntary Lyrics (2005), Citizen (forthcoming, 2012) and two collections of essays, Unbound: A Book of AIDS (1997), and King of Shadows (2008).

Tel:(415) 422-4748
bhsnider@usfca.edu

Bruce Snider

Assistant Professor

Bruce Snider joined the department in the fall of 2013. He is the recipient of Wallace Stegner, James A. Michener, and Jenny McKean Moore Fellowships. He is also the author of the poetry collections Paradise, Indiana, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and The Year We Studied Women, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. He is published in Best American Poetry 2012.

Tel:(415) 422-6066
soehnlein@usfca.edu

K.M. Soehnlein

Faculty

Lambda Literary Award and a Henfield Prize. Author of the novels The World of Normal Boys (2000), You Can Say You Knew Me When (2005), and Robin and Ruby (2010). Published in the nonfiction anthologies, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, and in The Village Voice, San Francisco Magazine, and Out.

Tel:(415) 422-5106
ssteinberg@usfca.edu

Susan Steinberg

Professor

Susan Steinberg is the author of the story collections Spectacle (Graywolf, 2013), Hydroplane (FC2), and The End of Free Love (FC2). She was the 2010 United States Artists Ziporyn Fellow in Literature. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, The Massachusetts Review, and other journals and magazines, and she has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award. She has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, Ledig House, Yaddo, and NYU. She earned a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in English from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Tel:(415) 422-4298
rwvanmeter@usfca.edu

Ryan Van Meter

Assistant Professor

Ryan Van Meter is the author of the essay collection, If You Knew Then What I Know Now (2011). His work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, The Normal School Magazine, Ninth Letter, and Fourth Genre, among others, and has been selected for anthologies including Best American Essays 2009. A recent finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he has also been awarded residencies by The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.