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Rita Bullwinkel

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Rita Bullwinkel is the author of Headshot (2024), and Belly Up (2018), which won The Believer Book Award. She is also the winner of a 2022 Whiting Award. Bullwinkel’s writing has been published in The New York Times, BOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from MacDowell, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hawthornden Castle, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Her work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Catalan, Arabic, Greek, and Dutch. Both her fiction and translation have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She is the Editor of McSweeney's Quarterly and a Contributing Editor for NOON. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Francisco where she teaches courses on creative writing, zines, and the uses of invented and foreign languages as tools for world building.


  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Small press American publishing

Research Areas

  • Creative writing
  • Zines 
  • The uses of invented and foreign languages as tools for world building


  • Editor of McSweeney's Quarterly
  • Deputy Editor of The Believer
  • Contributing Editor of NOON


  • Vanderbilt University, MFA in Creative Writing, 2016
  • Brown University, BA in Religious Studies, BA in Anthropology, 2011

Prior Experience

  • Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the Institute for American Studies at Leipzig University, Germany
  • Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing, California College of the Arts

Awards & Distinctions

  • Whiting Award, 2022
  • Believer Book Award, 2019

Selected Publications

  • Headshot, 2024
  • Belly Up, 2018