Division of Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Professional Title: Creative Writing Faculty
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Fiction
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Distance-Learning Courses:• Creative Writing I-IV • Craft and Reflection I-III• Graduating Seminar Preparation• Creative ThesisResidency Seminars:• Clockwatchers: Time Management in Fiction
Education: B.A., Dartmouth College, double major in English and Religion; Senior Fellowship, year-long independent novel-writing project supervised by Ernest Hebert
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Novels:The Paternity Test (2012)Charity Girl (2007)Avoidance (2002)The Same Embrace (1998) Work published in: Tin House, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Witness, New York Times Magazine, Out MagazineContributed to following anthologies: Best New American Voices 2005, Cooking and Stealing: A Tin House Nonfiction Reader, Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge, Bestial Noise: The Tin House Fiction Reader, Love & Sex: Ten Stories of Truth, Best American Gay Fiction.
Teaching Philosophy: To walk a fictional mile in someone else's fictional shoes, first you have to make that pair of shoes; it helps to know something about cobbling. After many years in the footwear trade, as it were, I'm happy to share with students anything I've learned about uppers and soles (or even, on a good day, maybe, souls).Awards: James Duggins Mid-Career Author Award; Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship; New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Fellowship; St. Botolph Club Foundation Fellowship; Fellowships to Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and Wesleyan Writers' Conference; residency at the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers; Pushcart Prize Special Mention (three times); Lambda Literary Award finalist (twice).
Current Affiliations: Boston CollegePast Affiliations: University Press of New England
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