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Core Creative Writing Faculty

Our accomplished faculty writers have earned some of the most prestigious writing awards and honors, including National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Arts Council, Stegner, Dobie-Paisano, D.H. Lawrence, Bunting and Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowships; Lambda Literary, Whiting Writers and O. Henry Awards, as well as numerous Pushcart Prizes. They have been in residence at places like Breadloaf, Yaddo, Djerassi, Millay and MacDowell Colonies and have had their work published in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Epoch, Guernica, New Letters, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, and many, many other journals.

Current graduate faculty include prose writers William J. Cobb, Charlotte Holmes, Elizabeth Kadetsky, and Toby Thompson, and poets Shara McCallum and Julia Spicher Kasdorf. Their bios follow.

 

 


William J. Cobb
is a novelist, essayist, and short fiction writer whose work has been published in The New Yorker, The Mississippi Review, The Antioch Review, and many other journals. He’s the author of two books of stories, The Lousy Adult (2014) and The White Tattoo (2002), and three novels—The Fire Eaters (1994), Goodnight, Texas (2006), and most recently, The Bird Saviors (2012). He has won numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and has reviewed books for The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, and The New York Times.

 


Charlotte Holmes
's short stories and essays have appeared in Antioch Review, Epoch, Narrative, New Letters, the New Yorker, The Sun, and many other journals, and her poems in American Poetry Review and Tar River Poetry.  Her collection, Gifts and Other Stories, was a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Prize and the Southern Review Prize. A former Stegner fellow, Holmes is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship, the Writers Exchange prize from Poets & Writers, and two Pennsylvania Council of the Arts awards.  Her stories have been cited for excellence in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, and the O. Henry Prize Stories, and twice included in New Stories From the South. Her new story collection, The Grass Labyrinth, published in 2016, won the Gold Medal for the Short Story from both the Independent Publishers Association and Forward Magazine.

 

 

Originally from Jamaica, Shara McCallum is the author of five books of poetry, published in the US and UK: Madwoman, The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems, This Strange Land, Song of Thieves, and The Water Between Us. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines, anthologies, and textbooks in the US, UK and other parts of Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Israel and have been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, Dutch, and Turkish. Her personal essays appear regularly in print and online. Recognition for her writing includes a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry, and other awards. From 2003-2017 she was the Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, and is now a Liberal Arts Research Professor at Penn State.

 

 

Elizabeth Kadetsky is author of a memoir (First There Is a Mountain, Little Brown), a story collection (The Poison that Purifies You, C&R Press) and a novella (On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World, Nouvella Books). Her fiction has been included in the Pushcart Prizes, Best New American Voices, and the Best American Short Stories notable citations, and her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times and elsewhere. Recent work can be found in Glimmer Train, New England Review, and Antioch Review, and, forthcoming, in Love Stories for Turbulent Times: a best of the previous 25 years of the Pushcart Prize. She has received residency fellowships to the Camargo Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and elsewhere, and was a Margaret Bridgman scholar at the Breadloaf writers conference. She is associate professor of creative writing at Penn State, and can be found at www.elizabethkadetsky.com.



Julia Spicher Kasdorf’s
third collection of poems, Poetry in America, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2011.  With Michael Tyrell, she co-edited the anthology Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn, published by NYU Press in 2007.  She has received a Pushcart Prize and an NEA fellowship, and her poems have been widely anthologized.  She has also published a collection of personal essays, a biography, and worked on new editions of two local color novels set in central Pennsylvania.

 


Toby Thompson
is the author of five books of nonfiction: Metroliner, Riding the Rough String: Some Reflections on the American West, Positively Main Street: Bob Dylan’s Minnesota; Saloon; and The ’60s Report. He has written for publications as diverse as Vanity Fair, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Gray’s Sporting Journal, GQ, Men’s Journal, Sports Afield, Playboy, Outside, Big Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture, The New York Times, The Washington Post.