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Graduate Faculty Assignments, Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Below is a list of faculty who'll be teaching in the MFA program in the coming academic year, along with the graduate courses they'll be teaching each semester; these are subject to change. For the most current information, check on PeopleSoft or with Chelsea Chaump in the English office: chelseachaump@pitt.edu

Fall 2018

Erin Anderson  -- Undergraduate courses

Yona Harvey -- ENGWRT 2210 Poetry Workshop 

Maggie Jones -- Undergraduate courses 

William Lychack -- ENGWRT 2010 Fiction Workshop 

Dawn Lundy Martin -- Undergraduate courses

Michael Meyer -- ENGWRT 2394 Readings in Contemporary Nonfiction 

Irina Reyn -- ENGWRT 2094 Readings in Contemporary Fiction 

Peter Trachtenberg -- ENGWRT 2310 Nonfiction Workshop 

Spring 2019 

Erin Anderson -- Undergraduate courses

Irina Reyn -- ENGWRT 2010  Fiction Workshop  

Piotr Gwazdia -- ENGWRT 2290 Readings in Contemporary Poetry 

Jenny Johnson -- ENGWRT 2210  Poetry Workshop 

Maggie Jones -- Undergraduate courses

Jeanne Marie Laskas -- ENGWRT 2310: Nonfiction Workshop: New York Trip 

Bill Lychack -- Undergraduate courses

Michael Meyer -- Undergraduate courses 

Peter Trachtenberg -- Undergraduate courses

Michael Meyer named NEH Public Scholar

A big, big up to Professor Michael Meyer. He's been offered a 2016-2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar award to undertake the project, “Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet: How a Founding Father's Daring Philanthropy Reshaped the American Will." According to the NEH: "The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship. They must address significant humanities themes likely to be of broad interest and must be written in a readily accessible style. Making use of primary and/or secondary sources, they should open up important and appealing subjects for a wide audience. The challenge is to make sense of a significant topic in a way that will appeal to general readers." 

Pitt's Center for African American Poetry and Poetics in the News

Pitt's new Center for African American Poetry and Poetics is getting noticed. It's the subject of a celebratory article in Poets & Writers magazine, which hails it as the nation's first "creative think tank to spark conversation and collaboration among poets and other artists, and to promote and archive the work of African American poets for future generations." Congratulations, CAAPP, and congratulations to Co-directors Terrance Hayes and Dawn Lundy Martin and Assistant Director Lauren Russell. 

Six Outstanding Writers Join the Faculty

Come to Pitt and work with our nationally-acclaimed authors and poets, a roster that includes six outstanding writers who have recently joined our faculty and made Pitt their home.

Angie CruzAngie Cruz is the author of two novels, Soledad (Simon & Schuster 2001), which she has adapted into a screenplay, and Let It Rain Coffee (S & S 2005), which was also a finalist in 2007 for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has published short fiction and essays in magazines and journals, including Callaloo, a journal of African Diaspora, The New York Times, KweliPhatitude, and South Central Review. Currently she is finishing her third novel, In Search of CaridadMore >

Yona HarveyYona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books 2013), and the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch). More >

Terrance HayesTerrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; Wind in a Box (2006); Hip Logic (2002), which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, three Best American Poetry selections, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. More >

Bill LychakWilliam Lychack is the author of a novel, The Wasp Eater, and a collection of stories, The Architect of Flowers. His work has appeared in The Best American Short StoriesThe Pushcart Prize, The American Scholar, Life Magazine, and on public radio’s This American Life.  More >

Michael MeyerMichael Meyer is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction book The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed. He first went to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps, and for over a decade has contributed from there to The New York Times, Time, the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Architectural Record, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, and many other outlets. Michael’s next book, In Manchuria will be published by Bloomsbury in 2014. More >

Peter TrachtenbergPeter Trachtenberg has written about genocide tribunals in Rwanda, funerary rituals in central Borneo, the Book of Job, and marriage and missing cats. He's the author of Another Insane Devotion, The Book of Calamities, and 7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh. His honors include Whiting and Guggenheim fellowships and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. More >

Creative Writing Minor

As one of the oldest writing programs in the United States, the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh has an excellent record of not only producing talented creative writers but also developing the writing skills of undergraduates who go on to work in a variety of professions, including journalism, law, and publishing.

We created the Minor in response to a number of students saying they were passionately interested in writing but their main major required too much of a commitment for them to take on a second major. The Minor in Creative Writing fulfills a need that is different from the certificate in Public and Professional Writing, with its particular focus on writing in business, nonprofit, government, and legal environments, and the Writing Major, which requires a more substantial commitment of time and study.

We know from many different sources (CEOs, personnel and graduate school committees) that those students who write well, no matter what their major might be, are the students who get noticed by employers.  The kind of self-examination that the practice of writing encourages, as well as the ability to organize information into narrative, expressive and communicative forms, will always make candidates stand out.  We hope, as a side effect, to also attract students who might want to work at the intersections of, say, Neuroscience and the Humanities, or students who want to think about and articulate the kind of complex relationships a more connected world creates.

Read the Major & Minor Requirements >

Revised 04/18/2018
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