MFA Students

Julianne Parker


Julianne Parker is a creative nonfiction MFA student at Pitt. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon where she studied journalism. She spent the next four years working as a producer for a documentary film company in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. 

She is drawn to stories that question what it means to belong in a place that is intolerant or dismissive of one’s existence. This interest has led her to work on stories about Japanese American incarceration, the impacts of deindustrialization in the Rust Belt, transgender bathroom-usage politics, and faith in America. Her work includes “Fighting For Racial Equality: A Conversation Between Generations,” winner of the Best Short Documentary at the New York Short Film Festival, and “Tim’s New World,” recipient of the Award of Excellence for the Communicator Awards and Cynopsis Social Good Awards.  She’s an alumni of the Tin House Winter Writing Workshop and The Attic Institute. She hopes to continue telling stories that explore the ways in which people lose, hold on to, or recreate a sense of home in circumstances that threaten their ability to do so.

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