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Christine Sneed

Christine Sneed

Faculty Director

Contact Information

christine.sneed@northwestern.edu

christinesneed.com

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Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, and the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men (Bloomsbury USA & Bloomsbury UK). She is editing the forthcoming short fiction anthology, Love in the Time of #TimesUp, publication in 2022 (Tortoise Books).

Her work has been included in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, New England Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Story, and many other periodicals.

She has received an Illinois Arts Council fellowship in poetry, the Associated Writers & Writing Program’s Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, Ploughshares' Zacharis Prize, the Society of Midland Authors Award in Adult Fiction, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, and Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers' Association. Little Known Facts was a NYT Editor’s Choice, and Paris, He Said was a 2016 Illinois Reads selection. The Virginity of Famous Men was a finalist for the Chicago Review of Books best book of the year, fiction category, and was named one of the best books of 2016 by Booklist.

Education

Indiana University-Bloomington, MFA in Creative Writing
Georgetown University, B.S., French Language and Literature

Relevant Work

Faculty Director and Fiction Faculty, Northwestern University, School of Professional Studies, 2016 - present (Faculty Director); 2012 - present (Fiction Faculty)
Regis University, Fiction Faculty, Low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, 2017 - present University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2015-2016
DePaul University, English Department, Visiting Assistant Professor (2009 - 2014)

Recognition

21st Century Award, Chicago Public Library Foundation
Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction
Book of the Year Award (two-time recipient), Chicago Writers Association
Society of Midland Authors Award - Best Adult Fiction
Los Angeles Times Book Prize - First-fiction category, Finalist
O. Henry Prize in Short Fiction
Best New Book by a Local Author - Chicago Magazine
Chicago Review of Books - Fiction Prize, Finalist
Fiction Workshop, The Publishing Industry, Poetry for Prose Writers

Recent Courses

MCW 575-DL : The Publishing Industry - Book Publishers and Literary Journals

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Paula Carter

Contact Information

paula.carter@northwestern.edu

Paula Carter is the author of the flash essay collection No Relation. Her work has appeared in Kenyon ReviewThe Southern ReviewSalonTriQuarterly, and Prairie Schooner. She is a company member with the storytelling series 2nd Story and holds an MFA from Indiana University.

Recent Courses

MCW 490-0 : Special Topics: Writing About Migration — One's Own and That of Others

Gioia Diliberto

Gioia Diliberto

Contact Information

gioia.diliberto@northwestern.edu

gioia.e.diliberto@gmail.com

gioiadiliberto.com

Gioia Diliberto is the author of three novels, four biographies and a play. Her books, which center on the lives of women, have been translated into several languages, and she has been a judge for several prominent literary contests, including the National Book Award. Gioia’s work has been praised for combining rich storytelling with deep research to bring alive worlds as varied as Jazz Age Paris and nineteenth century Chicago, Belle Epoque Paris and disco era Manhattan. As a journalist, Gioia has contributed to many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, and Vanity Fair.

Selected Publications

Coco at the Ritz, Paris Without End, I Am Madame X, The Collection, Debutante, A Useful Woman, DVF: A Life Unwrapped

Recent Courses

MCW 413-0 : Fiction Writing Workshop

Charles Finch

Charles Finch

Contact Information

charles.finch@northwestern.edu

Charles Finch is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including the most recent, The Vanishing Man (February 2019). His first work of literary fiction, The Last Enchantments, is also available from St. Martin's Press. Finch received the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation, for excellence in reviewing, from the National Book Critics Circle. His reviews and essays regularly appear in the New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and elsewhere.

Gina Frangello

Gina Frangello

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ginafrangello.com

Gina Frangello is the author of four books of fiction in addition to the memoir, Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason (Counterpoint 2021). Her novel A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014) is currently under development by Charlize Theron’s production company, Denver & Delilah. Her most recent novel, Every Kind of Wanting (Counterpoint 2016) was included on several “best of” lists for 2016, including Chicago Magazine’s and The Chicago Review of Books’. Now the Creative Nonfiction Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, she has 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, and as the faculty editor for both TriQuarterly Online and The Coachella Review. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, the LA Times, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and in many other magazines and anthologies. After two decades of teaching at many universities, including University of Illinois Chicago, Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies, UCLA Extension, the University of California Riverside Palm Desert, Roosevelt University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and Lake Forest College, Gina is excited to be a student again at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Program for Writers, where she has returned to complete the PhD she left unfinished twenty years ago. Gina lives mainly in Chicago and occasionally in the California desert with her family and three gluttonous cats.

Recent Courses

MCW 461-0 : Nonfiction Writing Workshop

Rebecca Morgan Frank

Rebecca Morgan Frank

Contact Information

rebecca.frank@northwestern.edu

@poetmorgan

Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of four collections of poems: Oh You Robot Saints! (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2021); Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country (Carnegie Mellon, 2017); The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon 2016); and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon Poetry, 2012), a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her poems and stories have appeared such places as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and Poetry Ireland, and her collaborations with composers have been exhibited and performed widely. She received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati and her MFA from Emerson College, and her recent teaching positions include Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University and Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University. She is co-founder and editor of the online magazine Memorious, and she serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. She is the current writer-in-residence at Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace in Oak Park.

Education

PhD University of Cincinnati
MFA Emerson College
BA Vassar College

Relevant Work

Distinguished Visiting Writer, OSU Cascades low-residency MFA Program
Distinguished Visiting Writer, Bowling Green State University
Jacob Ziskind Visiting Poet-in-Residence, Brandeis University
Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers

Selected Publications

Oh You Robot Saints! (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2021)
Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country (Carnegie Mellon, 2017)
The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon 2016)
Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon Poetry, 2012)

Recognition

Writer-in-Residence, Hemingway Foundation
Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award
Mississippi Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship
Residency, Ragdale Foundation R
esidency fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Residency fellowship, Catwalk
Tennessee Williams Fellow, Sewanee Writers' Conference
Theodore and Jane Norman Fund Award for Faculty Research, Brandeis University

Recent Courses

MCW 411-DL : Poetry Workshop

Miles Harvey

Miles Harvey

Contact Information

m-harvey@northwestern.edu

milesharvey.com

Miles Harvey's new book is The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch, to published by Little, Brown in May 2020. His previous work includes The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime, a bestseller USA Today named one of the ten best books of 2000, and Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America, awarded an Editors’ Choice honor from Booklist, and a best-books citation from The Chicago Tribune. A former Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan, Harvey teaches creative writing at DePaul University.

Recent Courses

MCW 461-0 : Nonfiction Writing Workshop

Laurie Lawlor

Laurie Lawlor

Contact Information

laurie.lawlor@northwestern.edu

laurie@laurielawlor.com

laurielawlor.com

Laurie Lawlor is the author of 42 works of award-winning fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Her newest picture book biography, Fearless World Traveler, Adventures of Marianne North, Botanical Artist (Holiday House, 2021) received a starred SLJ review and is named Junior Guild Gold Standard Selection. Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World (Holiday House), middle grade nonfiction, profiles remarkable pioneers in fields ranging from astronomy and mathematics to cartography and biochemistry. Published in 2017, Super Women received a Booklist starred review and was named 2018 Outstanding Science Trade Book by Children’s Book Council (CBC) and NSTA. Big Tree Down! (Holiday House), a lively picture book released in spring 2018, celebrates cooperation during a community emergency. Lawlor was awarded the 2012 John Burroughs Riverby Award for Excellence in Nature Writing for Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World, featured on the ALA Amelia Bloomer Award List. She has taught creative writing at Northwestern University, National-Louis University, Columbia College of Chicago, and writing workshops throughout the Midwest.

Education

MAT, National-Louis University 1992
BSJ, Northwestern University, Medill 1975

Relevant Work

Teacher, lecturer, writing workshop leader Northwestern University, Columbia College of Chicago, National-Louis University
Writer of published fiction and nonfiction since 1986
Environmental advocate and organizer, Wisconsin, Mukwonago River Initiative

Selected Publications

See website, www.laurielawlor.com for complete listing

Recognition

Carl Sandburg Award, Golden Kite Honor Book Award
John Burroughs Riverby Award for Excellence in Nature Writing

Recent Courses

MCW 417-DL : Popular Fiction Workshop

Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai

Contact Information

rebeccamakkai@gmail.com

RebeccaMakkai.com

Rebecca Makkai latest novel, The Great Believers, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, and the LA Times Book Prize; and it was one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2018. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime -- four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Education

MA in English Literature, Middlebury College

Recent Courses

MCW 413-0 : Fiction Workshop

Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez

Contact Information

juan.martinez@northwestern.edu

fulmerford.com

@fulmerford

Juan Martinez is a fiction writer and an associate professor at Northwestern University. He was born in Colombia and has since lived in Orlando, Las Vegas, and Chicago. His work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Ecotone, The Morning Transport, Glimmer Train, Huizache McSweeney's, TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, Small Odysseys, National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, Norton's Sudden Fiction Latino, and The Perpetual Engine of Hope. His collection of stories, Best Worst American, came out from Small Beer Press in 2017 and his novel Extended Stay is due out in early 2023 from University of Arizona Press’ Camino del Sol series.

Education

PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Relevant Work

Associate Professor, 2020-current, Northwestern University
Assistant Professor, 2013-2020, Northwestern University
Assistant Professor, 2012-2013, Lebanon Valley College
Visiting Assistant Professor, 2011-2012, Whitman College

Selected Publications

Best Worst American (Small Beer Press)

Recent Courses

MCW 413-0 : Fiction Workshop

Faisal Mohyuddin

Faisal Mohyuddin

Contact Information

fmohyuddin@northwestern.edu

www.faisalmohyuddin.com

Faisal Mohyuddin’s debut full-length poetry collection, The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear 2018), won the 2017 Sexton Prize for Poetry, was selected as a 2018 Summer Recommendation of the Poetry Book Society, and was named a “highly commended” book of 2018 by the Forward Arts Foundation. Also the author of the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone 2017), he is the recipient of the Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner and a Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. He serves as an educator adviser to Narrative 4, a global not-for-profit dedicated to fostering empathy through the exchange of stories, and teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois. 

Recent Courses

MCW 490-0 : Special Topics: Writing About Migration — One's Own and That of Others

Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore

Contact Information

natalie-moore@northwestern.edu

Natalie Moore is WBEZ's South Side Reporter where she covers segregation and inequality.

Her enterprise reporting has tackled race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence. Natalie’s work has been broadcast on the BBC, Marketplace and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Natalie is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016. She is also co-author of The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang and Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation

Natalie writes a monthly column for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her work has been published in Essence, Ebony, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian. She is the 2017 recipient of Chicago Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award. In 2010, she received the Studs Terkel Community Media Award for reporting on Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. In 2009, she was a fellow at Columbia College’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, which allowed her to take a reporting trip to Libya. Natalie has won several journalism awards, including a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. Other honors are from the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow), Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, National Association of Black Journalists, Illinois Associated Press and Chicago Headline Club. The Chicago Reader named her best journalist in 2017.

Prior to joining WBEZ staff in 2007, Natalie was a city hall reporter for the Detroit News. She has also been an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem.

Natalie has an M.S.J. in Newspaper Management from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University. She has taught at Columbia College and Medill. Natalie and her husband Rodney live in Hyde Park with their four daughters.

Recent Courses

MCW 461-0 : Nonfiction Writing Workshop

Simone Muench

Simone Muench

Contact Information

simonemuench.com

Simone Muench is the author of six books, including Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010) and Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014). Her most recent, Suture, consists of sonnets written with Dean Rader (Black Lawrence Press, 2017). Currently, she is editing They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (BLP, 2018). In 2014, she was honored with the Meier Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award, as well as being a recipient of fellowships from the NEA, VSC, Artsmith, Illinois Arts Council, and Yaddo. She received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and now directs the writing program at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and film studies. She serves as advisor for Jet Fuel Reviewand as a poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly.

Naeem Murr

Naeem Murr

Contact Information

n-murr@northwestern.edu

naeemmurr.com

Naeem Murr is the author of three novels, The Boy, which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a New York Times Notable Book, The Genius of the Sea, and most recently The Perfect Man, which won The Commonwealth Writersʼ Prize for the Best Book of Europe and South Asia and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His work has been translated into numerous languages. His other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a PEN Beyond Margins Award. He has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Missouri and Western Michigan University, among others, and received a distinguished teaching award from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies in 2019.

Recent Courses

MCW 413-0 : Fiction Writing Workshop

Lori Rader Day

Lori Rader-Day

Contact Information

loriraderday@gmail.com

LoriRaderDay.com

@LoriRaderDay

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Lori Rader-Day is the author of the crime novels Death at Greenway, The Lucky One, Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. Her books have won the Mary Higgins Clark Award and three Anthony Awards, and have been nominated for several other crime fiction awards, including the Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America. She is also a past recipient of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Author Award.

Rader-Day is co-chair of the crime fiction readers’ conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and a former national president of Sisters in Crime, a 4,500-member writers’ and readers’ association. Rader-Day has previously taught at Ball State University, Roosevelt University, Yale University, Midwest Writers Workshop, and StoryStudio Chicago, among others. She received an MA in creative nonfiction from Ball State University and an MFA in creative writing from Roosevelt University.

Education

MFA, Roosevelt University
MA, Ball State University
BS, Ball State University

Relevant Work

National President, Sisters in Crime, Inc.
Director of Communications, Northwestern University School of Communication

Selected Publications

Death at Greenway
The Lucky One
Under a Dark Sky
The Day I Died
Little Pretty Things
The Black Hour

Recognition

2019 Edgar Award nominee
2021 Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee
2021 Agatha Award nominee
2021 Anthony Award nominee
2017 Indiana Author Award recipient

Recent Courses

MCW 417-DL : Popular Fiction Workshop

Ed Roberson is the author of seven volumes of poetry, including Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize; Just In: Word of Navigational Change: New and Selected Work; Atmosphere Conditions, a National Poetry Series winner; and his most recent, City Eclogue. Roberson received the 2008 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He has also received a Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Writer's Award.

Donna Seaman

Donna Seaman

Contact Information

donna.seaman@northwestern.edu

Donna Seaman is the Editor for Adult Books at Booklist; a member of the Content Leadership Team and National Advisory Council for the American Writers Museum, and a recipient of the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. Seaman has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications, and contributed biocritical essays to the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature and American Writers. Seaman has been a writer-in-residence for Columbia College Chicago and has taught at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. She created the anthology In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness; her author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books, and she is the author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

Recent Courses

MCW 461-0 : Nonfiction Writing Workshop

Shauna Seliy

Shauna Seliy

Contact Information

s-seliy@northwestern.edu

Shauna Seliy is the author of the novel When We Get There, published in the UK under the title The Trials and Tribulations of Lucas Lessar. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, Jubilat, Other Voices, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Her MFA is from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Megan Stielstra

Megan Stielstra

Contact Information

megan.stielstra@northwestern.edu

meganstielstra@gmail.com

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Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections: Everyone Remain Calm, Once I Was Cool, and The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, winner of the 2017 Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Review of Books. Her work appears in Best American Essays, New York Times, Poets & Writers, The Believer, Longreads, Tin House, and elsewhere. A longtime company member with 2nd Story, she has told stories for National Public Radio, Museum of Contemporary Art, Goodman Theatre, and regularly with the Paper Machete live news magazine at the Green Mill. She teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University and is a Senior Media Fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California.

Education

MFA in Creative Writing, Columbia College

Relevant Work

Creative Nonfiction faculty at Northwestern University; MFA in Prose & Poetry and the The Litowitz Creative Writing Graduate Program.
Creative Nonfiction faculty at Catapult.
Creative Nonfiction faculty at StoryStudio.
Mentor Editor at The Op Ed Project.
Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence at Columbia College Director of Story Development at 2nd Story.

Selected Publications

"The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, essay collection, 2017 Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Review of Books, Harper Perennial

Once I Was Cool, essay collection, rereleased from Northwestern University Press, August 2021

Everyone Remain Calm, story collection, rereleased from Northwestern University Press, August 2021

""An Axe for the Frozen Sea,"" The Believer, 2019 Story of the Year Award from the Chicago Review of Books

""Channel B,"" The Rumpus, included in the Best American Essays 2013 and recorded for National Public Radio

""Here is My Heart,"" Longreads

""We Make Homes,"" Gay Magazine

""On Awareness,"" Tin House

""What Would You Grab in a Fire?,"" New York Times"

Recognition

2021-2022 Senior Media Fellow/2020-2021 Civic Media Fellow, MacArthur Foundation via the Annenberg Innovation lab at the University of Southern California
2021-2022 Senior Media Fellow/2020-2021 Civic Media Fellow, MacArthur Foundation via the Annenberg Innovation lab at the University of Southern California2020 Shearing Fellow in Creative Nonfiction, Black Mountain Institute
Lit 50 list of “movers & shakers in Chicago Literature,” Newcity Magazine, 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2011
Faculty Honor Roll as selected by the undergraduate student body, Northwestern University, 2019-2020 2019 Story of the Year Award, Chicago Review of Books, December 2019
Ragdale Arts Foundation Fellow, 2019, 2015 & 2012
2017 Book of the Year Award in Nonfiction, Chicago Review of Books, December 2017
Selected, Best American Essays 2013, ed. Cheryl Strayed, October 2013

Recent Courses

MCW 461-0 : Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Rachel Jamison Webster

Rachel Jamison Webster

Contact Information

r-webster@northwestern.edu

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racheljamisonwebster.com

@racheljamisonwebster

Rachel Jamison Webster is the author four books of poetry and cross-genre work, including September (NUP/TriQuarterly Press, 2013) and Mary is a River (Kelsay Books, 2018) which was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her work has appeared in journals such as Tin House, Poetry, Paris Review, and The Southern Review. Rachel’s poems, stories and essays have also been anthologized widely, in outlets including Bettering American Poetry, Vol. 2, and Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers (FSG, 2014). Her first book of Creative Nonfiction, Reunion, is forthcoming from Henry Holt in 2023.

Education

MFA, Warren Wilson Program for Writers

Relevant Work

Associate Professor of Instruction, Northwestern University

Selected Publications

Reunion, a book of Creative Nonfiction forthcoming from Henry Holt, 2023
September: Poems. Northwestern University Press, 2013.
The Endless Unbegun. Twelve Winters Press, 2015.
Mary is a River, Kelsay Books, 2017.
The Sea Came Up & Drowned, Raw Books, 2020.

Selected Essays:
https://yalereview.yale.edu/history-another-word-trauma
https://tinhouse.com/to-vanquish-the-patriarchy/
https://parhelionliterary.com/rachel-jamison-webster/

Selected Poetry:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/rachel-webster
https://poets.org/poet/rachel-jamison-webster"

Recent Courses

Reinventing the Memoir
Cross-Genre Experiments
Poetry Independent Studies
Literature of Coming Out

Michael Zapata

Michael Zapata

Contact Information

michael.zapata@northwestern.edu

@michael_zapata01

Michael Zapata is a founding editor of MAKE Literary Magazine and the author of the novel The Lost Book of Adana Moreau, winner of the 2020 Chicago Review of Books Award for Fiction, finalist for the 2020 Heartland Booksellers Award in Fiction, and a Best Book of the Year for NPR, the A.V. Club, Los Angeles Public Library, and BookPage, among others. He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for Fiction and the City of Chicago DCASE Individual Artist Program Award. He is on the core faculty of StoryStudio Chicago and the MFA faculty of Northwestern University. As a public-school educator, he taught literature and writing in high schools servicing drop out students. He currently lives in Chicago with his family.

Relevant Work

Core Faculty at StoryStudio Chicago

Co-Founder and Co-Publisher (est. 2004), Fiction Editor (2004 –2009), President of the Board (2009–2017), Member of the Board (current) MAKE Literary Magazine & MAKE Literary Productions NFP

Selected Publications

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau (Hanover Square Press/HarperCollins)

Unstable Reality: Latin America’s Genre-Bending Traditions,” Tor.com

“10 Books That Were Almost Lost to History,” Electric Literature

Recognition

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau: Winner of the 2020 Chicago Review of Books Award for Fiction, finalist for the 2020 Heartland Booksellers Award in Fiction, and a Best Book of the Year for NPR, the A.V. Club, Los Angeles Public Library, and BookPage, among others.


The Lost Book of Adana Moreau: Reviews in The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Review, BookPage (Starred), Booklist (Starred), Library Journal (Starred), Salon, Jewish Book Council, Literary Hub, Newcity, Tor, Somos en Escrito, among others.


Newcity’s Lit 50, 2020


Latino Stories 2020 Top Ten "New" Latinx Authors


2021 Instructor of the Year Award: StoryStudio


Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Support Grant, 2020


City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Individual Artists Program Grant, 2019

Recent Courses

MCW 413-0 : Fiction Writing Workshop

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