Core Faculty

Will Boast
Will Boast

Lecturer in Fiction

Will Boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. His short story collection, Power Ballads, won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for a California Book Award. His memoir, Epilogue (Norton/Liveright), was a New York Times-bestseller, a BBC Book of the Week, and a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, andThe American Scholar, among numerous other publicationsHe’s been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a Charles Pick Fellow at the University of East Anglia in the UK, and a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. His next book, Daphne, a novel will be published by Norton/Liveright in early 2018. 

Rachel Cohen

Professor of Practice in the Arts

Rachel Cohen is the author of A Chance Meeting and Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade. In her work she draws on biography, art history, literary criticism, and the lyric essay.  Cohen has written for publications including The New Yorker, The Believer, Apollo Magazine, Art in America, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Threepenny Review, Bookforum, A Public Space, VQR Online and the London Review of Books.  Her essays have been anthologized or republished by Best American Essays, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Australian Financial Review, The Utne Reader, Contreligne, Documentum, and Galerie Miejska.  She has won the PEN / Jerard Fund Award, and been longlisted for the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award, the Guardian First Book Prize, and the JQ Wingate prize.  Cohen has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony.  She keeps a notebook about looking at paintings at  

photo © Peter Serling, 2013

Rachel DeWoskin
Rachel DeWoskin

Lecturer in Fiction

Rachel DeWoskin is the award-winning author of the novels Blind (Penguin 2014); Big Girl Small (FSG 2011); Repeat After Me (Overlook 2009), and the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing (Norton 2005), which is being developed into a television series at BBC America. Her novel Second Circus, set in 1940’s Shanghai, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2018. DeWoskin’s essays, articles, and poems have been published widely, in journals including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Ploughshares.

Edgar Garcia
Edgar Garcia

Assistant Professor

Edgar Garcia is a poet and scholar of the hemispheric cultures of the Americas. Born in California to families from Central America, he earned degrees at Chaffey Community College and UC Berkeley, before earning his PhD at Yale. Recipient of the 2018 Fence Modern Poets Series Award, he will publish his Skins of Columbus—a book of poetry, essays, and visual art—with Fence Books in 2019. Signs of the Americas, a forthcoming scholarly monograph, studies the contemporary aesthetic, philosophical, legal, and psychological innervations of such seemingly antiquated sign-systems as pictographs, hieroglyphs, and khipu. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Antioch Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Big Bridge, Chicago Review, Damn the Caesars, Jacket2, LARB, Mandorla, Make, PMLA, Sous les Pavés, Those That This, and Tzak. A chapbook of his poetry, Boundary Loot, was published by Punch Press in 2012. Editorial projects include: he co-edited an anthology of American literature, American Literature in the World (Columbia UP); co-edited a blog on the native and anthropological poetics of the Americas, (with Jose-Luis Moctezuma); is guest-editing a special issue of Chicago Review on “Jaime de Angulo and West Coast Modernism”; and is co-editing a special issue of denkbilder on the philosopher Walter Benjamin for the UK-based New Writing (Taylor & Francis/Routledge). He teaches in the departments of English and Creative Writing. 

Ling Ma

Lecturer in Fiction

Ling Ma was born in Sanming, China and grew up in Utah and Kansas. A graduate of the College, she is the author of Severance, forthcoming from FSG in Summer 2018. Excerpts from her novel have garnered the Graywolf SLS Prize, awarded by Graywolf Press, and have won the Texas Observer Short Story Contest. She holds an MFA from Cornell University, where she also taught memoir and creative writing. Her fiction and writings have been published in Granta, Playboy, Chicago Reader, Ninth Letter and ACM, among others.

Dan Raeburn

Lecturer in Nonfiction

Daniel Raeburn is the author of Vessels, a memoir published by WW Norton. His first book, about the cartoonist Chris Ware, was published by Yale University Press. Before that he was the author and publisher of The Imp, a series of booklets about underground cartoonists. His other essays have appeared in The BafflerTim House, and the New Yorker. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He earned his BA at the University of Iowa and his MFA from Bennington College.

Srikanth Reddy
Srikanth Reddy

Associate Professor; Interim Chair for Creative Writing & Poetics AY 2017-18

Srikanth Reddy is the author of two books of poetry--"Facts for Visitors" and "Voyager" (both published by the University of California Press)--as well as a scholarly study, "Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry" (Oxford University Press, 2012).  He has written on contemporary poetry for various publications, including The New York Times, The New Republic, and Lana Turner.  He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop.  In fall 2015, he delivered the Bagley Wright Lectures in Poetry.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the doctoral program in English at Harvard University, Reddy is an Associate Professor in English and at the College.

Augustus Rose
Gus Rose

Lecturer in Fiction

Augustus Rose’s debut novel The Readymade Thief came out from Viking Books in 2017. His screenplay Far From Cool was a finalist in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships. A native of San Francisco, he has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis and a BA in Film from UC Santa Barbara.

Jennifer Scappettone

Associate Professor

Jennifer Scappettone is a poet, translator, and scholar devoted to the cross-contamination of these modes of inquiry. Her poetics encompass other nonlinguistic or semilinguistic forms of making such as filming, ripping, pixelating, gluing, salvage, sewing, soundscape production, durational gesture, and choral song, often in relation to documentary projects. Her poetry collections include From Dame Quickly (published by Litmus Press in 2009) and the cross-media book The Republic of EXIT 43: Outtakes and Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump, forthcoming in Fall 2016 from Atelos Press. She is the author of several chapbooks: Beauty [Is the New Absurdity] (dusi/e chap kollektiv, 2007), Err-Residence (Bronze Skull, 2007), and Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale (La Camera Verde, 2008)translated into Italian in dialogue with Marco Giovenale. She edited Belladonna Elders Series #5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse (Belladonna, 2009), featuring her pop-ups and prose and new writing by Etel Adnan and Lyn Hejinian. Her poetry is featured in a range of anthologies, including The Best American Experimental Writing 2016, edited by Charles Bernstein and Tracy Morris (forthcoming); Novas Poéticas de Resistência/Poetics of Resistance, edited by Graça Capinha; EX_IT: Materiali fuori contesto (La Colornese—Tielleci, 2013), Emergency Index, a documentary performance anthology (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), La alteración del silencio: Poesía norteamericana reciente (Das Kapital, 2010), and The Best American Poetry 2004 (Scribner, 2004). She has been a fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation, the Millay Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the interdisciplinary Nature, Art, & Habitat residency, the iLAND foundation, the Getty Research Institute, the Huntington Library, the Wesleyan Center for the Humanities, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the American Academy in Rome.

Her translations from the Italian of the polyglot poet and musicologist Amelia Rosselli were collected in Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli, and won the Academy of American Poets’s biennial Raiziss/De Palchi Book Prize and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Translation Prize; she is now at work on translations of the futurist F.T. Marinetti and feminist Carla Lonzi. She founded, and now curates, PennSound Italiana, a new sector of the audiovisual archive based at the University of Pennsylvania devoted to experimental Italian poetry.  

Recent writings can be found in journals such as alfabeta2, Asymptote, Boston Review, boundary2, Critical Inquiry, Jacket2, Nuovi argomenti, and PMLA, and at Harriet: The Blog. Installation pieces were exhibited most recently at Una Vetrina Gallery in Rome and WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles, and she has collaborated on multidisciplinary performance works with a wide range of musicians, architects, and dancers: on performances of Exit 43 with the Difforme Ensemble (Marco Ariano, Renato Ciunfrini, Roberto Fega); on the performance work PARK, with choreographer Kathy Westwater and architect Seung Jae Lee, presented in 2010-13 at Dance Theater Workshop/New York Live Arts, Reed College, Movement Research, LentSpace, Pratt Institute, and Fresh Kills Landfill; and X Locus, twinned installations for the courtyard and tract of Trajan’s aqueduct at the American Academy in Rome, designed with AGENCY Architecture (Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller) and composer Paul Rudy, in 2011. She is currently sharing a Mellon Fellowship for Arts and Scholarship with the code artist Judd Morrissey and cross-media artist Caroline Bergvall at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry to work on a project exploring the poetics and politics of air called The Data That We Breathe

Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Veniceher study of the outmoded city of lagoons as a crucible for experiments across literature, politics, urbanism, and the visual arts, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014, and received Honorable Mention in the Modernist Studies Association’s annual book award competition. She is also Associate Professor of English and Romance Languages and Literatures and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.

Vu Tran
Vu Tran

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts

Vu Tran’s first novel, Dragonfish, was a New York Times Notable Book.  His short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Best American Mystery Stories, A Best of Fence, and other publications.  He is the winner a Whiting Writers’ Award and has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Glenn Schaeffer Fellow.

John Wilkinson


On Leave AY17-18

John Wilkinson's most recent books of poetry are Ghost Nets (Omnidawn 2016) and Reckitt's Blue (Seagull 2013). A selected poems, Schedule of Unrest, was published by Salt in 2015. Born in London and educated at Cambridge and Harvard, he worked in mental health services in the industrial West Midlands, South Wales and the East End of London before moving to the University of Notre Dame as Writer in Residence in 2005. He joined the English Department at Chicago in 2010 as Professor of Practice in the Arts and is now full Professor. As well as eleven books of poetry and several chapbooks, he has also published a critical collection, The Lyric Touch (Salt 2007) and many subsequent critical essays on modernist and contemporary British and American poetry and painting. 

Lynn Xu

Collegiate Assistant Professor in Poetry

Lynn Xu is the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn, 2013), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation. For her doctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley, she was awarded a William L. Magistretti Fellowship and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Xu has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Brown University, and is an editor at Canarium Books.