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 rachelecohen.com.  

photo © Peter Serling, 2013

Rachel DeWoskin
Rachel DeWoskin

Lecturer in Fiction

Rachel DeWoskin’s fifth book, the novel Second Circus, will be published by Penguin in 2017. Her critically acclaimed novel, Blind, was published by Penguin in 2014 and is a Library Guild and an Illinois Reads selection. Her novel Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011), received the  American Library Association’s Alex Award and was named one of the top 3 books of the year by Newsday. DeWoskin’s memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton, 2005), about the years she spent in China as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera, has been published in six countries, optioned by Paramount, HBO and the Sundance Channel, and is now in development at BBC America, where DeWoskin is co-writing a TV series based on the book. DeWoskin’s debut novel Repeat After Me (Overlook Press, 2009), won a Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Award. She has written essays and articles for Vanity FairThe Sunday Times Magazine of London, Teachers and Writers, and anthologies including Found: Requiem for a Paper Bag, and Wanderlust. Her poems have appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Seneca Review, New Delta Review, Nerve Magazine and The New Orleans Review. She teaches fiction at the University of Chicago.

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

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.

Jennifer Scappettone

Associate Professor

Jennifer Scappettone is a poet, translator, and scholar, the author of the poetry collection From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009) and 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. Exit 43, an archaeology of the landfill and opera of pop-up pastorals, is in progress for Atelos Press, with a letterpress fragment forthcoming from Compline Press. She edited and translated Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which won the Academy of American Poets' biennial Raiziss/De Palchi Book Award. 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 Novas Poéticas de Resistência/Poetics of Resistance, edited by Graça Capinha, 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). Recent collaborative projects include sonic performances of Exit 43 with the Difforme Ensemble (Marco Ariano, Renato Ciunfrini, Roberto Fega); the performance work PARK, under development with choreographer Kathy Westwater and architect Seung Jae Lee and presented in 2010-12 at Dance Theater Workshop, Reed College, LentSpace, 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. Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, her critical study of the premodern city as a crucible for twentieth-century experimentation across literature, politics, the visual arts, architecture, and urbanism, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.

Vu Tran
Vu Tran

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts

Vu Tran’s first novel, Dragonfish, was a 2015 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 has received honors from Glimmer Train Stories and the Michigan Quarterly Review, and is a recipient of a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award and a 2011 Finalist Award for the Vilcek Prize.  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
John Wilkinson

Professor

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.