Visiting Faculty

Ben Austen

Ben Austen is the author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing (HarperCollins, 2018). His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, GQ, The Atlantic, Wired, New York, Elle, The Best American Travel Writing, among other publications. A former editor at Harper's Magazine, Ben is a story consultant on The City podcast and a board member of The South Side Weekly. He is a native South Sider.

William Ayers

William Ayers, formerly Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has written extensively about social justice, democracy, and education, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. His books include A Kind and Just Parent; Teaching toward Freedom; Fugitive Days: A Memoir; Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident; To Teach: The Journey, in Comics; Race Course: Against White Supremacy; and Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto.

Kathleen Blackburn

Kathleen Blackburn writes about the intersection of U.S. militarization and ecological disruption, specifically in cases of invasive species. Her current project focuses on invasive Brown Tree Snakes on Guam and Asian Carp in the Midwestern rivers. She also at work on a memoir. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Kathleen’s work has appeared in Bellingham Review, Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, River Teeth, and others, and has been listed as notable in Best American Essays.

Garin Cycholl

Garin Cycholl’s recent work has appeared with Admit2Rain TaxiExquisite Corpse, New American Writing, and Seven Corners.  He is author of Blue Mound to 161 (winner of the 2003 Transcontinental Prize), NightbirdsLevitations, and Raeftown Georgics.  Since 2002, he has been a member of Chicago’s Jimmy Wynn fiction collaborative.

Shane DuBow

Shane DuBow is a writer and teacher with a background in documentary film and museum exhibit design. His writing has appeared in Chicago Review, GQ, Harper’s, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, Smithsonian, and on the public radio program This American Life. As an educator, Shane has worked with a diverse array of students in high school, college, and beyond. And for years he served as the director of a peer-to-peer writing center on the Westside of Chicago. Shane has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Columbia University, and Goucher College where he also earned an MFA in creative nonfiction after first studying writing at Oberlin College. He is at work on a true-crime memoir about how he came to stand as best man at the wedding of a bank robber who once held a gun to his head.

Joshua Edwards

Joshua Edwards is the author of The Exhausted Dream, Castles and Islands, Architecture for Travelers, Imperial Nostalgias, and Campeche, and a photobook, Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Island to the West Texas Town of Marfa. His cross-disciplinary projects have been exhibited at Rice University, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Galveston Artist Residency, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and the Pensacola Museum of Art. Edwards has taught at the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and elsewhere, and he directs and co-edits Canarium Books.

Canarium Books  |
Architecture for Travelers  |

Thea Goodman

Thea Goodman is the author of a novel, The Sunshine When She's Gone, (Henry Holt and co, 2013)  The book was called, "An astute debut," by Susan Minot and "An edge of your seat narrative about parenting a small child," by Nell Freudenberger, and was featured on NPR's The Motherlode, Weekend Edition, The New York Times, and Vogue. Her short story, "Evidence," was chosen for the 2018 New York Public Library, Stories on the MTA digital archive and is the title story of a collection in progress. Other stories appeared in New England Review, Other Voices, Columbia and Catapult among other venues and received  a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and The Columbia Fiction Award. She's been awarded fellowships at Yaddo and Ragdale. In addition to writing fiction, she is the author of a screenplay, Two Girls, currently in post production and personal essays featured in The Rumpus. She's now at work on a new novel.

Baird Harper

Baird Harper’s fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, StoryQuarterly, The Chicago Tribune, Mid-American Review, Another Chicago Magazine, CutBank, Carve, and Printers Row Journal. His stories have been anthologized in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Best New American Voices, New Stories from the Midwest 2016, and 40 Years of CutBank, and have won the 2014 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, the 2010 Nelson Algren Award, and the 2009 James Jones Fiction Contest. His first book, Red Light Run, was published by Scribner in 2017. He holds an M.A. in English from the University of Montana and an M.F.A. in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ben Hoffman

Ben Hoffman’s fiction has been published by American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, Granta, The Missouri Review, and Zoetrope. He is the recipient of the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, a Carol Houck Smith Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

Nathan Hoks
Nathan Hoks

Nathan Hoks is the author of two books of poetry, Reveilles and The Narrow Circle, which was a winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series and published by Penguin. His translations, poems, and critical writings have appeared in journals such as The Colorado Review, jubilat, Crazyhorse, Lit, Circumference, Octopus Magazine, and Verse. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Hoks works as an editor and letterpress printer for Convulsive Editions, a micro-press that publishes chapbooks and broadsides. 

Annie Janusch

Annie Janusch is the translator of four novels by Wolf Haas, the Heinrich von Kleist novella The Duel, as well as works by Jürgen Goldstein, Anja Kampmann, Walter Kappacher, and Uwe Tellkamp. She has been an editor and reviewer for the journals Chicago Review, The Quarterly Conversation, Two Lines, and Translation Review. A former Robert Bosch Fellow at the University of Leipzig, Janusch holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a 2017 Literature Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.   

Christopher Kempf

Christopher Kempf is the author of Late in the Empire of Men, which won the 2015 Levis Prize in Poetry from Four Way Books.  Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, his work has appeared in Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, PEN America, and Ploughshares.

Meghan Lamb

Meghan Lamb is the author of All Your Most Private Places (Spork Press, 2019) and Silk Flowers (Birds of Lace, 2017). She recently served as the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, where she developed a novel set in the Pennsylvania coal region. Her work has appeared in Quarterly West, DIAGRAM, Redivider, Passages North, The Rumpus, and The Collagist, among other publications. She currently serves as the nonfiction co-editor of Nat.Brut, a journal of art and literature dedicated to advancing inclusivity in all creative fields.

Peter O'Leary
Peter O'Leary

Peter O’Leary graduated from the College and the Divinity School. He has published three books of poetry, Watchfulness (Sputen Duyvil), Depth Theology (Georgia), and Luminous Epinoia (Cultural Society), as well as a book of literary criticism, Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan & the Poetry of Illness (Welseyan). As Ronald Johnson’s literary executor, he has edited three books: To Do As Adam Did: Selected Poems (Talisman), The Shrubberies (Flood), and Radi os (Flood). Two new Ronald Johnson books, The Outworks and a new edition of ARK are both forthcoming from Flood. Likewise, a selected poems of John Taggart, Is Music, which he edited, has been published by Copper Canyon. He is a longtime editor of LVNG, an advisory editor for the Cultural Society, and an integral member of the Chicago Poetry Project.

Dina Peone

Dina Peone is at work on her first book, a memoir about a house fire that nearly killed her and her younger sister when they were morbid teenagers. She studied writing at Sarah Lawrence before earning her MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa. There, her love of pedagogy earned her numerous honors and fellowships, including an Outstanding Teaching Award and the opportunity to teach the University of Iowa’s first-ever online course in creative nonfiction. Dina has taught writing to incarcerated women, high school and college students across America, as well as PhD students from around the world. She has worked as an editorial assistant for many literary magazines, most recently The Iowa Review, and she is the founding editor of the Cliffhanger., a pocket-sized anthology devoted to the fragment. Her latest essay, “Freddy Krueger is Not Real: The Dream of a Burn Survivor” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sharon Pomerantz

Sharon Pomerantz’s first novel Rich Boy (TWELVE) won the National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction and was a Best Book of the Year from Entertainment Weekly and Booklist. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, as well as on NPR’s Selected Shorts program, and in Best American Short Stories. Her essays, reviews and cultural criticism have appeared in The Forward, The Chicago Tribune, Time, and many others. She has been a fellow at the Macdowell Colony, Art OMI, and the Virginia Center. Before moving to Chicago in 2016, she taught in the writing program at the University of Michigan.

Emily Jungmin Yoon

Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of A Cruelty Special to Our Species (Ecco 2018) and Ordinary Misfortunes (Tupelo 2017). She is the recipient of awards from the Poetry Foundation, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Aspen Institute, and elsewhere. She studies Korean literature in the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Chicago.