Core Faculty

Will Boast
Will Boast

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts

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. 

Suzanne Buffam
Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts
 
Suzanne Buffam is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently A Pillow Book, which was named one of the ten Best Poetry Books of 2016 by The New York Times. Her other books are The Irrationalist, a finalist for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Past Imperfect, winner of Canada’s 2006 Gerald Lampert Award. Poems have recently appeared in The New York Times, The National Post, The Walrus, and A Public Space. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jeannette Heian Ballard Writers’ Trust, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has taught Creative Writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the University of Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago, and frequently serves as a mentor in the University of Guelph's Summer Mentorship program. Born and raised in Canada, she lives in Chicago.
 
Lina Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas

Assistant Professor

Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas is the author of Drown Sever Sing from Anomalous press and Don’t Come Back, from Mad Creek Books, as well as the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology The Great American Essay. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry and translation work has been featured in various journals including The Bellingham Review, The Chicago Review, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Poets & Writers and the Sunday Rumpus, among others. She’s been the recipient of the Best of the Net award and the Iron Horse Review’s Discovered Voices award, she has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a Rona Jaffe fellow.

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

Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts

DeWoskin’s new novels Banshee (Dottir), and Someday We Will Fly (Penguin), were both published to critical acclaim in 2019. In a starred review of Banshee, Kirkus writes “With X-ray-vision, empathy, and vivacity under fire, DeWoskin once again finds literary gold in painful circumstances.” In a starred review of Someday We Will Fly, Booklist writes: “DeWoskin, who has lived in China, has done meticulous research, but what stands out is her lyrical, sensitive portrayal of families struggling to survive during wartime, and the heartbreaking uncertainty that comes from families being separated.” DeWoskin’s poetry collection, Two Menus, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in April, 2020.  Her novel, Blind, was published by Penguin in 2014, and was an Illinois Reads and a Library Guild Pick. 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 developed at BBC America, where DeWoskin co-wrote a television pilot based on the book. DeWoskin’s debut novel Repeat After Me won a Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New YorkerVanity FairThe Sunday Times Magazine of LondonTeachers and Writers, and numerous anthologies. Her poems have been published in journals including AgniPloughsharesSeneca ReviewNew Delta ReviewThe New Orleans Review, and collections including The Helen Burns Poetry Anthology: New Voices from the Academy of American Poets. She is on the core fiction faculty and is an affiliated faculty member of Jewish Studies and East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago.

Rachel Galvin

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Associate Director, Program in Creative Writing

Rachel Galvin’s collection Elevated Threat Level (Green Lantern Press, 2018) was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Alice James Books Kinereth Gensler Award. Other books of poetry include Pulleys & Locomotion (Black Lawrence Press) and a chapbook, Zoetrope (Editores Chätaro). Her translation of Raymond Queneau’s Hitting the Streets (Carcanet) won the Scott Moncrieff Prize for Translation and was named one of the Best Poetry Books of 2013 by the Boston Globe. In 2018 she published Decals: Complete Early Poetry of Oliverio Girondo (Open Letter Books), translated with Harris Feinsod, and her translation of Cowboy & Other Poems, a chapbook by Alejandro Albarrán Polanco, is forthcoming in 2019 (Ugly Duckling Presse). Her poems and translations appear in journals including Bennington Review, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Gulf Coast, MAKE, McSweeney’s, Narrative, The Nation, The New Yorker, PN Review, and Poetry. Rachel is the author of a monograph, News of War: Civilian Poetry 1936-1945 (Oxford UP, 2018), and co-editor of an essay collection, Auden at Work (Palgrave, 2015). She is a founding member of Outranspo, an international creative translation collective (www.outranspo.com), and is affiliated with UChicago’s Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, the Katz Center for Mexican Studies, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

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, nagualli.blogspot.com (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. 

Julie Iromuanya

Assistant Professor

Julie Iromuanya is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction. Her scholarly-critical work has appeared in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and Callaloo: A Journal of African American Arts and Letters and is forthcoming in Afropolitan Literature as World Literature (Bloomsbury). She was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton, and has been a Kimbilio Fellow, a Jane Tinkham Broughton Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, and a Bread Loaf Bakeless/Camargo France Fellow, among other honors. Iromuanya earned her B.A. at the University of Central Florida and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. More details at  http://julieiromuanya.com
 
Mitchell S. Jackson

Assistant Professor

On leave 2019-2020

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years (Bloomsbury) received wide critical praise. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award. His novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for The Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. Jackson’s honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts), and The Center for Fiction. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, The Guardian, Time Magazine, and elsewhere. His nonfiction book Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family (Scribner) was published in the spring of 2019.

photo credt: John Card

Ling Ma

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts

Ling Ma is author of the novel Severance (FSG), which received the Kirkus Prize, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. It was a finalist for the Pen / Hemingway Award, and named a New York Times Notable Book. Her writings have appeared in Granta, Playboy, Vice, Ninth Letter, ACM and others. She holds an MFA from Cornell University, and an AB from the University of Chicago.

Tina Post

Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow

Tina Post earned her MFA in creative writing at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and her PhD in African American studies from Yale University. Her scholarly work and artistic work are preoccupied with the effects of formal or performative decisions in communicating—or in failing to communicate—position, affect, and identity. Before coming to the University of Chicago, she taught classes in memoir, lyric essay, personal essay, and performance art at Cayuga Community College, Wells College, and Yale University. Her personal essays have appeared in Stone Canoe and The Appendix, and her scholarly work can be found in Modern Drama and TDR/The Drama Review.  

Dan Raeburn

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts

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

Professor

Srikanth Reddy is the author of Voyager, named one of the best books of poetry in 2011 by The New Yorker, The Believer, and National Public Radio; and Facts for Visitors, which received the 2005 Asian American Literary Award. (A book of literary criticism, Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012). His next book of poetry, Underworld Lit, will be published by Wave Books in 2020. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Reddy is a Professor of English and at the College.

https://www.srikanthreddypoet.com

Augustus Rose
Gus Rose

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts

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 practices as modes of inquiry. Her poetics encompass trans- and semilinguistic forms of making such as salvage, inking, pixelating, ripping, filming, embodied performance, soundscape production, and choral recitation, often in relation to documentary projects. Her poetry collections include From Dame Quickly (Litmus Press, 2009) and the cross-media book The Republic of EXIT 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (Atelos Press, 2016). She is the author of several chapbooks and her poetry is featured in a range of global anthologies. She has been a fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the Center for Italian Modern Art, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Millay Colony, the iLAND foundation, the Getty Research Institute, the Huntington Library, the Stanford Center for the Humanities, the New York Department of Sanitation, and the American Academy in Rome, among other honors. Her translations from the Italian of the polyglot poet and refugee from Fascist Italy 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; 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. She has developed interactive and site-specific poetry in collaboration with other artists at places ranging from Counterpath Space to the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, 6018|North for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, WUHO Gallery, Los Angeles, Trajan’s aqueduct at the American Academy in Rome, and Fresh Kills Landfill. Information about her recent writing, her multidisciplinary performance work and installations can be found at her website, www.oikost.comKilling the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia University Press, 2014)her study of the outmoded city of lagoons as a crucible for experiments across literature, politics, urbanism, and the visual arts, 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.

Stephanie Soileau

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts

Stephanie Soileau's collection of short stories LAST ONE OUT SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS is forthcoming from Little, Brown & Co. in Summer 2020. Her work has also appeared in Glimmer TrainOxford AmericanEcotoneTin HouseNew Stories from the South, and other journals and anthologies, and has been supported by fellowships from the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University, the Camargo Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has taught creative writing at the Art Institute of Chicago, Stanford University, and the University of Southern Maine. 

photo credit: Katelyn Mallett

Vu Tran

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts

Vu Tran's first novel, Dragonfish, was a NY Times Notable Book. His short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Best American Mystery StoriesPloughshares, and other publications. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, and has been a fellow at Bread Loaf, Sewanee, MacDowell, and Yaddo. 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. He is a criticism columnist for the Virginia Quarterly Review, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in English & Creative Writing at the University of Chicago, where he is also director of undergraduate studies.

 
John Wilkinson

Professor

Director, Program in Creative Writing and Program in Poetry & Poetics

John Wilkinson's most recent books of poetry are My Reef My Manifest Array (Carcanet 2019), 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 UChicago in 2010. As well as twelve books of poetry and several chapbooks, he has published two critical collections, The Lyric Touch (Salt 2007) and Lyric in Its Times (Bloomsbury 2019) and many critical essays on late modernist and contemporary British and American poetry and painting.