Core Faculty

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.  

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

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts

Ling Ma is author of the novel Severance, which received the Kirkus Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. Her work has 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, where she currently serves as Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts. 

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.

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

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts

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.

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. 

John Wilkinson


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

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. 

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.

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.


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