Core Faculty

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 (, 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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. 

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


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