At Columbia, you’ll be guided by professors whose own artistic practice covers a wide aesthetic range and are actively publishing, editing and reading new work. Members of our faculty have written national and international bestsellers; have published stories in Granta, Tin House, and McSweeney’s, among others; and have been the recipients of the Whiting Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Nelson Algren Literary Award, the Bram Stoker Award and the Chicago Public Library's 21st Century Award. You’ll also meet well-known visiting writers at workshops, guest lectures and other special events.
33 E Congress, Rm 300
Phone: (312) 369-8109
Jenny Boully is the author of the mismatched teacups, of the single-serving spoon: a book of failures (Coconut Book, 2013), not merely because of the unknown that was stalking towards them (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2011), The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande, 2007), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2006), The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, 2007 and Slope Editions, 2002), and the chapbook Moveable Types (Noemi Press, 2007). Her work has been anthologized in The Next American Essay, The Best American Poetry, Language for a New Century, and Great American Prose Poems. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and holds graduate degrees in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and Hollins University. Born in Thailand and reared in Texas, she teaches poetry and nonfiction and currently directs the MFA Program in Nonfiction.
624 S Michigan, Rm 800J, x8205
Phone: (312) 369-8125
CM Burroughs is Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Cave Canem Foundation, Djerassi Artist Residency, Callaloo Writers Workshop and the University of Pittsburgh. She has received commissions from the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum to create poetry in response to art installations. Her poetry is forthcoming from or has appeared in anthologies and journals including Best American Experimental Poetry, The Account, Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, VOLT, Bat City Review, and Sou’wester. Burroughs is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her first book of poems is The Vital System, published by Tupelo Press. Learn more about Burroughs at www.cmburroughs.com.
624 S Michigan, Rm 1200
Phone: (312) 369-7992
Don De Grazia is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, American Skin (Scribner/Jonathan Cape). His work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, Newcity, TriQuarterly, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature, The Italian American Reader, Rumpus, The Great Lakes Review, Make Magazine, and other publications. He is also a screenwriter in the Writers Guild of America (east) and co-founder/co-host of Come Home Chicago, a live event series dedicated to celebrating the Chicago storytelling tradition in all its forms.
33 E Congress, Rm 300
Phone: (312) 369-8225
Poetry Program Director Lisa Fishman is the author of five books of poetry (two are in press) and four chapbooks. Her newest collections are Current (Parlor Press, November 2010) and F L O W E R C A R T (Ahsahta, May 2011). Her most recent chapbook, at the same time as scattering, will be out in Fall 2010 on Albion Books, San Francisco. Fishman's earlier books are The Happiness Experiment (Ahsahta, 2007); Dear, Read (Ahsahta, 2002); and The Deep Heart's Core Is a Suitcase (New Issues Press, 1996). Her chapbooks are Lining (Boxwood Editions, 2009), KabbaLoom (Wyrd Press, 2007), and "The Holy Spirit does not deal in synonimes: a Transcription of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Marginalia in Her Greek and Hebrew Bibles" (Parcel Press, 2008). Fishman's poems are published in such magazines as 1913, Colorado Review, Conduit, Volt, A Public Space, Free Verse, Parthenon West Review, and elsewhere.She completed a doctoral dissertation on Shelley's mercurial poetics and has research interests in 19th-century British poetry, Modern American poetry, and literary theory. Courses taught by Fishman include British Romanticism; Poets' Letters; Poetics; and close reading seminars on Hopkins, Keats, Yeats, Stevens, and Moore. An Associate Professor of English, Fishman lives in Madison and on a farm in Orfordville, Wisconsin. She spends alternate winters between semesters in Italy and France. For commentary on her poetry, go to http://www.boisestate.edu/english/ahsahta/books/fishman2/fishman2-review.htm, where reviews from Ron Silliman's blog, Rain Taxi, Publisher's Weekly, and others are gathered.
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Phone: (312) 369-8199
T Clutch Fleischmann is the author of Syzygy, Beauty (Sarabande) and the curator of Body Forms: Queerness and the Essay (Essay Press). A Nonfiction Editor at DIAGRAM and Contributing Editor the blog EssayDaily, they have published critical and creative work in journals such as The Los Angeles Review of Books, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, The Brooklyn Rail, Pleiades, and The Kenyon Review Online, as well as in the critical anthology Bending Genre (Bloomsbury). They are currently working on a manuscript on the visual artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres and a book-length essay on transgender embodiment.
624 S Michigan, Rm 1200D
Phone: (312) 369-8106
Re'Lynn Hansen’s work has appeared in Hawai'i Review, Rhino, New Madrid, Water~Stone, New South, Poem Memoir Story, and contrary, where her essay was named as one of the ten best of the decade. She is the recipient of the New South Prose Prize, and the Prism Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her chapbook, 25 Sightings of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker was published by Firewheel Press. Her book of nonfiction prose poems, Some Women I Have Known, is forthcoming from White Pine Press. Her Novel, Take Me to the Underground, was nominated for a Lambda Literary award. She teaches a variety of courses in the Creative Writing Dept. at Columbia College including the foundations and thesis classes in nonfiction.
624 S Michigan, Rm 1200
Phone: (312) 369-7619
Ann Hemenway earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and has published fiction and creative nonfiction in Writing From Start to Finish, Emergence, Private Arts, Sport Literate, and other magazines. Hemenway is an AWP Intro award winner, and has edited numerous publications. She is a Certified Story Workshop Master Teacher and full-time professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, and is currently at work on a novel.
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Phone: (312) 369-3209
624 S Michigan, Rm 1200
Phone: (312) 369-7537
Gary Johnson is a writer/producer of creative nonfiction for Public Radio on Morning Edition, Soundprint, Living On Earth, and Pacifica. Among his awards are the Associated Press Award for Best Radio Documentary, National Federation of Community Broadcasters' Silver Reel. He was a Herman Kogan Media Award finalist and a winner of the Edwin L. Schuman Award for Fiction, Northwestern University. His fiction appears in F2, F3, F10, Private Arts, Hyphen, and his articles have appeared in the Chicago Reader, The Smirking Chimp, Buzzflash, and American Politics Journal. He is a Certified Story Workshop Master Teacher.
33 E Congress, Rm 300
Phone: (312) 369-8102
Garnett Kilberg Cohen has published two collections of short stories, Lost Women, Banished Souls (U of Missouri Press) and How We Move the Air (Mayapple Press), and a poetry chapbook, Passion Tour (Finishing Line Press). Her awards include a Notable Essay citation from Best American Essays 2011, the Crazyhorse National Fiction Prize (2004); the Lawrence Foundation Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review (2003); and four awards from the Illinois Council of the Arts, including a 2001 Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist's Fellowship for prose. Her essays and short stories have appeared in many publications, including American Fiction, Ontario Review, TriQuarterly, The Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, Descant, The Roanoke Review, The Nebraska Review, and many others. She has also published poetry in two anthologies, Dorothy Parker's Elbow (Warner Books) and A More Perfect Union (St. Martin's Press), as well as in many journals such as Tulane Review, Mid-American Poetry Review, Calyx, and The Maryland Review. A former fiction editor of The Pennsylvania Review and Hotel Amerika, Garnett has also served as the review editor at Another Chicago Magazine and the former editor-in-chief of The South Loop Review. Garnett currently directs the Creative Writing - Nonfiction B.A. Program.
Garnett received her BA, magna cum laude, with honors in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1994 until 2005 she served as the Chairperson of the Department of English at Columbia College Chicago, where she has taught for over 20 years. Prior to assuming the chairpersonship, Garnett directed the college Writing Center. In 2007, she was named a Distinguished Artist at Columbia College Chicago, an honor that lasts for a period of two years.
33 E Congress, Rm 300
Phone: (312) 369-8255
Aviya Kushner's first book, The Grammar of God, is forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau / Random House in March 2015. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Partisan Review, Poets & Writers, A Public Space, The Wilson Quarterly, and Zoetrope: All-Story. Her poems have appeared nationally and internationally, including in Harvard Review, Literary Imagination, The Jerusalem Post, Poetry International, and Salamander. Her awards include an Illinois Arts Council grant, a residency in nonfiction at The Vermont Studio Center, and a Pushcart Prize nomination in poetry. She is a contributing editor at A Public Space.
624 S Michigan, Rm 800D
Phone: (312) 369-8835
David Lazar's books include Occasional Desire (University of Nebraska Press), The Body of Brooklyn and Truth in Nonfiction (both Iowa), Powder Town (Pecan Grove); Michael Powell: Interviews and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher (both Mississippi). Forthcoming are After Montaigne (University of Georgia Press) and Essaying the Essay (Welcome Table Press). His essays and prose poems have appeared widely in anthologies such as Bending Genre, Understanding the Essay, Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction, An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Sentence), and Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America, and magazines such as Gulf Coast, Black Clock, Sentence, Denver Quarterly, Best of the Prose Poem, Southwest Review. Five of his essays have been "Notable Essays of the Year" according to Best American Essays. He created the undergraduate and Ph.D. programs in Nonfiction writing at Ohio University, and directed the creation of the undergraduate and M.F.A. programs in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago. He is the founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika, now in its thirteenth year, which has featured groundbreaking issues in transgeneric writing and the aphorism.
624 S Michigan, Rm 1200
Phone: (312) 369-7628
Eric May graduated with a BA in Writing/English from Columbia in 1975 and the following year joined what was then Columbia's Writing/English Department as a part-time instructor. He moved to Washington D.C. in 1985 to attend graduate school at American University and began working at the Washington Post as a newsroom clerk. In 1987, he joined the Post staff where he was a reporter on the Metro section. He returned to Columbia College in 1993. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in such literary anthologies as Criminal Class Review, Briefly Knocked Unconscious By a Low-flying Duck, Fish Stories: Collective I, Sport Literate, Angels in My Oven, and f5 Magazine. May is a Certified Story Workshop Director, and former Associate Faculty member at the Stonecoast Writers' Conference in Maine and Solstice Writers' Conference in Massachusetts, and a past Board of Judges member for the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). His debut novel, Bedrock Faith, is scheduled to be published by Akashic Books in early 2014.
624 S Michigan, Rm 1200
Phone: (312) 369-7145
Patricia Ann McNair's collection of short stories, The Temple of Air, was called "violently creative" by the Chicago Sun Times, and "plainspoken yet imaginative, complexly unnerving" by Booklist. The book has received a number of honors, among them the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award in Fiction, Southern Illinois University's Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award. McNair's fiction and creative nonfiction have been widely published in journals and textbooks such as RiverTeeth, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, and others; her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and has received four awards from the Illinois Arts Council. McNair is the recipient of Columbia College Chicago's Excellence in Teaching Award and she was nominated for the Carnegie Foundation's US Professor of the Year.
624 S Michigan, Rm 800-E
Phone: (312) 369-7987
Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright who lives in Chicago. A winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Great Lakes Book Award, and a finalist for the Story Prize, he is the author of six novels: Office Girl, The Great Perhaps, The Boy Detective Fails, Hairstyles of the Damned, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender as Hellfire. His short story collections are Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir and Demons in the Spring. His short fiction has been published in a number of venues including McSweeney's, One Story, Swink, LIT, TriQuarterly, Other Voices, Gulf Coast, and broadcast on NPR's Selected Shorts. He was a contributing editor to Punk Planet, the seminal underground arts and politics magazine. His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Reader.
624 S Michigan, Rm 1300, "O"
Phone: (312) 369-6539
Nami Mun grew up in Seoul, South Korea and Bronx, New York. For her first book, Miles from Nowhere, she received a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Public Library's 21st Century Award, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers and the Asian American Literary Award. Miles From Nowhere was selected as Editors' Choice and Top Ten First Novels by Booklist; Best Fiction of 2009 So Far by Amazon; and as an Indie Next Pick. Chicago Magazine named her Best New Novelist of 2009.
Previously, Nami has worked as an Avon Lady, a street vendor, a photojournalist, a waitress, an activities coordinator for a nursing home, and a criminal defense investigator. After earning a GED, she went on to get a BA in English from UC Berkeley, an MFA from University of Michigan, and has garnered fellowships from organizations such as Yaddo, MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Tin House, and the Hermitage Foundation. In 2011 she became a US Delegate for a China/America Writers Exchange in Beijing and Chicago. Her stories have been published in Granta, Tin House, The Iowa Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Evergreen Review, Witness, and elsewhere. Columbia College Chicago awarded Nami with the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award.
33 E Congress, Rm 300
Phone: (312) 369-8229
Samuel Park is the author of This Burns My Heart (Simon & Schuster), chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, NPR.org, and BookPage. It was an Indiebound Bestseller, a People magazine "Great Read," A Today Show "Favorite Thing" and a Target Emerging Author Pick. Foreign editions include Germany, Norway, China, and South Korea. He is also the author of Shakespeare's Sonnets (Alyson Books), adapted into a short film that he wrote and directed, starring Vincent Kartheiser. His scholarly publications include the article "All the Sad Young Men" in Black Camera: An International Journal of Black Film, Indiana University Press; the article "The Delta' and Racial Melancholia," in Twentieth Century Representations of Beauty; book and performance reviews of Hypersexuality of Race, Ghostwritten, Yellow Face, in Theater Journal; and performance reviews of Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, in Shakespeare Bulletin, University of Exeter. He is a graduate of Stanford and holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Southern California.
624 S Michigan, Rm 1200
Phone: (312) 369-7829
Alexis Pride, Director of Graduate Programs, earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, where today she is a full-time Department of Creative Writing professor. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Pride served as former Director of Curriculum Planning at the Saturday Academy and was a consultant for the Chicago Public Schools through the Chicago Teachers Center at Northeastern Illinois University. Pride received the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Award for her short story "Fried Buffalo." She has recently completed a book on Mama Hawk, a Chicago educator and social activist, entitled Where the River Ends.
623 S Wabash, Rm 700-A
Phone: (312) 369-7263
His debut collection of poems, Somewhere Else (Coffee House Press), was named one of 2005's debut books of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine and was winner of a 2006 American Book Award. He is also the author of Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone (BOA Editions Ltd.), editor of Duppy Conqueror: New & Selected Poems by Kwame Dawes, and most recently author of Tahrir Suite: Poems (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press) winner of the 2015 Arab American Book Award. Bearden’s Odyssey: An Anthology of Poets Responding to the Art of Romare Bearden, edited by Shenoda and Kwame Dawes will be released by Northwestern University Press in 2016. Shenoda lectures widely and has taught extensively in the fields of ethnic studies and creative writing. He has held several faculty and administrative positions at various institutions and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Additionally, Shenoda has served on the Board of Directors of several arts and education organizations and is a founding editor of the African Poetry Book Series. He lives with his family in Evanston, Illinois.
624 S Michigan, Rm 1200
Phone: (312) 369-7536
Shawn Shiflett's novel, Hidden Place (Akashic Books) was included in Library Journal's "Summer Highs, Fall Firsts," a 2004 list of "most successful debuts." He received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for his work and was a three-time Finalist for the James novel-in-progress contest, sponsored by the Heekin Group Foundation. His short stories and novel excerpts appeared in a variety of literary journals. He was elected to Newcity's Chicago Lit 50 list, an annual ranking of top figures in the Chicago literary scene, and has also been a panelist at many AWP (Associated Writing Programs) and NAWE (The National Association of Writers in Education, UK) conferences. He was a featured reader at the Bath Literature Festival. His essay, "The importance of Reading to Your Writing" (The Professional and Higher Partnership Limited, UK) will be published in spring, 2013. He is currently finishing the novel Hey, Liberal, a story about a white boy going to a predominately African American high school in Chicago during the late 60's.
624 S Michigan, Rm 800A
Phone: (312) 369-8138
Tony Trigilio is a Professor in the Poetry Program and Interim Chair of the Department of Creative Writing. His most recent books are the poetry collections The Complete "Dark Shadows" (of My Childhood), Book 1 (BlazeVOX Books, 2014), White Noise (Apostrophe Books, 2013), and, as editor, Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments (Ahsahta Press, 2014). His other books include the poetry collections Historic Diary (BlazeVOX, 2011) and The Lama's English Lessons (Three Candles Press, 2006); the chapbooks With the Memory, Which is Enormous (Main Street Rag Press, 2009) and Make a Joke and I Will Sigh and You Will Laugh and I Will Cry (Scantily Clad Press, 2008); and two books of criticism, Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics (second edition released in paperback by Southern Illinois University press in 2012) and "Strange Prophecies Anew": Rereading Apocalypse in Blake, H.D., and Ginsberg (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000). With Tim Prchal, he co-edited the anthology Visions and Divisions: American Immigration Literature, 1870-1930 (Rutgers University Press, 2008).
His poems have been anthologized widely, including most recently in Poems Dead and Undead (Knopf/Everyman's Library, 2014), Obsessions: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century (Dartmouth College Press, 2014),The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012), A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012), City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2012), Villanelles (Knopf/Everyman's Library, 2012), Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days (University of Iowa Press, 2010), and The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books, 2006). Tony's critical essays have appeared in the collections Reconstructing the Beats (ed. Jennie Skerl; Palgrave/MacMillan, 2004) and Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation (ed. Ronna C. Johnson and Nancy M. Grace; Rutgers University Press, 2002). His articles and book reviews have appeared in journals such as American Literature, Boston Review, The Journal of Beat Studies, Modern Language Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, The William Carlos Williams Review, and others.
He plays in the band Pet Theories, and he recorded and toured as a member of Drumming On Glass. Recent compositions are at: http://www.starve.org/tony-music.html. He also produces and hosts the poetry podcast Radio Free Albion.
Tony holds a Ph.D. in English from Northeastern University in Boston. He received a 2009 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, and is a past recipient of Faculty Development Grants, a Technology Fellows Grant, and a Curriculum Diversity Grant from Columbia College Chicago. He was Columbia College Distinguished Scholar from 2009-2011.
624 S Michigan, Rm 800C
Phone: (312) 369-8139
David Trinidad is a member of the Core Poetry Faculty. His most recent book is Notes on a Past Life (BlazeVOX, 2016). His other books include Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera (2013), Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems (2011), The Late Show (2007), By Myself (with D.A. Powell, 2009), Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (2003), and Plasticville (2000, finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets), all published by Turtle Point Press. Prior to coming to Columbia in 2002, Trinidad was a member of the Core Poetry Faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at The New School. He has also taught at Rutgers, Princeton, and Antioch (Los Angeles) universities.
Trinidad is editor of A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (Nightboat Books, 2011), which won a Lambda Literary Award. In addition, he has edited Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry (with Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton) and Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford (with Maxine Scates). His poems have appeared in such periodicals as The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Harper's, The Paris Review, and Tin House, and have been included in numerous anthologies, including Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, High Risk: An Anthology of Forbidden Writings, The Best American Poetry, Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He received a B.A. from California State University at Northridge and an MFA from Brooklyn College.
Originally from Los Angeles, Trinidad is known for his masterful use of popular culture in his poems. The poet James Schuyler wrote, "Trinidad turns the paste jewels of pop art into the real thing." His work is also associated with the innovative formalism of the New York School. Alice Notley has written, "There is an unwavering light in all of Trinidad's work that turns individual words into objects, new facts." About The Late Show, the New York Times Book Review wrote that Trinidad's "most impressive gift is an ability to dignify the dross of American life, to honor both the shrink-wrapped sentiment of the cultural artifacts he writes about and his own much more complicated emotional response to them."
Trinidad teaches in the undergraduate and graduate poetry programs. He is currently Director of Graduate Programs.
624 S Michigan, Rm 1200
Phone: (312) 369-8644
Sam Weller is the authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury. His book The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow) was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography. The companion book, Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, was published by Melville House/Stop Smiling Books in 2010. With Mort Castle, Weller co-edited the short fiction anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow Paperbacks), winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology. Weller is the former Midwest Correspondent for Publishers Weekly. His essays have appeared in the Paris Review, on the National Public Radio Program All Things Considered, Slate magazine, Huffington Post and many others. His short fiction has appeared in numerous books, literary journals, and magazines. Weller is a frequent lecturer on the life and legacy of Ray Bradbury. He has given over 300 talks around the world. Weller is the associate chair of the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Learn more at www.samweller.net and www.listentotheechoes.com.
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