Lesley Nneka Arimah is the author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, a collection of short stories from Riverhead Books. Her collection was named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness, LitHub, and more. Her stories have been honored with a National Magazine Award, the Caine Prize, a Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and an O. Henry Award. Arimah’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and GRANTA among other publications, and has received support from The Elizabeth George Foundation, MacDowell, Breadloaf and others. What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and won the 2017 Kirkus Prize, the 2018 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and was selected for the New York Times/PBS book club among other honors. Arimah is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Writing. She lives in the Midwest and is working on a novel about you.
Sally Ball received her MFA from the Program in 1994 and joined the faculty in 2018. The author of three collections of poetry, most recently Hold Sway (Barrow Street, 2019), she is on the faculty at Arizona State.
Andrea Barrett is the author of six novels and three story collections, most recently Archangel. She is the recipient of numerous honors, among them the National Book Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. Andrea teaches at Williams College and has taught in the Program since 1993.
Charles Baxter has published six novels, five story collections, a book of poetry, and two essay collections. Recipient of numerous awards, he teaches at the University of Minnesota and has been on our faculty since 1987.
Marianne Boruch has published ten collections of poems including The Book of Hours (2011), Cadaver, Speak (2014), and Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing (2016), and most recently The Anti-Grief (2019) all from Copper Canyon Press. Her prose includes a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana, 2011), and three essay collections, Poetry’s Old Air (Michigan’s “Poets on Poetry” series, 1993), In the Blue Pharmacy (Trinity, 2005), and The Little Death of Self (again that Michigan series, 2017). Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry London, American Poetry Review, Narrative, The London Review of Books, Field, Poetry, The New York Review of Books and elsewhere, and she’s been given the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award for The Book of Hours, four Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, as well as stints as artist-in-residence at two national parks, Isle Royale and Denali. She was a Fulbright/visiting professor in the UK at the University of Edinburgh in 2012, and in 2019, a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Canberra in Australia, closely observing the astonishing wildlife there. Having taught for the last 34 years at Purdue University, she has now gone rogue and emeritus.
Robert Boswell is the author of Tumbledown (Graywolf, 2013) and eight other novels, three story collections, and a collection of essays, The Half-Known World. He has taught at the University of Houston since 2002 and in the Program since 1986.
Karen Brennan is the author of Monsters (Four Way, 2016) and two other collections of short stories, three books of poetry, and a memoir. She received her MFA from the Program in 1979 and joined its faculty in 1993; she is professor emerita from the University of Utah.
Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man, finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the PEN Oakland Prize and the Ernest J Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. He is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Maud Casey is the author of three novels, most recently The Man Who Walked Away, and a short story collection, Drastic. Recipient of the Italo Calvino Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she teaches at the University of Maryland and has taught in our program since 2007.
Christopher Castellani is the author of four novels, most recently Leading Men, as well as a collection of craft essays, The Art of Perspective. He is the artistic director of Grub Street in Boston and has served on the program’s faculty since 2008.