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.

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.

Liam Callanan’s newest novel, Paris by the Book, was a national bestseller and has been translated into German, Italian and Chinese. His story collection, Listen & Other Stories won George W. Hunt, SJ Prize in Arts & Letters, and his novel The Cloud Atlas was a finalist for the Edgar Award. He’s written for Slate, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and about chasing children’s books (in France and Greece) for the Wall Street Journal. Liam’s also the founder and executive producer of the nationwide Poetry Everywhere animated film project ( He teaches in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was previously department chair and director of its doctoral program in creative writing. He earned an MFA from George Mason University, an MA at Georgetown and a BA at Yale.

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.

Adrienne Celt’s debut novel, The Daughters, won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award and was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR and the NYPL Her second novel, Invitation to a Bonfire, was published in 2018.   She joined the program faculty in 2019.