College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
MFA Creative Writing


The full-time faculty currently teaching in the program are all actively publishing writers with strong regional and national reputations in their fields.

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Hilene Flanzbaum - Professor, MFA Program Director
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Hilene Flanzbaum earned her BA from Brandeis, MA from Johns Hopkins, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the editor of the Norton Anthology of Jewish-American Literature, and The Americanization of the Holocaust, published by Johns Hopkins UP in 1999.  Her essays and poetry have been widely published in venues such as O, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, and Tikkun.

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Dan Barden - Professor
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Dan Barden received his BA from UC-Berkeley and his MFA from Columbia University.  He is the author of John Wayne: A Novel, published by Doubleday (1997), and The Next Right Thing (Dial Press, 2011). His essays have appeared in Esquire, GQ, Details, and Poets and Writers, among other journals and anthologies.

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Michael Dahlie's first novel, A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living, came out in 2008 with W.W. Norton and won the 2009 Pen/Hemingway Award.  He's also the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2010 Whiting Award.  His newest novel, The Best of Youth, was published with Norton in January 2013.  Michael Dahlie's short fiction has appeared in magazines and journals such as Harper's, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares.  He received a BA from Colorado College and an MFA from Washington University in St Louis.


Chris ForhanChris Forhan - Associate Professor
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Chris Forhan earned an MA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA from the University of Virginia. He is the author of Forgive Us Our Happiness (1999), co-winner of the Bakeless Prize; The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars (2003), winner of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize and the Washington State Book Award; and Black Leapt In (2009), winner of the Barrow Street Press Book Prize and the Best Book of Indiana Award.  Forhan's poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry and in Poetry, Paris Review, New England Review, and other journals, and he has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes.


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Alix Lambert - Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence, 2014-2015

Alix Lambert has directed and produced three feature length documentaries:The Mark of Cain, Bayou Blue, and Mentor, as well as numerous shorts. She was a writer on the HBO shows Deadwood and John from Cincinnati. She has conceived, written and directed two short series for MOCA tv: Crime: The Animated Series, and Ambiance Man. She is the author of Crime, and The Silencing.



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Andrew Levy - Professor
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Andrew Levy received his BA from Brown, MA from Johns Hopkins, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The First Emancipator (2005), winner of the Slatten Prize for biography, and A Brain Wider Than The Sky: A Migraine Diary (2009), co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Fiction (1997), and co-author of the textbook Creating Fiction: A Writer's Companion (1995).  His essays and reviews have appeared in Best American Essays, Harper's, the American Scholar, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.

Alessandra Author Photo Alessandra Lynch - Full-Time instructor
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Alessandra Lynch holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers's Workshop. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Ploughshares, and other journals.  She is the author of of Sails the Wind Left Behind (2002), winner of the Alice James Books New England / New York Competition, and It was a terrible cloud at twilight (2008), winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize.


 Allison LynnAllison Lynn - Continuing Instructor

Allison Lynn holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA from New York University. Her novel Now You See It (2004) won the William Faulkner Medal from the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. Her essays and reviews have appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Sun-Times, People, InStyle and Post Road, as well as several anthologies.

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Susan Neville is the author of four works of creative nonfiction: Indiana Winter; Fabrication: Essays on Making Things and Making Meaning; Twilight in Arcadia; Iconography: A Writer's Meditation; and Sailing the Inland Sea. Her short fiction includes In the House of Blue Lights, winner of the Richard Sullivan prize and listed as a 'Notable Book' by the Chicago Tribune, and Invention of Flight, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology and in Extreme Fiction (Longman) and The Story Behind the Story (Norton.) In November 2010, Indiana University Press released her Butler's Big Dance, a book of nonfiction about Butler University and the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

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David Shumate- Continuing Instructor

David Shumate is the author of three books of prose poetry: High Water Mark (2004), recipient of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize;The Floating Bridge (2008); and Kimonos in the Closet (2013); all published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.  His poetry has been widely anthologized, and he is a frequent contributor to public radio's The Writer's Almanac. He has received a Poetry Fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts and a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis among other awards. He lives in Zionsville, Indiana.

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Ben H. Winters is the author of eight novels and the recipient of both an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science-fiction writing. His most recent novel is World of Trouble (Quirk Books), the third in a best-selling trilogy that began with The Last Policeman. Ben's other books include the New York Times bestselling parody novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters(Quirk) and a novel for young readers, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (HarperCollins), which was a Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2011 as well as an Edgar Nominee in the juvenile category. Ben has also written extensively for the theater, and his journalism has appeared in The Chicago Reader, The Nation, In These Times, and elsewhere.