Faculty
Dan Barden
Dan Barden
Professor – English

Dan Barden is the author of The Next Right Thing (2012, Dial Press) and John Wayne: A Novel (Doubleday, 1997).  

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Michael Dahlie
Michael Dahlie
Associate Professor – English

Michael Dahlie is Associate Professor of English in Butler University’s MFA program and he’s the author of two novels with W.W. NortonHis short fiction has been published in journals and magazines including Harper’sPloughshares, The Kenyon Review, and Tin House, and he won a Pushcart Prize for a short story first published in The Yale Review.  He’s received the PEN/Hemingway Award and a Whiting Award, and he was a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow in 2020.

Hilene Flanzbaum
Professor – English


Hilene Flanzbaum is a Professor of English and the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing.  She also holds the Allegra Stewart Chair in Modern Literature.  Her specialties include Modern and American Poetry, Jewish-American Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature and creative writing.  See attached resume for details.

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Chris Forhan
Chris Forhan
Professor – English

Chris Forhan is the author of three books of poetry: Black Leapt In, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize; The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars, winner of the Morse Poetry Prize and a Washington State Book Award; and Forgive Us Our Happiness, winner of the Bakeless Prize. He has also written two books of nonfiction: My Father Before Me: A Memoir and the forthcoming A Mind Full of Music: Essays on Imagination and Popular Song. He has published three chapbooks, Ransack and Dance, x, and Crumbs of Bread, and his poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, Parnassus, Georgia Review, Field, and other magazines, as well as in The Best American Poetry. He has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and three Pushcart Prizes, has earned a "Discover Great New Writers" selection from Barnes and Noble, and has been a resident at Yaddo and a fellow at Bread Loaf. He was born and raised in Seattle and lives with his wife, the poet Alessandra Lynch, and their two sons, Milo and Oliver, in Indianapolis, where he teaches at Butler University. More at http://www.chrisforhan.com.

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Andrew Levy
Andrew Levy
Edna Cooper Chair in English, Professor

Author, Huck Finn’s America (2014),  A Brain Wider Than The Sky (2009), The First Emancipator (2005), The Culture and Commerce of the American Short Story (1992), and co-editor of Creating Fiction (1994) and Postmodern American Fiction:  A Norton Anthology (1997).  Essays and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, American Scholar, Missouri Review, Best American Essays, and elsewhere.  Winner of Slatten award for Biography (2005), reviews of work and public appearances include Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered and This American Life, Spin, Sports Illustrated, C-Span, Salon, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and other places.  Teaches American literature and culture and creative writing.

Alessandra Lynch
Alessandra Lynch
Senior Lecturer – English & Poet-in-Residence


Alessandra Lynch, Senior Lecturer/Poet-in-Residence at Butler University, is the author

of four collections of poems, Sails the Wind Left Behind (Alice James Books)It was a

terrible cloud at twilight (LSU Press, winner of the Lena Miles-Wever Todd Award),

Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment (finalist for the UNT Rilke Prize and the LA

Times Poetry Book Prize, winner of the 2017 Balcones Prize in Poetry, one of The New

York Times’ ten Best Poetry Books of 2017) and Pretty Tripwire (Alice James Books).

Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, The New England Review, The

Kenyon Review, Ploughshares and other literary journals. In 2015, Alessandra received

a Creative Renewal Fellowship, from the Indianapolis Council for the Arts.  She was

also one of the three poets involved in the Stream / Lines: Reconnecting to Our

Waterways project, funded by the National Science Foundation.  Alessandra has received

fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the MacDowell Colony for the Arts, and Yaddo. 

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Visiting Faculty
Allison Lynn
Lili Wright
Lili Wright
Adjunct – LAS

Lili Wright worked as a newspaper reporter for ten years before earning her MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She is author of the travel memoir, Learning to Float (Broadway, 2002.) Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Down East, The Cincinnati Review, The Normal School, Cream City Review, and many other literary journals. Her work was noted for distinction in Best American Essays 2010 and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010. Her first novel, Dancing with the Tiger, a literary thriller set in Mexico, will be published by Putnam Penguin in July.

Emeriti Faculty
Susan Neville
Staff
Mindy Dunn
Mindy Dunn
Academic Program Manager

Mindy Dunn (’05) has a B.A. in English from Butler University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Purdue University, with a specialty in poetry. Mindy is Academic Program Manager for the MFA program and has taught at Butler in the English, First Year Seminar, and Honors departments.