Faculty

Kaveh AkbarKaveh Akbar
Kaveh Akbar's poems appear in The New YorkerPoetryThe Paris ReviewBest American PoetryThe New York Times, and elsewhere. He is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James/Penguin UK 2017) and a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, published by Sibling Rivalry. The recipient of a Levis Reading Prize, a Lannan Foundation Residency, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, Kaveh is the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson.


Marianne BoruchMarianne Boruch (faculty emerita)
Marinne Boruch is a poet whose work includes eight collections of poetry—Cadaver, Speak and The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon, 2014 and 2011), Grace, Fallen from (Wesleyan, 2008); Poems New & SelectedA Stick that Breaks and Breaks and Moss Burning (Oberlin, 2004, 1997, 1995); Descendant and View from the Gazebo (Wesleyan, 1989 and 1985)--and two books of essays on poetry, In the Blue Pharmacy: Essays on Poetry and Other Transformations (Trinity, 2005); and Poetry's Old Air (Michigan, 1993), as well as a memoir about a 1971 hitchhiking trip, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana, 2011). 


Roxane GayRoxane Gay
Roxane Gay’s writing appears  in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, and Difficult Women and Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. Prof. Gay will be departing Purdue in May 2019.


Brian LeungBrian Leung
Brian Leung, author of Ivy vs. Dogg: With a Cast of Thousands!, World Famous Love Acts, Lost Men, and Take Me Home, is a past recipient of the Lambda Literary Oustanding Mid-Career Prize. Other honors include the Asian-American Literary Award, Willa Award, and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Brian’s fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Story, Ocean State Review, Numero Cinq, Crazyhorse, Grain, Gulf Coast, Kinesis, The Barcelona Review, Mid-American Review, Salt Hill, Gulf Stream, River City, Runes, The Bellingham Review, Hyphen, Velocity, The Connecticut Review, Blithe House Quarterly, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Crowd. He is the current Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University.


Terese MailhotTerese Marie Mailhot
Terese Marie Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band. She's the New York Times bestselling author of "Heart Berries: A Memoir." Her work has been featured in GuernicaGrantaMediumLongreads, the Los Angeles Times, ​Mother JonesTime, and elsewhere. She teaches at Purdue and mentors at the Institute of American Indian Arts.


Donald PlattDonald Platt
Donald Platt is the author of six volumes of poetry: Man Praying (Parlor Press / Free Verse Editions, 2017), Tornadoesque (CavanKerry Press, 2016), Dirt Angels (New Issues Press, 2009), My Father Says Grace (Arkansas University Press, 2007), Cloud Atlas (Purdue University Press, 2002), and Fresh Peaches, Fireworks, & Guns (Purdue University Press, 1994).  His poems have appeared in many journals, including The New Republic, Poetry, Nation, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, New England Review, Salmagundi, Field, Iowa Review, Southwest Review, Southern Review, and Yale Review, as well as in The Best American Poetry 2000, 2006, and 2015. His poems have been republished on the Poetry Daily and Verse Daily websites.  He is a recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three Pushcart Prizes, and the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize.


Sharon SolwtizSharon Solwitz
Sharon Solwitz’ novel in stories Abra Cadabra won the 2018 Christopher Dohenny Award from the Center for Fiction. Her novel, Once, in Lourdes (Spiegel and Grau 2017) won first prize in adult fiction from the Society of Midland Authors. She is the author of a novel, Bloody Mary, and a collection of stories, Blood and Milk, which won the Carl Sandburg Prize from Friends of the Chicago Public Library, and the prize for adult fiction from the Society of Midland Authors, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in New England Review, Tikkun, The Missouri Review, The Mississippi Review, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, Mademoiselle, Tri-Quarterly, The Chicago Tribune Magazine and many others. Reprinted, her work can be found in creative writing textbooks, and in Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Among the national prizes her stories have received are Nimrod Magazine’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize and first prize in American Literary Fiction. Solwitz teaches fiction writing at Purdue University and lives in Chicago with her husband, the poet Barry Silesky. Her website is sharonsolwitz.com.

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