EOU Low Residency MFA Faculty

kruse-thumb_500_500_80Megan Kruse (fiction)

We are happy to welcome Megan Kruse to our MFA faculty for 2015-16. Her debut novel, Call Me Home, was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She currently lives in Seattle.

james_crewsJames Crews (craft seminar)

James Crews’ work has appeared in Ploughshares, Raleigh Review, and The New Republic, among other journals, and he is a regular contributor to The (London) Times Literary Supplement. His first collection of poetry, The Book of What Stays, won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and received a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award.

David Axelrod (poetry)david-axelrod-poetry

Co-Director of the EOU Low Residency MFA, David Axelrod is the author of six collections of poems, most recently, Folly. Axelrod is on sabbatical 2015-16.

Jodi Varon (non-fiction)

Jodi Varon is the author of the non-fiction Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father(U of Missouri Press), a WILLA Award finalist from Women Writing the West, as well as The Rock’s Cold Breath: Selected Poems of Li He (Ice River).

Barry Kitterman (fiction)

Barry Kitterman’s novel, The Baker’s Boy was published in 2008, and his collection of stories From the San Joaquin followed in 2011.

Jon Raymond Fiction EOU MFAJon Raymond (fiction, screenwriting)

Jon Raymond is the author of the novels The Half-Life (Bloomsbury, 2004), a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2004, and Rain Dragon (Bloomsbury, 2012), and the short story collection, Livability (Bloomsbury, 2008), a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer’s selection, and winner of the Oregon Book Award.

Christopher Howell (poetry)

Christopher Howell’s latest collection of poems,Gaze, was released this spring by Milkweed Editions. His new and selected volume, Dreamless and Possible, published by the University of Washington Press in 2010, encompasses three decades of distinguished work drawn from all of his previous books.

Christine Colbert (Lost Horse Press)

A resident of rural north Idaho, Christine Holbert is founding director of Lost Horse Press, a nonprofit independent press that publishes poetry titles of notable literary merit, and makes available fine contemporary literature through cultural, educational and publishing programs and activities

Susan Denning (Literary Arts Outreach)

Susan Denning has worked at Literary Arts since 2006. She’s the Director of Programs and Events, and is the program director for the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships Program and manages event production for Portland Arts & Lectures.

Lidia Yuknavitch (non-fiction)

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author most recently of the novel The Small Backs of Children, as well as, Dora: A Headcase: A Modern Farce (Hawthorne Books), and the memoir The Chronology of Water (Hawthorne Books), as well as three books of short fictions– Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess (FC2), and Real to Reel (FC2), and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories of Violence (Routledge).


Justin Hocking (non-fiction)

Co-founder of the EOU Wilderness Writing track, Justin Hocking is the author of thirteen books, including Life and Limb (Soft Skull Press), Beach 90th (Swift Season Press), and, most recently, the memoir The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld (Graywolf Press), which chronicles his obsession with the ocean and the novel Moby-Dick and won the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-Fiction


P1030997Jennifer Boyden (poetry)

Jennifer Boyden is the author most recently of The Declarable Future, winner of the Four Lakes Prize for Poetry. Her first book, The Mouths of Grazing Things, won The Brittingham Prize in Poetry in 2010

tE6eUtF4Carter Sickels (fiction)

Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour, a Finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award, the Lambda Literary Debut Fiction Award, and the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. He is the recipient of the 2013 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Sickels is on leave 2015-16.


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