MFA in Creative Writing Faculty
The MFA program is directed under the guidance of acclaimed poet Brian Turner. If you are interested in adding your voice to the discussion, and if you are intrigued by the possibility of working with teachers and peers who are passionate about the art they love, then please contact us—we look forward to meeting you.
- MFA, University of Washington
Peter Mountford’s debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), won the 2012 Washington State Book Award and was a finalist in the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize. In its full-page review, The Seattle Times wrote: “Debut novels don’t come much savvier, punchier, or more entertaining…the work of an extraordinary talent.”
His second novel The Dismal Science (Tin House Books) was described by bestselling author Tea Obrecht as “Quietly wrenching, sharply drawn and completely un-put-downable. A deft and unflinching exponent of the human side of a polarizing world few of us actually understand.” He was awarded a 4Culture Grant, a grant from the city of Seattle, and the Corporation of Yaddo’s Wallace Fellowship for a Distinguished Writer for his work on the book.
Peter’s short fiction and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Best New American Voices 2008, Conjunctions, Salon, Granta, ZYZZYVA, and Boston Review, where he won second place in the 2007 contest judged by George Saunders. He’s currently a writer-in-residence at the Richard Hugo House and at Seattle Arts and Lectures. His first original screenplay, “I Am Not Werner Erhard,” co-written with Steven Schardt, was selected for the 2009 Film Independent Screenwriter’s Lab.
Peter grew up in Washington, DC, apart from three years in Sri Lanka during the early stages of the Sri Lankan civil war. In 1999, Peter earned a BA in International Relations, and then spent two years as the token liberal at a think tank. For most of that time, he lived in Ecuador and wrote about Ecuador’s economy. He now lives in Seattle, where he regularly teaches creative writing classes at the Richard Hugo House and elsewhere.
- MFA, Colombia University
Josh Weil is the author of The New Valley (Grove/Atlantic 2009), a novella collection that won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters; the New Writers Award from the GLCA; and a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation. A New York Times Editors Choice, it was also shortlisted for the Library of Virginia’s literary award in fiction. Weil’s other fiction has appeared in Granta, One Story, Agni, and American Short Fiction, and he has written non-fiction for The New York Times, The Sun, Oxford American, and Poets & Writers. A recipient of fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the Dana Foundation, the Gilman School, the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, the James Merrill House, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony, he has taught at New York University, Brooklyn College, The New School and NYC’s 92nd St. Y; he’s been the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University, and the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. His novel, The Great Glass Sea, will be published in early 2014.
- MFA, Fiction, University of Michigan
Steve Woodward is an associate editor at Graywolf Press. Prior to joining Graywolf, he taught composition and creative writing at the University of Michigan. He is editor and co-founder of Menagerie, an online magazine that focuses on hybrid forms. His own writing has been recognized with a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and with Hopwood Awards in both fiction and nonfiction. He has spoken about publishing and independent presses at AWP, the Loft Literary Center, the Flathead River Writers’ Conference, Writers at Work, and often visits MFA programs as an editor. He lives in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.