Adjunct Professor, Writing (1996). BA, 1968, Michigan State University; MFA, 1992, Vermont College. Books: Lucky in the Corner; Seven Moves; Aquamarine. Publications: Best American Short Stories; Village Voice Literary Supplement. Awards: National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing; NEA Grant; Illinois Arts Council Fellowship; Carl Sandburg Award; Society of Midland Authors Award; Ferro-Grumley Award.

Experience at SAIC

I was the MFA-Writing Program's first hire, in 1996. So I've been here a while and watched the school grow and change. I absolutely feel part of its community.

Personal Statement

I am both a writer and a painter. As a writer, my most recent work is my novel, Carry the One, which was one of the New York Times' Notable Books of 2012; and my story, "The Last Speaker of the Language," which is in the most recent Best American Short Stories.

As a painter, I am finishing a show of paintings of the British novelist and womanizer, Vita Sackville-West. The show will go up at Rockford University on November 15, 2013.

Current Interests

I watch and I listen, and I try to figure out what everything means. This is a big job, and I'm currently way behind.


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