join creative writing faculty
By Robert Brickhouse
noted fiction writers, Ann Beattie and Christopher Tilghman, have
joined the English
department faculty this semester to teach in the highly regarded
graduate Creative Writing Program.
story writers and novelists whose work has won wide critical praise,
they join a fiction writing faculty that includes award-winning
writers Deborah Eisenberg, Sydney Blair and John Casey.
Beattie and Chris Tilghman will both bring wonderful strengths
to our program, said Lisa Russ Spaar, director of the Creative
Writing Program. Both have taught here before and our students
have enjoyed working with them.
who will hold the Edgar Allan Poe Professorship in English, is
well known for her work that often depicts the generation that
came of age in the 1960s. She has published seven story collections,
including most recently Perfect Recall and Park City. Her six
novels include My Life, Starring Dara Falcon, Another You and
Picturing Will. Her stories have been re-printed in many anthologies.
her many honors is an award of excellence from the American Academy
and Institute of Arts and Letters. She has also been elected to
membership in the academy, one of the countrys highest honors
for creative work. She has taught at U.Va., among other universities,
and has lived in Maine and Key West, Fla.
author of the novel Masons Retreat and story collections
In a Fathers Place and The Way People Run, was a visiting
professor at U.Va. last year. His work, which has appeared in
the New Yorker and other magazines and several times in the annual
Best American Short Stories collections, has been acclaimed for
its descriptions of characters inner lives and for its vivid
sense of place, including the Chesapeake Bay region.
was previously writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Massachusetts.
He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers
Award and the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award.