Ann Beattie And Christopher Tilghman Join U.Va.S Creative
21, 2001-- Two noted fiction writers, Ann Beattie
and Christopher Tilghman, have joined the University of Virginia
English department faculty this semester and will teach in the departments
highly regarded graduate Creative Writing Program.
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 holds the Commonwealth 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.
many honors include 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 Father's 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 Writer's
Award and the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856