The full-time creative writing faculty at KU has been widely published and anthologized and has been awarded such distinctions as the Gertrude Stein Award, the Kenyon Review Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize, the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion, and the Pushcart Prize. In recent years, visiting writers Michael Chabon, China Mieville, Salman Rushdie, Rita Dove, Cristina Garcia, Kent Haruf, Ted Kooser, Sherman Alexie, Cherrie Moraga, Naruddin Farah, Diane Williams, Paul Muldoon, Sam Lipsyte, Salvadore Plascencia, and many others have come to the KU campus to give seminars and readings.

Darren Canady
Associate Professor
3138 Wescoe Hall

MFA (Tisch School of the Arts - New York University)
Artists Diploma (The Juilliard School)

Joseph Harrington
3035 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. (California, Berkeley)

Kij Johnson
Associate Professor
3021 Wescoe Hall

M.F.A. (North Carolina State University, Raleigh)



Associate Professor
3031 Wescoe Hall

M.A. (California, Davis)

Laura Moriarty
Associate Professor
3042 Wescoe Hall

M.A. (Kansas)

KU's Creative Writing MFA and PhD students represent a wide variety of places, backgrounds, and styles of writing. Most graduate students in Creative Writing work for the department's award-winning student-run literary journal Beecher's.


Graduate Creative Writing Students

Amy Ash's poems have appeared in Lake Effect, Cimarron Review, Red Clay Review, Stolen Island Review, Desert Voices, Inkwell, and Harpur Palate.  She has work forthcoming in Blood Orange Review, Rio Grande Review, Mand Street Rag, Slipstream, and Mid-American Review.

Callista Buchen’s poetry and prose have appeared in The Pennsylvania Review, The New Formalist, Willow Review, Bellevue Review, elimae, Staccato Fiction, Gigantic, jmww, Connotation Press, Emprise Review, Black Heart Magazine, >kill author, and A cappella Zoo.

Ben Cartwright has had poems and prose poems published in Fract/ons, Prick of the Spindle, Organization & Environment and the Blue Island Review.  His fiction has been published in Pure Francis.  His work is forthcoming in The Stinging Fly, Sentence andStone Telling. 

Phillip Garland's stories have appeared in Pith Magazine, Volume One Brooklyn, Red Lightbulbs, Map Literary, and Parcel.

Louise Krug has had work in metazen, "Juked" magazine, elimae, Everyday Genius, Emprise Review, Glossolalia, and Six Sentences.  

Scott Ross' comics have been published by Knee-Jerk Magazine.

Creative Writing Faculty

Ken Irby is the co-recipient of the 2010 Shelley Memorial Award for his book The Intent On:  Collected Poems, 1962-2006.

Kij Johnson is a multiple winner of the Nebula Award, and winner of the Hugo, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, and Crawford Awards. Her short fiction has been collected recently into AT THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER OF BEES for Small Beer Press.

In honor of Paul Lim, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is awarding "The Paul Stephen  Lim Asian-American Playwriting Award" at its annual national festival.

Laura Moriarty's newest novel The Chaperone (published by Penguin) was named a "New York Times" bestseller and the "USA Today" #1 Hot Fiction Pick for the summer. Her novel While I'm Falling was published by Hyperion.

Recent Graduates

Abayo Animashaun won the Hudson Prize from Black Lawrence Press for his poetry collection The Giving of Pears.

Robert Bauman's writings have appeared on Everyday Genius, Shampoo, BooJournal,3AMMagazine, and RobotMelon, in Abraham Lincoln, Gam, and Sprung/Spring Formal, and is forthcoming in Hobart. His chapbook, Robert J. Baumann's A Man About Town was published by Hey Tiger Press in 2010.

Mickey Cesar's second book of poetry, If I Were on Fire, is coming out with Spartan Press.

DaMaris Hill’s creative writing appears in Telling Our Stories (forthcoming), Sleet Magazine (forthcoming),  Kweli Journal <>, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, and  The Black Bottom: An African American Blog of Politics, Culture, and Social Activism <>.  She participated in the 2011 Eckerd College Writers' Conference “Writers in Paradise”.

Daniel A. Hoyt won the Juniper Prize for his short story collection Then They Saw the Flames, which has been published by the University of Massachusetts Press.

Chloe Cooper Jones published a story in Black Warrior Review.

Jeremy Miller nonfiction book, An Impossible Cast:  Glen Andrews and the Birth of Professional Bass Fishing, has been published by Whitefish Press.

Joe Miller's first book, Cross-X, won the William Rockhill Nelson Award and the Harry Chapin Media Award for nonfiction in 2007. His recent essays have been published in Salon and Pleiades. 

Iris Moulton's work has appeared in Everyday Genius, elimae, Pebble Lake Review, and Cider Press Review. 

Mark Petterson has had fiction published in elimae and Sunken Lines.

Mary Stone's poetry has appeared in FutureCycle Poetry and she published a nonfiction piece in Touchstone.


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