MFA Faculty


Corrinne Clegg Hales
Corrinne Clegg Hales
 is the author of five poetry collections, most recently To Make it Right, winner of the Autumn House Poetry Prize for 2010 (Spring 2011, Autumn House Press). Her previous books are Separate Escapes, winner of the Richard Snyder Poetry Prize (Ashland Poetry Press); Out of This Place (chapbook, March Street Press), Underground (Ahsahta Press); and January Fire (chapbook, Devil's Millhopper Press). Her poems have appeared in Hudson Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, and many other journals. Awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Devil's Millhopper Chapbook Prize and the River Styx Poetry Prize.

Tim Skeen
earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in 1993. His manuscript, Risk, won the 2013 White Pine Press Poetry Prize and will be published in the fall of 2014. His first collection, Kentucky Swami , is the winner of the John Ciardi Prize and was published in 2001 by BkMk Press at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. His poems have appeared in such journals as New Letters, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, and the Antioch Review. He has received a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council, and an award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the 10th Annual Conference on College Teaching and Learning.


Alex Espinoza
was born in Tijuana, Baja California,  and raised in suburban Los Angeles. He earned his MFA from UC Irvine. His first novel, Still Water Saints (Random House 2007) appeared simultaneously in English and Spanish and was selected for Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers. His nonfiction and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Salon. He was a 2009 fellow in fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is also a frequent participant in Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Writers Workshop. His second novel, The Five Acts of Diego Leon, was published by Random House in March 2013.

Randa Jarrar
Randa Jarrar
 is the author of the novel  A Map of Home , which won the Hopwood Award, the Gosling Prize, and the 2009 Arab American Book Award. She was born in Chicago and raised in Kuwait, Egypt, and New York, and has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from UT Austin, and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared in the  New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, Five Chapters, the Oxford American Magazine, Utne Reader, Salon, The Rumpus, and other journals. She received the Beirut39 Award in 2010, and a fellowship from Civitella Ranieri in 2012.

Creative Nonfiction

John Hales
 is the author of Shooting Polaris: A Personal Survey in the American West (University of Missouri Press), and his essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including the Georgia Review, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Southern Review, Hudson Review, Ascent, Missouri Review and On Nature: Great Writers on the Great Outdoors.  His writing has been cited numerous times in Best American Essays and Best American Science and Nature Writing, and his awards include the Missouri Review Editors Prize in Nonfiction, and a Pushcart Prize.  He grew up in northern Utah, and completed his PhD at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Steven Church i
s the author of The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, and The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record (winner of the 2006 Colorado Book Award). His essays have been published in The Rumpus, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, AGNI, Fourth Genre, Brevity, River Teeth, Colorado Review, The Pinch, The Pedestrian and many others. His essays, nominated 9 times for a Pushcart Prize, have been reprinted in numerous anthologies and his piece, "Auscultation," was selected for the 2011 Best American Essays. He's a founding editor of the MFA program's flagship literary magazine, The Normal School and the Editorial Director for the Creative Arts Series with The Press at CSU-Fresno.