2019 Faculty

Héctor Tobar (Fiction)

Héctor Tobar is the author of four books published in ten languages, including the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller: Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free. Héctor is also a contributing writer for the New York Times opinion pages and an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine. He’s written for The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times and other publications.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Poetry)

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Oceanic (Copper Canyon Press 2018). With Ross Gay, she co-authored LACE & PYRITE, a collection of nature poems. Her book of nature essays is forthcoming with Milkweed and she is professor of English in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi.

Meghan Daum (Creative Nonfiction)

Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Meghan is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She is on the adjunct faculty in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Lilliam Rivera (Young Adult Fiction)

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels Dealing in Dreams, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster on March 5, 2019, and The Education of Margot Sanchez, available now in bookstores everywhere. Her work has appeared in Elle, Lenny Letter, Tin House, Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, and Los Angeles Times, to name a few. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles.

Jan-Henry Gray (Poetry)

Jan-Henry Gray was born in Quezon City, Philippines and moved to California with his family when he was six years old. He lived undocumented in the US for more than 32 years. He grew up in Southern California and lived in San Francisco where he cooked in restaurants for more than 12 years. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University and Columbia College Chicago’s MFA program. Along with awards from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Academy of American Poets, he received the inaugural Undocupoets Fellowship. His work has been published in Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Fourteen Hills, Puerto del Sol, Southern Humanities Review, and other journals. He is the author of the chapbook Selected Emails of Jan-Henry Gray (speCt!). His first book, Documents (BOA Editions, Ltd.) was chosen by D.A. Powell as the winner of the 2018 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize.

Patrick Coleman (Fiction)

Patrick Coleman’s writing has appeared in Hobart, ZYZZYVA, Zócalo Public Square, the Black Warrior Review, and the Utne Reader, among others. His debut collection of poems, Fire Season, won the 2015 Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press on December 1, 2018. His first novel, The Churchgoer, will be published by Harper Perennial. The Art of Music, an exhibition catalogue on the relationship between visual arts and music that he edited and contributed to, was co-published by Yale University Press and the San Diego Museum of Art. He earned an MFA from Indiana University and a BA from the University of California Irvine. He lives in Ramona, California, with his wife and two daughters, and is Assistant Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego.


IUWC has a long history of hosting highly accomplished faculty.

2018: Ada Limón, Kiese Laymon, Matthew Klam, Alison Gaylin, Jason Adam Katzenstein, Chanelle Benz, Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa

2017: Chris Abani, Morgan Parker, Mary Robinette Kowal, Alexander Weinstein, Amy Kurzweil, Rickey Laurentiis

2016: Wesley Chu, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, David Crabb, Dana Johnson, Amelia Martens, Walton Muyumba, Salvatore Scibona

2015: Lynda Barry, Lou Berney, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Dan Chaon, Adrian Matejka, Alissa Nutting, John-Paul Zaccarini

2014: Jami Attenberg, Sally Ball, Jim Elledge, T.M. McNally, Christine Sneed, Stephen Motika

2013: Arthur Phillips, Cathy Bowman, Scott Hutchins, Nathaniel Perry, Alix Lambert, Lloyd Suh

2012: Lynda Barry, Dan Chaon, Jean Thompson, Erin Belieu, Jenny Browne, Lou Berney, James Canary

2011: Tony Ardizonne, Lynda Barry, Dan Chaon, Gary Ferguson, Jill Godmilow, Patrick Rosal, Julia Story

2010: Josip Novakovich, Meg Wolitzer, Eileen Myles, Samrat Upadhyay, Ed Pavlic, Mia Leonin, Micah Ling, Dan Barden

2009: Julia Glass, Manuel Munoz, Aracelis Girmay, Alyce Miller, Tom Chiarello, Danit Brown, David Trinidad

2008: Donald Antrim, Karen Joy Fowler, Jean Valentine, Kevin Prufer, Tony Ardizzone, Alison Umminger, Ross Gay, Anne-Marie Oomen

2007: Khaled Mattawa, Matthew Klam, Catherine Bowman, Nicholas Dawidoff, Crystal Wilkinson, Adam Langer, Heather McHugh, Lee Martin

2006: Amy Bloom, Richard McCann, David Kirby, Barbara Hamby, Dana Johnson, Mark Wunderlich, Tyehimba Jess

2005: Tony Ardizzone, Mark Axelrod, Carol Bly, Cynie Cory, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Yusef Komunyakaa, David Lazar, David Leavitt, Brian Leung, Martha Rhodes, Maura Stanton

2004: Thomas Glave, Patricia Henley, Li-Young Lee, Alyce Miller, Jean Thompson,Terrance Hayes, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Michael Martone, Maureen Seaton, Karen Volkman

2003: Aimee Bender, Marilyn Chin, Elizabeth Dewberry, Amy Locklin, Clint McCown, David Wright, Robert Olen Butler, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Brenda Hillman, A. Loudermilk, Achy Obejas, Kevin Young

2002: Mark Doty, Molly Giles, Andrew Hudgins, Paul Lisicky, Manuel Luis Martinez, Michael Martone, Erin McGraw, Reginald McKnight, Roger Mitchell, Lucia Perillo, Karen Volkman

2001: Barrie Jean Borich, John Dufresne, Jim Grimsley, Alyce Miller, Ernesto Quiñonez, Jean Valentine, Cindy Chinelly, Beth Ann Fennelly, Shirlene Holmes, Susan Mitchell, Alan Shapiro

2000: Jonis Agee, Tony Ardizzone, Jim Elledge, Kate Daniels, C.J. Hribal, Timothy Liu, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, John Keene, Susan Neville, Kevin Stein, Michael Martone, Romayne Rubinas

1999: Catherine Bowman, Rodney Jones, Allison Joseph, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Brad Leithauser, Manuel Luis Martinez, Mary Jo Salter, Barbara Shoup, Jon Tribble, Charles Harper Webb

1998: Carol Anshaw, Pinckney Benedict, Catherine Bowman, Ralph Burns, Gerald Costanzo, Amy Gerstler, John McCluskey, Jay Meek, William O’Rourke, Lucia Perillo, Sharon Solwitz

1997: Marianne Boruch, Catherine Bowman, Richard Katrovas, Yusef Komunyakaa, Alyce Miller, Susan Neville, Barbara Shoup, Joan Silber, Arthur Vogelsang, David Wojahn, Al Young

1996: Ralph Burns, Jim Elledge, Reginald Gibbons, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, John McCluskey, Susan Neville, Frances Sherwood, Gerald Stern, Brian Swann, Roberta Swann, Jean Thompson, David Wojahn

1995: Ralph Burns, Bernard Cooper, Martin Espada, Thomas Gavin, John McCluskey, William Matthews, Frances Sherwood, Maura Stanton, Jean Thompson, C.D. Wright, Al Young, Paul Zimmer

1992: Ralph Angel, Tony Ardizzone, Robert Boswell, Lynn Emanuel, Mark Halliday, Heather McHugh, Reginald McKnight, William Matthews, Donald Revell, Gladys Swan, Jean Thompson, David Wojahn

1991: Deborah Digges, Alan Dugan, Richard Jackson, David Bradley, Susan Dodd, Ellen Lesser, Ira Sadoff

1990: Marvin Belle, Ralph Burns, Reginald Gibbons, Dewitt Henry, Lynda Hull, Reginald McKnight, Judy Troy, Joan Silber, Brian Swann, Roberta Swann, David Wojahn, Richard Yates

1989: Brian Swann

1987: Brian Swann

1986: Maura Stanton

1985: Carol Bly, Lisel Mueller, Dave Smith, Rochelle Distelheim, Alvin Greenberg, Denise Levertov, Susan Neville, Scott Sanders, Sam Smiley, Maura Stanton, Brain Swann, Robley Wilson

1983: Tim Cahill, Stanley Elkin, Douglas Hofstadter, Carolyn Kizer, Ursula LeGuin, Roger Mitchell, Thomas Rabbitt, Mary Robison, Scott Sanders, Sam Smiley, Dave Smith

1982: Willis Barnstone, Raymond Carver, George Garrett, James Hazard, Shirley Kaufman, Emily Cheney Neville, Scott Sanders, Cynthia Propper Seton, Clancy Sigal, William Stafford, Maura Stanton, Alberta Turner

1981: E.M. Broner, R.V. Cassill, James Hazard, Galway Kinnell, Carolyn Kizer, Paul Metcalf, Lisel Mueller, Scott Sanders, Clancy Sigal, Robley Wilson

1980: Alan Dugan, George Garrett, James Hazard, Paul Metcalf, Marge Piercy, Francine du Plessix Gray, Scott Sanders, Clancy Sigal, Mary Ellen Solt, Brian Swann, Diane Wakoski, Kathleen Wiegner, Maia Wojciechowska

1978: Ursula LeGuin, Mary Fornes, Ishmael Reed, Ed Stern

1976: John Arden, Richard Kostelanetz, Dan Georakas, Leonard Michaels, John Woods, Sol Yurick, Roger Zelazny

1975: Madeleine L’Engle, Paul Darcy Boles, Mary Daniels, Philip Hamburger, Jack Matthews, Roger Mitchell, Tad Mosee, Harry Mark Petrakis

1974: Norma Ainsworth

1973: Elizabeth Spencer, A.E.Hotchner, Stanley Elkin, Doris Betts, Arthur Gregor, Emily Cheney Neville, Eileen Jensen, John Brady

1972: Fred Mustard Stewart, Gerold Frank, Doris Betts, Jack Matthews, Sandra Hochman, Lloyd Alexander, Paul Darcy Boles, Charles and Bonnie Remsberg

1971: Anton Myrer, Elizabeth Spencer, Gay Talese, Gwendolyn Brooks, Madeleine L’Engle, Will Stanton, William Barry Furlong, Gretchen Cryer

1970: Noel B. Gerson, Harry Mark Petrakis, Martin L. Gross, Selden Rodman, Maia Wojciechowska, Robert Canzoneri, Richard Dunlop, Peter Masterson

1968: Douglass Wallop, Jesse Hill Ford, William K. Zinsser, Lionel Wiggam, Jean Poindexter Colby, Arturo F. Gonzalez Jr., Sam Smiley, Ilka Chase

1967: Jerome Weidman, Elizabeth Enright, Gerold Frank, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Atcheson, Beatrice Schenk De Regniers, Malcolm Foster

1966: Arthur Hailey, William Peden, Bruce and Naomi Bliven, Gwendolyn Brooks, Madeleine L’Engle, Robert Meredith, Lillian Pompian

1965: David Westheimer, Harry Mark Petrakis, Jhan & June Robbins, Lionel Wiggam, Madeleine L’Engle, Robert Meredith, Lillian Pompian

1964: Anya Seton, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Ernest Havemann, Lionel Wiggan, The Spewacks, Keith Robertson, Harry Mark Petrakis, Lillian Pompian

1963: John Brooks, James Reid Parker, Maurice Zolotow, Lionel Wiggam, Tad Mosel, Keith Robertson, Bernard Sabath, Lillian Pompian

1961: Nathaniel Benchley, Elizabeth Janeway, William Jay Smith, Charlotte Zolotow, Richard Gehman, Howard Rodman, Bernard Sabath

1959: Nancy Wilson Ross, Stanley Young, Maurice Zolotow, Jean Lee Latham, Ernest Kinoy, Winfield Townley

1958: Elizabeth Enright, John Selby, Maurice Zolotow, Peggy Bacon, Michelle Cousin, Reed Whittemore

1957: Jean Poindexter Colby, Walker Gibson, Don Congdon, Henry La Cossitt, Michelle Cousin, Jessamyn West

1956: Helen Eustis, Henry La Cossitt, Erik Barnouw, Howard Nemerov, Ruth Krauss

1955: Louise Bogan, Caroline Gordon, William Hodapp, Bruce Bliven, Jr., Beatrice Creighton

1954: Elizabeth Yates, J.F. Powers, Robert Coughlan, Richard Wilbur, Paul Pickrel

1953: John Selby, Elizabeth Enright, John Malcolm Brinnin, Frances Gray Patton, Oliver Jensen

1952: Nelson Algren, John Ciardi, Victoria Lincoln, Isabel McLennon McMeekin, Richard H. Rovere

1951: Peter Taylor, Glenway Wescott, Richard Eberhart, John Bartlow Martin, Marjorie Flack

1950: Merle Miller, Louise Bogan, John Crowe Ransom, Lillian Smith, Caroline Gordon, Allen Tate, Gertrude Blumenthal, Walter S Campbell

1949: Andrew Lyttle, Harry Shaw, Stephen Spender, Jeannette Covert Nolan, Glenway Wescott, Karl Detzer, Arch Oboler

1948: John Frederick Nims, John R Tunis, Jessamyn West, Lillian Hellman, John Horne Burns, Kenneth Fearing, Rolfe Humphries, William E Wilson, Irving Stone

1947: Carl Carmer, David L Cohn, Howard Fast, Brendan Gill, Horace Gregory, Ralph Humphries, Randall Jarrell, Meridel Le Sueur, John R Tunis, Ann Weil, Marya Zaturenska

1946: Robert Hillyer, Don Herold, MacKinlay Kantor, Mari Sandoz, Mary Jane Ward, Marion Boyd Havighurst, Walter Havighurst, John R Tunis

1945: Horace Gregory, Boyden Sparks, James T Farrell, Richard A Cordell, Jeanette Covert Nolan, AC Spectorsky, Ruth Suckow

1942: Carl Carmer, John T Frederick, Katherine Anne Porter, David Daiches—Elliot Prize, Jeanette Covert Nolan, John Crowe Ransom

1941: Sally Benson, Carl Carmer, Nannine Joseph, Herbert J. Muller, Jeannette Covert Nolan, Kerker Quinn, John Crowe Ransom, Irwin Shaw, S. Stephenson Smith, Marguerite Young

1940: John Gould Fletcher, Jesse Stuart, Will David Howe, Jessica Mannon, Karl W. Detzer, Maxwell Aley, Jeanette Covert Nolan, Margaret Weymouth Jackson, Miriam Mason Swain