Creative Writing

As one of only a few universities nationwide to offer a BFA in creative writing, UE's creative writing program ranks among the country's best.


Katie Darby Mullins has short stories and poems forthcoming

Posted: August 23, 2016

Katie Darby Mullins, assistant professor of creative writing, has three stories coming out in the next few months. How to Become a Tiger will appear in The Rumpus, and Possede in The MacGuffin. The Head will be reprinted in Nebo. She also has five poems coming out at the San Diego Reader, spread out through September and October.

Paul Bone publishes poems

Posted: August 18, 2016

Paul Bone, associate professor of creative writing, recently published three poems in the online newspaper The San Diego Reader. His poems - APGAR, Daughter, and Present Infinitive - can be found here

Student Joy Grace Chen Wins National Writing Award

Posted: June 13, 2016

Please join the Creative Writing faculty in congratulating 2016 graduate Joy Grace Chen on winning the competitive Norton Writer's Prize, a national competition that is awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Chen's essay “Fermentation” took first place, and the judges admired her "use of form, tone, attention to sensory language, dialogue, and pacing." One judge wrote, “Each vignette adds to the author’s ability to finally see the truth of her parents’ world—and her own truth—for what they are.” Read Joy Grace’s essay.

Lisa Nikolidakis’ Work Selected for Best American Essays 2016

Posted: June 13, 2016

Assistant Professor Dr. Lisa Nikolidakis’s essay “Family Traditions” was selected by Jonathan Franzen for the 2016 edition of Best American Essays. The essay first appeared in Southern Indiana Review in 2015.

Katie Darby Mullins Publishes Short Story with BOAAT Press

Posted: May 9, 2016

University of Evansville assistant professor of creative writing Katie Darby Mullins has had several stories and poems published in the last few months. The most recent was "The Meteoric Rise and Fall of Joe Sinclair and His Daughter," which was published through BOAAT Press.

UE Creative Writing Coffee Hour Senior Reading Set for April 20

Posted: April 5, 2016

This month’s University of Evansville’s Creative Writing Coffee Hour Lecture will feature the Senior Reading, during which graduating UE creative writing majors read their poetry and prose. Winners of the Virginia Grabill Writing Awards will also be announced. The event is planned for Wednesday, April 20, at 4:00 p.m. in UE’s Melvin Peterson Gallery. It is free and open to the public

For more information, call 812-488-2963.

UE Coffee Hour Lecture Series for 2015 – 2016 Announced

Posted: September 2, 2015

The University of Evansville’s 2015-2016 annual Coffee Hour Lecture series begins Wednesday, September 16. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public, and are at 4 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery at the University.


The speaker in September will be Richard Newman, author of the poetry collections All the Wasted Beauty of the World, Domestic Fugues, and Borrowed Towns. His poems have appeared in such periodicals and anthologies as Best American Poetry, Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, Measure, New Letters, and The Sun. His work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily.

Other lectures planned for this series are:

Melvin M. Peterson Literary Hour
Wednesday, October 14

Katie Darby Mullins, UE assistant professor of creative writing, is the featured speaker. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is editing a rock 'n roll crossover edition of the metrical poetry journal Measure. She has been published or has work forthcoming in journals such as Hawaii Pacific Review, Harpur Palate, Broad River Review, Big Lucks, and The Evansville Review. She was a semifinalist in the Ropewalk Press Fiction Chapbook competition and in the Casey Shay Press poetry chapbook competition. She is lead writer and founder of the music blog Katie Darby Recommends.

Wahnita DeLong Reading
Wednesday, February 24

Writer Steve Yates is the featured speaker. He has been granted Literary Arts fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission for fiction and creative nonfiction. He has received an individual artist’s grant from the Arkansas Arts Council for his fiction. Portions of his novel, Morkan’s Quarry, appeared in Missouri Review, Ontario Review, and South Carolina Review. A novella-length excerpt was a finalist for the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society William Faulkner/Wisdom Award for the Best Novella. Excerpts from the sequel, The Teeth of the Souls, appeared in Missouri Review, Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies, and in Kansas Quarterly/Arkansas Review.

Wednesday, March 16
Poet Corinna McClanahan Schroeder is the featured speaker. Author of the poetry collection Inked, and winner of the 2014 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, her poetry appears in such journals as Shenandoah, The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Poet Lore, and Blackbird.  The recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award in poetry, she has a MFA degree from the University of Mississippi and is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California, where she holds a Wallis Annenberg Endowed Fellowship.

Senior Reading
Wednesday, April 20

Each spring during the Senior Reading, graduating creative writing majors read from their poetry and prose, and the Department of Creative Writing announces winners of the Virginia Grabill Writing Awards.

For more information, call 812-488-2963.


Bill Baer's Second Collection of Short Stories Published

Posted: April 20, 2015

Professor of Creative Writing William Baer’s second collection of short fiction, Times Square and Other Stories, has just been published by Able Muse Press in San Jose, California.  Last month, his collection of twenty-one shorter stories entitled One-and-Twenty Tales was published by Mockingbird Press. Times Square and Other Stories consists of nine longer stories, including stories previously published in The Iowa Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The Chariton Review, The Dalhousie Review, and other literary journals.  One of the stories in the collection, "The Plagiarist," earned Dr. Baer a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

UE Coffee Hour Lecture Series Planned for 2014-2015

Posted: September 10, 2014

The University of Evansville’s 2014-15 annual Creative Writing Coffee Hour Lecture series begins Thursday, September 18. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public, and will be at 4:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery at the University.

The speaker for the first Coffee Hour will be poet Erica Dawson. Her poetry collection, Big Eyed Afraid, won the 2006 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. Her second book of poetry, The Small Blades Hurt, was published in January 2014. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. Dawson is an assistant professor of English and writing at the University of Tampa.

Other lectures planned for this series include:

¨October 16: Novelist Ben H. Winters, an instructor at Butler University. Winters’s latest novel, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and nominee for the Philip K. Dick Award. His earlier novel, The Last Policeman, won the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It was also named one of the Best Books of 112 by and Slate.

¨October 23: Catherine Tufariello, poet-in-residence at Christ College, the honors college of Valparaiso University. Tufariello is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Annunciations and Free Time. Her full-length collection, Keeping My Name, received 2006 Poets’ Prize and was a Booklist Editors Choice.

¨April 16: Margaret McMullan, professor of creative writing and the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at UE. McMullan is the author of several award-winning adult and young adult novels. She has received an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a Fulbright at the University of Pecs in Hungary, and the Eugene and Marilyn Glick National Authors Award.

¨April 17 Wahnita DeLong Reading: Bruce McPherson, founding editor and publisher of McPherson & Company, an independent literary and arts press. In 2010, he published Jaimy Gordon’s novel, Lord of Misrule. Among McPherson & Company’s forthcoming books is an anthology of essays, Every Father’s Daughter, edited by Margaret McMullan.

¨April 23 Senior Reading: UE graduating creative writing majors will read from their poetry and prose. The University’s Department of Creative Writing will also announce winners of the Virginia Grabill Writing Awards.

For more information on these events, call 812-488-2963.


Creative Writing Majors Published in New Anthology

Posted: August 26, 2014

UE creative writing majors Jane Friedman ‘98, Johanna Gohmann ’98, and Jessica Russell-Pope ’13, have all had essays included in a new anthology, Every Father’s Daughter, to be published in the spring of 2015 by McPherson & Company, New York.

UE Professor of Creative Writing Margaret McMullan and Columbia University Professor Phillip Lopate edited and wrote introductions for Every Father’s Daughter, a collection of personal essays about fathers written by contemporary women writers such as Nobel laureate Alice Munro and Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley. Other contributors include Joyce Maynard, Ann Hood, Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, Antonya Nelson, Bobbie Ann Mason, Jayne Anne Phillips, Alexandra Styron, and Maxine Hong Kingston.

UE creative writing major Jessica Russell-Pope ’13 also served as copyeditor for the manuscript during her senior year Independent Study with Professor McMullan.

Professor McMullan and Professor Lopate taught together in 1993, when Professor Lopate came to UE as a visiting writer. Professor Lopate currently directs the MFA program in Creative Nonfiction at Columbia University in New York. Professor McMullan is the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing.

In April, Professors McMullan and Lopate will host a panel event at the AWP in Minneapolis, MN with readings from anthology contributors Joyce Maynard, Ann Hood, Jayne Anne Phillips and Jill McCorkle.