Fall Faculty Changes

The coming Autumn quarter will bring exciting change to the MFA program: the welcome of two new faculty members.

Current faculty Leslie Leyland Fields and Bret Lott are both moving on from teaching with us to devote more of themselves to the heavy workloads they each have outside of the program. It’s bittersweet for everyone involved; we’re sad to see them go, but enthusiastic about their exciting career opportunities. All of us wish them well and thank them for their wonderful service to the program over the past years. (Leslie was a founding faculty member!)

In the wake of their leave, there will be a bit of a shuffle! Current creative nonfiction faculty Robert Clark will be returning to the fiction genre alongside fiction faculty Gina Ochsner. As for creative nonfiction, we are pleased to announce that the two new mentors will be Paula Huston and Lauren Winner. Paula and Lauren will be joining us for the first time at the summer residency in Santa Fe. Welcome, Paula and Lauren!

Paula Huston is the author of nonfiction books Forgiveness: Following Jesus into Radical Loving, The Holy Way: Practices for a Simple Life, and By Way of Grace: Moving from Faithfulness to Holiness, as well as the critically acclaimed novel Daughters of Song. Her work has been twice selected for the Best American Short Stories list. Her spiritual writing and short stories have appeared in a vast array of literary journals and magazines, including North American Review, Missouri Review, Story, MSS, American Short Fiction, The Christian Century, Image, America, Massachusetts Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Geez.

Lauren F. Winner is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, and her recent study A Cheerful & Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book ReviewThe Washington Post Book WorldPublishers WeeklyBooks and Culture, and Christianity Today. Winner has degrees from Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge universities, and holds a Ph.D. in history. The former book editor for Beliefnet, Lauren teaches at Duke Divinity School, and lives in Durham, North Carolina.