Faculty / Current Faculty


OUR FACULTY have included Pulitzer and National Book Award finalists, an editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, a winner of three National Magazine Awards, and the only American named a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Some live right here in Sewanee; others visit us from as far away as the University of Zurich, as well as Vanderbilt, Boston University, CUNY, The University of Cincinnati, Syracuse, and other campuses, bringing with them lifetimes worth of experience as writers, scholars, and teachers. They teach classes on Faulkner, Dante, and Shakespeare; on African American Literature, Modern Poetry and the Environment, Southern Literature, and the Bible. They teach Latin American and Russian Literature in translation. To make sure our students get the most out of these classroom encounters, we keep our numbers low; around 12 people in a class or workshop, with about 100 in the program as a whole. 

The makeup of faculty changes a bit each summer, with our veterans rotating in and out and some new faces appearing every June. It's our way of providing, within the scope of a small program, something of the breadth and depth of a large one. Over the course of their studies our students will get to know many distinguished teachers and hear many voices. 

2015 Faculty

Daniel Anderson

Daniel Anderson’s work has appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, Harper’s, The New Republic, and Best American Poetry, among other places. He is the author of two poetry collections, Drunk in Sunlight and January Rain, and the editor of The Selected Poems of Howard Nemerov. His honors include a Pushcart Prize as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bogliasco Foundation. Educated at the University of Cincinnatti and The Johns Hopkins University, he is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Oregon. Photo: Mary Stafford.






Chris Bachelder

Chris Bachelder is the author of the novels U.S.!, Bear v. Shark, and Lessons in Virtual Tour Photography (an e-book available free at www.mcsweeneys. net/bachelder/). His short fiction and essays have appeared in a number of magazines and journals, including Harper's, McSweeney's, The Believer, The Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Mother Jones, The Cincinnati Review, and New Stories from the South. His new novel, Abbott Awaits, was published in 2011, to strong reviews: “Not since John Cheever,” said novelist Brock Clark, “has an American male fiction writer written so ingeniously, so beautifully, so heartbreakingly about the pain and sweetness of domestic life.'' Bachelder received an MFA in fiction from the University of Florida and taught at New Mexico State, Colorado College, and the University of Massachusetts before joining the Creative Writing faculty of the University of Cincinnati in 2011. Photo: Camille Stallings.




Holly Goddard Jones

Holly Goddard Jones’s fiction has appeared in such journals as The Kenyon ReviewThe Southern Review, Tinhouse, and The Gettysburg Review and been anthologized in New Stories from the South and Best American Mystery Stories. Her first book, the story collection Girl Trouble, was published by Harper Perennial in 2009, to enthusiastic acclaim from oracles as diverse as Erin McGraw and O magazine. Her debut novel, The Next Time You See Me, was released in 2013. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Ohio State University, she has taught at Denison University and Murray State University and now serves as Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Among her honors are the Peter Taylor Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. To learn more visit www.hollygoddardjones.com. Photo: Camille Stallings.




Jennifer Lewin

Jennifer Lewin is a remarkably versatile young scholar whose interests range from the Bible to Modern Poetry. Her essays and reviews, on topics as diverse as Spenser, Milton, Shakespeare, Eighteenth-Century poetry and Twentieth-Century New Criticism, have appeared in Modern Philology, Shakespeare Studies, the Boston Review, Blackwell's Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English, and Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same, a collection of essays in honor of John Hollander which she also edited. A short essay is forthcoming in a special online issue of Spenser Review dedicated to John Hollander (1939-2013), called "Explaining John, or, Digression is the Better Form of Valor." She has articles forthcoming in the Shakespeare Encyclopedia, and her poetry has appeared in Raritan. Lewin has been selected as a judge for the 2014 Southern Literary Festival. Educated at Brandeis and Yale, Jenn Lewin taught at both those institutions, the Harvard summer school, Boston University and the University of Kentucky before taking up her current post as Visiting Assistant Professor of English here at Sewanee. Photo: Mary Stafford.



Pamela Royston Macfie

Pamela Royston Macfie is Professor of English at Sewanee, where she holds the Samuel R. Williamson Distinguished University Chair and teaches courses on Dante, Shakespeare, and Renaissance poetry. She has led the college’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and now chairs the English Department. A graduate of Goucher College, she received her MA and PhD degrees from Duke, where she was a Medieval and Renaissance Studies Fellow. Her published scholarship has covered Shakespeare, Spenser, Chapman, Marlowe and other sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English poets and focuses particularly on Renaissance appropriations of Ovid. These days she is preoccupied with a book-length project entitled “Summoning the Past: Hero and Leander’s Poetry of Allusion.” Her longstanding interest in Dante led her to Dartmouth’s Dante Seminar, where her participation was supported by the National Endowment of Humanities. A local and regional leader of Phi Beta Kappa, Macfie has also served as a Wye Faculty Fellow at the Aspen Institute and as a tutor to British Studies at Oxford, a summer program operated jointly by Sewanee and Rhodes College. Photo: Mary Stafford



Allen Reddick

Allen Reddick is the author of The Making of Johnson’s Dictionary, 1746-1773 (1996) and the editor of Johnson's Unpublished Revisions of his Dictionary: A Facsimile Edition with Commentary and Analysis (2005), both published by Cambridge University Press, as well as articles concerning English literature from the 17th  through the 18th century. A graduate of Sewanee, he earned his M.A. from Cambridge, his Ph.D. from Columbia, and began his teaching career in 1985 at Harvard, where he served as Assistant, then Associate, Professor of English. In 1993 he took up his current post as professor of English literature at the University of Zurich.

His scholarly work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the British Academy, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the American Society for 18th-Century Studies, among others. He is currently tracing the vast book distribution activities of the 18th-century radical, Thomas Hollis. Last year, he was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London for his work on the library of Carl Linnaeus. Photo: Mary Stafford.



Diane Thiel

Diane Thiel is the author of eight books of poetry, nonfiction and creative writing pedagogy, including Echolocations (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize), Resistance FantasiesThe White Horse: A Colombian JourneyCrossroads: Creative Writing Exercises in Four Genres, and Winding Roads: Exercises in Writing Creative Nonfiction. Her translation of Alexis Stamatis's novel American Fugue received an National Endowment for the Arts International Literature Award. Thiel’s work has appeared in such journals asPoetryThe Hudson ReviewThe Sewanee Review, is reprinted in over 50 major anthologies, and has been translated widely. A recipient of numerous awards including the Robert Frost and Robinson Jeffers Awards, and a Fulbright Scholar, she is Professor of English at the University of New Mexico and has served as Writer-in-Residence for the Environmental Institute at Sewanee. To learn more visit: www.dianethiel.net. Photo: Camille Stallings.




Lauryl Tucker

Lauryl Tucker is Associate Professor of English at the University of the South, where she teaches classes on modern literature.  Her scholarly interests range from Virginia Woolf and T. S. Eliot to C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers; her essays have appeared in such journals as Literature Interpretation Theory, Twentieth-Century Literature, and The Sewanee Theological Review.  At present she is hard at work on a book about humor and gender in the work of such poets as Louise Bennett, Stevie Smith, and Carol Ann Duffy.  A graduate of Sewanee, Lauryl Tucker earned her MA and PhD at the University of Virginia. Photo: Camille Stallings.