Faculty / Current Faculty

Neil Shea

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. 

2014 Faculty

John Grammer

John Grammer, Professor of English at the University of the South, teaches classes in British and American Literature, American Studies, and Sewanee’s interdisciplinary Humanities Program. He received his BA at Vanderbilt University and his PhD at the University of Virginia.  His 1996 book Pastoral and Politics in the Old South won the C. Hugh Holman Award as the best book of the year in Southern literary study. His essays and reviews have appeared in American Literary History, The Oxford American, The Southern Literary JournalThe Sewanee Review and other journals, and in such books as The Dictionary of Literary Biography,The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and Blackwell’s Guide to the Literature and Culture of the American South. Photo: Mary Stafford





Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith's books are Trophy, Bibliophilia: A Novella and Stories and Spikes: A Novel; his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in New England Review, Salmagundi, Oxford American, Southwest Review, Five Points, Virginia Quarterly Review, Golf World, and The Washington Post, among other periodicals. His work has been honored by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Humanities Center, the Taft Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Michael Griffith was educated at Princeton and Louisiana State University. Formerly Associate Editor of the Southern Review, he is now Associate Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati and Fiction Editor of the Cincinnati Review. He is also the Editor of Yellow Shoe Fiction, an original-fiction series from LSU Press. Photo: Mary Stafford.




Adrianne Harun

Adrianne Harun’s first collection of stories, The King of Limbo, was a Sewanee Writers' Series Selection and a Washington State Book Award finalist. Her novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in a Mountain, will be published in February 2014 by Viking/Penguin. Adrianne’s stories have been widely published in such periodicals as Story, Narrative Magazine, The Sun, Colorado Review, the Chicago Tribune (as a Nelson Algren award winner), and the Ontario Review (as a Cooper Prize finalist), and have been listed as Notable in both Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Short Stories. She studied Art History at Sarah Lawrence College and English Literature at Drew University and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. A longtime resident of Port Townsend on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, Adrianne Harun has worked as an editor for many years and currently teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshops, an MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University. Photo: Mary Stafford.



David Huddle

David Huddle holds degrees from the University of Virginia, Hollins College, and Columbia University.  Originally from Ivanhoe, Virginia, he taught for 38 years at the University of Vermont, then served three years as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University. He also held the 2012-2013 Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Huddle has continued to teach at the Bread Loaf School of English in Ripton, Vermont, and the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. Huddle’s work has appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, Appalachian Heritage, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Shenandoah, Agni, Poetry, Story, and The Georgia Review. His novel, The Story of a Million Years (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) was named a Distinguished Book of the Year by Esquire and a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. His novel, Nothing Can Make Me Do This, won the 2012 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction and his collection, Black Snake at the Family Reunion, was a finalist for the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Poetry and won the 2013 Pen New England Award for Poetry.



Andrew Hudgins

Andrew Hudgins published two new books in June of 2013.  A Clown at Midnight is his ninth collection of poems; The Joker is a memoir of his career as an appreciator of, thinker about, and irrepressible teller of jokes. Hudgins’s eight previous books of poetry include Saints and Strangers (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), After the Lost War (winner of the Poets’ Prize), The Never-Ending (finalist for the National Book Award), Shut Up, You’re Fine: Poems for Very, Very Bad Children and American Rendering: New and Selected Poems. He’s also the author of a collection of literary essays, The Glass Anvil, which was published by the University of Michigan Press in 1997. His work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Stanford’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and Princeton’s Arthur C. Hodder Fellowship, and honored by prizes from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Texas Institute of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Educated at Huntingdon College, the University of Alabama, and the University of Iowa, Hudgins is now Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University.



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.



Charles Martin

Charles Martin is equally accomplished as an original poet and as a student and translator of Latin verse. His works in the former category include Room for Error (1978), Steal the Bacon (1987), and What the Darkness Proposes (1996), and in the latter, both a translation of The Poems of Catullus (1995) and a critical study of that poet. In 2002 his Starting from Sleep: New and Selected Poems (2002) was a finalist for the Lemore Marshall Prize from the American Academy of Poets, and in 2004 his translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses  won that organization's Harold Morton Landon Award for translation. In 2005, the American Academy of Arts and Letters honored him with the coveted Award for Literature. His most recent books are Signs & Wonders, a new collection of poems, and a collaborative translation (with Gavin Flood) of the Bhagavad Gita. Charles Martin received his degrees from Fordham and the SUNY at Buffalo and has taught at the City University of New York and Syracuse University. Photo: Buck Butler.



Mark Rasmussen

Mark Rasmussen is Charles J. Luellen Professor of English at Centre College, where he has been teaching courses on Medieval and Renaissance literature since 1989. The editor of Renaissance Literature and its Formal Engagements (to which he also contributed an essay), he has also published scholarship in Sixteenth Century Studies,Spenser Studies, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, and other journals. He has presented scholarly papers in venues from Kalamazoo to Cambridge, with stops in Galway, London, and Venice. A graduate of Harvard, Rasmussen received his PhD at Johns Hopkins, where he also taught before taking up his post at Centre. There he has received the Kirk Award for Teaching Excellence among many other honors.





Neil Shea

Neil Shea is a veteran journalist whose work—published in such venues as The Providence Journal, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor, and The American Scholar—literally spans the globe, often covering military or environmental issues.  Shea has been embedded with US troops in Iraq and interviewed a Taliban commander in Afghanistan; he has explored Mexico’s crystal cave, visited Madagascar’s remote stone forest, and reported on shrinking sea ice in the Arctic sea.  An editor-at-large for the Virginia Quarterly Review and a former staff writer for National Geographic, Shea has been honored with gold and silver Lowell Thomas Awards for stories on Ethiopia and Cuba, and has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award and the Overseas Press Club Award.  Shea has taught courses in journalism and nonfiction writing at Boston University and at Furman University. You can , where he is posting from a current assignment in Kenya. Photo: Stephen Alvarez.