Meet our 2020 Faculty

Chris Bachelder | MFA Faculty

Chris Bachelder is the author of the novels The Throwback SpecialAbbott AwaitsU.S.!Bear v. Shark, and Lessons in Virtual Photography. His short fiction and essays have appeared in a number of magazines and journals, including the Paris ReviewHarper'sMcSweeney'sThe BelieverOxford AmericanAmerican Short FictionMother JonesThe Cincinnati Review, and New Stories from the South. His 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.'' His acclaimed novel The Throwback Special was a finalist for the National Book Award. The book follows 22 men who meet each year to reenact the 1985 Joe Theismann football injury. Bachelder was awarded the prestigious Terry Southern Prize in 2016. He 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.

Barbara Black | MA Faculty

Barbara Black is the author of two classic studies of Victorian literature and culture: On Exhibit: Victorians and Their Museums and A Room of His Own: A Literary-Cultural Study of Victorian Clubland. When the former appeared in 2000, critic Joseph Childers praised it for “[beginning] in very important ways to unravel the representation of culture to itself.” The latter, nominated as Best Book of 2013 by the North American Victorian Studies Association, was lauded as “an absorbing and enlightening study” by the Times Literary Supplement and as a “beautifully conceived, thoroughly researched, and deftly argued book” by scholar Karen Chase Levenson. Black’s essays and reviews—on Dickens, Wilde, Gissing, Fitzgerald, among others—have appeared in SalmagundiNineteenth-Century ContextsVictorian Poetry, and Dickens Studies Annual, among other journals, as well as in the book Dickens and Gender (2012). Barbara Black earned an AB at Bryn Mawr College and a PhD at the University of Virginia. She currently serves as professor of English at Skidmore College, where she was recently honored with the Ralph A. Ciancio Award for Excellence in Teaching. Barbara Black is the review editor for the international journal Nineteenth-Century Contexts.

Tiana Clark | MFA Faculty

Tiana Clark is the author of the poetry collection I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize, as well as the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New YorkerPoetry MagazineKenyon ReviewAmerican Poetry ReviewNew England ReviewBest New Poets 2015Lenny Letter, and elsewhere. She was the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Clark is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Most recently, she was awarded a 2019 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Virginia Craighill | MA Faculty

Virginia Ottley Craighill has been teaching at Sewanee since 2001 and is also a graduate of the University of the South (C’82), the University of Georgia, and the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches 19th century and modern American literature (especially Tennessee Williams), literary journalism, creative non-fiction, and literature by women. Her work has been published in the Sewanee ReviewGulf CoastChattahoochee ReviewBest American Sports Writing 2019, and Kalliope, among others.

Allen Reddick | MA Faculty

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 an MA from Cambridge, a PhD 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. He was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London for his work on the library of Carl Linnaeus.

John Jeremiah Sullivan | MFA Faculty

Winner of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, John Jeremiah Sullivan is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and Southern editor of the Paris Review. Previously he was an editor at Harper's, Oxford American, and GQ Magazine. His prize-winning first book, Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter's Son, was published in 2004. His fiction has appeared in the New Yorker. His journalism and reviews appear regularly in the New York TimesHarper's, Oxford AmericanGQ, and the Paris Review. Many of these pieces are gathered in his book Pulphead, which has been widely and enthusiastically reviewed. Winner of two National Magazine Awards, the Whiting Writer's Award, and a 2015 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, Sullivan lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife and two daughters.