Program Administration

Administrative oversight of the program is provided by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, under whose authority the program operates. The dean appoints the program’s director and faculty. In his oversight of the program the dean is assisted by a standing committee, the School of Letters Committee, chaired by the director of the School of Letters and consisting of the chair of the Department of English, director of the Teacher Education program, the associate dean of the College, and two faculty members elected by the College Faculty.

Director Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor is the author of the memoir Riding with the Ghost, published by Random House in 2020. He is also the author of three books of fiction: the story collections Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever (2010), Flings (2014), and the novel The Gospel of Anarchy (2011). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, BOMB, The Sewanee Review, and Bookforum. He has taught writing at the graduate and undergraduate level in programs across the U.S., including Columbia University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Montana. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Associate Director April Alvarez

April Alvarez is the Associate Director for the School of Letters. She worked previously in Sewanee's Alumni Office. A native of North Carolina, she holds a BA in English and Journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. April received her MFA in 2015 from the School of Letters. Her short story "Tatau" was recently published in the Portland Review 2019, Unchartable: On Environmental Unknowns. April worked for the National Geographic Society before moving to Sewanee, where she lives with her husband, photographer Stephen Alvarez, and two children.

Blake & Bailey Postbaccalaureate Fellow Lucy Rudman

Lucy Rudman is a 2022 graduate of Sewanee, where she earned her degree in Biology and minored in Anthropology. Despite her science-y focus, she worked as a tutor at the Writing Center and took an English or creative writing class nearly every semester. She enjoys puzzles, hiking, and thrift shopping, and has been a competive swimmer all her life. 

School of Letters Office

Phone: (931) 598-1636