Thursday, September 16, 2010

Introducing New MFA Faculty Members

The MFA program at Ashland University welcomes three new faculty to the program this spring.

Carmen Giménez Smith is Assistant Professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University, Publisher for Noemi Press and Editor-in-Chief of Puerto Del Sol and the author of Odalisque in Pieces (University of Arizona, 2009). Her work has most recently appeared in Ploughshares, Colorado Review and Jubilat, and forthcoming in A Public Space and Denver Quarterly. A memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, will be published by University of Arizona Press in 2010. She also co-edited, with Kate Bernheimer, the fairy tale anthology, My Mother She Slew Me, My Father He Ate Me (Penguin 2010). She lives in New Mexico with her husband, Evan Lavender-Smith and their two children.

Leila Philip is the author of A Family Place and The Road Through Miyama, which won the PEN 1990 Martha Albrand Citation for Nonfiction in 1990. She has received awards for her writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is a professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

Peter Trachtenberg is the author of 7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh and The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning. The latter book is the winner of the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Emerson Award for studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity. His essays, journalism, and short fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, BOMB, A Public Space, and The New York Times Travel Magazine. He has been the recipient of a Whiting Award, a writer’s fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction and is a 2010-11 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His website is

For more information about the MFA Program at Ashland University, visit Also available today is the most recent newsletter:

Meet the Team

We're very pleased to introduce our spring 2018 Ashland MFA Faculty. We hope you're as excited about these names as we ar...