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Coed Graduate Programs

(General Information)
Hollins University
Graduate Center
P.O. Box 9603
Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
(540) 362-6575
Fax (540) 362-6288

Program Director
Jeanne Larsen

M.F. A. in Creative Writing


Jeanne Larsen

Jeanne Larsen, (homepage) director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing and professor of English; B.A., Oberlin College; M.A. Hollins College; Ph.D., University of Iowa; author of James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita: A Book of Poems, Brocade River Poems: Selected Works of the Tang Dynasty Courtesan Xue Tao, three novels, Silk Road, Bronze Mirror, and Manchu Palaces; Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women’s Poems from Tang China and most recently, Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems). A new novel, Sally Paradiso, can be downloaded in e-book format from Brown Fedora Books. She coedited Engendering the Word: Feminist Essays in Psychosexual Poetics and is the winner of many grants and awards. Her creative nonfiction, essays, poems, poem translations, and short fiction appear regularly in various magazines nationwide.

Why We Make Gardens & Other Poems

T. J. Anderson T. J. Anderson III, associate professor of English; B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.F.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., S.U.N.Y. Binghamton. He is the author of River To Cross, At Last Round Up, and Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry, and has published both poetry and poem translations. His research interests include jazz poetry, African American literature, and the work of Aimé Césaire.

Notes to Make the Sounds Come Right

Carrie Brown

Carrie Brown, distinguished visiting professor of creative writing; B.A., Brown University; M.F.A. University of Virginia. She is the author of five novels, including The Rope Walk, Confinement, The Hatbox Baby, Lamb in Love, and Rose’s Garden, and a collection of short stories, The House on Belle Isle. Her short fiction has appeared in such journals as One Story, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, and The Oxford American, Brown is a two-time winner of the Library of Virginia Book Award and a past recipient of a National Endowment for Arts fellowship, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. A new novel, The Last First Day, will be published by Pantheon in September 2013.

The Last First Day

R. H. W. Dillard R. H. W. Dillard, professor of English; B.A., Roanoke College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Virginia; editor of The Hollins Critic and author of The Day I Stopped Dreaming About Barbara Steele and Other Poems; News of the Nile; After Borges; The Greeting: New & Selected Poems; The Book of Changes; Horror Films; The First Man on the Sun; Understanding George Garrett; Just Here, Just Now; Omniphobia; Sallies; What Is Owed the Dead; and many stories, poems, essays, and literary translations. Professor Dillard has been named the 2007 winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)/George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature. The award is given annually to a living individual who has demonstrated exceptional generosity to writers.

What Is Owed the Dead

Cathryn Hankla Cathryn Hankla, (homepage), Susan Gager Jackson Professor of Creative Writing; professor of English; B.A., M.A., Hollins College. She is the poetry editor of The Hollins Critic and author of Phenomena, Learning the Mother Tongue, A Blue Moon in Poorwater, Afterimages, Negative History, Texas School Book Depository, Emerald City Blues, Poems for the Pardoned, The Land Between, Last Exposures and Fortune Teller Miracle Fish. Her essays, poems and stories have appeared in literary journals nationwide.
Fortune Teller: Miracle Fish

Thorpe Moeckel Thorpe Moeckel, associate professor of English; B.A., Bowdoin College; M.F.A., University of Virginia. His most recent book is Venison: a poem. His poetry collections include Odd Botany (Silverfish Review Press, 2002), winner of the 2000 Gerald Cable Award, and Making a Map of the River (Iris Press, 2008). Chapbooks include Meltlines and The Guessing Land. He has been a Jacob K. Javits and Henry Hoyns Fellow, and was awarded the New Writing Award from The Fellowship of Southern Writers. His writings appear regularly in journals, and selections are featured in several anthologies. He has recently completed a linked essay collection, a novel for kids, and a new collection of poems.

Karen Osborn Karen Osborn '79 is the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence for 2013. She is the author of four novels: Patchwork, Between Earth and Sky, The River Road, and Centerville. Her poetry and stories have appeared in journals nationwide, including The Southern Review, Kansas Quarterly, Clapboard House, Poet Lore, Wisconsin Review, New England Watershed, and The Centennial Review. Her grants and awards include fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a Notable Book of the Year Award from The New York Times.


Elizabeth Poliner Elizabeth Poliner, assistant professor of English; B.A. Bowdoin College; J.D. University of Virginia; M.F.A. American University. She is the author of Mutual Life & Casualty, a novel-in-stories, published in 2005 by The Permanent Press, and Sudden Fog, a chapbook of poems. Her stories and poems have been published in literary journals nationwide, and her awards include numerous individual artist grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Sudden Fog

Eric Trethewey Eric Trethewey, professor of English; B.A., Kentucky State University; M.A. University of New Orleans; Ph.D., Tulane University. He is the author of five collections of poems, Dreaming of Rivers, Evening Knowledge, The Long Road Home, Songs and Lamentations and Heart's HornbookEvening Knowledge was a winner in the 1990 Virginia Prize for Poetry. His literary scholarship includes articles on various writers, including Matthew Arnold and Joseph Conrad. His poems, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, among them The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Hudson Review, Poetry, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, The New Republic, The Southern Review and Canadian Literature. The Home Waltz, a screenplay, won the Virginia Governor’s Screenplay Competition. The Long Road Home