MFA in Writing

Faculty

Our faculty are deeply committed professionals, as devoted to their calling to teach as they are to their own craft as writers.

Together, they have published more than 350 books and amassed an impressive catalogue of literary awards and distinctions. Though most of them have distinguished academic careers in traditional settings, they typically describe their work at VCFA as the pinnacle of their teaching lives. These dedicated author-teachers thrive on the opportunity to mentor serious, gifted developing writers in this individualized format, and on their vital role as pillars of the Program and its community. 

The inspirational and supportive quality of VCFA’s culture has made it an artistic and intellectual “home,” thereby nurturing an unusually close-knit and long-serving faculty. Our instructors have been with us for an average of 12 years, bringing a wealth of experience and a treasured continuity to the Program. At the same time, VCFA welcomes fresh voices and actively seeks to expand diversity and inclusion. Those values guide our ongoing cultivation of newer faculty, ensuring our students a broad range of influences and experiences.   

"What VCFA gives a writer is that crucial combination of solitude and community, the excitement and intensity of the residency, then the focused on-going dialogue with a mentor. What a gift—to know there’s someone on the other end of the line! It’s the best of worlds—the modern classroom and the age-old experience of apprenticeship—a serious, personal and thrilling way to learn. Life changing.”  - Betsy Sholl, poetry faculty

Ralph Angel

Ralph Angel

Faculty, Poetry

Mark Cox

Mark Cox

Faculty, Poetry

Trinie Dalton, VCFA Writing Program

Trinie Dalton

Faculty, Fiction

Matthew Dickman, MFA in Writing

Matthew Dickman

Faculty, Poetry

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Visiting Faculty, CNF

Connie May Fowler

Connie May Fowler

Faculty, CNF/Fiction Faculty; Novel Retreat

Abby Frucht photographed by David Richard Schuhart

Abby Frucht

Faculty, Fiction

Douglas Glover, VCFA Writing Program

Douglas Glover

Faculty, CNF/Fiction

Cynthia Huntington

Cynthia Huntington

Faculty, CNF/Poetry

Barbara Hurd

Barbara Hurd

Faculty, CNF

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson

Faculty, Poetry

David Jauss, VCFA Writing Program

David Jauss

Faculty, Fiction

T. Geronimo Johnson

T. Geronimo Johnson

Visiting Faculty, Fiction

Ellen Lesser, VCFA Writing Program

Ellen Lesser

Faculty Chair, Fiction; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Brian Leung

Brian Leung

Faculty, Fiction

Bret Lott

Bret Lott

Faculty, CNF/Fiction

Patrick Madden, VCFA Writing Program

Patrick Madden

Faculty, CNF

Richard McCann, VCFA Writing Program

Richard McCann

Faculty, CNF/Fiction

Clint McCown

Clint McCown

Faculty, Fiction

Jacquelyn Mitchard, VCFA Writing Program

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Faculty, CNF/Fiction

Tomás Q. Morín

Tomás Q. Morín

Faculty, Poetry

Natasha Sajé, Faculty, MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts

Natasha Sajé

Faculty, Poetry

Betsy Sholl

Betsy Sholl

Faculty, Poetry

Sue William Silverman

Sue William Silverman

Faculty, CNF/Fiction

Martha Southgate, Visting Faculty, MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts

Martha Southgate

Faculty, Fiction

Larry Sutin, VCFA Writing Program

Larry Sutin

Faculty, CNF/Fiction

Leslie Ullman, VCFA Writing Program

Leslie Ullman

Faculty, Poetry

Robert Vivian

Robert Vivian

Faculty, CNF/Fiction

Nance Van Winckel, VCFA Writing Program

Nance Van Winckel

Faculty, Fiction/Poetry

David Wojahn, VCFA Writing Program

David Wojahn

Faculty, Poetry