MFA in Writing

Anthony Swofford / Visiting Faculty, Fiction/CNF

Anthony Swofford

Anthony Swofford is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught at Iowa, Lewis and Clark College, St. Mary’s College, and is currently on faculty in the MFA program at West Virginia University.

He writes nonfiction, novels, television, film, and poems. He's currently finishing a biography of Carlos Arredondo, a Gold Star father and hero of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing (Knopf, 2018). He's adapting that book for HBO Films. He's also working on a book-length essay called No One Loves the Fat Man; a time travel novel, Sixty Diamond Minutes; and a prose poem cycle about right-wing extremism, Right Wing Radio Flyer.

His books include Jarhead (Scribner, 2003) and Exit A: A Novel (Scribner, 2008). He has been a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar residency in Menerbes, France, and Jarhead received the Martha Albrand Art of Memoir Award from PEN. He has appeared on Fresh Air, All Things Considered, The Wolf Blitzer Show, The Daily Show, and a bunch of other places he can’t remember. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Guardian, Post Road, and the New York Times.

Yet still, his most cherished publication was his first: a poem in the 1995 Cal Poly Pomona Spring Harvest chapbook, for which he won first place in the community college poetry contest and received the sweetest one hundred dollars he has ever spent.