Tarfia Faizullah is the author of two award-winning poetry collections, Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf, 2018) and Seam (SIU, 2014). Her writing appears widely in periodicals and magazines in the US and abroad and has been displayed at the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. Tarfia’s writing is translated into Spanish, Bengali, Persian, Chinese, Tamil, and other languages. Born in Brooklyn, NY, to Bangladeshi immigrants and raised in Texas, Tarfia currently lives in Dallas.


MFA | Virginia Commonwealth University

BA | University of Texas at Austin

Connie May Fowler

Faculty Chair, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]; Director, Novel Retreat

T. Geronimo Johnson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Brian Leung

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Melissa Faliveno

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

SJ Sindu

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF/hybrid forms]