David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty-two books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller), Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Other People: Takes & Mistakes (NYTBR Editors’ Choice). 

The film adaptation of I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, in which Shields co-stars, was released by First Pond Entertainment in 2017; forthcoming in 2019 are two of Shields’s documentary films: Lynch: A History and Burning Down the LouvreNobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention has just been published (October 2018); The Trouble With Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power is forthcoming in February 2019.

A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and a senior contributing editor of Conjunctions, Shields has published essays and stories in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’sEsquireYale ReviewSalonSlateMcSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into two dozen languages.


MFA - Fiction Writing | University of Iowa

BA - British & American Literature | Brown

Selected work

Trinie Dalton

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; MFA in Writing & Publishing

Bianca Stone

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

Jeff Kleinman

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

Rita Banerjee

Director & Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

Ruben Quesada

Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

James Scott

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing