Richard McCann is the author, most recently, of Mother of Sorrows, a collection of linked stories that Michael Cunningham has described as “almost unbearably beautiful.” He is also the author of Ghost Letters, a collection of poems (1994 Beatrice Hawley Award, 1993 Capricorn Poetry Award) and the editor (with Michael Klein) of Things Shaped in Passing: More ‘Poets for Life’ Writing from the AIDS Pandemic.

His fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic, Ms., Esquire, Ploughshares, Tin House, and the Washington Post Magazine, and in numerous anthologies, including The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007 and Best American Essays 2000. For his work, he has received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. A member of the Board of Directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Corporation of Yaddo, he teaches in the graduate creative program at American University, where he was named the 2005 Scholar-Teacher of the Year. He is currently working on a memoir, The Resurrectionist, which explores the experience and meanings of illness and mortality through a narrative exploration of his experience as a liver transplant recipient.


PhD - American Studies | University of Iowa
MA - American Studies | University of Iowa
MA - Creative Writing | Hollins College
BA - British Literature | Virginia Commonwealth University

Richard McCann

Faculty, MFA in Writing; Novel Retreat

Brian Leung

Faculty, MFA in Writing

Betsy Sholl

Faculty, MFA in Writing

Patrick Madden

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Douglas Glover

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Tomás Q. Morín

Faculty, MFA in Writing; Postgraduate Writers' Conference