International Writing Faculty

Our faculty 

Sybil BakerSybil Baker is the author of three books of fiction, Into This World (Foreword INDIE Book of the Year Finalist, Eric Hofer Honorable Mention), Talismans, and The Life Plan and one book of nonfiction, Immigration Essays. She is a 2012 and 2014 MakeWork grantee and received a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist's Fellowship for 2017. Her short stories, novels, and essays focus on borders, expatriates, refugees, and immigrants. In 2015 she was a Visiting Professor at Middle Eastern Technical University in North Cyprus. A UC Foundation Associate Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga she is also on faculty at the Yale Writers' Conference. She is a bimonthly contributor to Late Last Night Books, an online magazine about writing. Her novel While You Were Gone will be published in early 2018.

Evan FallenbergEvan Fallenberg is the author of the novels Light Fell (Soho Press, 2008), When We Danced on Water (HarperCollins, 2011) and The Parting Gift (Other Press, 2018), and a noted translator of modern Hebrew literature, plays and libretti. He has won or been shortlisted for, among others, the American Library Association’s Barbara Gittings Stonewall Book Award for Literature; the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; the National Jewish Book Award in fiction; and the PEN Translation Prize. He is a graduate of VCFA and teaches fiction and literary translation at Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv. The recipient of writing residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ledig-Rowohlt Foundation of Switzerland, Sun Yat-sen University of China and Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Fallenberg serves as a judge for several literary prizes, is artistic director of the Mishkenot Shaananim Translation Residency program in Jerusalem, and founder and artistic director of Arabesque: An Arts and Residency Center in Old Acre. www.evanfallenberg.com 

Jason GJason Grunebaum is a writer and translator whose book-length translations from Hindi include Uday Prakash’s The Girl with the Golden Parasol (Yale University Press) and The Walls of Delhi (Seven Stories Press), and, with Ulrike Stark, Manzoor Ahtesham’s The Tale of the Missing Man (Northwestern University Press), winner of the 2016 Global Humanities Translation Prize. He has been awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant, and his work has been shortlisted for the DSC Prize in South Asian Literature. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago and a founding member of SALTI, the South Asian Literature Translation Initiative. 

Robin HA graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and former director The Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa, Robin Hemley is currently the Director of the Writing Program and Writers’ Centre at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where he is also Writer-in-Residence and Professor of Humanities. He has published 12 books of fiction and nonfiction, and his work has won, among others, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, The Nelson Algren Award for Fiction, The Story Magazine Humor Prize, The George Garrett Award for Fiction, The Independent Press Book Award, the Editor’s Choice Award from The American Library Association, and fellowships from The Bogliasco Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The MacDowell Colony, The Hermitage. His stories and essays have been widely anthologized in such publications as The Best American Fantasy, the Sudden Fiction series from Norton, Writing Fiction, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, The New York Times, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Orion, and heard on National Public Radio.  His work has been published in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan, Germany, the Philippines, Singapore, and elsewhere.  Among his works are two popular craft books, Turning Life into Fiction, now in its fifth edition and A Field Guide for Immersion Writing, as well as two memoirs, four collections of short stories, a novel, and a book of investigative journalism. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Non/fictionLab of RMIT University in Melbourne and Professor Emeritus of The Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa. www.robinhemley.com 

Tabish KEducated up to his Masters in the small town of Gaya in Bihar (India), Tabish Khair is the author of various books, including novels and poetry. After a stint as a journalist in India (Gaya, Patna and Delhi), he did his PhD from Copenhagen University and a DPhil from Aarhus, where he works as an Associate Professor. Currently, he is a Leverhulme-funded guest professor at Leeds University, UK.  He has also taught creative writing at universities in India, UK, Denmark and Hong Kong. His studies include Babu Fictions: Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Novels, and The Gothic, Postcolonialism and Otherness and his novels include Filming: A Love Story and The Thing About Thugs. In 2016, he published a study, The New Xenophobia and a novel, Just Another Jihadi Jane, to critical acclaim. His new novel, Night of Happiness, comes out in 2018. Winner of the All India Poetry Prize, his fiction has been shortlisted for the Man Asian Prize, the DSC Prize, the Hindu Fiction Prize, Encore Award, etc. www.tabishkhair.co.uk

MarkMark Polizzotti has translated more than fifty books from the French, including works by Gustave Flaubert, Patrick Modiano, Marguerite Duras, André Breton, and Raymond Roussel. A Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the recipient of a 2016 American Academy of Arts & Letters Award for Literature, he is the author of eleven books, including Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995; revised ed., 2009), which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Best Nonfiction; Luis Buñuel’s Los Olvidados (British Film Institute, 2006); Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (Bloomsbury, 2006); and Sympathy for the Traitor: A Translation Manifesto (MIT Press, 2018). His essays and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, The Nation, Parnassus, Partisan Review, Bookforum, and elsewhere. He directs the publications program at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

JamesJames Scudamore is the author of the novels Wreaking, Heliopolis, and The Amnesia Clinic. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award and been nominated for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Man Booker Prize. He has held two fellowships at the University Of East Anglia, was on the MFA faculty of City University Hong Kong and taught on the Guardian / UEA Masterclass scheme.

Ira SukrungruangIra Sukrungruang is the author of the memoirs Southside Buddhist and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, the short story collection The Melting Season, and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. His collection of essays, Buddha’s Dog and other meditations, is forthcoming in 2018. He is the coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He is the recipient of the 2015 American Book Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida. www.buddhistboy.com 

MadeleineMadeleine Thien was born in Vancouver, the youngest daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants to Canada. She is the author of four books, including Dogs at the Perimeter, about the afterlife of the Cambodia civil war and genocide. Her most recent novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and an Edward Stanford Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Folio Prize. The novel was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2016 and longlisted for a Carnegie Medal. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages and her essays are widely available in The Guardian, the Globe & Mail, Brick, Maclean’s, The New York Times, Al Jazeera and elsewhere. With novelist Catherine Leroux, she was guest editor of Granta magazine’s first issue devoted to new Canadian writing, published in 2017. She is Professor of English at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Xu XiBorn in Hong Kong, Xu Xi 許素細 is an Indonesian-Chinese who lives between the U.S. and Asia, and the author of twelve books of fiction & nonfiction.  Recent titles include a memoir Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy to A City (Penguin, 2017); her fifth novel That Man In Our Lives (C&R Press, 2016); Interruptions (Univ. of Hong Kong Museum & Art Gallery Hong Kong, 2016), an art installation and publication for a collaborative arts & letters ekphrastic nonfiction project; Access Thirteen Tales (Signal 8, 2011); the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky (Haven Books, 2010), a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize.  She is also editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. Forthcoming titles are Insignificance: Stories of Hong Kong (Signal 8 Press, June 2018) and This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2019-20).  For 18 years, she had a parallel career in international business and held marketing & management positions in Asia and the U.S. at The Asian Wall Street Journal, Leo Burnett Advertising, Federal Express, the Wall Street law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Pinkerton’s Inc., Cathay Pacific Airways. In 1998, after the release of her third book, she surrendered entirely to the writing life.  As Writer-in-Residence at the City University of Hong Kong, she founded and directed Asia’s first low-residency MFA.  She is the co-founder of Authors at Large and the fiction editor at Tupelo Press.  Her MFA in fiction is from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Follow her @xuxiwriter for Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. www.xuxiwriter.com

Contacts

Xu Xi
Evan Fallenberg

Co-Directors
intlmfa@vcfa.edu