Tommy Orange’s debut novel, There There (Knopf), was a New York Times bestseller and named as one of the paper’s 10 Best Books of the Year for 2018. Its many honors include the 2018 PEN America Hemingway Award, The National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Prize and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize; it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California. He earned his MFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he now serves as faculty. 

Emily Raboteau

Visiting Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Writer, Summer 2017

Alexander Chee

Visiting Writer, Winter 2018

Carmen Maria Machado

Visiting Fiction Writer, Winter 2019

Richard Michelson

Visiting Alumni Poet, Winter 2017

Major Jackson

Distinguished Visiting Poet, Winter 2016

Amy Wallen

Visiting Alumna CNF Writer, Summer 2019