Creative Writing

UNM’s English Department offers a full array of creative writing workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction on the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Undergraduate students may register for introductory, intermediate, and advanced workshops in all three genres. Additionally, they are invited to attend readings sponsored by UNM’s Masters of Fine Arts Program, apply for internships at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, and participate as readers on Blue Mesa Review. Qualifying undergraduates interested in pursuing creative writing on the graduate level are encouraged to work with a faculty mentor on a creative writing Honors Thesis. And every fall undergraduate creative writers compete for the prestigious Lena Todd Awards, a small cash stipend and the opportunity to share their work at the Works-in-Process Reading Series.

UNM’s MFA Program in Creative Writing is designed for graduate students committed to pursuing the writing life. This three-year degree combines studio-based workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction with craft seminars and coursework in literature, teaching pedagogy, and professional writing.

Creative Writing Faculty

Michelle Brooks, Lecturer

Mark Caughey, Lecturer

Lisa D. Chavez, Associate Professor

Marisa P. Clark, Lecturer

David Dunaway, Professor

Greg Martin, Associate Professor

Daniel Mueller (Director), Associate Professor

Julie Shigekuni, Professor 

Justin St. Germain, Russo Endowed Visiting Professor

Luci Tapahonso, Professor

Jack Trujillo, Lecturer

Diane Thiel, Professor

Sharon Oard Warner, Professor