MFA Faculty

A. Papatya Bucak

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A. Papatya Bucak has published stories, poems, and essays in a variety of literary magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Pank and The Fairy Tale Review. Her short story, "The History of Girls," originally published in Witness, was selected for the 2013 PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories; and her short story, "Iconography," originally published in The Iowa Review, was selected for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. She was the recipient of a 2005 Individual Artist's Fellowship from the State of Florida, and has been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook Farm. She was born in Istanbul, Turkey.

She used to keep a blog, Reading for Writers, on technique in works of fiction. Now she keeps a blog for Bedford/St. Martin's on Teaching Creative Writing.

Some of her work can be found online.


"Little Sister and Emineh" (with access to Project Muse)

"Also Known As Fiction" (with access to J-Stor)

Short-short fiction:

"Self Portrait, With Birds"


"An Address to My Fellow Faculty Who Have Asked Me to Speak About My Work"

"A Student Tells Me I Would Do Anything—And I Do Mean Anything—For a C"

"I Cannot Explain My Fear"

"Studies for a Drawing in Red"

"With a Little Help From My Enemies"

"Teacher's Pet"

"No Longer Just Visiting"


O.Henry Prize Stories

The Coastal Star


Andrew Furman

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Andrew Furman is the author of Bitten: My Unexpected Love Affair with Florida , the memoir, My Los Angeles in Black and (Almost) White (Syracuse UP 2010), the novel, Alligators May Be Present (Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press 2005), and two works of literary criticism, Israel Through the Jewish-American Imagination (SUNY Press 1997) and Contemporary Jewish-American Writers and the Multicultural Dilemma (Syracuse UP 2000). His essays, reviews, and fiction have appeared in such publications as Poets & Writers, Oxford American, Ecotone, Agni Online, JewishFiction.Net, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Forward, Image, Tikkun, and the Miami Herald. He has also been a frequent judge for the National Jewish Book Award in fiction.


Becka McKay

Becka Mara McKay earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington and an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa, where she also received a PhD in comparative literature. Her first book of poems, A Meteorologist in the Promised Land, was published by Shearsman Books in 2010. She has published three translations of fiction from the Hebrew: Laundry (Autumn Hill Books, 2008), Blue Has No South (Clockroot, 2010), and Lunar Savings Time (Clockroot, 2011). She has received awards and grants from the Seattle Arts Commission and the American Literary Translators Association, and a Witter Byner Poetry Translation Residency. In 2006 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems and translations have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, ACM, Third Coast, The Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Rhino, Natural Bridge, Rattapallax, and elsewhere. 

Susan Mitchell

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Susan Mitchell has won many awards for her poetry, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. She is the author of three books of poems—The Water Inside The Water, Erotikon, and Rapture, which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a National Book Award Finalist. Mitchell is also recognized as an essayist and translator. She holds the Mary Blossom Lee Chair at Florida Atlantic University.

Sample Poems:

Golden Bough: The Feather Palm
Lost Parrot

Prose Statement:
The Books That Changed Our Lives

Jason Schwartz

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Jason Schwartz is the author of A German Picturesque (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998) and John the Posthumous (OR Books, 2013). His work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, The American Reader, The Antioch Review, Conjunctions, New York Tyrant, Salt Hill, StoryQuarterly, Unsaid, and other publications.

Mark Scroggins

Mark Scroggins is a poet, biographer, and literary critic. His books of poetry are Red Arcadia (Shearsman, 2012), Torture Garden: Naked City Pastorelles (The Cultural Society, 2011), and Anarchy (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002). He is the author of Louis Zukofsky and the Poetry of Knowledge (U of Alabama P, 1998) and The Poem of a Life: A Biography of Louis Zukofsky (Shoemaker & Hoard, 2007). He has edited Upper Limit Music: The Writing of Louis Zukofsky (U of Alabama P, 1997) and a selection of uncollected prose for Prepositions+: The Collected Critical Essays of Louis Zukofsky (Wesleyan UP, 2000). His graduate degrees in creative writing and literature were from Cornell University.

He has published poetry and poetry reviews in a wide range of venues, including The Rumpus, Golden Handcuffs Review, Epoch, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, African American Review, Chicago Review, American Letters & Commentary; and Facture, as well as the anthology The Gertrude Stein Awards In Innovative American Poetry. His critical essays and reviews have appeared in among other places Twentieth Century Literature, American Literature, Shofar, Studies in American Jewish Literature, Sagetrieb, The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry, and The Blackwell Companion to Poetic Genres.


Kate Schmitt

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A writer and visual artist, Kate Schmitt has an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies, including Earth Shattering Poems (Holt, 1998), Light Gathering Poems (Holt, 2000), I Just Hope It's Lethal (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), and The Weight of Addition (Mutabilis Press, 2007), as well as the literary journals Paradigm, Birmingham Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Louisiana Literature. She was a nonfiction editor of Gulf Coast and served on the journal's Board of Directors in 2008-2009. She has also edited and written for the companion website to a pilot television series created by Shelley Duvall, a wind energy company, and most recently for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her courses include nonfiction and poetry workshops, 20th-century literature, young adult literature, and Chinese literature in translation.