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Denis JohnsonVisiting Professor: Denis Johnson
Denis Johnson was born in Munich, West Germany, and was raised in Tokyo, Manila and Washington D.C. His books include Jesus’ Son, Tree of Smoke, Train Dreams, Nobody Move, The Laughing Monsters, The Name of the World, Already Dead: A California Gothic, Angels, Fiskadoro, The Stars at Noon, and Resuscitation of a Hanged Man. Johnson has received many awards for his work, including a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review for Train Dreams, and most recently, the National Book Award for Fiction. He has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop and the James Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin, among other universities.

Martin Corless-Smith
Martin Corless-Smith was born and raised in Worcestershire, England. He has studied painting and poetry, with degrees from the University of Reading, Southern Methodist University, the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and a PhD from University of Utah. His fifth collection, English Fragments A Brief History of the Soul was published by Fence Books in November 2010. He was the 2011 recipient of a Boise State Foundations Scholar Award in Research.


Janet Holmes
Poet and editor of Ahsahta Press since 2000, Holmes is author of The ms of my kin, F2F, Humanophone, The Green Tuxedo (winner of the Ernest Sandeen award at University of Notre Dame Press, Foreword Book of the Year Award, and the Minnesota Book Award), and The Physicist at the Mall, which Joy Harjo selected for the Anhinga Prize. Her poems have twice been chosen to appear in editions of The Best American Poetry. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and prizes, including the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod Magazine, selected by W.S. Merwin. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a BA from Duke University.


Udall-300x223Brady Udall
A recipient of many awards and fellowships, Udall received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His widely anthologized stories and non-fiction have been published in journals and magazines such as Story, Esquire, GQ and The Paris Review. He is the author of a short story collection, Letting Loose the Hounds, and a novel, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, which was an international bestseller and translated into more than twenty languages.

Wieland PhotoMitch Wieland
Mitch Wieland is the author of the books Willy Slater’s Lane and God’s Dogs. Willy Slater’s Lane received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, and was optioned for a film. God’s Dogs was named the Idaho Book of the Year, and was featured in the annual Best of the West prize anthology.  Wieland’s short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and numerous other publications. He founded the award-winning Idaho Review in 1998, and continues to serve as its editor. Wieland is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Boise State University Arts and Humanities Fellowship, and two Literature Fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He holds an MFA from The University of Alabama, and served as fiction editor of Black Warrior Review.

News and Announcements

  • The MFA program is pleased to welcome Denis Johnson, winner of the National Book Award, as our Visiting Distinguished Professor this semester. He is teaching the MFA workshop in fiction and also doing a reading that's open to the public on November 6th at 7:30pm in the Simplot Ballroom.
  • MFA program director Mitch Wieland's short story "Snow Angels" appeared in the summer issue of The Missouri Review. The story, set in Tokyo, is an excerpt from Strange You Never Knew, his novel in progress.
  • In April, Professor Martin Corless-Smith published his sixth book, a new novel titled This Fatal Looking Glass from SpiltLevel Texts.