MFA Faculty

Core Faculty

Ron Carlson's newest novel is Return to Oakpine. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O'Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and other anthologies; they have been performed on National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts.” Ron Carlson Writes a Story, his book on writing is taught widely. He is the author of two books of poems, Room Service and The Blue Box. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, the McGinnis Award at the Iowa Review, the Aspen Literary Award; and his novel Five Skies was One Book Rhode Island in 2009. Mr. Carlson is the Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine.

Amy Gerstler is a writer of poetry, nonfiction and journalism. Penguin published her most recent book of poems, Dearest Creature, in 2009. Dearest Creature was a finalist for an LA Times Book Award and the Poets Prize, and was named of one the New York Times notable books for 2009. Her previous twelve books includeGhost Girl, Medicine, Crown of Weeds, which won a California Book Award, Nerve Storm, and Bitter Angel,which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry Magazine, several volumes of Best American Poetry and The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry and elsewhere. She was the guest editor of the yearly anthology Best American Poetry in 2010. She has taught at the Bennington Writing Seminars program at Bennington College, at Art Center, College of Design in Pasadena, California, and in the Masters of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California as well as at California Institute of the Arts, Cal Tech, the University of Utah, and Pitzer College. In June 2015, Penguin will publish a collection of her poems entitled Scattered at Sea.

Michelle Latiolais is the author of Even Now, a novel published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It won the Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. Bellevue Literary Press published her novel, A Proper Knowledge, in 2008 and her collection of stories, Widow, in 2011.  She has been published in numerous journals and anthologies.

Michael Ryan is Director of the MFA Program in Poetry.  He has been teaching creative writing and literature at UCI since 1990. He taught previously at the University of Iowa, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He has written five books of poems, an autobiography, a memoir, and a collection of essays about poetry and writing for which he has won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Lenore Marshall Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, among many other distinctions. His most recent book of poems, This Morning, was published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Visiting Faculty

Once a year the Programs in Writing welcomes two visiting writers to teach the Graduate Writers’ Workshop. In recent years, visiting writers have included: Colette LaBouff Atkinson, Charles Baxter, Ann Beattie, Frank Bidart, Don Bogen, Jennifer Clarvoe, Killarney Clary, Stuart Dybek, Doreen Gildroy, Louise Glück, Glen David Gold, Andrew Sean Greer, Linda Gregerson, Robert Hass, Ursula Hegi, Brenda Hillman, Edward Hirsch, Cynthia Huntington, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, William Kittredge, Margot Livesey, Thomas Lux, Heather McHugh, James McMichael, Maile Meloy, Carol Muske-Dukes, Ann Patchett, Robert Pinsky, Martha Rhodes, Mark Richard, Christine Schutt, Jim Shepard, Mona Simpson, Ted Solotaroff, Pamela Stewart, Robert Stone, Mark Strand, Melanie Thernstrom, Lawrence Thornton, Brad Watson, and C.K. Williams.