Creative Writing Faculty
PoetryMichael Ryan, Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the MFA Program in Poetry, has taught at UCI since 1990. Previously, he taught at Iowa, Princeton, the University of Virginia, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He has published nine books: five books of poems and four books of prose. His New and Selected Poems was published in 2004 by Houghton Mifflin and won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. A memoir, Baby B., excerpted in The New Yorker, was also published in 2004. His first book of poems, Threats Instead of Trees, won the Yale Younger Poets Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His second, In Winter, was a National Poetry selection in 1981, and his third, God Hunger, won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Secret Life, an autobiography, was published in 1995, A Difficult Grace (essays) in 2000, and Guy Novel (fiction) in 2016. Other distinctions include a Whiting Writers Award, two NEA fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and awards from American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review and the Poetry Society of America. This Morning, his fifth book of poems, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2012.
Amy Gerstler is a writer of poetry, nonfiction and journalism. Penguin published her most recent book of poems, Scattered at Sea, in 2015. The book was longlisted for a National Book Award, short listed for a Kingsley Tufts Prize and was a finalist for a PEN Literary Award. Her book Dearest Creature, (2009) 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 include Ghost 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, several volumes of Best American Poetry and The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry. 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, Pitzer College, and elsewhere.