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It’s here that I fell deeper and deeper in love with writing, and I can say without a shadow of doubt that I met mentors, peers, and friends for life. The generosity with which the Creative Writing Program has shaped me will sustain—it’s truly been life-changing.
Katherine Ho
Peer Advisor, Class of 2023

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Meet the faces of Creative Writing--the faculty, lecturers, staff, and visiting writers who guide and support our students and fellows.

In the Spotlight

Description dances off the page at final Stegner Fellow reading

On Wednesday night, Stegner Fellow in Fiction Nevarez Encinias delivered an evening of movement and description in literary form. A dancer by training, Encinias’s background came through in his writing through his elaborate physical descriptions and seemingly choreographed prose.

Familiar words in novel contexts: Arthur Sze translates the human condition

Mohr Visiting Poet Arthur Sze shared his work alluding to nature, translation, and the human condition at a public reading on Wednesday. The reading, co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Stanford Humanities Center, was packed with visitors, faculty, and students. 

The beautiful and the terrible: Carmen Maria Machado reads queer horror and sci-fi

On Wednesday evening, audience members initially seemed to pour in gradually to author and essayist Carmen Maria Machado’s Lane Lecture series reading — that is, until suddenly, every seat was taken and the room buzzed with lively conversation. 

Recent News

  • Announcements
The Creative Writing Program is pleased to welcome the incoming 2024-2026 Stegner Fellow cohort in poetry and fiction.
  • Announcements
Nicholas Jenkins, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Creative Writing Program, celebrates the release of his new book The Island: War and Belonging in Auden's England. A groundbreaking reassessment of W. H. Auden’s early life and poetry, shedding new light on his artistic development as well as on his shifting beliefs about political belonging in interwar England.
  • Announcements
We would like to extend our congratulations to Madeleine Cravens, Stegner fellow, and Zach Williams, Jones Lecturer, on their first book releases. Madeleine Cravens has debuted an astonishing collection of poems while Zach Williams debuted a striking story collection.

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