Online Faculty


 

Daniel Chacón

 

Daniel Chacón is the current director of the online M.F.A. in Creative Writing. He is the author of four books including the critically acclaimed “Hotel Júarez: Stories, Rooms, and Loops.” He recieved his M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the University of Oregon.

 

Specialty Courses:

  • Fiction
  • Narrative Theory and Poetics
  • Forms and Techniques of Ficiton
  • Physics for the Writer
  • Kafka and Memoir

 

Contact: danchacon@utep.edu

Tel: 747 - 6255

 

José de Piérola 

 

José de Piérola received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California at San Diego. He has published one short story collection, three novels and a translation of “The Art of Ficion” by Henry James. De Piérola has won literary awards in Spain and Peru, and his work has been published in France, Spain, the United States and Peru. He teaches advanced fiction writing and Latin American literature.

 

Specialty Courses:

  • Narrative Theory and Poetics
  • The Novel

 

Contact: jdepierola@utep.edu

Tel: 747 – 6322

 

Sasha Pimentel 

 

Sasha Pimentel holds an M.F.A. from California State University. Born in Manila and raised in Atlanta, Saudi Arabia and the tri-state region, Sasha Pimentel is a Filipina-American poet and author of “Insides She Swallowed” (2010). Her work has appeared in journals such as “APR,” “Gulf Coast,” “Callaloo” and “Colorado Review.” She is a former Philip Levine fellow and winner of the Ernesto Trejo Prize. She teaches poetry writing, Asian-American literature and nonfiction writing.

 

Specialty Courses:

  • Advanced Poetry Writing
  • African American Poetry

 

Contact: srpimentel@utep.edu

Tel: 747 - 6810

 

Jeff Sirkin 

 

Jeff Sirkin earned his M.A. from Miami University and his Ph.D. in Literature from the University at Buffalo. He writes on the intersections of music with postmodern literature and the historic avant-garde. He has presented work on Kurt Cobain, Bob Dylan, punk rock and twentieth century poetry. He writes poetry and studies twentieth-century literature and culture. He teaches classes on twentieth century literature and culture.

 

Specialty Courses:

 

  • Politics of Narration
  • Avante Garde in Literature and Music
  • Graphic Novel

 

Contact: jsirkin@utep.edu

Tel: 747 - 5529

 

Lex Williford 

 

Lex Williford holds an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. His book, “Macauley’s Thumb,” was co-winner of the 1993 Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the most respected literary journals of the U.S., and his stories have been widely anthologized. Williford is coeditor of the popular “Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction.” The director of our new online M.F.A., he also teaches in our on-campus bilingual writing program.

 

Specialty Courses:

  • Short Story
  • Screenwriting
  • Creative Nonfiction

Contact: lex@utep.edu

Tel: 747 - 8806

 

Andrea Cote-Botero 

 

Andrea Cote-Botero es autora de los libros de poemas: “Puerto Calcinado, Cosas Frágiles y Chinatown a Toda Hora” (Libro Objeto). Ha publicado además los libros en prosa: “Una Fotógrafa al Desnudo: Biografía de Tina Modotti” y “Blanca Varela o La Escritura de la Soledad.” Realizó estudios de literatura en la Universidad de los Andes en Bogotá y culminó su doctorado en literatura hispanoamericana en la Universidad de Pennsylvania.

Conact: acbotero@utep.edu

 

Tim Z. Hernandez 

 

Tim Z. Hernandez is a novelist, poet and performance artist. His books include three volumes of poetry and two novels. His collection of poetry, “Skin Tax,” received the 2006 American Book Award, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His novel, “Breathing, In Dust” was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and went on to receive the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in fiction from the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Conact: tzhernandez@utep.edu

 

Visiting Writers

 

Liz Scheid

 

Liz Scheid is the author of “The Shape of Blue,” which won the Lit Pub’s first annual prose book contest. Her essays and poems have appeared in several literary magazines, including, “The Rumpus,” “Mississippi Review,” “Third Coast,” “The Collagist,” “The Journal,” “Sou’Wester,” “The Prose-Poem Project,” “La Petite Zine,” “MiPoesias,” and other literary magazines. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She currently lives in an almond orchard in Kerman, California, with her husband and two kids.

 

Specialty Courses:

  • Forms and Techniques of Poetry

 

Contact: scheidliz2@gmail.com

 

Heather Hartley 

 

Heather Hartley is Paris Editor for “Tin House” magazine and is the author of “Knock Knock” (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2010). Her poems, essays and interviews have appeared in or on “PBS Newshour,” “The Guardian,” “The Rumpus,” “Post Road” and other venues and numerous anthologies, including “Food and Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast”; and “Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House.” She lives in Paris, where she curates Shakespeare & Company Bookshop’s weekly reading series, and teaches creative writing and poetry at the American University of Paris.

 

Specialty Courses:

  • Advanced Poetry