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College of Liberal Arts Voices from the Gaps

Julie Schumacher

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Director, Creative Writing Program

MFA, Cornell University, 1986

222 Lind Hall

Julie Schumacher graduated from Oberlin College and from Cornell University with an MFA in fiction. Her first published story, “Reunion,” written to fulfill an undergraduate writing assignment, was reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 1983. Subsequent stories were published in The Atlantic, Ms., Minnesota Monthly, Stiller’s Pond, and Prize Stories 1990 and 1996: The O.Henry Awards. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was published by Soho Press in 1995 and was a finalist for both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Her other books include a short story collection, An Explanation for Chaos, and three novels for younger readers: Grass Angel, The Chain Letter, and The Book of One Hundred Truths.

Areas of Expertise

creative writing; contemporary fiction; children's literature; Latin American fiction

Selected Publications

Black Box. New York: Delacorte Press, forthcoming 2008.
The Book of One Hundred Truths. New York: Delacorte Press, 2006.
The Chain Letter. New York: Delacorte Press, 2005.
Grass Angel. New York: Delacorte Press, 2004.
An Explanation for Chaos. New York: Soho Press, 1997.
The Body Is Water. New York: Soho Press, 1995.

Graduate Courses

Fiction Workshop
Reading Across Genres
Child Narrators/Children in Fiction
Contemporary U.S. Short Stories
20th Century Latin American Fiction
Thesis Seminar
Large Canvas

Undergraduate Courses

Dystopian Literature
Intermediate Fiction Writing
Writing Workshop for Majors
Introduction to Creative Writing