M.F.A. Faculty

MFA Core Faculty

  • Alan Soldofsky (poetry)
  • Nick Taylor (fiction)
  • Selena Anderson (fiction)
  • Keenan Norris (fiction, nonfiction)

Additional Creative Writing Faculty

  • Scott Sublett (screenwriting)

Lecturers

  • Robert James (fiction)
  • Tod Edgerton (poetry)
Alan Soldofsky.

 

Alan Soldofsky

Professor & Director of Creative Writing Programs
MFA Iowa

Faculty Offices 106
408-924-4432
Alan.Soldofsky@sjsu.edu

Alan Soldofsky directs the MFA Creative Writing Program at San Jose State University. His most recent collection of poems is In the Buddha Factory (Truman State University Press, 2013). With David Koehn, he is coeditor of Compendium: A Collection of Thoughts On Prosody, by Donald Justice (Omindawn, 2017). His poetry has four times been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His latest collection of poems Charts (For the End of Days) is a finalist for the 2020 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Prize.

He has also published Kenora Station and Staying Home, both originally published as limited edition artist's books by Steam Press of Berkeley, intaglio prints by Lyman Piersma, book design by Alistair Johnston. A graduate of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, he joined the San Jose State faculty in 1985 and directed first the San Jose Poetry Center, then the SJSU Center for Literary Arts, before being appointed director of the Creative Writing Program in 1999.

His poems have appeared in numerous magazines and quarterlies including: Antioch Review, Blue Mesa Review, The Nation, The North American Review, and Poetry East. A former contributing editor to Poetry Flash, he has also published criticism and reviews in Chelsea, Ironwood, and Quarry West as well as articles and essays on crossings between Modernist and Post-modernist poetry, one of which, "Nature and the Symbolic Order: The Dialogue Between Czeslaw Milosz and Robinson Jeffers," is included as a chapter in Robinson Jeffers: Dimensions of a Poet, edited by Robert Brophy (Fordham University Press, 1995). His scholarly work includes research into the history of Northern California and Bay Area poetry, and twentieth and twentieth century first and second poets from immigrant, refugee, and exile backgrounds. 

Nick Taylor.  

Nick Taylor

Associate Professor
MFA Virginia

Faculty Offices 219
408-924-4458
nicholas.taylor@sjsu.edu

Nick Taylor is the author of the novel The Disagreement (2008), winner of the 11th Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. He has received fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the William R. Kenan Endowment for Historic Preservation.

Selena Anderson  

Selena Anderson

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Houston

Faculty Offices 105
408-924-4449
Selena.Anderson@sjsu.edu

Selena Anderson recently finished her PhD at University of Houston and completed her MFA at Columbia University. Her stories appear in such publications as BOMB, Fence, Oxford American, Callaloo, Georgia Review, and The Best of Gigantic, and have been honored with the Transatlantic/Henfield Prize and the Inprint Joan and Stanford Alexander Prize. She is working on a story collection and a novel.

Keenan Norris  

Keenan Norris

Assistant Professor; Director, Reed Magazine
PhD, University of California, Riverside

Faculty Offices 128
408-924-4601
Keenan.Norris@sjsu.edu

Keenan Norris’s novel Brother and the Dancer won the 2012 James D. Houston Award and was nominated for the inaugural John Leonard Prize, a first books prize issued by the National Book Critics Circle. His chapbook By the Lemon Tree was nominated for the 2019 California Book Award. He is also the editor of the critical volume Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape. Keenan also recently signed a book deal with Goliad Press to publish his novella Luster

His short fiction appears in several literary journals, as well as the anthologies Oakland Noir, Inlandia: A Journey Through the Literature of Southern California’s Inland Empire and an upcoming anthology of San Bernardino literature. 

Keenan has also published journalism, editorials and academic scholarship. In popmatters.com, his journalism has explored Oakland’s relationship to Silicon Valley, as well as the exploitation of Black Studies programs by university athletic departments. He has published “Post-Mortem Morning: Oakland and the Remains of the Left” and “Ben Carson, Thug Life and Malcolm X” in the Los Angeles Review of Books and he has also published peer-reviewed scholarship in the Oxford Bibliographies in African-American Studies series, in the critical anthology Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights and in Boom: A Journal of California, where his work has explored activism work on behalf of asylum seekers from Central America and the aftermath of Oscar Grant's murder.

He has served as guest editor for the Oxford African-American Studies Center since 2014 with a focus on improving its archive of California scholarship. He is also editing a special issue of Words, Beats & Life: the Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture focusing on street lit and served as faculty advisor to Issue #152 of Reed Magazine. He was a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow from 2015-2017 and in that role developed, with Dr. Leslie Rabine, a multimedia installation, Writing Freedom (writingfreedom.net), for the February 2017 Yerba Buena Public Square event.

Scott Sublett  

Scott Sublett

Associate Professor
MFA UCLA

Hugh Gillis Hall 212
408-924-4572
prof.sublett@gmail.com

Scott Winfield Sublett is writer-director-producer of Bye-Bye Bin Laden, named “Best Feature” at the South Beach International Animation Festival, and writer-director of Generic Thriller, a post-modern farce starring Oscar-winner Shirley Jones. Both features are currently available on DVD, Netflix and streaming.

He wrote the librettos and lyrics for the musical stage plays Die, Die, Diana; Bye-Bye Bin Laden!; and Havana. Diana was mounted at the New York International Fringe Festival in a production noted in The New York Times, The New York Daily News and New York Magazine. Bye-Bye Bin Laden! was named "one the top five premieres of 2004" by The San Francisco Bay Guardian. Havana (under the title Imperialism: The Musical) received a workshop production at City Lights Theater. The independent feature Pizza Wars: The Movie, which he co-wrote, was screened at the Cinequest Film Festival and received national DVD distribution.

He has numerous independent film producing credits including as executive producer of All About Dad, named one of top ten Asian-American films of 2009 by Asia Pacific Arts, the online publication of the US China Institute at USC. Other indie features he has had a hand in producing include: Glory Boy Days; Cheer Up, Sam; and Cheap Fun.

His screenplay I Was a Teenage Sumo was optioned by Disney, and he has published hundreds of articles, essays and film critiques in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Times, The Washington Blade and United Press International. He was one of two producers of the premiere production of the stage adaptation of Khalid Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. A Professor at San Jose State University, he holds an M.F.A. in screenwriting from UCLA and a B.S. in radio/TV/film from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

He is a member of the faculty of the SJSU English Department’s M.F.A. Creative Writing Program, and leads SJSU’s wildly successful screenwriting program. In 2013 he won first place the Fade In Magazine screenwriting competition with his script The Good Coach, and his script Charleston Harbor won second place in the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest.

In fall 2014 his book Screenwriting for Neurotics was published by the University of Iowa Press.

Robert James.  

Robert James

Lecturer
M.F.A. San Jose State

Faculty Offices 106
408-924-5087
Robert.James@sjsu.edu

Interests: Creative Writing (fiction, nonfiction)

Tod Edgerton.  

Michael (Tod) Edgerton 

Lecturer
PhD, University of Georgia; MFA, Brown University

Faculty Offices 223
408-924-4069
Michael.Edgerton@sjsu.edu