MFA Core Faculty
- Alan Soldofsky (poetry)
- Nick Taylor (fiction)
- Selena Anderson (fiction)
- Keenan Norris (fiction, nonfiction)
Additional Creative Writing Faculty
- Scott Sublett (screenwriting)
- Robert James (fiction)
- Tod Edgerton (poetry)
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 poems have appeared in numerous magazines and quarterlies including Antioch Review, Blue Mesa Review, The DMQ Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Konch, The Nation, The North American Review, Poetry East, and Poetry Flash. 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 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 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.
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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 activismt 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 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.
Interests: Creative Writing (fiction, nonfiction)
Michael (Tod) Edgerton
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