University of Mississippi

Grisham Writers in Residence

John and Renée Grisham Writers in Residence are emerging writers selected on the strength of their writing and provided with lovely housing in walking distance of campus. They teach one class each semester and are provided ample writing time. They have no official duties but frequently become involved in our close-knit MFA community. There is no application for Grisham Writers in Residence; they are selected by internal nomination only.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil, 2016-2017 Grisham Writer in Residence.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil, 2016-2017 Grisham Writer in Residence.

It is with great joy that we announce the 2016-2017 Grisham Writer-in-Residence: Aimee Nezhukumatathil!

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of Miracle Fruit (2003), winner of the ForeWord Poetry Book of the Year Award; At the Drive-In Volcano (2007), winner of the Balcones Prize; and Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the gold medal in poetry from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, all from Tupelo Press. With Ross Gay, she co-authored the epistolary chapbook, Lace & Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014). Poems and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and the Best American Poetry anthology.

Her honors include the Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught as the Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence at UNC-Wilmington’s MFA program and has twice served as a faculty member for Kundiman, the Asian American writers’ retreat. She is professor of English and a recipient of a Chancellor’s Medal at The State University of New York at Fredonia where she teaches creative writing and environmental literature.

Navigating the list below will take you to the bios, blogs, or bibliographies of present and past Grisham Writers in Residence:

Aimee Nezhukumatathil (2016-2017)
Kiese Laymon (2015-2016)
Mary Miller (2014-2015)
Megan Abbott (2013-2014)
Nic Brown (2012-2013)
Josh Weil (2011-2012)
Jesmyn Ward (2010-2011)
John Brandon (2009-2010)
James Kimbrell (2008-2009)
Jack Pendarvis (2007-2008)
LeAnne Howe (2006-2007)
Michael Knight (2005-2006)
Brad Watson (2004-2005)
Janisse Ray (2003-2004)
Shay Youngblood (2002-2003)
Tom Franklin (2001-2002)
Claude Wilkinson (2000-2001)
Steve Yarbrough (1999-2000)
Darcey Steinke (1998-1999)
Randall Kenan (1997-1998)
Tim Gautreaux (1996-1997)
Mary Hood (1995-1996)
Mark Richard (1994-1995)
T. R. Pearson (1993-1994)