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.

Megan Abbott 2013-2014 Grisham Writer in Residence

Megan Abbott, 2013-14 Grisham Writer in Residence

It is with great joy that we announce the 2013-2014 Grisham Writer-in-Residence: Megan Abbott!  Many of you were at her Square Books reading or saw the amazing NYT review of her most recent novel, Dare Me.  It’s our great good fortune that she is part of our community of writers and scholars this year, teaching grad fiction writing last fall and undergrad in the spring.  Anyone who would like to learn more about Megan’s impressive body of work can check out her website:  Also, current M.F.A. Bill Boyle did an interview with Megan: you can read about it here>>

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