University of Mississippi

Grisham Writers in Residence

John and RenĂ©e 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.

Catherine Lacey, 2017-2018 Grisham Writer in Residence.

It is with great joy that we announce the 2017-2018 Grisham Writer-in-Residence: Catherine Lacey!

Catherine Lacey is the author of NOBODY IS EVER MISSING, a winner of a 2016 Whiting Award and a finalist for the NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award. It has been translated or is forthcoming in French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch & German.  She has won fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Omi International Arts Center, Late Night Library and Columbia University and the University of Montana.  Her second novel, THE ANSWERS is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux and abroad in June 2017. Her first short story collection, CERTAIN AMERICAN STATES, will follow. She was born in Mississippi and is based in Chicago.

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

Catherine Lacey (2017-2018)
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)