University of Mississippi


Matt Bondurant


Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Fiction
Ph.D., Florida State University
Office: W208 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-6947 | mrbondur at

Beth Ann Fennelly


Associate Professor and Director of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing
M.F.A., University of Arkansas
Teaches poetry as literature and also teaches the writing of both poetry and creative nonfiction. She’s the author of three books of poetry and one book of essays, and a co-authored novel.
Office: C104 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7914 | bafennel at

Ann Fisher-Wirth


Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School
Teaches poetry workshops and seminars, 20th-century American literature, and a wide range of courses in environmental literature.
Office: C212 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-5929 | afwirth at

Richard Ford


Visiting Professor of Creative Writing
M.F.A., University of California, Irvine

Tom Franklin


Associate Professor of Fiction Writing
M.F.A., University of Arkansas
Teaches graduate fiction seminars and workshops.
Office: W107A Bondurant Hall | 662-915-2782 | tfrankli at

Derrick A. Harriell

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Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Teaching Interest: Blues Poetry, 20th Century Poetry, Harlem Renaissance Literature and Poetry
Office: Bondurant Hall C130 | harriell at

Kiese Laymon

K. Laymon

John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence
M.F.A., Indiana University
Office: W111 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-6510 | kmlaymon at

Chris Offutt


Associate Professor of English and Screenwriting
M.F.A., Fiction. The University of Iowa
Teaching interests: screenwriting, fiction, film
Office: C218 Bondurant Hall | offutt at

Gary Short


Visiting Assistant Professor
M.F.A., Arizona State University
Teaching interest: 20th-century poetry
Office: 116 Leavell Hall | gshort at

Dave Smith

Dave Smith

Professor of English
Ph.D., Ohio Univeristy
Teaching and research interests: 19th and 20th Century American and British Poetry, Poetry Writing, and Contemporary Literary Criticism and Non-Fiction.
Office: W205A Bondurant Hall | 662-915-6949 | djsmith4 at