Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Popular Fiction Faculty

Faculty List

David Anthony Durham (Fiction, Popular Fiction)is the author of six novels: The Sacred BandThe Other LandsAcacia (John W Campbell Award Winner, Finalist for the Prix Imaginales), Pride of Carthage (Finalist for 2006 Legacy Award), Walk Through Darkness (NY Times Notable Book) and Gabriel’s Story (NY Times Notable Book, 2002 Legacy Award Winner). His novels have been published in the UK and in French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Three of his novels have been optioned for development as feature films. His recent short fiction appears in Fort FreakIt’s All Love,  and Intimacy: Erotic Stories of Love, Lust, and Marriage by Black Men. He has reviewed for The Washington PostThe Raleigh News & Observer, and has served as a judge for the Pen/Faulkner Awards. David received his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Maryland. 

Aaron Hamburger (Fiction, Pop Fiction, Creative Nonfiction) was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his short story collection The View from Stalin's Head(Random House, 2004), also nominated for a Violet Quill Award. His next book, a novel titled Faith for Beginners (Random House, 2005), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Poets and WritersTin HouseDetailsBoulevard,The Forward, and The Village Voice. He has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, as well as residencies from The Corporation of Yaddo and the Djerassi Artists Program. Currently he teaches writing at Columbia University, NYU, and Stonecoast.

Elizabeth Hand (Popular Fiction, Fiction) Elizabeth Hand's genre-spanning work includes psychological suspense, fantasy and science fiction for both adults and younger readers,  as well as historical and mainstream fiction.  Her novels and short stories have garnered numerous awards, including the Shirley Jackson Award, three World Fantasy Awards, two Nebula Awards, and the James M. Tiptree Award, and have been selected as Notable Books by both the New York Times and the Washington Post.  She is also a longtime critic and essayist for the Washington Post, Salon, the VIllage Voice, and DownEast Magazine, among others.  She has been awarded a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship and in 2012 will be Master Artist in Residence at Florida's  Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Her thriller Available Dark, sequel to the award-winning Generation Loss, will be out early next year, as will Radiant Days, a YA novel about the poet Arthur Rimbaud.  She lives on the Maine coast.

Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction)  is the New York Timesbestselling co-author of the young adult dark fantasy series, Wicked, which has been picked up by DreamWorks. She writes young adult horror for Razorbill, and paranormal romance, adult horror, science fiction and fantasy, women's action, short mystery fiction, literary fiction and comic books. She has written novels, short stories, novellas, and episode guidebooks for "universes" that include Hellboy, Smallville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Saving Grace, Kolchak: the Night Stalker, Zorro, The Spider, The Domino Lady, Nancy Drew, and Sherlock Holmes. She has edited two anthologies, one of which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. She has received four Bram Stoker Awards, and her work has appeared on bestseller lists that include USA Today, LOCUS, Borders, Mysterious Galaxy, Dark Delicacies, and others. In addition, she writes essays and articles for popular culture publishers such as BenBella Books (Finding Serenity and others) and I.B. Taurus (Cult TV.)  She is also a columnist for the Science Fiction Writers of America Bulletin.

James Patrick Kelly (Popular Fiction) has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, audioplays, and planetarium shows.  His books include Burn (2005), Strange But Not A Stranger (2002), Think Like A Dinosaur and Other Stories (1997),Wildlife (1994), Heroines (1990), Look Into The Sun (1989),Freedom Beach (in collaboration with John Kessel, 1986) andPlanet of Whispers (1984). Although he is primarily known for his science fiction, his work also includes mainstream, fantasy, and horror. His audioplays have been produced by Scifi.com's Seeing Ear Theater and he writes a regular Internet column for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.  His planetarium show, "Destiny or Discovery," premiered at the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in 1992.  His books have been reprinted in France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Finland, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Japan, Brazil, Thailand, Croatia, Israel, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.  His short stories have appeared in numerous "Best of the Year" collections over the past twenty-six years, and he has won the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo award twice and has been a finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula.

Michael Kimball (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. His novel Undone received the Fresh Talent Award in the U.K. and remained on the London Times' top ten bestseller list for two months in 1996. Stage plays includeGhosts of Ocean House, nominated for the 2007 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, and the award-winning short playSay No More, which has seen multiple performances by more than 25 companies across the country. Michael has sold original screenplays and adaptations to movie companies and written episodes for the TV series Monsters.

Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) is author of three books of fiction, a new novel (2011) and several works for theater. Her books are: Celebrities in Disgrace, a novella which was produced as a short film from Bravo Sierra in 2010; A Four-Sided Bed, a novel nominated for an American Library Association book award and re-released in new paperback/eBook versions in 2011; and a story collection, My Body to You, winner of the Iowa Short  Fiction Prize (also forthcoming in a new paperback/eBook version). Her new novel Girl Held in Home is out in 2011 from New Rivers Press. Her short film, with script co-written by Elizabeth, has screened in festivals across the country.  Tonya & Nancy: The Opera, Elizabeth's chamber opera, premiered in the American Repertory Theater's Zero Arrow to national coverage including ESPN Hollywood, MSNBC and NPR; the opera was chosen as one of the top three operas of the year by Opera Vista and was most recently performed in 2010 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, with previews 'on ice.'