Month: December 2018

Fall 2018 Visitors to MCW

In Fall 2018 the Michener Center was honored to bring the award-winning novelist and short story writer Edward P. Jones; the Canadian poet, fiction writer, essayist, novelist, editor, and filmmaker Michael Ondaatje; playwright, activist, television writer, and novelist Kia Corthron; and National Book Award-winner, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and former United States Poet Laureate Robert Hass. Photos below.

Edward Carey Illustration in NYTimes

The New York Times has published Edward Carey’s beautiful illustrated homage to Charles Dickens.


Edward Carey is a writer and illustrator whose books include The Iremonger Trilogy: Heap House, Foulsham, and LungdonObservatory Mansions; and Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City. His artwork has been exhibited in Florence, Collodi, Kilkenny, Milan, London and Austin; his essays and reviews have been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Corriere della Serra, La Repubblica, and other places. In addition to his own work, he illustrates other writers, including Bill Wittliff and Jessica Frances Kane. His new novel, Little, will be published in the US and UK in October, 2018, with other countries to follow.

Elizabeth McCracken Awarded Gold Star for Teaching

American Short Fiction has awarded MCW fiction faculty Elizabeth McCracken with a Gold Star for Excellence in Teaching. The award was given at ASF’s annual Stars At Night event. Congratulations, Elizabeth!


Elizabeth McCracken is the author of two short story collections, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry and Thunderstruck; a memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination; and three novels, The Giant’s House, Niagara Falls All Over Again, and Bowlaway, which will be published in February 2019. A graduate of the Writers Workshop of the University of Iowa, she has been a finalist for the National Book Award and won the 2015 Story Prize, and has received grants, fellowships, and awards from The Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the American Academy in Berlin, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other places. She holds the James Michener Chair in Fiction and is Associate Director of the New Writers Project in the U.T. Department of English.