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Melissa Pritchard

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Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

B.A. in Comparative Religions, University of California, Santa Barbara, M.F.A., Vermont College

Bio

Professor of English and Women's Studies at Arizona State University, Melissa Pritchard is the nationally acclaimed author of four short story collections: Spirit Seizures, The Instinct for Bliss, Disappearing Ingenue and The Odditorium; four novels: Phoenix, Selene of the Spirits, Late Bloomer and V (forthcoming); as well as a biography: Devotedly Always, Virginia: The Life of Virginia Galvin Piper. A recipient of numerous prestigious literary awards, including the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Carl Sandburg Award, the James Phelan Award, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for best fiction by an American woman and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Writers Voice YMCA, and Brown University's Howard Foundation, Pritchard's fiction has appeared widely in such literary journals as: The Southern Review, Boulevard, Open City, A Public Space, Ecotone, Gulf Coast, The Gettysburg Review, Conjunctions, and The Paris Review. Her stories are frequently cited and reprinted in anthologies such as: Pushcart Prize XX and XXVI; Prize Stories: The O Henry Awards; Best American Short Stories; The Prentice Hall Anthology of Women's Literature; Best of the West; Great Contemporary Ghost Stories; Mothers: Twenty Stories of Contemporary Motherhood; and American Gothic Tales, as well as college textbooks such as: Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers; Behind the Short Story: From First to Final Draft; and A Garden of Forking Paths: An Anthology for Creative Writers. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Collagist, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, O, The Oprah Magazine, among other journals, magazines and anthologies.

Pritchard has received the Claudia Ortese Memorial Lecture Prize in North American Literature from the University of Florence and her fiction has been translated into Spanish and Italian. Her novel Selene of the Spirits was selected for the Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” series and her short story collection, Disappearing Ingenue, featured in Doubleday's “Fiction for the Rest of Us” series, was chosen by Alan Cheuse for National Public Radio's 2002 Annual Summer Reading List. Her novel Late Bloomer, published by Doubleday in 2004, has been called “brilliant” by Publishers Weekly in a starred review, “ravishing” by Vanity Fair magazine, and was named a 2004 Best Book of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. Her newest collection of stories, The Odditorium, received rave nation-wide reviews and was an Oprah Book of the Week, as well as a San Francisco Chronicle's Reader's Choice.

She has been nominated for and received numerous service awards at ASU, where she has taught since 1992. She was a Hawthornden Fellow in 2008 in Scotland, a Bogliasco Fellow in 2011 in Italy and a fellow at the Lavigny Chateau, a writer's residency, in 2012 in Switzerland. In 2009, after returning from Afghanistan where she was an embedded war journalist, she founded the Ashton Goodman Fund, to raise money for the Afghan Women's Writing Project. In May, 2011, Melissa directed a staged reading of "Out of Silence" at ASU, with MFA students reading poems by Afghan women and girls, to raise money for AWWP. She is currently working on journalism pieces on child slavery, global de-mining efforts and women's bookclubs in Arizona prisons.

For more information, please see her website at www.melissapritchard.com

Publications
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Finding Ashton, A Soldier's Story". O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine (2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Ecorche, Flayed Man". (2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "The Odditorium," and "Disintegrating Articles of Faith". (2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. a reading of "Ecorche: Flayed Man". (2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. not yet decided. (2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard, MFA Faculty Reading. "Croquet". (2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Decomposing Articles of Faith". On Earth As It Is (2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Ecorche: Flayed Man". A Public Space (2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Sweet Feed," "Funktionslust," and "Hallie, How Love is Found When the Heart is Lost". Word Theatre Audio Recording, Harper Collins (2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Swimming With Vivaldi". Platte Valley Review (2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Watanya Cicilia". Gulf Coast, A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts (2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "A Women's Garden, Sown in Blood". The Collagist: Online Literature from Dzanc Books (2009).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Pelagia, Holy Fool". (2009).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "The Oblivion of Beauty: the Women of Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan". (2009).
  • Prague Summer Writers Program, Richard Katrovas, Director. Distinguished Speaker and Faculty Member. (2009).
  • Melissa Pritchard. Introduction to Elizabeth Searle's opera libretto, "Tanya and Nancy". (2009).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Two Literary Exercises. Naming the World and Other Creative Writing Exercises (2008).
  • Melissa Pritchard. Invited Reader. (2008).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "A Solemn Pleasure". Conjunctions #51 The Death Issue, editors David Shields and Brad Morrow (2008).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Historical Person You'd Like to Meet". Talk Show Column of FANZINE, online magazine, editor Jaime Clark (2008).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Historical Person You'd Like to Meet". Talk Show column, editor Jaime Clarke, FANZINE, an online magazine, New York (2008).
  • Melissa Pritchard. Phoenix. (2007).
  • Melissa Pritchard. Phoenix, Italian translation of novella. (2007).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. PHOENIX. (2007).
  • . . Review of: Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond (2007).
  • . . Review of: Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, Hyperion, 2007 (2007).
  • . . Review of: The Beautiful Miscellaneous (2007).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Desirelessness". Desire: Women Write About Wanting, An Anthology (2007).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. "Desirelessness," an essay. Desire: Women Write About Wanting (2007).
  • Melissa Pritchard. PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction GALA,. (2007).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Notes from Kalighat, India, January, 2007". Copper Nickel: A Journal of Art and Literature #8 (2007).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Notes from Kalighat, India, January, 2007". Copper Nickel: A Journal of Art and Literature, editor Teague Bohlen, University of Colorado (2007).
  • Pritchard, Melissa (Author) . A Private Landscape. A Garden of Forking Paths An Anthology for Creative Writers (2006).
  • Pritchard, Melissa (Author) . Salve Regina/Pritchard on Drafting and Large-Scale Revision. Behind the Short Story From First to Final Draft (2006).
  • Pritchard, Melissa (Author) ,Schell, Tim (Editor) ,Knorr, Jeff (Editor) . Disappearing Ingenue. A Writer's Country (2006).
  • Pritchard, Melissa, Burgin, Richard. Patricide. Boulevard Magazine (2006).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Late Bloomer. (2005).
  • Pritchard, Melissa (Author) . Touching the Elephant. Mooring against the Tide Writing Fiction and Poetry (2005).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Port de Bras. High Horse Contemporary Writing by the MFA Faculty of Spalding University (2005).
  • Pritchard, Melissa, Morrow, Brad. The Hauser Variations. Conjunctions Magazine (2005).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Late Bloomer. (2004).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Late Bloomer. (2004).
  • . . Da Costa A Costa 12 racconti americani di oggi From Coast to Coast Twelve Short Stories by American Writers of Today (2004).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Sweet Feed. Nutrimento Prezioso From Coast to Coast Twelve Short Stories by American Writers of Today (2004).
  • Pritchard, Melissa, McGraw, Erin, Daley, David. Tag Team Fiction New You New You. The Journal News (2004).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Disappearing Ingenue. (2003).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Disappearing Ingenue. (2003).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Fiona. Blackbird (2003).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Late Bloomer. Blackbird (2003).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Late Bloomer. Washington Square (2003).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Disappearing Ingenue. (2002).
  • . . Review of: Juniper Tree Burning (2001).
  • . . Review of: Grange House (2000).
  • Pritchard, Melissa (Author) . Salve Regina. The O Henry Awards (2000).
  • Pritchard, Melissa (Author) . Sweet Feed. A Writer's Country (2000).
  • Pritchard, Melissa (Author) . The Instinct for Bliss. The Prentice Hall Anthology of Women's Literature (2000).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Virgin Blue. Open City (2000).
  • Pritchard, Melissa, Plimpton, George. Funktionslust. The Paris Review (2000).
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 388Intermediate Workshop Fiction
ENG 539Studies Mod/Postmod Lit/Theory
ENG 580Practicum
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 488Advanced Workshop Fiction
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 580Practicum
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 488Advanced Workshop Fiction
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 593Applied Project
ENG 664Mixed Genres
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 498Pro-Seminar
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 665Creative Methods
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 498Pro-Seminar
ENG 563Forms of Fiction
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 593Applied Project
Presentations
  • Melissa Pritchard. "The Rose: A Hero's Journey". Commandant Speaker Series, Air Force Institute of Technology (Sep 2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Mommy, I'm Having an Existential Crisis". AWP, Denver, Colorado (Apr 2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Reading, Writing and Teaching the Literary Fantastic". AWP, Denver, Colorado (Apr 2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Rethinking Our Writing and Rewriting Our Thinking". a panel of four ASU professors addressing how to reach a broader audience in our writing (Feb 2010).
  • Melissa Pritchard. The Nature of Mother Nature: Women, Power and the Environment. Distinguished Guest Speaker/Faculty Lecturer (Jul 2009).
  • Melissa Pritchard. The Nature of Mother Nature: Women, Power and the Environment. Prague Summer Writers Program (Jul 2009).
  • Melissa Pritchard. Keynote Address. Tempe Montessori Fundraiser, sponsored by TEMPO (Tempe Montessori Parents' Organization) (Apr 2009).
  • Melissa Pritchard. Innocence and Education. The Sounds of Spring: Tempe Montessori School fundraiser (Apr 2009).
  • Melissa Pritchard. The Fourfold Process of Writing. Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration, Sierra Vista, AZ (Mar 2009).
  • Melissa Pritchard. The Novelist as Witness, Mirror, Bearer of Gifts. Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration, 11th Annual (Mar 2009).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "The Fourth Wall: The Academy in Community". AWP, Chicago, Illinois (Feb 2009).
  • Melissa Pritchard. Writing Fiction. Seagull Arts Workshop, Calcutta India (Jan 2009).
  • Melissa Pritchard. Art and Activism. Young Adult Writing Project (Jun 2008).
  • Melissa Pritchard. Writing and Activism. Spring Humanities Series, Columbia Gorge Community College (Apr 2008).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Art Matters: The Arts as a Form of Political Engagement and Social Responsibility". Panel Presentation (Mar 2008).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Writing and Social Activism". Desert Nights Rising Stars Writing Conference (Feb 2008).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "In the Spirit of Mater". First Alumni Awards Luncheon, feast of St. Madeleine Sophie, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, CA (Oct 2007).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Children Writing from the Margins". Writing and Wellness Conference, Mercer University, GA (Oct 2007).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Alumnae Brunch (Oct 2007).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Wheel of Life". ASU Prison Library and Education Project's Guest Lecture Series (Apr 2007).
  • Melissa Pritchard. "Passion and Creation, Joy and Service". Jess Schwarz Jewish Community High School, Celebration of Writing Week (Feb 2007).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. (Feb 2007).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Invited Faculty. Pocket Sanctuary Writer's Retreat (Oct 2006).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Craft Talk and Writing Workshop MA Writing in Consciousness Program (Jun 2006).
  • Pritchard, Melissa, McNally, T, Hogue, Cynthia, Savard, Jeannine. A Reading by ASU Creative Writing Faculty (Mar 2006).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Invited Author. Word Theatre LA Presents Melissa Pritchard's Fiction (Jan 2006).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Invited Speaker. Northern Arizona Book Festival (Apr 2005).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. ASU Writer's Conference (Mar 2005).
  • Pritchard, Melissa, Boyer, Jay, Rhodes, Jewell, Carlson, Ron. Participating Author. Warwick University Southwestern Literary Festival (Nov 2004).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Invited Reader Late Bloomer. Spirit of the Senses Salon (Mar 2004).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Invited Reader and Workshop Leader. Good Thunder Reading Series Creative Writing Program (Nov 2001).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Reading. AWP Reading Series (Nov 2001).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Invited Reader and Workshop Leader. Virginia Commonwealth University's Creative Writing Program (Oct 2001).
  • Seefeldt, Linda, Pritchard, Melissa. Beyond Beauty. NIA Writing Women's Workshop (Oct 2000).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Reading. Southwest Writers Series (Apr 2000).
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Joyce Carol Oates Melissa Pritchard's Introduction. Second Annual ASU Writer's Conference
  • Pritchard, Melissa. Invited Reader.
Service
  • Glen Workshop West, part of Seattle Pacific University's MFA Program, Fiction faculty at The Glen, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM. (2011 - Present)
  • Glen Workshop West, part of Seattle Pacific University's MFA Program, Fiction faculty at The Glen, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM. (2011 - Present)
  • The Italian Association for North American Studies, Centro di Studi Americani, Rome, Invited Guest Speaker at annual conference on American Studies (2011 - Present)
  • Air Force Institute of Technology, fiction workshop teacher (2010 - Present)
  • Air Force Institute of Technology, fiction workshop teacher (2010 - Present)
  • Air Force Institute of Technology, Guest Speaker, The Commandant's Speaker Series (2010 - Present)
  • Seattle Pacific University's MFA Program in Creative Writing, Fiction faculty at The Glen, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM. (2010 - Present)
  • Spirit of the Senses Salon series, Invited Guest Speaker (2010 - Present)
  • Spirit of the Senses Salon series, Invited Guest Speaker (2010 - Present)
  • Afghan Women's Writing Project, Online faculty for Afghan women writing students (2010 - Present)
  • Villa Palmerino Cultural Association, Florence, Italy, Invited Guest Speaker (2009 - Present)
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital , Director, Outreach Project Creative Writing Program, Director of MFA Outreach Project (2008 - Present)
  • The Daywalka Foundation and KalamMarginsWrite, Executive Board Member (2008 - Present)
  • WordTheatreLA, Honorary Board Member (2006 - Present)
  • Lost Boys Center of Phoenix, Advisory Board Member (2006 - Present)
  • English Department Newsletter Committee, Chair (2006 - Present)
  • Associated Writing Programs, Member (2006 - Present)
  • The Lost Boys Center, Advisory Board Member (2006 - Present)
  • WordTheatre, Advisory Board Member (2006 - Present)
  • Associated Writing Programs, member (2004 - Present)
  • Metro Arts Charter High School, Member Advisory Committee (2004 - Present)
  • Afghan Women's Writing Project, Member of Governing Board and Strategic Planning Committee (2010 - 2011)
  • Ad Hoc Bylaws, member (2010 - 2011)
  • The Afghan Women's Writing Project, volunteer online teacher for four weeks (2010 - 2010)
  • MFA Admissions Commitee, Member (2010 - 2010)
  • MFA Admissions Committee, member (2010 - 2010)
  • Howard Foundation, Brown University, One of two judges/evaluators (2010 - 2010)
  • "Rethinking Our Writing and Rewriting Our Thinking", Panel Member for first of four workshop sessions, directed by Professor Lee Gutkind (2010 - 2010)
  • The Daywalka Foundation, Executive Board Member (2008 - 2009)
  • The University of Florence, Florence, Italy, Guest Speaker (2009 - 2009)
  • Kinaara Magazine, Feature interview in inaugural issue (2009 - 2009)
  • The University of Florence, Florence, Italy, Guest Speaker (2009 - 2009)
  • MFA Admissions Commitee, member (2009 - 2009)
  • English Department Newsletter Committee, Chair (2008 - 2009)
  • Comprehensive Exams Committee MFA Creative Writing Program, Reader (2006 - 2009)
  • Cochise Community College Creative Writing Celebration, 11th Annual, Keynote Speaker and faculty workshop leader (2009 - 2009)
  • Creative Writing Admissions Committee, Co-Chair with Mike McNally (2008 - 2009)
  • Daywalka Foundation, Member Outreach Delegation (2006 - 2009)
  • Daywalka Foundation, Executive Board Member (2005 - 2009)
  • STOP (Stop Trafficking and Oppression of Women and Children), New Delhi, India, Invited Writer (2009 - 2009)
  • STOP Family Home, Delhi India, Invited fiction teacher (2009 - 2009)
  • Seagull Arts, Calcutta, India, Invited fiction teacher (2009 - 2009)
  • United States Air Force, Afghanistan, embedded journalist with USAF (2009 - 2009)
  • United States Air Force, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, embedded war reporter (2009 - 2009)
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital , Director, Outreach Project Creative Writing Program, Director of MFA Outreach Project (2008 - 2008)
  • Women for World Health, Invited Writer during Cuenca, Ecuador medical mission (2008 - 2008)
  • Wellness and Writing Connections Conference, Invited Speaker (2008 - 2008)
  • Iron Horse Literary Review, Advisory Editor (2000 - 2008)
  • Young Adult Writing Project , Director Plynn Gutmann, Invited Speaker (2008 - 2008)
  • Young Adults Writing Project, Invited Speaker (2008 - 2008)
  • Search Committee, Senior Fiction Hire, member, with Jay Boyer, Mike McNally (2008 - 2008)
  • Columbia Gorge Community College, Invited speaker, Spring Humanities Series (2008 - 2008)
  • "Art Matters: The Arts as a Form of Political Engagement and Social Responsibility", panel member along with Alberto Rios, Drew Matott, Drew Cameron, Peggy Shumaker, Terry Hummer (2008 - 2008)
  • Arizona State University Writers Conference, "Social Activism and Writing" Panel Chair (2008 - 2008)
  • Third Annual Wordstock Festival, Featured Fiction Reader (2007 - 2007)
  • Sacred Heart Preparatory Academy, Keynote Speaker, Honoree, Spirit of Mater Alumni Awards, Honoree (2007 - 2007)
  • PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Gala, Featured Reader at Gala (2007 - 2007)
  • The Flannery O'Connor Award, Judge (2007 - 2007)
  • ASU Prison Library and Education Project, Invited Speaker (2007 - 2007)
  • English 217 class, Invited Guest Lecturer (2007 - 2007)
  • Cameron University, MFA Creative Writing Program, Invited Speaker (2007 - 2007)
  • Jess Schwartz Jewish Community High School, Keynote Speaker, Celebration of Writing Week (2007 - 2007)
  • Piper Writing Center/Sanskriti Foundation, Faculty accompanying five MFA graduate students to New Delhi, India (2007 - 2007)
  • MFA Creative Writing Program, Faculty Contact Sanskriti Foundation (2006 - 2007)
  • Best New American Voices, Nominator (2006 - 2006)
  • Taos Art School, Advisory Board of Directors Faculty Advisory Board (1996 - 2006)
  • MFA Program, Faculty Liasion Scribner's Best of the MFA Programs Anthology (1994 - 2006)
  • Pocket Sanctuary Writer's Retreat, Invited Faculty (2006 - 2006)
  • Slavery and Anti-Slavery: New Research and Teaching Workshop, Invited Speaker (2006 - 2006)
  • Professional Writers of Prescott, Writers Workshop Instructor (2006 - 2006)
  • Piper Writer's Studio, Fiction Faculty (2006 - 2006)
  • MFA Opening Year Party, Host (2006 - 2006)
  • MFA Opening Year Party for New Students, Host (2006 - 2006)
  • Lost Boys of Sudan Journeyman Pictures, Scriptwriter Director (2006 - 2006)
  • New College of California, Invited Faculty, MA Writing in Consciousness Program (2006 - 2006)
  • Daywalka Foundation, Director of Creative Partnerships (2005 - 2006)
  • PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Judge, with George Garrett and Ana Menendez (2006 - 2006)
  • 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award, Judge (2005 - 2006)
  • Ad Hoc Committee Creative Writing Program, Chair (2005 - 2006)
  • English Department Research Creative Activities and Social Committee, Chair (2005 - 2006)
  • Reception New Director Terry Hummer Creative Writing Program, Host (2006 - 2006)
  • ASU Creative Writing Readers Series, Featured reader (2006 - 2006)
  • MFA Creative Writing Program ASU, Host Witness Salon (2006)
  • MFA Admissions Committee, Reader (2006 - 2006)
  • The Daywalka Foundation, Outreach delegate (2006 - 2006)
  • WordTheatreLA, Invited Author/Reader: "Dinner with Melissa Pritchard and Her Stories" (2006 - 2006)
  • Hurricaine Katrina Benefit Reading, Host (2005 - 2005)
  • Lost Boys Center, Lost Boys of Sudan, Fundraiser (2005 - 2005)
  • Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing, Invited Faculty (2005 - 2005)
  • ASU Foundation, Invited Faculty President Crow's Getaway Weekend (2005 - 2005)
  • President Michael Crow's "Getaway Weekend", Featured reader (2005 - 2005)
  • Northern Arizona Book Festival, Invited Panelist and Guest Reader (2005 - 2005)
  • Northern Arizona Book Festival, Featured Reader and Panel Member (2005 - 2005)
  • Sedona Welcomers, Invited Guest Speaker (2005 - 2005)
  • Sedona Welcomers, Guest Speaker (2005 - 2005)
  • Sonoran Prize for Fiction, Judge (2005 - 2005)
  • ASU Sonoran Prize Fiction, Judge (2005 - 2005)
  • ASU Writers Conference, Invited Faculty (2005 - 2005)
  • ASU Writers Conference, Invited Reader (2005 - 2005)
  • AWP Conference, Invited Panelist (2005 - 2005)
  • Women and Obsession in the 21st Century AWP Conference, Panelist (2005 - 2005)
  • Coolidge Community College, Visiting Writer (2005 - 2005)
  • Visiting Writers Series Coolidge Campus, Invited Guest Author (2005 - 2005)
  • Boston Review, Fiction Judge (2002 - 2004)
  • Collegiate Recruitment Team, Invited Board Member (2004)
  • Metropolitan Arts Institute, Board Member (2004)
  • AWP Intro Awards Indiana Univesity, Judge (2004 - 2004)
  • Awards Committee, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Outreach Project MFA Creative Writing Program Lost Boys of Sudan, (2003 - 2004)
  • Administrative Affairs Committee, Member (2002 - 2004)
  • Comprehensive Examinations Committee MFA Program, Committee Member (2002 - 2004)
  • Graduate Committee, Member (2002 - 2004)
  • MFA Creative Writing Program, Director (2002 - 2004)
  • Creative Writing Admissions Committee MFA Program, Committee Member (2002 - 2004)
  • Research and Creative Activities Committee, Member (1999 - 2004)
  • English Department CLAS, Director MFA Creative Writing Program (2002 - 2004)
  • Desert Nights Rising Star Arizona State University Writers Conference, Reader (2004 - 2004)
  • The MacArthur Foundation, Invited Nominator for MacArthur Fellowships (2003 - 2003)
  • Spalding University, Guest Reader (2003 - 2003)
  • ASU Women's Studies Department, Reader (2003)
  • Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, Guest Reader (2003)
  • Borders Bookstores Metro Magazine, Reader (2003)
  • Comprehensive Examinations Committee, Member (2003)
  • Creative Writing Admissions Committee, Member (2003)
  • Desert Nights Rising Stars Arizona State University's First Annual Creative Writing Conference, Faculty Participant (2003)
  • Phoenix College, Reader (2003)
  • Spalding University MFA Low Residency Creative Writing Program, Guest Reader (2003)
  • Spirit of the Senses Salon, Invited Reader (2003)
  • StoryQuarterly Magazine, Advisory Editor (2003)
  • MFA Creative Writing Program ASU, Host Salon Evenings (2003 - 2003)
  • Changing Hands Bookstore, Discussion Leader (2003 - 2003)
  • Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers Fiction Competition, Judge Fiction (2003 - 2003)
  • Spalding University, Invited Lecturer (2002 - 2003)
  • Spalding University, Guest Lecturer (2003 - 2003)
  • Arizona State University's Writers Conference Desert Nights Rising Stars, Reader (2002 - 2003)
  • Vermont College Post Graduate Writers Seminar, Invited Faculty Member (2002 - 2002)
  • Public Library Association Convention, Author Appearance and Booksigning (2002 - 2002)
  • The Flannery O' Connor Award Series, Finalist Judge (2000 - 2001)
  • Haydens Ferry Review, Advisory Editor (1994 - 2001)
  • Scribners Fiction Contest Hayden's Ferry Review, Judge (2001 - 2001)
  • The Clackamas Review Literary Contest Clackamas Community College, Fiction Judge (2000 - 2000)
  • Futures for the Children, Member (1999 - 2000)