Faculty Online MFA

Online Faculty

Daniel Chacón

Daniel Chacón is the current director of the online MFA in Creative writing. He is the author of four books including the critically acclaimed Hotel Júarez: Stories, Rooms, and Loops. He recieved his MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Oregon. Specialty Courses:

  • Fiction
  • Narrative Theory and Poetics
  • Forms and Techniques of Ficiton
  • Physics for the Writer
  • Kafka and Memoir

Contact: danchacon@utep.edu - Tel: 747 - 6255

José de Piérola

José de Piérola received his MA and Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California at San Diego. He has published one short story collection, three novels and a translation of The Art of Ficion by Henry James. De Piérola has won literary awards in Spain and Peru, and his work has been published in France, Spain, USA and Peru. He teaches advanced fiction writing and Latin American literature. Specialty Courses:

  • Narrative Theory and Poetics
  • The Novel

Contact: jdepierola@utep.edu - Tel: 747 - 6322

Sasha Pimentel

Sasha Pimentel holds an MFA from California State University. Born in Manila and raised in Atlanta, Saudi Arabia and the tri-state region, Sasha Pimentel is a Filipina American poet and author of Insides She Swallowed (2010). Her work has appeared in journals such as APR, Gulf Coast, Callaloo and Colorado Review. She is a former Philip Levine fellow and winner of the Ernesto Trejo Prize. She teaches poetry writing, Asian American literature and nonfiction writing. Specialty Courses:

  • Advanced Poetry Writing
  • African American Poetry

Contact: srpimentel@utep.edu - Tel: 747 - 6810

Jeff Sirkin

Jeff Sirkin earned his MA from Miami University and his PhD in Literature from the University at Buffalo. He writes on the intersections of music with postmodern literature and the historic avant-garde. He has presented work on Kurt Cobain, Bob Dylan, punk rock and twentieth century poetry. He writes poetry and studies twentieth-century literature and culture. He teaches classes on twentieth century literature and culture. Specialty Courses:

  • Politics of Narration
  • Avante Garde in Literature and Music
  • Graphic Novel

Contact: jsirkin@utep.edu - Tel: 747 - 5529

Lex Williford

Lex Williford holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas. His book, Macauley’s Thumb, was co-winner of the 1993 Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the most respected literary journals of the US, and his stories have been widely anthologized. Williford is coeditor of the popular Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction. The director of our new online MFA, he also teaches in our on-campus bilingual writing program. Specialty Courses:

  • Short Story
  • Screenwriting
  • Creative Nonfiction

Contact: lex@utep.edu - Tel: 747 - 8806

Andrea Cote-Botero

Andrea Cote-Botero es autora de los libros de poemas: Puerto Calcinado, Cosas Frágiles y Chinatown a toda hora (Libro Objeto). Ha publicado además los libros en prosa: Una fotógrafa al desnudo: biografía de Tina Modotti y Blanca Varela o la escritura de la soledad. Realizó estudios de literatura en la Universidad de los Andes en Bogotá y culminó su doctorado en literatura hispanoamericana en la Universidad de Pennsylvania. Conact acbotero@utep.edu

Tim Z. Hernandez

Tim Z. Hernandez is a novelist, poet and performance artist. His books include three volumes of poetry and two novels. His collection of poetry, Skin Tax, received the 2006 American Book Award, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His novel, Breathing, In Dust was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and went on to receive the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in fiction from the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Conact tzhernandez@utep.edu

Visiting Writers

Liz Scheid

Liz Scheid is the author of THE SHAPE OF BLUE, which won the Lit Pub’s first annual prose book contest. Her essays and poems have appeared in several literary magazines, including, The Rumpus, Mississippi Review, Third Coast, The Collagist, The Journal, Sou’Wester, The Prose-Poem Project, La Petite Zine, MiPoesias, and other literary magazines. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She currently lives in an almond orchard in Kerman, California, with her husband and two kids.
Specialty Courses:

  • Forms and Techniques of Poetry

Contact: scheidliz2@gmail.com

Heather Hartley

Heather Hartley is Paris Editor for Tin House magazine and is the author of Knock Knock (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2010). Her poems, essays and interviews have appeared in or on PBS Newshour, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Post Road and other venues and numerous anthologies, including Food and Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast; and Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House. She lives in Paris, where she curates Shakespeare & Company Bookshop’s weekly reading series, and teaches creative writing and poetry at the American University of Paris. Specialty Courses:

  • Advanced Poetry