MFA Faculty & Staff


KELLY CHERRYEudora Welty Professor Emerita of English & Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities (retired) has previously published twenty-five books (novels, stories, poetry, memoir, criticism, and reviews). Her most recent full-length collection of poems, Quartet for J. Robert Oppenheimer:, was published by L.S.U. Press in 2017. Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bradley Major Achievement (Lifetime) Award, and others. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short StoriesThe O. Henry Awards: StoriesThe Pushcart Prize Anthology, New Stories from the South, and elsewhere. Further details appear on her Wikipedia page.

JESSE LEE KERCHEVAL, Zona Gale Professor of English (retired) was the founding director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing from 1994–2010. She is the author of the 15 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction in English. Her most recent title is the poetry collection, America that island off the coast of France. Her translations of the Uruguayan poet Circe Maia have appeared in Agni, the Gettysburg Review, the American Poetry Reviewjubilat and Pleiades among other magazines, and she is the editor of América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets, published by the University of New Mexico Press. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Radcliffe Research and Study Center at Harvard. More information about Jesse Lee Kercheval may be found on her website.

JUDITH CLAIRE MITCHELL, Professor Emerita (retired) is the author of the novels A Reunion of Ghosts (2015) and The Last Day of the War. Her stories and poetry appear in anthologies and literary magazines such as Best of the Fiction WorkshopsShaping the StoryBehind the Short StoryBarnstormingThe Iowa ReviewPrairie SchoonerStoryQuarterly, and others. More information is available on her website,

LORRIE MOOREDelmore Schwartz Professor Emerita in the Humanities (retired) is the author of the short story collections Self-HelpLike Life, and Birds of America, and the novels AnagramsWho Will Run the Frog Hospital, and A Gate at the Stairs. Her work appears in The New YorkerThe New York Review of BooksThe New York TimesParis Review, and many other literary publications. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

RONALD WALLACE, Felix Pollak Professor Emeritus of Poetry & Halls-Bascom Professor Emeritus of English (retired) is the founder of both the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Program in Creative Writing and the University of Wisconsin Press’s Wisconsin Poetry Series. He is the author of twelve books, the most recent of which is For a Limited Time Only. He has published poetry and stories in The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe NationPoetryParis Review, and many other literary publications. More information about Ron Wallace is available at his website.