Our Faculty


Photo credit: Young Kwak

Pictured above from left: Natalie Kusz, Shawn Vestal, Christopher Howell, Sam Ligon, and John Keeble.

Our faculty — all practicing writers with significant national book publications — are committed, passionate, and accessible teachers of writing. Please see their individual pages below for more information, including statements on teaching philosophy. Links to recent press/publications can also be found below.

Fiction —

Gregory SpatzSamuel LigonShawn Vestal (Visiting ’16-17)Alexis M. Smith (Visiting ’16-17)

 John Keeble (Professor Emeritus), Nance Van Winckel (Professor Emeritus)
Natalie Kusz Rachel Toor
Christopher HowellJonathan Johnson, Nance Van Winckel (Professor Emeritus)

Selected press/interviews:

The Swamp (a literary magazine founded and edited by second-year EWU MFA candidates) interviews Jonathan Johnson.

Hear Sam Ligon read with Robert Lopez, recorded by The Southeast Review

Gregory Spatz discusses his short-story “We Unlovely, Unloved” and more, with the Kenyon Review

Sam Ligon‘s book Wonderland makes Entropy’s best of 2016 list for fiction.

Fellow Iowa Writers’ Workshop grad Doug Dorst interviews Gregory Spatz for The Brooklyn Rail

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviews Sam Ligon

Rachel Toor interviews scholars for The Chronicle of Higher Education

One of Rachel Toor‘s latest pieces from her Spokesman Review column “Everything is Copy”

Three poems by Christopher Howell from Terrain.org

Nance Van Winckel discusses her recently published collections Book of No Ledge and Our Foreigner with Numéro Cinq

Check out this Inlander article on how the MFA program is contributing to Spokane’s lively literary scene.