Deb Olin Unferth

Workshop Faculty

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of six books, including the novels Barn 8 and Vacation, the story collections Wait Till You See Me Dance and Minor Robberies, the memoir Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, and the graphic novel I, Parrot, in collaboration with the illustrator Elizabeth Haidle.

Her fiction and essays have appeared in over fifty magazines and journals, including Harper’s, the New York Times, The Paris Review, Granta, and McSweeney’s. She was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, and has received a Guggenheim fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Capital Fellowship for Innovative Literature, and fellowships from the MacDowell, Yaddo, and Ucross residencies.

She’s a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches in the MFA programs for the Michener Center for Writers and the New Writers’ Project. She also directs the Pen City Writers, a prison creative-writing program at a south Texas penitentiary. Read more about her work at

Deb Olin Unferth will offer a poetry workshop and a craft session, as well as an evening reading followed by Q&A.