Our Faculty


Eastern Washington University’s MFA program in Creative Writing is a vibrant and active community of writers and educators diverse enough to engage writers of all styles and small enough to provide the individual attention which truly nurtures great writing. The faculty are highly educated and widely published; students interact in classrooms, at readings, and elsewhere. Part of the EWU MFA experience is learning to live the writer’s life, and the program brings in a variety of visitors to help students explore that life.

Recent guests include Robert Lopez, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Dana Johnson, Bonnie Nadzam, Paul Harding, Lily Hoang, Krys Lee, William Finnegan, Thomas Lynch, Peter Everwine, Michele Glazer, David Wojahn, Patricia Hampl, Linda Bierds, Thomas Lux, James Tate, Valerie Martin, John Edgar Wideman, Dorianne Laux, Yusef Komunyakaa, Phillip Lopate, Lan Samantha Chang, Marilynne Robinson, Stuart Dybek, Gerald Stern, Lee Gutkind, Jane Smiley, Susan Musgrave, Ira Sukrungruang, Molly Giles, and Lydia Millet. Each year several writing workshops are taught by one or more of our guests, providing students with valuable guidance and advice. See our Visiting Writers page for more.

Our Faculty

Each of our faculty are practicing writers with significant national book publications and are committed, passionate, and accessible teachers of writing.

Polly Buckingham

Senior Lecturer
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Patterson Hall 203

Christopher Howell

Professor Emeritus
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Catalyst Room #431
Office Hours
MTWTh noon to 4 p.m.

Jonathan Johnson

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Catalyst Room #444

Natalie Kusz

Associate Professor
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Catalyst Room #435

Samuel Ligon

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Catalyst Room #437
Office Hours
F 2-3 p.m. & by appointment

Gregory Spatz

Professor, Program Director
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Catalyst Room #443
Office Hours
MWTh 3-5 p.m. & Friday by appointment

Rachel Toor

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Catalyst Room #436
Office Hours
TW 4-5:30 p.m.