Chad Simpson / Associate Professor 

Before he received his M.F.A. in fiction writing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2005, Chad Simpson was a juvenile probation officer. Before that, he worked at a homeless shelter and at a Boys & Girls Club. Before that, he repaired pallets at a plant that slaughtered pigs, and worked at a gas station, and at a big box store, where he was a security guard. He did most of these things in the Midwest, which has almost always been his home, and which plays a central role in the stories he writes. These stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including McSweeney’s QuarterlyEsquire, Sycamore ReviewThe SunYou Must Be This Tall To Ride, and Online Writing: The Best of the First Ten Years. He has received awards from The Atlantic Monthly, the Illinois Arts Council, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, where he was a work-study scholar, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, where he received a Tennessee Williams Scholarship. His collection of short stories, Tell Everyone I Said Hi, won the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award from the University of Iowa Press, and he has recently completed a young-adult novel, Twilight, Indiana.

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FP: This American Life
The Literary Arts
Beginning Creative Nonfiction Writing
Beginning Fiction Writing
Genres & Forms: The American Short Story
Literature & Power
Fiction Workshop
Advanced Writing
Modern and/or Contemporary Fiction
Senior Portfolio


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