Undergraduate Writing Program

Creative Writing Faculty


Catherine Reid (Director) is the author of Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst  (Houghton Mifflin), a work of creative nonfiction.  Her essays, stories and poems have appeared in such journals as Massachusetts Review, Green Mountains Review and the Bellevue Literary Review.  She studied fiction writing at Florida State University, where she was a Kingsbury Writing Fellow, and then settled on nonfiction as the genre that demanded the most honesty.  She has edited two anthologies, served on the editorial board for a literary journal, and ghostwritten a book on a well-known costume jeweler.  Her current interests are in environmental writing and in prose in which style matters as much as content.




Gary Hawkins  is a poet, essayist, and connoisseur of manifestoes. His work collects around his concerns of beauty, identity, and democracy. Every morning he wakes up in Black Mountain, thrilled to have one of poetry's most enviable addresses.


Rachel Haley Himmelheber


 Rachel Haley Himmelheber is a fiction writer, teacher, and voracious reader. Her creative work is concerned with truth-telling and lie-telling, memory, and identity. Her scholarly interests include formal fragmentations, fairy tale re-tellings, the grotesque, postmodern American fiction, and creative writing pedagogy. She holds an MFA in Fiction from New Mexico State University and a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin.





Julie Wilson directs the Writing Center and college-wide composition program. Julie and the Writing Center crew emphasize interdisciplinary tutoring and integration of the Triad. Julie holds a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MA and PhD in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


 Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow




Nathan Poole’s debut story collection, "Father Brother Keeper” was awarded the 2013 Mary McCarthy Prize and is forthcoming from Sarabande Books. His second book, "Pathkiller As the Holy Ghost" was selected by Benjamin Percy as the winner of the Quarterly West Novella contest. He is a recipient of the Narrative Prize, a Milton Fellowship, and was included as a "distinguished story" in The 2013 Best American Short Story Anthology. He is originally from Blythewood, SC, where he worked for ten years as a carpenter and a plumber. Before coming to Warren Wilson College, Nathan taught Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, in Seattle, WA.





 Additional Writing Faculty & Staff



Vivee Francis is the author of Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), which won the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection and Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University, 2006) which Poets & Writers Magazine listed among their notable debuts. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, textbooks, and anthologies including Best American Poetry 2010 and Angles of Ascent, A Norton Anthology of African American Poetry.  She was a Poet in Residence for the Alice Lloyd Hall Scholars Program at the University of Michigan and is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award as well as a Kresge Award.  She is currently an Associate Editor for Callaloo: A Premier Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters. 


A freelance writer and editor, Janet Hurley has been a frequent contributor to VERVE Magazine and Our State Magazine. She is sole proprietor of True Ink, a small business providing creative writing opportunities to young writers and co-founder and managing director of Asheville Writers in the Schools, a non-profit organization.  She lives with her husband, teenage son and daughter, and her dog Cody.


Matthew Olzmann's collection of poems, Mezzanines, received the 2011 Kundiman Prize.  He has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from The Kresge Arts Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.  His poems and stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Necessary Fiction, The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Hyphen Magazine, and elsewhere.  He is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson, and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Collagist.