Undergraduate Writing Program

Creative Writing Faculty

Rachel Haley Himmelheber


 Rachel Haley Himmelheber (Director) 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.




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.




 Catina Bacote’s nonfiction has appeared in such journals as The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, The Common, The Southern California Review, and TriQuarterly. She wrote Teaching Banished a companion guide to the documentary Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was a Dean’s Fellow and subsequently served as the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction.





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




Alain Douglas Park is a Chicago-based fiction writer and visual artist. He holds an MFA in print media from Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College. His fiction is filled with characters desperately wanting to connect—struggling parents, failed artists, former friends and lovers, stories about confidence and the shy edge of happiness. His work has been published in the journals Fugue, Folio, Zone 3, FourWay Review, Bitter Oleander, and the Beloit Fiction Journal.