Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing


Established in the late 1980s by Willard Mackey’47 in honor of his wife, Lois’45, this program brings an author of distinction to the Beloit College campus for all or part of one semester to teach an advanced course in creative writing. “Mackeys,” as these professors are called, also give public readings, which are among the most anticipated and best attended events on campus.

Residents

Anne Elizabeth Moore, 2019 Mackey Chair

Anne Elizabeth Moore

2019

Editor-in-chief of the Chicago Reader, author and winner of many best book awards.

Rebecca Makkai, 2017-2018 Mackey Chair

Rebecca Makkai

2017-2018

Chicago-based author and winner of the Chicago Writers Association award, and The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut which has been translated into eight languages.

Robert Wrigley, 2016-2017 Mackey Chair

Robert Wrigley

2016-2017

Recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Award, The Poets’ Prize, the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award, and a Pacific Northwest Book Award, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

George Dawes Green, 2015-2016 Mackey Chair

George Dawes Green

2015-2016

Created the global storytelling organization The Moth in 1997 and is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: The Caveman’s Valentine, The Juror and Ravens.

Susan Choi, 2014-2015 Mackey Chair

Susan Choi

2014-2015

A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation

Scott Russell Sanders, 2013-2014 Mackey Chair

Scott Russel Sanders

2013-2014

Author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, and distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 to 2009.

Kevin Young, 2012-2013 Mackey Chair

Kevin Young

2012-2013

author Author of seven books of poetry and finalist for the National Book Award and won the Paterson Poetry Prize.

Giles Foden, 2011-2012 Mackey Chair

Giles Foden

2011-2012

Best known for his award-winning novel, The Last King of Scotland and won a Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize.

James McManus, 2010-2011 Mackey Chair

James McManus

2010-2011

A novelist, poet, and a winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for sports journalism.

Linda Gregerson, 2009-2010 Mackey Chair

Linda Gregerson

2009-2010

A 2007 National Book Award finalist, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, three Pushcart Prizes, and a Kingsley Tufts Award.

Scott Russell Sanders, 2008-2009 Mackey Chair

Scott Russell Sanders

2008-2009

Author of more than 20 books, a range of novels, collections of stories, and works of personal nonfiction and Pulitzer Prize-nominated.

Richard Bausch, 2007-2008 Mackey Chair

Richard Bausch

2007-2008

Fiction writer who is the author of over 17 novels and short story collections and in 2004, he won the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence.

Robert Stone, 2006-2007 Mackey Chair

Robert Stone

2006-2007

Called one of the best of the post-Vietnam fiction writers, won the National Book Award for Dog Soldiers (1974) and the PEN Faulkner prize for A Flag for Sunrise (1981).

William Least Heat-Moon, 2005-2006 Mackey Chair

William Least Heat-Moon

2005-2006

One of America’s preeminent travelogists whose Blue Highways (1982) spent 42 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

Billy Collins, 2003-2004 Mackey Chair

Billy Collins

2003-2004

Appointed as the 2001-2003 Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and was a Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist.

Pam Houston, 2002-2003 Mackey Chair

Pam Houston

2002-2003

Award-wining author whose stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories Collections, the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best American Short Stories of the Century.

Patricia Hampl, 2001-2002 Mackey Chair

Patricia Hampl

2001-2002

Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota where she teaches in the master of fine arts program of the English department.

Bei Dao, 2000-2001 Mackey Chair

Bei Dao

2000-2001

Prominent Chinese dissident poet who has been repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Prize.

Ron Carlson, 1999-2000 Mackey Chair

Ron Carlson

1999-2000

Novelist and writer of short stories who currently teaches at the University of California-Irvine.

Li-Young Lee, 1998-1999 Mackey Chair

Li-Young Lee

1998-1999

Highly acclaimed Asian-American poet and winner of many awards for his riveting autobiographical verse. He won won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award and he Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award.

Amy Hempel, 1997-1998 Mackey Chair

Amy Hempel

1997-1998

One of the most prominent of the new American “minimalist” writers. She won the Rea Award for the Short Story in 2008, and she received the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction in 2009.

Denise Levertov, 1996-1997 Mackey Chair

Denise Levertov

1996-1997

Wrote and published 20 books of poetry and was perhaps the most influential woman poet in the United States since the 1940s.

Edward Hoagland, 1995-1996 Mackey Chair

Edward Hoagland

1995-1996

Author best known for his nature and travel writing. His nonfiction has been widely praised and he is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships.

Peter Matthiessen, 1994-1995 Mackey Chair

Peter Matthiessen

1994-1995

One of the most prolific American writers since World War II. He is co-founder of The Paris Review, and received a National Book Award.

Carolyn Kizer, 1993-1994 Mackey Chair

Carolyn Kizer

1993-1994

Author of eight books of poetry and Pulitzer Prize winner.

Rick Bass, 1992-1993 Mackey Chari

Rick Bass

1992-1993

Author of 26 books who’s nature-writing fiction has been called one of “tomorrow’s classics” by critic George Plimpton.

Ursula K. LeGuin, 1991-1992 Mackey Chari

Ursula K LeGuin

1991-1992

One of the most celebrated writers of speculative fiction in the United States who won the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1970.

Tess Gallagher, 1987-1990 Mackey Chair

Tess Gallagher

1989-1990

A noted writer of both poetry and short fiction, and one of the few writers equally acclaimed in both genres.

William Stafford, 1990-1991 Mackey Chair

William Stafford

1990-1991

One of the best-loved poets in the United States who received a 1962 National Book Award was appointed the twentieth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1970.

Raymond Carver, 1988 Macey Chair

Raymond Carver

1988

One of the most influential American writers of short fiction since 1975.

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