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MFA Visiting Writers

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the author of 21 books of fiction and non-fiction for adults, Young Adults, and children, including The Deep End of the Ocean, the first selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, translated into over 30 languages, with more than three million copies in print.

Mitchard’s novels have won or been short-listed for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, The Bram Stoker Award, The Shirley Jackson Award, and the UK’s Talkabout Prize, and have included four New York Times bestsellers. She has also authored an essay collection, Dispatches from the Mother Ship, and a memoir, Mother Less Child.

A book editor and professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Miami University of Ohio, Mitchard lives on Cape Cod with her family, where she is at work on her twelfth novel for adults.

Pearl Abraham

Pearl Abraham is the author of the novels The Romance Reader, Giving Up AmericaThe Seventh Beggar, and American Taliban.  The Seventh Beggar was a finalist for the Koret International Award in Fiction. It was also excerpted in Harold Bloom's Jesus and Yahweh. The Romance Reader was a best-seller and finalist for Barnes & Noble's "Discover Great New Writers" Award and a Literary Guild featured book. It was also longlisted for the UK's Orange Prize.

Animal Voices, Mineral Hum, her first collection of stories, was shortlisted for the 2018 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction by Judge Aimee Bender.  Her essays and stories have appeared on LitHub, Longreads, Michigan Quarterly and Epoch.  “For the Sins…” was a notable in Best American Essays.  “Hasidic Noir,” from Brooklyn Noir, received the Shamus award for best short story. 

A graduate of New York University's MFA program in Fiction, Abraham has taught at NYU and in the MFA Writing Programs at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Houston. Abraham is the founding editor of the literary webpage SforSentence.com. She is also Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Western New England University.