The Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing has hired Emily Ruskovich, author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novel “Idaho,” as an assistant professor in creative writing.
Ruskovich will begin in the fall of 2017 teaching fiction writing, as well as form and theory of fiction at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and serve as an editor with The Idaho Review.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Emily join us,” said Mitch Wieland, director of the MFA program. “She is truly a rising literary superstar. Her debut novel is powerfully moving and intensely lyrical. The book is a profound exploration of the mysteries of the human heart.”
Ruskovich was raised in northern Idaho and received her MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 2015, her short story “Owl” appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories. In addition, her short stories and essays have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, One Story, Zoetrope, The Atlantic, Paris Review, and elsewhere. She previously taught at the University of Colorado, Denver.