Andrew Altschul is Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University, where he teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. From 2002-2004 he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he taught as a Jones Lecturer from 2005-2008. He has also taught at the University of San Francisco, Mills College, and San José State University, where he directed the Center for Literary Arts from 2009-2015. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center.
Altschul is the author of two novels – Deus Ex Machina, which NPR described as “brilliant… one of the best novels about American culture in years,” and Lady Lazarus, a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Esquire, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, Fence, One Story, and anthologies such as Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and O. Henry Prize Stories. In 2008, he co-founded the arts and culture website The Rumpus, and served as Books Editor until 2011. He is currently a contributing editor at the literary journal Zyzzyva.
Altschul teaches courses in fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as 20th-century and postmodernist literature. His workshops stress that literature is a great, multigenerational, multicultural conversation; writers need to immerse themselves in writing of all kinds, to learn what’s been said and how it’s been said, so that they may search for new forms and new voices with which to tell their own stories. He joins the Fall 2018 voyage with his wife, fiction writer and journalist Vauhini Vara (who will teach a course on Feature Writing), and their three-year-old son, Kavi.