Susan Neville

Susan NevilleSusan Neville

Demia Butler Chair



Susan Neville is the author of five works of creative nonfiction: Indiana WinterFabrication: Essays on Making Things and Making MeaningTwilight in ArcadiaIconography: A Writer’s Meditation; and Sailing the Inland Sea. Her collections of short fiction include In the House of Blue Lights,winner of the Richard Sullivan prize and listed as a ‘Notable Book’ by the Chicago Tribune, and Invention of Flight, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology and in anthologies including Extreme Fiction (Longman) and The Story Behind the Story (Norton.) Her story “Here” won the 2015 McGinnis-Ritchie Award from the Southwest Review. She teaches creative writing, a seminar in Willa Cather, and courses in Butler’s First Year Seminar program.


Iconography: A Writer’s Meditation, Indiana University Press

Fabrication: Essays on Making Things and Making Meaning, MP Publishing Limited

Other publications:

“On Memoir” essay in Essay Daily

“Game Night” story in The Collagist 

Andrew Levy

Andy LevyAndrew Levy

Edna Cooper Chair in English, Full Professor



Author, Huck Finn’s America (2014),  A Brain Wider Than The Sky (2009), The First Emancipator (2005), The Culture and Commerce of the American Short Story (1992), and co-editor of Creating Fiction (1994) and Postmodern American Fiction:  A Norton Anthology (1997).  Essays and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, American Scholar, Missouri Review, Best American Essays, and elsewhere.  Winner of Slatten award for Biography (2005), reviews of work and public appearances include Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered and This American Life, Spin, Sports Illustrated, C-Span, Salon, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and other places.  Teaches American literature and culture and creative writing.

Huck Finn’s America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece, Simon & Schuster

A Brain Wider Than the Sky: A Migraine Diary, Simon & Schuster

Chris Forhan

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Chris Forhan is the author of the memoir My Father Before Me as well as three books of poetry:  Black Leapt In, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize; The Actual MoonThe Actual Stars, winner of the Morse Poetry Prize and a Washington State Book Award; and Forgive Us OurHappiness, winner of the Bakeless Prize. He is also the author of three chapbooks, Ransack and Dancex, and Crumbs of Bread, and his poems have appeared in PoetryParis ReviewPloughsharesNew England ReviewParnassusGeorgia ReviewField, and other magazines, as well as in The Best American Poetry.  He has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes and has been a resident at Yaddo and a fellow at Bread Loaf. He was born and raised in Seattle and lives with his wife, the poet Alessandra Lynch, and their two sons, Milo and Oliver, in Indianapolis, where he teaches at Butler University.  More at http://www.chrisforhan.com.


My Father Before Me: A Memoir, Scribner

Ransack and Dance: Poems, Silver Birch Press

Poetry in The Paris Review

Poetry in Slate

“A Father’s Suicide Sets a Son Searching” essay in The Daily Beast


Michael Dahlie

Michael DahlieMichael Dahlie




Michael Dahlie is Assistant Professor of English in Butler University’s MFA program and is the author of two novels with W.W. Norton.  His short fiction has been published in journals and magazines including Harper’sPloughshares, The Kenyon Review, and Tin House and he won a Pushcart Prize for a short story first published in The Yale Review.  He received the PEN/Hemingway Award in 2009 for his novel A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living, and he won a Whiting Award in 2010.


The Best of Youth: A Novel, Norton

A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living: A Novel, Norton

The Children of Strømsund 

The Pharmacist from Jena



Visiting Faculty