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Alena Graedon, M.F.A. Interim MFA Program Director, English

Alena Graedon, M.F.A.

  • Associate Professor
  • Graduate Faculty
  • Interim Graduate Program Director for the M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Department: English

Office: The Great Hall Annex 403

Office Hours: (In person) Mondays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.; (Zoom) Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m. See syllabus for link.; and by appointment.

Phone: 732-923-4769

Email: agraedon@monmouth.edu


Alena Graedon’s first novel, The Word Exchange, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and Paperback Row pick, and selected as a best novel of 2014 by Kirkus, Electric Literature, and Tor. It has been translated into eight languages. Graedon’s nonfiction has been published in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, newyorker.com, The Believer magazine, and Guernica, among other places, and her short fiction has appeared in VICE magazine. Graedon has twice received fellowships from MacDowell, as well as from The Corporation of Yaddo, The Ucross Foundation, The Jentel Artist Residency, The Lighthouse Works, VCCA, and The Vermont Studio Center.

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Education

M.F.A., Columbia University

B.A., Brown University

Books

The Word Exchange (Doubleday, 2014).

Forthcoming

She is currently at work on a second novel, provisionally titled Spitfire, and a collection of short stories, Survivalists.

Professional Associations

PEN America

Additional Information

Graedon’s nonfiction has been published in The Believer, Guernica, The New York Times Book Review, Postroad, and elsewhere.

Courses

Recently Taught Classes

2022 Fall

  • Creative Writing: Introduction – EN 251
  • Fiction Workshop – EN 611
  • Manuscript Seminar – EN 644

2022 Spring

  • Advanced Creative Writing – EN 451
  • Craft Seminar – EN 615

2021 Fall

  • Craft of Writing – EN 352
  • Creative Writing: Fiction – EN 252
  • Fiction Workshop – EN 611

2021 Spring

  • Advanced Creative Writing – EN 451

2020 Fall

  • Craft Intensive Seminar in Creative Writing – EN 652
  • Seminar in Creative Writing: Writer’s Craft – EN 615

2020 Spring

  • Advanced Creative Writing – EN 451
  • Creative Writing: Introduction – EN 251
  • Manuscript Seminar – EN 644
  • Seminar in Creative Writing: Fiction – EN 611

2019 Fall

  • Creative Writing: Introduction – EN 251
  • Seminar in Creative Writing: Fiction – EN 611

2019 Spring

  • Advanced Creative Writing – EN 451
  • Creative Writing: Introduction – EN 251
  • Literature II: Neoclassical to the Present – EN 202
  • Manuscript Seminar – EN 644

Frequently Taught Classes

  • Advanced Creative Writing (EN 451)
  • Creative Writing: Fiction (EN 252)
  • Creative Writing: Introduction (EN 251)
  • Fiction Workshop (EN 611)
  • Literature II: Neoclassical to the Present (EN 202)
  • Manuscript Seminar (EN 644)
  • Seminar in Creative Writing: Fiction (EN 611)
  • Seminar in Creative Writing: Writer’s Craft (EN 615)