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Alena B. Graedon, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor

Graduate Faculty

Career Advising Mentor

Interim Graduate Program Director for the M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Photo of Alena B. Graedon

M.F.A., Columbia University

B.A., Brown University

Wilson Annex 403
Office Hours
Office hours by appointment.
Courses this Semester
EN 202 Literature II
EN 251 Creative Writing: Intro
EN 451 Adv Creative Writing
Regularly Taught Courses
EN 202 Literature II
EN 251 Creative Writing Intro
EN 252 Creative Writing: Fiction
EN 451 Adv Creative Writing

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 New York Times Book Review,, The Believer magazine, and Guernica, among other places, and her short fiction has appeared in VICE magazine. Graedon has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Corporation of Yaddo, The Ucross Foundation, The Jentel Artist Residency, VCCA, and The Vermont Studio Center. A native of North Carolina, Graedon is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University's M.F.A. program. She has taught at Columbia and Monmouth universities, and she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The Word Exchange (Doubleday, 2014).

She is currently at work on a second novel and a collection of short stories.

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.