Faculty Profile

Elise Levine

Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (2013)

Contact Information


East College Room 407


Levine teaches introductory and advanced fiction writing. She also teaches literature courses focusing on the craft and forms of fiction. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships -- including a Canadian National Magazine Award for fiction and awards from the Canada Council of the Arts, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony -- her published works include the story collection Driving Men Mad and the novel Requests and Dedications. Her work has also appeared in publications including Blackbird, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and Best Canadian Stories.


  • B.A., University of Toronto, 1989
  • M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2008

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

ENGL 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
An introductory creative writing workshop in poetry and fiction.

ENGL 337 The Craft of Fiction
This course will closely examine the tools, materials, and specific techniques used to create successful short stories and discuss The Masters as craftsmen (and craftswomen) in their trade. We'll begin with Chekhov and end with contemporaries such as Tobias Wolfe and Lorrie Moore. On the way we'll discuss the likes of Joyce, Fitzgerald, O'Connor, Cheever, and Carver.Prerequisite: 101

Spring 2016

ENGL 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
An introductory creative writing workshop in poetry and fiction.

ENGL 389 Evil & Anxiety Global Cont Fic
In this course we will focus on international contemporary fiction and informing theoretical notions — with some works written in English and some translated into English — that evoke and contest notions of evil and profound unease. In doing so we will consider questions such as: how does displacing agency from the supernatural and divine to the moral and human shape new parables of what personhood might mean? In what ways might uneasily shifting allegiances to place and culture constitute a ‘transnational’ experience? Works read include ones by Edwidge Danticat, Can Xue, Adania Shibli, Yoko Ogawa, Cesar Aira, Haruki Murakami, Helen Oyeyemi, Teju Cole, Kamel Daoud, Julia Kristeva, Edward Said, and Franz Fanon.

ENGL 418 Sr Creative Writing Workshop
Capstone workshop for students minoring with an emphasis in poetry or fiction. Students will work in one genre of their choice. In exceptional cases, a student may work in both genres with permission of the instructor. Prerequisites: 101 and (317 or 319).