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415 Liberal Arts Building

The Department of Creative Writing is designed to provide the highest professional preparation and training to individuals who wish to pursue careers in writing or the teaching of writing. Students can choose to take Creative Writing and Literature courses in English, Spanish, or a combination of the two languages. Each year, a variety of fully bilingual courses is offered. The MFA curriculum culminates in the writing of a book-length manuscript of original creative work (thesis).


Master of Fine Arts

CHAIR: Lex Williford


Benjamin Saenz
Contact Information:; 915-747-5721
Education: MFA, University of Texas El Paso

Associate Professors

Jose De Pierola
Contact Information:; 915-747-6322
Education: MA, UCSD; Ph D, University of California, San Diego
Research Interests: Consciousness in Fiction, Historical Novel, Andean Literature, Literary Theory

Sasha Pimentel
Contact Information:; 915-747-6810
Education: BA, Georgia State University; MFA, California State University at Fresno

Assistant Instructor

Tanya Robertson
Contact Information:; 915-747-8730
Education: BS, University of Kentucky; BA, University of Kentucky; MFA in Bilingual Creative Writing, University of Texas at El Paso