Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of English
Rae Paris
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IMG_0854.JPGAssistant Professor
Creative Writing

Office: C606 Wells Hall
Phone: (517) 884-4418
Email: rparis@msu.edu

M.F.A., University of Arizona
B.A., UC Berkeley

Rae Paris is from Carson, California. Her poetry and fiction appear or are forthcoming in Dismantle: an Anthology of Writing from the VONA/ VOICES Writers Workshop, Solstice, Blackberry, Guernica, Feminist Studies, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by an NEA Literature Fellowship, and writing residencies from the Hambidge Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA), and Norcroft. Her poem "The Forgetting Tree" was nominated for Best of the Net 2013. Her short story “The Girl Who Ate Her Own Skin” was a recommended story in the 2009 O. Henry Prize Stories, and her collection was a finalist for the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction. She recently completed a young adult novel titled You, excerpts of which were finalists for the Summer Literary Seminars and the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards.

She teaches creative writing workshops and literature courses. Spring 2012 she designed a new course on Black women’s contemporary short fiction, out of which she created Black Space, a digital space for Black women writers: http://blackspaceblog.com/

Her research interests include Black women’s fiction; and identities, particularly racialized identities, in creative writing pedagogy.


ENG226: Intro to Creative Writing
ENG228: Intro to Fiction
ENG353: Readings in Women Writers: Black Women’s Contemporary Short Fiction
ENG428: Advanced Fiction