Michigan State University
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Rae Paris
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IMG_0854.JPGRae Paris

Assistant Professor

Creative Writing


M.F.A., University of Arizona

B.A., UC Berkeley



C-606 Wells Hall

(517) 884-4418


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.


Courses Taught


ENG 226 Intro to Creative Writing

ENG 228 Intro to Fiction

ENG 353 Readings in Women Writers: Black Women’s Contemporary Short Fiction

ENG 428 Advanced Fiction