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William Penn

206A Morrill Hall
Phone: 517-355-7570
Email: penn@msu.edu


Creative Writing


W.S. Penn teaches in the Creative Writing Program and is one of the founding members of the Native American Writer' ' s Circle (initially the Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers). 

He is the author of seven books, including The Absence of Angels (novel), Killing Time with Strangers (novel), This is the World (stories), All My Sins Are Relatives (essays), and Feathering Custer (essays). He has won the Stephen Crane Prize for Fiction (twice), an American Book Award (fiction), A North American Indian Prose Award (essays), and a Distinguished Faculty Award. Presently, he is shopping a new novel, Hazing: A Novel in Ten Satires completing a new novel, The Revenge of King George working on a collection of essays and revising two film scripts. 

Penn is also a contributor to the Houghton Mifflin Anthology of Literature (fiction and essay), a new anthology by writers teaching non-fiction, and a continuing advisor to the Native Writers Circle and American Indian Studies Program at MSU.

Courses Taught

ENG 223 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction Writing

ENG 228 Introduction to Fiction Writing

ENG 391 Special Topics in English

ENG 423 Advanced Non-Fiction Writing

ENG 428 Advanced Fiction Writing