“My time at NAU was critical to me as a writer.  The freedom to immerse, the chance to learn and teach, the beauty of Flagstaff, and most of all, the camaraderie with other aspiring writers were, well,
life-altering.” –Ana Maria Spagna,

“It was at NAU that I began to see myself as a writer for the first time. My professors treated me both as student as a peer, and under their tutelage my writing skills developed exponentially. But the emphasis was not only on the craft of writing but also on living a life immersed in literature. What a gift. Those two years really were magical, and the relationships I developed at NAU (with both other students and my teachers) are ones that remain strong today, almost two decades after graduation.”—T. Greenwood

"The professors and staff in the English Department at NAU take the time to get to know their students. I know all  of my professors and feel comfortable going to them for guidance in my classes, program, and future career. The English Department professors are what make this program unique; I could not have gotten the individualized attention that I have as an undergraduate, and now a graduate student, at any other university.”—Ali Huebner

T. Greenwood is the author of seven novels, most recently Bodies of Water.  She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, the Maryland State Arts Council. Two Rivers was named Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards last year. Four of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks; THIS GLITTERING WORLD is a January 2011 selection. Her seventh novel, GRACE was an April selection.

Jim Ruland's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a number of newspapers, magazines and journals, including The Barcelona Review, The Believer, Black Warrior Review, Esquire, Hobart, L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Times, McSweeney's, Opium, Oxford American, Village Voice, and Razorcake -- America's only non-profit punk rock zine.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the host of Vermin on the Mount, an irreverent reading series in the heart of L.A.'s Chinatown. 

Ana Maria Spagna is the author of Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness, finalist for the 2012 Washington State Book Award, Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey, winner of the 2009 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, and Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw, named a Seattle Times Best Book of 2004. Her writing on nature, work, and life in a small community appears regularly in High Country NewsMountain GazetteOregon Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Stehekin, Washington.

Jerry Gabriel's first book of fiction, Drowned Boy, won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and was published in 2010 bySarabande Books. It was a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" pick and awarded the 2011 Towson Prize for Literature. His stories have appeared in One StoryEpochFictionFive ChaptersThe Missouri Reviewfailbetter, and Big Fiction, among other publications. His work has been short-listed for a Pushcart Prize and he has received an artist grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a fellowship in fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.