March 17, 2017

Author to lead VCFA writing faculty

Julianna Baggott

MONTPELIER — Vermont College of Fine Arts has appointed critically acclaimed author Julianna Baggott as faculty director of the college’s residential Master of Fine Arts in writing and publishing program. Baggott is also an experienced educator.

“I’m thrilled to have Julianna join us as faculty director for our MFA in writing and publishing program,” said VCFA President Tom Greene. “Many of us in the writing community have been in awe of Julianna for her incredible range and singular talent as an author. She is not only an amazing novelist who writes for adults and children, but is also an accomplished essayist and poet.”

Baggott has written and published more than 20 books under her own name, as well as the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode. Her recent book, “Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders,” was a New York Times notable book of the year in 2015.

Her novel “Pure,” the first of a trilogy, was also on the same list in 2012, and won an ALA Alex Award. Her essays, stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies.

Baggott is an associate professor at Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts and currently holds the William H.P. Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross. She will begin her new faculty position at VCFA’s MFA in Writing and Publishing program in August.

“I’ve been an admirer of VCFA — their faculty, alums and ideology — for many years, and it’s a true pleasure to join their faculty and to help build their innovative residential MFA program,” Baggott said. The MFA in writing and publishing is VCFA’s only residential program, and began in 2015, with a dual focus on the craft of writing and the art of publishing.

The two-year program’s curriculum includes cross-genre study opportunities, internship requirements and a yearlong publication and fieldwork course.

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