Dr. Michael Piafsky

Dr. Michael  Piafsky

Dr. Michael Piafsky

Associate Professor
Writing Program Director
Lucey Administration Center, 3rd Floor, Office 386
p: 251-380-4642

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Missouri (2007)
Master Degree, Johns Hopkins University (2000)
Bachelor of Arts, Northwestern University (1998)

Dr. Piafsky is chair of the Writing program and teaches creative writing, composition, and literature classes.  His novel, All The Happiness You Deserve was published by Prospect Park Books in 2014.  He has also published fiction and nonfiction in Meridian, The Jabberwock Review, Ocho and others.  He has been a finalist for both the Glimmer Train New Writers award and The Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction.  He is formerly Interview Editor at The Missouri Review and has published interviews with Jon Stewart, David Milch, Chuck Klosterman, A.M. Homes, and Nathan Rabin.  His scholarly interests reside primarily in contemporary American fiction, with particular attention to the short story form.

Selected Courses  

The Circus
Very Strange Things
Films of the Coen Brothers
Genre Fiction
Menippean Satire and Arrested Development
Writing For Publication

Deadwood and Shakespeare

 

Selected Publications  

All The Happiness You Deserve, Prospect Park Books, 2014.

“Water” (Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction),

“Sucker Quest” (Ocho),

“Where We Go From Here,” (Meridian)

 Selected Presentations

“The Role of the Shakespearian Fool in David Milch’s Deadwood.” Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2013.

“Agatha Christie’s uneasy relationship with Otherness.” Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2012.

“The Coen Brothers’ Anxiety of Influence.” MLA “Theorizing The Coen Brothers”, Philadelphia, 2007.