Judy Blunt, Director
Liberal Arts 112
Creative Writing Faculty
Professor, English/creative writing--fiction
Graduate fiction workshop
Undergraduate fiction workshop
Graduate Techniques course
Graduate Special Topics course
Deirdre McNamer is the author of the novels Rima in the Weeds (HarperCollins, 1991), One Sweet Quarrel (HarperCollins, 1994), My Russian (Houghton Mifflin, 1999), and Red Rover (Viking, 2007), which was named a Best Book of 2007 by Artforum, The Washington Post, and the LA Times. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Doubletake, New York Times opinion page, and elsewhere. McNamer teaches graduate and undergraduate writing workshops, and a graduate course in techniques.
B.A., University of Montana, Journalism, 1973.
M.F.A., University of Montana, Fiction, 1987.
I'm at work on a fifth novel, a collection of short stories, and a fiction/nonfiction hybrid about those who work in America's underground nuclear missile system.
Field of Study
Creative writing, fiction, M.F.A.
Like a Lion at the Door, in-progress
Red Rover, Viking, 2007
My Russian, Houghton Mifflin, 1999
One Sweet Quarrel, HarperCollins, 1994
Rima in the Weeds, HarperCollins, 1991
Montana Arts Council Artist's Innovation Award, 2016
Judge, PEN/Faulkner Award, 2015
Judge and Chair, National Book Award in Fiction, 2011
Montana Book Award, 2007
Residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo: 1988, 1992, 1997, 2002.
National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for Professional Journalists, 1982-83.
NY Times Notable Book Awards.
Multiple Best Book Lists of 2007 for Red Rover.
Department of English
Area of Expertise
Creative Writing; Fiction
Visiting-writer positions at Cornell University, Ohio State University, the University of Alabama, Williams College, the University of Montana: 1992-97
Faculty, Department of English/creative writing, University of Montana, 1998-present. Currently tenured full professor.
Reporter for the Associated Press and several daily newspapers in the Northwest, 1973-1984
Free-lance work for national magazines and newspapers, subsequently.