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Teresa Carmody

Assistant Professor, Director of the MFA of the Americas

Teresa Carmody is a writer, editor, and publisher. Her most recent book, Maison Femme: a fiction (2015), is a roman a' clef about two women who run an independent press out of their basement in Los Angeles. Written via constraints and incorporating images by Vanessa Place, Maison Femme draws on the structure of their shared house to explore the border between writing and publishing, between private and public, between memory and the archive. Carmody is also the author of Requiem (2005), a micro-collection of short stories lauded by the American Book Review as "darkly poignant," and which David L. Ulin describes a "marked throughout by its own quiet tone of authority, which works to peel back the surface of what we imagine and examine what is going on underneath."

Carmody's three chapbooks include Eye Hole Adore (2009), which was selected for The &Now Awards 2: The Best of Innovative Writing. Shorter works have appeared in journals such as The Collagist, Mandorla, Entropy, Bombay Gin, Juked, Anomalous 11, Faultline, and more. Her translation of "Dome'stica" by Mexican writer Gabriela Olivares Torres was published in WebConjunctions. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Millay Colony, and has taught literature and creative writing at California Institute of the Arts and University of California-San Diego.

An organizer of the original Ladyfest in Olympia Washington, Carmody has curated literary and cross-disciplinary art events at venues such as Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. She is the co-founding director of Les Figues Press, an award-winning nonprofit publisher of innovative poetry, prose, and translation, and regularly presents talks and publishing workshops. She is the co-editor of several anthologies, including I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (2012) and TrenchArt Monographs: hurry up please its time (2015). Her essays on publishing and literature have appeared or are forthcoming in venues such as Jacket2 and Something on Paper, and in the anthology Reading and Writing Experimental Texts: Critical Innovations (2017).


  • Ph.D., University of Denver
  • M.F.A., Antioch University
  • B.A., The Evergreen State College

Course Topics

  • Fiction and experimental prose workshops
  • Theories of fiction, including narrative theory and art writing

Select Publications

  • Maison Femme: a fiction, (a text image collaboration with Vanessa Place), 2015
  • Requiem, 2005
  • "A New Writing Friend," The Collagist, December 2016
  • "William and His Women Friends," The Collagist, February 2016
  • "Basement," Entropy, December 2015
  • "Impulses Toward a Telepathic Reading of Clarice Lispector's Stations of the Body and "The Beak of A Bird" by Amina Cain," Reading and Writing Experimental Texts: Critical Innovations, Eds Robin Silbergleid and Kristina Quynn, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017


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