Creative Writing Department Names Jason Mott New Writer-in-Residence

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Best-selling author Jason Mott is returning to his alma mater as the new writer-in-residence in the Department of Creative Writing, the university announced today.

Mott is the author whose first book, The Returned, was published in 13 languages and became a New York Times bestseller and a TV series, “Resurrection,” on ABC.

“Jason Mott is not just a rising literary superstar, but also a proven and versatile teacher of both poetry and fiction,” said David Gessner, chair of the Department of Creative Writing. “It seems a small miracle that we have not yet lost him to New York or L.A. and that he is willing to give back to UNCW.”

Mott will begin his three-year residency this fall. The writer-in-residence teaches a month-long class each year, gives a lecture and works with individual undergraduate and graduate students.

“Returning to UNCW is a dream come true for me. My years in the creative writing program are some of the most memorable times of my life,” said Mott. “The department became a home. The faculty became friends, and then family. It was a place where I not only honed my craft but, perhaps more importantly, grew as a person. The people there helped me in ways I cannot begin to describe or repay. So my simple hope is that, by joining the faculty, I might somehow ‘pay it forward’ to others.”

Mott’s poetry and fiction have appeared in various literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of its 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch. Mott also wrote The Wonder of All Things and two poetry collections, We Call This Thing Between Us Love and “…hide behind me…”  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fiction and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry, both from UNCW.


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