Creative Writing

UNCW Welcomes Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Jason Mott.

March 23, 2022

Best-selling author Jason Mott has returned to his alma mater as the ongoing Distinguished-Writer-in Residence in the Department of Creative Writing, the university announced today.

Mott has authored four novels, the latest of which, Hell of a Book, received a prestigious National Book Award for fiction. His first book, The Returned, was published in 13 languages and became a New York Times bestseller and a TV series, “Resurrection,” on ABC.

“Jason is not just a literary superstar, but also a proven and versatile teacher of both poetry and fiction,” said David Gessner, former 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 has already begun in his position this spring. The writer-in-residence teaches two courses 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. Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of its 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch. Mott also wrote The Crossing, The Wonder of All Things and a poetry collection, We Call This Thing Between Us Love. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fiction and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry, both from UNCW.

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