Creative Writing
Department Chairs:
Sylvia Watanabe (Sem. I)
Dan Chaon (Sem. II)

Administrative Assistant:
Suzanne Overstreet

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-6567
Fax: (440) 775-6677

153 W. Lorain Street

Oberlin, OH, 44074

Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon

Co-director (Semester II)
Delaney Associate Professor

Contact Information


153 W. Lorain Street, Room 203
(440) 775-6567

Dan Chaon

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Northwestern University, 1986
  • Master of Arts, Syracuse University, 1990

Dan Chaon's books include the novel You Remind Me of Me, a national bestseller, and two collections of short stories Fitting Ends and Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award.

Chaon's stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies including Best American Short Stories of 1996 and 2003, The Pushcart Prize 2000, 2002, and 2003, and The O'Henry Prize Stories, 2001. His fiction has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction in 2002 and 2007. He was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

A new novel, Await Your Reply,was published  in September 2009.

Interview with Dan Chaon from THE BELIEVER Magazine

Dan Chaon's story "Shepherdess," from the Virginia Quarterly Review


BERNARD FARAI MATAMBO is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College. He teaches courses in fiction, nonfiction, transitional prose forms as well as poetry and internationally-focused electives in Creative Writing. He received his BA from Oberlin College, OH, and an MFA from Brown University, RI, where his writing received both the Beth Lisa Feldman Award for Fiction and the Matthew Assatly Award from the Literary Arts Program. His work has been published in Witness, Pleiades, AGNI, Cincinnati Review, The Journal, Laurel Review and plume poetry among others, and has been nominated for the Pushchart Prizes and Caine Prize for African Writing. He has received residency fellowships from The Blue Mountain Center and the I-Park Foundation and has served as visiting artist at the Delta Gallery in Harare, Zimbabwe. An excerpt from his forthcoming novel was awarded the Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant by Ohioana Library. Bernard is a recent recipient of an international arts education grant from the Minneapolis Foundation to develop a course study of community arts and arts education in Zimbabwe.