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

Chelsey Johnson

Chelsey Johnson

Visiting Asst. Professor

Contact Information


153 W. Lorain Street, Room 104
(440) 775-6570

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin College, 1997
  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Iowa, 2002
  • Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University, 2005

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.