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Arna Bontemps Hemenway

Assistant Professor


Creative Writing


Carroll Science, room 211
(254) 710-6891
Personal Website


M.F.A. Iowa Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa
Certificate of Modern Hebrew, University of Haifa, Israel
B.A. University of Iowa


Arna Bontemps Hemenway specializes in creative writing workshop and craft. He is the author of Elegy on Kinderklavier (Sarabande Books, 2014). His fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from A Public Space, Five Chapters, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, The Missouri Review, The Seattle Review, Meridian Literary Review, and Bat City Review, among others, and has been honored as a Distinguished/Notable Story of the Year in both the Best American Short Stories and Best American Nonrequired Reading anthologies. He has served as the Peter Taylor Scholar of Fiction Writing at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a Truman Capote Fellow of Fiction Writing, and the John C. Schupes Fellow of Fiction Writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

He is currently at work on a novel about an Israeli mourners' colony.