Blake Kimzey

Lecturer 1

Areas of Specialization:  Creative Writing, Fiction

Office:  JO 3.534
Office Hours:  Th: 3-4 p.m. and by appointment
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]

I'm a Creative Writing lecturer at UT Dallas. My specialty is the short story. In my classes students develop and discover their voice and learn the craft of writing compelling, artful fiction. I'm a graduate of the MFA Program at UC Irvine and the recipient of an Emerging Writer Grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation. My fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney's, Redivider, Green Mountains Review, Short Fiction, FiveChapters, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, Day One, Fiction Southeast, The Masters Review, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015 Anthology. I have been awarded fellowships to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Vermont Studio Center. I live in Dallas with my wife, visual artist Danielle Huey Kimzey, and our two children. I recently completed my first novel.

My focus is reading and writing fiction.

Writing is personal. The fiction you write is your own. What you write about and how you write it is up to you. The style and voice you come into my class with are yours to keep, though I'm willing to bet you will see a subtle or even radical shift in the way you write. My chief concern is helping students develop their natural instincts through close reading and dogged revision of their own work.

Before joining the University of Texas at Dallas, I taught creative writing at UC-Irvine.

Recent Courses:  View courses taught by Blake Kimzey

M.F.A Creative Writing, University of California at Irvine, 2014
B.S. Business Administration/Marketing, Texas A&M University, 2003

Curriculum Vitae:  Blake Kimzey's CV

Website(s):  BlakeKimzey.com