Lex Williford

Department of Creative Writing University of Texas, El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968

Author's Bio

Winner of the 2015 10th Annual Rose Metal Flash Fiction Chapbook Award for Superman on the Roof, Lex Williford holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas and has taught in the writing programs at Southern Illinois University, the University of Alabama and the University of Missouri, St. Louis. His book, Macauley’s Thumb, was co-winner of the 1993 Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Literary Review, Fiction, Glimmer Train Stories, Hayen’s Ferry Review, Kansas Quarterly, Laurel Review, Natural Bridge, The Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market 2002, Poets & Writers, Quarterly West, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Smokelong Quarterly, Southern Review, Sou’wester, StoryQuarterly, Tameme, Virginia Quarterly Review and Witness; his stories have been anthologized in Flash Fiction, Sudden Flash Youth, The Iowa Award: The Best Stories, 1991-2000 and The Best of Witness: 1987-2004, The Eloquent Short Story and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Blue Mountain Center, the Centrum Foundation, the Djerassi Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Villa Montalvo, the Wurlitzer Foundation and Yaddo. Coeditor, with Michael Martone, of the popular Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, now in its second edition, and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction, he is the founding director of the online MFA program and the current chair of the on-campus bilingual MFA program at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Publications and Prizes

Macauley's Thumb
(University of Iowa Press, 1994)
Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, 2nd Edition
(Simon & Schuster, 2007)
, Scribner's Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction
(Simon & Schuster, 1999)
, Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction
(Simon & Schuster, 2007)
American Literary Review, Fiction, Glimmer Train, Hayden's Ferry Review, Kansas Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Poets & Writers, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, River Styx, Shenandoah, Sou'wester, Southern Review, Story Quarterly, Tameme, Virginia Quarterly Review, Water~Stone Review, Witness
Superman on the Roof
(Rose Metal Press, 2016)
Prizes Won: 
1993 Iowa Short Fiction Award, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Bread Loaf Scholarship and Fellowship, 2015 10th Annual Rose Metal Flash Fiction Chapbook Award

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Fiction Writer
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Scotch-Irish American
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El Paso
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Dallas, TX
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Last updated: Apr 27, 2016