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Varley O'Connor

Associate Professor

M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, 1989

Varley O'Connor is the author of three novels, most recently The Cure, published by Bellevue Literary Press in May 2007. Her other novels include A Company of Three (Algonquin Books, 2003) and Like China (William Morrow, 1991). Her shorter prose has appeared in The Sun magazine, AWP Writer's Chronicle, Faultline: A Journal of Art and Literature, Driftwood, Algonkian magazine, and The MacGuffin. Her fourth novel, The Master's Muse, will be published by Scribner in May 2012.

Before joining the Kent State faculty, Varley O'Connor taught writing and literature at Hofstra University, Brooklyn College, Marymount Manhattan College, and the University of California, Irvine. She worked with young children on creative writing at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn and facilitated workshops for teachers of adult literacy for the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. She has conducted fiction workshops for the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the Sackett Street Workshop, and the North Carolina Writers' Network. She has also worked as a professional actor in theater, film, and television.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
  • The Master's Muse, Scribner, forthcoming May 2012.
  • "Blue Station Wagon, Circa 1961," a personal essay, The MacGuffin, Spring/Summer 2010.
  • "The Empathic," a short story, The Sun magazine; February 2008.
  • "Exercise in Putting Characters into Action," contribution to anthology Naming the World and Other Exercises for Creative Writers, ed. Bret Anthony Johnston; Random House, January 2008.
  • "Suki," a personal essay, The Sun magazine; October 2007.
  • The Cure, Bellevue Literary Press, May 200. 
  • "Forsytes," a personal essay, Driftwood literary journal; April 2007.
  • "An Interview with Sigrid Nunez," AWP Writer's Chronicle; February 2007.
  • A Company of Three, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, September 2003.
  • Like China, William Morrow, February 1991.
Research Areas
  • Creative Work in the Novel, Short Story, and Personal Essay/Short Memoir

Associated Writing Programs
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Varley O'Connor
Department of English
Phone: 330-672-2676