Dr. Joe Mackall

Dr. Joe Mackall

Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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A former journalist with a B.A. from Cleveland State University, M.A. from University of Central Oklahoma, MFA in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University, and Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Joe Mackall is director of the creative writing program and instructor of nonfiction writing for the Ashland University MFA program. He is co-founder of River Teeth:  A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and co-editor of the River Teeth, Literary Nonfiction Book Prize Series in partnership with the University of Nebraska Press. He is author of The Last Street Before Cleveland:  An Accidental Pilgrimage (University of Nebraska Press, 2006) and Plain Secrets:  An Outsider Among the Amish (Beacon Press, 2007). The Last Street Before Cleveland: An Accidental Pilgrimage was recently released in paperback last fall.  His articles have been published in a number of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Washington Post, Cleveland Magazine and Cleveland Plain Dealer, and an interview with him recently aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”

MFA Seminars and Readings by Joe Mackall


B.A., Cleveland State University
MFA, Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Ashland University’s English department teaches students to read well, think carefully, and write clearly, logically, and creatively with the goal of achieving intellectual rigor and contextual understanding. Majors Offered: English, Creative Writing, and Integrated Language... Read More