Margot Singer

Margot Singer

Professor (English/Creative Writing)
Director of Creative Writing
Director of Strategy for the Arts
Position Type
- Present
English/Creative Writing, Narrative Journalism Concentration
She / Her / Hers

Margot Singer teaches courses in creative writing and literature, with a specialty in fiction and creative nonfiction writing. In 2018, she was recognized with Denison’s Bonar Family Mentorship and Teaching Award.

Singer is the author of three books. Her novel, Underground Fugue (Melville House, 2017), won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American-Jewish Fiction and was short-listed for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Her book of linked stories, The Pale of Settlement (University of Georgia Press, 2007), won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Reform Judaism Prize, and an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award . Singer is also the co-editor of Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction (Bloomsbury, 2013, 2nd edition 2023), a compilation of critical essays.

Her stories and essays have appeared in many literary magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, The Normal School, The Sun, and many others. She has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, Ragdale, and Ucross. She also received the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Thomas H. Carter Award for the Essay, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in prose.

From 2016 to 2019, Singer served as the Director of Denison’s Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement, and, from 2013 to 2016, as the Associate Director of the Gilpatrick Center for Fellowships and Student Research. From 2009 to 2022, she directed the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop, Denison’s summer creative writing program for high school writers.

A.B., Harvard University; M.Phil., Oxford University; Ph.D., University of Utah

Learning & Teaching

  • Creative Writing (ENGL 237)
  • Fiction Workshop (ENGL 383)
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop (ENGL 384)
  • Senior Creative Writing Project (ENGL 453-454)
  • Studies in the Short Story (ENGL 314)
  • Literature of Travel (ENGL 310)
  • Senior Seminar - “Literary Remix” and “Extreme Fiction”(ENGL 400)


Honors & Awards
  • William G. Bowen Faculty Fellowship, 2019-20
  • Dominic Consolo Endowed Professorship, 2012-17
  • R. C. Good Faculty Fellowship, 2011-12
  • Bosler Endowed Faculty Fellowship, 2008-11
  • Marshall Scholarship, 1984


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