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Miroslav Penkov
Associate Professor-English
Contact address   1155 Union Circle # 311307, Denton, TX 76203     Office Location213B 
Email  mpenkov@unt.edu   
Keywords creative writing, fiction   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership-Permanent   
toggle toggle  Professional Preparation
 Degree Major/Thesis/Dissertation Institution Year
Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing - Fiction University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 2009
Bachelor of Arts Psychology University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 2005
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Fall 2015ENGL4100001Advanced Fiction Writing Download Syllabus
Spring 2015ENGL4100001Advanced Fiction Writing Download Syllabus
Spring 2015ENGL3140005Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction Download Syllabus
Spring 2014ENGL4100001Advanced Fiction Writing Download Syllabus
Spring 2014ENGL3140005Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction Download Syllabus
Fall 2013ENGL4100001Advanced Fiction Writing Download Syllabus
Fall 2013ENGL3140006Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction Download Syllabus
Spring 2013ENGL3140005Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction  
Spring 2012ENGL4100001Advanced Fiction Writing Download Syllabus
Spring 2012ENGL3140003Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction Download Syllabus
Spring 2011ENGL4100001Advanced Fiction Writing Download Syllabus
Spring 2010ENGL5820001Creative Writing: Prose Fiction45Download Syllabus
Spring 2010ENGL3140001Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction57Download Syllabus
Fall 2011ENGL5820001Creative Writing: Prose Fiction Download Syllabus
Fall 2010ENGL4100001Advanced Fiction Writing Download Syllabus
Fall 2010ENGL3140005Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction Download Syllabus
Fall 2009ENGL4100001Advanced Fiction Writing54Download Syllabus
Fall 2009ENGL3140006Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction57Download Syllabus
toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2009-PresentAssistant ProfessorEnglish University of North Texas
2005-2009Teaching Assistant  University of Arkansas
2003-2005Research AssistantClinical Psychology University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
2001-2005Dispatcher and Security RoverHousing Office University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
2002-2003Resident Assistant  University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
toggle toggle Publications
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  YearPublication  Type
Stork Mountain
Novel, March 2016
Editor: Emily Bell
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
"East of the West" The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013
Dave Eggers
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Short Story
"Blood Money" Granta (124:Travel) Related Links: http://www.granta.com/Archive/124
John Freeman
Short Story
Best Untranslated Writers Granta Online Related Links: http://www.granta.com/New-Writing/Best-Untranslated-Writers-Petar-Delchev
Personal Essay
"First Sentence" Granta Online Related Links: http://www.granta.com/New-Writing/First-Sentence-Miroslav-Penkov
Personal Essay
toggle toggle Editorships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2015-PresentAmerican Literary ReviewEditor-in-chiefUNT/ALR
2015-2016American Literary ReviewNonfiction EditorUNT/ALR
2009-2015American Literary ReviewFiction EditorThe University of North Texas
2009-2015ALR Annual Short Fiction ContestCo-editorUNT/ALR
2011-2012American Literary ReviewEditor-in-ChiefThe University of North Texas
toggle toggle Lectures/Symposia
2013English Graduate Forum Creative Writing PedagogyPanelistUNT
2012Post-Communist Literature and Exile,Panel Discussion.Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. March 2012
2010The MFA in AcademiaPanel DiscussionAssociated Writing Programs Annual Conference. Denver CO, April 2010
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2012 2012 One Story Literary Debutante Ball | http://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=benefit
The Literary Debutante Ball is a benefit that celebrates One Story’s 10th anniversary, the publication of our debutantes’ first books, and honors the best-selling author Ann Patchett for her exceptional support of other writers.

The highlight of the benefit will be the formal “presentation” of One Story authors who have published their debut books in the past year:
Ramona Ausubel, No One is Here Except All of Us (Riverhead)
Megan Mayhew Bergman, Birds of a Lesser Paradise (Scribner)
Caitlin Horrocks, This Is Not Your City (Sarabande Books)
Katherine Karlin, Send Me Work: Stories (Triquarterly)
Miroslav Penkov, East of the West: A Country in Stories (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
Anna Solomon, The Little Bride (Riverhead)
Arlaina Tibensky, And Then Things Fall Apart (Simon Pulse)
2012 2012 Arkansas Literary Festival | http://www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org/
Short Story panel with Dan Chaon, moderated by Ann Nicholson.
2012 2012 Small Wonder Festival - Charleston, UK | Read More...
To mark the Olympics, the BBC and Book Trust embarked on a world-wide quest for the best international short story. Judges of the prestigious BBC Award, Ross Raison, Michele Roberts and Di Speirs, will be joined by two of the short-listed writers, Lucy Caldwell and Miro Penkov. Ross Raison’s novels include God’s Own Country and Waterline; his stories have appeared in the Guardian and Prospect. Michele Roberts is an acclaimed novelist and short story writer. Her latest book is Ignorance. Di Speirs is BBC4 Editor, Readings. Participating short listed writers will be announced after 16th September on the Small Wonder website.
Supported by University of Chichester
toggle toggle Intramural Funding
 Performance PeriodTitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2014Scholarly and Creativity Award GrantOffice of Research and Economic Development, UNT$5,000Completed
2012-2013The Imaginary TsarInstitute for the Advancement of the ArtsFaculty FellowPrincipal InvestigatorActive
2012The Imaginary TsarUNTJFSRFPrincipal InvestigatorCompleted
2010Mountain of MyrrhUNTRIGPrincipal InvestigatorCompleted
2010Mountain of MyrrhUNTJFSRFPrincipal InvestigatorCompleted
toggle toggle Consulting Activities
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)*Company/OrganizationRoleFundingWork Performed
2013PEN TexasOther Judge, PEN Texas Southwest Book Award for Fiction
2012Granta Books/Portobello BooksOther Evaluated books considered for publication
2012UNT PressOther Judge, Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction
toggle toggle Teaching
ENG 1013 Composition I (Undergraduate) - University of Arkansas
The class teaches students how to use written sources from across the curriculum with an emphasis on academic writing.

ENG 3140 Intermediate Fiction Writing (Undergraduate)
A lecture and workshop course introducing students to the writing of fiction.

ENG 4100 Advanced Fiction Writing (Undergraduate)
A lecture and workshop course for advanced undergraduate fiction writers.

ENGL 1023 Composition Two (Undergraduate) - University of Arkansas
The course helps students improve their reading and writing by the study of poetry, drama, and fiction, and by the writing of essays that analyze literary texts.

ENGL 2003 Advanced Composition (Undergraduate) - University of Arkansas
The class provides an opportunity for students to study, in their own disciplines, the kinds of writing that are required and the ways that writing is generated.

ENGL 2023 Creative Writing I (Undergraduate) - University of Arkansas
A lecture and workshop course introducing students to the writing of fiction and poetry.

ENGL 3140 - Intermediate Creative Writing - University of North Texas
A lecture and workshop course introducing students to the writing of fiction.

ENGL 4100 - Advanced Fiction Writing - University of North Texas
A lecture and workshop course for advanced undergraduate fiction writers.

ENGL 5820 - Graduate Fiction Workshop - University of North Texas
A workshop class for the M.A. and Ph.D. students of UNT's Graduate Creative Writing Program.

ENGL 5900 Contemporary American Fiction - University of North Texas
Special problems course. A graduate summer seminar.

toggle toggle Mentoring/Advising
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Student NameClassificationTypeProject/Thesis/Dissertation
2015-PresentSonny BohananMaster of Arts Thesis CommitteeGraduate ResearchStories
2015-PresentCharlie RiccardelliPhD Dissertation CommitteeGraduate ResearchA Novel
2014-PresentJeff PickellDirector PhD Dissertation CommitteeGraduate ResearchA Novel
2013-PresentCourtney CraggettDirector PhD Dissertation CommitteeGraduate ResearchA Novel
2015Joseph Andy BrisenoDirector PhD Dissertation CommitteeGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDown and Out: Novel
2015Matthew DavisDirector PhD Dissertation CommitteeGraduate ResearchDerivation: Novel
2015Sidney ThompsonDirector PhD Dissertation CommitteeGraduate ResearchBass Reeves: A Novel
2015Bryn AgnewDirector Master of Arts Thesis CommitteeGraduate ResearchNo Paper Cowboys: Stories
2014Hillary StringerDirector PhD Dissertation CommitteeGraduate ResearchPatrol: A Novel
2014Elise MatthewsMaster of Arts Thesis CommitteeGraduate ResearchThesis: Collection of Stories
2014Zach VandeZandeDirector PhD Dissertation CommitteeGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGray City: Stories and a Novella
2014Frisco EdwardsDirector Master of Arts Thesis CommitteeGraduate ResearchWerewolves and Time Machines: Stories
2014Elishia HeidenPhD Dissertation CommitteeGraduate ResearchDissertation: Novel
2014Aprell FeaginDirector Master of Arts Thesis CommitteeGraduate ResearchThe Angular Degrees of Freedom: Stories
2013Jessica DashHonors MentorUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingHonors Thesis
2013Christopher GarayDirector Master of Arts Thesis CommitteeGraduate ResearchInfinite Hallways: Parabola Heretica and Other Journeys
2012Michael WinstonMaster of Arts Thesis CommitteeGraduate ResearchCollection of Stories
2012Joshua WoodDirector Master of Arts Thesis CommitteeGraduate ResearchThesis: Collection of Stories
2012Timothy BoswellDirector PhD Dissertation CommitteeGraduate ResearchAfter the Planes: Novel
2011Britta ColemanPhD Exam CommitteeGraduate ResearchSet for Life: A Novel
2011Adam KullbergMaster of Arts Thesis CommitteeGraduate ResearchThesis: Collection of Essays and Stories
2011Andrew StarzDirector Master of Arts Thesis CommitteeGraduate ResearchThesis: Collection of Stories
2010Andy BrisenoDirector Master of Arts Thesis CommitteeGraduate ResearchThesis: Collection of Stories
2009Timothy BoswellMaster of Arts Thesis CommitteeThesis: Short Stories
toggle toggle Committees
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2014-PresentExecutive CommitteeAt-large memberDepartment of English, UNT
2013-PresentIAA Steering CommitteeIAA Emeritus FellowUniversity of North Texas
2013-PresentIAAAssisting in the recruitement of a Writer in ResidenceUniversity of North Texas
toggle toggle Memberships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2009-PresentPhi Beta Kappa Society  
 Associated Writing ProgramsMemberMembership in Professional Organizations
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2014Research Excellence AwardCollege of Arts and Sciences, UNT
2014Early Career Award for Research and CreativityOffice of Research and Economic Development, UNT
2014-2015Literature Protege - Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative, mentor Michael OndaatjeRolex
2013Kesterson Award for Outstanding Graduate TeachingUNT
20125 Notable BooksThe Daily Beast
2012Notable Books of 2011The Story Prize
2012Finalist for the Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First FictionTexas Institute of Letters
2012Finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize for WritingThe Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation
2012"The Letter" selected in 100 Other Distinguished StoriesBest American Short Stories 2012
2012Winner of the BBC International Short Story Award 2012 with "East of the West"The British Broadcasting Corporation
2011Pushcart Nomination for "Makedonija" published in Five ChaptersPushcart Prize
20115 Recommended BooksBoston Globe
2011Best of 2011 - Book by Texas Author Published in Last 12 MonthsFort Worth Weekly
2011"East of the West" selected for the 2012 PEN/O. Henry Prize StoriesPEN/O. Henry Prize Stories
2011Honor ProfessorStudent Government Association (UNT)
2008"Buying Lenin" selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2008Best American Short Stories 2008
2008Baucum Fulkerson Award in Fiction for “Blood Money.”University of Arkansas
2008Eudora Welty Prize in FictionThe Southern Review
2007Lily Peter Award in Fiction for “East of the West”The Lily Peter Foundation, University of Arkansas
2007Walton Fellowship in FictionUniversity of Arkansas/The Walton Family
2006Lily Peter Award in Fiction for “Buying Lenin”The Lily Peter Foundation, University of Arkansas
2006Aubrey Jane Batson Memorial Scholarship 
2005Phi Beta Kappa member 
2005First Ranked Senior ScholarUniversity of Arkansas
2005-2009Doctoral FellowshipUniversity of Arkansas
2005First Place – for “A Girl to Jog With.”Aging Well Contest, University of Arkansas
2003ScholarshipFoundation of International Exchange of Students (FIES)
2002ScholarshipFoundation of International Exchange of Students (FIES)
2001International ScholarshipJohn and Marie Lavallard
2000First Place (Bulgaria) for “Съседната стая”Zona-F National Fiction Contest (Bulgaria)
toggle toggle Professional Community Engagement
YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2005-2009University of Arkansas – English DepartmentQuality Writing CenterA tutor and writing instructor
1999-2003Zona-F magazine in Bulgaria Wrote monthly non-fiction
toggle toggle Renowned Teachers
Ellen Gilchrist

Molly Giles

Donald Hays

John DuVal

Davis McCombs

toggle toggle Biographical Sketch
Miroslav Penkov was born in 1982 in Bulgaria. He arrived in America in 2001 and completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an M.F.A. in creative writing at the University of Arkansas. He has won the Eudora Welty Prize in Fiction, and his stories have appeared in A Public Space, One Story, Orion, The Southern Review, The Sunday Times, Granta Online, Five Chapters, The Best American Short Stories 2008, The 2012 PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.

His debut collection of stories EAST OF THE WEST was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US (July 2011), by Ciela in Bulgaria (December 2011) and in ten other countries.


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American LIterary Review - Web Site
American LIterary Review - Web Site
I created and maintain the web site for The American Literary Review.

An Interview for "One Story Magazine"
One Story, Issue 148

Bucharest weekly 'Observatorul cultural'
O poveste din Est: cine este Miroslav Penkov?
An article about Penkov in the  Bucharest weekly 'Observatorul cultural' (in Romanian) written by Bogdan Suceava.

Interview in 'Capital'
Interview in 'Capital'
An interview with Penkov in the Bulgarian newspaper Capital (in Bulgarian)

Miroslav Penkov's Personal Web Site

Radio and Newspaper Interviews
NPR, BBC, Newspaper Interviews
Interviews with Miroslav Penkov for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, BBC Radio Four's Front Row, Orion Magazine, One Story...

Newspaper Reviews
Reviews of East of the West: A Country in Stories in the US, the UK, Australia and Canada.

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