Riley Hanick

 Visiting Professor-in-Residence

Nancy and Rayburn Watkins Endowed Professor in Creative Writing

Riley Hanick

From "In Praise of Learning"

What you don't know yourself,

you don't know.

Add up the reckoning.

It's you who must pay it.

Put your finger on each item,

ask: How did this get here?

– Bertolt Brecht, 1931
  (trans. H.R. Hays) 


Three Kinds of Motion. Louisville: Sarabande, 2015.

Highlighted Publications 

"Microphonics." The Sonora Review (2009).

"Scroll." Seneca Review (2008).

"The Pradelles." The Sonora Review (2009).

"An Interview with Thalia Field." Interview by Riley Hanick, Ashley Butler, Tom Fleischmann, and April Freeley. The Seneca Review (2009).

"Beach." By Roberto Bolano. Trans. Riley Hanick. Eyeshot (2008).


MFA, Nonfiction

University of Iowa
B.A., English

Kenyon College

Areas of Specialization

Nonfiction Writing
The Essay

Courses Taught

ENG 214 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 344 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Awards and Distinctions

Jentel Artist Residency in Creative Writing, 2012
McKnight/Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Quick Start
  Opportunity Grant, 2012
"The Pradelles" included among "Notable Essays" in
  Best American Essays, 2010
Museum Writer-in-Residence, University of Iowa, 2006
Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Award, Kenyon College, 2001
Phi Beta Kappa, 2001


Riley Hanick

Faculty Hall 7B-16

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341