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Shannon Pufahl

PhD, English, University of California, Davis
M.A., English, University of Kansas
At Stanford Since: 


Shannon Pufahl is a Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program.  She teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, and courses focused on gender, sexuality, and history. She was a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford, where she received a Centennial award, the University's highest honor for teaching assistants. She has published essays in The Threepenny Review, The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere, on topics ranging from John Brown and the Antebellum Midwest, to the history and influence of slot machines.  Her novel, On Swift Horses, about queer history, gambling, and the postwar American West, was published by Riverhead Books in 2019.

Shannon received a PhD in American Literature and Culture from the University of California, Davis.  Her dissertation, Of love and wounding: Animals and children in American literature, 1860-1945, traces the animal welfare movement in the U.S. from its origins in the 19th-century, through the intense debates about animal life, suffering, and intelligence at century's end, and looks specifically at the young adult animal novels of the early 20th-century.  

She is the co-coordinator of The Writer's Studio, a weekly workshop series sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, the Stanford Storytelling Project, and the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking.  Find out more here.

More about On Swift Horses here.