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David Philip Mullins, MFA

Assistant Director, Summer School in Ireland, Trinity College, Dublin

Associate Professor

David Mullins

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College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate School
English
CRHL - Creighton Hall/Administration Building

David Philip Mullins, MFA

Assistant Director, Summer School in Ireland, Trinity College, Dublin

Associate Professor

David Philip Mullins grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is the author of Greetings from Below: Stories, which won both the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and the International Walter Scott Prize for Short Stories.  He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his fiction has appeared in The Yale Review, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, and elsewhere.  He has received the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, the Dorothy and Granville Hicks Residency in Literature from Yaddo, an Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Nebraska Arts Council, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  He is at work on a novel.

Teaching Interests

  • Creative Writing (Fiction)

Department

English

Position

Associate Professor

Books

  • Salt Publishing
    Greetings from Below: Stories 2012
  • Greetings from Below: Stories
    Sarabande Books 2010

Articles

  • The Value of Voice
    Post Road, number 26 2013
  • Ecotone
    Arboretum
    volume, 6, number 1 2010
  • Folio
    Crash Site on a Desert Mountain Outside Las Vegas
    volume 25, issue 1 2010
  • Fiction
    The Last Thing in the World
    number 55 2009
  • The Massachusetts Review
    Glitter Gulch
    volume 50, number 3 2009
  • Yale Review
    This Life or the Next
    volume 97, number 4 2009
  • New England Review
    First Sight
    volume 29, number 2 2008
  • A Familiar Place
    Cimarron Review, issue 49 2004
  • New England Review
    Driving Lessons
    volume 25, number 3 2004
  • New England Review
    True Love Vs. the Cigar Store Indian
    volume 21, number 2 2000

Editing and Reviews

  • Gulf Coast
    The Young and the Shiftless: Justin Taylor's Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever
    volume 23, issue 1 2011

Presentations

  • Literary Pub Quiz (reading), Pageturners Lounge, Omaha, NE 2016
  • Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture (lecture on the characteristics of a creative-writing workshop), Omaha, NE 2015
  • Wednesday Words: The Braided River Series (reading), Nebraska Arts Council/The Backwaters Press, Kaneko-UNO Library, Omaha, NE 2013
  • Greengo Coffee & Deli (reading), with Brion Poloncic, Todd Robinson, Sarah Wehbe, and Killer Blow, Omaha, NE 2013
  • Poetry at the Moon (reading), Crescent Moon Coffee, Lincoln, NE 2012
  • Words Less Spoken (reading) 2012
  • Visiting Writers Series (reading), Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE 2012
  • Nebraska Book Festival (reading), Lincoln, NE 2012
  • Arthaus (lecture on the lifestyle and work habits of a writer), Omaha, NE 2012
  • Missouri Valley Reading Series (reading), University of Nebraska, Omaha, Omaha, NE 2011
  • Vegas Valley Book Festival (lecture on writing memorable characters in fiction), Las Vegas, NV 2011
  • Iowa City Book Festival (reading), Iowa City, IA 2011
  • Magers & Quinn Booksellers (reading), with John Jodzio and Dessa, Minneapolis, MN 2011
  • Barnes & Noble (reading), Henderson, NV 2011
  • Creighton University Writers (reading), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with Brent Spencer and Mary Helen Stefaniak, Lincoln, NE 2011
  • Writers and the Process Series (reading), Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA 2011
  • KGB Bar (reading), with Urban Waite, New York, NY 2011
  • Prairie Lights Books (reading), Iowa City, IA 2011
  • Millsaps College (reading), Jackson, MS 2011
  • Lindsay J. Cropper Writers Series (reading), University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 2011
  • Vermin on the Mount (reading), Sushi Contemporary Performance and Visual Arts, San Diego, CA 2011
  • Creighton Reading Series (reading) 2011
  • The Bookworm (reading), Omaha, NE 2011
  • Writing Center Reading Series (reading), Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE 2011
  • The Writes of Spring (reading) 2010
  • The Writes of Spring (reading) 2009
  • Writing Center Reading Series (reading), Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE 2009
  • Sewanee Writers’ Conference (reading), Sewanee, TN 2008
  • An Evening of Prose and Poetry (reading), University of Nebraska, Omaha, Omaha, NE 2008
  • Crescent Moon Reading Series (reading), Crescent Moon Coffee, Lincoln, NE 2006
  • Midwest Best Reading Series (reading and lecture on fact as a basis for fiction), The Reading Grounds, Omaha, NE 2006
  • Get on the Mic (reading), Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Iowa City, IA 2004
  • Talk Art (reading), Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Iowa City, IA 2004

Awards

  • Creative Writing Fellowship
    National Endowment for the Arts
  • Finalist, William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, “Novel-in-Progress” category
    for Fortune City (novel in progress)
    Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society
  • "Arboretum" anthologized in Road to Nowhere and Other New Stories from the Southwest
    "Arboretum" anthologized in Road to Nowhere and Other New Stories from the Southwest
    University of New Mexico Press
  • Silver Medal, "Short Story Fiction" category
    for Greetings from Below: Stories
    Independent Publisher Book Awards
    Greetings from Below
  • Finalist, James Jones First Novel Fellowship
    for Fortune City (novel in progress)
    James Jones Literary Society/Wilkes University
  • Finalist, Eric Hoffer Award, Grand Prize
    for Greetings from Below: Stories
  • Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature
    Nebraska Arts Council
  • Notable Western Story of the Year, Best of the West 2011
    "This Life or the Next" named a "Notable Western Story of the Year" in Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri
    University of Texas Press
  • Silver Pen Award
    "presented to emerging and mid-career Nevada authors of talent and promise"
    Nevada Writers Hall of Fame
  • IGGY Award
    "awarded to outstanding freshman mentors, counselors, advocates and role models"
    Center for Student Success and Retention, Creighton University
  • Pushcart Prize
    "Arboretum" nominated for a Pushcart Prize (by Don Waters)
  • International Walter Scott Prize for Short Stories
    for Greetings from Below: Stories
    Salt Publishing
    Salt Publishing
  • Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (selected by David Means)
    for Greetings from Below
    Sarabande Books
  • Finalist, Katharine Bakeless Nason Fiction Prize
    for Greetings from Below
    Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
  • Finalist, Hudson Prize
    for Greetings from Below
    Black Lawrence Press

  • “First Sight” named a “Notable Western Story of the Year” in Best of the West 2009, New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri
    University of Texas Press
  • Stanley Elkin Scholarship
    Sewanee Writers' Conference
  • Pushcart Prize
    “First Sight” nominated for a Pushcart Prize (by Don Waters)
  • Dorothy and Granville Hicks Residency in Literature
    Yaddo
  • Finalist, Schaeffer Fellowship, International Institute of Modern Letters
    Department of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Finalist, Fiction Prize (judged by Rick Moody)
    for “Arboretum”
    Indiana Review
  • Pushcart Prize
    “Driving Lessons” nominated for a Pushcart Prize (by Joyce Carol Oates)
  • Third Prize, College Fiction Contest
    for “Driving Lessons”
    Playboy

Consulting

  • Guest Judge
    2013-2014 Cropper Creative Writing Contest in Prose
    University of San Diego
    2014 - 2014
  • Guest Judge
    The Flintlock's Boatright Award in Prose (2011-2012)
    Nebraska Wesleyan University
    2012 - 2012