Lily Hoang

photo_lily hoangBiographical Statement:

Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (winner of the inaugural Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Nonfiction Contest) and Changing (recipient of a PEN Open Books Award). With Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she edited the anthology The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. She is Director of the MFA program at New Mexico State University. She serves as Editor at Puerto del Sol and for Jaded Ibis Press.  

Teaching Statement:

I cannot teach students how to write a good story, because “goodness” as an aesthetic is constantly evolving, but my goal in teaching in the MFA program is to introduce students to new forms of fiction while grounding them in the canon and preparing them for the challenges that will come with being an active member of the writing community. My classes use literature as the nexus to explore broader questions about art, writing, and the development of aesthetics.

Courses Recently Taught:

  • ENGL 349: The Short Story
  • ENGL 413/513: Advanced Creative Writing, Fiction
  • ENGL 449: Online Publishing
  • ENGL 534: Form and Technique of Fiction
  • ENGL 574: Graduate Workshop 

Research and Creative Interests:

Hoang is interested in narrative in its many guises, whether it is a traditional short story or conceptual experimentation. Although her books have been labeled as “experimental” or “avant-garde,” what she loves are narratives, the ways in which a story can happen and influence the reader. She is active in small press publishing and Internet writing communities.

Selected Publications:


  • The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde, co-edited with Joshua Marie Wilkinson  (Night Boat Books, 2015)
  • A Bestiary (winner of the inaugural Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Non-Fiction Book Contest, 2016)
  • Unfinished (Jaded Ibis Books, 2011)
  • The Evolutionary Revolution (Les Figues Press, 2010)
  • Changing (Fairy Tale Review Press, 2008)
  • Parabola (Chiasmus Press, 2008)


  • My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Contemporary Fairy Tales (Penguin, 2011)
  • Haunted Legends (TOR Books, 2011, this story was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Prize)
  • Best of the Web 2011 (Dzanc Books, 2011)
  • The &Now Awards: Best Innovative Writing (&Now Books, Lake Forest College, 2009)
  • Not Normal, Illinois (University of Indiana Press, 2009).

Journals (short fiction)

  • Hobart Pulp
  • PEN/America
  • Make Magazine
  • Black Warrior Review
  • Action Yes
  • Fairy Tale Review
  • Quarter After Eight
  • Marginalia

Contact: or 575-646-5197

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