Mr. Lex Williford

Texas, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Lex Williford holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas and has taught in the writing programs at Southern Illinois University, the University of Alabama and the University of Missouri, St. Louis.  His chapbook, Superman on the Roof, won the 2015 10th Annual Rose Metal Chapbook Award, and his book, Macauley’s Thumb, was co-winner of the 1993 Iowa School of Letters Award for Short FictionHis fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Literary Review, Elm LeavesFiction, Glimmer Train Stories, Hayen’s Ferry Review, Kansas Quarterly, Laurel Review, Natural Bridge, The Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market 2002, Poets & Writers, Quarterly West, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Smokelong Quarterly, Southern Review, Sou’wester, StoryQuarterly, Tameme, Virginia Quarterly Review, Water~Stone and Witness; his stories have been anthologized in Flash Fiction, Sudden Flash Youth, The Iowa Award: The Best Stories, 1991-2000 and The Best of Witness: 1987-2004, The Eloquent Short Story and elsewhere.  He has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Blue Mountain Center, the Centrum Foundation, the Djerassi Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Villa Montalvo, the Wurlitzer Foundation and Yaddo.  He is coeditor, with Michael Martone, of the popular Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, now in its second edition, and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction.  The founding director of the online MFA at the University of Texas at El Paso, he is also a former chair of UTEP’s bilingual MFA program.




Twitter Username: @lexwilliford


  • Assistant Professor at University of Texas at El Paso (August 2000 - August 2007)
  • Associate Professor at University of Texas at El Paso (August 2007 - May 2013)
  • Founding Director of the Online MFA Program at University of Texas at El Paso (August 2006 - August 2011)
  • Assistant Professor at University of Alabama (September 1994 - May 1999)
  • Lecturer in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (September 1990 - May 1994)
  • Instructor at Auburn University (September 1987 - May 1990)
  • Chair at Bilingual Program in Creative Writing (January 2014 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) from University of Arkansas (May 1987)
  • Master of Arts in English from Stephen F. Austin State University (May 1984)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English/Journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University (May 1978)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Screenwriting, Children's literature , Poetry