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Chatham University

Creative Writing (MFA) Faculty and Staff

Robert Stevens MFA

Hometown : Wilkes-Barre, PA
Joined Chatham : 2009

Academic Areas of Interest

Language-driven short stories, Plot-driven novels, Magical Realism, classic Russian literature. Composition, Creative Nonfiction, ESL, and tutoring.

Personal Areas of Interest

Modern Architecture, Space-age Jazz, Indie Rock, Graphic Design


Robert Stevens was born in Seoul, South Korea. His father was in the U.S. Navy and his family traveled a lot, moving 11 times by the time he turned 18. He has taught composition and creative writing courses at the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a consultant at Pitt's Writing Center. He currently teaches fiction writing courses at Chatham University. In addition, he works as a volunteer tutor at The Neighborhood Academy, an inner-city high school. His work has won several awards, including a full tuition minority scholarship to the advanced fiction workshop at the New York State Summer Writers Institute. In 2008, he was awarded one of nine fiction writing fellowships through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In April 2009, his story "Princeton" received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train's "Family Matters" contest, placing in the top 50 of over 1,000 entries.


  • MFA in Fiction Writing, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) 2008
  • B.A. in Fiction Writing, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) 2004
  • Film Studies Certificate, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) 2004





  • Served as the fiction judge for the 2012 Annual Writers Cafe/Prosody Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards, University of Pittsburgh


  • "An Introduction to Realist Fiction." Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus, July 2011
  • "Post-MFA Career Symposium featuring Sherrie Flick, Salvatore Pane, and Ladette Randolph." Chatham University, 2011
  • "Vivid Technicolor-coded Character Map Extravaganza." Writer's Cafe, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • “The Art of Physical Description." Writer's Cafe, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
  • "Evaluating Diagnostic Essays," presented to the Committee for the Evaluation and Advancement of Teaching, University of Pittsburgh, 2006