Assistant Professor

Maria Hummel is an assistant professor in the English department who specializes in creative writing. She is the author of the poetry collection House and Fire, winner of the 2013 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and has written two novels: Motherland (Counterpoint, 2014) and Wilderness Run (St. Martin's, 2003). Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Narrative, The Sun, The New York Times, and the centenary anthology The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of  Poetry Magazine.


cover of Still Lives by Maria Hummel Still Lives (novel), Counterpoint Press, 2018
cover of Motherland by Maria Hummel Motherland (novel), Counterpoint Press, 2014.
cover of House and Fire by Maria Hummel House and Fire (poems), American Poetry Review, 2013. Finalist for the 2014 VCU Larry Levis Prize.
cover of Wilderness Run by Maria Hummel Wilderness Run (novel), St. Martin’s Press, 2003.


Awards and Recognition

UVM VPR Express Grant (2016)
APR/Honickman First Book in Poetry Prize (2013)
Pushcart Prize (2011)
The Iowa Review Award in Creative Nonfiction, runner-up (2010)
Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize (2010, 2011)
Narrative Annual Poetry Contest Finalist (2010)
Squaw Valley Writers’ Workshop Oakley Hall Fellowship (Fiction, 2009)
Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award (2009)
Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry (2005–07)
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Admissions Committee (Fiction, 2006)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Creative Writing


  • MFA University of North Carolina, 1998


Office Location:

405 Old Mill

Office Hours:

on sabbatical

Courses Taught

  • Creative Writing