Darren DeFrain


Darren DeFrain is the author of the award-winning novel,The Salt Palace (New Issues), and the short story collection, Inside & Out (MSR Press).  Both books were acquired by Dzanc Books and are available through that press as eBooks.  His stories, essays, poems, and miscellany have been widely published.  DeFrain began his education at the University of Utah, where he graduated with degrees in English and Psychology and with a minor in Italian.         

He went from there to Kansas State University for his MA, then Texas State University for his MFA.  He was awarded his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University in 2000.  He taught at Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley before coming to Wichita State University in 2005.  He has primarily directed the Writing Program at Wichita State in that time, but has also served as Department Chair and MFA Director. 

He currently teaches classes on Composition, Composition Theory, Narrative and Narrative Theory, and Graphic Novels.  He lives in Wichita with his wife, novelist Melinda DeFrain, and their two daughters.

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TKL Scholarship, Southwest Texas University, 1994
Third Coast Fellowship, Western Michigan University, 1996-1999
Trial Baloon Best Short Fiction Award, Western Michigan University, 1998-1999
Arthur M. Kaplan Award for Teaching, University of Wisconsin Colleges, 2001
Madison Summer Research Grant, University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley, 2005
Summer Research and Creative Scholarship Grant, Wichita State University, 2006
Kansas City Star's Best Books of 2005, The Salt Palace
Foreward Magazine's Best Books of 2005 Finalist
"Arty," Salt Lake City Weekly Magazine's 2006 Best of...Awards
Kansas Arts Council Mini-Fellowship in Fiction, 2007
Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award, 2007

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