Gabriel Blackwell


Blackwell is a respected novelist whose work crosses different genres in fiction, from mystery to thrillers to science fiction. He has written two well-received novels: “Shadow Man: A Biography of Lewis Miles Archer” and “The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised Men.” His third, “Madeline E.,” a suspense novel that references Alfred Hitcock’s character Madeleine Elster in “Vertigo,” will be published in June. He also published a collection of fictions and essays, “Critique of Pure Reason.”

As a writer, Blackwell understands that word selection can make or break a reader’s experience. In the classroom, he underscores the importance words can have in creative writing by helping students scrutinize and analyze word choice.

In addition to his published books, he has also written essays and fictions that have appeared in Conjunctions, Tin House, Post Road, DIAGRAM, Puerto del Sol, The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books and American Book Review. Blackwell also co-edits Dzanc Books' monthly magazine, The Collagist (

Before coming to UWF, he was a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at Willamette University from 2011 to 2014.

Degrees & Institutions:

He received a bachelor’s degree in English and world literature from Pitzer College and a master’s degree in fiction from Warren Wilson College.