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Lance Dyzak

Teaching Associate


Lance Dyzak is a doctoral student with a concentration in Creative Fiction.


MFA University of Tennessee, 2016

English Certificate of Major - Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2012

B.S., Civil Engineering, University Wisconsin-Platteville, 1999


  • "Innings" Southern Indiana Review (forthcoming"
  • "Small Talk" New Limestone Review
  • "Even If It's Only Me." Per Contra
  • Reed, S. "The Mature MFA: Going back to School as an Older Student." Poets & Writers September 2015: 95-103. Print. (Interviewed)
  • "The Deer Killing Poem." Shepherd Express. n.p. Web. 26 Aug. 2012

Professional Service

  • Graduate Teaching Associate, University of Tennessee, 2015-2016
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Tennessee, 2014
  • Writing Center Tutor, 2014-2016

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • 2017 John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Prize for Fiction
  • 2017 Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers – Honorable Mention for “Plausible Explanations for Bodies”
  • 2017 Pushcart Prize nomination for “Small Talk,” nominated by New Limestone Review
  • 2017 Keith P. Taylor Grant

Associations & Organizations

Reader: Fiction and Non-fiction Staff (2015-present)

Grist: The Journal for Writers

  • Reviewed and solicited non-fiction pieces for possible publication

Event Planner (2014-2015)

Grist Graduate Reading Series

  • Organized, planned, and hosted two reading events for the graduate students at the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee

Conference Presentations

  • Writers in the Library Reading Series, University of Tennessee, Apr. 2017
  • Grist Graduate Reading Series, University of Tennessee, Nov. 2014, Nov. 2015, and Mar. 2017
  • Vanderbilt University MFA Swap, Vanderbilt University, Feb. 2016
  • The Only-Tenn-I-See Reading Series, Knoxville, TN, Oct. 2016

Contact Information

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