John Englehardt

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Office Location:Hauge Administration Building - Room 220 G

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • MFA, Fiction, The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR, 2014
  • B.A., English/Creative Writing, Seattle University, Seattle WA , 2009

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Fiction
  • Creative Writing
  • English



  • Winner of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award
  • Winner of the 2018 Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction
  • Made at Hugo House fellowship, 2015
  • Wabash Prize in Fiction, 2014


John Englehardt is a writer and educator from the Pacific Northwest. His first novel, Bloomland, won the Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and was named a book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Electric Literature. He has previously taught writing classes at Seattle University, Hugo House, and University of Arkansas, where he received an MFA in Fiction. From 2015-2017, he served as a fiction editor for Pacifica Literary Review, and has worked in the Seattle Writes and the Writers in the Schools programs. Currently, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at PLU.

“My approach to writing relies on the belief that good stories cast doubt on our handed down notions of identity. In class, I seek a collaborative learning environment, where students are encouraged to refine their own unique storytelling tradition within a multiplicity of voices.”