John Clayton

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Contact Information

Office: Writing Center Floor 2
Office Hours: MW 2:30-3:30 & by appointment
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Academic Information
Position: Visiting Professor of Writing

School: IA
Graduate Alma mater: Columbia College, B.A.; N.Y.U., M.A.; Indiana University, PhD.



John Clayton is teaching at Hampshire as a Visiting Professor of Writing for the 2010-2011 academic year. Clayton has taught modern literature and writing at UMass Amherst since 1969. He also taught at Mount Holyoke as a Visiting Professor. His novels include Kuperman's Fire, The Man I Never Wanted to Be, and What are Friends For? Clayton's short stories have been featured in Commentary, Karem, Notre Dame Review, The Journal and many other publications. Clayton also writes literary criticism and edits anthologies such as the Heath Introduction to Fiction.  His story "The Man Who Could See Radiance" is part of the NPR Selected Shorts anthology, Getting There from Here.


Educated as an undergraduate at Columbia College, Clayton recieved an M.A. from N.Y.U, and obtained his PhD from Indiana University.


Fall 2010

IA-0129-1 Intro to Creative Writing: Fiction

Current Projects

His latest novel, The Mitzvah Man, will be published spring 2011.

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