Pam Durban


Greenlaw 230

Doris Betts Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing

Pam Durban's books include a collection of short stories, All Set About with Fever Trees, and two novels, The Laughing Place, and So Far Back. Her short fiction has been published in The Georgia Review; Tri-Quarterly; The Southern Review; Crazyhorse; Epoch; The New Virginia Review and The Ohio Review, among others, and widely anthologized. Her short story, "Soon," appeared in The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike, and her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 1997 and twice in New Stories from the South, The Year's Best and in the series' twentieth anniversary edition.

She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and a Whiting Writer's Award as well as a James Michener Creative Writing Fellowship from the University of Iowa.

Her novel So Far Back received the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Fiction. Her short story "The Jap Room" received the 2008 Goodheart Prize from Shenandoah. A non fiction piece, "Clocks," which first appeared in Shenandoah also appeared in The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Small Presses, Vol. XXX.

She was a founding editor of Five Points magazine and served for five years as fiction editor of that publication. She is the Doris Betts Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNC.


Hire Date: 2000

M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers Workshop
B.A., UNC-Greensboro

Research Groups and Interests

Creative Writing