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J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English

2008, BA, English, University of North Carolina


Daniel Wallace is the author of six novels, including Extraordinary Adventures, 2017, and Big Fish, his first, which was adapted into a film and a Broadway musical, and translated into twenty-five languages.  He’s published two children’s books, dozens of short stories and essays, and is an illustrator whose drawings have appeared in books, newspapers and magazines all over the world. His seventh book, This Isn’t Going to End Well: The True Story of a Man I Thought I Knew, will be published by Algonquin Books in April, 2023.

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Teaching Awards

  • Johnston Award for Teaching Excellence, 2010


  • Institute of Arts and Humanities Fellow, Fall 2018
  • Sir Walter Raleigh Award, 2008, for Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 130 (Introduction to Fiction Writing)
  • ENGL 132H (Freshman Honors in Fiction Writing)
  • ENGL 206 (Intermediate Fiction Writing)
  • ENGL 406 (Advanced Fiction Writing)
  • ENGL 693H & ENGL 694H (a year-long two-semester senior workshop, which counts as two courses, and can lead to graduation with Honors or with Highest Honors in Creative Writing).


Office: Greenlaw 520
Professional Website

Research Interests:

Creative Writing | Southern Literature