Gretchen
McCullough

Position
Senior Instructor
Department
Department of Rhetoric and Composition
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Brief Biography

Gretchen McCullough was raised in Harlingen Texas. After graduating from Brown University in 1984, she taught in Egypt, Turkey and Japan. She earned her MFA from the University of Alabama and was awarded a teaching Fulbright to Syria from 1997 to 1999. Her stories, essays and reviews have appeared in the Texas Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Barcelona Review, Archipelago, National Public Radio, Storysouth, Storyglossia, The Literary Review and The Common.  Translations in English and Arabic have been published in: Nizwa, Banipal, Brooklyn Rail in Translation and Al-Mustaqbel. Her bi-lingual book of short stories in English and Arabic, Three Stories From Cairo, translated with Mohamed Metwalli, was published in July 2011 by AFAQ Publishing House, Cairo. A collection of short stories about expatriate life in Cairo, Shahrazad’s Tooth, was also published by AFAQ in 2013. Currently, she is a senior lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition at The American University in Cairo.

Her website: www.gretchenmccullough.wix.com/gretchenmccullough

Education

B.A. in English, Brown University, 1984. 

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Alabama, 1995. 

Experience

The American University in Cairo, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition. Writing courses in Playwriting, Fiction Writing, Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Travel Writing, Literature Seminar, Children’s Stories. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Courses in Expository Writing, 2000-2016.

Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria, Fulbright Lecturer in Creative Writing. Courses in writing and language at the Language Institute. Courses also in Composition, American Literature and the Literary Essay in the English Department, 1997-1999.

Samples of Work

Publications and Other Achievements

McCullough, Gretchen. “Lay Down Your Weary Tune.” Rev. of Lay Down Your Weary Tune, by W. B. Belcher. The Literary Review. (July 25, 2016): n. page. Web.

Abdel Rahman, Lana. Chapter Two from The Snows of Cairo: an excerpt from a novel. Trans. by Gretchen McCullough, Reviewed by Mohamed Metwalli. Arabic Literature Today. (Spring 2016): n. page. Web..

McCullough, Gretchen. “A Portal in Space.” Rev. of A Portal in Space, by Mahmoud Saeed. Banipal: Magazine of Modern Arabic Literature. 55. (April 2016). Print.

Metwalli, Mohamed. Poems from A Song by the Aegean Sea. Trans. by Gretchen McCullough and Mohamed Metwalli. Mediterranean Poetry. (April 25, 2016.) : n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Margaret the First.” Rev. of Margaret the First, by Danielle Dutton. The Literary Review. (April 18, 2016): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Ya Touyour: Oh Birds Sing.” Essay about the Syrian singer, Asmahan. Mediterranean Poetry. (April 13, 2016): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “An Anthology of 1500 Years of Arabic Literature.” Rev. of Desert Songs of the Night: An Anthology of 1500 Years of Arabic Literature. Ed. By Suheil Bushrui and James Malarkey. The Common. (February 2016) : n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “The Perception of Meaning.” Rev. of The Perception of Meaning: A Collection of Short Fiction, by Hisham Bustani, Trans. by Thorya El-Rayyes. The Literary Review. (November 2015): n. page. Web.

Metwalli, Mohamed. Izmir Poems. Trans. by Gretchen McCullough and Mohamed Metwalli. Banipal: Magazine of Modern Arab Literature. 52. (April 2015) Print.

Abdel Rahman, Lana. Chapter One from The Snow of Cairo: Excerpt from a novel. Trans. by Gretchen McCullough, Assisted by Mohamed Metwalli. Brooklyn Rail inTranslation. (November 2014): n. page. Web. 

McCullough, Gretchen. “Tell the World You’re a Wildflower.” Rev. of Tell the World You’re a Wildflower: A Collection of Short Stories by Jennifer Horne. PoemMemoirStory. (October 2014): n. page. Web.  

McCullough, Gretchen. Shahrazad’s Tooth and Other Stories: BookBaby: Portland, Oregan. August 2013. Ebook.

McCullough, Gretchen. Shahrazad’s Tooth and Other Stories. Afaq Publishers: Cairo, Egypt, 2013. Print.  

Metwalli, Mohamed. “Two Words” & “Afterwards.” Trans. by Gretchen McCullough and Mohamed Metwalli. Brooklyn Rail inTranslation. (June 2013): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “A Letter from the American Cemetery in Cairo.” Mediterranean Poetry: An Online Journal. (March 15th 2013): n. page. Web.

Ali, Nagat. “The Friday of Rage: The March to Tahrir Square.” Trans. by Gretchen McCullough. Brooklyn Rail: Critical Perspectives on Arts, Politics and Culture. (October 2012): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “The Charm.” Mediterranean Poetry: An Online Journal. (May 9th 2012): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. Three Stories from Cairo, a bilingual book of short stories. Trans. by Mohamed Metwalli and Gretchen McCullough. Afaq Publishers: Cairo, Egypt, 2011. Print.

Metwalli, Mohamed. “The Story of Light.” Trans. by Mohamed Metwalli and Gretchen McCullough. Brooklyn Rail inTranslation. (July 2011): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Al-kissa al-hakeekia li hay al-yanabee al-athba.” Trans. by Mohamed Metwalli and Gretchen McCullough. Al-Mustaqbel. 16th of May 2010: Nawafeth page. Print.

McCullough, Gretchen. “The True Story of Fresh Springs.” Guernica: An Online Magazine of Politics and Culture. (2010): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Al-Tha’lab wal Mozar’e.” Trans. by Mohamed Metwalli and Gretchen McCullough. Nizwa. 60. (2009): 216-219. Print.

McCullough, Gretchen. “The Wedding Guest.” The Online Journal of Storyglossia. 35. (2009): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Shakka Khalia Bel-a’la.” Trans. by Mohamed Metwalli and Gretchen McCullough. Nizwa. 57. (2009): 248-251. Print.  

Metwalli, Mohamed. “Three Poems.” Trans. by Gretchen McCullough and Mohamed Metwalli. Banipal: A Magazine of Modern Arabic Literature. 32. (2008): 48-51. Print. 

McCullough, Gretchen. “A Little Honey and a Little Sunlight.” The Online Journal of Storysouth. (2007): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “The Best of Bad Luck.” The Online Journal of Storysouth. (2007): n.page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Taken Hostage by the Ugly Duck.” The Online Journal of Storyglossia. (2007): n. page. Web.  

McCullough, Gretchen. “On Translation: The Shimmer and Glimmer of the Middle East.”  Al-Mashriq, A Quarterly Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 4. (2006) 107-116. Print.

McCullough, Gretchen. “The Empty Flat Upstairs.” The Online Journal of Storyglossia. (2006): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Room 34 at the Egyptian Museum.” The Online Journal of Storysouth. (2005): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “The New Beirut.” The Barcelona Review. (2004): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Notes of Syria: On Bureaucracy.” Exquisite Corpse. (2003): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Artifacts.” Exquisite Corpse. (2003): n. page. Web. 

McCullough, Gretchen. “A Letter from Cairo.” The Barcelona Review. (2003): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Syria: Stories of Fat, Food and Pleasure.” Iris, A Feminist Journal. 46. (2003). 59-62. Print.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Two Lovers and a Dead Man.” Play performed at The Famous for Fifteen Theatre Festival, the American University in Cairo, April 2003.

McCullough, Gretchen. “A Letter from Cairo.” The Barcelona Review. (2003): n. page. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “The Lattakia Wives’ Club.” Gloss: An Online Journal. (2002): n.page. Web. Listed by the Guardian Weekly’s web log as a Notable Essay from on-line journal for 2002.

McCullough, Gretchen. “The Third Party is Always Watching.” Archipelago. (January 2002): n. page. 2002. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Living in Wild and Marvelous Stories.” Archipelago. (April 2002): n. page. 2001. Web.

McCullough, Gretchen. “The Sugar House.” Play performed at The Famous for Fifteen Theatre Festival, April 2001.

McCullough, Gretchen. “Tasting Smoke.”  Play Presented at The Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, Alaska, June 2001.

McCullough, Gretchen. “The Sky is Falling.” Radio essay. National Public Radio: All Things Considered, April 2000.

Honors, Awards and Grants:

Skopelos Art Foundation. Worked on new book project for two weeks at the Skopelos Art Foundation, Skopelos Island, Greece, July 2014.

Research Grant awarded by the American University in Cairo. Resident at the Tyrone Guthrie Arts Centre, Ireland, July 1-22nd 2013.The grant supported work on a new book project.

Conference Grant awarded by the American University in Cairo. Conference participant, Dzanc Books Disquiet International Program, Lisbon, Portugal, June 19-July 1, 2011.

Residency, Valparaiso Arts Foundation, Mojacar, Spain. Awarded a month at the Valparaiso Foundation to work on a collection of short stories, January 2011.

Conference Grant awarded by the American University in Cairo: Conference participant, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Squaw Valley, California, August 2-9, 2008.

Conference Grant awarded by the American University in Cairo: Conference participant, Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop, July 8-15, 2007.

Professional Development Leave for Fall Semester 2006 at the American University in Cairo. A semester of paid leave granted to work on a collection of short stories.

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, December 2006. A half-scholarship for the month of December to attend the Vermont Studio Center, an artists’ and writers’ colony in Vermont.

Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley, California, August 2006. Received a partial scholarship, granted to fiction writers for the conference. 

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Participant in Non-Fiction Writers’ Workshop, August 2003.

Sewanee Writers Conference Scholarship in Fiction. Awarded  a scholarship for the Fiction Writers’ Workshop at Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Summer 1995.

Research/Teaching Interests

Creative Writing/Travel Writing/Creative Non-Fiction/Literary Translation

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Research Interest

Creative Writing/Travel Writing/Creative Non-Fiction/Literary Translation