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Alistair McCartney, MFA

Antioch University Los Angeles

Alistair teaches Fiction in the MFA program at Antioch, directs the BA in Liberal Studies’ Creative Writing Concentration, and curates the BA Program’s Literary Uprising reading series. He is the author of The Disintegrations: a Novel (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017)–the story of a man obsessed with death, the novel blurs the line between fiction and nonfiction, story and eulogy, poetry and obituary. The Disintegrations won the Publishing Triangle’s Ferro-Grumley award for LGBTQ Fiction. Seattle Times and Entropy Magazine both listed The Disintegrations on their best of fiction lists for 2017. His first novel, The End of the World Book (University of Wisconsin Press, 2008) took Rimbaud’s method of systematic derangement and applied it to the form of the encyclopedia. TEOTWB was a finalist for the PEN USA Fiction Award 2009 and the Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Debut Fiction Award 2009, and was in Seattle Times Best Ten Books of 2008. McCartney’s writing has also appeared in Fence3:AM, Animal Shelter (Semiotexte), BloomLies/IslesGertrude, Crush Fanzine1913James White Review, Scott Heim’s The First Time I Heard series, Karen Finley’s Aroused, and other journals and anthologies. Born in Perth, Western Australia, he lives in Venice Beach, California. A graduate of Antioch University MFA’s inaugural year class, he also oversees Antioch University Los Angeles’ undergraduate creative writing concentration, and has presented at institutions throughout the country, including CUNY Grad Center, PEN Center USA, Teacher’s and Writer’s Collaborative New York, and UW Madison. You can learn more about his writing at

Affiliate Faculty,

MFA in Creative Writing Program

Affiliate Faculty,

BA in Liberal Studies Program


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