Seth Fischer, MFA
Adjunct Faculty, Undergraduate Studies, BA in Liberal Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Leadership, Management & Business
Seth Fischer’s writing has appeared in Guernica, Buzzfeed, Best Sex Writing, PANK, Lunch Ticket, and other publications, and he was the first Sunday editor at the online literary magazine The Rumpus, where his work was listed as notable in The Best American Essays. He’s received fellowships from Ucross, Jentel, Lambda Literary, and elsewhere. He is also a professional editor, and he teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles.
MFA, Creative Writing, Antioch University Los Angeles
MA, Political Science, Syracuse University
BA, Politics, University of California at Santa Cruz
“The Smurfs” (personal essay), PANK, March 29, 2015.
“Martin” (personal essay), Word Riot, December 14, 2014.
“The Goblin” (personal essay, print only), Red Light Lit, October, 2014.
“The Rumpus Interview with Edan Lepucki” (interview), The Rumpus, July 8, 2014. To be published by Little Brown in the paperback version of her novel California and reprinted in Travel By the Books.
“How To Make Your Family Proud” (craft essay), Lunch Ticket, December, 2013.
“Bow and Arrow” (personal essay/short story), The Rumpus, November 20, 2013.
“The Art of the Overshare” (craft essay), Bleed, from Jaded Ibis Press, November 12, 2013.
“The Skinner Box” (personal essay), The Weeklings, October 12, 2013.
“The Crawl Space” (short fiction), for 47North, September 16, 2013.
“Letters in the Mail” (mass mailed correspondence), The Rumpus, May 2013.
“I’m a Bisexual Man: Why Is That So Hard For Me To Say?” (personal essay) Buzzfeed, April 8, 2013.
“That’s Life” (personal essay), The Rumpus, January 23, 2013.
“Notes from a Unicorn” (personal essay), Anthologized widely, including Best Sex Writing 2013, from Cleis Press and RECOGNIZE: Voices of Bisexual Men. Originally published in The Rumpus, February 24, 2012.
“Where I Write #13: To Walk Among Coyotes” (personal essay), The Rumpus, July 13, 2011.
“Bring the War Home: Why Activists Should Study Fiction” (review and essay), Litseen, February 26, 2011.
“The Shiny Lady” (short fiction), Gertrude, Vol 16, Summer 2011.
“Meta: A Rumpus Editor Ponders The Fate of The Rumpus” (essay), The Rumpus, November 2, 2010.
“Paperclips” (flash creative nonfiction), sPARKLE and bLINK, Vol 9, November
“Jericho” (short fiction), Monkeybicycle, July 2010.
“An Interview with Emily Jane White,” The Splinter Generation, June 3, 2010.
“Dead Cows” (short fiction), PANK, May 2010.
“Blood Meridian” (book annotation), Annotation Nation, July 29, 2009.
“An Interview with Lance Corporal Jason Poole: Lance Corporal Poole Talks
"About Nearly Dying in Iraq, Being a ‘Geeky Nerd,’ and The Punisher,” The Splinter Generation, September 2008.
“Shock and Awe” (personal essay), Guernica Magazine, August 2008.
Ucross Fellow, 2015
Pollack-Krasner Fellowship, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, 2015
Lambda Literary Emerging Voices Fellow, 2014
Jentel Fellow, 2013
Best Sex Writing, 2013
Best American Essays, Notable, 2013
- The Mabel File, a novel
- How To Grow Up Gracefully, a memoir on bisexuality and growing up with therapist parents
Writing Memoirs, Turning Towards Home (ENG 303)
Mixed Genre Creative Writing (ENG 490)
Writing For Social Change (ENG 345)
Literary Communities of Los Angeles (LIT 313)
Occupy the Internet (ENG 390F)
A Million Little Lies: Dishonesty and Deception in Creative Nonfiction (390T)
Even the hard sciences are showing that creative writing teaches people to empathize and connect emotionally. People respond to the beauty of the story, and it’s a disservice to students to let them graduate with only the ability to engage analytically. I encourage my students to see literature as a tool that can serve them both holistically and practically.