Halina Duraj

Halina Duraj
Phone: (619) 260-7429
Fax: (619) 260-4227
Office: Founders Hall 173B

Associate Professor, English

  • Ph.D. (Literature & Creative Writing, Fiction Emphasis) University of Utah, 2010
  • M.A. (English, Creative Writing/Fiction), University of California, Davis, 2003
  • B.S. (Biological Sciences), University of California, Davis, 1997

Halina Duraj joined USD after receiving her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah in 2010. She also holds a B.S. in biological sciences and an M.A. in creative writing from the University of California, Davis. Her debut collection of short stories, The Family Cannon, won Augury Books' Editors' Prize and was published in 2014. She teaches literature and creative writing and also directs USD's Cropper Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series.

Scholarly Work

Halina Duraj's debut short story collection, The Family Cannon, was published with Augury Books (New York) in 2014. Her short fiction has been published in The Sun, The Harvard Review, Fiction, Witness, and other journals. One of her stories was short-listed for a PEN/O'Henry Prize in 2009, and other work was listed as notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and The Best American Essays.  In 2012, she was a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, a women's writing retreat on Whidbey Island, WA.

  • Short story "Fatherland," published in O. Henry Prize Stories 2014, Anchor (Sept 9, 2014)
  • “Reading The Odyssey at the Original Pancake House, Salt Lake City.” Inch (Spring 2014)
  • The Family Cannon (collection of short stories). New York:Augury Books (2014)
  • “Blueberries.” The Sun Magazine, Issue 448, April 2013
  • “Fatherland” (excerpt). The Harvard Review, Number 43, Winter 2012
  • “George Foreman Grill, George Foreman Grill.” The Ocean State Review, Spring 2012


Areas of Interest

Duraj's teaching interests focus on fiction writing, the literature of war and trauma, and the intersection of literature, science, and nature.