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Halina Duraj

Assistant Professor

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.


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

Scholarly and Creative 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.

Teaching Interests

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