New Director of Cropper Center for Creative Writing

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Halina Duraj, and Brad Melekian

After six years, Halina Duraj, PhD, has announced that she will step down as the Director of the English Department's Lindsay J. Cropper Center for Creative Writing. Professor Brad Melekian will take over the role as of Fall 2019. Melekian has been deeply involved in the Cropper Center ever since he began teaching nonfiction writing and other courses for the English Department in 2008, and he was instrumental in helping the department develop a nonfiction writing track within the creative writing emphasis. Melekian will serve as director for two years; then Professor Malachi Black, our full-time poetry faculty member and advisor to the Alcalá Review, will serve for the following two years, after which the position will continue to rotate among full-time creative writing faculty members biennially. Duraj stated “With Melekian’s and Black’s leadership, I am excited for the future of creative writing at USD!”

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about the 2019-2020 Cropper Memorial Writers Series line-up!


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