Anthony Varallo

Professor and Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Anthony Varallo is the author of What Did You Do Today?, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, forthcoming from the University of North Texas Press in Fall 2023. His other books include a novel, The Lines, ( University of Iowa Press) as well as four previous short story collections: This Day in History (University of Iowa Press), winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award and finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize; Out Loud (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; Think of Me and I'll Know (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books), finalist for the Balcones Fiction Prize; and Everyone Was There (Elixir Press), winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Award. He has received an NEA Fellowship in Literature, and his stories have appeared in over one hundred literary magazines and journals. He joined the Department of English at the College of Charleston in 2005, where he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.


Ph.D, English and Creative Writing, University of Missouri-Columbia

M.F.A., Fiction, University of Iowa/Iowa Writers’ Workshop

B.A., English, University of Delaware

Research Interests

  • Fiction writing
  • Creative nonfiction
  • The short story
  • Magazine editing

Recent Publications


What Did You Do Today? University of North Texas Press, 2023.

The Lines. University of Iowa Press, 2019.

Everyone Was There. Elixir Press, 2017.