Paul Bergstraesser

Senior Lecturer for the Department of EnglishPaul Bergstraesser

Hoyt 330,


Since 2007, Paul Bergstraesser has taught numerous classes in creative writing and literature. Outside of teaching, Paul’s focus is on writing, especially fiction, and he enjoys spending time indoors and out with his wife and son.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

M.A.,  Northern Michigan University

B.A.,  Oberlin College

Recent and Upcoming Courses

Creative Writing: Fiction and Nonfiction

Travel Writing

Flash Prose

Literature, Media & American Sport



2022 Two Poems, The Cape Rock

2020 "Two Sisters Dancing," American Journal of Poetry

2020 "Ron Taco," Hole In The Head Review

2020 Three Poems, COVID LIT

2020 Five Poems, Fleas on the Dog

Short stories:

2015  "Flight 2418," Thin Air Magazine

2010    “The Proposition,” Stone’s Throw Magazine

2009    “Winter Bar,” The Portland Review

2006    “Today Is Home,” Other Voices #44

2004    “Humility,” The Barcelona Review 

Distinctions and Awards

2023 Finalist, Autumn House Fiction Prize. The Errand (a novel)

2012 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (fiction)

2004 Chicago Bar Association's Goodnow Memorial Award in Fiction

UW Awards

2021  Promoting Intellectual Engagement Award

2021  Excellence in Non-Honors Teaching (from Honors College)

2017  College of Arts and Sciences Top Ten Teacher Award

2015  Promoting Intellectual Engagement Award

2011  Excellence in Teaching Freshman Honors

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