1999 M.A. Boston University (Creative Writing)
1978 B.A. Lafayette College (English Literature)
Tony Wallace first came to Boston as a Teaching Fellow in BU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, where he studied fiction writing with Leslie Epstein and Allegra Goodman, and literary translation with Rosanna Warren. He is a Master Lecturer in the Arts and Sciences Writing Program, where he has taught seminars in American literature for the past thirteen years. He and colleague Bill Marx have worked with the Dean’s office and the BU Arts Initiative in developing Arts Now, a constellation of experimental first-year writing seminars. In Spring 2013, Tony and Bill received a College of Arts & Sciences Award for Distinction in First-Year Undergraduate Education.
Tony has published poetry and short fiction in literary journals such as CutBank, The Atlanta Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Florida Review, and River Styx, and he has a new short story forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review. He has twice been a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award. His short story “The Old Priest,” originally published in The Republic of Letters, won a Pushcart Prize and was published in Pushcart Prize XXXVII (2013 edition). His short story collection The Old Priest won the 2013 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was published last fall by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The Old Priest went on to be named a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award and most recently was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.