Gretchen Comba

Gretchen Comba, MFA

Teaching Professor

Associate Chair

(804) 828-1331

Anderson House, 913 W. Franklin Street, room 201

20th/21st Century

Creative Writing


  • MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction), University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • MA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BA in English, Florida State University

Research Interests

  • Creative writing (fiction)
  • short story cycles
  • 20th-century U.S. literature

Select Publications


  • The Stillness of the Picture: Stories. Tucson, Arizona: Kore Press, 2016.



  • “William Maxwell.” Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature. Ed.Jackson Bryer. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. [Updated Spring 2022]
  • “An ‘Unlikely’ Intersectionalist: Black Feminist Ethics in William Maxwell’s Time Will Darken It.” MidAmerica: The Yearbook of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature XL (2013): 124–139.