Dr. Pedro Ponce

Associate Professor English Department
William L. Fox Associate Professor Public Health

University of Denver

Western Michigan University

The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars


Pedro Ponce is the author of The Devil and the Dairy Princess (Indiana University Press, 2021) winner of the Don Belton Fiction Prize and a finalist for the 2021 Big Other Book Award for Fiction. “I found The Devil and the Dairy Princess to be strikingly original,” noted prize judge Charles Yu. “Each piece is distinctive, innovative, and full of fresh surprises. Yet the collection as a whole is cohesive in tone and voice, evocative, playful, haunting spaces both dreamy and nightmarish.” Ponce is also the author of Stories After Goya, Alien Autopsy, and Superstitions of Apartment Life, which was selected by Aimee Bender as winner of Burnside Review’s fiction chapbook competition. His short stories and flash fiction have appeared in Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, Witness, and other journals. His work has also been featured in anthologies such as The Best Small Fictions 2019, New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, and Boundaries Without: The Calumet Editions 2017 Anthology of Speculative Fiction. His work has been recognized with a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with residencies at Ragdale, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He teaches writing and literary studies at St. Lawrence University, where he was recently appointed to The William L. Fox Professorship in Public Health.


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