Kara Oakleaf

Kara Oakleaf

Kara Oakleaf

Director, Fall for the Book Festival

Kara Oakleaf is the director of Watershed Lit and the Fall for the Book festival, and teaches creative writing and literature in the English department. She received her M.F.A. at George Mason University and her work appears in Best Small Fictions 2020, Bloomsbury's Short-Form Creative Writing, and journals including Matchbook, Booth, Wigleaf and SmokeLong Quarterly.

Selected Publications

"Inked." Fiction, Heavy Feather Review, 2020.

"Rumors of Ice." Fiction, Booth, 2020.

"On Fire." Fiction, Matchbook, 2019.

"The Mermaids Grow Old." Fiction, Pithead Chapel, 2019.

"The Magician." Fiction, Wigleaf, 2018.

"View of the End of the World from the Holiday Inn Express - Salina." Fiction, Jellyfish Review, 2018.

"Gravity, Reduced." Fiction, SmokeLong Quarterly, 2017.

"Baby In Light." Fiction, Postcard Poems and Prose, 2017.

"Origin Story." Nonfiction, Tahoma Literary Review, 2016.

"The Astronauts' Baseball League." Fiction, Monkeybicycle, 2016.

Courses Taught

ENGH 201 Reading and Writing About Texts

ENGH 355 Recent American Fiction

ENGH 392 Forms of Fiction

ENGH 396 Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGH 398 Fiction Writing

ENGH 492 Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop


M.F.A., George Mason University

B.A., Denison University