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Pam Houston

  • Professor of English
  • Director, M.A.Program
251 Voorhies
Office Hours: Tuesdays: 4pm-6pm, Wednesdays: 11:00am-noon
Phone: (530) 752-2257


M.A., University of Utah, 1992
B.A., Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1983

Pam Houston is the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness (W. W. Norton), which was the winner of the 1993 Western States Book Award and has been translated into nine languages, and Waltzing the Cat (W. W. Norton) which won the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction. Her stories have been selected for the 1999 volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and her story The Best Girlfriend You Never Had was John Updike's only addition to Best American Short Stories of the Century.  She is a regular contributor to O, the Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Bark, More, and many other periodicals, and her essays and stories have been widely anthologized.  A collection of autobiographical essays, A Little More About Me (W.W. Norton), was published in 1999, and a novel, Sight Hound (W.W. Norton) in 2005. Houston has edited a collection of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for Ecco Press called Women on Hunting, and written the text for a book of photographs called Men Before Ten A.M. (Beyond Words, 1996). Her novel, Contents May Have Shifted, will be released in early 2012 by W.W. Norton.

Houston is the Director of Creative Writing at U.C. Davis, as well as the Director of the Tomales Bay Workshops. She teaches at many summer writers' conferences and festivals in the U.S. and abroad. She divides her time between Davis and southwestern Colorado at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. To find out more you may visit her website at


Education & Interests:

  1. B.A. (Denison University); Creative writing (fiction, nonfiction and plays), modernism, contemporary fiction, the short story, wilderness literature

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