Julie Schumacher

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Julie Schumacher graduated from Oberlin College and from Cornell University with an MFA in fiction. Her first published story, “Reunion,“ written to fulfill an undergraduate writing assignment, was reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 1983. Subsequent stories were published in The Atlantic, Ms., Minnesota Monthly, Stiller’s Pond, and Prize Stories 1990 and 1996: The O.Henry Awards. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was published by Soho Press in 1995 and was a finalist for both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Her other books include a short story collection, An Explanation for Chaos, and four novels for younger readers: Grass Angel, The Chain Letter, The Book of One Hundred Truths , and Black Box.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Oberlin College, 1981.
  • M.F.A.: Fiction, Cornell University, 1986.


  • creative writing
  • contemporary fiction
  • children's literature
Courses Taught
  • EngW 5106: Nonfiction Workshop
  • EngW 5110 - Topics in Advanced Fiction Writing: Child Narrators
  • EngW 5310 - Reading as Writers: Latin American Fiction in Translation
  • EngW 8110 - Fiction Writing Seminar: Novels and Short Stories
  • EngW 8140 - Manuscript Preparation: Fiction and Nonfiction
  • EngW 5110 - Topics in Advanced Creative Writing -- Large Canvas
  • Reading Across Genres
  • Child Narrators/Children in Fiction
  • Contemporary U.S. Short Stories
  • 20th Century Latin American Fiction
  • Thesis Seminar
  • Large Canvas
  • EngL 1910 - Dystopian Literature
  • Intermediate Fiction Writing
  • EngW 3960 - Writing Workshop for Majors
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Dear Committee Members. Schumacher, Julie, Doubleday, Author, 2014.
  • The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls. Schumacher, Julie, Delacorte, Author, 2012.
  • Black Box. Schumacher, Julie, Delacorte, Author, 2008. Link
  • Book of One Hundred Truths. Schumacher, Julie, New York: Delacorte Press, Author, 2006. Link
  • The Chain Letter. Schumacher, Julie, Delacorte Press, Author, 2005. Link
  • Grass Angel. Schumacher, Julie, Delacorte Press, Author, 2004. Link
  • An Explanation for Chaos. Schumacher, Julie, Soho Press, Author, 1997. Link
  • The Body Is Water. Schumacher, Julie, Soho Press, Author, 1995. Link
  • Thurber Prize for American Humor, 2015
  • Scholar of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2016 - 2019
  • Rockefeller Foundation Residency, Bellagio, Italy, 2011
  • Horace T. Morse/University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2011
  • Distinguished Educator Award, The College of Continuing Education University of Minnesota, 2008
  • Minnesota Book Award, 2007
  • University of Minnesota McKnight Research Award, 2000
  • McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers/Loft Award in Creative Prose, 2000
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, 1996
  • ALA Notable book of the Year, 1995: The Body Is Water