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Our Teachers

The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Read our teachers’ biographies and see what classes they are currently teaching.

Kent Wascom

Kent Wascom has been called “one of the most exhilarating historical novelists in the country” (Washington Post). The author of three novels, The New Inheritors, Secessia, and The Blood of Heaven. he was born in New Orleans and raised in Pensacola, Florida. Wascom’s first novel, The Blood of Heaven, was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and NPR, among others. It was a semifinalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan Award for First Fiction. Wascom was awarded the 2012 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize for Fiction. His latest novel, The New Inheritors, was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Independent Review of Books and LitReactor. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he directs the MFA in Creative Writing program at Old Dominion University and teaches at The Muse Writers Center.