Visiting Assistant Professor English

Jon Lurie is a Minneapolis native who received his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2006. His memoir, Canoeing with Jose, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. Before joining the Macalester faculty, Lurie taught creative writing and experiential learning at the University of Minnesota, and at Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Reservation. Previously, he spent two decades as a print and radio journalist in Native American communities from Texas to Alaska. He also served as editor of The Anchorage Press and Rake Magazine. Lurie has received two Gold Awards for his long form journalism by the Minnesota Newspapers Association and the Minnesota Magazine and Publishers Association, and his children’s books have been recognized by the American Librarians Association.  Lurie serves as director of the Mother of Waters Project, a youth outreach organization that combines experiential learning with arts education focused on the health of Minnesota’s fresh water resources.

Interests: Indigenous canoe cultures, indigenous languages preservation, creative nonfiction, fiction, experiential learning, Minnesota history, freshwater resources policy.

M.F.A. University of Minnesota
B.A. Metropolitan State University

2013-2014 Courses

  • Introduction to Creative Writing (150-06), Fall
  • Native American Literature (377-01), Fall