Peter Bognanni

Assistant Professor English
Fiction writing, especially contemporary; creative writing; screenwriting and film studies; humor writing; the contemporary novel.

Old Main, 215
Telephone: 651-696-6557

Peter Bognanni is a native Iowan and a former student of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His first novel, The House of Tomorrow (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam 2010) won the L.A. Times Book Award for First Fiction, The Emerging Author Prize at the Iowa Author Awards, and an American Library Association Alex Award. It was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and a semi-finalist for the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award. It was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and an Indiebound Next selection. Peter’s short fiction, essays, and humor pieces have appeared in the New York Times Book Blog, The Huffington Post, Large-Hearted Boy, Five Chapters, Gulf Coast, The Bellingham Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Paper Darts, and Revolver. He was the winner of the 2013 American Academy of Arts and Letters Rome Prize, which sent him to Rome on a writing fellowship for the year. Peter is also an occasional screenwriter. He was awarded a Film Independent Screenwriting Fellowship in 2013. 

Areas of Study

  • Fiction writing (especially contemporary)
  • Creative writing
  • Screenwriting and film studies
  • Humor writing
  • The contemporary novel

2014-2015 Courses

  • Intro to Creative Writing (150-02) Fall 2014
  • Crafts of Writing: Screenwriting (284-01) Fall 2014
  • Intro To Creative Writing (150-02) Spring 2015
  • Literary Humor Writing (294-03) Spring 2015

    Awards and Honors

    • Winner: American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, 2013
    • Winner: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, Los Angeles Times Book Awards, 2010
    • Winner: The Emerging Author Award, Iowa Author Awards, 2010
    • Winner: The Alex Award, American Library Association, 2010
    • Finalist: Novel & Short Story Award, Minnesota Book Awards, 2010
    • Finalist, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, 2010
    • Semi-Finalist: Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award, 2010
    • Selection, IndieBound Next Award, 2009
    • Nominee, Pushcart Prize for “The Pad Man Chronicles,” 2008
    • Selection, 100 Distinguished Stories chosen by Stephen King for Best American Short Stories, 2007

    BA: Macalester College

    MFA: University of Iowa Writer's Workshop