Christopher Coake, MFA

Professor, Program Director; Creative Writing, MFA
Chris Coake


Christopher Coake is the author of You Came Back (Grand Central Publishing, 2012), as well as the collection of short stories We're In Trouble (Harcourt 2005), which won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship. In addition, Coake was listed among "Granta's Best of Young American Novelists" in 2007. His stories have been published in several literary journals and anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories 2004 and the Best American Noir of the Century. A native Hoosier, he received his MFA in fiction from Ohio State University.

Research interests

  • Creative writing (fiction)
  • Contemporary literature
  • Film

Courses taught

  • ENG 101
  • ENG 102
  • ENG 403/603: (Advanced Fiction Workshop)
  • ENG 400A/600A: (Topics in Writing)
  • ENG 705: (Graduate Fiction Workshop)
  • ENG 707: (Craft and Forms of Creative Writing)
  • ENG 708: (Topics and Problems in Creative Writing)
  • ENG 710: (Literary Editing and Publishing)


  • You Came Back (novel), Grand Central Publishing, 2012
  • We're in Trouble (stories), Harcourt, 2005
  • "All Through the House," (story), anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories 2004 (Houghton Mifflin) and the Best American Noir of the Century (Houghton Mifflin), as well as optioned for film


  • MFA, Creative Writing (Fiction), Ohio State University, 2004
  • M.A., Creative Writing (Fiction), Miami University of Ohio, 1998
  • B.S., Secondary Education in English, Ball State University, 1993