MFA Director Dr. Christian Kiefer has written appreciations of his friend and fellow writer, the late Denis Johnson.
Johnson was, in literary circles, a legendary figure whose shadow continues to stretch over much of contemporary fiction, playwrighting, and poetry. His linked short story collection Jesus' Son is considered a contemporary masterpiece and his novella Train Dreams, was shortlisted for the Pulizer Prize. Johnson won a National Book Award for his novel Tree of Smoke.
Dr. Kiefer's writing on Johnson can be found at the following sites: