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Tess Wheelwright

Fiction Writer

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 250

Educational Background

Cornell University, MFA
University of Edinburgh, MSc
Yale University, BA


I was raised in Boston and lived the years before coming to Ithaca in Mexico City, where my recently completed novel is set. Earlier fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, the Yale ReviewCrazyhorse, the Massachusetts Review, and the New Haven Review.

At Cornell, I have taught three distinct first-year writing seminars: "Short Stories," "Writing and Sexual Politics: Stories of Female Friendships" and "Writing Across Cultures: The Individual and Authority," besides a multi-genre Introduction to Creative Writing. I also teach College English 101 at Cayuga Correctional Facility for the Cornell Prison Education Program.


  • English


  • Cornell Prison Education Program


For my BA in comparative literature, my thesis considered the legacy of the Thousand and One Nights in the stories of Jorge Luis Borges. My MSc dissertation in transatlantic literature traced the shared fascination of Washington Irving and Sir Walter Scott with Cervantes's Don Quixote. My current interests include cross-cultural literary exchange, representations of friendship, Latin American literature, the novel, the short story.