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Nick Arvin, MFA

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Nick Arvin grew up in Michigan, and he earned degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and Stanford. He has worked in automotive engineering, forensic engineering, and the design of power plants and oil and gas facilities.

He is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of three books: In the Electric Eden, Articles of War, and The Reconstructionist. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal, and has been honored with awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Library Association, the Isherwood Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nick taught creative writing and rhetoric at the University of Iowa, and he has taught at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop since 2004.

For more on Nick, visit his web site: or read an interview with Nick on our Top-Secret Blog: Nick Arvin on the Necessity of Adventure Novels

Nick Arvin, MFA's Published Work

Nick Arvin, MFA's Articles

Top Secret Blog

An Introduction to Etgar Keret

May 01, 2017

Who is Etgar Keret?

Top Secret Blog

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Movie

March 08, 2017

Editor's Note: There are some minor spoilers in this blog! Read with caution... :) 

Introducing George Saunders

September 21, 2014

by Nick Arvin