Mary Ann Rishel

Emerita Professor, Writing


  • fiction: short story, novella, novel
  • humor
  • academic writing
  • aesthetic theory


  • B.A. English, University of Pittsburgh, 1962
  • M.A. Liberal Arts, University of Pittsburgh, 1969
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing-Fiction, Cornell University, 1979

Some Publications

  • Writing Humor: Creativity and the Comic Mind. Wayne State University Press. 2002.
  • The Devin Gate. (novel)
  • "The Crash Window." Scrivener (McGill University), VII, No. 1 Winter 1986 [formerly published as "Lunenberg, Nova Scotia"].
  • "Staus." Hudson Review, XXX, No. 2 Summer 1978. "Staus" was included in Best American Short Stories (Houghton Mifflin 1978) and also produced for the PBS series Realizations--Aging in America in 1982. In 1990, the story was included in Narodny Kalendar, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Slovak Society.
  • "Uncle Perk's Leg." Cornell Review 7 Fall 1979.
  • "Nickel Dirt." Red Cedar Review (Michigan State Univ), XI, No.1 January 1977.