David P. Mullins, MFA
David P. Mullins, MFA

David P. Mullins, MFA

Associate Professor
Assistant Director, Summer School in Ireland, Trinity College, Dublin
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Creative Writing (Fiction)

Academic Appointments


  • English


  • Associate Professor


David Philip Mullins grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is the author of Greetings from Below: Stories, which won both the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and the International Walter Scott Prize for Short Stories.  He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his fiction has appeared in The Yale Review, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, and elsewhere.  He has received the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, the Dorothy and Granville Hicks Residency in Literature from Yaddo, an Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Nebraska Arts Council, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  He is at work on a novel.

Publications and Presentations


  • Greetings from Below: Stories, Salt Publishing, 2012
  • Greetings from Below: Stories, Sarabande Books, 2010


  • The Value of Voice, Post Road, number 26, 2013
  • Arboretum, Ecotone, volume, 6, number 1, 2010
  • Crash Site on a Desert Mountain Outside Las Vegas, Folio, volume 25, issue 1, 2010
  • The Last Thing in the World, Fiction, number 55, 2009
  • Glitter Gulch, The Massachusetts Review, volume 50, number 3, 2009
  • This Life or the Next, Yale Review, volume 97, number 4, 2009
  • First Sight, New England Review, volume 29, number 2, 2008
  • A Familiar Place, Cimarron Review, issue 49, 2004
  • Driving Lessons, New England Review, volume 25, number 3, 2004
  • True Love Vs. the Cigar Store Indian, New England Review, volume 21, number 2, 2000

Editing and Reviews

  • The Young and the Shiftless: Justin Taylor's Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever, Gulf Coast, volume 23, issue 1, 2011


  • Literary Pub Quiz (reading), Pageturners Lounge, Omaha, NE, 2016
  • Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture (lecture on the characteristics of a creative-writing workshop), Omaha, NE, 2015
  • Wednesday Words: The Braided River Series (reading), Nebraska Arts Council/The Backwaters Press, Kaneko-UNO Library, Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Greengo Coffee & Deli (reading), with Brion Poloncic, Todd Robinson, Sarah Wehbe, and Killer Blow, Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Poetry at the Moon (reading), Crescent Moon Coffee, Lincoln, NE, 2012
  • Words Less Spoken (reading), 2012
  • Visiting Writers Series (reading), Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE, 2012
  • Nebraska Book Festival (reading), Lincoln, NE, 2012
  • Arthaus (lecture on the lifestyle and work habits of a writer), Omaha, NE, 2012
  • Missouri Valley Reading Series (reading), University of Nebraska, Omaha, Omaha, NE, 2011
  • Vegas Valley Book Festival (lecture on writing memorable characters in fiction), Las Vegas, NV, 2011
  • Iowa City Book Festival (reading), Iowa City, IA, 2011
  • Magers & Quinn Booksellers (reading), with John Jodzio and Dessa, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
  • Barnes & Noble (reading), Henderson, NV, 2011
  • Creighton University Writers (reading), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with Brent Spencer and Mary Helen Stefaniak, Lincoln, NE, 2011
  • Writers and the Process Series (reading), Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • KGB Bar (reading), with Urban Waite, New York, NY, 2011
  • Prairie Lights Books (reading), Iowa City, IA, 2011
  • Millsaps College (reading), Jackson, MS, 2011
  • Lindsay J. Cropper Writers Series (reading), University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, 2011
  • Vermin on the Mount (reading), Sushi Contemporary Performance and Visual Arts, San Diego, CA, 2011
  • Creighton Reading Series (reading), 2011
  • The Bookworm (reading), Omaha, NE, 2011
  • Writing Center Reading Series (reading), Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE, 2011
  • The Writes of Spring (reading), 2010
  • The Writes of Spring (reading), 2009
  • Writing Center Reading Series (reading), Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE, 2009
  • Sewanee Writers’ Conference (reading), Sewanee, TN, 2008
  • An Evening of Prose and Poetry (reading), University of Nebraska, Omaha, Omaha, NE, 2008
  • Crescent Moon Reading Series (reading), Crescent Moon Coffee, Lincoln, NE, 2006
  • Midwest Best Reading Series (reading and lecture on fact as a basis for fiction), The Reading Grounds, Omaha, NE, 2006
  • Get on the Mic (reading), Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Iowa City, IA, 2004
  • Talk Art (reading), Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Iowa City, IA, 2004

Awards and Honors

  • Creative Writing Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 2016
  • Finalist, William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, “Novel-in-Progress” category, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 2016
  • Guest Judge, 2014
  • "Arboretum" anthologized in Road to Nowhere and Other New Stories from the Southwest, University of New Mexico Press, 2013
  • Silver Medal, "Short Story Fiction" category, Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2013
  • Finalist, James Jones First Novel Fellowship, James Jones Literary Society/Wilkes University, 2013
  • Finalist, Eric Hoffer Award, Grand Prize, 2013
  • Guest Judge, 2012
  • Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature, Nebraska Arts Council, 2012
  • Notable Western Story of the Year, Best of the West 2011, University of Texas Press, 2011
  • Silver Pen Award, Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, 2011
  • IGGY Award, Center for Student Success and Retention, Creighton University, 2011
  • Pushcart Prize, 2010
  • International Walter Scott Prize for Short Stories, Salt Publishing, 2010
  • Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (selected by David Means), Sarabande Books, 2009
  • Finalist, Katharine Bakeless Nason Fiction Prize, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2009
  • Finalist, Hudson Prize, Black Lawrence Press, 2009
  • University of Texas Press, 2009
  • Stanley Elkin Scholarship, Sewanee Writers' Conference, 2008
  • Pushcart Prize, 2008
  • Dorothy and Granville Hicks Residency in Literature, Yaddo, 2005
  • Finalist, Schaeffer Fellowship, International Institute of Modern Letters, Department of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2005
  • Finalist, Fiction Prize (judged by Rick Moody), Indiana Review, 2005
  • Pushcart Prize, 2005
  • Third Prize, College Fiction Contest, Playboy, 2004