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David Hansen

  • Senior Lecturer of English

(585) 275-4092

Research Overview

David Hansen writes very short stories about unlucky people and the shortcomings of love, memory, and everything else. His stories have appeared in FENCE, Conjunctions, Harvard Review, Chicago Review, Puerto del Sol, and other places. In 2024 he won a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. In 2019 his story “Hell” was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Prize. And in 2018 he won a senior writing fellowship from Washington University in St. Louis, where he got his master’s degree. He is currently flogging a collection of those very short stories to agents and presses, writing a second collection of very short stories, and doing the bidding of his ancient, grouchy cat, Tuesday.

Selected Publications

  • “Killer Bike,” Action, Spectacle, 2023
  • “Our Trouble,” New Ohio Review, 2023
  • “Modern Gardens,” Harvard Review, 2022
  • “My Sister,” Pithead Chapel, 2022
  • "Cat," Fence, 2022 
  • “Goodbye!” On the Seawall,  2022
  • “A Small, Good Thing,” Jellyfish Review, 2021
  • “A Feast in My Honor,” SmokeLong Quarterly, 2021
  • “Three Welsh Names,” South Carolina Review, 2020
  • “Our Philosophy,” Chicago Review, 2020
  • “My Body,” Puerto del Sol, 2020
  • “Valley of the Kings,” Necessary Fiction, 2019
  • “Hell,” Fairy Tale Review, 2018
  • “Pendragon,” Conjunctions, 2017
  • “Mimicry,” Connecticut Review, 2005
  • “Laundry,” Tampa Review, 1999


  • Courses in fiction and creative-nonfiction writing


  • The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest runner up, 2020
  • Shirley Jackson Prize finalist, 2019
  • Senior Fellow in Fiction at Washington University in St. Louis, 2017