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Héctor Tobar

Héctor Tobar

Instructor, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing


Héctor Tobar is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist. He’s the author of four books published in ten languages, most recently the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller: Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free, which was adapted into the film The 33, starring Antonio Banderas. Other books include The Barbarian Nurseries, The Tattooed Soldier and Translation Nation. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, L.A. NoirZyzzyva and Slate. He has written for The New YorkerThe Los Angeles Times and other publications, and he is currently a contributing writer for the New York Times opinion pages. He is an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine. 

 Tobar teaches fiction and creative non-fiction in our low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program . 

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