Associate Professor


  • Website:
  • Office Hours:

    Wednesdays 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Creative Writing (nonfiction)
  • Department:

    • English
  • Education:

    • MFA Vermont College of Fine Arts, BA University of New Mexico


Harrison Candelaria Fletcher is the author of Descanso for My Father (2012), Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams (2016), and Finding Querencia (2022). His work has appeared widely in such venues as New Letters, TriQuarterly, Puerto del Sol, Best of Brevity, Best of Pilgrimage, Brief Encounters and Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction.

He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, a Helen Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship, Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize, Colorado Book Award, New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, New Letters Literary Award, High Desert Journal Obsidian Prize, Sonora Review Essay Award and Juxtaprose Nonfiction Award. He has also received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, Best American Essays Notable selection, Kirkus Reviews "Best Indie Memoirs" selection, and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and the International Latino Book Award.

A native of Albuquerque, he is a former columnist, feature writer and beat reporter at newspapers throughout the West.  He is also core faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts Low Residency MFA Program and a contributing editor at Speculative Nonfiction.


Descanso for My Father: Fragments of a Life (2012) University of Nebraska Press American Lives Series edited by Tobias Wolff/Winner of the Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction

Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams (2016) Autumn House Press/Winner of the Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize and International Latino Book Award Finalist for autobiography

Finding Querencia: Essays from In Between (2022) Machete Series at Mad Creek Books edited by Joy Castro/Winner of the Arizona-New Mexico Book Award for Autobiography & Memoir and Colorado Book Award finalist