Melissa Malouf

Office Hours: 

Wednesday and Friday 2:00 p.m.  - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment.

Melissa Malouf

Professor of the Practice of English

External Address: 
303H Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0756
(919) 682-3119

Melissa Malouf is Professor of the Practice of English. She teaches courses in creative writing and (mainly) contemporary literature. She is the author of two novels, More Than You Know and It Had to Be You (Avisson Press, 1997) and a collection of stories, No Guarantees (William Morrow, 1990). One of the stories in this collection, "The Golden Robe," was awarded a prestigious Pushcart Prize (1989). Several of her stories have been cited for excellence by both Pushcart and Best American Short Stories; two of them appear in North Carolina anthologies of contemporary literature. She has written three one-act plays, which premiered at Duke, as well as two opera libretti, one of them commissioned by The Durham Arts Council. Dr. Malouf is the recipient of The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (1997). She earned her Ph.D. in English and American Literature at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to her roles as a member of Duke's English Department, she works on Selection and Recruitment for the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows.


  • Ph.D., University of California at Irvine 1979

Malouf, M. More Than You Know. Dalkey Archive, April 2014. (Fictional Work)

Malouf, M. It Had to be You: The Joan and Ernest Story. Avisson Press, 1997.

Malouf, M. No Guarantees. William Morrow & Co., 1990.

Lentricchia, F, and Malouf, M. Robert Frost: A Bibliography, 1913-1974. Scarecrow Press, 1976. (Monograph)

Malouf, M. "Red Horse Running Through Water." This is Where We Live. Ed. M McFee. November 2003.

Malouf, M. "From You Know Who." Voices from Home: The North Carolina Prose Anthology. Ed. R Krawiec. Avisson Press Inc, October 1998.

Marcus, J. "In the world but not of it." Katallagete 11 (March 1, 1989): 22-28. (Review)

Malouf, M. "Review of Isabel Allende’s "Inez of My Soul"." News & Observer (December 2006). (Review)

Malouf, M. "Nobel Talk. Review of J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello." The News & Observer (October 2003). (Review)

Malouf, M. "Life With a Troubled Mother. Review of Virginia Holman’s Rescuing Patty Hearst." The News & Observer (March 2003). (Review)

Malouf, M. "Square Pegs in a Jagged World. Review of Nadine Gordimer’s The Pick Up." The News & Observer (September 2001). (Review)

Malouf, M. "Love Among the Ruins. Review of Barry Hannah’s Yonder Stands Your Orphan." The News & Observer (July 2001). (Review)

Malouf, M. "Pilgrims’ Progress. Review of Review of Peggy Payne’s Sister India." The News & Observer (January 2001). (Review)