2019 Faculty Will Include:

Jennifer Chang

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which was long-listed for the PEN/Open Book Award and won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. Her poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Nation, New England Review, New Literary History, New York Times, New Yorker, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor of English at George Washington University and will be the Visiting Poet at the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program in Spring 2019.



Daniel Duane

Daniel Duane is the author of Caught Inside: A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast; Lighting Out: A Golden Year in Yosemite; and many other books. He has written about outdoor sports and the environment for the New York Times Magazine, Sunday Review, Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Sierra, and many other publications. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz and has taught creative writing at San Francisco State University. Duane is currently at work on an idiosyncratic book about the intersection of personal and collective memory and history in the mountains of California. 



John Elder

John Elder taught English and environmental studies at Middlebury College from 1973 until his retirement in 2010 and lives in the Green Mountain village of Bristol with his wife, Rita. His books Reading the Mountains of HomeThe Frog Run; and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa form a sequence that explores the meaning of Vermont’s landscape and environmental history for him as a teacher, writer, and householder. Picking Up the Flute, which came out in 2016, connects the geology, cultures, and environmental controversies of Connemara and Vermont through the story of his immersion in Ireland's traditional music. John is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Nature Writing.



Sean Hill

Sean Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods, awarded the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry; and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, named one of the Ten Books All Georgians Should Read in 2015. His poems and essays have appeared in Callaloo, Orion, Poetry, Terrain.org, Tin House, and numerous other journals and anthologies. He has received fellowships and awards from organizations and institutions including Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. More information, as well as poems, can be found at his website: www.seanhillpoetry.com.



J. Drew Lanham

J. Drew Lanham, PhD, is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University whose writing reflects the interplay between culture and conservation. Widely published in periodicals including Orion, Oxford American and Places Journal, among others, his work has been featured on NPR, National Geographic online, USA Today, New York Times, Slate, The Guardian and YouTube. He is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (2016), named a John Burroughs Medal Finalist (“Nature Book of Uncommon Merit”) and winner of the 2017 Southern Environmental Law Center’s Reed Environmental Writing Award.


Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator and naturalist, and an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the bestselling H Is for Hawk, as well as a cultural history of falcons, titled Falcon, and three collections of poetry, including Shaler’s Fish. Macdonald was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, has worked as a professional falconer, and has assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia. She now writes for the New York Times Magazine



Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins was one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” and one of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists." She is the author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.


Dan ChiassonDan Chiasson is the author of six books, including Bicentennial (2014), and Must We Mean What We Say: A Poem in Four Phases (forthcoming). He is the poetry critic for the New Yorker and a Professor of English at Wellesley College. He grew up in Burlington, Vermont.

Bill McKibbenBill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the “alternative Nobel.” His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.” A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of BooksNational Geographic, and Rolling Stone.

James ProsekJames Prosek is an artist, writer, naturalist, and Yale graduate.  He published his first book at nineteen years of age, Trout: An Illustrated History, which featured seventy of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. Prosek has written for the New York Times and National Geographic Magazine and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his documentary about traveling through England in the footsteps of Izaak Walton, the seventeenth-century author of The Compleat Angler. His book Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Amazing and Mysterious Fish, published in September 2010 was a New York Times Book Review editor's choice, and is the subject of a documentary for PBS series "Nature" that aired in 2013. He is currently working on a book about how and why we name and order the natural world and an article for National Geographic on the Sargasso Sea. His latest book, Ocean Fishes, is a collection of paintings of 35 Atlantic fishes, all of which were painted life size based on individual specimens he traveled to see. In autumn of 2012, Prosek was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinction in Natural History Art from the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.


2019 Guests Include:

Jennifer Acker, Editor-in-Chief, The Common
Sven Birkerts
, Editor, AGNI
Sarah Bowlin
, Agent, Aevitas Creative Management
Carolyn Kuebler, Editor, New England Review
Jessica Reed, Features Editor, The Guardian
Jennifer Sahn, Executive Editor, Pacific Standard
Katie O'Reilly, Editor, Sierra 
Matt Weiland, Senior Editor, W.W. Norton & Company


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