Faculty & Guests

Megan Mayhew Bergman

Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of Birds of a Lesser ParadiseAlmost Famous Women, and a forthcoming novel, The Exhibition. She's the associate director of the MFA program at Bennington College, and was a 2016 fellow at the American Library in Paris.  Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Best American Short Stories, Paris Review, Tin House, Oxford American, NPR, and McSweeney’s. She lives on a farm in Vermont, serves as a Justice of the Peace, and works with The BOMA Project in Kenya.

Camille T. Dungy

Camille T. Dungy's newest collection of poetry, Trophic Cascade, will be published in February 2017. Guidebook of Relative Strangers, her debut collection of personal essays is forthcoming in June 2017. The author of Smith Blue, Suck on the Marrow and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison, Dungy also edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and co-edited the poetry anthology From the Fishouse. Her honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University.

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.

Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of three books of poems, most recently Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, which won the 2016 National Book Critics Award in Poetry.  His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, MARGIE, Ploughshares and many other magazines. He has also, with the artist Kimberly Thomas, collaborated on several artists' books: The Cold Loop, BRN2HNT and The Bullet. He is an editor with the chapbook press Q Avenue. Gay received an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and a PhD in American Literature from Temple University. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches poetry, experiments and collaboration at Indiana University.

Ted Genoways

Ted Genoways is a contributing editor at Mother Jones and New Republic. He is the author of The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food (2014), a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Book Award for Writing and Literature; This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Farm (forthcoming, 2017); and Tequila Wars: The Bloody Struggle for the Spirit of Mexico (forthcoming, 2018). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and is a winner of a National Press Club Award and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her first book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. Her writings have appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She lives in Fabius, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, winner of a 2014 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and a finalist for the 2013 Orion Book Award, and three collections of poetry, When We Were Birds, Notes from the Journey Westward, and Killing the Murnion Dogs. Wilkins lives with his family in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College.

Our 2017 guests will include:

Jennifer Acker, Editor-in-Chief, The Common
Scott Gast, Associate Editor, Orion Magazine
Paul Lucas, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Diana Owen, Managing Editor, Orion Magazine
Rachel Riederer, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Guernica Magazine
Katherine Rowland, Publisher, Guernica Magazine
Jack Shoemaker, Editorial Director, Counterpoint Press
Matt Weiland, Senior Editor, W.W. Norton & Company


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