Faculty & Guests


Ann Hood

Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, and The Red Thread. Her memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, was a New York Times Editor's choice and was named one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She's the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, and a Best American Travel Writing Award.

David Shields

David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller), and Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). Other People: Takes and Mistakes is forthcoming from Knopf in February 2017. The recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, Yale Review, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea is the best-selling author of sixteen books, including The Devil's Highway and The Hummingbird's Daughter. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Urrea has won the Lannan Literary Award, the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize, an American Book Award, the Christopher Award, and an Edgar Award, among other honors. His novel Into the Beautiful North is a current selection of the Big Read Program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. His short story collection, The Water Museum, was a finalist for the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award and his poetry collection The Tijuana Book of the Dead was listed as a 2015 Southwest Book of the Year. He lives outside of Chicago and is a distinguished professor of Creative Writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Rick Barot

Rick Barot has published three books of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), and Chord (2015). Chord received the University of North Texas Rilke Prize, the PEN/Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award. It was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Barot has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University. He is also the poetry editor for New England Review.  In 2016 he received a poetry fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation.

Eavan Boland

Eavan Boland's most recent book is A Poet’s Dublin. Her book New Selected Poems was published in the UK in 2013. She teaches at Stanford University where she is the director of the Creative Writing Program.


 Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow, has published nine books of poems, most recently Gabriel: A Poem (2014), a book-length elegy, and The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of work. He has also published five prose books, among them A Poet’s Glossary (2014), a complete compendium, and How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), a national bestseller. He is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Garrett Hongo

Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai’i and grew up on the North Shore of O’ahu and in Los Angeles.  He was educated at Pomona College, the University of Michigan, and UC Irvine, where he received an MFA.  His work includes three books of poetry, three anthologies, and Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai’i.  He is the editor of The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America and Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America. His most recent book of poetry, Coral Road, was published in 2011.  He is presently at work on a book of nonfiction entitled The Perfect Sound.  He teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences.

Sally Keith

Sally Keith’s fourth collection of poetry, River House, was published in 2015; she is the author of The Fact of the Matter (2012) and two previous collections of poetry, Design, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Dwelling Song (2004). She has published poems in a variety of literary journals, including Gettysburg Review, New England Review, A Public Space, Black Clock, and Literary Imagination. A recent Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, she is a member of the MFA Faculty at George Mason University and lives in Washington, DC.

Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips is the author of thirteen books of poetry, most recently Reconnaissance (2015) and Silverchest (2013).  His latest book of prose is The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (2014), and he has translated Sophocles’s Philoctetes (2004). His honors include the PEN/USA Award in Poetry, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Award, two Lambda Literary Awards, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets. Currently the judge for the Yale Younger Poets Series, Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Ellen Bryant Voigt has published eight volumes of poetry, most recently Messenger: New and Selected Poems (2007), and Headwaters (2013). Her collections have been finalists for the National Book Crit­ics Circle Award, the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and she has received recognition from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and Pushcart Press. A former Vermont State Poet and Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she lives in Cabot, Vermont, and is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow.


Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter is the author of five novels, including The Feast of Love, a National Book Award finalist, and five books of stories, including Gryphon: New and Selected Stories. His newest book, There's Something I Want You to Do, was published in 2015. He is the author of two books of criticism, Burning Down the House and The Art of Subtext. He is the general editor for the Graywolf Press The Art of . . . series and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. A winner of the Rea Award in short fiction, he lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota.

Maud Casey

Maud Casey is the author of three novels, most recently The Man Who Walked Away, and a short story collection, Drastic. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, Salon, Poets & Writers, A Public Space, and Literary Imagination. She has received the Italo Calvino Prize, the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches at the University of Maryland.

Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani is the author, most recently, of The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, a meditation on point of view in fiction. He is also the author of three novels: All This Talk of Love, The Saint of Lost Things, and A Kiss from Maddalena. He has taught in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson and at Swarthmore College. In 2014, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for a new novel, Leading Men. He lives in Boston, where he is artistic director of GrubStreet and director of the Muse and the Marketplace conference.

Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of a story collection, Hunger, and two novels, All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost; and Inheritance, recipient of the PEN/Open Book Award. Chang is the recipient of fellowships from Princeton University, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has taught fiction writing at Stanford University, Harvard University, and Warren Wilson College. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and the director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Robert Cohen's books include the novels Inspired Sleep, Amateur Barbarians, The Here and Now, The Organ Builder, and a collection of stories, The Varieties of Romantic Experience.  His essays and stories have appeared in Harpers, Paris Review, the Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Believer, and many other magazines, and among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, a Lila Wallace Writers Award, and a Pushcart Prize.  He teaches at Middlebury College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.  

Peter Ho Davies

Peter Ho Davies is the author of the novels, The Fortunes and The Welsh Girl as well as two story collections, The Ugliest House in the World and Equal Love. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and Paris Review, and has been anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Short Stories. In 2003 Granta magazine named him among its “Best of Young British Novelists.” Davies is a recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davies now lives in Ann Arbor, and teaches in the Helen Zell MFA Program at the University of Michigan.

Stacey D'Erasmo

Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea, A Seahorse Year, The Sky Below, and Wonderland, and the nonfiction book The Art of Intimacy: The Space Between. She is a former Stegner Fellow, the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim  Fellowship, and the winner of an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize from the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her essays, features, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Boston Review, Bookforum, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is a Frederick Lewis Allen Room Fellow at the New York Public Library for 2016-17. She is an associate professor of Writing and Publishing Practices at Fordham University.

Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is the author of the novel Fates and Furies, a New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book and finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other books are The Monsters of Templeton, Delicate Edible Birds, and Arcadia. Her short fiction has appeared in journals including the New Yorker, Tin House, One Story, and the Atlantic Monthly, as well as in four editions of the Best American Short Stories anthology. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Randall Kenan

Randall Kenan is the author of a novel, A Visitation of Spirits; two works of nonfiction, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and The Fire This Time; and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. He edited and wrote the introduction for The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a North Carolina Award, and a Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Helena Maria Viramontes

Helena María Viramontes is the author of two novels, Their Dogs Came with Them and Under the Feet of Jesus, and a collection of short fiction, The Moths and Other Stories. Named a Ford Fellow in Literature for 2007 by United States Artists, she has also received the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, a Sundance Institute Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Viramontes is a professor and the director of the Creative Writing program at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she is at work on a new novel called The Cemetery Boys.



Julia AlvarezJulia Alvarez is the author of novels, nonfiction books, essays, poetry collections and books for children and young adults.  Her works include In the Time of the ButterfliesHow the García Girls Lost Their AccentsThe Woman I Kept to MyselfOnce Upon A Quinceañera, and most recently A Wedding in Haiti and Where Do They Go?  A recipient of a 2013 National Medal of Arts, she recently retired as writer-in-residence at Middlebury College in order to devote more of her time to writing and to volunteer projects with the Mariposa Foundation and Border of Lights in her native country, the Dominican Republic.

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.

Our 2017 Guests will Include:

Will Allison, Contributing Editor, One Story
Miriam Altshuler, Agent, DeFiore and Company
Sarah Bowlin, Agent, Aevitas Creative Management
Kevin Craft, Editor, Poetry Northwest
Henry Dunow, Agent, Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner Literary Agency
Vievee Francis, Associate Editor, Callaloo
Lindsay Garbutt, Assistant Editor, Poetry
Amy Holman, Literary Consultant
Jenna Johnson, Executive Editor, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Cassie Jones, Executive Editor, William Morrow
Carolyn Kuebler, Editor, New England Review
PJ Mark, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Calvert Morgan, Executive Editor, Riverhead
Anna Pitoniak, Editor, Random House
Martha Rhodes, Director, Four Way Books
Janet Silver, Senior Partner, Aevitas Creative Management
Anjali Singh, Agent, Ayesha Panda Literary
Doug Stewart, Agent, Sterling Lord Literistic
Mitchell Waters, Agent, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Michael Wiegers, Executive Editor, Copper Canyon Press
Allison Wright, Executive Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review


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