Faculty & Guests


Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau is the author of the novel The Professor's Daughter and the creative nonfiction travelogue Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora, named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle as well as a finalist for the Hurston Wright Award and winner of a 2014 American Book Award.  Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, and a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; a hybrid-genre photo-text entitled Intimate; and five books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, and Animal Eye, which was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Balcones Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize.  Her newest poetry collection is Imaginary Vessels, and her latest nonfiction work is The Broken Country, which won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize. Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship, and various state arts council awards. She teaches at the University of Utah and is Utah’s Poet Laureate.

David Treuer

David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the author of four novels and two books of nonfiction. His work has appeared in Orion, Harpers, Washington Post, Saveur, and New York Times among others. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Bush Foundation. His latest novel, Prudence, is available from Riverhead Books. A new major work of nonfiction--Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Indian America from 1890 to the Present--will be published by Riverhead in August 2018. He divides his time between Los Angeles where he is a Professor of English at USC, and the Leech Lake Reservation.

Stephanie Burt

Stephanie Burt is Professor of English at Harvard University and the author of several books of poetry and literary criticism, among them Advice from the Lights (2017), Belmont (2013) and The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (2016). Her essays and reviews appear regularly in several venues in the US, Britain and New Zealand. With Carmen Giménez Smith, she is co-poetry editor at The Nation.

aisy Fried

Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poetry: Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice, named by Library Journal as one of the five best poetry books of 2013, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn’t Mean to Do It, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Her poems have appeared recently in Best American Poetry, London Review of Books, The Nation, New Republic, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Threepenny Review and elsewhere. She has been awarded Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares, and the Editors Prize for a feature article from Poetry, for “Sing, God-Awful Muse,” about reading Paradise Lost, breastfeeding and the importance of difficulty. She is a member of the board of the National Book Critics Circle, poetry editor for the literary/political resistance journal Scoundrel Time, and occasionally reviews poetry for the New York Times, Poetry and the Threepenny Review. Formerly the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, Fried is a member of the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, teaches at Villanova University, and lives in Philadelphia.

 A. Van Jordan

A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections: Rise, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award (2001); M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by the London Times; Quantum Lyrics, (2007); and The Cineaste, (2013). Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007), a United States Artists Fellowship (2009), and a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry (2015). He has taught at a number of institutions including, Prince George’s Community College, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The University of Texas at Austin, where he was tenured as an Associate Professor, Rutgers University-Newark where he served as the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor, and at the University of Michigan, where he currently serves as the Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor. 

Ange Mlinko

Ange Mlinko is a poet and critic whose fifth collection of poetry, Distant Mandate, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in July 2017. Her poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, Paris Review, London Review of Books, Poetry Review (U.K.), Granta, and Southern Review. She is the recipient of the Frederick Bock Award as well as the Randall Jarrell Award for Poetry Criticism, both given by the Poetry Foundation. Her first book, Matinees, was chosen as a Best Book of 1999 by Publishers Weekly; her second book, Starred Wire, was a National Poetry Series selection in 2004 and a finalist for the Academy of American Poetry’s James Laughlin Award in 2005; and Shoulder Season, her third book, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Marvelous Things Overheard was named one of the best poetry books of 2013 by the New Yorker and the Boston Globe. Mlinko is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Florida and is currently the poetry editor for Subtropics.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips is the author of three books of poems, including Elegy for a Broken Machine, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Chattahoochee, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His first work of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, won a 2017 American Book Award, and was named a best book of the year by the Boston Globe, New York Times, and Smithsonian. Among his other honors are Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is also translator of When We Leave Each Other: Selected Poems of Henrik Nordbrandt. Phillips teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University.

Monica Youn

Monica Youn is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Blackacre (2016), which won the William Carlos Williams Award (judged by Robin Coste Lewis). It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Open Book Award and longlisted for the National Book Award, as well as being named one of the best poetry collections of the year by the New York Times, Washington Post and BuzzFeed. Her previous book Ignatz (2010) was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have been widely published, including in Poetry, New Yorker, New Republic, Lana Turner, Paris Review, and Best American Poetry. The daughter of Korean immigrants and a former lawyer, she lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University and in the Columbia, Sarah Lawrence, and Warren Wilson MFA Programs.

C. Dale Young

C. Dale Young is the author of four collections of poetry, including Torn (2011) and The Halo (2016). His novel in stories The Affliction is forthcoming in early 2018. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, his work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, Legitimate Dangers, and Best American Poetry. In 2017, the Fellowship of Southern Writers awarded him the Hanes Award in Poetry for a distinguished body of work produced by a poet at mid-career. He lives in San Francisco where he practices medicine full-time while also teaching in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.


 Michael Byers

Michael Byers is the author of The Coast of Good Intentions (stories) and two novels: Long for This World and Percival's Planet, as well as the novella The Broken Man, a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. The Coast of Good Intentions was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His stories have been anthologized in the Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Award series, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Best American Travel Writing, and elsewhere. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan.

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. His new novel, Leading Men, for which he received a Guggenheim fellowship, will be published by Viking in early 2019. He has taught in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and at Swarthmore College. He lives in Boston, where he is artistic director of GrubStreet. 

Samantha Hunt

Samantha Hunt is the author of four books of fiction: Mr. Splitfoot, The Dark Dark: Stories, The Invention of Everything Else, and The Seas. She is the recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, the National Book Foundation’s  5 Under 35 Prize and a finalist for the Orange Prize. Hunt has been published by the New Yorker, New York Times, Tin House, Guardian and a number of other publications. She teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and lives in upstate New York.

Tania James

Tania James is the author of three books of fiction, most recently The Tusk That Did the Damage, which was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Freeman's: The Future of New Writing, Granta, Oxford American, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor at George Mason University's MFA program and lives in Washington DC.

 Mat Johnson


Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the American Book Award, the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. Johnson is a Professor at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

Alix Ohlin

Alix Ohlin is the author of four books, most recently the novel Inside and the story collection Signs and Wonders.  Her work has been featured in Best American Short Stories, the New Yorker, on National Public Radio's Selected Shorts program, and many other places.

Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma is the author of the novels Family Life and An Obedient Father and the short story collection A Life of Adventure and Delight. He is the winner of the PEN Hemingway Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award, the Folio Prize, a Guggenheim, and numerous other fellowships and grants. He lives in New York City.

Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg is the author of the novel Find Me, a Time Out New York and NPR “Best Book of 2015,” and two story collections, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, both finalists for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her next novel, The Third Hotel, is forthcoming in 2018. Her honors include the Bard Fiction Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Her fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, and her criticism has recently appeared in the New York Times Book Review and BOMB. Born and raised in Florida, Laura currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where she is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard University. She also teaches in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


 Josh Weil

Josh Weil is the author of three books of fiction: The New Valley, a collection of novellas; The Great Glass Sea, a novel; and the story collection The Age of Perpetual Light. A Fulbright Fellow and National Book Foundation 5-under-35 honoree, he has been awarded The American Academy of Arts and Letters’ First Fiction Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the GrubStreet National Book Prize, the Library of Virginia Literary Award, and a Pushcart. He teaches in the Bennington College MFA program and lives with his family in California’s Sierra Nevada.

Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, the novel Land of Love and Drowning, and a collection of poems, Wife. BookPage listed her as one of the Fourteen Women to watch out for in 2014. Her writing has won the 2011 and the 2016 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, the Forward/Felix Dennis Prize, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and has received a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 award. A Fulbright Fellowship recipient, she has published in American Short Fiction, Best African American Fiction, Wall Street Journal, and other places.



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 2018 Guests Are:

Will Allison, Contributing Editor, One Story
Miriam Altshuler, Agent, DeFiore and Company
Malaga Baldi, Agent, Baldi Agency
Millicent Bennett, Executive Editor, Grand Central Publishing/Hachette
Porscha Burke, Publishing Manager, Random House
Kevin Craft, Editor, Poetry Northwest
Henry Dunow, Agent, Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner Literary Agency
Adam Eaglin, Agent, The Cheney Agency
Lindsay Garbutt, Associate Editor, Poetry
Amy Holman, Literary Consultant
Jenna Johnson, Executive Editor, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Barbara Jones, Executive Editor, Henry Holt and Company
PJ Mark, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Ladette Randolph, Editor-in-Chief, Ploughshares
Martha Rhodes, Director, Four Way Books
Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor, Graywolf Press
Janet Silver, Senior Partner, Aevitas Creative Management
Anjali Singh, Agent, Ayesha Pande Literary
J.M. Tyree, Nonfiction Editor, New England Review
Mitchell Waters, Agent, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Ross White, Executive Director, Bull City Press
Steve Woodward, Associate Editor, Graywolf Press
Allison Wright, Executive Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review
Jenny Xu, Editorial Associate, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


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