Faculty & Guests


Jennifer Finney Boylan

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her column appears on the op-ed page of the New York Times on alternate Wednesdays. Author of fifteen books, her 2003 memoir She’s Not There was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. She serves on the Board of Trustees of PEN America, the nonprofit advocating for authors, readers, and freedom of expression. From 2011 to 2018 she served on the Board of Directors of GLAAD; she was co-chair of GLAAD’s board of directors from 2013-17.

Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna is the award-winning author of the four novels Happiness; The Hired Man; The Memory of Love; and Ancestor Stones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir, The Devil that Danced on the Water. Her fiction has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and has been short-listed for the Neustadt Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the IMPAC Award, the Warwick Prize, and nominated for the European Prize for Fiction. Her memoir was serialized on BBC Radio and in the Sunday Times newspaper. Forna is currently a Lannan Visiting Chair at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, where she writes about her life before and after coming from Mexico to the United States as an undocumented immigrant. The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home, was released in October 2018. Her other works include the novels, Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing with Butterflies, which were published to critical acclaim. Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by schools, colleges and cities across the country. Reyna has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The young reader’s version of The Distance Between Us received a 2017 Honor Book Award for the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, a 2016 Eureka! Honor Awards from the California Reading Association, and an International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award 2017. Currently, she teaches creative writing, travels across the country and abroad to give presentations about her books, and is at work on her next book.

Rick Barot

Rick Barot has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall, Want, and Chord, all published by Sarabande Books. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University. 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. His fourth book of poems, The Galleons, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2020.

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection, The Tradition, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in 2019. His poems have appeared in the New Republic, New York Times, New Yorker, Paris Review, Time magazine, and several volumes of Best American Poetry. He is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

 Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail FlyHorse in the Dark (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection); and Forest Primeval (winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including PoetryBest American Poetry 201020142017, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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 and two previous collections of poetry, Design, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Dwelling Song. 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.

Matthew Olzmann

Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines, which was selected for the Kundiman Prize; and Contradictions in the Design, both from Alice James Books. He’s been awarded fellowships from Kundiman, the Kresge Arts Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. His writing has appeared in Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Brevity and elsewhere. Currently, he teaches at Dartmouth College and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

A.E. Stallings

A. E. Stallings is an American poet, translator, and critic who has lived in Greece since 1999. She has published four collections, most recently Like; verse translations of Lucretius, The Nature of Things; and Hesiod, Works and Days. She has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, United States Artists, and the MacArthur Foundation. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mary Szybist

Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. She has taught at U.C. Berkeley, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and her work has been supported by residencies at the Lannan Foundation in Marfa, Texas and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches at Lewis & Clark College.


 Liam Callanan

Liam Callanan is a novelist, teacher and essayist. His story collection, Listen, earned him the Hunt Prize in Arts and Letters, and his first novel, The Cloud Atlas, was a finalist for an Edgar Award. His new novel, Paris by the Book, has been translated into multiple languages. He’s written for the Wall Street Journal, Slate, New York Times, Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle, and has recorded numerous essays for public radio. He’s taught at Warren Wilson College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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, Oxford American, A Public Space, and Literary Imagination. Her nonfiction book, The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions, was published by Graywolf Press. She is the grateful recipient of the Italo Calvino Prize, the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Maryland.

Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani's fourth novel, Leading Men, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, will be published by Viking in February 2019. He is also the author of the novels All This Talk of Love, The Saint of Lost Things, and A Kiss from Maddalena. His essays on point of view in fiction, The Art of Perspective, was published by Graywolf in 2016. 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. 

Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh, and most recently, the essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. He is a winner of the Whiting Award and his stories and essays have appeared recently in Best American Essays 2016, T Magazine, New Yorker, Yale Review, and Sewanee Review, among others. He is a critic at large for the Los Angeles Times and an editor at large for New Republic and Virginia Quarterly Review. He teaches at Dartmouth College. 

 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, New Yorker, Boston Review, Bookforum, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She was 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.


Cristina Garcia

Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including Dreaming in Cuban and the recently published Here in Berlin. She’s written books for young readers, a collection of poetry, edited anthologies of Latinx literature, and taught at universities nationwide. García’s award-winning work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. Her theatrical adaptation of her sixth novel, King of Cuba, premiered at Central Works Theater in 2018.

Ravi Howard

Ravi Howard is the author of two novels, Like Trees, Walking and Driving the King. He was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award. His short fiction has appeared in Salon, Massachusetts Review, and Silent Beaches, Untold Stories. He has received fellowships and awards from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Florida State University.

Don Lee

Don Lee is the author of the novels Lonesome Lies Before Us; The Collective; Wrack and Ruin; and Country of Origin; and the story collection, Yellow. His works have received an American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, an O. Henry Award, and a Pushcart Prize. His stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, GQ, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Temple University and splits his time between Philadelphia and Baltimore. 

 Ana Menendez

Ana Menéndez has published four books of fiction: Adios, Happy Homeland!The Last War;  Loving Che; and In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, whose title story won a Pushcart Prize. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, lastly as a prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald. As a reporter, she wrote about Cuba, Haiti, Kashmir, Afghanistan, as well as India, where she was based for three years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Vogue, Bomb Magazine, New York Times and Tin House and has been included in several anthologies, including the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. A former Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, she now works at Florida International University in Miami.

Michael Parker

Michael Parker is the author of ten books of fiction, including the recently published novel Prairie Fever. He is the recipient of a fellowship in fiction from the  the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Hobson Award for Arts and Letters, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His short fiction has appeared in many magazines, and in the Pushcart and New Stories from the South anthologies. Three of his stories have been awarded the O. Henry Prize. He taught in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and currently teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and lives in Austin, Texas. 


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.

Ilya KaminskyIlya Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union and is now an American citizen. He is the author of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa. He's also the co-editor of Ecco Anthology of International Poetry and co-translator of Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, among other books. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the Matcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was shortlisted for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He's currently The Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne, Jr. Chair in Poetry at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Yuseg KomunyakaaYusef Komunyakaa is the author of Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, 1977-1989, which won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Thieves of Paradise, a finalist for the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award. His books include Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews and Commentaries; Condition Red: Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries; Talking Dirty to the Gods; Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems, 1975-1999; Taboo; Warhorses; Magic City; Dien Cai Dau; I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head; Copacetic; The Chameleon Couch; Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker: With New and Selected Jazz Poems; and The Emperor of Water Clocks. His plays and performance works have been staged nationally. Komunyakaa is a Professor and Senior Poet in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and the New York State Poet Laureate.

Kevin YoungKevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, newly named a National Historic Landmark, and Poetry Editor of the New Yorker. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Brown (2018); Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 ( 2016), longlisted for the National Book Award; and Book of Hours (2014), a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize for Poetry from the Academy of American Poets. His collection Jelly Roll: a blues (2003) was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Our 2019 Guests Are:

Ibrahim Ahmad, Editorial Director, Akashic Books 
Miriam Altshuler, Agent, DeFiore and Company
Malaga Baldi, Agent, Baldi Agency
Porscha Burke, Publishing Manager, Random House
Kevin Craft, Editor, Poetry Northwest
Henry Dunow, Agent, Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner Literary Agency
Lindsay Garbutt, Associate Editor, Poetry
Jenna Johnson, Executive Editor, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
PJ Mark, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Fiona McCrae, Executive Director, Graywolf Press
Emily Mitchell, Fiction Editor, New England Review
Calvert Morgan, Executive Editor, Riverhead
Emily Nemens, Editor, The Paris Review
Monica Odom, Agent, Liza Dawson Associates
Ladette Randolph, Editor-in-Chief, Ploughshares
Martha Rhodes, Director, Four Way Books
Elizabeth Scanlon, Editor, American Poetry Review
Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor, Graywolf Press
Janet Silver, Senior Partner, Aevitas Creative Management
Anjali Singh, Agent, Ayesha Pande Literary
Mitchell Waters, Agent, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Ross White, Executive Director, Bull City Press
Allison Wright, Executive Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review
Jenny Xu, Editorial Associate, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


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