Faculty & Guests

NONFICTION

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, acting as co-chair from 2013-17.

 

Jane Brox

Jane Brox‘s fifth book, Silence, was published in January 2019, and was selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review. Her previous book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2010 by Time magazine.  She is also the author of Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm, Five Thousand Days Like This One, and Here and Nowhere Else. Brox’s essays have appeared in many journals and magazines, including the Georgia Review and NewYorker.com, and they’ve been anthologized in Best American Essays, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has been awarded grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is on the faculty of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA Program and lives in Maine. 

 

Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of seventeen books and is a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. He won an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction award and his collection of short stories, The Water Museum, was a finalist for the 2016 PEN-Faulkner Award, and was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and Kirkus Reviews, among others. Into the Beautiful North, his 2009 novel, is a Big Read selection by the National Endowment of the Arts and has been chosen by more than 50 different cities and colleges as a community read. The Devil’s Highway, Urrea’s 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, won the Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize. The Hummingbird’s Daughter, his 2005 historical novel, which involved twenty years of research and writing, won the Kiriyama Prize in fiction and, along with The Devil’s Highway, was named a best book of the year by many publications. His newest book is The House of Broken Angels. Urrea is a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

 
 POETRY
Reginald Dwayne Betts

Reginald Dwayne Betts transformed himself from a sixteen-year old kid sentenced to nine-years in prison to a critically acclaimed writer and graduate of the Yale Law School. He has written three collections of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan EraShahid Reads His Own Palm, and, most recently, Felon. His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison won the 2010 NAACP Image Award. Named a 2018 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Betts’s writing has generated national attention and earned him a Soros Justice Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Ruth Lily Fellowship, and a New America Fellowship. Betts has been featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, and the Washington Post. He has also been interviewed on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air, The Travis Smiley Show and others. He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland; an MFA from Warren Wilson College, where he was a Holden Fellow; and, a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Israel H. Perez Prize for best student note or comment appearing in the Yale Law Journal. He is a PhD in Law candidate at Yale University and as a Liman Fellow, he spent a year representing clients in the New Haven Public Defender’s Office.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart; Apocalyptic Swing, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Calvocoressi is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award, a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, Texas, the Bernard F. Conners Prize from the Paris Review, and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Calvocoressi's poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals including The Baffler, New York TimesPoetryBoston ReviewKenyon ReviewTin House, and the New Yorker. Calvocoressi is an Editor-at-Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and Poetry Editor at Southern Cultures. Works in progress include a non-fiction book entitled, The Year I Didn't Kill Myself and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. Calvocoressi teaches at UNC Chapel Hill and lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, where joy, compassion, and social justice are at the center of their personal and poetic practice. 

 Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang’s new book of poems, OBIT, her middle grade verse novel, Love, Love, and a book of essays, are all forthcoming. Her other poetry books are Barbie Chang, Salvinia Molesta, and Circle.  Her children’s picture book, Is Mommy?, was named a New York Times Notable Book. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Residency Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a MacDowell Fellowship. She serves on the Board of the National Book Critics Circle. She also serves as the program chair for Antioch’s low-residency MFA program in creative writing. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. 

Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya 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 the 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 Metcalf 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, Georgia.

Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips's most recent books of poems are Pale Colors in a Tall Field (2020) and the chapbook Star Map with Action Figures (2019). Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Brenda Shaunessy

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Octopus Museum (2019). 2012’s Our Andromeda was a New York Times’ 100 Notable Book, a finalist for the Griffin International Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Prize. She received a 2018 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Nation, New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in Verona, New Jersey. 

Craig Teicher

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of three books of poems, including The Trembling Answers, which won the 2017 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His collection of essays, We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress, was published in 2018. He edited Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz, teaches at New York University and the Bennington Writing Seminars, and works as Digital Director of the Paris Review.

 

FICTION

Charles Baxter
 

Charles Baxter is the author of six books of stories and five novels. He is the general editor for The Art of . . . series for Graywolf Press. His new novel, The Sun Collective, will be published in 2020. He teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA program for writers and at the University of Minnesota, and he lives in Minneapolis. 

Peter Ho Davies

Peter Ho Davies books include The Fortunes, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and the bestselling The Welsh Girl, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His short stories have appeared in HarpersThe Atlantic, and Paris Review and have been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. A Granta “Best of Young British Novelists” pick, he’s also a recipient of the PEN/Macmillan and PEN/Malamud Awards. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, he teaches 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, 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.

Garth Greenwell

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, winner of the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, longlisted for the National Book Award, and a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, What Belongs to You was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries and is being translated into a dozen languages. A new book of fiction, Cleanness, will be published in early 2020. Garth’s fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris ReviewA Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for the New Yorker, London Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among others. He lives in Iowa City. 

 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 its prequel Incognegro: Renaissance, 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 and is a Professor at the University of Oregon Creative Writing Program.

Elizabeth Nunez

Elizabeth Nunez immigrated to the U.S. from Trinidad after completing high school. She is the award-winning author of a memoir and nine novels, four of them selected as New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her two most recent books are Not for Everyday Use, a memoir, and Even in Paradise, a novel.  Not for Everyday Use won the 2015 Hurston Wright Legacy Award for nonfiction and is an Oprah online book club selection. Even in Paradise, was an O, the Oprah Magazine and Essence Magazine selection. Nunez’s other novels are: Boundaries, nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Fiction; Anna In-Between which won the PEN Oakland Award for Literary Excellence and was long-listed for an IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award; Prospero’s Daughter which was 2006 Novel of the Year for Black Issues Book Review and for Mosaic Magazine. Her novel, Bruised Hibiscus, won an American Book Award, and Beyond `the Limbo Silence won the Independent Publishers Book Award.  Her other novels include Grace; Discretion, short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and When Rocks Dance. She is co-editor of the anthology Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad. Nunez is the co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference and was director for fourteen years. She is executive producer of the New York Emmy-nominated CUNY-TV series Black Writers in America. Nunez received her PhD in English Literature from New York University and is currently a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, the City University of New York. 

Jess Row

Jess Row is the author of the novel Your Face in Mine, two collections of short stories, The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost, and a book of essays, White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, Tin House, and Granta, and he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Whiting Writers Award. He teaches writing at the College of New Jersey, serves on the curatorial board of the Racial Imaginary Institute, and is a senior dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. 

Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver is the author of six works of fiction, including the novels Mary Coin, a New York Times Bestseller, and most recently, Little Nothing, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker as well as other publications and has been included in Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and other anthologies. Silver has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg’s most recent novel, The Third Hotel, was named a best book of 2018 by over a dozen publications and was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award. She is also the author of the novel Find Me 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 honors include the Bard Fiction Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an O. Henry Award, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Laura’s short fiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, BOMB, McSweeney's, Best American Short Stories, and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard. She has also recently taught in the MFA programs at Columbia, Warren Wilson, and the Michener Center. Laura’s next story collection, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, will be published by FSG in June.

Paul Yoon

Paul Yoon is the author of Once the Shore, which was a New York Times Notable Book; The Mountain, which was a NPR Best Book of the Year; and Snow Hunters, which won the Young Lions Fiction Award. In January, his new novel, Run Me to Earth, will be published, and he will be on the Visiting Faculty of the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas.

 

SPECIAL GUESTS
Julia AlvarezJulia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College. In the Time of the Butterflies, with over one million copies in print, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Big Read program, and in 2013 President Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling.  A new novel, Afterlife, will be published in April 2020.

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.

Robert HaasRobert Hass's most recent book is Summer Snow. He collaborated with Czeslaw Milosz on the translation of many volumes of his poetry and is also the author of The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa. He is a professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley.



Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry: White Dress; Fortress; Death Tractates; Bright Existence; Loose Sugar; Cascadia; Pieces of Air in the Epic; Practical Water, for which she won the Los Angeles Times Book Award; Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry; and her most recent, Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days.  In 2016, she was named the Academy of American Poets Chancellor. Among other awards, Hillman has received are the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

 

2020 Guests Include:

Ibrahim Ahmad, Editorial Director, Akashic Books 
Miriam Altshuler, Agent, DeFiore and Company
Samantha Shea, Agent, Georges Borchardt Agency
Porscha Burke, Publishing Manager, Random House
Kevin Craft, Editor, Poetry Northwest
Lindsay Garbutt, Associate Editor, Poetry
Amy Hundley, Senior Editor & Rights Director, Grove Atlantic
Jenna Johnson, Executive Editor, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Carolyn Kuebler, Editor, New England Review
Gerald Maa, Director, The Georgia Review
PJ Mark, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Liese Mayer, Editorial Director, Bloomsbury
Tanya McKinnon, Agent, McKinnon Literary
Emily Nemens, Editor, The Paris Review
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
Alexa Stark, Agent, Trident Media Group
Steve Woodward, Editor, Graywolf Press
Jenny Xu, Editorial Associate, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

CONTACT INFORMATION

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