Mia Alvar—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency
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Mia Alvar is the author of In the Country, a collection of short stories published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2015 and by Oneworld in the UK in 2016. Her book has been selected as a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, as well as one of the Best Books of 2015 according to Amazon, NPR,The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, and other places. She has published fiction in One Story,The Missouri Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also received support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the School of the Arts at Columbia University. Born in the Philippines and raised in Bahrain and the United States, she lives in New York and teaches at Columbia University and the Center for Fiction.
Amy Caldwell—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency, Publishing Panel
Amy Caldwell, Executive Editor, has been at Beacon Press since 1995. She acquires in religion, with a special emphasis on interfaith issues; the relation between politics, culture, and religion; and how Americans live out their religious beliefs. She also acquires memoir and narrative nonfiction, as well as books on science and society.
Her titles include:
Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boy’s Club by Eileen Pollack
The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America by Ann Neumann
The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan by Rafia Zakaria
Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists by Courtney Martin
The Tricky Part and All the Rage by Martin Moran
On Being Raped by Raymond M. Douglas
Tonya Hegamin—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency
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Tonya C. Hegamin is author of historical fiction for all ages. Her titles include Most Loved in All the World, M+O 4evr, Pemba’s Song, and most recently, Willow (2014). She has a short story, "Growing Pains," in the spring 2016 volume of Obsidian. Her awards include the Ezra Jack Keats Award for new writers and The Christopher Award, and her work has been included in the Amelia Bloomer Project’s Recommended Feminist Readings list. Her books have received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and been featured in Essence and USA Today. As an assistant professor in the English Department at CUNY Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, Tonya is coordinator of the Creative Writing and the Children’s/Young Adult Literature programs. Visit www.tonyacheriehegamin.com.
Lee Hope—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency
Lee Hope, author of the novel Horsefever (New Rivers Press, February, 2016), is editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Her fiction has received grants from both the Maine and the Pennsylvania Arts Commissions. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary journals, such as Witness, The North American Review, Epiphany, and Sou’wester. Her short story “What to Take In Case of Fire,” received an honorable mention in American Fiction, Vol. 13, winner of the 2015 Midwest Book Awards in the anthology category. Founder and former director of a low-residency MFA program in Maine, Lee also helped to found Pine Manor College’s Solstice Low-Residency MFA program. She is currently president of the nonprofit Solstice Institute for Creative Writing and teaches for Changing Lives Through Literature, which brings literature to people on probation.
Rickey Laurentiis—6th Annual Cave Canem Partner Poet, Summer 2016 Residency
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Rickey Laurentiis was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) and named one of the best poetry books of 2015 by Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, and Poets & Writers magazine, among others places. His honors include a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, and his poems appear widely, including Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, and Poetry. He currently lives and teaches in New York City.
Kelly Starling Lyons—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency
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Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories, and history into stories of discovery. Her books include a chapter book, NEATE: Eddie’s Ordeal; the CCBC Choices-honored picture book, One Million Men and Me; plus Ellen’s Broom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection; Tea Cakes for Tosh, a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and Hope’s Gift, the 2013 featured children’s book for North Carolina at the National Book Festival, and on the2014 IRA/CBC Children’s Choices list. Her newest picture book is One More Dino on the Floor. Her chapter book Jada Jones: Rock Star debuts fall 2017. Find out more at www.kellystarlinglyons.com.
Louise May—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency, Publishing Panel
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Louise May is Vice President/Editorial Director of Lee & Low Books, independent publisher of diverse books for young readers. She has been with the company for more than seventeen years and oversees Lee & Low’s trade illustrated book imprints as well as Bebop Books, the company’s educational imprint. Ms. May specializes in diverse illustrated books at all age levels and in all genres, and has edited many award-winning titles by notable authors and illustrators of children’s books, including David Diaz, Ted and Betsy Lewin, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Nikki Grimes, R. Gregory Christie, Pat Mora, Susan L. Roth, Ed Young, and Marilyn Singer. In 2000 she helped found Lee & Low’s annual New Voices Award for previously unpublished writers of color, which has so far brought the company—and the children’s book world—fourteen talented new authors.
Laura McCullough—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency
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Laura McCullough’s essays, memoirs, stories, and poetry have appeared widely in places such as The Georgia Review, The American Poetry Review, Guernica, Pank, Gulf Coast, The Writer's Chronicle, and others. Her recent books include Jersey Mercy (poems, Black Lawrence Press), an edited anthology, A Sense of Regard: essays on poetry and race (University of Georgia Press), and Rigger Death & Hoist Another (poems, BLP). Her previous books include Panic (poems, Alice James Books winner of the Kinereth Genseler Award), Speech Acts (poems, BLP), What Men Want (poems, XOXOX Press),and the anthology The Room and the World: essays on Stephen Dunn (University of Syracuse Press). Her poem, “There Were Only Dandelions” was selected by Sherman Alexi for Best American Poetry 2015. She was the 2014/15 Florida Writers Circuit poet and has read in the Dodge Poetry Festival, the Decatur Book Festival, and other events. She has had fellowships or scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Sewanee Writers Conference, the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference, and the NJ State Arts Council among others. Visit her at http://www.lauramccullough.org/
Ryan Murphy—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency, Publishing Panel
Ryan Murphy is the Associate Director of Four Way Books, where for the past nine years he has acquired and edited both poetry and fiction. He is author ofThe Redcoats,Down with the Ship, (forthcoming). He has received grants and awards from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art,Chelsea Magazine, The Fund for Poetry, and The New York State Foundation for the Arts.
Steve Murphy—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency
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Steve Murphy has written numerous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books, comic strips, novels, film and cartoon scripts, as well as the two comic book series Umbra and The Puma Blues. In 2007 Umbra received Harvey Award nominations for both Best Series and Best Writer. In 2014 Rolling Stone Magazine chose Puma amongst its “50 Best Non-superhero Graphic Novels” of all time. The 500-page collection The Puma Blues: The Complete Saga in One Volume was released by Dover Publications in late 2015. Fall 2016 will see the release of Umbra: The Complete Saga, also from Dover. His first autobiographical graphic novel, Sturgeon Creek, has just been completed. He is currently juggling (not always successfully!) the writing of three new graphic novels, adapting Umbra into a screenplay, and working on the second draft of his first YA novel, a supernatural police procedural. Steve is an assistant librarian at the Greenfield Public Library and teaches graphic novel writing for both adults (at Greenfield Community College) and children (at ArtSpace, a community arts center, also located in Greenfield). He has also been an instructor at the Smith College Young Women’s Writing Program, and at Hampshire College. He lives in Greenfield MA with his wife, daughter and their dog, Bubbles.
January Gill O'Neil—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency, Publishing Panel
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January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands and Underlife, both published by CavanKerry Press. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University. Recently, she was elected to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ (AWP) board of trustees. Misery Islands was selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. It has also been selected by Mass Center for the Book as a Must-Read Book for 2015, and won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Green Mountains Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Paterson Literary Review, Rattle, Ploughshares, Sou’Wester, and The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.
Barry Wallenstein—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency
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Barry Wallenstein is author of eight collections of poetry, the most recent being Tony’s Blues, (Matthieu Baumier & Gwen Garnier-Duguy, 2014) and Drastic Dislocations: New and Selected Poems (New York Quarterly Books, 2012). His poetry has appeared in over 100 journals, including Ploughshares, The Nation, Centennial Review, and American Poetry Review. His 1971 analytical text Visions & Revisions: The Poets’ Practice (T.Y. Crowell), was reissued in a new and expanded edition by Broadview Press (2002). A new poetry collection, At the Surprise Hotel and Other Poems will be published in the spring, 2016 by Ridgeway Press. Among his awards are the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poetry Prize, (l985), and Pushcart Poetry Prize Nominations, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014. He has had resident fellowships at The MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, Fundación Valparaiso in Spain, and Casa Zia Lina on Elba, Italy. From June 2002 through June 2008, he was part of the poetry faculty at the Bear River Writers’ Conference in Upper Michigan. A special interest is the presentation of poetry readings in collaboration with jazz. He has made eight recordings of his poetry with jazz, the most recent being Lucky These Days, (Cadence Jazz Records, April 2012). A previous CD, Euphoria Ripens, was listed among the “Best New Releases” in the journal, All About Jazz (December 2008). This past October another music-poetry recording (electronic pop) was released in Switzerland, by his band, Drastic Dislocations. Barry is an Emeritus Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the City University of New York and an editor of the journal, American Book Review. In his capacity as Professor of English at City College he founded and directed the Poetry Outreach Center, and for 35 years coordinated the all-inclusive citywide Annual Spring Poetry Festival. He remains an active advisor and participant in the program.
Jeannine Atkins—Special Guest, Winter 2016 Residency
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Jeannine Atkins writes books about history for children and teens, including Aani and the Tree Huggers, Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon, and Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie and Their Daughters. Her most recent books are Views from a Window Seat: Thoughts on Writing and Life. Her debut novel for adults is Little Woman in Blue: A Novel of May Alcott. Forthcoming from Atheneum is Finding Wonders: A Verse History of Girls and Science. She teaches Children’s Literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a graduate course in writing for children at Simmons College. Visit www.Jeannineatkins.com.
Coe Booth—Special Guest, Winter 2016 Residency
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Coe Booth’s first novel Tyrell won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature. Her novels Kendra and Bronxwood were selected by the American Library Association as Best Books for Young Adults. Her first middle-grade novel, Kinda Like Brothers, was selected as an ALA Notable Book for Children and an NPR Best Book of 2014. Coe is on faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children and Young Adults program. Born and raised in the Bronx, she has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology and has worked as a counselor for teenagers and families in crisis situations. She also has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School University in New York City. For more information, visit www.coebooth.com.
Amaryah Orenstein—Special Guest, Winter 2016 Residency
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Amaryah Orenstein, founder and president of GO Literary—a Boston-based boutique agency—is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. She is particularly drawn to narrative nonfiction and memoir, but enjoys any book that connects the reader to its characters and evokes thought and feeling. Aiming to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, Amaryah represents a wide array of literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. She is actively seeking works that wed beautiful writing with a strong narrative and tackle big issues in engaging, accessible, and even surprising ways. In addition to negotiating contracts, Amaryah works closely with each of her clients throughout every step of the publishing process, from concept development through publication and beyond. She takes a particular interest in the editorial process, offering skilled advice and guidance to help clients bring out the best in their writing. Amaryah currently also serves as co-president of the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.
Rebecca Podos—Special Guest, Winter 2016 Residency
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Since 2011, Rebecca Podos has been an agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston, where she represents Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction; particularly books about complex female relationships; beautifully written contemporary, genre novels with a strong focus on character; romance with more at stake than “will they/ won’t they”; and LGBTQ books across all genres. She’s thrilled to represent authors like Rin Chupeco, Ryan Bradford, Mackenzi Lee, Emily Ross, and Ashley Herring Blake. Rebecca is a graduate of the MFA Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College. Her debut YA novel The Mystery of Hollow Places is forthcoming from HarperCollins in 2016.
Mary Elizabeth Pope—Special Guest, Winter 2016 Residency
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Mary Elizabeth Pope is Professor of English at Emmanuel College in Boston. While she primarily teaches creative writing, she has also taught courses in American Literature, African American Literature, Native American Literature, and South African Literature. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, Divining Venus: Stories (Waywiser Press, 2013). Her short stories and essays have also appeared in the literary magazines Florida Review, Bellingham Review, Ascent, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, Passages North and many others. She holds a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Iowa.
Dawn Potter—Special Guest, Winter 2016 Residency
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Dawn Potter directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, held each summer at Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, New Hampshire. She is the author or editor of seven books of prose and poetry, most recently The Conversation: Learning to Be a Poet. Her most recent poetry collection, Same Old Story,was a nominee for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry; and her memoir,Tracing Paradise: Two Years in Harmony with John Milton,won the 2010 Maine Literary Award in Nonfiction. Dawn has received grants and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Writer’s Center, and the Maine Arts Commission. New poems and essays have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Sewanee Review, the Threepenny Review,and many other journals in the United States and abroad. In addition to writing, editing, and teaching, Dawn sings and plays fiddle with the band Doughty Hill. She lives in Harmony, Maine.
Farhana Zia—Special Guest, Winter 2016 Residency
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Farhana Zia is the critically acclaimed author of Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji, winner of the 2012 Asian Pacific American Librarian’s Association Honor award in the picture book category; it also made the 2013 Bank Street College of Education’s list for Best Children’s Books of the Year. Her middle-grade novel The Garden of my Imaan was awarded a 2013 Society of School Librarian’s International Book Honor in the K-6 Novels Category, the 2014 South Asia Book Honor award, and the 2014 Social Justice Literature award given by IRA’s SIG. It was also on the 2014 United States Board on Books for Young People list. Farhana’s latest middle-grade novel, Child of Spring, will be released by Peachtree in 2016. A former elementary school teacher with a Masters of Education degree from Framingham State University, she recently retired after serving 28 years in the public school system. She offers book readings and does cultural awareness presentations in schools, libraries, and community centers in and out of state. Farhana was born in Hyderabad, India, and immigrated to the US in 1967. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband.
Karen E. Bender—Special Guest, Summer 2015 Residency
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Karen E. Bender is the author of a story collection, Refund (Counterpoint Press), as well as the novels A Town of Empty Rooms (Counterpoint Press) and Like Normal People (Houghton Mifflin). Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, Narrative, Story Quarterly, and others; they have been reprinted in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories and New Stories from the South: The Year's Best. Her stories have won two Pushcart prizes and been read on the “Selected Shorts” program on NPR. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, theatlantic.com, narrative.ly, Salon.com, Real Simple, The Harvard Review and others. She has taught creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Antioch University Los Angeles, The Writer's Voice at the 63rd Street YMCA, and at Tunghai University in Taiwan.
F. Douglas Brown—Special Guest, Summer 2015 Residency
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F. Douglas Brown of Los Angeles is the author of Zero to Three (University of Georgia Press 2014), recipient of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Mr. Brown, an educator for twenty years, teaches English at Loyola High School, an all-boys Jesuit school. He holds a MA in Literature and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow. His poems have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly (VQR), Toegood Poetry, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Transfer Magazine and Santa Clara Review. When he is not teaching, writing or with his two children, Isaiah and Olivia, he is busy DJing in the greater Los Angeles area.
Toni Buzzeo—Special Guest, Summer 2015 Residency
Toni Buzzeo is the New York Times bestselling author of 21 picture books (with three more coming out this fall) as well as 11 books for educators. In 2013, Toni’s picture book One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, won a Caldecott Honor as well as the Maine Literary Award for Children’s Books from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Since her first book, The Sea Chest, won a Maine Lupine Honor in 2003, Toni has received many other awards for her books, including a 2004-2005 Children’s Gallery Award for The Sea Chest, and the 2012 Time of Wonder award for Lighthouse Christmas. Her books Dawdle Duckling, Little Loon and Papa, and One Cool Friend have been chosen by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for international distribution to young children. Just like My Papa, Stay Close to Mama, and Dawdle Duckling have all been Children’s Book of the Month Club selections as well. Toni is a bit of a vagabond, writing in a charming writing cottage built by her husband on 35 acres of a colonial farm in Buxton, Maine, writing at the Cambridge Public Library near her grandbaby in Massachusetts, and slipping down to write in her sunny winter nest in Sarasota, Florida when the weather turns blustery in New England. A well-known speaker, Toni speaks extensively in schools as well as at conferences and district and regional professional development trainings, both nationally and internationally. Visit her website at www.tonibuzzeo.com.
Jessica Drench—Special Guest, Summer 2015 Residency
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Jessica Drench is Associate Director at 826 Boston, a youth writing and tutoring center in Roxbury that serves students ages 6-18, and supports them with their creative and expository writing skills. A former English and Special Education teacher, Jessica has taught grades 5-12 in Boston and New York City. She began her career in the McKinley schools, a separate program for troubled youth in the Boston Public Schools, where she taught high school English and worked with her colleagues to implement the Readers and Writers Workshop. Jessica has also coordinated numerous youth and community gardening initiatives, and has planted gardens with kids in the desert, the mountains, on abandoned lots, and busy street corners. Most recently, Jessica served as Director of Programs at a sustainability education non-profit, where she recruited educators nationwide and collaborated to develop project-based multidisciplinary curriculum for K-12 classrooms. Jessica has a B.A. in English from Brown University and an M.A. in Teaching English from Columbia Teachers College.
Eric Gansworth—Special Guest, Summer 2015 Residency
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Eric Gansworth, a member of the Onondaga tribe, was born and raised at the Tuscarora Nation. His tenth book, If I Ever Get out of Here—a young-adult novel—was published in 2013; he recorded the audiobook in 2014. Eric has maintained simultaneous professional careers as a writer and visual artist. Each of his books has some explicit incorporation of visual art, and often accents visual art shows with text. These books include Extra Indians (American Book Award, New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Trade Book of the Year), and Mending Skins (PEN Oakland Award). His collection of poems and paintings, A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function, was voted to the Number 3 position on the National Book Critics Circle’s “Good Reads” List in 2008. His play, “Re-Creation Story,” was selected for the Public Theater’s Native Theater Festival in New York City. He has had solo visual art exhibits at Colgate University, Niagara University, Bright Hill Center, SUNY Oneonta, Westfield State University, among other art spaces. His written work has appeared in myriad periodicals and has been widely anthologized. His work is included in the show, “Standing in Two Worlds: Iroquois in 2014” at the Iroquois Museum in Howe’s Cave, New York. He is the Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Visit www.ericgansworth.com.
Ethan Gilsdorf—Special Guest, Summer 2015 Residency
Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, critic, poet, teacher and geek, Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of the award-winning travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, he publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories, essays, commentaries and reviews regularly in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Salon, Wired, Geek Dad, Psychology Today.com, Boing Boing, and WBUR's "Cognoscenti," and has published hundreds of articles and essays in dozens of other magazines, newspapers, websites and guidebooks worldwide, including Playboy, National Geographic Traveler, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Washington Post and Fodor's travel guides. Gilsdorf is also a book and film critic for the Boston Globe, and film columnist and contributing editor for Art New England. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, The Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, The North American Review, and in several anthologies. He received his BA from Hampshire College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. As a poet, he is the winner of the Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition and the Esme Bradberry Contemporary Poets Prize. Gilsdorf frequently appears on TV, radio and Internet media, including PBS Off Book, WGBH, WBUR, The Discovery Channel, the French TV network Arte, and several nationally-syndicated National Public Radio programs and in documentary films. He lectures at universities, schools, libraries, film festivals, gaming conventions, writing conferences and book festivals worldwide. Gilsdorf is co-founder of Grub Street's Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP), and teaches creative writing at Grub Street, where he serves on the Board of Directors. Follow Ethan’s adventures at www.ethangilsdorf.com or Twitter @ethanfreak http://twitter.com/ethanfreak.
Jenn Scheck-Kahn—Special Guest, Summer 2015 Residency
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Jenn Scheck-Kahn founded two online services for writers: Journal of the Month and Tell It Slant. She teaches at Bay State Correctional Facility as well as Grub Street, where she’s also a blogger. Her fiction has placed in contests hosted by the Atlantic Monthly and Glimmer Train, and her prose and poetry have appeared in a number of literary journals. She earned her MFA in Fiction from the Bennington College Writing Seminars program.
Joanna Solfrian—Special Guest, Summer 2015 Residency
Joanna Solfrian’s first book, Visible Heavens, was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye for the 2009 Wick Prize, a national first book award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as The Harvard Review, Margie, The Southern Review, Pleiades, Image, Spoon River Poetry Review, and also in the internationally-touring art exhibit Speak Peace: American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children’s Paintings. She has received rejection letters from journals such as The New Yorker, AGNI, and The Boston Review. Forthcoming rejections are likely from Poetry. After graduating from the Stonecoast MFA program, she was awarded a MacDowell fellowship and nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, and works with teenagers in the city.
Ann Collette—Special Guest, Winter 2015 Residency
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Ann Collette was a freelance writer and editor for over fifteen years before joining the Rees Literary Agency in 2000. Her list includes books by New York Times bestselling author B. A. Shapiro, Oprah’s “Unputdownable Mysteries” author Mark Pryor, Anthony Nominee Vicki Lane, RT Award Nominees Clay and Susan Griffith, National Bestseller Carol Carr, Ashley Weaver, Steven Sidor, and Chrystle Fiedler. She likes literary, upscale commercial women's fiction, thrillers, mystery, and horror fiction; in non-fiction, she prefers narrative non-fiction, military and war, work to do with race and class, and work set in or about Southeast Asia. She also represents cookbooks. Ann does not represent children's, YA, sci-fi, or high fantasy (Lord of the Rings-type books).
Suzanne Cope—Special Guest, Winter 2015 Residency
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Suzanne Cope is an author and scholar of food studies and narrative with a PhD in Adult Learning and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. In addition to her book Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits, and the Return of Artisanal Food (Rowman & Littlefield) recent and upcoming publications include essays and articles in The New York Times, Time.com, XOJane, Render: Feminist Food and Culture Quarterly, Edible Boston, Edible Cape Cod, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, and Foliate Oak Magazine, as well as scholarly work in the Italian American Review special food issue; New Directions in Teaching and Learning, and multiple entries in encyclopedias on food, culture, and ethics.She lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Manhattan College.
Dr. Michelle M. Cromwell—Special Guest, Winter 2015 Residency
Dr. Michelle M. Cromwell is a Regis College professor, dialogue facilitator, qualitative researcher, peace and conflict resolution practitioner, and Reiki healer. She holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution; and is the founder and president of Multicultural Village, a nonprofit focused on teaching creative, constructive, and compassionate peace and conflict skills to children, youths, and adults both locally and internationally. Cromwell is a former associate professor of Social and Political Systems at Pine Manor College, where she taught in a hybrid sociology and political science department. Her current area of research interest is related to universalizing peace and conflict resolution education into the main stream K-12 curriculum. Her recent publications include “Promoting Cultural Democracy and Inclusion in Higher Education” (Journal of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, spring 2013).
Sean Thomas Dougherty—Special Guest, Winter 2015 Residency
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Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of thirteen books including All You Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994-2014 (2014 BOA Editions), Scything Grace (2013 Etruscan Press), and Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010 BOA Editions). He is the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, an appearance in Best American Poetry 2014, and a US Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. Known for his electrifying performances, he has performed at hundreds of venues across North America and Europe, including the Lollapalooza Music Festival, South Carolina Literary Festival, the Old Dominion Literary Festival, and across Albania and Macedonia where he appeared on national television. He has taught creative writing at Syracuse University, Penn State University, Case Western University, Chatham University, and Cleveland State University. He currently works at a Gold Crown Billiards in Erie, Pennsylvania, and tours for performances.
Zetta Elliott—Special Guest, Winter 2015 Residency
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Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at NYU. Her poetry has been published in the Cave Canem anthology, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Check the Rhyme: an Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, and Coloring Book: an Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers. Her novella, Plastique, was excerpted in T Dot Griots: an Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers, and her plays have been staged in New York and Chicago. Her essays have appeared in Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, The Huffington Post, and Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures. Her picture book, Bird, won the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Contest and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. Elliott’s young adult novel, A Wish After Midnight, has been called “a revelation…vivid, violent and impressive history.” Ship of Souls was published in February 2012; it was included in Booklist’s Top Ten Sci-fi/Fantasy Titles for Youth and was a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Book Award. Her short story, “Sweet Sixteen,” was published in Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance in July 2012, and her latest YA novel, The Deep, was published in November 2013. She has published several illustrated books for younger readers through her publishing company Rosetta Press. She is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing. Zetta currently lives in Brooklyn.
Ammi Joan Paquette—Special Guest, Winter 2015 Residency
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Ammi-Joan Paquette is a senior agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency, representing all types of children’s and YA literature. She is also the author of the forthcoming novel Princess Juniper of the Hourglass (Philomel, 2015), and other books including Paradox (RH, 2013), Rules for Ghosting (Walker, 2013), Nowhere Girl (Walker, 2011), Ghost in the House (Candlewick, 2013), and Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo (Clarion, 2013). In her agent acquisitions, Joan is particularly drawn to richly voiced, unforgettable characters and settings, as well as tightly-paced, well-plotted stories with twists and turns that keep you guessing right until the end. Visit her on the web at: www.ajpaquette.com
Sean Van Duren—Special Guest, Winter 2015 Residency
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Sean Van Deuren runs youth programming for GrubStreet, a literary arts nonprofit based in Boston. He also manages marketing and all member events, including the GrubStreet bookclub, monthly write-ins, member mixers, and more. He earned his BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College, where he served as both the president of the long-form improvisational comedy troupe This Is Pathetic and Editor-of-Prose for the literary magazine Gangsters in Concrete. His short story collection, I Am Happy You Are Here, was published by Wilde Press in 2011. Sean was raised in Maryland and currently lives in the Boston area.
Lauren Vargas—Special Guest, Winter 2015 Residency
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By day, Lauren Vargas is the Head (Mad Hatter) of Social Media and Community for a Fortune 50 company and based in Boston, Massachusetts. By night, she is an insomniac devouring dystopian fiction. And somewhere in a parallel universe, Vargas found a way to stop time and graduated from Harvard in May 2014 with a Masters of Liberal Arts, Museum Studies. You can find Vargas on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vargasl or her blog, Your Digital Tattoo: http://yourdigitaltattoo.com/
Miriam Glassman —Special Guest, Summer 2014 Residency
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Miriam Glassman is the author/illustrator of Call Me Oklahoma! (Holiday House, 2013), selected as one of the top chapter books of 2013 by the New York Public Library and one of School Library Journal’s “100 Magnificent Books of 2013.” She is also the author of a middle-grade novel, Box Top Dreams (Delacorte), a 2001 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee; and a picture book, Halloweena (Atheneum), illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Victoria Roberts. Her short story about life at an overnight camp won the SCBWI Work-in-Progress grant and led to work on her current middle-grade novel. In addition to writing for children, Miriam has also worked as an illustrator for the educational market, children’s book reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and in children’s book marketing at Little, Brown, and Company and Atlantic Monthly Press. Most recently, she worked in children’s book services at the Weston Public Library. Miriam is a graduate of Barnard College, and has a master’s degree in teaching from Simmons College and an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Reginald Harris —Special Guest, Summer 2014 Residency
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Reginald Harris won the 2012 Cave Canem /Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Autogeography. A Pushcart Prize Nominee, recipient of Individual Artist Awards for both poetry and fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council, and Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the ForeWord Book of the Year for 10 Tongues: Poems (2002), he is Poetry In The Branches Coordinator and Information Technology Director for Poets House in New York City. In addition, he is an Associate Editor for Lambda Literary Foundation’s Literary Review.) His work has appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and other publications. Reggie lives in Brooklyn.
Kekla Magoon —Special Guest, Summer 2014 Residency
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Kekla Magoon is the author of four young adult novels: Camo Girl, 37 Things I Love, Fire in the Streets, and The Rock and the River, for which she has received an ALA Coretta Scott King New Talent Award and three NAACP Image Award nominations. She also writes nonfiction on historical topics, including Today the World is Watching You: The Little Rock Nine and the Fight for School Integration 1957-58, and the forthcoming PANTHERS! The History and Legacy of the Black Panther Party in America. Kekla teaches writing, conducts school and library visits nationwide, and serves on the Writers Council for the National Writing Project. She holds a B.A. in History from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit her online at www.keklamagoon.com.
Carlo Rotella—Special Guest, Summer 2014 Residency
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Carlo Rotella is professor of English and director of the American Studies program at Boston College. His books include October Cities, Good with Their Hands, Cut Time, and, most recently, Playing in Time: Essays, Profiles, and Other True Stories. He writes regularly for the New York Times Magazine; he writes an op-ed column for the Boston Globe; and his work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The American Scholar, Raritan, Transition, Harper’s, DoubleTake, Boston, Slate, The Washington Post Magazine, The Believer, TriQuarterly, and The Best American Essays. He has held Guggenheim, Howard, and Du Bois fellowships, and U.S. State Department grants to lecture in China and Bosnia. He has received the Whiting Writers Award, the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and The American Scholar’s prizes for Best Essay and Best Work by a Younger Writer (back when he actually was a younger writer). He is at work on a book about the South Side of Chicago in the 1970s.
Katey Schultz —Special Guest, Summer 2014 Residency
Katey Schultz grew up in Portland, Oregon and is most recently from Celo, North Carolina. She is the recipient of five fiction awards, including the Linda Flowers Literary Prize awarded by the North Carolina Humanities Council. In 2013, Flashes of War—her debut story collection published by Loyola University Maryland—won Gold Medal Book of the Year in Literary Fiction from the Military Writers Society of America. Flashes of War was awarded the IndieFab Book of the Year Award in War & Military Fiction from ForeWord Reviews. Katey has received fellowships for writing residencies in seven states and is currently working on a novel set in Afghanistan. She lives with Gus (the superdog) in a 1970 Airstream trailer bordering the Pisgah National Forest. Visit her online at www.kateyschultz.com.
Michelle Seaton —Special Guest, Summer 2014 Residency
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Michelle Seaton has been a nonfiction instructor at Grub Street for over 14 years. She is the lead instructor and created the curriculum for the Memoir Project, which she has taught in every Boston neighborhood. She is the co-author of The Way of Boys and the Cardiac Recovery Handbook. Her short fiction has appeared in One Story, Harvard Review, Sycamore Review, and The Collagist. Her journalism and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, including Robb Report, Bostonia, Worth, The Pinch, Lake Effect, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and on the NPR sports show, “Only A Game."
Jacqueline Davies —Special Guest, Winter 2014 Residency
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Jacqueline Davies is the best-selling author of the Lemonade War books, a middle-grade series about a brother and sister who don't always see eye to eye. She is also the author of several picture books, including the nonfiction The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon; Tricking the Tallyman; and The House Takes a Vacation, recently released in paperback. Her young-adult novel, Lost, was a finalist for the Jewish National Book Award and a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. It will be available in paperback in January 2014. Her books have appeared on the Best Books lists of Bank Street College, the New York Public Library, IRA/CBC Children's Choice, the Cooperative Children's Book Center, the American Library Association (BBYA), and the Junior Library Guild. Her newest book, the fifth and final book in the Lemonade War series, The Magic Trap, will be published on April 1, 2014. Jacqueline lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her three children and a very old Labrador Retriever. Visit her at www.jacquelinedavies.com.
Katherine Flynn —Special Guest, Winter 2014 Residency
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Katherine Flynn joined the Kneerim, Williams, & Bloom Agency in 2008. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, she worked at the literary agency of Nicholas Ellison/Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc. in New York. She then pursued her Ph.D. in History at Brown University, where she is now A.B.D. Prior to joining Kneerim, Williams, & Bloom, Katherine edited history books at the publishing company of Bedford/St. Martin’s. She has also taught English literature and composition to high school students and worked in a rare book shop. Katherine represents history, biography, politics/current affairs, adventure, nature, pop culture, and the occasional health and fitness topic for nonfiction and particularly loves exciting narrative nonfiction, where the truth is a story more fascinating than anything else. For fiction, she represents both literary and commercial fiction.
Jeffrey Harrison —Special Guest, Winter 2014 Residency
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Jeffrey Harrison is the author of four poetry collections, including The Singing Underneath, selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, and, most recently, Incomplete Knowledge, runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008. In addition, a selected poems, The Names of Things, was published in England by the Waywiser Press in 2006. His fifth book, Into Daylight, will come out from Tupelo this coming spring as the winner of the Dorset Prize. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, as well as other honors, he has taught at George Washington University; Phillips Academy, where he was the Roger Murray Writer-in-Residence; College of the Holy Cross; Framingham State College; the Stonecoast MFA Program; and, during the summer, at the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference and The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. For more information, go to: www.jeffreyharrisonpoet.com.
Mark Peter Hughes —Special Guest, Winter 2014 Residency
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Mark Peter Hughes is the author of celebrated middle grade and young adult novels including Lemonade Mouth, A Crack in the Sky, I am the Wallpaper, and Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up. I am the Wallpaper was selected as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and a Children’s Book Sense Pick. Lemonade Mouth was a Bank Street College of Education Best Childrens Book of the Year (Outstanding Merit), an ASTAL RI Book of the Year, and a Boston Authors Club Award Finalist. The Disney Channel movie musical adaptation of Lemonade Mouth was the #1 cable movie of 2011. Mark was born in Liverpool, England, grew up in Rhode Island, and lives in Massachusetts, where he is currently sipping lemonade, strumming a ukulele, and preparing for the revolution. Join him at www.markpeterhughes.com.
Catherine E. McKinley —Special Guest, Winter 2014 Residency
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Catherine E. McKinley, a former Fulbright Scholar in Ghana, West Africa, is the author of Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World; The Book of Sarahs: A Family in Parts, a memoir; the anthology Afrekete; and the forthcoming The African Lookbook: A Social and Design History in 1,000 Moments in Style (Bloomsbury, 2015). Her articles on African fashion have appeared in Vogue Patterns, Virginia Quarterly Review, Hand/Eye, and Sarah Lawrence Magazine. She is a Master’s in Art Candidate at New York University, where she has studied Costume and Fashion History and 20th Century Photography with a special interest in African studio images. She lives in New York City.
Sarah Micklem —Special Guest, Winter 2014 Residency
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Sarah Micklem is the author of two speculative fiction novels, Firethorn (Scribner, 2004) and Wildfire (Scribner, 2009). Micklem set out to write about war from a woman’s point of view―not that of a woman warrior, but a camp follower, just about as low on the social hierarchy as a person could get. Along the way she found herself writing about many other subjects as well, including love, magic, drugs, and aphasia. Firethorn was included in the Best of 2004 list of science fiction and fantasy from Amazon. Micklem’s short fiction has appeared in TriQuarterly, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and Sex in the System (Cecilia Tan, ed.). Her writing website is www.firethorn.info. In her other profession, Micklem is a graphic designer for Girl Scouts of the USA.
Mira Bartók—Special Guest, Summer 2013 Residency
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Mira Bartók is an artist, public radio commentator, and author of The Memory Palace, a New York Times bestselling memoir and winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. She is also the author of more than twenty-eight books for children. Her writing for adults has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, noted in The Best American Essays series and has appeared in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. Mira has also received grants and awards from many organizations, including the United States Fulbright Program, the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Vogelstein Foundation, and Pen-American. She lives in Western Massachusetts where she runs Mira’s List, a website that helps people in the arts find funding and residencies all over the world. She is also the literary advisor for TransCultural Exchange, an international arts organization dedicated to creating public art collaborations between countries, and is co-producer at North of Radio, a multimedia collaborative where she works on radio documentaries, music, sound, and video projects with her husband, musician/producer Doug Plavin. Mira is currently at work on a new memoir and an illustrated novel for teens. You can find her at: http://www.mirabartok.com.
Dr. Michelle M. Cromwell—Special Guest, Summer 2013 Residency
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Dr. Michelle M. Cromwell is a Pine Manor College professor, dialogue facilitator, qualitative researcher, peace and conflict resolution practitioner, and Reiki healer. She holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution; and is the founder and president of Multicultural Village, a nonprofit focused on teaching creative, constructive, and compassionate peace and conflict skills to children, youths, and adults both locally and internationally. Cromwell is an associate professor of Social and Political Systems at Pine Manor, where she teaches in a hybrid sociology and political science department. She also serves as a part-time visiting professor of sociology at Regis College. Her current area of research interest is related to universalizing peace and conflict resolution education into the main stream K-12 curriculum. Her recent publications include “Promoting Cultural Democracy and Inclusion in Higher Education” (Journal of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, spring 2013).
Vievee Francis—Special Guest, Summer 2013 Residency
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Vievee Francis is the author of Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State, 2006) and Horse in the Dark (2012), which won the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2010 and Angles of Ascent, A Norton Anthology of African American Poetry. She was the 2009/2010 Poet in Residence for the Alice Lloyd Hall Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, where she earlier received her MFA. She is the recipient of a 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award as well as a 2010 Kresge Award. She makes her home in Michigan and is married to poet Matthew Olzmann.
Carter Hasegawa—Special Guest, Summer 2013 Residency
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Carter Hasegawa, assistant editor at Candlewick Press, came to children's publishing in a roundabout way. After a decade of working in grocery, followed by a two-year stint in textbook publishing, he left everything behind to follow his passion for children's books and went back to school to get his MA in Children's Literature from Simmons College. Since 2008, he's been a children's bookseller at various independent bookstores in Seattle and in Cambridge, which he still continues to do part-time when not at Candlewick. Some of his favorite books include, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Jellicoe Road, Ender’s Game, Frindle, and many, MANY others. Basically anything that has a great voice, is a good story, and is "unputdownable."
Lee Hope—Special Guest, Summer 2013 Residency
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Lee Hope is the recipient of the Theodore Goodman Award for Fiction, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, and a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship for Fiction. She has published stories in numerous literary journals and magazines, including Witness, The New Virginia Review, The North American Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and High Plains Literary Review. Her short story “Recreational Biting” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She founded a low-residency MFA program, and played an instrumental role in the creation of Pine Manor’s MFA program. For 10 years she was the director of a national writers’ conference, and she has taught creative writing at various universities for the past 19 years. Currently, she teaches classes for Changing Lives Through Literature, an alternative sentencing program, and she serves on the Board of Directors of the Solstice Writers’ Institute, a nonprofit organization in the service of creative writers, and is Executive Editor of the organization’s literary magazine, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. She also serves on the MFA Advisory Board of Pine Manor College. She is in the process of completing a novel.
Lita Judge—Special Guest, Summer 2013 Residency
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Lita Judge is a writer and artist whose greatest passion is creating children’s books. She is the author/illustrator of more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction picture books including Red Hat (Simon & Schuster, 2013), Red Sled (S&S, 2011), Bird Talk (Roaring Brook, 2012), One Thousand Tracings, and Pennies for Elephants (Disney-Hyperion). Her background in geology, paleontology, and biology inspires her nonfiction books. Lita spent several years working for the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller, Canada before turning to writing about dinosaurs and other natural history subjects. But her background with animals also inspires her whimsical fictional tales filled with characters who forge big dreams. Several of her books have been selected as Junior Library Guild picks and they have received numerous awards including the 2013 Sterling North Award, the Jane Addams Honor Book, ALA Notable Children's Book, the International Reading Association Children's Book Award, Michigan Notable Book, and Kirkus Best Children’s book of 2011. She enjoys teaching both writing and illustration to students of all ages and shares much about her creative process in classrooms and on her blog and Web site. Lita lives with her husband, two cats and a little green parrot named Beatrix Potter in Peterborough, New Hampshire. You can visit her online at LitaJudge.net.
Albert LaFarge—Special Guest, Summer 2013 Residency
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Albert LaFarge founded the Albert LaFarge Literary Agency in 2003. The agency handles works of general interest, mainly nonfiction, in subject areas including art and photography, biography, design, essay, history, medicine, memoir, narrative journalism, popular science, sports, and travel. Before becoming an agent, LaFarge worked in New York at Ballantine Books, Harcourt, Henry Holt, and Alfred A. Knopf. He was deputy editor of DoubleTake magazine for three years. He is the editor of The Essential William H. Whyte (2000) and, with Robert Coles, Minding the Store: Great Writing about Business, from Tolstoy to Now (2008). He has taught creative writing at Harvard College, where he was awarded a certificate of distinction from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning in 2000, and he currently teaches a course in editing at Harvard Extension School and is on the faculty of the writing program at Harvard Medical School.
Philip Memmer—Special Guest, Summer 2013 Residency
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Philip Memmer is the author of four books of poems, including The Storehouses of the Snow: Psalms, Parables and Dreams (Lost Horse Press, 2012); Lucifer: a Hagiography (2009), winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry from Lost Horse Press; Threat of Pleasure (Word Press, 2008), winner of the Adirondack Literary Award for Poetry; and Sweetheart, Baby, Darling (Word Press, 2004). He is also the author of three chapbooks. His poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Epoch, Mid-American Review and Poetry London, and in several anthologies, including 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day and Don’t Leave Hungry: Fifty Years of Southern Poetry Review. He lives near Syracuse, NY, and is Executive Director of the Arts Branch of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, home to the YMCA’s Downtown Writers Center.
Randy Ross—Special Guest, Summer 2013 Residency
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Randy Ross is a writer, SEO consultant, and former executive editor for PC World magazine. He publishes a popular blog about platform-building and self-promotion for writers. His fiction, humor, and erotica have appeared in The Drum, Black Heart Magazine, Side B Magazine, Sensexual: A Unique Anthology 2013, and other publications. He is completing a novel with working title, The Loneliest Planet, which he will circulate to agents in 2013. His one-man show, The Chronic Single's Handbook, based on the novel, was accepted for the Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine, fringe theater festivals. He holds a masters in journalism from Northwestern University.
Deborah Wiles—Special Guest, Summer 2013 Residency
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National Book Award Finalist Deborah Wiles was the first children’s book author to be named Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House, James Thurber’s boyhood home in Columbus, Ohio. Deborah is author of the Aurora County Trilogy, a fictional account of growing up in the south: Love, Ruby Lavender was an ALA Notable Children’s Book, a Children’s Book Sense 76 Pick, and a New York Public Library Book for Reading and Sharing; Each Little Bird That Sings won the Bank Street Fiction Award for 2005, a Golden Kite Honor Award, and the California Young Reader Medal; it was also a 2005 E.B. White Award winner and a 2005 National Book Award finalist. The Aurora County All-Stars, which completes the trilogy, was a SEBA Book Award finalist. Deborah has written two picture books: One Wide Sky (Harcourt, 2003), a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection, and Freedom Summer (Simon & Schuster, 2001), winner of numerous awards including dual Ezra Jack Keats Award. A picture book about Robert Kennedy is forthcoming from Scholastic. Deborah’s newest project is called “The Sixties Trilogy: Three Novels of the 1960s for Young Readers.” Book one, Countdown, was published in May 2010 by Scholastic. Deborah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she writes songs with her husband, jazz pianist Jim Pearce; climbs Stone Mountain; and grows the world’s most beautiful zinnias.
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc—Special Guest, Winter 2013 Residency
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Gibson Fay-LeBlanc is a writer and teacher. His first collection of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, was chosen by Lisa Russ Spaar for the Vassar Miller Prize and published by the University of North Texas Press in 2012. His poems have appeared in magazines including 32 Poems, Maine Magazine, Tin House, The New Republic, and Poetry Northwest, and in the anthologies Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. His articles and reviews have appeared in Boston Review, Guernica, Pleiades, Publishers Weekly, and Time Out New York. He has received awards from the Bellevue Literary Review and UC Berkeley.With graduate degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia University, he has taught writing and literature in public and private middle schools, high schools, and colleges in California, Vermont, New York, and Maine. In 2011 he was named one of Maine’s “emerging leaders” by the Portland Press Herald and Maine Today Media for his work directing The Telling Room, where he still occasionally teaches writing. He lives in Portland, Maine with his family and is at work on a novel.
Julia Glass—Special Guest, Winter 2013 Residency
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is the author of the novels Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award in Fiction; The Whole World Over; and The Widower’s Tale. Her collection of linked stories, I See You Everywhere, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other awards for her fiction include the Sense of Place Award, the Tobias Wolff Award, the Nelson Algren Fiction Award, and the Pirate’s Alley Medal for Best Novella. For many years she wrote feature articles on pets, parenting, and medical topics for numerous magazines including Glamour, New York, 7 Days, Parenting, Cookie, Good Housekeeping, and More. Her essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, edited by Sean Manning. Julia lives with her two sons and their father in Massachusetts.
Pablo Medina—Special Guest, Winter 2013 Residency
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Pablo Medina is the author of 13 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation, among them the poetry collection The Man Who Wrote on Water (Hanging Loose, 2011), the novel Cubop City Blues (Grove, 2012) and—with Mark Statman—a translation of García Lorca’s Poet in New York (Grove, 2009). Pablo’s work has appeared in several languages, among them Spanish, French, German, and Arabic, and in periodicals and magazines throughout the world. Winner of numerous awards, among them grants from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations, the NEA, the Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund, and others, Pablo is currently professor in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston.
Amaranth Borsuk—Special Guest, Summer 2012 Residency
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Amaranth Borsuk is the author of Handiwork, selected by Paul Hoover as winner of the 2011Slope Editions Prize;the chapbook Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), and—together with programmer Brad Bouse—of Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012). She is the 2011 recipient of the Gulf Coast prize in poetry, selected by Ilya Kaminsky. Her poems, collaborations, translations, and reviews have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Aufgabe, The Destroyer, The Offending Adam, and The Society for Curious Thought,among other journals. She has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is currently Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, where she teaches and works at the intersection of print and digital media. In addition to writing and studying poetry, Amaranth is a letterpress printer and book artist whose fascination with printed matter informs her work on digital poetry.
Joy Castro—Special Guest, Summer 2012 Residency
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Joy Castro is the author of the literary thriller Hell or High Water (St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne, July 2012), which has been chosen as a book of the month by the National Latino Book Club; and the essay collection Island of Bones, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in September 2012. Her memoir The Truth Book was named a Book Sense Notable Book by the American Booksellers Association in 2005 and is forthcoming in a new paperback edition with an introduction by Dorothy Allison in 2012. She is editing the collection Family Trouble:
Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family, and co-guest-editing a special issue of Brevity, devoted to women’s creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in anthologies and in journals such as Seneca Review, North American Review, Fourth Genre, Afro-Hispanic Review, Texas Review, Indiana Review, and the New York Times Magazine, and she teaches literature, Latino studies, and creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is the associate director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies.
Stephen Dunn—Special Guest, Summer 2012 Residency
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Pulitzer-prize winning poet Stephen Dunn is the author of sixteen books, the most recent of which is Here and Now. The Pulitzer was awarded to Different Hours in 2001; Loosestrife was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in 1996. Other books include Riffs & Reciprocities: Prose Pairs, and Walking Light: Memoirs and Essays on Poetry, published in its new and expanded form by BOA Editions in 2001. His awards and honors include the Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts & Letters, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, three National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, the Pushcart Prize, the Levinson and Oscar Blumenthal Prizes from Poetry magazine, and the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, to name a few. In addition to his books, his work has appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, and the American Poetry Review. He is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, but spends most of his time these days in Frostburg, Maryland with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.
Nicole Terez Dutton—Special Guest, Summer 2012 Residency
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Nicole Terez Dutton's work has appeared in Callaloo, Ploughshares, 32 Poems, Indiana Review, and Salt Hill Journal. Nicole earned an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from the Fine Art Work Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for If One Of Us Should Fall; the judge was Patricia Smith, and the collection will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in fall 2012. Nicole, our 2012 Cave Canem Partner Poet, lives in Boston.
Stephanie Elizondo Griest—Special Guest, Summer 2012 Residency
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Stephanie Elizondo Griest has mingled with the Russian Mafia, polished Chinese propaganda, and danced with Cuban rumba queens. These adventures inspired her award-winning memoirs Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004), Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines (Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008), and the guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers’ Tales, 2007). She has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Texas Monthly, The Believer, The Wilson Quarterly, Poets and Writers, Latina Magazine, Bitch, and more than a dozen anthologies. She also edited Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 (Travelers’ Tales, 2010). As a national correspondent for The Odyssey, she once drove 45,000 miles across the United States, documenting its history for a Web site for kids. Her awards include a Henry Luce Scholarship to China, a Hodder Fellowship to Princeton, the Richard J. Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, and the Gold Prize for Best Travel Book in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. She currently teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Iowa, where she is a Dean’s Graduate Fellow, and lectures and performs worldwide. Visit her website at www.aroundthebloc.com./
Tracie Morris—Special Guest, Summer 2012 Residency
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Tracie Morris is a multidisciplinary poet, performer, and scholar, and works extensively as a sound artist, writer, bandleader, and actor. Her installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, Ronald Feldman Gallery, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and the New Museum. She holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, and has studied acting at the RADA. Tracie is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. Her poetry book, TDL: To Do w/ John (2012) is published by Zasterle Press. Rhyme Scheme, a longer poetic manuscript, is published by Chax Press (2012). She is also developing two audio projects: The Tracie Morris Band and sharpmorris, a collaboration with composer Elliott Sharp.
Mitali Perkins—Special Guest, Summer 2012 Residency
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Mitali Perkins was born in Kolkata (Calcutta), India; by the time she was 11, she’d lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York, and Mexico before settling in California just in time for middle school. After studying political science at Stanford and public policy at U.C. Berkeley, she taught in middle school, high school, and at the college level. When she began to write fiction, her protagonists were often—not surprisingly—strong female characters trying to bridge different cultures. Mitali has written several acclaimed books for young readers, including Bamboo People, a Junior Library Guild selection, ALA Top Ten YA Fiction pick, and an ABA Indie’s Choice Honor Book; Monsoon Summer, an ALA Quick Pick, a Bank Street Best Book, a New York Library Book for the Teen Age, and a Texas Library Association TAYSHAS Best Book for Young Adults; Rickshaw Girl, winner of a Jane Addams Honor Award, the Maine Lupine Honor Award, and the Julia Ward Howe Honor Award; Secret Keeper, an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society and on the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer list of great titles that empower girls; and the First Daughter books. She speaks frequently about the transforming power of stories as windows and mirrors, blogs about “books between cultures”(mitaliblog.com), tweets regularly (@mitaliperkins), and also connects with readers through Facebook (facebook.com/authormitaliperkins). She lives and writes in Newton, Massachusetts. Visit www.mitaliperkins.com.
Becky Tuch—Special Guest, Summer 2012 Residency
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Becky Tuch has received awards from The Somerville Arts Council, Briar Cliff Review, Byline Magazine, and The Tennessee Writers Alliance, and has been short-listed for The Pushcart Prize. Her stories and poetry have appeared and are forthcoming in Blueline, Eclipse, Folio, Night Train, Quarter After Eight, and elsewhere. She is one of the founding members of the literary blog Beyond the Margins, and has also reviewed art and literature for numerous commercial and literary magazines. In 2008, she founded The Review Review, a website that reviews literary magazines, interviews journal editors, and offers publishing tips to writers.
André Dubus III —Special Guest, Winter 2012 Residency
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André Dubus III’s most recent work is Townie: A Memoir (2011), which made it to #4 on the New York Times Bestseller List; it was also a New York Times “Editors’ Choice” and is now in feature film development. André is author of a collection of short fiction, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories; and the novels Bluesman; House of Sand and Fog; and The Garden of Last Days, another New York Times bestseller. His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994, The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and The Best of Hope Magazine. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and was a Finalist for the Rome Prize Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters. His novel House of Sand and Fog —published in eighteen languages —was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Booksense Book of the Year, and was an Oprah Book Club Selection and #1 New York Times bestseller; in 2003, the novel was made into an Academy Award-nominated motion picture. A member of PEN American Center, André has served as a judge for The National Book Awards and a panelist for The National Endowment for the Arts, and has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell where he is a full-time faculty member. He is married to performer Fontaine Dollas Dubus. They live in Massachusetts with their three children.
Ann Angel —Special Guest, Winter 2012 Residency
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Ann Angel is the author of the young adult biography, Janis Joplin Rise Up Singing, winner of the American Library Association’s 2011 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award, the 2010 Council for Wisconsin Writers Kingery/Derluth Nonfiction Book Length Award, and a 2011 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Crystal Kite Award. It was also named one of Booklist’s 2011 Top 10 Biographies for Youth. A contributing editor for the highly acclaimed Such a Pretty Face: Short Stories About Beauty, Ann also co-edited Silent Embrace: Perspectives on Birth and Adoption, a collection of literary essays addressed to birth parents. A writer of biographies and language arts series books for Enslow Books, including the recent Robert Cormier: Writer of The Chocolate War, and Amy Tan: Weaver of Asian-American Tales, Ann wrote A Reader’s Guide to Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street. She is currently working on a memoir and a contemporary young-adult novel based on a classic myth. A graduate of Vermont College’s MFA in writing for children and young adults, Ann lives in Wisconsin with her family and is an associate professor of creative writing at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. Visit www.annangelwriter.com.
Crystal King —Special Guest, Winter 2012 Residency
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Crystal King is a freelance writer and Pushcart-nominated poet who is currently working on her first novel. She holds an M.A. in Critical & Creative Thinking from UMass Boston where she centered her thesis on developing a system to help fiction writers-in-progress. A seventeen-year marketing and communications veteran, Crystal has built social media, marketing, and communications programs for large and small high-tech firms. She has also taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at Harvard Extension School, Boston University, Mass College of Art, and UMass Boston. Find her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/crystallyn or on Google+ at http://gplus.to/crystallyn.
Lee Hope —Special Guest, Winter 2012 Residency
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Lee Hope is the recipient of the Theodore Goodman Award for Fiction, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, and a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship for Fiction. She has published stories in numerous literary journals and magazines, including Witness, The New Virginia Review, The North American Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and High Plains Literary Review. Her short story “Recreational Biting” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She founded a low-residency MFA program, and played an instrumental role in the creation of Pine Manor’s MFA program. For 10 years she was the director of a national writers’ conference, and she has taught creative writing at various universities for the past 19 years. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Solstice Writers’ Institute, a nonprofit organization in the service of creative writers, and is Executive Editor of the organization’s literary magazine, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. She also serves on the MFA Advisory Board of Pine Manor College. She is in the process of completing a novel.
Nina Crews —Special Guest, Winter 2012 Residency
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Nina Crews has written and illustrated seven books for children. Her first book, One Hot Summer Day, was hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “the debut of a welcome new voice and vision.” Her other titles include I’ll Catch the Moon, praised by Horn Book as “a knockout in both concept and execution”; Snowball, named a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year in 1998; The Neighborhood Mother Goose, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by Kirkus and School Library Journal as well as an ALA Notable Book. Her most recent book, Below, also an ALA Notable Book, was published in spring 2006. Nina has exhibited her fine art photography nationally, and illustrated with photographs When Will Sarah Come, a picture book written by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard. She also created photo collages for “We the People” by Bobbi Katz. An inveterate freelancer, Nina worked in animation production for ten years and created photo collage illustrations for book jackets and magazines, including Parenting and the Village Voice.
Pat Keogh —Special Guest, Winter 2012 Residency
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Pat Keogh spent her career as an elementary school librarian. Children's books have been her long-time passion. After receiving a Master's Degree from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, Pat has taught children's literature at area colleges and talks to parents, teachers, and librarians about current books. She served as the President of the Foundation for Children’s Books for many years and now co-chairs its Program Advisory Committee.
Jen Cusack —Special Guest, Winter 2012 Residency
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Jen Cusack has led the Foundation for Children’s Books as Executive Director since 2006. Her background is in program development and grant-writing for nonprofits, including the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. and Jobs for the Future in Boston. She is a graduate of the Boston Public Schools and has degrees in Comparative Literature and Journalism. Her mother was a school librarian in Boston for 30 years and her father was a professor of American history. Needless to say, there were lots of books around the house growing up! The same is true in the house that she shares with her husband and three sons.
Roland Merullo —Special Guest, Winter 2012 Residency
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Novelist and creative nonfiction writer Roland Merullo began his career as a self-employed carpenter and became an author in 1991 with the publication of his novel Leaving Losapas, which was named a B. Dalton Discovery Series choice and was called “the debut of the year” by Robert Stone and “the novel of the year” by Boston Magazine. He has published nine additional novels to date: A Russian Requiem (translated into Spanish and German and adopted by the Bertlesmann Book Club); Revere Beach Boulevard (a finalist for the PEN New England/L.L. Winship Prize); In Revere, In Those Days (a Booklist Editors’ Choice and winner of the Maria Thomas Fiction Award for best novel by a former Peace Corps volunteer); A Little Love Story (Crown, 2005); Golfing With God (Algonquin, 2005); Breakfast With Buddha (Algonquin 2007), now in its 11th printing; American Savior (Algonquin 2008); Fidel’s Last Days (Algonquin 2009); and The Talk-Funny Girl (Crown, 2011), a Finalist for the New England Book Award. His nonfiction work includes Passion for Golf: In Pursuit of the Innermost Game, chosen by Sports Illustrated as one of its 20 best golf gifts for Christmas in 2000; The Italian Summer (Simon & Schuster, 2009); and most recently Demons of the Blank Page, a book on the psychological and emotional aspects of the writing life. His memoir, Revere Beach Elegy, won the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction in 2001. Fluent in Russian, he has written two serialized novels, The Boston Tangler (in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine) and The Addition (in the Chronicle of Higher Education). He has also written for the New York Times, Newsweek, Outside, Reader’s Digest, The Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Travel & Leisure Golf, and myriad other publications. Visit RolandMerullo.com.
Katherine Flynn —Special Guest, Winter 2012 Residency
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Katherine Flynn joined the Kneerim & Williams Literary Agency in 2008. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, Katherine worked at the literary agency of Nicholas Ellison/Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc. in New York. She then pursued her Ph.D. in History at Brown University, where she is now A.B.D. Prior to joining Kneerim & Williams, Katherine edited history books at the publishing company of Bedford/St. Martin’s. She has also taught English literature and composition to high school students and has worked in a rare book shop. Katherine represents history, biography, politics/current affairs, adventure, nature, pop culture, and the occasional health and fitness topic for nonfiction; she particularly loves exciting narrative nonfiction, where the truth is a story more fascinating than anything else. She also represents both literary and commercial fiction.
Previous Special Guests:
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Julia Glass, Pablo Medina
Amaranth Borsuk , Joy Castro, Stephen Dunn, Nicole Terez Dutton, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Tracie Morris, Mitali Perkins, Becky Tuch
André Dubus III, Ann Angel, Crystal King, Lee Hope, Nina Crews, Pat Keogh, Jen Cusack, Roland Merullo, Katherine Flynn
Bob Owczarek, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Jeffrey Harrison, Randy Susan Meyers, Iain Haley Pollock, Tad Richards
Terrance Hayes, Marilyn Kallet, Jacob Paul, Mimi Schwartz, James Scott
Patrick Donnelly, Lee Hope, Lesléa Newman, Josh Neufeld, Sari Wilson, Kevin McLellan, Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank, Kim Dana Kupperman
Dorothy Allison, M.L. Liebler, Bob Owczarek, Ira Sadoff, Melissa Stewart
Bruce Bennett, Rebecca Givens, Albert LaFarge, Jeffrey Thomson
Naomi Shihab Nye, Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank, Matt O'Donnell, William B. Patrick, Dawn Potter, Tad Richards, Mark Schafer, Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright
Roland Merullo, Bob Owczarek, Elizabeth Peavey, Peter Wood
Wyn Cooper, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Michael Fleming, Marie Harris, Jessica Lipnack, Sheree R. Thomas
Kurt Andersen, Melanie Drane, Phyllis Karas, Alex Motyl
Nancy Willard, Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright
Manette Ansay, Andrew Solomon, Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright, Franz Wright