Upcoming Special Guests

Charles M. Boyer’s - Special Guest, Winter 2018 Residency
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Charles M. Boyer’s novel, History’s Child, was chosen by Mary Gaitskill as the winner of the AWP Award Series and was published by New Issues Press in 2016. The novel is loosely based on his father-in-law’s boyhood as a message-runner for partisans in post-World War II Poland, and his time in the Gulag. It won the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award for the novel, 2016. Charles has also published poems and short stories in such journals as Abraxas, Literal Latte, The Larcom Review, and The Atlanta Review. He received a grant for writing from the Wisconsin Arts Board and a Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Charles graduated from Beloit College. He spent his junior year at Harris-Manchester College, Oxford, and has an M.A. in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire. He teaches English and Humanities at Montserrat College of Art and lives with his family near Boston.


Sheela Chari - Special Guest, Winter 2018 Residency
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Sheela Chari is the author of Finding Mighty, a Junior Library Guild Selection and Amazon Best Books of the Month pick; and Vanished, an APALA Children’s Literature Honor Book, Edgar Award nominee, and Al’s Book Club Pick on the Today Show. She has an MFA in creative writing from New York University and teaches fiction writing at Mercy College. Visit her online at www.sheelachari.com. Sheela lives in New York.



Alexander Danner - Special Guest, Winter 2018 Residency
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Alexander Danner writes comics, which have appeared most recently in the history anthologies Colonial Comics vols. 1 & 2. He has worked primarily in Webcomics, collaborating with Tym Godek on the formal experimentation series Two for No (twoforno.net), with Edward J. Grug III on the graphic novel Gingerbread Houses, and with Bill Duncan on the anthology series Picture Story Theater (twentysevenletters.com). He is co-author of two textbooks on comics history and craft: Character Design for Graphic Novels (Focal Press, 2007) and Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present (Thames & Hudson, 2014). He also writes fiction, and writes and produces serial audio drama podcasts: he co-writes/produces "Greater Boston" and produces the series "What's the Frequency?" with writer James Oliva (GreaterBostonShow.com / WTFrequency.com). He teaches writing for comics through the Department of Professional Studies at Emerson College, and writing for audio through The New Hampshire Institute for Art.


Paul Durham - Special Guest, Winter 2018 Residency
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Paul Durham is an award-winning author whose books for young readers include The Luck Uglies trilogy (HarperCollins) and his latest middle grade novel, The Last Gargoyle (Penguin Random House, January 2018). His debut novel, The Luck Uglies, was named a 2015 ALA Notable Children’s Book, a New York Public Library Top Book for Reading and Sharing, the 2014 Cybils Award Winner for Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, an ALA Booklist Top Ten First Novel for Youth, and a Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year. He regularly speaks at schools, libraries, and book festivals across the country. He has appeared on New Hampshire Public Radio and also produces and hosts his own monthly podcast, Telling Lies to Children, where he interviews best-selling authors, Big Five editors, and other publishing insiders to give listeners a behind-the-scenes look at the children’s publishing industry. Paul lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, with his wife, two daughters, and an enormous, bushy creature the local animal shelter identified as a cat. He writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp, and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck.


Miriam Glassman - Special Guest, Winter 2018 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. Her other books include a middle-grade novel, Box Top Dreams (Delacorte), a 2001 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, and picture book, Halloweena (Atheneumillustrated by New Yorker cartoonist, Victoria Roberts. She also writes for the educational market. Miriam has also worked as an illustrator for the educational market, children’s book reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and in children’s book marketing. Most recently, she has led workshops for the New England Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and narrated audiobooks for Perkins School for the Blind. In 2007, she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is currently working on a memoir. Website: miriamglassman.com


Andrew Griswold - Special Guest, Winter 2018 Residency
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Andrew Griswold is the public voice of The Telling Room, a Portland, Maine based nonprofit dedicated to teaching creative writing to youth ages 6-18. The organization reaches 4,000 Maine students annually, teaching writing residencies in schools and hosting after school programs and field trips in their studio space. Their program for immigrant and refugee youth, Young Writers and Leaders, won a 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the White House, the highest honor in the creative youth development field. Before joining the organization in 2008 as communications director, Andrew taught English to middle and high school students in Maine, California, and Washington, DC. He graduated from Davidson College and earned an MA from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English. Andrew is an avid music fan and critic, a devoted reader of detective stories, and a grammar nut. He lives in Yarmouth, Maine with his wife and two young sons.


Writer-in-Residence Terrance Hayes - Special Guest, Winter 2018 Residency
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Writer-in-Residence Terrance Hayes is the current poetry editor at New York Times Magazine and has two forthcoming collections: American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018), and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018). His most recent poetry collection, How to Be Drawn, was long-listed for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry. In 2010, his book Lighthead won the National Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Hurston-Wright Award. His first book, Muscular Music, won both a Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His second book, Hip Logic, was a National Poetry Series selection, and a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Wind In a Box, a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award finalist, was named one of the best books of 2006 by Publishers Weekly. Terrance’s other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a profile on the PBS Newshour with Jim Leher, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His poems have appeared in seven editions of the Best American Poetry anthology and two editions of the Pushcart Best of the Small Presses anthology. He was also guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2014, the preeminent annual anthology of contemporary American poetry. He is a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife, the poet Yona Harvey, and their children.


Stephen Kuusisto  - Special Guest, Winter 2018 Residency
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Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening. He has two poetry collections: Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. His newest memoir, Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey with an Exceptional Labrador will be published in March 2018 by Simon & Schuster. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and The Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad. Visit www.stephenkuusisto.com.


Amaryah Orenstein - Special Guest, Winter 2018 Residency
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Amaryah Orenstein, founder of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency, is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. Aiming to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, she represents a wide array of fiction and nonfiction, and is always looking for works that wed beautiful writing with a strong narrative and tackle big issues in engaging, accessible, and even surprising ways. Amaryah began her career at LGLA and worked as an Editorial Assistant at various academic research foundations while earning her PhD in American History at Brandeis University. She currently serves as Co-President of the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.


Ammi Joan Paquette - Special Guest, Winter 2018 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 Princess Juniper series, the forthcoming MG novel The Train of Lost Things, and the picture books Ghost in the House, Elf in the House, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies, and Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo (Clarion, 2013). With acclaimed author Laurie Ann Thompson, she is also the co-author of Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive, with its sequel out next spring. 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: www.ajpaquette.com