Upcoming Special Guests

Yangsook Choi, Winter 2020 Residency

Yangsook Choi
© Yangsook

Yangsook Choi grew up in Korea. She started drawing at age four and loved telling her grandma scary stories. After moving to New York to pursue her art, she has written and illustrated many books for young readers. Her books have been acclaimed as "Best of the Best" by the Chicago Public Library, included on the American Library Association Notable Booklist, selected by PBS Reading Rainbow, and received the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. When she is not creating, she loves to meet and play with children in her community and around the world. The local children in a shelter, the mountain children in the Himalayas, the Bedouin children in the Arabian desert, the orphans in flooded Cambodia, and the North Korean defector children are among her greatest teachers. Yangsook received an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She divides her time between New York and Seoul.

Ewa Chrusciel, Winter 2020 Residency

Ewa Chrusciel
© Malgorzata Lebda

Ewa Chrusciel has three books in Polish—Furkot, Sopilki, and Tobołek—and three books in English—Strata (Emergency Press, 2011, reprinted by Omnidawn in 2018), Contraband of Hoopoe (Omnidawn Press, 2014), and Of Annunciations (Omnidawn 2017). Anna Aresi’s translation of Ewa’s book Contraband of Hoopoe was published in Italian by Ensemble Press in 2019. Ewa’s poems have been featured in Jubilat, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Lana Turner, Spoon River Review, and Aufgabe, among others. She has translated Jack London, Joseph Conrad, and I.B. Singer, as well as Jorie Graham, Lyn Hejinian, Kazim Ali, Cole Swensen, and other American poets, into Polish. She is an associate professor at Colby-Sawyer College. For more information, go to her website: www.echrusciel.net

Raùl the Third, Winter 2020 Residency

Raùl Gonzalez

Raùl the Third (aka Raùl Gonzalez) is an award-winning illustrator, author, and artist living in Boston. His work centers around the contemporary Mexican-American experience and his  memories of growing up in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Raùl is the Pura Belpre Medal award-winning illustrator of the dynamic graphic novel Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, as well as the other graphic novels in the series, Lowriders in Space and Lowriders Blast from the Past. He is also the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed picture book, Vamos! Let's Go to The Market. His book Lowriders in Space was nominated for a Texas Blue Bonnet award in 2016-2017. He was also a contributor to the SpongeBob Comics series.

Terrance Hayes, Writer-in-Residence, Winter 2020 Residency

Terrance Hayes
© Ric Francis

Terrance Hayes most recent poetry collection is American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the TS Eliot Prize, the Brooklyn Public Library’s Literary Prize for Fiction & Poetry, the LA Times Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award. 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. How to Be Drawn received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry and was long-listed for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry. 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. His essay collection, To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Poetry Foundation’s 2019 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. He was also guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2014, the preeminent annual anthology of contemporary American poetry. He is professor of English at New York University.

Alyssa Jennette, Winter 2020 Residency

Alyssa Jennette
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Alyssa Jennette joined Stonesong Literary Agency in 2015 after interning at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration in 2010. As a result, she has unique insight and expertise when it comes to design-heavy or illustrated works. Alyssa is a very editorial agent; she finds a lot of joy in shaping stories alongside the author and delights in building long-term partnerships. In her spare time, she's the co-founder of a three-year-old book club called #readmorewomen and a snuggler of cats. Alyssa represents children’s and adult fiction and picture books, graphic novels, and select pop culture nonfiction. She values diversity and inclusion; in fiction, she enjoys ensemble casts with distinct voices, stories about poor characters and communities, and formats that are specific to a story and give it its own context. Alyssa is particularly interested in art/art history/art conservation, archaeology, mythology, language/translation, and criminal justice reform. Her client list includes sex educator and GIRL SEX 101 author Allison Moon, Instagram sensation/art restorer Julian Baumgartner, illustrator Jessica Roux, internet storyteller Mollyhall Seeley, middle-grade authors Chris Negron and Brandon Hoang, and more.

Randall Kenan, Writer-in-Residence, Winter 2020 Residency

Randall Kenan

© Jill Krementz

In researching his nonfiction book, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, Randall Kenan spent eight years traversing the United States, gathering more than 200 interviews that represent the wide range of experiences in black American life today. In Walking on Water, which was nominated for the Southern Book Award, Randall brings to his interviews, travels, and comments the deep heart, keen curiosity, and inquisitive imagination that make him one of America’s finest writers and commentators. A Visitation of Spirits was Randall’s first novel, published in 1989. His collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead (1992), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was among The New York Times Notable Books of the year. He is also the author of a young-adult biography of James Baldwin and wrote the text for Norman Mauskoff’s book of photographs, A Time Not Here: The Mississippi Delta. His most recent book is a work of nonfiction, The Fire This Time (2007), and he wrote the biographical essay in the forthcoming A New Historical Guide to James Baldwin, in addition to editing Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin (2010). Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award, Randall received the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy in 1997. He was a member of the editorial staff at Alfred A. Knopf publishers in the mid 1980s. He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, Vassar College, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Memphis. He now teaches in the creative writing program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Michael Klein, Winter 2020 Residency

Michael Klein
© Sheffield Reynolds

Michael Klein is a five-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and two-time winner in poetry. He has also written two autobiographical works, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press: Track Conditions, regarding his life on the racetrack with Kentucky Derby winner Swale, and The End of Being Known, a book of linked essays on sex and friendship. His latest book of prose and poetry is When I Was a Twin (Sibling Rivalry Press), and he is currently working on a book of nonfiction, the working title of which is Radical Loneliness and the Imaginary Life. He lives in New York, teaches at Hunter College, and is on the summer faculty at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Deborah Kronenberg, Winter 2020 Residency

Deborah Kronenberg

Deborah E.M. Kronenberg is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and the Performing Arts Department Coordinator at Pine Manor College. In addition to earning her Master’s in Educational Theatre from NYU and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, she has spent close to 20 years teaching theatre for social change in public schools and urban communities. She has published “Towards an Empowerment Approach” in Youth Theatre Journal and “Sixth Graders Bring Ancient Civilizations to Life” in Contours of Inclusion, as well as written the article “Causing a Scene” for Teaching Theatre. She is actively exploring how to use artistic ensemble concepts to create more equitable, student-centered learning in non-arts courses. Deborah focuses her research in how the arts can build community and increase student engagement and retention, as well as in how to highlight the power of performing arts to develop collaborative, critical, and creative citizens.

Beth Little, Winter 2020 Residency

Ewa Chrusciel

Beth Little has two degrees in writing: an MLitt (fiction) from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and an MFA (Writing for Young People) from the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College, where she subsequently worked as Assistant Director of the program. She teaches Humanities at St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. Beth's work has been published in the anthology Somebody’s Child: Stories About Adoption, Eastown Fiction, and the YA Review Network. She was awarded a SCBWI Magazine Merit Honor in 2016. Her most recent piece of short fiction for young adults "Where Did You Go?" can be found in the Silence/Power issue of Hunger Mountain (Spring 2019).

Beth Marshea, Winter 2020 Residency

Beth Marshea

Beth Marshea is the owner and Lead Agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency. She opened her agency just under two years ago with the intent of raising marginalized voices and supporting artists throughout their careers. She represents work from diverse authors with a special focus on underrepresented voices in both adult and YA. She has sold books to both Big Five publishers and smaller traditional presses, including the forthcoming family saga by Catherine Adel West, Saving Ruby King (Park Row). She represents a wide range of genres, including literary fiction, speculative fiction, women's fiction, mystery, and thriller, as well as narrative nonfiction and memoir with a focus on hidden histories and cultural pockets. Outside of agenting, Beth, of course, loves to read and has a secret passion for seedy, small press, horror novels, especially ones with psychological flair. She loves the outdoors and is also a certified lifeguard who teaches preschool swimming once a week.

Emma Otheguy, Winter 2020 Residency

Emma Otheguy

Emma Otheguy is the author of the bilingual picture book Martí’s Song for Freedom (Lee & Low, 2017) about Cuban poet and national hero José Martí, as well as her newly published middle-grade novel Silver Meadows Summer (Knopf, 2019), which Pura Belpré-winning author Ruth Behar called “a magnificent contribution to the diversity of the new American literature for young readers.” Martí’s Song for Freedom received five starred reviews; was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and the New York Public Library; and it was the recipient of the International Literacy Association’s 2018 Children’s and Young Adult Book Award in Intermediate Nonfiction. Emma’s forthcoming projects include her contribution to Newbery Honor-winning author Adam Gidwitz’s Unicorn Rescue Society middle-grade fantasy series, to be released in spring 2020, as well as A Sled for Gabo, the first of two picture books with Atheneum, due out in fall 2020. Emma attended Swarthmore College, where she studied children’s literature with Donna Jo Napoli and graduated with honors. Later, she worked in farm-based education, at a children’s bookstore, and as a Spanish teacher. She holds a Ph.D. in History from New York University, where she focused on Spain and colonial Latin America. Emma has held fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation, the American Historical Association, the Council of Library and Information Resources, and Humanities New York. Emma lives in New York City.

Gretchen Primack, Winter 2020 Residency

Gretchen Primack
©Raymund Ganade

Gretchen Primack is the author of Visiting Days (Willow Books, Editors Select Series 2019), set in a maximum-security men’s prison, as well as two other poetry collections: Kind (Post-Traumatic Press), which explores the dynamic between humans and (other) animals, and Doris’ Red Spaces (Mayapple Press). She also co-wrote, with Jenny Brown, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals (Penguin Avery).  Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, FIELD, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, and other journals. Gretchen has administrated and taught with college programs and poetry workshops in prison for many years, and she moonlights at an indie bookstore in Woodstock, NY.