Upcoming Special Guests

Lulu Delacre, Summer 2018 Residency
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Three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree Lulu Delacre has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1980. Born and raised in Puerto Rico to Argentinean parents, Delacre says her Latino heritage and her life experiences inform her work. Her 37 titles include Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America, a Horn Book Fanfare Book in print for more than 25 years; and Salsa Stories, an IRA Outstanding International Book. Her bilingual picture book ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado; Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest has received 20 awards and honors including an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor and an ALA Notable for All Ages. Her most recent title is Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos. Delacre has lectured internationally and served as a juror for the National Book Awards. She has exhibited at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art; The Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in New York; the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, and the Museum of Ponce in Puerto Rico among other venues.

Sharon Dolin - Summer 2018 Residency
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Sharon Dolin is the author of six poetry books: Manual for Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016); Whirlwind (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012); her ekphrastic collection, Serious Pink (Marsh Hawk Press, reissued 2015); Burn and Dodge (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry; Realm of the Possible (Four Way Books, 2004); and Heart Work (Sheep Meadow Press, 1995). Her translations from Catalan of Gemma Gorga’s Book of Minutes is forthcoming in The Field Translation Series in 2019. She received the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress in 2013, chosen by Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She has taught at Eugene Lang College of The New School, Hofstra University, Adelphi, Rutgers, The Cooper Union, the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, and Poets House. Founding Director of The Center for Book Arts Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition, she now directs Writing About Art in Barcelona, a 12-day creative writing workshop. Visit www.sharondolin.com for more information about Sharon.

Linda Nemec Foster - Summer 2018 Residency
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Linda Nemec Foster has published ten collections of poetry including Amber Necklace from Gdansk (finalist for the Ohio Book Award in Poetry) and Talking Diamonds (finalist for ForeWord Magazineʼs Book of the Year). Her most recent book is The Lake Michigan Mermaid (co-authored with Anne-Marie Oomen). Fosterʼs work has appeared in numerous journals such as The Georgia Review, Nimrod, Witness, New American Writing, Verse Daily, and North American Review. She has been honored with Pushcart Prize nominations and has received awards from the Arts Foundation of Michigan, ArtServe Michigan, National Writerʼs Voice, and the Academy of American Poets. Foster was selected to serve as Grand Rapids, Michiganʼs first Poet Laureate from 2003-05. Her chapbook, Contemplating the Heavens, was the inspiration for jazz pianist Steve Talagaʼs original composition which was nominated for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Foster is the founder of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College and in 2015 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dyer-Ives Foundation for her work as a poet and advocate for the literary arts. For more info about Linda and her work, visit www.lindanemecfoster.com

Sophie Goldstein - Summer 2018 Residency
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Sophie Goldstein is graphic novelist, illustrator, and comics instructor based in the great city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work combines the gut-punch of pulp science fiction and body horror with the seductive power of art nouveau and pristine design—exploring moral grey areas in black and white and challenging our cultural narrative of linear progression and techno-utopianism. Currently she is working on a new graphic novel, An Embarrassment of Witches, in collaboration with Jenn Jordan. Her most recent book, House of Women, a collection of the award-winning self-published mini-comic series, was released by Fantagraphics in October 2017. Other works include The Oven from AdHouse Books, which won two Ignatz awards and was nominated for Slate Magazine’s Cartoonist Studio Prize; and her first long-form comics endeavor, Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, co-written with Jenn Jordan. Sophie has also illustrated a children's book, Poopy Claws, written by Gene Ambaum. Her comics and illustrations have appeared in various publications including Best American Comics 2013, Fable Comics, The Pitchfork Review, Cicada Magazine and The Nib. Sophie has spoken at her graduate alma mater The Center for Cartoon Studies, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Rutgers, the Chicago Institute of Art, and the Carnegie Public Library.

Natalie J. Graham - Summer 2018 Residency - Annual Cave Canem Poet
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Native of Gainesville, Florida, Natalie J. Graham earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida. She completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at Michigan State University as a University Distinguished Fellow. Her first, full-length poetry collection, Begin with a Failed Body (University of Georgia Press, 2017), was chosen by Kwame Dawes for the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. This collection is rooted in the landscape of the U.S. South and centers on the body as a site for retelling stories to reveal persistent, complex humanity. Her poems and articles have been published in Callaloo, New England Review, Valley Voices: A Literary Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Journal of Popular Culture, Transition, and Phylon. Her research interests include Hip Hop Culture, Food Culture, and Identity Performance. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and currently associate professor of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Find her online @NatalieJoGraham or nataliejgraham.com. Natalie is the Solstice MFA Program’s eighth annual Cave Canem Partner Poet.

Lisa Ohlen Harris - Summer 2018 Residency
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Lisa Ohlen Harris is the author of The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving and Through the Veil, a memoir-in-essays of the years she lived in the Middle East. Her essays have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, River Teeth, Brevity, and elsewhere. Lisa teaches advanced essay and memoir writing classes online for creative nonfiction and finds she is as content coaching other writers as she is writing and publishing her own work. Lisa works from home, from coffee houses, and from the public library in her small town of Newberg, Oregon, located in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country.

Veera Hiranandani - Summer 2018 Residency
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Veera Hiranandani’s historical YA novel The Night Diary was recently a New York Times Editor's Choice pick and featured on NPR's Weekend Edition. She is also author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl, named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist, as well as the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green. She earned her MFA in fiction at Sarah Lawrence College. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute and is working on her next novel.

Stephen Kuusisto - Summer 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 is just out from 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.

Michael Steinberg - Summer 2018 Residency, Writer-In-Residence
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A native New Yorker, Michael Steinberg is a memoirist, personal essayist, and founding editor of the literary journal, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. In 2003, ForeWord Magazine chose Still Pitching as the Independent Press Memoir of the Year. Other works include Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan, a finalist for both the 2000 Great Lakes Book Sellers award and the ForeWord Magazine/Independent Press Anthology of the Year; The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction (a co-edited anthology with Robert Root, now in its sixth edition); Those Who Do, Can: Teachers Writing, Writers Teaching (also with Robert Root); a co-edited textbook, The Writer's Way; and I’m Almost Famous, a co-authored stage play. His personal essays and memoirs have appeared in many literary journals and have been cited several times in Best American Essays and Best American Sports Writing. Steinberg taught writing and literature at Michigan State University for more than thirty years; and from 1990-94, he co-directed the Michigan State University Overseas Writing Program. From 1985-1993, he was the co-founder/director of the Traverse Bay Reading and Writing Workshops for Teachers. Over the past several years, he has been a guest writer at several universities, as well as at national and international writing conferences—including the Paris Writers' Workshops; the California State University Fine Arts Festival; the Geneva (Switzerland) Writers' Conference; the Prague Summer Writing Program; the NYU Summer Writing Intensive; the Chautauqua Writer's Conference; the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference in Homer, Alaska; and, most recently, the Nonfiction Now International Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland. He’s also judged the PEN New England and the AWP Award Series book prizes, among others. Steinberg’s latest book is Living in Michigan, Dreaming Manhattan: Selected Essays and Memoirs, 1990-2015, a finalist for the 2018 Michigan Notable Books award. He’s currently working on a collection of personal essay/memoirs and a source book of essays and interviews on/about the art and craft of literary nonfiction.Visit: http://www.mjsteinberg.net; http://www.mjsteinberg.net/blog.htm

Laurie Stone - Summer 2018 Residency
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Laurie Stone is the author of My Life as an Animal, Stories. She has written for the Village Voice, was theater critic for The Nation, and was critic-at-large on NPR’s Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and has published numerous stories in such publications as Tin House, Evergreen Review, Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, New Letters, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in "Novel: An Installation," writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory's gallery space. She has frequently collaborated with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works. The world premier of their piece “You, the Weather, a Wolf” was presented in the 2016 season of the St. Urbans concerts. She is at work on The Love of Strangers, a collage of hybrid narratives. Her website is: lauriestonewriter.com.

Tim Tomlinson - Summer 2018 Residency
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Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. His first collection of short fiction, This Is Not Happening to You, appeared in November 2017. He is also the author of Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (poetry), and Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse. His work has been published in China, the Philippines, Singapore, and Australia, and anthologized in the Brooklyn Poets Anthology; We Contain Multitudes: Twelve Years of Softblow; and Long Island Noir. He is a member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. He teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program at NYU.