Nicolas Belardes, Summer 2021 Residency
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Chicano writer Nicholas Belardes has ghostwritten YA novels and short fiction for Harper Collins Teen. A pioneer of the first novel by tweet, Small Places, he also serialized his middle grade novel The Twelve Rules of Survival. His latest YA speculative fiction, “A Dangerous Wand,” will be appearing in Speculative Fiction For Dreamers. His sci-fi, “Sky Seekers,” will be appearing in El Porvenir, Ya! Citlalzazanilli Mexicatl: Chicano Science Fiction Anthology. His fiction has been published in Carve Magazine, Southwestern American Literature, Pithead Chapel, Acentos Review, and others. His essay “South Bakersfield’s Confederate Remains” about being a teen at a Confederate-themed school, was mentioned in the L.A. Times by Pulitzer-winning journalist Christopher Knight as an engaging read on the dangers of racist infrastructural monuments. Nicholas has taught history and writing, and has worked in both 3-D animation and television news. He is currently an MFA candidate at UCR Palm Desert Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing Program, where he plans to work on his eco-horror novel The Deading and his literary novel American Fade. You can reach him on Twitter @nickbelardes where he obsessively posts about birds. Read more on his website.
Anders Carlson-Wee, Summer 2021 Residency
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Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions, a New York Public Library Book Group Selection. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, BuzzFeed, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Poetry Daily, The Sun, AGNI, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His debut chapbook, Dynamite, won the Frost Place Chapbook Prize. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers, the McKnight Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, he is the winner of the 2017 Poetry International Prize. His work has been translated into Chinese. Anders holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and is represented by Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents. Visit his website.
Victoria Cho, Summer 2021 Residency
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Victoria Cho is a Korean American writer and community advocate who was born in Virginia. Her writing has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, The Collagist, Perigee, Quarter After Eight, Word Riot, and Mosaic. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow, a VONA/Voices alumna, and was co-fiction editor of Apogee Journal, a literary magazine that amplifies underserved communities. Victoria has received support from Vermont Studio Center and led creative writing workshops for New York Writers Coalition (NYWC), a nonprofit that offers free creative writing workshops for the public and prioritizes traditionally silenced populations. At NYWC, Victoria facilitated writing workshops for women in transitional housing, senior citizens, people with visual impairments, and teenagers. Victoria has also helped organize creative writing workshop series geared toward writers of color. She previously worked at a community-based organization, where she managed a career and college-readiness program that supported first-generation college students. Victoria completed her MFA at University of New Orleans’ low-residency program, where she received the Privateer Award. She lives in New York City.
Rhina P. Espaillat, Summer 2021 Residency
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Rhina P. Espaillat has published twelve full-length books, four chapbooks, and a monograph on translation. Her most recent publications are two poetry collections titled And After All and The Field, and a chapbook in collaboration with fellow poet Alfred Nicol, Brief Accident of Light. Espaillat is noted for her English translations of Saint John of the Cross, as well as her book of Spanish translations of Robert Frost, Algo hay que no es amigo de los muros/Something There Is that Doesn’t Love a Wall, and her bilingual collection of Richard Wilbur translations, Oscura fruta/Dark Berries. Her work, which comprises poetry, essays and short stories in both English and her native Spanish, and translations from and into both languages, appears in numerous journals, anthologies, and websites. She has received many national and international awards, including the Richard Wilbur Award; the Nemerov Prize; the Eliot Prize; several annual awards from the New England Poetry Club, the Poetry Society of America, and the Frost Foundation; various honors from the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture; and a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Salem State College. Espaillat is a founding member of the Melopoeia trio and part of the quintet known as The Diminished Prophets.
Debra Jo Immergut, Summer 2021 Residency
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Debra Jo Immergut is the author of You Again, a New York Times Best Thriller of 2020 and a finalist for the 2021 Gotham Book Prize, and The Captives, a 2019 Edgar Award finalist for Best Debut Novel and published in over a dozen countries worldwide. She has also published a collection of short fiction, Private Property. Her essays and stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Narrative, The New York Times, PANK, and Hobart, among others. A recipient of Michener and MacDowell fellowships, she has been long-listed for the 2021 Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in western Massachusetts.
Crystal King, Summer 2021 Residency
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Crystal King is a 25-year marketing, social media, and communications veteran; freelance writer; and Pushcart-nominated poet. She is the author of The Chef’s Secret, about the famous Renaissance chef Bartolomeo Scappi; and Feast of Sorrow, about the ancient Roman gourmand Apicius. Currently, Crystal works as a social media professor for HubSpot, a leading provider of inbound marketing software. Crystal has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at Harvard Extension School, Boston University, UMass Boston, GrubStreet, and here at the Solstice MFA Program. Crystal received her MA in Critical and Creative Thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in medias res. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or at her website.
Jennifer Murvin, Summer 2021 Residency
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Jennifer Murvin’s stories, essays, and graphic narratives have appeared in River Styx, The Southampton Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, The Florida Review, Catamaran Literary Reader, CutBank, Indiana Review, Post Road, American Short Fiction, The Sun, Mid-American Review, The Cincinnati Review, Bellingham Review, Phoebe, and other journals. She was the winner of the 2015 American Short(er) Fiction Contest, judged by Stuart Dybek, and in 2017 was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. Jen teaches courses in fiction writing, memoir writing, comics, literature, and narrative theory at Missouri State University and is recurring faculty for the biannual River Pretty Writers Retreat in the Ozarks. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University and is the owner of Pagination Bookshop in Springfield, MO. Find more at her website.
Jenn Scheck-Kahn, Summer 2021 Residency
Jenn Scheck-Kahn is a writer, instructor, and the founder of “Journal of the Month,” a subscription service that delivers an assortment of print literary magazines. Her prose has appeared most recently in Creative Nonfiction Sunday Short Reads, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Washington Post, The Offing, and Kveller.com, and has placed in contests hosted by The Atlantic and Glimmer Train. Discover more about Journal of the Month.
Malcolm Tariq, Cave Canem Partner Poet, Summer 2021 Residency
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Malcolm Tariq is a poet and playwright from Savannah, Georgia, who writes about intersections of Blackness, queerness, and the American South. He is the author of Heed the Hollow, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Georgia Author of the Year Award, and Extended Play. A former apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company and a 2020-2021 resident playwright with Liberation Theatre Company, Malcolm has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Watering Hole, the Social Science Research Council, and Imagining America. He is a graduate of Emory University and holds a PhD in English from the University of Michigan. Malcolm lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he is the Programs and Communications Manager at Cave Canem, a home for Black poetry.
Xu Xi, Summer 2021 Residency
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Xu Xi 許素細 is author of fourteen books, including five novels, one memoir, and eight collections of stories and essays. Her latest titles include This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being, Insignificance: Hong Kong Stories, Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City, and a novel, That Man in Our Lives. Recent stories and essays appear or will appear in The Massachusetts Review, West Trestle Review, and Cincinnati Review, as well as in the anthologies The Darkling Halls of Ivy and Jewish Noir II. She is co-founder of Authors at Large and recently established the Mongrel Writers Residence™. She established and directed two international low-residency MFA programs in Asia and the U.S. and has taught creative writing globally for some 20 years; prior to teaching, she spent 18+ years in international marketing and management for various multinationals and businesses worldwide. An Indonesian-Chinese-American diehard transnational, she has split most of her life between Hong Kong, where she was born and raised, and New York City. These days she splits her life, unevenly, between the state of New York and the rest of the world. Starting in September 2021, she will be the Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Amy L Clark, Winter 2021 Residency
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Amy L Clark’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including Litro, Fifth Wednesdays, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and Juked. Her story collection, Adulterous Generation, is available from Queen’s Ferry Press; and her first novel, Palais Royale, is forthcoming from Engine Books. She has taught writing for fourteen years.
Anika Aldamuy Denise, Winter 2021 Residency
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Anika Aldamuy Denise, a multiple award–winning author, writes stories that tickle her funny bone, tug her heartstrings, feed her curiosity, and celebrate her multicultural Puerto Rican-American heritage. She is the author of ten picture books, including the Pura Belpré-honor winning Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré and A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer! In addition to writing, she is mentor for Las Musas and LatinxPitch. Raised in Queens, New York, she now lives with her husband and three daughters in coastal Rhode Island. To find out more about Anika’s books, visit her website.
Sorche Fairbank, Winter 2021 Residency
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Sorche Fairbank is founder of Fairbank Literary Representation, a small, selective agency and member of AAR, the Author’s Guild, the Agents Round Table, PEN, and Grub Street’s Literary Advisory Council. Fairbank Literary Representation is happily in its eighteenth year. Clients range from first-time authors to international best-sellers, prize winning-journalists to professionals at the top of their fields. They can be found with all the major publishers, as well as in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Granta, Best American Short Stories, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Glimmertrain, and more.
Leah Falk, Winter 2021 Residency
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Leah Falk is the author of To Look After and Use. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, FIELD, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She’s received support for her writing from the Yiddish Book Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Asylum Arts, and the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA. By day, she runs literary programming at the Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden. She’s also the creator of MFA Day Job, a repository of interviews with writers about writing and making a living. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
Leah Henderson, Winter 2021 Residency
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Leah Henderson is an award-winning author of books for young readers. Her middle grade novels include The Magic in Changing Your Stars and One Shadow on the Wall. Her short story “Warning: Color May Fade” is in the YA anthology Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America. Her picture books include Mamie on the Mound as well as the forthcoming Together We March, A Day for Rememberin’, and Daddy Speaks Love. Leah holds an MFA in Writing and is on faculty at Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing.
Lee Hope, Writer-in-Residence, Winter 2021 Residency
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Lee Hope is the author of the novel Horsefever, which made its mark on the Small Press Distribution Bestseller List when it was published in 2016 and went on to be a finalist for the Midwest Book Awards. Lee is also 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 the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing 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.
Beth Little, Winter 2021 Residency
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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 for three years as the program’s assistant director. Currently, 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 an 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).
Jennifer Markell, Winter 2021 Residency
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Jennifer Markell’s poetry collection, Samsara (Turning Point Press) was named a “Must Read Book of Poetry” by the Massachusetts Book Awards in 2015. Before joining the Board of the New England Poetry Club, she received the NEPC Barbara Bradley and Firman Houghton awards. Other awards include the Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition (Commendation), The Comstock Review Awards (Special Merit), and Finalist for the Rita Dove Prize in Poetry (International Literary Awards, 2016). Her work has appeared in publications including The Cimarron Review (forthcoming), Consequence Magazine, Diode Poetry Journal, RHINO, Solstice Literary Magazine, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and The Women’s Review of Books. Jennifer taught writing and literature classes at Middlesex Community College and co-founded its literary magazine Voices. She also taught fiction writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education and communications writing at Boston University. A member of the Jamaica Pond Poets for fifteen years, Jennifer helps coordinate the reading series “Chapter and Verse.” For the past twenty years she has worked in community mental health, and as a psychotherapist with special interest in mindfulness practice and therapeutic uses of writing.
Dzvinia Orlowsky, Writer-in-Residence, Winter 2021 Residency
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Pushcart-Prize winner Dzvinia Orlowsky is the author of six poetry collections, including Bad Harvest (2018) recently named a 2019 Massachusetts Book Awards “Must Read” in poetry, Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones, co-winner of the 2010 Sheila Motton Book Award, and Silvertone (2013) for which she was named Ohio Poetry Day Association’s 2014 Co-Poet of the Year. Her first collection, A Handful of Bees, was reprinted in 2008 as part of the Carnegie Mellon University Classic Contemporary Series. Dzvinia’s poetry and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Agni, Field, Guernica, Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review, Antioch Review, International Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review, A Map of Hope: An International Literary Anthology, From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine, A Hundred Years of Youth: A Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Ukrainian Poetry, and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. Her translation from Ukrainian of Alexander Dovzhenko’s novella, The Enchanted Desna, was published by House Between Water in 2006, and in 2014, Jeff Friedman’s and her co-translation of Memorials by Polish poet Mieczyslaw Jastrun was published by Dialogos. In 2016, she and Friedman were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship in support of continuing their translation work of Jastrun’s poems. A founding editor of Four Way Books (1993-2001), she is also a contributing editor to Agni and contributing poetry editor to Solstice Literary Magazine. She has taught poetry at the Mount Holyoke Writers’ Conference, The Boston Center for Adult Education, Emerson College, Gemini Ink, the Stonecoast Summer Writers’ Conference, the Stonecoast MFA Program, Writers in Paradise, and the Solstice Summer Writers’ Conference at Pine Manor College. In 2012, she accepted a one-year appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Providence College and currently conducts poetry and prose poetry workshops as Guest Lecturer at the college. Dzvinia is a recipient and co-recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry Grant as well as a Council’s Professional Development Grant, and most recently, New England Poetry Club’s 2019 Samuel Washington Allen Prize for her poem sequence titled “The (Dis)enchanted Desna.” She is Founding Director of Night Riffs: A Solstice Magazine Reading and Music Series. She lives in Massachusetts.
Cammy Thomas, Winter 2021 Residency
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Cammy Thomas has published two collections of poetry: Inscriptions and Cathedral of Wish, which received the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A third, Tremors, will be out in fall 2021 from Four Way Books. She has an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in English from Berkeley, where her dissertation was on women and the feminine in Tennyson’s poetry. Two of her poems, under the title “Far Past War,” were set to music by her sister, composer Augusta Read Thomas, and will premiere at Washington’s National Cathedral in 2021. Having taught all levels of creative writing—composition and literature, from high school to graduate school—Cammy lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Marjorie Thomsen, Winter 2021 Residency
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Marjorie Thomsen loves teaching others how to play with words and live more poetically in the world. She is the author of Pretty Things Please (Turning Point, 2016). Two poems from this collection were read on The Writer’s Almanac. One of Marjorie’s poems about hiking in a dress and high heels was made into a short animated film. She was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and is the recipient of poetry awards from the University of Iowa School of Social Work, Poetica Magazine, and others. Publications include Pangyrus, Rattle, SWWIM, and Tupelo Quarterly. Marjorie earned certification through Mass Poetry and Lesley University to be a Poet in Residence in the Massachusetts Public Schools. For several years, she served on the board of the New England Poetry Club. She holds a master’s in social work and is a psychotherapist and instructor at Boston University’s School of Social Work. She lives in Cambridge with her family.
Tanya Whiton, Winter 2021 Residency
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Writer and editor Tanya Whiton’s fiction has recently been featured in Collateral, CutBank, Fanzine, The Cincinnati Review, and Al Pie de la Letra. A finalist in the 2019 Tennessee Williams Contest, she won second place in Zoetrope: All Story’s 2017 Short Fiction Contest. She is also the co-writer and an associate producer of the documentary feature “The Zen Speaker: Breaking the Silence.” Former Associate Director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program, Tanya teaches creative writing and professional development skills for writers, and she has created seminars for the Solstice MFA Program, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Lesley University, and the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference. Visit her website.
Ibtisam Barakat, Summer 2020 Residency
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Ibtisam Barakat is bilingual Palestinian-American poet, artist, translator, educator, and the author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood and Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine. The two memoirs combined won more than 30 awards and honors, including the International Reading Association’s best book award, the Middle East Council’s best book award, and the Arab-American Museum’s best book award. Her Arabic language books include The Letter Ta’ Escapes, which won the Euro-Mediterranean Anna Lindh Foundation’s best book award for children’s books in Arabic. Her most recent books include The Jar that Became a Galaxy, which was the title for Palestine’s national reading campaign in 2019, and The Purple Girl, which is long-listed for the 2020 Sheikh Zayed Book Award. Ibtisam’s TEDx talk about her love for language can be viewed here.
Shonda Buchanan, Summer 2020 Residency
Shonda Buchanan is the author of five books, including a memoir, Black Indian, the tale of a mixed race Midwest family caught in intergenerational bi-ethnic and tri-ethnic identity crises. An award-winning poet and educator, Shonda is editing her first novel about Black/American Indian intersections, a second memoir, and a collection of poetry about Nina Simone. Having received several Virginia Foundation for the Arts and Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts grants, she is a Sundance Institute Fellow, a PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellow, a California Community Foundation Fellow, and a Jentel Artist Residency Fellow. Shonda teaches at Loyola Marymount University. Follow her on social media @shondabuchanan, or visit http://www.shondabuchanan.com.
Sheela Chari, Summer 2020 Residency
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Sheela Chari is the author of Finding Mighty, a Junior Library Guild Selection and Children’s Choice Award Finalist; and Vanished, an APALA Children’s Literature Honor Book, Edgar finalist for best juvenile mystery, and Al’s Book Club Pick on the Today Show. Her forthcoming novel, The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel, based on the Peabody Award-winning mystery podcast by Gen-Z Media, will be published by Candlewick/Walker US in October 2020. Sheela teaches fiction writing at Mercy College and lives with her family in New York. To learn more about Sheela and her work, visit https://sheelachari.com/.
Jeffrey S. Cramer, Summer 2020 Residency
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Jeffrey S. Cramer is the author of Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was called “an engaging account of the friendship between Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson” by The Wall Street Journal. Daegan Miller (LA Review of Books) called it “a minimalist history, Thoreauvian in its desire to be just as it is, generous in the way it bares itself, full of trust that readers are smart enough to spin conclusions for themselves, and intense in its demand that they elevate themselves to the task.” Jeff’s work also includes a series of biographical interviews with poets; among them, “With Jane and Without: An Interview with Donald Hall” (The Massachusetts Review; reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism) and “Long Love and Constant Spirits: An Interview with Richard and Charlee Wilbur” (The Literary Review), in which he examines the role of the poet’s spouse in the creative process. Jeff has appeared on various radio and television programs, including “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” WUMB-Boston’s Commonwealth Journal, Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” and C-SPAN’s Book-TV. For more information about Jeff, visit www.jeffreyscramer.com
Rebecca McClanahan, Summer 2020 Residency
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Rebecca McClanahan’s eleventh book, In the Key of New York City: A Memoir in Essays, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in May 2020. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Boulevard, Brevity, The Sun, and River Teeth, as well as anthologies published by Simon Schuster, Beacon, Norton, and Bedford/St. Martin, among others. Recipient of two Pushcart prizes, the Glasgow Award in Nonfiction, the Wood Prize from Poetry Magazine, the Carter Prize for the Essay (twice), and the N.C. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, she teaches in the MFA programs of Rainier Writing Workshop and Queens University and in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. She can be reached at RebeccaMcClanahanWriter.com.
Jennifer Murvin, Summer 2020 Residency
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Jennifer Murvin’s stories, essays, and graphic narratives have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southampton Review,
The Pinch, DIAGRAM, The Florida Review, Catamaran Literary Reader, CutBank, Indiana Review, Post Road, American Short Fiction, The Sun, Mid-American Review, The Cincinnati Review, Bellingham Review, Phoebe, and other journals. She was the winner of the 2015 American Short(er) Fiction Contest, judged by Stuart Dybek, and in 2017 was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. Jen teaches courses in fiction writing, memoir writing, comics, literature, and narrative theory at Missouri State University and is recurring faculty for the biannual River Pretty Writers Retreat in the Ozarks. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University and is the owner of Pagination Bookshop in Springfield, MO. Find more at www.JenniferMurvin.virb.com.
Catherine Parnell, Summer 2020 Residency
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Catherine Parnell teaches at Southern New Hampshire University in the online MFA program and at Grub Street in Boston. She is the editor for Consequence Magazine, and her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, Tenderly, Cleaver, TSR: The Southampton Review, Post Road, Baltimore Review, Redivider, and other publications. Catherine also works as an independent consultant in communications, writing, and the arts. She is author of The Kingdom of His Will.
Renée Watson, Writer-in-Residence, Summer 2020 Residency
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Renée Watson is a New York Times Bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. The middle-grade novel Betty Before X she wrote with Ilyasah Shabazz. Renée’s newest work, Watch Us Rise, is co-written with Ellen Hagan. Her children’s picture books and novels for teens have received several awards and international recognition. She has given readings and lectures at many renown places including the United Nations, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Embassy in Japan. The New York Times calls Renée’s writing, “charming and evocative.” Her poetry and fiction often centers around the lived experiences of black girls and women, and explores themes of home, identity, and the intersections of race, class, and gender. Her books include young adult novels, Piecing Me Together and This Side of Home, which were both nominated for the Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Her picture book, Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills received several honors including an NAACP Image Award nomination in children’s literature. Her one woman show, Roses are Red Women are Blue, debuted at the Lincoln Center at a showcase for emerging artists. One of Renée’s passions is using the arts to help youth cope with trauma and discuss social issues. Her picture book, A Place Where Hurricanes Happen is based on poetry workshops she facilitated with children in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Renée has worked as a writer in residence for over twenty years teaching creative writing and theater in public schools and community centers through out the nation. Her articles on teaching and arts education have been published in Rethinking Schools and Oregon English Journal. She is on the Council of Writers for the National Writing Project and is a team member of We Need Diverse Books. She currently teaches courses on writing for children for the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. Renée has also worked as a consultant within the non-profit sector, specifically around teaching for social justice and the role of art in social justice, providing professional development workshops and leadership trainings to artists, staff, executives, and board of directors. Some of her clients include Carnegie Hall, DreamYard, Lincoln Center, RAW Art Works, and Writers in the Schools-Portland. In the summer of 2016 Renée launched I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts. She launched the #LangstonsLegacy Campaign to raise funds to lease the Harlem brownstone where Langston Hughes lived and created during the last twenty years of his life. Her hope is to preserve the legacy of Langston Hughes and build on it by providing programming for emerging writers. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon and currently lives in New York City. For more information about Renée visit her website.
Yangsook Choi, Winter 2020 Residency
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.
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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 (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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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, 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 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 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 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 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 is the author of Visiting Days, set in a maximum-security men’s prison, as well as two other poetry collections: Kind, which explores the dynamic between humans and (other) animals, and Doris’ Red Spaces. She also co-wrote, with Jenny Brown, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals. 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.
Jenny Bak, Publishing: The Big Picture, Summer 2019 Residency
Jenny Bak is the editor of James Patterson’s books for young readers, and also acquires stories that reflect the JIMMY mission to create books that inspire a lifelong love of reading in children. Recent projects include Patterson’s Middle School and Maximum Ride series, the #1 NYT bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, the IndieBound MG hit How to Be a Supervillain, the picture book Big Words for Little Geniuses, and her most recent NYT bestseller, Girls of Paper and Fire. Prior to joining JIMMY, Jenny worked at Egmont UK in London, as well as at Penguin and HarperCollins in New York.
Sven Birkerts, Publishing: The Big Picture, Summer 2019 Residency
Sven Birkerts is the author of 10 books of essays and memoir. He has taught at Mt. Holyoke and Harvard and was the Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars for 10 years. Author of The Gutenberg Elegies, Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, and My Sky Blue Trades, Sven is the editor of AGNI magazine at Boston University.
Steven Huff, Publishing: The Big Picture, Summer 2019 Residency
Steven Huff is the founder, editor, and publisher of Tiger Bark Press, a nonprofit press focusing on high-quality poetry, with occasional forays into the realms of literary criticism and nonfiction. The former executive director of BOA Editions, Ltd., he also directed adult education and programs at the Writers Books community literary center in Rochester, New York, and taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, Steve is the author of a collection of stories, A Pig in Paris (2008), and two collections of poems, The Water We Came From (2003) and More Daring Escapes, published by Red Hen Press in 2008.
Sanj Kharbanda, Publishing: The Big Picture, Summer 2019 Residency
Sanj Kharbanda is currently the Director of Sales Marketing at Beacon Press. He joined Beacon in 2017 after holding executive positions in marketing and digital strategy at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Sanj thrives at the intersection of books, marketing, and technology: he is an engineer by training, but books and book selling are his passion.
Kate Layte, Publishing: The Big Picture, Summer 2019 Residency
After 10 years working in the book business, Kate Layte opened the Papercuts JP (Jamaica Plain) bookstore in 2014. Her first book job was at a Borders Bookstore; her first job in publishing was at Hachette, where she learned the backend of the business by working in customer service. While there, she earned a Publishing Certificate from Boston University, then landed a position in the Managing Editorial department at Little, Brown. “All of it intrigued me, but I missed the alchemy of handselling books,” said Kate. “And when the idea of my own bookstore took hold, I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my life.” In addition to running her full-time bookstore operation, Kate and her staff have also started a press. Their first publication was The Papercuts Anthology. They went on to publish three books under the imprint Cutlass Press: The Paragraphs, by local music legend Rick Berlin; A Dream Between Two Rivers the first collection of short stories by KL Pereira; and an anthropomorphic crime novel RAGGED, Or the Loveliest Lies of All by Christopher Irvin. The second volume of The Papercuts Anthology will be released later this year. Papercuts has received Best of Boston Awards from The Improper Bostonian and Boston Magazine.
Julia Ringo, Publishing: The Big Picture, Summer 2019 Residency
Julia Ringo is an associate editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, working with literary fiction and narrative nonfiction in English and translation. Previous employers include Alfred A. Knopf and Publishers Group West. A native of Seattle, she is a graduate of Pomona College.
Emily Miles Terry, Publishing: The Big Picture, Summer 2019 Residency
Emily Miles Terry is the New York Times bestselling author of Nesting, It’s a Chick Thing and Postcards from the Bump. She is the co-founder of Open Book Publicity, a boutique literary publicity firm representing bestselling books in a wide range of genres from fiction to health and cooking to history. Emily is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and PEN New England and serves on two alumni boards of Columbia University. Currently, Emily lives in the Boston area where you can find her either talking about books or writing them.
Zoraida Córdova, Summer 2019 Residency
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Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old, a YA anthology forthcoming from Imprint/Macmillan in fall 2020. Her upcoming YA novels include Star Wars: A Crash of Fate (Disney/LucasFilm 2019) and Incendiary, book one in the Hollow Crown duology (Disney/Hyperion 2020). Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning her next adventure. Follow her on Instagram.
Leah Falk, Summer 2019 Residency
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Leah Falk’s poems and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, FIELD, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She’s received support for her writing from the Yiddish Book Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Asylum Arts, and the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. She lives in Philadelphia and runs programming at the Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden. She’s also the creator of MFA Day Job, a repository of interviews with writers about writing and making a living.
Rashin Kheiriyeh, Summer 2019 Residency
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Rashin Kheiriyeh is an internationally recognized, award-winning illustrator/author, animation director, and painter who has published more than seventy children’s books in countries such as the United State, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, Spain, South Korea, China, Brazil, India, and Iran. She has received fifty national and international awards for her books and animations, including the 2017 Sandak Fellow Award in New York. She is also a six-time winner at the Bologna Book Fair, Italy, and the winner of Golden Apple Award at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia. She has an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Illustration and MFA in Graphic design from Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran. She also studied at School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. She is a lecturer at the University of Maryland’s Department of Art. Rashin enjoys illustrating for the New York Times, Google, and many other publication houses around the world. Visit her website.
Jason Lutes, Summer Residency 2019
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Jason Lutes graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 1991. He is the author of the graphic novels Jar of Fools, Houdini: The Handcuff King, and Berlin, which Forbes magazine called, “One of the most ambitious, important and fully-realized works of graphic literature yet created.” He currently teaches comics at a two-year MFA program at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.
Catherine Parnell, Summer 2019 Residency
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Catherine Parnell is the Senior Associate Editor for Consequence Magazine. Her publications include the nonfiction chapbook, The Kingdom of His Will, as well as stories, interviews, and blog posts in The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, Barnhouse, Redivider, TSR: The Southampton Review, Post Road, The Baltimore Review, roger, and other literary magazines, as well as various newspapers and newsletters.
Julian Randall, Summer 2019 Residency
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Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT, and The Watering Hole, a home for writers of color in the south. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Julian is the curator of Winter Tangerine’s Lineage of Mirrors, a living archive of poets of color and their creative influences. His work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, and Poetry magazine, and anthologized in Bettering American Poetry, Nepantla and Furious Flower. He is a candidate for his MFA in Poetry at Ole Miss. His first book, Refuse (Pitt, Fall 2018), is the winner of the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He talks a lot about poems on Twitter.
Renée Watson, Writer-in-Residency, Summer 2019 Residency
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Renée Watson is a New York Times Bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. The middle-grade novel Betty Before X she wrote with Ilyasah Shabazz. Renée’s newest work, Watch Us Rise, is co-written with Ellen Hagan. Her children’s picture books and novels for teens have received several awards and international recognition. Renée ‘s book This Side of Home was nominated for the Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Her picture book, Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills received several honors including an NAACP Image Award nomination in children’s literature. Her picture book A Place Where Hurricanes Happen is based on poetry workshops she facilitated with children in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In the summer of 2016 Renée launched I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts. She launched the #LangstonsLegacy Campaign to raise funds to lease the Harlem brownstone where Langston Hughes lived and created during the last twenty years of his life. Her hope is to preserve the legacy of Langston Hughes and build on it by providing programming for emerging writers. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon and currently lives in New York City. For more information about Renée visit her website.
Zack Rogow, Summer 2019 Residency
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Zack Rogow is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books or plays. His new book of poems, Irreverent Litanies, will be published in 2019 by Regal House. Rogow’s other books of poetry include Talking with the Radio, poems inspired by jazz and popular music. His play Colette Uncensored (coauthored with Lorri Holt) will run at Cerimon House in Portland, Oregon, during the AWP conference in March 2019. The play had its first public reading at the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in 2015; was performed at The Marsh in San Francisco/Berkeley in 2016–17, and in London at the Canal Café Theatre in 2018. Rogow is the editor of an anthology of poetry of the U.S.A., The Face of Poetry, from University of California Press. He has taught in several MFA in Creative Writing programs, and serves as a contributing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader. For more information, visit his website.
Peter Selgin, Summer 2019 Residency
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Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. He has published a novel, an essay collection, three books on the writer’s craft, and several children’s books. His memoir, The Inventors, won the 2017 Housatonic Book Award. His play, A God in the House, was a Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist. A visual artist as well as a writer, his illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Gourmet, and elsewhere. He is an affiliate faculty member of Antioch University’s low-residency MFA program in Los Angeles, and currently resides in Georgia.
Tanya Whiton, Summer 2019 Residency
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Tanya Whiton’s flash fiction has recently been featured in The Cincinnati Review, Al Pie de la Letra, and Fanzine. Her story “Up” was nominated for the 2018 Best Microfiction Anthology, and in 2017 she received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest. Tanya’s short stories have been published in Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices, North Dakota Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Northwest Review, and Crazyhorse. In 2017 she won second prize in Zoetrope: All Story’s Short Fiction Contest; and her epistolary story, “Atlantic Window in a New England Character,” was recently selected as a finalist for the 2019 Tennessee Williams Contest. Other recent projects include: “The Zen Speaker: Breaking the Silence,” a documentary film directed by Robin Greenspun and slated for release in 2019; a traveling exhibit about trailblazing workers-rights advocate Frances Perkins; and Are You Really My Friend? (The Book), by Tanja Hollander. Tanya has taught creative writing and professional development skills for writers for the Lesley Seminars, Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and the University of Southern Maine. From January 2007–August 2016, she served as the Associate Director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program. Visit her website.
Sheela Chari, Winter 2019 Residency
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Sheela Chari is the author of Finding Mighty, a Junior Library Guild Selection and Amazon Best Book of the Month selection; and Vanished, an APALA Children’s Literature Honor Book, Edgar finalist for best juvenile mystery, and Al’s Book Club Pick on the Today Show. She teaches creative writing at Mercy College and lives with her family in New York. Visit her website.
Lucy Cleland, Winter 2019 Residency
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Lucy V. Cleland is a literary agent and dramatic rights manager at Kneerim Williams, where she works with both new and established authors on a range of projects from groundbreaking “big idea” nonfiction to upmarket fiction and select YA/children’s titles. A Southern transplant to Boston, Lucy graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College where she studied English and studio art. Lucy enjoys beautifully written stories that surprise her and loves working with authors whose passion for their subject is contagious. She represents unconventional social and cultural history, literary narrative nonfiction and memoir with a contemporary slant. She’s looking for novels with rich, distinctive atmosphere and a powerful plot engine that keeps her turning pages. In YA, she’s drawn to a smile-worthy hook, quick banter, and rebellious protagonists who push boundaries and grapple with tough questions, in our world or another. She also represents select quirky children’s nonfiction that nourishes curiosity. Across the board, she is actively seeking underrepresented voices.
Angela Dominguez, Winter 2019 Residency
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Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, and now resides on the East Coast. She is the author and illustrator of several books for children including Maria Had a Little Llama, which received the ALA Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. In 2016, she received her second Pura Belpré Honor for her illustrations in Mango, Abuela, and Me (written by Meg Medina). Her debut middle grade novel, Stella Díaz Has Something to Say, was published January 2018. When Angela is not in her studio, she teaches at the Academy of Art University, which honored her with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. Angela is a proud member of SCBWI, PEN America, and is represented by Wernick and Pratt Literary Agency. As a child, she loved reading books and making a mess creating pictures. She’s delighted to still be doing both.
John Florio, Winter 2019 Residency
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John Florio is the author of One Nation Under Baseball: How the 1960s Collided with the National Pastime, and One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title. His young adult book, War in the Ring: Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, and the Fight Between America and Hitler, will be released in the spring of 2019. John’s debut novel, Sugar Pop Moon, received a starred review from Library Journal; his follow-up, Blind Moon Alley, received the same from Publishers Weekly. Kirkus Reviews says his fiction is “hardboiled enough to remind readers of Hammett and Chandler.” John has contributed to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Sports Illustrated. He has also produced and written television documentaries for Ovation TV, and children’s programming for PBS stations. John received his MFA in writing from the University of Southern Maine (Stonecoast). He holds a MA from New York University, and a MBA from St. John’s University. He has taught writing at St. John’s, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Lee Hope, Winter 2019 Residency
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Lee Hope is the author of the novel Horsefever (New Rivers Press), which made its mark on the Small Press Distribution Bestseller List when it was published in 2016 and went on to be a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards. Lee is also 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.
Crystal King, Winter 2019 Residency
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Crystal King is a 25-year marketing, social media and communications veteran, freelance writer and Pushcart-nominated poet. She is the author of The Chef’s Secret (Feb 12, 2019), about the famous Renaissance chef Bartolomeo Scappi, and Feast of Sorrow, about the ancient Roman gourmand, Apicius. Currently, Crystal works as a social media professor for HubSpot, a leading provider of Inbound marketing software. Crystal has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at Harvard Extension School, Boston University, UMass Boston, and GrubStreet. Crystal received her MA in Critical and Creative Thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in media res. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or on her website.
Marika McCoola, Winter 2019 Residency
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Marika McCoola is an illustrator, educator, and the Eisner-nominated and New York Times bestselling author of Baba Yaga’s Assistant. She studied illustration, art history, creative writing, and ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and received her BFA in Illustration in 2009. Marika then went on to study creative writing and children’s literature at Simmons College, receiving an MFA in Writing for Children in 2012. In addition to writing and illustrating, Marika is an adjunct professor for various undergraduate programs, manages Porter Square Book Fairs, and teaches art and writing classes for kids and adults. When not in danger of being squashed by books, Marika may be found skiing, cycling, or dancing. She currently resides in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Diane Mello-Goldner, Winter 2019 Residency
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Diane Mello-Goldner earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from Lehigh University and a B.A. from Boston College. Her publications and scholarly work focus on the self-concept and the strategy of self-handicapping. More broadly, her research interests and numerous conference presentations have focused on goal attainment, leadership, and pedagogical effectiveness. She has taught at Pine Manor College since 1994 and has served as the Dean of the College since 2014. Along with teaching a variety of psychology courses through the years, she also teaches an interdisciplinary detective fiction course with a member of Pine Manor College’s undergraduate English program.
Wendy Mnookin, Winter 2019 Residency
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Wendy Mnookin’s most recent book of poems, Dinner with Emerson (Tiger Bark Press, 2016), won a “Must Read” Award from the Mass Center for the Book. Her previous books are The Moon Makes Its Own Plea, What He Took, and To Get Here, all from BOA Editions, and—with Deborah Davison—Guenever Speaks, a book of persona poems (Round Table Publications). She is widely published in anthologies and journals, including Harvard Review, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner and Solstice, and her poetry has been featured on Poetry Daily and Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. Wendy is the recipient of a book prize from the New England Poetry Club and a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught poetry at Boston College, Emerson College, and Grub Street, as well as at various summer workshops. She lives with her husband in Newton, Massachusetts, where they raised their three children.
Alex Meyers, Winter 2019 Residency
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Alex Myers is a teacher, writer, speaker, and advocate. Alex was the first openly transgender student at Phillips Exeter Academy and subsequently at Harvard University. He has worked as an English teacher in private high schools and also as an advocate and educator for supporting transgender students in schools. Alex’s debut novel, Revolutionary, was published by Simon Schuster in 2014; it tells the story of his ancestor, Deborah Sampson, who ran away from home in 1782, disguised herself as a man, and fought in the Revolutionary War.
Rubin Pfeffer, Winter 2019 Residency
Rubin Pfeffer served as President and Publisher of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Trade, working with world-renowned writers and illustrators of adult and children’s literature including Alice Walker, Umberto Eco, Virginia Hamilton, Mem Fox, Wendell Minor, Don Wood, among many others. As SVP and Chief Creative Officer of Pearson, Inc. Pfeffer coordinated programs between the Penguin imprints and Pearson’s educational products and services. Later, he joined Simon Schuster as SVP and Publisher of Children’s Books overseeing such fine imprints as SS BFYR, Atheneum, McElderry Books and the launching of Beach Lane Books. Rubin founded Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC, a literary agency focused on children’s content, representing industry luminaries, award-winners, and exciting new talents. Among his distinguished clients are Susan Cooper, Patricia MacLachlan, Steven Kellogg, Marion Dane Bauer, Arree Chung, Elana K. Arnold, Ekua Holmes, Carole Boston Weatherford, Judy Sierra, and others whose many books are in the publishing pipeline as we speak. He lives and works in the Boston area and speaks about the publishing industry at such venues as Simmons College Masters courses, the SCBWI, Highlights, and Syracuse University. Rubin has found his passion in working closely with authors and illustrators, in strengthening and nurturing their work, and in helping writers and illustrators demonstrate their potential to publishers.
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Winter 2019 Residency
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Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV. She’s won 34 Emmys and dozens more journalism honors. The nationally bestselling author of 10 mysteries, Hank is also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, three Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and—for The Other Woman—the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Called “a master of suspense” and “a superb and gifted storyteller” by critics, she is the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her novels have been named Library Journal’s Best of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Hank’s newest book is the standalone psychological suspense thriller Trust Me (August, 2018), which a Suspense Magazine’s reviewer calls “By far one of the best thrillers I’ve read in years.” The Booklist starred review says “A knockout!” and the New York Post, BOOK BUB, Real Simple Magazine, and CrimeReads named it one of the best thrillers of summer 2018. Hank is a founder of MWA University and past president of National Sisters in Crime. Visit her website.
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 her website 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 her website.
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 his website.
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 his website and/or his blog.
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. Visit her website.
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.
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 website. 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, with Edward J. Grug III on the graphic novel Gingerbread Houses, and with Bill Duncan on the anthology series Picture Story Theater. 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 (Atheneum) illustrated 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. Visit her website.
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 his website.
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 website.
Jabari Asim – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Jabari Asim is an associate professor at Emerson College, where he directs the graduate program in writing, literature and publishing. He is also the Executive Editor of The Crisis magazine, a preeminent journal of politics, ideas, and culture published by the NAACP and founded by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910. He is the author of 13 books, including Preaching To The Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis and Fifty Cents And A Dream: Young Booker T. Washington. His reviews, essays, and cultural criticism have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Los Angeles Times among others. Jabari has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, the Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, a Jefferson Cup Honor from the Virginia Library Association, and two NAACP Image Award nominations.
Richard Garcia – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Richard Garcia won the 2016 Press 53 award for his book of prose poems, Porridge, published in March of 2016. His book, The Other Odyssey, from Dream Horse Press, won the American Poetry Journal Book Award for 2014; and The Chair, from BOA, published in 2015, was chosen as the best poetry book of 2015 by Poetry Magazine. Richard’s poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina and is on the staff of the Antioch Low-Residency MFA in Los Angeles.
Joel Christian Gill – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Author, educator, historian, advocate, activist and cartoonist Joel Christian Gill crisscrosses the country speaking about Black History and Black History Month. Using #28daysarenotenough, he focuses on the way that we teach Black History as separate from American History; they are not only intertwined, they are in fact the same. Joel uses stories of everyday black people to explain that America is so much more than a collection of disparate interest groups; we share a common story. He believes that it is our stories that connect us. His comics series Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History and Tales of The Talented Tenth use historical events and dynamic illustration to illuminate why it’s important to share our stories to rebuild a community based on empathy. The New York Times says: “At a moment when racial inequities have ignited this nation, Mr. Gill offers direction for the road ahead from the road behind.”
Stephanie Elizondo Griest – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Stephanie Elizondo Griest is a globetrotting author from South Texas. Her books include the travel memoirs Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004) and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines (Washington Square Press/Simon Schuster, 2008); the best-selling guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers’ Tales, 2007); and the forthcoming All the Agents Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands (UNC Press, 2017). She has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, VQR, The Believer, and the Oxford American, and was editor of the anthology Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010. An Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill, Stephanie has lectured across the globe, including as a U.S. State Department Literary Ambassador to Venezuela. She is Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her awards include a Henry Luce Scholarship to China, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, and a Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting. Visit her website at StephanieElizondoGriest.com.
Laban Carrick Hill – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Laban Carrick Hill is the author of more than 40 books, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop, Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner Dave the Potter: Artist Slave Poet, and the National Book Award Finalist Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance. Laban has also taught writing at the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College, Columbia University, Baruch College, St. Michael’s College in Vermont, and the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He is co-founder and still co-directs the Writers Project of Ghana, which promotes literacy and literary culture and publishes literary books in Ghana. In 2010, Laban went to the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka to teach writing on a Fulbright Fellowship. The U.S. State Department has also brought him to Egypt, the Philippines, and Indonesia to lecture on American culture, African American history, hip-hop, and writing.
Donika Kelly – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Donika Kelly’s debut collection, Bestiary (Graywolf Press 2016), was selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin; and in 2013, she received a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. Donika is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a 2004 June Fellow of the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in West Branch, Indiana Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. Donika is an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches creative writing.
Brendan Kiely – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Brendan Kiely is The
New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, was twice awarded Best Fiction for Young Adults (2015, 2017) by the American Library Association, and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in New York City.
Dennis Lehane – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Solstice founding faculty member and writer-in-residence Dennis Lehane is the author of myriad short stories and novels, including Mystic River, winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel, the Barry Award for Best Novel, and the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction. Mystic River was also a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and was released as an Academy Award-winning film directed by Clint Eastwood. Dennis’s books Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island, and Live by Night have also been made into acclaimed films. A Massachusetts native, Dennis is the author of the Patrick Kenzie series of Boston detective novels. His short story “Until Gwen” was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2005, The Best American Mystery Short Stories 2005, and New Stories from the South 2005, and is the basis of his play “Coronado,” which premiered in New York City in December 2005. Writer-in-Residence at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dennis is the co-director of the Writers in Paradise Conference and was a staff writer for HBO’s The Wire. He has taught fiction and literature at the Harvard Extension School, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and Tufts University. His newest novel is Since We Fell (May, 2017). The Cleveland Plain Dealer called Dennis Lehane “one of the best writers of his generation, period.” Visit his website.
Eric May – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Eric Charles May is the author of the novel Bedrock Faith, which was named a Notable African-American Title by Publishers Weekly and a Top Ten Debut Novel for 2014 by Booklist Magazine. A 2015 recipient of the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, Eric is a former reporter for The Washington Post. His fiction has appeared in Fish Stories, Solstice, Hypertext, Flyleaf Journal, F, and Criminal Class magazines, and the multi-genre anthology We Speak Chicagoease. His nonfiction has also appeared in Sport Literate, Chicago Tribune, and the personal essay anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck. He has taught at the Chicago Writers, Stonecoast, and Northwestern University writers’ conferences. In Chicago, he has read personal essays with the “2nd Story” and the “That’s All She Wrote” series.
Peter Nelson – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Peter Nelson has published both fiction and nonfiction in a variety of national magazines, including Harpers, Playboy, Esquire, MS, Outside, The Iowa Review, National Wildlife, Glamour and Redbook. He was a columnist for Mademoiselle, a staff writer for LIVE Magazine, and a contributing editor for Wondertime magazine. His WWII history, Left for Dead (Random House, 2002) won the 2003 Christopher Award and was named to the American Library Association’s 2003 top ten list. His other nonfiction titles include That Others May Live (Crown, 2000), A More Unbending Battle’ The Harlem Hellfighters’ Struggle for Democracy in WWI and Equality at Home (Basic Civitas, 2004), and Finding Riley; Saving Myself (Skyhorse, 2013) which was a 2014 finalist in the International Book Awards, memoirs category. His novel, I Thought You Were Dead (Algonquin, April 2010), was named an Indie Next #1 Choice and reached the NEIBA Bestsellers List. Over all, he has published 150+ articles, 25+ works of short fiction and 30+ books.
Monika Prince – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Monica Prince received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a focus in poetry and choreopoems from Georgia College State University, and her Bachelors of Arts degree in English Creative Writing with a minor in the Pedagogy of Poetry from Knox College. She has been a teaching artist in Georgia, Texas, and now Colorado since 2012. Her work has been featured in MadCap Review, The Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, The Sula Collective, and The Rain, Party Disaster Society. Her choreopoem, Testify, was produced by the Cutout Theater in Brooklyn, New York, in December 2015. Currently, she teaches English Composition at Metropolitan State University of Denver, tutors writing at the Community College of Aurora, teaches creative writing at Fairview High School in Boulder, and writes and edits for Aquarius Press/Willow Books. This spring, she spoke at Practical Magic Live in San Antonio, Texas, and performed at the 10th Annual Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival in Denver. When not running around the Denver metro area, she enjoys poetry readings, excessive games of solitaire, and dancing to 90’s RB in her living room.
Bianca Stone – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours, and artist/collaborator on a special illustrated edition of Anne Carson’s Antigonick. Bianca runs the Ruth Stone Foundation Monk Books with her husband, the poet Ben Pease in Vermont and Brooklyn.
Tanya Whiton – Special Guest, Summer 2017 Residency
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Tanya Whiton’s fiction has been published in Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices, North Dakota Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Northwest Review and Crazyhorse 63, among others. Her short story “Giving Her Away” was included in the anthology The Way Life Should Be: A Collection of Stories by Contemporary Maine Writers. She collaborated on the adaptation of her first Maine-based noir piece, “The Deal,” for an eponymous short film, which won a Special Jury Prize at the U.S. National Short Film Competition. She has twice been the recipient of the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine writers, and has received two New England Press Association Awards for her nonfiction work. Her book Two for the Road: Adventures in Maine, a collection of travel essays created in collaboration with photographer Heidi Killion, was published in 2014. Tanya has taught creative writing for the Lesley Seminars, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, and the University of Southern Maine; she also teaches professional development skills for writers, on topics ranging from basic oral interpretation skills to marketing to navigating the indie publishing process. From January 2007 through August 2016, she served as the Associate Director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program. Visit her website.
Delia Cabe – Special Guest, Winter 2017 Residency
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Delia Cabe’s book, Storied Bars of New York: Where Literary Luminaries go to Drink (Countryman Press, division of W.W. Norton), is forthcoming in June 2017. Her work has appeared in Self, Prevention, Health, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Scientific American Presents, Fayetteville (NC) Times, Fayetteville (NC) Observer, and other publications; as well as on CBS’s “HealthWatch” and other Web sites. She is a Senior Affiliated Faculty Member in the Writing, Literature Publishing Department at Emerson College.
Ann Collette – Special Guest, Winter 2017 Residency
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Ann Collette was a freelance writer and editor for more than fifteen years before joining the Rees Literary Agency in 2000. Her list includes books by New York Times bestselling author B. A. Shapiro, Edgar nominee Ashley Weaver, Oprah’s “Unputdownable Mysteries” author Mark Pryor, Anthony Nominee Vicki Lane, RT Award Nominees Clay and Susan Griffith, and national bestsellers Carol Carr, Steven Sidor, and Chrystle Fiedler. She likes literary, upscale commercial women’s fiction, thrillers, and mystery; in nonfiction, she prefers narrative nonfiction, military and war, work to do with race and class, and work set in or about Southeast Asia. Ann does not represent children’s, YA, sci-fi, or high fantasy (Lord of the Rings-type books).
Kaylee Davis – Special Guest, Winter 2017 Residency
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Kaylee Davis grew up in The Middle of Nowhere, Ohio, where her lifeline to sanity was the local library where she nurtured her love of all things literary. Kaylee received B.A.s in English Literature and Sociology from Miami University, and she is certified in copyediting from Emerson College. As a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary, she is actively acquiring middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult fiction. (Though she can answer general questions about picture books, too.) Her particular interests include science fiction, fantasy, thriller, contemporary, literary, LGBTQ+, and crossover. Kaylee is drawn to exciting, thought-provoking stories with a fresh perspective that explores what it means to be human. She loves plot twists, multiple points of view, genre-bending, unlikely allies, flawed heroes, and unforgettable stories that are both literally and figuratively out of this world. She is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts, and you can find her on twitter at @Kaylee_Davis_ and on her website.
Paul Karasik – Special Guest, Winter 2017 Residency
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Paul Karasik is an internationally recognized cartoonist and teacher who served as Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly’s RAW magazine. Paul co-created (with David Mazzuchelli), City of Glass, the graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster’s book. It was named by The Comics Journal as one of the “Best Comics of the 20th Century” and has been translated in more than 20 editions worldwide. With his sister, Judy, Paul created The Ride Together, a Memoir of Autism in the Family, winner of the Autism Society of America’s “Best Literary Work of the Year.” Paul also co-edited the coffee-table companion catalogue to the first major American exhibition of comics, Masters of American Comics; it was co-sponsored by the Hammer and MOCCA Museums. His anthology celebrating forgotten comics visionary Fletcher Hanks received an Eisner Award, the highest honor in the field. Paul’s cartoons often appear in The New Yorker. He has taught and lectured at the Rhode Island School of Design; the School of Visual Arts in New York City; Princeton University; The Center for Cartoon Studies; the Scuola di Comics Internazionale in Italy; The Animation Workshop in Denmark; and the EESI school in Angouleme, France.
Helen Elaine Lee – Writer-in-Residence, Special Guest, Winter 2017 Residency
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Helen Elaine Lee is a novelist and short-story writer, whose books include The Serpent’s Gift and Water Marked. She recently finished Life Without, a novel about the lives of ten people incarcerated in two neighboring U.S. prisons; and The Hard Loss, a novel about a DNA exoneree’s first week of freedom after 24 years of incarceration for a crime he did not commit. Stories from Life Without have appeared in Callaloo, Prairie Schooner, Hanging Loose, Best African American Fiction 2009, and Solstice Lit Magazine. Helen is a member of the Board of Directors of PEN New England, and she serves on its Freedom to Write Committee and volunteers with its Prison Creative Writing Program. She has also written about the experience of teaching creative writing in prison in a New York Times Book Review essay, “Visible Men.” Her short story, “Lesser Crimes” was published in in the Boston Review. A Solstice MFA Program Writer-in-Residence, Helen also serves as Professor of Fiction Writing in MIT’s Comparative Media Studies/Writing department.
Kevin McLellan – Special Guest, Winter 2017 Residency
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Kevin McLellan is the author of Tributary (2015), a full-length poetry collection published by Barrow Street; the chapbook Round Trip (2010), a collaborative series with numerous women poets published by Seven Kitchens; and the book arts project,
(2016) published by Letter [r] Press). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poems have appeared in myriad journals including: American Letters Commentary, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, Pangyrus, West Branch, Western Humanities Review, Witness, and several others. Kevin lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Martin Naparsteck – Special Guest, Winter 2017 Residency
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Martin Naparsteck has published eight books: two novels about the Vietnam War, War Song and A Hero’s Welcome; a collection of stories, Saying Things; a book of writing advice, Honesty in the Use of Words; a remembrance of his friendship with one of his favorite writers, Richard Yates Up Close; and, most recently, three works of history: Sex and Manifest Destiny, Mrs. Mark Twain, and The Trial of Susan B. Anthony. His shorter work, both fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in North American Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, Mississippi Review, Writer’s Chronicle, and more than 100 other publications. One of his short stories, “The 9:13,” was made into a 15-minute award-winning film in Australia. He has won more than two dozen writing awards, including a Book-of-the-Month Club Fellowship competition judged by William Styron and Ralph Ellison. He has taught at 11 colleges in New York, Pennsylvania, and Utah, usually part-time, allowing him to be a full-time writer for more than half a century.
Laurie Stolarz – Special Guest, Winter 2017 Residency
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Laurie Stolarz is the author of several popular young-adult novels including the Dark House series, the Touch series, Project 17, and Bleed, all published by Disney/Hyperion Books for Children. She also wrote the bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series by Flux Publications. With more than a million books sold worldwide, Laurie’s titles have been translated into over twenty languages, named on numerous award lists—including the Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers list and the Top Ten Teen Pick list, through the American Library Association—and have been optioned for television. Her new book, Shutter, is just out in October of 2016. For more information, please visit her website.
Michael White – Special Guest, Winter 2017 Residency
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Michael White is the author of seven novels, the latest of which is Resting Places (2016). His other novels include Soul Catcher, a Booksense and Historical Novels Review selection; and A Brother’s Blood, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers nominee. His novel Beautiful Assassin won the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Fiction. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Marked Men. His stories have appeared in more than 50 national magazines and journals. He was the founding editor of both American Fiction and Dogwood. He was also the founder and is former director of Fairfield University’s MFA Creative Writing Program.
Sharon Dennis Wyeth – Special Guest, Winter 2017 Residency
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Sharon Dennis Wyeth has received wide critical acclaim for her picture books, historical fiction, and contemporary middle grade and young-adult novels. Something Beautiful, her picture book illustrated by Chris Soentpiet, is widely used in classrooms and has received numerous citations including Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year. Always My Dad, illustrated by Raul Colon, is a Reading Rainbow Book. Her latest picture book, The Granddaughter Necklace, based on stories handed down in her own African American family, is a Children’s Book Council Notable Book. Sharon’s books are realistic while maintaining an optimistic perspective. She covers many themes including poverty, divorce, race, identity, family, the strength found in community, and the transformative power of beauty. She is a graduate of Harvard University and received her M.A. in Creative Writing/Memoir from Hunter College. She has taught Creative Writing at Hollins and Fordham Universities and is a frequent lecturer at conferences. She has visited hundreds of schools throughout the United States and abroad, inspiring students to become avid readers and fearless writers. Visit her website.
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
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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 her website.
Lee Hope—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency
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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. Visit her website.
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 website.
Ryan Murphy—Special Guest, Summer 2016 Residency, Publishing Panel
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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 her website.
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 her website.
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.
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 his website.
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 his website or Twitter.
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 website.
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 or her blog, Your Digital Tattoo.
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 website.
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 website.
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 website.
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, visit his website.
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. Visit his website.
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.). Visit her website. 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. Visit her website her website.
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 (SS, 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. Visit her website.
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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Julia Glass 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.
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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.
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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.
© Diana L.B. Dutton
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.
© Alexander Devora
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.
© Nelson Hancock
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.
© Thomas Vo
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 her website.
© Melissa Rocklen
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.
© Marion Ettlinger
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.
© Shannon Wucherer
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 her website.
© Crystal King
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 or on Google+.
© Bill Betcher
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
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.
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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.
© Noah Baker
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.
© Amanda S. Merullo
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 his website.
© Thomas Sullivan
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