Fred Leebron, program director, is a Professor of English at Gettysburg College, and a former director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His novels include Six Figures, In the Middle of All This, and Out West. He has received a Pushcart Prize, a Michener Award, a Stegner Fellowship, and an O. Henry Award. He is co-editor of Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology and co-author of Creating Fiction: A Writer's Companion.
Jane Alison is the author of the memoir The Sisters Antipodes (Harcourt 2009), and the novels Natives and Exotics (Harcourt 2005); The Marriage of the Sea (FSG 2003 - a New York Times Notable Book), and The Love-Artist (FSG 2001), which has been translated into seven languages. Her short fiction and critical writings have appeared in TriQuarterly, Five Points, Seed, and The Germanic Review, among others. She has coedited a multivolume critical series on women writers and has also published several biographies for children. Educated at Princeton and Columbia, she also teaches at the University of Miami. www.janealison.com
Geoffrey Becker's book of stories, Black Elvis, won the 2008 Flannery O'Connor Prize for Fiction and will be published by the University of Georgia Press in the fall of 2009. His novel, Hot Springs, is forthcoming from Tin House books. He is the author of two previous books, Dangerous Men, a collection that won the Drue Heinz Prize, and Bluestown, a novel. His other awards and honors include an NEA fellowship, selection for the Best American Short Stories anthology, the Nelson Algren Award from The Chicago Tribune, and the Parthenon Prize. He teaches writing at Towson University in Maryland, where he also directs the graduate program in Professional Writing.
Pinckney Benedict has published two collections of short fiction, Town Smokes and The Wrecking Yard, and a novel, Dogs of God. His stories have appeared in, among other magazines and anthologies, Esquire, Zoetrope All-Story, the O. Henry Award series, the New Stories from the South series, Ontario Review, the Pushcart Prize series, and The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. He is the recipient, among other prizes, of a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Literary Fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, a Michener Fellowship from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, and Britain's Steinbeck Award. He has taught on the creative writing faculties at Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Princeton University, and Hollins University. He is a professor in the English Department at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
Ann Cummins M.F.A., M.A. (University of Arizona 1989, Johns Hopkins 1987) is the author of the story collection Red Ant House, and novel, Yellowcake. A 2002 recipient of a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Antioch Review, and elsewhere. Her fiction has been anthologized in a variety of series including The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Prentice Hall Anthology of Women's Literature. She divides her time between Oakland, California and Flagstaff, Arizona, where she teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University.
Jonathan Dee is the author of the novels Palladio, St. Famous, The Liberty Campaign, and The Lover of History. He is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, a frequent literary critic for Harper's, and a former Senior Editor of The Paris Review. In addition to Queens, he teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and The New School. In 2006 he received a Literature Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Elizabeth Evans is the author of five books of fiction. Her short story collections are Suicide's Girlfriend (Harper Collins) and Locomotion (New Rivers Press). Her novels are The Blue Hour (Algonquin), Rowing in Eden (HarperCollins) and Carter Clay (HarperCollins), which was selected by The Los Angeles Times for "The Best Books of 1999." She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a James Michener Fellowship from the University of Iowa, a Lila Wallace Award, and The Four Corners Award; and has been a fellow at MacDowell, Yaddo, Hawthornden International Retreat in Scotland, and other foundations. Evans makes her home in Tucson, where she is Full Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona.
Lauren Groff's first novel, The Monsters of Templeton, was a New York Times and Booksense bestseller, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, and translated into nine languages. Stories from her second book, Delicate Edible Birds, were published in journals and anthologies including the Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, One Story, Best American Short Stories and Best New American Writers. She is the recipient of a Pushcart prize and the Axton Fellowship in Fiction from the University of Louisville, and has received other fellowships from Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, and Ragdale. She lives with her family in Gainesville, Florida.
Daniel Jones is a contributing editor at The New York Times, where he edits the weekly "Modern Love" column in Sunday Styles. He's also the editor of The Bastard on the Couch: 27 Men Try Really Hard to Explain Their Feelings About Love, Loss, Fatherhood, and Freedom, and the author of the novel After Lucy, which was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. His latest book is Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit and Devotion. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, More, Redbook, Stagebill, Indiana Review and elsewhere. He lives with his family in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Andrew Levy is Edna Cooper Chair in English at Butler University in Indianapolis. His most recent book is "A Brain Wider than the Sky: A Migraine Diary" (Simon & Schuster). His book "The First Emancipator" (Random House), was cited as a "Best of 2005" by "The Chicago Tribune," Amazon, and Booklist, and received the Slatten Award from the Virginia Historical Society. He is also the author of "The Culture and Commerce of the American Short Story," co-author of "Creating Fiction: A Writer's Companion," and co-editor of "Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology." His essays and reviews have appeared in "Harper's," "The American Scholar," "Dissent," "Best American Essays," "The Philadelphia Inquirer," and elsewhere.
Katherine Min is the author of the novel Secondhand World (Knopf), which was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Award, given to "an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise." Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, and Prairie Schooner, and have been widely anthologized. Min has received a Pushcart Prize, two New Hampshire Arts Council fellowships, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, she has been a fellow at VCCA, the Millay Colony, Ledig House, and seven times at The MacDowell Colony. She teaches at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. www.katherinemin.com
Daniel Mueller's collection of stories, How Animals Mate, won the Sewanee Fiction Prize in 1999 and was reissued in paperback in 2000. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies, including Playboy, Story, Story Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Crescent Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Orchid and Henfield Prize Stories, and new work is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner and After: An Anthology of Fiction Celebrating Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Child-rearing (Overlook Press). He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Henfield Foundation, University of Virginia, and Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has led fiction workshops at Western Michigan University, Dartmouth College, and numerous summer conferences, including Tinker Mountain writers' Conference, Taos Summer Writers' Conference, Critical Connection, and Fine Arts Work Center's Summer Program of Workshops in Creative Writing and the Visual Arts. He serves on the permanent creative writing faculty of University of New Mexico as an Associate Professor.
Naeem Murr's first novel, The Boy, was a New York Times Notable Book. Another novel, The Genius of the Sea, was published in 2003. His latest, The Perfect Man, was awarded The Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Best Book of Europe and South Asia, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His work has been translated into eight languages. He has received many awards for his writing, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Pen Beyond Margins Award. He has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Missouri, Western Michigan, and Northwestern University, among others.
Jenny Offill is the author of the novel Last Things, which was chosen as a notable or best book of the year by The New York Times, The Village Voice, The L.A. Times and The Guardian (U.K). It was also a finalist for the 1999 L.A. Times First Book Award. She is also co-editor with Elissa Schappell of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She has recently taught at Yale University and the State University of New York at Purchase.
David Payne was educated at the Phillips Exeter Academy and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with highest honors in creative writing in 1977. After a year in the Atlantic scallop fishery, he traveled in Europe and South America, then embarked on his first novel, Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, which was published in 1984 and won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Three subsequent novels - Early from the Dance (Doubleday, 1989), Ruin Creek, a New York Times Notable Book (Doubleday, 1993) and Gravesend Light (Doubleday, 2000) - were set in the fictional town of Killdeer, N.C., and on the Outer Banks. Payne's latest, Back to Wando Passo (Wm Morrow, 2006), is set on a former South Carolina rice plantation in the Georgetown area and involves slave narratives, voudou-like practices, and rock-n-roll. After years in Manhattan and in southwestern Vermont, Payne-who has previously taught at Bennington and Duke, and will teach at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in 2007-- now lives with his family in Hillsborough, N.C. www.davidpaynebooks.com
Susan Perabo is Writer in Residence and Associate Professor of English at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and is the author of a collection of stories, Who I Was Supposed to Be, and a novel, The Broken Places. Stories from the collection have appeared in such places as Story, Glimmer Train, TriQuarterly, The Black Warrior Review, and the anthologies Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South. She has recently published or has work forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Gargoyle, and The Iowa Review.
Patricia Powell is the author of Me Dying Trial, A Small Gathering of Bones, The Pagoda, and a forthcoming novel, Revelation. She is the recipient of a PEN New England Discovery Award and a Lila-Wallace Readers Digest Writer's Award. Powell teaches creative writing at Harvard University.
Nathaniel Rich is a senior editor at The Paris Review. His novel, The Mayor's Tongue, was published last year. He is also the author of a work of nonfiction, San Francisco Noir: The City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present, and has written essays and criticism for The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Slate, and The New York Times.
Steven Rinehart is the author of the 2003 novel Built in a Day and the 1999 short story collection Kick in the Head, both published by Doubleday/Anchor. His short stories have appeared in Harper's, GQ, Story, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He's the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Michener fellowship, and also teaches creative writing at New York University.
Elissa Schappell is the author of Use Me, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, a New York Times Notable Book, and a Los Angeles Times best book of the year. She is a founding editor of Tin House Magazine, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, a frequent reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and formerly senior editor of The Paris Review. She is also co-editor with Jenny Offill of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. Her short fiction, essays and non-fiction have appeared in places such as The Paris Review, SPIN, GQ, The Bitch in the House, The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, The KGB Bar Reader and Cooking and Stealing. She lives in Brooklyn.
Margot Singer is the author of The Pale of Settlement (University of Georgia Press), winner of the 2006 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in many literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, The Gettysburg Review, Agni, The Sun, and elsewhere. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Reform Judaism Prize for Fiction, the Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and the Carter Prize for the Essay. Margot earned her Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Utah; she also holds a master's degree from Oxford and a BA from Harvard. Formerly a partner in the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., she is an Assistant Professor of English at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. www.margot-singer.com
Elizabeth Strout is the author of the 2009 Pulitzer-Prize winner, Olive Kitteridge, a collection of connected short stories set in Maine. She is also the author of the New York Times best-selling Amy and Isabelle, which won the L.A. Times Award for First Fiction, The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and was short listed for the PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as the Orange Prize in England. It was made into a television movie by Harpo Productions. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel Abide With Me. Her short stories and nonfiction have appeared in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and The New York Times. She has taught at Bard College, Warren Wilson's M.F.A. Program, and for many years at Manhattan Community College. She lives in New York City.
Elizabeth Stuckey-French is the author of a novel, Mermaids on the Moon, and a collection of short stories, The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Gettysburg Review, Southern Review, Five Points, and The O'Henry Prize Stories 2005. She is the co-author (with Janet Burroway) of Writing Fiction, the bestselling creative writing textbook now in its seventh edition. She teaches fiction writing at Florida State University.
Ashley Warlick is the author of three novels, The Distance From The Heart of Things (1996), The Summer After June (2000), and Seek the Living (2005), all published by Houghton Mifflin. She is the youngest winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, a founding member of the advisory board for the Novello Festival Press in Charlotte, NC, a book reviewer and columnist. She received a 2006 fellowship in literature from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is at work on her fourth novel.
Cathy Smith Bowers' poems have appeared widely in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. She is a winner of The General Electric Award for Younger Writers, recipient of a South Carolina Poetry Fellowship, and winner of The South Carolina Arts Commission Fiction Project. She served for many years as poet-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte where she received the 2002 JB Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award. She now teaches in the Queens low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. Smith Bowers is the author of three collections of poetry: The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas, Texas Tech University Press, 1992; Traveling in Time of Danger, Iris Press, 1999; and A Book of Minutes, Iris Press, 2004. Her craft essay "A Moment of Intensity" is featured in the 2007 edition of Poet's Market.
Bob Hicok is the author of five books of poetry, including Insomnia Diary (Pitt, 2004), Animal Soul (Invisible Cities Press, 2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Plus Shipping (BOA Editions, 1998), and The Legend of Light (University of Wisconsin Press, 1995), which won the 1995 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and was named a 1997 ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year. His most recent book, This Clumsy Living (Pitt, 2007), was awarded the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize from the Library of Congress. Hicok has also been a recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an NEA Fellowship, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from the American Poetry Review, the Anne Halley Prize from the Massachusetts Review, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His poetry has been published in The New Yorker, APR, Poetry, and The Paris Review, as well as three volumes of Best American Poetry. Hicok is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech.
Cathy Park Hong's first collection, Translating Mo'um, was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second book, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and will be published by W.W. Norton in 2007. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Volt, Denver Quarterly, American Letters and Commentary, Chain, Field, and she has also received a Pushcart Prize. Cathy has written articles and reviews for The Village Voice, The Guardian, Salon, and The New York Times Magazine. Currently, she teaches at New School University.
Sally Keith's first book, Design (University Press of Colorado, 2001), won the 2000 Colorado Prize, judged by Allen Grossman. Her second manuscript Dwelling Song was chosen by Bin Ramke and Fanny Howe for the University of Georgia's Contemporary Poetry Series and will appear in Spring, 2004. She has published poems in several journals, including: American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, and Volt. She was the 2002/03 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College and will be teaching at the University of Rochester next year.
Sebastian Matthews is the author of a collection of poems, We Generous (Red Hen Press), and a memoir, In My Father's Footsteps (Norton). He co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews, a recent finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Matthews teaches part-time at Warren Wilson College and edits Rivendell, a place-based literary journal. His poetry and prose has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Brilliant Corners, Georgia Review, New England Review, Poetry Daily, Poets & Writers, Seneca Review, Tin House and Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. Matthews was recently a recipient of a 2006 North Carolina Artist Grant.
Rebecca McClanahan's most recent book, The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, won the 2005 Glasgow Award for nonfiction. She has also published four volumes of poetry (most recently Naked as Eve) and three books about the writing craft, including Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Boulevard, and numerous anthologies, and her awards include a Pushcart Prize in fiction, the Wood prize from Poetry, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in nonfiction, and (twice) the Carter prize for the essay from Shenandoah. Deep Light: New and Selected Poems, 1987-2007, will appear in February 2007.
James McKean attended Washington State University and The University of Iowa. As an undergraduate, he played basketball for the Washington State Cougars, starting at center from 1965 to 1968. In his junior and senior years, he was selected to the AP's All-Coast second team as well as to Look magazine's Region 8 All-District team. At the University of Iowa, he completed an M.F.A. in the Writers Workshop and a Ph.D. in English. His publications include poems and essays in magazines such as The Atlantic, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review and Gray's Sporting Journal; two books of poems, Headlong from the University of Utah Press, and Tree of Heaven from the University of Iowa Press; and a collection of essays, Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports from Michigan State University Press. His awards include a 1987 Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writer Award in Poetry, a 1994 Iowa Poetry Award, a "notable-essay" mention in the Best American Essays 1999, an essay chosen for the Best American Sports Writing 2003; and a 2006 Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Tinker Mountain Writers' Conference, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Alan Michael Parker is the author of four poetry collections including Jelly Jar Ode & Other Poems, forthcoming from BOA Editions, Ltd. in 2008; a novel, Cry Uncle, as well as editor of the recently published anthology, The Imaginary Poets, and co-editor of two scholarly works. The author of more than 100 poems published in journals including The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Paris Review, and The Yale Review, he has read from his work and lectured widely, including in Las Vegas, on the Menominee reservation, and at the Sorbonne. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and Salon. Two of Alan Michael Parker's collections of poems were named "Notable Books" by the National Book Critics Circle; The Imaginary Poets was runner-up for the 2006 IPPY Award for Best Anthology. His other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the 2003 Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America for a poem on a humanitarian theme, residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a citation from the Modern Language Association. He directs the creative writing program at Davidson College.
Jon Pineda is the author of Birthmark (Southern Illinois University Press, 2004), winner of the 2003 Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry, and the recent winner of the 2007 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose (Western Michigan University) for his second manuscript The Translator's Diary (due out in March 2008). The recipient of a Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, he attended James Madison University and the MFA program in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including the Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, among others. He has been on faculty at the Kundiman Asian American Poets Retreat, held on campus at the University of Virginia. He currently teaches in the English Department at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Robert Polito received his Ph.D. from Harvard. He is the author of Doubles (poetry), A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's Changing Light at Sandover, and Savage Art: Biography of Jim Thompson, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography/Autobiography. He edited the Library of America volumes Crime Novels: Noir of the 1930s & 1940s and Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s. His poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the Voice Literary Supplement, Verse, Threepenny Review, YaleReview, Bookforum, Ploughshares, The New York Times Book Review, Bomb, Fence, Open City, Boston Phoenix, Best American Poetry, and other journals and anthologies. He is a contributing editor to The Boston Review, Pequod, Open City, Bomb, Fence, and Lit. He directs the graduate writing program at The New School.
Claudia Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry, Don't Let Me Be Lonely (Greywolf Press, 2004), Plot (Grove/Atlantic, 2001), The End Of The Alphabet (Grove/Atlantic, 1998), and Nothing in Nature Is Private (Cleveland State University Poetry Press, 1995). Well known for her experimental multi-genre writing, Rankine fuses the lyric, the essay, and the visual in Don't Let Me Be Lonely, a politically and morally fierce examination of solitude in the rapacious and media-driven assault on selfhood that is contemporary America. She is co-editor, with Julia Spahr, of American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and her work has been published in numerous journals and is included in several anthologies. A 2005 recipient of the James Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poetry for distinguished poetic achievement, she also teaches at Pomona College.
Jane Alison (see above)
Natalie Kusz is the author of the memoir Road Song, and has published essays in Harper's, Threepenny Review, McCall's, Real Simple, and other periodicals. Her work has earned, among other honors, a Whiting Writer's Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the NEA, the Bush Foundation, and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. A former faculty member of Bethel College and of Harvard University, she now teaches in the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.
Suzannah Lessard is the author of The Architect of Desire: Beauty and Danger in the Stanford White Family for which she won the Whiting Award. She is currently working on a book about the American landscape for which the working title is Mapping the New World: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Place in the Twenty-first Century. This work has been supported by the Brookings Institution and by the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars where she was a fellow in 2001 to 2002. She also held the Jenny McKean Moore Fellowship at George Washington University from 2002 to 2003 and won the 2003 Anthony Lukas Award for a Work in Progress. From 1975 to 1995 she was a staff writer for The New Yorker, and before that an editor/writer for The Washington Monthly. She has taught creative nonfiction at Columbia School of the Arts, George Mason University, George Washington University and Wesleyan. She currently lives in New York City.
Andrew Levy is Edna Cooper Chair in English at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is author of The Culture and Commerce of the American Short Story, co-author of Creating Fiction: A Writer's Companion, and co-editor of Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology. His most recent book, The First Emancipator (Random House), was cited as a "Best of 2005" by the Chicago Tribune, Amazon, and Booklist, and received the Slatten Award from the Virginia Historical Society. His essays and reviews have appeared in Harper's, The American Scholar, Dissent, Best American Essays, Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewhere.
Sebastian Matthews (see above)
Rebecca McClanahan (see above)
Robert Polito (see above)
Kathryn Rhett (MA, Johns Hopkins, MFA, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop) is an Associate Professor of English and teaches creative writing at Gettysburg College. Her essays have been published in Crab Orchard Review, Creative Nonfiction, Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and elsewhere. She has also published poetry in journals such as Bellingham Review, Grand Street, The Ohio Review, Ploughshares, and reviews in Chicago Tribune Books. She has taught at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Iowa, the University of San Francisco, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is the author of Near Breathing, a memoir, and editor of Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis. Currently she is completing an essay collection with the support of a Mellon fellowship.
Kym Ragusa is the author of The Skin Between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty and Belonging, published by W.W. Norton and Company in 2006. Her essays have appeared in the anthologies Are Italians White: The Making of Race in America and The Milk of Almonds, and the journals Leggendaria and TutteStorie. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and an Ida and Daniel Lang Award for Excellence in the Humanities. She has taught Creative Writing at City College, Queens College, and Eugene Lang College in New York, and at the Josai International University in Japan. Her films Passing and Fuori/Outside, have been shown on PBS and at festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Her video, Demarcations, had its premiere at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Skin Between Us will be translated into Italian in 2007. She is currently at work on a new book of nonfiction.
Peter Stitt has been the editor of the Gettysburg Review since it's founding in 1988 and is the author of two books about poetry, The World's Hieroglyphic Beauty and Uncertainty and Plenitude. Previously he was editor of The Carolina Quarterly and an associate editor of The Minnesota Review. He has taught at six different colleges and universities, in various parts of the country. He really liked Vermont and North Carolina, is happy enough with Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas, but has little desire to return to Houston, though he was instrumental in the founding of the creative writing program at the University of Houston. His creative nonfiction appears in most issues of the Gettysburg Review under the heading "Editor's Pages." He has also published in the Georgia Review, Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, the Paris Review, and many other periodicals. He teaches undergraduate courses at Gettysburg College and graduate courses in the Queens University of Charlotte low-residency MFA program in creative writing.
Emily White is the author of Fast Girls (Scribner), and her work has appeared in various magazines including The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Spin, Newsday, and Nest. Her biography of white collar criminal Dana Giacchetto, You Will Make Money In Your Sleep, will be published in June by Scribner. She was a Stegner fellow at Stanford and has taught at Richard Hugo House in Seattle. She currently works as an editor at the Poetry Foundation's web magazine, http://www.poetryfoundation.org/.
Writing for Stage and Screen
Hal Ackerman has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for the past twenty-four years and is currently co-area head of the screenwriting program. His book, "Write Screenplays That Sell...The Ackerman Way," is in its third printing. His play, "Testosterone: How Prostate Cancer Made A Man of Me", which won the William Saroyan Centennial Prize for drama and enjoyed a successful run in Los Angeles. His short fiction has appeared in "New Millennium Writings," "Southeast Review," "The Pinch," "Storyglossia," and "Passages." His short story, "Roof Garden" won the Warren Adler 2008 award for fiction and is published by Kindle. His essay "Alfalfa," was included in the anthology, "I Wanna Be Sedated...30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers." He is also the author of two novels: "Stein, Stoned" and "Stein, Stung" (Tyrus Books)
Khris Baxter has optioned five screenplays to major Hollywood studios over the past 12 years, including Voyage, produced by USA Pictures. His latest screenplay, Outrider, begins production soon (produced by, and starring, Robert Redford). Khris consults to screenwriters on story development, structure, character development and motivation, plotting, dialogue, and, as well, on adapting other forms of fiction for the screen. He also works as a "script doctor" re-writing scenes, acts, and entire screenplays for a variety of clients. Khris currently teaches screenwriting at Gettysburg College, The Writer's Center of Bethesda, and NoVA Community College.
David Christensen is a writer/director/producer from Canada. His company, Agitprop Films, has been producing feature and documentary films since 1997. David last dramatic feature film was "Six Figures", based on the novel by Fred Leebron. The film premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Adaptation, and was listed on numerous top-ten film lists of 2006 including the Toronto Film Critics Top Ten. Documentary productions of his include "War Hospital", a cinema-verite feature film about the world's biggest field hospital, and "The Mirror" about a small group of people in Italy who build a giant mirror to reflect sunlight onto their village. The latter film was recently invited to screen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. David is currently an Executive Producer with the National Film Board of Canada where he's involved in producing dramatic, documentary, and animated films.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's plays include Appropriate, The Change, Neighbors, Zoo, and Heart!!!. His work has been seen and/or developed at The Public Theater, the New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, PS122, the 2008 and 2009 Prelude Festivals, Princeton University/McCarter Theatre, The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles and Links Hall in Chicago. He is a former playwriting fellow at the New York Theatre Workshop, an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Public Theatre Emerging Writers Group, and a proud member of the ArsNova Playgroup. His honors include the Mary Quaintance Prize for Creative Arts, the Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, a Fulbright Arts Grant, and he is currently the Dorothy Strelsin Fellow in Playwriting at Soho Rep. He has written on theater for The New Yorker, served as an editor in its fiction department, and holds an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU. Upcoming productions: Neighbors at the Public Theatre in February 2010 and The Octoroon at PS122 in June 2010.
David Johnson is a professor and graduate of both the Professional Screenwriting Program and the Graduate MFA Program at UCLA. While a student, he was the recipient of the Jack Nicholson Award in Screenwriting, the Harmony Gold Award of Excellence, and the winner of the Screenwriter Showcase. Along with being a produced television writer ("Jake 2.0"/UPN), Dave has sold and developed feature films for Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, New Regency, and Universal Studios. Dave's most recent work can be seen in the Disney comedy, "You Again", starring Kristen Bell and Sigourney Weaver.
Brighde Mullins is the author of twelve plays that have been produced in London, New York, and San Francisco. Her plays include: Water Stories from the Mojave Desert; Monkey in the Middle, Topographical Eden, Fire Eater, Pathological Venus, Meatless Friday, Baby Hades, and Teach. They have been produced at the Actors Centre in London; in New York at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Daedalus, LaMaMa, Mabou Mines, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, The Public's New Works Now, New York Stage and Film, The Women's Project and NYU. In San Francisco ,her work has been seen at The Magic and Thick Description, as well as the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and around the country at the Humana Festival, Portland Stage and the Dallas Theatre Center. Her publications include Topographical Eden (in "International Theatre Forum"); Click in the Humana Anthology from TCG Press; a chapbook of poems "Water Stories" (forthcoming from Slapering Hol Press); and many anthologies, including Lucky Thirteen and The Best American Poetry. Awards include a Whiting Foundation Award, the Jane Chambers Award, the Will Glickman Award and an NEA Fellowship. She studied at the University of Nevada (BA, English), the Yale School of Drama (MFA, Playwriting) and the Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA, Poetry). She is currently the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Dramatic Writing at Harvard University.