We are pleased to announce our July 2016 Faculty:


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Debra Allbery received her MFA from the University of Iowa and her MA from the University of Virginia. Her first collection of poetry, Walking Distance, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her collection, Fimbul-Winter, was published by Four Way Books in October 2010 and won the Grub Street National Book Prize in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, New England Review, The Nation, FIELD, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She has twice received fellowships from the NEA; other awards include the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and two grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. She has taught writing and literature at Phillips Exeter Academy, Interlochen Arts Academy, Randolph College, Dickinson College, and the University of Michigan. Deb first taught in the Program in 1995; she became the director in June 2009.

Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter has a BA from Macalester College and a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and teaches in the English Department at the University of Minnesota. He has received Guggenheim and NEA grants, and was a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 1997 Award in Literature and the 2007 Award of Merit for the Short Story. He has published five novels (First Light, Shadow Play, The Feast of Love, which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction, Saul and Patsy, and The Soul Thief), six short story collections (Harmony of the World, Through the Safety Net, A Relative Stranger, Believers, and Gryphon: New and Selected Stories, and There’s Something I Want You to Do), a book of poetry (Imaginary Paintings), and two books of essays on fiction (Burning Down the House, and Beyond Plot). He is also co-editor (with Peter Turchi) of Bringing the Devil to his Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life, a collection of essays by Warren Wilson MFA faculty.

Karen Bender

Karen E. Bender is the author of the story collection Refund, which was a Finalist for the National Book Award and on the short list for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize. She is also the author of the novels A Town of Empty Rooms and Like Normal People, which was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year and a selection of the Barnes and Noble Discovery program. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, The Harvard Review, Story, Guernica and other magazines, and reprinted in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories and New Stories from the South; she has also won two Pushcart prizes. She is co-editor of the nonfiction anthology Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion. She has received grants from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University.


Robert Boswell

Robert Boswell’s most recent novel Tumbledown is now available in paperback from Graywolf Press. His collection of stories The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards was a finalist for the 2010 PEN USA Literary Award in fiction. He is the author of seven novels (including Century’s Son, Mystery Ride, and Crooked Hearts), three story collections, two plays, a cyberpunk novel, and two books of nonfiction. He has received National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Iowa School of Letters Award for Fiction, the PEN West Award for Fiction, the John Gassner Prize for Playwriting, and the Evil Companions Award. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Harpers, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, Esquire, Colorado Review, and many other magazines. Boswell teaches creative writing at the University of Houston, and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. He and his family live in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.


Karen Brennan

Karen Brennan - Karen Brennan received her MFA from Goddard (the former Warren Wilson!) and her PhD from the University of Arizona. She is the author of three books of poems, Here on Earth, The Real Enough World and, most recently, little dark; three collections of short stories, Wild Desire, which won the AWP Award for Short Fiction in 1990, The Garden in Which I Walk and Monsters, forthcoming from Four Way Books; and a memoir, Being With Rachel: A Personal Story of Memory and Survival. A recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Award, her essays, stories and poems have appeared in anthologies from Graywolf, Norton, Penguin,Spuyten Duyvil , Michigan, and Georgia among others. She is Professor of English Emerita from the University of Utah.


Liam Callanan

Liam Callanan Liam Callanan’s newest book is Listen & Other Stories. His most recent novel, All Saints, was named a Target Bookmarked Book Club Breakout pick; his previous novel, The Cloud Atlas, was a finalist for the Edgar Award. He’s a frequent essayist for local and national public radio, and has written for Slate, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and about chasing children’s books (in France and Greece) for the Wall Street Journal. Liam’s also the founder and executive producer of the nationwide Poetry Everywhere animated film project (poetryeverywhere.org). He teaches in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was previously department chair and director of its doctoral program in creative writing. He earned an MFA from George Mason University, an MA at Georgetown and a BA at Yale.



Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels: All This Talk of Love (2013), The Saint of Lost Things (2005) and A Kiss from Maddalena (2003). His most recent book, The Art of Perspective, a collection of craft essays in the “Art Of…” series, was published in 2016. He is on the fiction faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and has taught workshops at Swarthmore College and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He holds an MA in creative writing from Boston University, a BA in English from Swarthmore, and is ABD in English Literature at Tufts University. He is the artistic director of GrubStreet, a literary arts center based in Boston. In 2014, he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship to complete his new novel, Leading Men.

Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen is the author of the novels Amateur Barbarians, Inspired Sleep, The Organ Builder, and The Here and Now, as well as a collection of stories, The Varieties of Romantic Experience. His stories have appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Antaeus, GQ, and other magazines. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Writer’s Award, and a Pushcart Prize, and has taught at Harvard, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the University of Houston. He currently teaches at Middlebury College.

Stephen Dobyns

Stephen Dobyns has published thirteen books of poems, twenty-two novels, two books of essays on poetry and a book of short stories. His most recent novel, Is Fat Bob Dead Yet was published in 2015 by Blue Rider Press. His fourteenth book of poetry The Days Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech will be published in September 2016. He has received a Guggenheim and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at over ten colleges and universities including the University of New Hampshire, Boston University, the University of Iowa, Syracuse University and Sarah Lawrence College. Between 1995 and 2007, he wrote 30 cover articles for the San Diego Reader. He lives in Westerly, RI.


Daisy Fried

Daisy Fried is the author of Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice, named by Library Journal as one of the five best books of 2013, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn’t Mean to Do It, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Her poems have appeared recently in the Best American Poetry 2013, London Review of Books, Nation, New Republic, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Threepenny Review and elsewhere. She has been awarded Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, the Editors’ Prize from Poetry and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares, and was for two years the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College. She reviews poetry for the New York Times, Poetry and the Threepenny Review, and lives in Philadelphia.

Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff received a BA from Amherst College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of a story collection and three novels, the latest of which, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and won the American Booksellers’ Association Fiction Book of the Year Award. Her short fiction has won a PEN/O. Henry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Paul Bowles Prize from Five Points, and her stories have appeared in journals including the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, One Story and Ploughshares, as well as the 2007, 2010, 2014, and 2016 editions of the Best American Short Stories anthology and the 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Her work has been translated into thirty languages.

Jennifer Grotz

Jennifer Grotz received her BA in French, English, and Art History from Tulane University, her MA in English and MFA in Poetry from Indiana University, and her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She is the author of Window Left Open, with appeared this spring from Graywolf Press; The Needle, winner of the Helen C. Smith Best Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters and the Nassar Prize; and Cusp, winner of the Bakeless Prize for Poetry and the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters, both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; as well as the limited edition letterpress chapbook Not Body, available from Urban Editions. Psalms of All My Days, her translations from the French of Patrice de La Tour du Pin, appeared from Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2013. The novel Rochester Knockings, translated from the French of Hubert Haddad, appeared in 2015 from Open Letter. Her poems and translations from the French and Polish have appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as The New Yorker, New York Review of Books, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and in four volumes of Best American Poetry. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Nation, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, and The Washington Post. She has received awards from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Camargo Foundation, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. She teaches at the University of Rochester and for over a decade has served as assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. As of 2015, she also directs the recently-established Bread Loaf Translators' Conference.

Brooks Haxton

Brooks Haxton has published six collections of shorter poems, two book-length narrative poems, one book of creative nonfiction, and four books of translations. He has received grants and awards from the NEA, the NEH, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and others. He lives with his wife in Syracuse, and teaches at Syracuse University.

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David Haynes – David Haynes earned a BA from Macalester College and an MA in liberal studies from Hamline University. He is Professor of English at Southern Methodist University. He has taught writing in the MFA Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Hamline University, at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and at the Writer's’ Garret in Dallas. His seventh and most recent novel is A Star in the Face of the Sky. He has received a fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and several of his short stories have been read and recorded for the National Public Radio series “Selected Shorts.” He is also the author of a series for children called “The West Seventh Wildcats.”

T. Geronimo Johnson

T. Geronimo Johnson was born in New Orleans. His first novel, Hold it ‘til it Hurts, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award. Welcome to Braggsville, his second novel, was a national bestseller, longlisted for the National Book Award, named one of Time Magazine’s top ten books of 2015, and winner of the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Stegner Fellow, Johnson has taught writing at UC Berkeley, Stanford, Iowa, the Prague Summer Program, San Quentin, and elsewhere. He has worked for, on, at, or in brokerages, kitchens, construction sites, phone rooms, education non-profits, writing centers, summer camps, ladies shoe stores, nightclubs, law firms, offset print shops, and a political campaign that shall remain unnamed. Johnson is a 2016 NBA judge.

Rodney Jones

Rodney Jones is the author of eleven poetry books, including Salvation Blues: 100 Poems, 1985-2005 (2007 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner, finalist for Griffin International Poetry Award) ; Elegy for the Southern Drawl (2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Things That Happen Once (1997 Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist), Transparent Gestures (1990 National Book Critics Circle Award winner); and Village Prodigies, a book that combines techniques of poetry and fiction, which will be forthcoming in spring 2017 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Jean Stein Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Harper Lee Award for Lifetime Achievement by an Alabama writer, and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence, he has served on the creative writing faculties at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, the University of Cincinnati, and Virginia Intermont College. In September, he will become the second poet to be inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame. He lives in New Orleans and Southern Illinois.

Sally Keith

Sally Keith’s fourth collection of poetry, River House was recently published by Milkweed Editions; she is the author of The Fact of the Matter (Milkweed 2012) and two previous collections of poetry, Design, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Dwelling Song (UGA 2004). She has published poems in a variety of literary journals, including Gettysburg Review, New England Review, A Public Space, Black Clock and Literary Imagination. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and recent fellowships at Virginia Center for Creative Arts, UCROSS Foundation and Fundación Valparaíso, she is a member of the MFA Faculty at George Mason University and lives in Washington DC.

Maurice Manning

Maurice Manning received his MFA from the University of Alabama, an MA in Literature from the University of Kentucky, and a BA in English from Earlham College. Manning’s books are Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, A Companion for Owls, Bucolics, The Common Man, and The Gone and the Going Away. He has taught at DePauw University and Indiana University and is currently Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Manning received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2012. In 2013 he was inducted as a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Heather McHugh

Heather McHugh has published eight collections of poems; one of essays (Broken English: Poetry and Partiality); and four of translation (most recently, with Nikolai Popov: Glottal Stop: 101 Poems by Paul Celan, and with David Konstan, Euripides’ Cyclops). McHugh has also collaborated with the British artist Tom Phillips, producing an edition of collages and verse texts. She was co-editor with Ellen Voigt of Hammer and Blaze, and her translations are among those in the McClatchy edition of Horace’s odes.  Her most recent work, a collection of poems entitled Upgraded to Serious, was published by Copper Canyon Press in the US, and by Anansi Press in Canada, in the fall of 2009.


Heather graduated with a BA from Radcliffe College in 1969, and received her MA in literature and writing from the University of Denver. Since then, she has won grants in creative writing from the National Endowments for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship (1989), a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fellowship (1992-93), a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Writing Award (1995-98), and in 2000 the PEN/Voelcker Prize. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Associated Writing Programs; on the Literature Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts; and on the faculties of the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, Columbia University, UC Irvine, SUNY Binghamton, UC Berkeley and elsewhere. She recently retired after 30 years at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she was Pollock Professor of Creative Writing. In 1999 she was named a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets; in 2000, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2009 a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.


In 2011 she devised a program to bring respite and recognition to long term family caregivers--those who for 10 years or longer have tended people unable to walk, talk, clean or feed themselves. In 2012 CAREGIFTED was established as a registered non-profit, and in 2016 UNDERSUNG (the documentary she made with filmmaker Adam Larsen) premiered in Vancouver at the DOXA Film Festival.

Kevin McIlvoy

Kevin McIlvoy is the author of The Complete History of New Mexico and Other Stories and four novels: A Waltz, The Fifth Station, Little Peg, and Hyssop. His stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, Southern Review, Harper’s, Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. In 1983 he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has taught in the creative writing MFA program at New Mexico State University, where he was editor-in-chief of Puerto del Sol magazine for twenty-five years. His collection of prose poems and short stories, 57 Octaves Below Middle C, is forthcoming (2017) from Four Way Books.

Matthew Olzmann

Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines, which was selected for the Kundiman Prize, and Contradictions in the Design, which is forthcoming from Alice James Books in November, 2016. He’s received fellowships from Kundiman and the Kresge Arts Foundation. His work has appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Brevity, Southern Review and elsewhere. Previously, he’s taught in the undergraduate writing program at Warren Wilson College and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Beginning in Spring 2017, he’ll be a lecturer at Dartmouth College.


Steven Schwartz is the author of the novels Therapy and A Good Doctor’s Son, and the story collections To Leningrad in Winter, Lives of the Fathers, and Little Raw Souls. His fiction has received the Nelson Algren Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Sherwood Anderson Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares, the Foreword Review Book of the Year–Gold Medal in Short Stories, two O. Henry Prize Story Awards, and twice won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction. Professor Emeritus of English at Colorado State University, he is currently fiction editor of Colorado Review. Madagascar: New and Selected Stories will be published in September 2016.

Alan Shapiro

Alan Shapiro, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has published twelve books of poetry, most recently, Reel to Reel, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Night of the Republic, finalist for the National Book Award and the Griffin Prize. He has two new books coming out in the fall of 2016: Life Pig, a book of poems, and That Self-Forgetful Perfectly Useless Concentration, a book of essays, both from University of Chicago Press. He has been the winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, an LA Times Book Award in poetry, and been a finalist in poetry and nonfiction for the National Books Critics Circle Award. His next book, Reel to Reel, will appear from University of Chicago Press in 2014. A recipient of two awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., the Sarah Teasdale Award from Wellesley College, and an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Shapiro teaches at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he lives with his wife, Callie Warner, and their three children.

Joan Silber

Joan Silber is the author of seven books of fiction, most recently Fools, longlisted for the National Book Award and finalist for the PEN/ Faulkner Prize. Other books include The Size of the World, finalist for Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize, Ideas of Heaven finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize, and Household Words, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her short stories have appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories. She is also the author of The Art of Time in Fiction. She lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.


Debra Spark is the author of six books of fiction, including, most recently, Unknown Caller, The Pretty Girl, and Good for the Jews. Other books include Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing, the anthology Twenty Under Thirty, and the recently reissued Coconuts for the Saint. She teaches at Colby College and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Spark has published numerous articles, book reviews, short stories, essays, travel articles, food articles, and ope-eds in publications like Agni, the Boston Globe, the Cincinnati Review, the Chicago Tribune, Epoch, Esquire, Five Points, Harvard Review, The Huffington Post, Maine Magazine, Narrative, New England Travel and Life, the New England Review, the New York Times, Ploughshares, salon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Food and Wine, and Yankee, among other places. She is a senior writer for Maine Home+Design, a shelter magazine for which she writes a monthly feature on homes in Maine. She has been the recipient of several awards including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Bunting Institute fellowship from Radcliffe College, a Wisconsin Institute Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Michigan Literary Fiction Award, and the John Zacharis/Ploughshares award for best first book. A graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is a professor at Colby College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives with her husband and son in North Yarmouth, Maine.


Peter Turchi is the author of six books, including A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic; Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer; a novel, The Girls Next Door; a collection of stories, Magician; and the catalogue for the touring exhibition Suburban Journals: The Sketchbooks, Drawings and Prints of Charles Ritchie. His story “Night, Truck, Two Lights Burning” has been produced as a limited-edition artist’s book with images by Ritchie. He has co-edited, with Andrea Barrett, A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft and The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work, and, with Charles Baxter, Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life. His writing has appeared online in Tin House, The Huffington Post, and Fiction Writers Review, and in Ploughshares, Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and Colorado Review, among other magazines. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and North Carolina’s Sir Walter Raleigh Award, he served as Director of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers from 1993-2008 and as Director of Creative Writing at Arizona State University from 2008 – 2013. He currently teaches at the University of Houston.

His essays on writing workshops and annotations are posted under “Resources for Writers” at www.peterturchi.com.

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Ellen Bryant Voigt developed and directed the country’s first low-residency writing program in the mid-seventies, at Goddard College, and helped move it to Warren Wilson in 1981. A Guggenheim, Lila-Wallace and NEA Fellow, she was Professor of Poetry at MIT for three years and has taught at the Bread Loaf, Aspen, Indiana, Napa, Catskills, Sarah Lawrence, and RopeWalk Writers’ Conferences. Voigt has published eight books of poetry: Claiming Kin, The Forces of Plenty, The Lotus Flowers, Two Trees, Kyrie (a National Book Critics’ Circle Award Finalist and Teasdale Prize winner), Shadow of Heaven (a 2002 National Book Award finalist), Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 (a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the 2009 Poets’ Prize) and Headwaters (2013). She co-edited, with Gregory Orr, Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World, a selection of craft essays by Warren Wilson MFA faculty, and has also collected her own essays, developed from residency lectures, in The Flexible Lyric and The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song. She has received the O.B. Hardison Award for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Library, and the Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, where she later served as a Chancellor, and was recently named a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Fellow.


C. Dale Young received his BS in Molecular Biology and English from Boston College and both his MFA and MD from the University of Florida. He completed his medical residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of California San Francisco. He currently administers his own medical practice and practices medicine full-time. A recipient of the Stanley W. Lindberg Award for Literary Editing in 2014, he edited poetry for New England Review from 1995-2014. He is the author of The Day Underneath the Day, The Second Person, a finalist for the 2007 Lambda Book Award in Poetry, Torn, and The Halo (released this year by Four Way Books). His short story collection, The Affliction, is forthcoming in 2018. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, his work has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including several volumes of The Best American Poetry, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Poetry.