We are pleased to announce our January 2015 Faculty:
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 most recent collection, Fimbul-Winter, was published by Four Way Books and won the Grub Street National Book Prize in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Field, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She has twice received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; 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.
Dean Bakopoulos' first novel, Please Don't Come Back from the Moon(Harcourt, 2005), was a New York Times Notable Book and optioned for television by Lionsgate; His second novel, My American Unhappiness, published in 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, was named one of the year’s best novels by The Chicago Tribune. He received his BA from the University of Michigan and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The winner of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Dean is writer-in-residence at Grinnell College in Iowa. His third novel, Summerlong, will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in June 2015. A fourth novel, In the Pines, is in the works.
Marianne Boruch has published seven books of poems, most recently The Book of Hours. Her prose includesa memoir, The Glimpse Traveler, and two essay collections, Poetry’s Old Air and In the Blue Pharmacy. An eighth poetry collection—Cadaver, Speak—was released in March 2014 from Copper Canyon. Poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry London, American Poetry Review, The London Review of Books, Field, Poetry and elsewhere, and her awards include the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award, Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, as well as a stint as artist-in-residence at Isle Royale, our most isolated National Park. Last year she was a Fulbright/visiting professor in the U.K., at the University of Edinburgh. She has taught for the last 25 years at Purdue University where she developed the MFA program.
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 EnoughWorld 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, Spuytin Duyvil, Michigan, and Georgia among others.She is Professor of English Emerita from the University of Utah.
Liam Callanan's new book, Listen, a collection of short stories, will be out later this spring. 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). Liam 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.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a poet and essayist whose most recent book, Apocalyptic Swing, was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her poems have been featured in The New York Times, Boston Review, The Washington Post, on Garrison Keillor's Poet's Almanac and in numerous journals. She writes the Sports Desk column for The Best American Poetry blog and is on the advisory board of The Rumpus' Poetry Book Club. She is the Senior Poetry Editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books. In the fall of 2013 she joined the creative writing faculty in the renowned English Department at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Stephen Dobyns has published thirteen books of poems, twenty-one novels, a book of essays on poetry and a book of short stories. His most recent novel, The Burn Palace, was published in February by Blue Rider Press. 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. Since 1995, he has written 30 cover articles for the San Diego Reader. He lives in Westerly, RI.
Jeremy Gavron's investigation into his mother's suicide, A Woman on the Edge of Time, will be published fall 2015. His previous books include King Leopold's Dream: Travels in the Shadow of the African Elephant, a New York Times Notable Book, and three novels, Moon, The Book of Israel, winner of the Encore Award, and An Acre of Barren Ground. He was educated at Cambridge University and New York University. He started out as a journalist and was a foreign correspondent in Africa and Asia for the London Daily Telegraph. He has been writer-in-residence at Her Majesty's Prison The Mount, University College London and the Marie Curie hospice in north London. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the Financial Times, London Magazine and Five Dials, among other publications.
Jane Hamilton's first book, The Book of Ruth, won the Pen/Hemingway Award and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer’s Award. The Book of Ruth and her second book, A Map of the World, were Oprah Book Club picks. The Short History of a Prince was short-listed for Britain’s Orange Prize and won the Heartland Prize. Disobedience was a New York Times Notable Book. Her most recent novels are When Madeline was Young, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and Laura Rider’s Masterpiece. She has taught at Carleton College, Luther College, The Maui Writers’ Retreat, The Vermont Studio Center, The Hedgebrook and Ragdale Foundations.
David Haynes earned a BA from Macalester College and an MA in liberal studies from Hamline University. He is an Associate Professor of English at Southern Methodist University where he directs the creative writing program. 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 Writers’ 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.”
C.J. Hribal is the author of the novel The Company Car, which won the Anne Powers Book Award, and three other works of fiction. His collection of novellas and stories, The Clouds in Memphis, won the AWP Prize in Short Fiction. He is also the author of the novel American Beauty, the collection of stories and novellas, Matty’s Heart, and he edited the collection The Boundaries of Twilight: Czecho-Slovak Writing from the New World. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bush Foundation. His BA is from St. Norbert College and his MA from Syracuse University. He is the Louise Edna Goeden Professor of English at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
James Longenbach is the author of four collections of poems, most recently The Iron Key (Norton), as well as of several books of literary criticism, most recently The Virtues of Poetry (Graywolf). His poems and reviews appear regularly in The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, and the Threepenny Review, and he teaches at the University of Rochester, where he is the Joseph Gilmore Professor of English.
Nina McConigley is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, which was the 2014 PEN Open Book Award winner. Nina was born in Singapore and grew up in Wyoming. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston, where she was an Inprint Brown Foundation Fellow, and an MA from the University of Wyoming. She is the winner of a Barthelme Memorial Fellowship in Non-Fiction and served as the Non-Fiction Editor of Gulf Coast: a Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Her play, Owen Wister Considered was one of five plays produced in 2005 for the Edward Albee New Playwrights Festival. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, Salon, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, and The Asian American Literary Review among others. She serves on the board of the Wyoming Arts Council, and teaches at the University of Wyoming.
Antonya Nelson is the author of four novels and seven short story collections, including Funny Once, released in May 2014. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA, and USA Artists Fellowships, as well as the Rea Award for Short Fiction. She lives in New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas, where she holds the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.
Michael Parker is the author of six novels – Hello Down There, Towns Without Rivers, Virginia Lovers, If You Want Me To Stay, The Watery Part of the World, and All I Have in This World – and two collections of stories, The Geographical Cure and Don’t Make Me Stop Now. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals including Five Points, the Georgia Review, The Idaho Review, The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Gulf Coast, Shenandoah, The Black Warrior Review, and Runner’s World. He has received fellowships in fiction from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Hobson Award for Arts and Letters, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His work has been anthologized in the Pushcart, New Stories from the South and twice in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia, he is a Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Roger Reeves Awarded a 2014-2015 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a 2014 Pushcart Prize, a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Roger Reeves poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. King Me, his first book of poems, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013. King Me has been awarded the 2014 Larry Levis Reading Prize by the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. He is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Martha Rhodes is the author of four poetry collections: The Beds, Mother Quiet, Perfect Disappearance (winner of the 2000 Green Rose Prize, New Issues Press), and At the Gate. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Agni, Fence, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and other journals, and have been anthologized in The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (Aizenberg and Belieu, eds., Columbia University Press), and The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (Michael Collier, ed., University Press of New England), among other anthologies. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a founding editor and the director of Four Way Books. She lives in New York City.
Robin Romm is the author of two books. Her story collection, The Mother Garden (Scribner, 2007), was a finalist for the PEN USA prize and the Northern California Independent Bookseller's Book of the Year Award. Her memoir, The Mercy Papers (Scribner, 2009), was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Notable Book of the Year, a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year, an Indiebound Notable Book, and a Top Ten Nonfiction Book according to Entertainment Weekly. Her fiction has been published in many magazines, including The Sun, Tin House, One Story, Antioch Review, Gulf Coast and The Threepenny Review. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine, Slate and The Atlantic. She writes frequently for the New York Times Book Review. She has recently completed a second story collection and is editing an anthology of essays on women and ambition. She has a BA in English Literature from Brown University and a MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.
Dominic Smith's fourth novel—At the Edge of a Wood—is forthcoming with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A graduate of the University of Iowa and the Michener Center for Writers, Dominic is the recipient of a Dobie Paisano Fellowship, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, the Steven Turner Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters, and a new works grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. His novel Bright and Distant Shores was named one of the “Best Books of 2011” by Kirkus Reviews and shortlisted for Australia’s Vance Palmer Fiction Prize and The Age Book of the Year. His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared widely, including in The Atlantic Monthly and the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal.
Megan Staffel has a BFA from Emerson College and an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Her new collection of short fiction, The Exit Coach, will be published in 2016 by Four Way Books, and her novel, Seamless, was chosen as the finalist for the 2014 AWP prize. She has published four books, Lessons in Another Language and A Length of Wire and Other Stories and two novels, The Notebook of Lost Things and She Wanted Something Else. Her latest stories have appeared in The New England Review, The Common, Seattle Review, and Ploughshares and interviews are available at Four Way Review and archived on her website. A recipient of a grant from the Michigan Council of the Arts, Ms. Staffel has taught for many years in undergraduate programs around the country. Her writing about the craft of fiction appears in A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, edited by Andrea Barrett and Peter Turchi, andLetters to a Fiction Writer, edited by Frederick Busch.
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, winner of the Arthur Rense Poetry Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 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. In July 2009, Graywolf published The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song. In 2002, she 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 was named a Chancellor.
Connie Voisine is the author of Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream, published by University of Chicago Press, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her first book, Cathedral of the North, won the Associated Writing Program’s Award in Poetry. She has poems published in The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her work was featured at The Lab at Belmar, a museum show pairing prehistoric stone tools with poems. Educated at Yale University, University of California at Irvine, and University of Utah, Voisine teaches in the creative writing program at New Mexico State University and also coordinates La Sociedad para las Artes, its outreach organization. A past fellow at Breadloaf, she recently returned from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she was a Fulbright Fellow in the School of English at Queen’s University, and worked with writers at the Seamus Heaney Center. Her next book, Calle Florista, will be published by University of Chicago Press this fall.
Alan Williamson recently retired from the University of California at Davis. He has also taught at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and Brandeis. His books of poems are Presence, The Muse of Distance, Love and the Soul, Res Publica, and The Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems. He has also published five critical books: Introspection and Contemporary Poetry; Pity the Monsters: The Political Vision of Robert Lowell; Eloquence and Mere Life; Almost a Girl: Male Writers and Female Identification, and Westernness: A Meditation. He has received grants from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Eleanor Wilner is the author of seven books of poems: Tourist in Hell, The Girl with Bees in Her Hair, Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems, Otherwise, Sarah’s Choice, Shekhinah, and maya; a translation of Euripides’ Medea; and a book on visionary imagination, Gathering the Winds. Her work appears in many anthologies, most recently The Best American Poetry 2014. Her awards include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Juniper Prize, Pushcart Prizes, grants from the NEA and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, has taught at many colleges and universities, most recently at the University of Chicago, Smith College, and Northwestern University.