We are pleased to announce our July 2015 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 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), five short story collections (Harmony of the World, Through the Safety Net, A Relative Stranger, Believers, and Gryphon: New and Selected Stories), 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.


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.


Lan Samantha Chang received her BA from Yale University and her MFA from the University of Iowa. Hunger: A Novella and Stories and Inheritance: A NovelHunger won The Southern Review Fiction Prize and the Bay Area Book Award, and was an alternate for the LA Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Inheritance won the 2005 PEN/Beyond Margins Award.  Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Atlantic Monthly, Story, and The Best American Short Stories.She has received fellowships from Stanford University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has taught at Stanford University, Harvard University, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she has directed the program since 2006.


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.


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 received a BA from Amherst College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first novel, The Monsters of Templeton, was a finalist for the Orange Prize for New Writers and a New York Times Bestseller. Her second novel, Arcadia, was a New York Times Notable selection and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Prize in Fiction. She has a story collection, Delicate Edible Birds, and her short fiction has won prizes including a PEN/O. Henry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Paul Bowles Prize from Five Points. Her stories have appeared in journals including the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Tin HouseOne Story and Ploughshares, as well as the 2007, 2010, and 2014 editions of the Best American Short Stories anthology. Her nonfiction has appeared in Harper's and the Oxford American, and her work has been translated into fourteen languages. A new novel, Fates and Furies, will be published by Riverhead in September 2015.


Brooks Haxton was born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1950, where he grew up. He studied poetry writing in the Syracuse University graduate program with Philip Booth and Hayden Carruth, and returned there to teach in 1993. He has published twelve books, including poetry, translations, and nonfiction. He has taught at Warren Wilson for more than twenty years.


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.”


Caitlin Horrocks received an MFA from Arizona State University and a BA from Kenyon College.  Her story collection, This Is Not Your City, wasa Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.Her stories appear in anthologies and magazines including The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Paris Review, Tin House, and One Story.  Her awards include the Plimpton Prize.  She is fiction editor of The Kenyon Review, and an associate professor of writing at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She recently completed a second story collection, and is at work on a novel. 


Rodney Jones received his BA from the University of Alabama and his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  His eleven poetry books include Imaginary Logic, Salvation Blues:  100 Poems, 1985-2005, which won the Kingsley Tufts Prize and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Prize; Elegy for the Southern Drawl, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; Things That Happen Once, a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist; and Transparent Gestures, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.  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, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence, and the Frederick Bock and George Kent Prizes from Poetry magazine, he has served on the creative writing faculties at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, the University of Cincinnati, and Virginia Intermont College.  He lives in Southern Illinois.


A. Van Jordan is the author of four books of poetry: Rise, which won a PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award in 2002; M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, for which he was awarded a 2004 Whiting Writers Award and an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; Quantum Lyrics, published July 2007, and The Cineaste. He also received a Pushcart Prize in 2006. He currently teaches at the University of Michigan.  


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.


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. His most recent books are The Gone and the Going Away, his fifth collection of poems, and The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, co-edited with Eleanor Wilner.  A former Guggenheim fellow, Manning has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and is a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers.  He teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


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, and received the 1990 and 2000 New Mexico State University Donald C. Rousch Awards for Teaching Achievement.


Alan Shapiro, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has published twelve3 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 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 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 four books of fiction, including most recently The Pretty Girl, a collection of stories, and the novel Good for the Jews.  She is also the author of Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing and editor of the anthology Twenty Under Thirty

Her work has appeared in Agni, Architecture Boston, the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Review, Epoch, Esquire, Five Points, Food and Wine, Narrative, New England Review, New England Travel & Life, the New York Times (book review, travel, and Escapes sections), Ploughshares, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, the Writers’ Chronicle and Yankee, among other places. She is a senior writer for Maine Home + Design and has been the recipient of several awards including a NEA fellowship, a Bunting Institute fellowship from Radcliffe College, a Wisconsin Institute Fellowship and the John Zacharis/Ploughshares award for best first book. She is a professor at Colby College.


Sarah Stone is the author of the novel The True Sources of the Nile and co-author, with Ron Nyren, of the textbook Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. She has written for Korean television, reported on human rights in Burundi, and looked after orphan chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares; StoryQuarterly; The Writer’s Chronicle; Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope; and A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, among other places. She received an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan and has taught in Seoul, in Bujumbura, at the University of California, Berkeley, in various MFA programs, and now, in addition to Warren Wilson, teaches creative writing online and in the classroom for Stanford Continuing Studies.  


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 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.

Monica Youn

Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (forthcoming Graywolf Press 2016), Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter (Graywolf Press 2003). Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry. She has been awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and the Witter Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress as well as residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation: Bellagio, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, MacDowell and Yaddo. She has previously taught poetry at Bennington College, Columbia University, and Pratt Institute, and currently teaches at Princeton University.


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 (forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2016). 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.