FACULTY

We are pleased to announce our January 2018 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 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.

Lesley Nneka Arimah is the author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, a collection of short stories from Riverhead Books. Her collection was named one of the best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly and won the 2017 Kirkus Prize for fiction. Arimah’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, GRANTA, O’Henry Prize Stories, Best American Non-Required Reading and more. She is currently teaching at the University of Minnesota’s MFA program. Her work has received awards and honors from the Elizabeth George Foundation, AWP, Commonwealth Writers, Breadloaf, MacDowell and others.

Marianne Boruch has published nine collections of poems including The Book of Hours (2011), Cadaver, Speak (2014), and Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing last year, all from Copper Canyon Press. A 10th  collection—We Jumped out of a Hole to Stand Here Radiant--is forthcoming. Her prose includes a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana, 2011), and three essay collections, Poetry’s Old Air (Michigan’s “Poets on Poetry” series, 1993), In the Blue Pharmacy (Trinity, 2005), and last spring’s The Little Death of Self (again Michigan’s series, 2017).  Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry London, American Poetry Review, Narrative, The London Review of Books, Field, Poetry, The New York Review of Books and elsewhere, and she’s been given the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award for The Book of Hours, four Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, as well as stints as artist-in-residence at two national parks, Isle Royale and Denali. She was a Fulbright/visiting professor in the UK at the University of Edinburgh in 2012, and has taught for the last 30 years at Purdue University where she developed the MFA program.

 

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.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Rocket Fantastic. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writers Award, and residences from Civitella di Ranieri and the Lannan Foundation. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The New York Times, Boston Review and New England Review, among others. She is Senior Poetry Editor at Los Angeles Review of Books and Founder and Senior Curator at Voluble, a forthcoming channel from Los Angeles Review of Books. She teaches in the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She makes new economies with those who wish to. She tweets at @rocketfantastic and is on Instagram as gabbat. She is at work on a memoir entitled The Year I Didn't Kill Myself.

 

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, 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. The poetry editor of the literary/political journal Scoundrel Time, and a member of the board of the National Book Critics Circle, she occasionally reviews poetry for the New York Times, Poetry and the Threepenny Review, and lives in Philadelphia.



Jeremy Gavron's new novel, Felix Culpa, comes out in the UK in February. His memoir about his mother's suicide, A Woman on the Edge of Time, available now in paperback in the US, was a book of the year in newspapers in the UK, Australia and the Netherlands. His previous books include King Leopold's Dream: Travels in the Shadow of the African Elephant, a New York Times Notable Book, and the novels The Book of Israel, winner of the Encore Award, and An Acre of Barren Ground. Educated at Cambridge and New York universities, he started out as a journalist and was a correspondent in Africa and Asia. He has been writer-in-residence in a prison, a hospice, and at University College, in London, where he lives.

 

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 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

Christine Kitano is the author of two collections of poetry, Sky Country (BOA Editions) and Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press). She earned an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Texas Tech University. She teaches courses in creative writing, poetry, and Asian American literature at Ithaca College. Her most recent project, Who You: The Issei, a co-edited collection of oral histories about the first generation of Japanese immigrants in Hawai‘i, is forthcoming in June 2018 from the University of Hawai‘i Press / Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.

Dana Levin grew up in the Mojave Desert in California and attended Pitzer College (1987) and The Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University (1992). She is the author of four books of poetry: Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), In the Surgical Theatre (American Poetry Review/Copper Canyon Press, 1999), Wedding Day (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), and Sky Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2011), which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Recent work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2015, The New York Times, Poem-A-Day, Boston Review, and Poetry. A grateful recipient of fellowships and awards from the NEA, PEN, the Library of Congress, and the Rona Jaffe, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations, Levin teaches at Maryville University in St. Louis, where she serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence.

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Maurice Manning is the author of six books of poetry, most recently, One Man’s Dark.  His first book was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, and his fourth book was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize.  A Guggenheim Fellow, Manning is professor of English and writer-in-residence at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.  He lives on a small farm with his family in Kentucky.

Nina McConigley is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, which was the winner of the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. 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.

Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines, which was selected for the Kundiman Prize, and Contradictions in the Design, both from Alice James Books.  He’s received fellowships from Kundiman and the Kresge Arts Foundation.  His writing appears or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, 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.  Currently, he teaches at Dartmouth College.

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 seven novels – Hello Down There, Towns Without Rivers, Virginia Lovers, If You Want Me To Stay, The Watery Part of the World, All I Have in This World, and Only the Horse Knew the Way, forthcoming from Algonquin Books in 2019– and three collections of stories, The Geographical Cure, Don’t Make Me Stop Now, and Everything, Then and Since.  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.  He lives in North Carolina and Texas.

 

Martha Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections: The Thin Wall (2017 University of Pittsburgh Press / Pitt Poetry Series), 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.

Marisa Silver is the author, most recently, of the novel Little Nothing, winner of the 2017 Ohioana Award for Fiction. Her other novels include Mary Coin, a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Southern California Independent Bookseller’s Award, and an NPR and BBC Best Book of the Year, The God of War, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction, and No Direction Home. Her first collection of short stories, Babe in Paradise was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. When her second collection, Alone With You was published, The New York Times called her “one of California’s most celebrated contemporary writers.”  Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Creative Arts, Silver’s fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as other anthologies. She received her MFA from The Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Bennett Sims is the author of the novel A Questionable Shape, which received the Bard Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Believer Book Award, and the story collection White Dialogues. His fiction has appeared in A Public Space, Conjunctions, Electric Literature, Tin House, and Zoetrope: All-Story, as well as in the Pushcart Prize Anthology. He has taught at Bard College, Grinnell College, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. This is his first year teaching at Warren Wilson.

Dominic Smith is the author of four novels, including The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, a New York Times Bestseller and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Sold into more than a dozen countries, the novel was named a "Best Book of 2016" by Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle and received the Book of the Year prize from Australian Independent Booksellers and as part of the Australian Book Industry Awards. Dominic’s other awards include the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, a New Works Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, Texas Monthly, the Chicago Tribune, The Paris Review, The Australian, and The New York Times

Anna Solomon is the author of the novels Leaving Lucy Pear and The Little Bride. Her short stories have twice been awarded the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in One Story, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. Her essays and criticism have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Tablet, The Boston Globe, and Slate, among other places. She is co-editor with Eleanor Henderson of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers and the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Bread Loaf, and elsewhere. Previously she worked as an award-winning journalist for NPR’s Living On Earth. Anna holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop.

Megan Staffel has a BFA from Emerson College and an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.  She has three collections of short fiction, The Exit Coach, 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, and Letters to a Fiction Writer, edited by Frederick Busch.

Daniel Tobin is the author of eight books of poems, Where the World is Made (Middlebury College Press, 1999), Double Life (Louisiana State University Press, 2004), The Narrows (Four Way Books, 2005), Second Things (Four Way Books, 2008), Belated Heavens (Four Way Books, 2010), The Net (Four Way Books, 2014), From Nothing (Four Way Books, 2016), and the forthcoming Blood Labors (Four Way Books, 2018). His versions of poems from the German of Paul Celan, The Stone in the Air, will be out in 2018. He is also the author of the critical studies Awake in America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011), Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney (University of Kentucky Press, 1999), and On Serious Earth (Little Island Press, 2018), as well as the editor of The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), Selected Early Poems of Lola Ridge (Quale, 2007), Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play: Essays on the Practice and the Arts (University of Michigan Press, 2008, with Pimone Triplett), and The Collected Early Poems of Lola Ridge (Little Island, 2018). Among his awards are the "The Discovery/The Nation Award," The Robert Penn Warren Award, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry, the Julia Ward Howe Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.  

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.

Connie Voisine is the author of Calle Florista, recently released by University of Chicago Press. Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream published by the same press was 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 or forthcoming in The New Yorker, the Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. 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.


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.