We are pleased to announce our July 2014 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.

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.

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).  He is on the fiction faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and has taught fiction workshops at Swarthmore College and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He holds an MA in creative writing from Boston University, is ABD in English Literature at Tufts University, and is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship in fiction. He lives in Boston, where he works as the artistic director of Grub Street and is drafting his next two books: Leading Men, a novel, and The Art of Perspective, a collection of essays.

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.

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

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 The Window Left Open, forthcoming 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. 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 three volumes of Best American Poetry.  Her essays and reviews have recently 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 serves as the Assistant Director of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Beginning in 2015, she will also be director of the newly-established Bread Loaf Translators' Conference.

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 a 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, was a 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, born in Alabama and educated at the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has published widely in leading magazines, in The Oxford Book of Contemporary American Poetry, and in eight editions of The Best American Poetry.  His books include Imaginary Logic (2011); Salvation Blues:  100 Poems, 1985-2005, which won the Kingsley Tufts Prize and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize; Elegy for the Southern Drawl (1999), a Pulitzer finalist; Things That Happen Once (1996), a  Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist; and Transparent Gestures (1989), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.  Other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Jean Stein Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  A professor and distinguished scholar emeritus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writer and last year was the Mary Rogers Field Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing at Depauw University.

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.

Heather McHugh has published seven 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 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, and UC Berkeley. She is Pollock Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she works for part of each year. 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.

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.

Peter Orner received his JD from Northeastern University and his MFA from the University of Iowa. He is the author of four books of fiction, including Esther Stories, a Finalist for the Pen Hemingway Award and Winner of the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, a novel set in Namibia, won the Bard Fiction Prize, while his second novel, Love and Shame and Love won a California Book Award. A collection of stories, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge was published in 2013 and named a New York Times Editor’s Choice book. He has also edited two non-fiction books, Underground America and Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Paris Review, Granta, and Best American Stories. Peter has been the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations. Peter has taught at the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, the University of Montana, Miami University, and is a Professor at San Francisco State University.

Steven Schwartz is the author of three story collections, To Leningrad in Winter, Lives of the Fathers, and Little Raw Souls, and two novels, Therapy (a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Book of the Year) and A Good Doctor’s Son (winner of the Colorado Book Award for Fiction).  His writing has received the Nelson Algren Award, the Sherwood Anderson Prize, a NEA fellowship, the Cohen Award, the Cleanth Brooks Prize in Nonfiction from the Southern Review, and two O. Henry Prize Story Awards.  His stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Ploughshares, Tikkun, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, Missouri Review, The Chicago Tribune, Prairie Schooner, and have been recorded for NPR’s “Best of Selected Shorts.”  He teaches creative writing in the MFA Writing Program at Colorado State University where he is also fiction editor of The Colorado Review.

Alan Shapiro, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has published eleven books of poetry, most recently, Night of the Republic, finalist for the National Book Award. He has been the winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Award in poetry, and been a finalist in poetry and nonfiction for the National Books Critics Circle Award. His most recent book, Reel to Reel, was published in early 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

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 Esquire, Five Points, Narrative, Ploughshares, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Food and Wine, Maine Home + Design, and Yankee, among other places. She 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 the Stanford Continuing Studies Online Writers’ Studio.

Daniel Tobin is the author of seven 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) and From Nothing (forthcoming form Four Way Books, 2016). He is also the author of the critical studies Awake in America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011) and Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney (University of Kentucky Press, 1999) as well as editor of The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), Light in Hand: Selected Early Poems of Lola Ridge (Quale, 2007), and Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play: Essays on the Practice and the Arts (University of Michigan Press, 2008, with Pimone  Triplett). Among his awards are 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, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. 

Peter Turchi is the author of six books, including A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic, forthcoming from Trinity University Press in October 2014; 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 stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and Colorado Review, among other magazines. Recent essays have appeared in Datascapes, a catalogue accompanying the exhibition of the same name at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, and in Where You Are, produced by Visual Editions. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, and North Carolina’s Sir Walter Raleigh Award, he has taught at the University of Arizona, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the University of Arizona, Northwestern University, and Appalachian State University. He served as Director of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers from 1993-2008. 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.

Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Award, and The Isle of Youth (FSG, 2013), which received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and was named a “Best Book of 2013” by over a dozen venues, including NPR, The Boston Globe, and O, The Oprah Magazine. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, Laura’s stories will appear in upcoming editions of The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories. She has recently taught in the creative writing programs at George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, and Emerson College. She is the 2014-2015 Faculty Fellow in Fiction at Colby College and her first novel, Find Me (FSG), will be published next year.

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.


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, practices medicine full-time, and serves (as he has for almost 20 years) as Poetry Editor of the New England Review.  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). 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.