We are pleased to announce our January 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.




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Dean Bakopoulos’ first novel, Please Don't Come Back from the Moon (Harcourt, 2005), was a New York Times Notable Book; his second novel, My American Unhappiness (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) was named one of the year’s best novels by The Chicago Tribune. His latest novel Summerlong (Ecco, 2015) was published to critical acclaim and made the independent bookstore bestseller list last summer. He has also written the adapted screenplays for all three of these novels, the first of which went into production this year. The winner of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Dean is now writer-in-residence at Grinnell College in Iowa, where he lives with his spouse, novelist Alissa Nutting, and their blended family of three kids. He is currently at work on a new book, Undoings: A Kind of Fiction, as well a collection of craft essays entitled Sunday on a Whim: The Art of Escalation.


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 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, Spuyten Duyvil, Michigan, and Georgia among others.She is Professor of English Emerita from the University of Utah.


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). 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

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. 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. Her third book of poems, Rocket Fabtastic is forthcoming. She is at work on a memoir entitled The Year I Didn't Kill Myself.


Maud Casey

Maud Casey is the author of three novels, most recently The Man Who Walked Away, and a short story collection, Drastic. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, Salon, Poets and Writers, A Public Space and Literary Imagination. She has received the Italo Calvino Prize, the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Maryland.



Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea, A Seahorse Year, The Sky Below, and Wonderland, and the nonfiction book The Art of Intimacy: The Space Between. She is a former Stegner Fellow, the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction, and the winner of an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize from the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her essays, features, and reviews have appeared in TheNew York Times Magazine, TheNew York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, TheBoston Review, Bookforum, The New England Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Barnard College.

Jeremy Gavron

Jeremy Gavron’s memoir, A Woman on the Edge of Time, published in the UK in November, will come out in the US in September 2016. 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 correspondent in Africa and Asia for the London Daily Telegraph. He has been writer-in-residence in a prison, a hospice and at University College London. His book reviews and other writing have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the Financial Times, London Magazine and Five Dials, among other publications. He lives in London.

CJ Hribal

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 TheBoundaries 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.



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 and a Lannan Poetry Award in 2015.

Dana Levin

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 three books of poetry: 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.” New poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review and Poetry. A grateful recipient of fellowships and awards from the Rona Jaffe, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations, Levin splits her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Maryville University in St Louis, where she serves each Fall as Distinguished Writer in Residence. Her next book, Banana Palace, is due out from Copper Canyon in Fall 2016.

Sandra Lim

Sandra Lim is the author of Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006) and The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise Glück for the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize. The Wilderness won the Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. She is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Getty Research Institute, and the Jentel Foundation. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, VOLT, Literary Imagination, and TheNew York Times. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and lives in Cambridge, MA.


James Longenbach is the author of four collections of poems, most recently TheIron 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

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.

Heather McHugh

Heather McHugh has published seven collections of poems; one of essays (Broken English: Poetry andPartiality); and four of translation (most recently, with Nikolai Popov: GlottalStop: 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 recently retired from 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.

Peter Orner

Peter Orner is the author of two story collections, Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, and two novels, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love. A new book of non-fiction (criticism/ memoir), Am I Alone Here? will be out next year.Peter has been the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations and his fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Granta, and Best American Stories. Peter has taught at the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, the University of Montana, Bard College and is a Professor at San Francisco State University.


Michael Parker is the author of six novels—Hello Down There, Towns WithoutRivers, 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 PrizeStories 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.


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 LoafAnthology (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.

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Robin Romm is the author of three books. Her story collection, The Mother Garden (Scribner, 2007), was a finalist for the PEN USA prize. 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 latest project, DOUBLE BIND: Women on Ambition, is a collection of essays by brilliant women on the subject of female striving, and will be published by Liveright/W.W. Norton in Winter 2016/2017. 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, The Atlantic and the New York Times Book Review. She has a BA in English Literature from Brown University and a MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Dan Tobin

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 from Four Way Books, March 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), 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 "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.

Kirstin Valdez Quade

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, which received a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. She is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she also taught as a Jones Lecturer. She’s taught in the M.F.A. program at University of Michigan, and beginning in 2016, will be an assistant professor at Princeton University.

Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg is the author of the novel Find Me and the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, both finalists for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her awards include the Bard Fiction Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize,a Pushcart Prize, and an O. Henry Award, and her fiction has been recently anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. She has taught fiction at Johns Hopkins University, Colby College, and Columbia University and, beginning in the fall 2016, she will be a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard.


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, TheLotus 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: Selfand 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

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 or forthcoming in The New Yorker, 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. She is living Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she was a Fulbright Fellow in the School of English at Queen’s University in 2012. Her next book, Calle Florista, was published this fall.

Alan Williamson

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.