We are pleased to announce our January 2013 Faculty :
Debra Allbery (Director) 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, The Nation, 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.
Dean Bakopoulos’ first novel, Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon (Harcourt, 2005), was a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Public Library “Book to Remember.” His second novel, My American Unhappiness, published in June 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, was 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 now teaches at Grinnell College in Iowa. Previously, he has taught at Iowa State University and UW-Madison. He has just completed his third novel, Summerlong, and is now at work on a collaborative nonfiction project with visual artist Lee Running.
Rick Barot received his BA from Wesleyan University and his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer. He has published two books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), and Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize. His poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous publications, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, The American Poetry Review, and The Threepenny Review. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.
Marianne Boruch has published seven books of poems, most recently The Book of Hours. Her prose includes a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler, and two essay collections, Poetry’s Old Air and In the Blue Pharmacy. An eighth poetry collection—Cadaver, Speak–is forthcoming 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 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 winter and spring, 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 and her PhD from the University of Arizona. She has published two books of poems, Here on Earth and The Real Enough World; two collections of short stories, Wild Desire, which won the AWP Award for Short Fiction in 1990, and The Garden in Which I Walk (FC2, 2004); 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 many anthologies which most recently include The Story Behind the Story (Norton), Extreme Fiction (Longman), The Business of Memory (Graywolf), and Open House (Graywolf). She is a professor in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Utah.
Liam Callanan’s 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 elsewhere. Liam’s also the founder and executive producer of the nationwide Poetry Everywhere animated film project (poetryeverywhere.org). Past director of the Ph.D. program in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee and current chair of its Department of English, Liam earned his MFA from George Mason University, his MA at Georgetown and his BA at Yale.
Daisy Fried is the author of Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice (forthcoming, March 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 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, lives in Philadelphia and teaches creative writing at Bryn Mawr College.
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 Needle, winner of the Helen C. Smith Best Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters; 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, is forthcoming this winter from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems and translations from the French and Polish have appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as 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.
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 sixth and most recent novel is The Full Matilda. 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.”
Rodney Jones received his BA from the University of Alabama and his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His ten 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.
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 books are Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, A Companion for Owls, Bucolics, and The Common Man. He has taught at DePauw University and currently teaches literature and creative writing at Indiana University.
Heather McHugh has published seven collections of poems, most recently Upgraded to Serious; 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.
Heather McHugh 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 Milliman Distinguished Writer in Residence 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 an NEA 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.
Antonya Nelson is the author of six short story collections, and four novels, including the recently released Bound. 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 Two Thousand Dollar Car (forthcoming from Algonquin Books in Fall 2013) – 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 Wahsington Post, the New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, 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 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.
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, and has been awarded three MacDowell Fellowships. She has a BA in English Literature from Brown University and a MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Dominic Smith grew up in Australia and now lives in Austin, Texas. He attended the University of Iowa and the MFA program at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. He is the author of three novels, most recently of Bright and Distant Shores, which 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 awards include a Dobie Paisano Fellowship, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, the Steven Turner Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters, and a literature grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly.
Patrick Somerville grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later earned his MFA from Cornell University. He has taught creative writing and English at Cornell, Northwestern University, Auburn State Correctional Facility, and The Graham School in Chicago. He is the author of two collections of stories: Trouble, named 2006′s Best Book by a Chicago Author by Time Out Chicago, and The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, published last November. His first novel, The Cradle, was nominated for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Esquire, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Patrick is a MacDowell Fellow, and was recently selected as the winner of the 2009 21st Century Award, given annually by the Chicago Public Library. His most recent book is the novel This Bright River, which came out in June of 2012.
Megan Staffel has a BFA from Emerson College and an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She has two collections of short fiction, 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 Northwest Review, Seattle Review, and Ploughshares. 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.
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 seven 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), and 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. 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.
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, including The Norton Anthology of Poetry 1996. 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.
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 over 16 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, and Torn, published by Four Way Books in Spring 2011. A 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, he is a former recipient of the Grolier Prize, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Poetry, and Fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Yaddo, and the National Endowment of the Arts. His work has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including volumes of The Best American Poetry, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Poetry.