Board of Trustees
AWP is governed by a board of trustees, who represent the creative writing programs and individual members of AWP. Trustees serve four-year terms.
Playwright, screenwriter, and novelist Bonnie Culver is the co-founder and director of the Wilkes University Low Residency Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She is an associate professor of English at Wilkes, where she has served in various capacities over the past twenty years: faculty member, college dean, and program director. She has written over twenty plays, many of which have been produced by community, regional, and university theatres and equity companies from New York to Los Angeles. She has received individual and institutional grants and awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and the Maslow Foundation, among others. She has served on several not-for-profit and for-profit advisory boards.
Oliver de la Paz
Vice Chair (2011-2015)
Western Washington University
Oliver de la Paz is the author of three collections of poetry, Names Above Houses , Furious Lullaby , and Requiem for the Orchard. He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry. A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship Award, and a GAP grant from Artists’ Trust, his work has appeared in journals like the Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House and in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. He teaches at Western Washington University.
Vice Chair (2012-2016)
Writers in the Schools (WITS)
Robin Reagler is the executive director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) in Houston. Each year, WITS serves 20,000 students in grades K-12 with long-term literary programs. Robin also heads the WITS Alliance, a national consortium of over twenty literary arts education groups. Through the alliance, she consults with writers starting new programs in the U.S. and Canada. Robin earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a PhD from the University of Houston’s creative writing program. Her poems have been published in Ploughshares, North American Review, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, and VOLT. Her chapbook, Dear Red Airplane, was published this year by Seven Kitchens Press.
Southern Methodist University
David Haynes is the author of six novels for adults and five books for younger readers. He is an associate professor of English at Southern Methodist University, where he directs the creative writing program. He also teaches regularly in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. His sixth and most recent novel is The Full Matilda. He is also the author of a series for children called “The West Seventh Wildcats.” David spent fifteen years as a teacher in urban schools, mostly teaching middle grades in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He worked on numerous school reform efforts, including developing the influential Saturn School of Tomorrow, where he served as Associate Teacher for Humanities. He has been involved in the work of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, coordinating efforts of the nation’s finest educators to develop standards in the fields of social studies, vocational education, early childhood education, and for teachers of students whose first language is not English.
Write on Door County
Jerod Santek is Executive Director of Write On, Door County, a nonprofit writing and retreat center founded in 2014 on Wisconsin’s northeastern peninsula. Previous to this position, he had been program director at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. He has published poetry and prose in a variety of journals.
Ex Officio Board Advisor (2010-2014)
Judith Baumel is a poet, critic, and translator. She is an associate professor of English and was founding director of the creative writing program at Adelphi University. She blogs at http://judithbaumel.com. A former director of the Poetry Society of America, her poetry, translations, and essays have been published in Poetry, the Yale Review, Agni Review, The New York Times, and the New Yorker. Her books of poetry are The Weight of Numbers, for which she won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Now, and The Kangaroo Girl.
Ball State University and Ashland University
Jill Christman’s memoir, Darkroom: A Family Exposure, won the AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction in 2001, and was reissued in paperback by the University of Georgia Press in Fall 2011. Her recent essays have appeared in Barrelhouse, Brevity, Descant, Harpur Palate, Literary Mama, Mississippi Review, River Teeth, and many other journals, magazines, and anthologies. She earned her MFA at the University of Alabama, served as coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota, and now teaches creative nonfiction at Ball State University and in Ashland University’s low-residency MFA program.
George Mason University
Roger Lathbury teaches at George Mason University. He is the publisher of Orchises Press.
Anna Leahy's book Constituents of Matter won the Wick Poetry Prize. Her poems and nonfiction appear in Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review, the Pinch, the Southern Review, and other journals and anthologies. She edited Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom and continues to publish on pedagogy and the profession. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, where she directs Tabula Poetica, including the national literary journal TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics. She blogs at Lofty Ambitions.
International Writing Program
Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and books of translations; and five works of nonfiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars and Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain. His latest prose book, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, chronicles travels in Malaysia, China and Mongolia, and the Middle East. His writings have been translated into twenty-five languages; his journalism appears widely; his honors include a Chevalier from the French government in the Order of Arts and Letters. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to over forty countries. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Elise Paschen is the author of Bestiary, Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies, including The POETRY Anthology, 1912-2002 and Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas and in magazines such as The New Republic, The Hudson Review, and Ploughshares. She has edited many anthologies, including Poetry Speaks. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, she is the co-founder of Poetry in Motion. Dr. Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Nixon Peabody LLP
Chris Perkowski is an attorney with the Washington, D.C., office of Nixon Peabody LLP, where he concentrates on community development finance. Chris received an MFA from George Mason University in 2002 and was a founding editor of Red Morning Press.
Western State Colorado University
David J. Rothman directs the Poetry Concentration with an Emphasis on Versecraft in the MFA at Western State Colorado University. He also teaches at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and that CU Boulder. He spent many years outside of higher education, first as co-founder of the Crested Butte Music Festival, then as the headmaster of an independent school, Crested Butte Academy. His most recent volumes of poetry are The Book of Catapults and Part of the Darkness. His sixth volume, Go Big, is forthcoming from Red Hen in 2015 and a book of essays about mountains and mountain towns, Living the Life, appeared in the fall of 2013.
Sheryl St. Germain
Sheryl St. Germain's poetry books include Going Home, The Mask of Medusa, Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, The Journals of Scheherazade, and Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems. She has also published a chapbook of translations of the Cajun poet Jean Arceneaux, Je Suis Cadien. A memoir about growing up in Louisiana, Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, was published in 2003, and she co-edited, with Margaret Whitford, Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-First Century. Her most recent book, Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair, was released in September of 2012. Sheryl directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University where she also teaches poetry and nonfiction. She co-founded and also teaches in the Words Without Walls program. Her work has received several awards, including two NEA Fellowships, the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, and the William Faulkner Award for the personal essay.
University of South Florida
Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, Southside Buddhist, and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He is the coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: What Are You LookingAt? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, the Sun, andCreative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Florida and the low-residency MFA program at City University in Hong Kong. For more information about him, please visit: www.sukrungruang.com.