2013 Featured Presenters
Seamus Heaney was born in 1939, about thirty miles northwest of Belfast in County Derry. He holds a degree in English from Queen’s University, Belfast, and a postgraduate teacher’s diploma from St. Joseph's College, Belfast. He has taught at Carysfort College, Harvard University, Oxford University, Queen’s University in Belfast, and University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, essays, and translations. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His most recent works include a translation of Beowulf; Opened Ground; District and Circle, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize; Human Chain; and Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001.
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Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. He is the author of eight collections of plays and a book of essays. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. White Egrets is his fourteenth collection of poems. (Photo credit: Lia Chang)
Rosanna Warren teaches English and Comparative Literature at Boston University. Her publications include a book of criticism, Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, and poetry collections Departure and Ghost in a Red Hat. She is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Lila Wallace Foundation, and the New England Poetry Club, among others. She was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005. (Photo credit: Mike Minehan)
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Adonis (born Ali Ahmad Said Esber) is an award-winning Syrian poet and essayist who led the modernist movement in Arabic poetry in the second half of the twentieth century. He has written more than twenty books in his native Arabic, including the pioneering work An Introduction to Arab Poetics. He is the winner of the 2011 Goethe Prize and a favorite for last year's Nobel Prize for Literature. He lives in Paris.
Alison Bechdel is an internationally recognized cartoonist and author. Her work incudes two graphic memoirs; Are You My Mother, and Fun Home, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and best book of 2006 by Time Magazine; a syndicated comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For (DTWOF); and comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times Book Review, and Granta. She was a Mellon Residential Fellow for Arts and Practice at the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center at the University of Chicago and the recipient of a 2012-2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.
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Reginald Dwayne Betts
Reginald Dwayne Betts writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society and was awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University in 2011. His books are a memoir, A Question of Freedom, and a collection of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm. He's been awarded an NAACP Image Award and a Soros Justice Fellowship.
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Amy Bloom is the author of two novels and three collections of short stories including Love Invents Us, andthe New York Times bestselling novel Away. Her short fiction includes Where the God Of Love Hangs Out, also a New York Times bestseller; Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her first nonfiction book was Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops and Hermaphrodites with Attitudes, now a staple of university sociology and biology courses. Her work has been translated into 15 languages.
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Jenna Blum’s novels include the bestselling Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. She is one of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women Writers. She has taught fiction at Grub Street Writers for fifteen years and writes the monthly column Writer On The Road. Currently she is researching her third book in Wichita, Kansas, and writing the screenplay for Those Who Save Us.
Lucie Brock-Broido is the Poetry Director at Columbia University and the author of three poetry collections. Her honors include the Witter-Bynner prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship.
Olga Broumas is the author of seven collections of poetry, and four books of translation. She is the Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University, and has received numerous honors, including a Guggenheim, a Lambda Award, and two NEA Fellowships. She is also a movement/voice/touch therapist and teacher.
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Augusten Burroughs was born in 1965 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was raised in Western Massachusetts and has no formal education beyond grade school. At the age of thirty-four, after a successful career in advertising, Augusten began what would become his first book, the novel, Sellevision. Seven best-selling books have followed, including the memoirs Running with Scissors and Dry, and the essay collections Magical Thinking and Possible Side Effects. He has contributed numerous commentaries for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and his writing has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, the London Times, and the Guardian UK. Augusten lives in New York City.
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Stephen Burt is Professor of English at Harvard. His book, Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry was a 2009 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. His other books include The Art of the Sonnet (with David Mikics) and Randall Jarrell and His Age. He writes for the Boston Review, the London Review of Books, and other venues. A new book of poems, Belmont, will come out in 2013.
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Peter Campion is the author of two books of poems, Other People and The Lions. He's the recipient of the Larry Levis Reading Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota.
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Anne Carson is a poet, essayist, translator, and professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. Her poetry books have been short listed for the Forward Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and her honors include the T.S Eliot Prize for Poetry, the Lannan Literary Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships.
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Joy Castro is the author of the memoir The Truth Book, the literary thriller Hell or High Water, and the essay collection Island of Bones. She teaches creative writing, literature, and Latino studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Clare Cavanagh is a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University. Her book Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 2010. She has translated many books by Wislawa Syzmborska and by Adam Zagajewski and is now writing the biography of Czeslaw Milosz. Her writings appear in the New York Review of Books, the New Republic and elsewhere.
Justin Chanda joined Simon & Schuster in 2005, after eight years at HarperCollins Children’s Books. In 2007, he was named publisher of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. He has edited leading talent including Jon Scieszka, Patricia MacLachlan, Mac Barnett, and Michael Ian Black.
Eduardo C. Corral
Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. He holds degrees from ASU and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has been honored with a "Discovery"/The Nation award and residencies from The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He has served as the Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. He won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition for his collection, Slow Lightning.
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Samuel R. Delany
Samuel R. Delany is one of the most accomplished science fiction writers of his time. He has also created a significant body of essays discussing urban sociology, sexuality, race, and identity. He has won numerous awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Pilgrim Award, and the James Whitehead Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement for Gay and Lesbian Literature. He is a professor at Temple University.
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Don DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels, including Falling Man, Point Omega, Libra, and White Noise, and three plays. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the Jerusalem Prize. In 2006, his masterpiece Underworld was named one of the three best novels of the last twenty-five years by the New York Times Book Review, and in 2000, it won the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the most distinguished work of fiction of the past five years.
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Andre Dubus III
Andre Dubus III is the author of five books, including The House of Sand and Fog, which was made into a major motion picture. A New York Times bestselling author, his work is widely acclaimed, and his recent memoir, Townie was named as one of the best nonfiction books of 2011 by numerous outlets, including Esquire, Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews. (Photo credit: Marissa Bell Toffoli)
Thomas Sayers Ellis
Thomas Sayers Ellis co-founded The Dark Room Collective and received his MFA from Brown University. He is the author of The Maverick Room, which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award and a Whiting Award. His poems and photographs have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is also an assistant professor of writing at Sarah Lawrence College, a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency MFA Program, and a Cave Canem faculty member. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is currently working on The Go-Go Book: People in the Pocket in Washington, D.C. His newest collection is Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems.
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Iris Gomez is the author of the novel Try to Remember, winner of an International Latino Book Award and listed on the recommended reading lists of O, The Oprah Magazine and Latina as well as the Boston Globe bestseller list. She is the author of two poetry books, the recipient of a Chicano-Latino Literary Prize in poetry, and a prominent immigrant rights attorney. Her writing has been published in numerous literary journals & anthologies and exhibited at Boston’s City Hall.
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Vivian Gornick is one of America's most respected, and most outspoken, literary and cultural critics, known for writings on feminism, on novel and memoir, on Jewish experience, and on New York City. The Men in My Life was a 2008 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. Her many other books include The End of the Novel of Love, Women in Science, and Essays in Feminism.
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Kathleen Graber is the author of The Eternal City and Correspondence, and has won an NEA and a Guggenheim, and has been an National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. She teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Jorie Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including PLACE; Sea Change; Overlord; The Errancy; The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and The End of Beauty. Her many honors include a MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award. She has taught at the University of Iowa and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut.
Michael S. Harper
Michael S. Harper is the author of over ten books of poetry, most recently of which is Use Trouble. He has received many honors, including The Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also was Poet Laureate of Rhode Island.
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Terrance Hayes is the author of four books of poetry; Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series; and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including two Pushcart selections, four Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. A Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, he lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and children.
Tony Hoagland's most recent books are Unincorporated Persons In The Late Honda Dynasty, and What Narcissism Means to Me. His recognitions include the Jackson Poetry Prize, the O.B. Hardisson Award, James Laughlin Award, Brittingham Prize, and Mark Twain Award, as well as fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim. He teaches at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA program.
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Laurence Hobgood is best known for his collaboration with vocalist Kurt Elling. He has enjoyed a multi-faceted and dynamic career, with multiple Grammy nominations and a 2010 Grammy win.
Alice Hoffman is the author of twenty-eight works of fiction, including Practical Magic, Turtle Moon, The Red Garden, and Oprah's Book Club selection, Here on Earth. Toni Morrison called her most recent novel, The Dovekeepers, "beautiful, harrowing and a major contribution to twenty-first century literature."
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Major Jackson is the Whiting Writers’ Award-winning author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company, Hoops, and Leaving Saturn, recipient of the 2000 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and a National Book Critics Award Circle finalist. He is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at the University of Vermont, a faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars, and Poetry Editor of Harvard Review.
Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and many other literary prizes. The author of Strength in What Remains, Mountains Beyond Mountains, My Detachment, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, House, and The Soul of a New Machine, Tracy Kidder lives in Massachusetts.
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Galway Kinnell is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently New and Selected Poems and Strong is Your Hold; a novel, Black Light; and works of nonfiction and translation. A MacArthur Fellow and former State Poet of Vermont, he was a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, and received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Frost Medal.
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Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is the author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx. The book won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Ron Ridenhour Prize, and Border’s New Discoveries Award, among others. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and the International Lettres Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage. Other honors and awards include a MacArthur Foundation Award, and fellowships from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and The American Academy in Berlin.
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Arthur A. Levine
Arthur A. Levine founded Arthur A. Levine Books in 1996 as an imprint of Scholastic Press. Under his editorial direction, the imprint has produced more than 90 works of hardcover literary fiction and nonfiction for children, teenagers, and discerning adults, and strives to bring the best of the world’s literature to the United States.
Brian Malloy is the author of the award-winning young adult novel, Twelve Long Months, as well as the novels, The Year of Ice, and Brendan Wolf. He taught creative writing at Emerson College and now serves as Education Director at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
Khaled Mattawa's collections of poetry include Ismailia Eclipse, Zodiac of Echoes, Amorisco, and Tocqueville. His many books of translation include Adonis: Selected Poems and Without An Alphabet, Without A Face: Selected Poems of Saadi Youssef, among others. He is the 2010 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship and teaches at the University of Michigan.
Sharon Olds is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Stag's Leap and The Secret Thing. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, she teaches at NYU's Creative Writing Program. She also is the founding director of the NYU writing workshop at Goldwater Hospital in NYC.
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Z.Z. Packer is the author of the short story collection Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, a PEN/Faulkner finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Story, Zoetrope, and Best American Short Stories. In 2005, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction. In 2007, she was named one of American's Best Young Novelists by Granta, as well as one of Smithsonian Magazine's Young Innovators.
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Edith Pearlman's breakout book of short stories Binocular Vision received the 2011 PEN Malamud Award and the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award. The book was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Story Prize. A winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize, her work has appeared in hundreds of outlets, including Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories, and New American Stories from the South. (Photo credit: Jonathan Sachs Graphics)
Tom Perrotta is the author of six works of fiction, including The Wishbones, Joe College and, most recently, The Leftovers. His novels Election and Little Children were made into acclaimed and award-winning movies. Perrotta co-wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film version of Little Children with Todd Field, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Robert Pinsky’s first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism, and such national enthusiasm in response, that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term. Throughout his career, Pinsky has been dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world.
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Iain Haley Pollock
Iain Haley Pollock is the author of the poetry collection Spit Back Boy, selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A Cave Canem fellow, he teaches English at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, and poetry at the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Callaloo.
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Kit Reed is a novelist whose short stories appear regularly in publications ranging from Asimov's SF and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, to the Kenyon Review, the Yale Review, and the Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, as well as dozens of anthologies. A Guggenheim fellow and Resident Writer at Wesleyan University, she is a 2011 nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award.
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Richard Russo knows small town America. This masterful novelist has an uncanny sense of the way life works in the gritty industrial towns of the American Northeast. From the gossip and the resentments, to the people and the cafes, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo chronicles blue-collar America in ways constantly surprising and utterly revealing. Russo’s previous works include seven novels and one collection of short stories. His 2001 novel, Empire Falls, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His newest book, That Old Cape Magic, came out in 2009. Russo earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s in fine arts, and a PhD from the University of Arizona. He has two daughters and lives with his wife in Camden, Maine.
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Parul Sehgal is an editor at the New York Times Book Review. Previously, she was Books Editor at National Public Radio and a Senior Editor at Publishers Weekly. In 2010, she won the National Book Critics Circle's Nona Balakian award for excellence in reviewing. Her reviews and essays, which range widely across literary fiction and nonfiction, have appeared in the New York Times, Bookforum, Irish Times, the Literary Review, the Plain Dealer, O Magazine, and Time Out.
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Tracy K. Smith
Tracy K. Smith is the Whiting Writers’ Award-winning author of three collections of poetry: Life on Mars, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize; Duende, recipient of the 2006 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets; and The Body’s Question, selected by Kevin Young for the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University.
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Dana Spiotta is the author of three novels: Lightning Field, Eat the Document, and Stone Arabia. She was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2006, and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2011. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Rosenthal Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches in the MFA program at Syracuse University.
Sharan Strange grew up in the Funky South, and has returned after a long hiatus to teach creative writing at Spelman College. Her collection of poems, Ash, was published in 2001 by Beacon Press. Recent poems have appeared in Callaloo and the catalogue for the New Museum of Contemporary Art's exhibition of Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. (Photo credit: Marlene Lillian Hawthrone)
Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Tourch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon's production company. Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on TheRumpus since March 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Post Magazine. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
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Stan Strickland, singer, saxophonist, flutist, and actor has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, New Zealand, and the former Soviet Union. In addition to numerous radio and television appearances, he has performed in many clubs and concert halls, including Carnegie Recital Hall and Town Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of two collections of Poetry: Open Interval, a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for Poetry, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, selected by Marilyn Nelson. With Elizabeth Alexander, she co-authored the chapbook Poems in Conversation and a Conversation. She is Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University.
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Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester in 1959 and adopted into a firmly religious family. She went on to study at Oxford University. Her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published in 1985 to tremendous acclaim, and she later adapted it for television. Since then she has written numerous novels, which include Sexing the Cherry, The Passion, and Written on the Body. She has won several prizes including the Whitbread Prize, and the Prix d'argent at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Meg Wolitzer's novels include The Uncoupling; The Ten-Year Nap; The Position; The Wife; and Surrender, Dorothy; among others. In addition, she is the author of several screenplays; a regular columnist for the New York Times; and her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. She lives in New York City with her family.
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James Wood is Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard and an internationally eminent critic of fiction. His book, The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel was a 2004 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. Other books include The Broken Estate, The Book Against God, and How Fiction Works. He writes for the New Yorker.
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Writers in the Schools Readers
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Alise Alousi's poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies including: Graffiti Rag, The Alternative Press, Malpais Review, I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You, and Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry. Her poems have been produced as a broadside and hand made book for the Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project and her work appears in the recently released anthology of the same name. Alousi is Associate Director of the InsideOut Literary Arts Project and is on the board of RAWI, an organization dedicated to supporting creative and scholarly writing by Arab Americans.
Bao-Long Chu is the Associate Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) in Houston. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and his poems have been anthologized in books such as Both Sides Now and Watermark.
Michael Dickman is the author of two books of poetry, The End of the West and Flies, both published by Copper Canyon Press. His recent honors include the Narrative Prize and the James Laughlin Award. He has taught with the Writers in the Schools program in Portland, Oregon.
Tim Seibles is the author of several poetry collections including Buffalo Head Solos and the recently released, Fast Animal. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Tim teaches in the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA low-residency Program and Old Dominion University’s MFA Program.
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AWP Award Series Readers
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Marcia Aldrich teaches creative writing at Michigan State University. She is the author of Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton and part of the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series. She has had essays appear in The Best American Essays, The Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women, and in a wide range of literary magazines such as the North American Review, the Seneca Review, the Gettysburg Review. She has been the editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award for the state of Michigan.
Kirstin Scott won the Original Writing Competition sponsored by the Utah Arts Council, and her stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Sonora Review, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. She works as a medical writer and lives in Salt Lake City, UT with her husband and two children.
Laura Read teaches composition, literature, and creative writing courses at Spokane Falls Community College. She has published poems in a variety of journals, most recently in Rattle, the Mississippi Review, Third Wednesday, and the Bellingham Review. Her chapbook, The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You, was the 2010 winner of the Floating Bridge Chapbook Award. She lives in Spokane, Washington with her husband, Brad, and their two sons, Benjamin and Matthew.
Corinna Vallianatos’s stories have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s, A Public Space, the Gettysburg Review, Epoch, and elsewhere. She was recently awarded a fellowship from The MacDowell Colony. She lives with her husband and son in Claremont, California.
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