June 19–29, 2014

Schedule subject to change

All evening faculty and guest readings will be held in the Carriage Barn. All faculty, guest, and graduate lectures and all graduate readings will be held in Tishman Lecture Hall, unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, June 19

  • Noon–5:00 pm | Student Check-in, Commons Lounge
  • 1:45 pm | Faculty Steering Committee Meeting, Cricket Hill Annex
  • 3:00 pm | Core Faculty Meeting, Cricket Hill Annex
  • 5:30–6:30 pm | New Student/Mentor Dinner, Yellow DR
  • 7:00 pm | Faculty and Guest Readings: Bret Anthony Johnston and Dinah Lenney
  • 8:30 pm | Welcome Reception, Student Center

Friday, June 20

  • 9:00–10:15 am | New Student Orientation, Cricket Hill Annex
  • 10:30–11:45 am | All-Community Orientation, Tishman Lecture Hall
  • 11:45 am | Class Photo, Location TBA
  • 1:00–2:30 pm | Craft Session: April Bernard and Alice Mattison—“The Loudmouth, The Worrier, The Fragile Genius: Some Problems—and Pedagogical Alternatives—in Teaching the Writing Class,” Tishman Lecture Hall
  • 2:45–3:45 pm | Introductory Writing Workshops, locations on the front of your packet
  • 2:45–3:45 pm | June 2014 Graduates Meeting, Cricket Hill Annex

Graduate Readings

  • 4:00 pm | Denton Loving
  • 4:20 pm | Jennifer Miller
  • 4:40 pm | Ruth Mukwana

Saturday, June 21

Graduate Lectures

  • 8:20 am | Jodi Anderson: “In Search of Real Time: Writing With One Eye on Einstein.” The theories of relativity changed our definition of time from a chronological absolute to something more… well, relative. How can we explore the interrelatedness of real time and real life in our fiction? I turn to three great novels for help: Swann’s Way, To the Lighthouse, and Ada, or Ardor.
  • 9:00 am | Chanelle Boucher: “Poetry and Collaboration.” The successes and failures of poetic collaboration.” This lecture will explore Anne Carson's elegy Nox as a written work, Carson's personal scrapbook of sorts, an international reading, and a reading set to music and dance. Can one piece translate so diversely and still be a successful venture on the part of the poet?
  • 9:40 am | Patrick Boyle: “Remix Poetics: The Free-Floating Tools for Creation in the Digital Era.” How do we talk about poetry in the digital era? Where other arts grow, where does poetry stagnate? What elements connect our craft to the Information Age? We'll explore these elements and build a context for them as remix poetics.
  • 10:30 am–noon | Craft Session: Rachel Pastan—“Writing Other People’s Sentences,” CAPA Symposium
  • 1:00–3:00 pm | Writing Workshops
  • 3:00–4:00 pm | Diversity Initiative meeting—all are welcome, CAPA Symposium

Graduate Readings

  • 4:00 pm | Jana Gannon
  • 4:20 pm | Joanne Proulx
  • 4:40 pm | Cassie Pruyn
  • 5:00 pm | Walter Robinson
  • 5:15–6:45 pm | Faculty and Staff Dinner, Carriage Barn Fireplace Room
  • 7:00 pm | Faculty and Guest Readings: Linda Kunkardt and Donald Hall

Sunday, June 22

Graduate Lectures

  • 8:20 am | James Brennan: “The Evolution of the Corporate America Novel: Conformity Through the Ages.” Sloan Wilson, said of his protagonist in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit: “. . . but one thing is sure: in the sixties, seventies and eighties, Tom Rath would grow into a different kind of individual.” Looking at Revolutionary Road, Something Happened, Fight Club, and Then We Came to The End may reveal otherwise.
  • 9:00 am | Elizabeth Brown: “The Woman Who Walked into Doors and into my heart.” How does Irish author Roddy Doyle write such a convincing, heartbreaking tale of a battered wife? Doyle plays with chronology, much as Alice Munro does in her short stories. In this lecture, I will consider how these authors depose the tyranny of time to achieve different effects.
  • 9:40 am | Jasmin Darznik
  • 10:30 am–noon | Writer-in-Residence Discussion: Donald Hall

Graduate Readings

  • 1:00 pm | Keith Lesmeister
  • 1:20 pm | Cathy Salibian
  • 1:40 pm | Bridget Sampson
  • 2:00 pm | Emily Mohn-Slate

Graduate Lectures

  • 2:30 pm | Bibi Deitz: That One Thing: Dubus and the Articulation of Character.” Andre Dubus is a master of cutting to the core of a character via simple methods of show and tell. I’ll examine his technique through various texts.
  • 3:10 pm | Rachel Feingold: “Beautiful Disasters: Translating the Lyrical Language of Catastrophe.” Contemporary novelists Chabon, Diaz, and Patchett all portray catastrophic events using lyrical prose, in the voices of immigrant characters who wrestle with language as much as with the events themselves. I will define “lyrical prose” and explore how these authors write so beautifully about dramatic circumstances without straying into melodrama.
  • 4:00 pm | 9th Annual Miller Softball Classic, Commons Lawn
  • 7:00 pm | Faculty and Guest Readings: April Bernard and Paul Yoon

Monday, June 23

Graduate Lectures

  • 8:20 am | Libby Flores: “Always On My Mind: Obsessional Characters and Narrative Drive.” Obsessional characters single-mindedly want something, as seen in the work of Vladimir Nabokov, Tillie Olsen, and Lydia Davis. I will explore how these dissimilar writers use language to convey the singular urges of their obsessive characters, manipulate syntax to heighten the stakes, and ultimately propel a desire that builds narrative drive.
  • 9:00 am | Jay Hodges: “Some Assembly Required: Storytelling Using Non-linear Structure.” I will discuss how authors Mary Robison, Lorrie oore, and Virginia Woolf create anticipation and keep readers reading without offering the security of conventional linear form.
  • 9:40 am | Didi Jackson: “Reverse Ekphrasis.” When a poet is moved deeply by a visual artist’s work, she is often compelled to write a poem in response to or in conversation with that piece. The term used for such poetry, ekphrasis, is a word that derives from the Greek meaning to recount, describe, point out, or explain. But what do we call it when the inspiration is in reverse, when the poet inspires the visual artist? This lecture will take a closer look at the less discussed tradition of “reverse ekphrasis.” We will examine the vital interchange between the dynamic artistic and poetic pairings of Robert Motherwell and Federico Garcia Lorca, Grace Hartigan and Frank O’Hara, and Jenny Holzer and Henri Cole.
  • 10:30 am–noon | Faculty Craft Session: Dinah Lenney—“The More You Remember, the More You Remember.”
  • Noon | Second New Student Orientation Lunch, Purple DR
  • Noon | Graduate lunch with Dean Isabel Roche, Yellow DR
  • 1:00–3:00 pm | Writing Workshops

Graduate Readings

  • 4:00 pm | Katie Slezas
  • 4:20 pm | Jennifer Urbanek
  • 5:00 pm | Jodi Anderson

Tuesday, June 24

Graduate Lectures

  • 9:00 am | Ani Kazarian: “The Armenian Genocide and the Experience of Exile Through the Literature of William Saroyan and Michael J. Arlen.” The Armenian Genocide of 1915 created a widespread diaspora and perpetuated deep cultural wounds that are prevalent within the Armenian-American community today. I will delve into the works of William Saroyan and Michael J. Arlen, focusing on the cultural wounds of the last century, the experience of exile, how the community survived, and the ways in which writers explore these issues.
  • 9:40 am | Jennifer Leija: “The Author’s Reading: History, Challenges, and Yours.” A brief exploration of writers reading their work for an audience, why it’s difficult (but important), and how to do it better.
  • 10:30 am–noon | Associate Faculty Lecture: Susan Choi: “Knowing and Forgetfulness: The Case Against Expertise.” The case for expertise is clear: the writer who has served in combat has an obvious advantage when writing a war novel; the writer who has lived abroad can vividly evoke that foreign setting without having to use a guidebook. But what about the case for lack of expertise? What about the case for having forgotten those special details, or for never having known them in the first place? I'd like argue that a lack of expertise isn't merely a disadvantage for which writers can compensate, but an actual advantage that can make a unique contribution. I'd like to suggest that not-knowing, or just-plain-forgetting, enhances the capacities of the imagination, enables smarter curation of those things we include in our fiction, and pushes our work deeper into unexplored terrain. Having spent more than my fair share of time researching novels, I'd like to suggest that there are real benefits to researching less—to taking our chances with not being experts.

Graduate Readings:

  • 1:00 pm | Chanelle Boucher
  • 1:20 pm | Patrick Boyle
  • 1:40 pm | James Brennan

Graduate Lectures

  • 2:30 pm | Keith Lesmeister: “This was the Summer Everything Changed.” Narrators occasionally preface the events of their story by giving away revelatory information (i.e.: the title of this lecture) or simply telling of their interest ("The day I'd like to discuss"). We'll take a closer look at this narrative vantage point and show how authors Richard Ford and Ethan Canin use this strategy in effective ways.
  • 3:10 pm | Denton Loving: “Defining Sense of Place in Literature and Fighting the Corresponding Regional Label.” In attempting to define “sense of place,” this lecture will identify the most common ways that writers use physical landscapes—both natural and manmade—to affect characters and their stories. Additionally, we will examine how writing with a strong sense of place is sometimes marginalized as regional despite the benefits.
  • 4:00–5:00 pm | First meeting of January 2015 graduates, Cricket Hill Annex
  • Dark Knight—No Readings

Wednesday, June 25

  • 10:00 am–noon | Writing Workshops

Graduate Lectures

  • 1:00 pm | Jennifer Miller: "Frugality and Fruitfulness: the Life and Poetry of Robert Francis (1901–1987)." This lecture will look at how Robert Francis’s eccentric, ascetic life and meticulously crafted short poems go hand and hand. Come find out why Francis’s poetry deserves to live on—and why even non-poets should hope that it does.
  • 1:40 pm | Ruth Mukwana: “Why come the single story on Africa: why and how it can be changed.” This lecture explores what has led to the single stereotype story and how a 'complete' story, written with compassion, empathy and dignity can change this. We will review colonial, post and contemporary writers as well as the media and the humanitarian aid.

Graduate Readings

  • 4:00 pm | Elizabeth Brown
  • 4:20 pm | Jasmin Darznik
  • 4:40 pm | Bibi Deitz
  • 5:00 pm | Rachel Feingold

Thursday, June 26

Graduate Lectures

  • 8:20 am | Jana Gannon: “F@ck! An Explicit Examination Into Language.” How do writers spend their bad word currency? This lecture explores several approaches to crafting forbidden language—the choice to use it, abuse it, avoid it, or simply make shit up. Examples for this lecture include; Ed Ochester, Philip Larkin, Charles Bukowski, Hemingway, and David Foster Wallace.
  • 9:00 am | Joanne Proulx: “Breathing Underwater: Moments of Resonance in Literary Fiction.” Exploring works by Carver, McCarthy, Steinbeck, and Schwartz, I will discuss a pattern found in resonant moments in fiction and how, like our characters, we must fall still and sink deep if we hope to create work that shimmers. Special Guests: Oprah Winfrey, Sven Birkerts in swim goggles and a speedo.
  • 9:40 am | Cassie Pruyn: “Elizabeth Bishop's Questions of Travel.” In this lecture, we will explore the relationship between travel and observation in Bishop’s work by looking at her collection Questions of Travel. We will consider the ways in which travel may have freed up Bishop’s creative response to her past. How does one landscape release the memories of another?
  • 10:30 am–noon | Faculty Craft Session: Ben Anastas, CAPA Symposium

Graduate Readings

  • 1:00 pm | Libby Flores
  • 1:20 pm | Jay Hodges
  • 1:40 pm | Didi Jackson

Graduate Lectures

  • 2:30 pm | Walter Robinson: “Is Literature Good for You? Says Who?” A recent scientific study claiming that reading literary fiction is an effective tonic for the development of empathy brought a smile to the thin and discouraged lips of writers everywhere, but a closer look reveals both less and more to celebrate about literary fiction that the study authors anticipated.
  • 3:10 pm | Erin Kate Ryan: “Smash the Page.” A brief compendium of the flaws in Walter Robinson's lecture.
  • 4:00–5:00 pm | Second Meeting of January 2015 Graduates, Cricket Hill Annex
  • 5:00–7:25 pm | Graduate and Faculty Dinner, Carriage Barn Fireplace Room
  • 7:30 pm | Faculty and Guest Readings: Maria Bustillos and James Wood (note later start time)

Friday, June 27

Graduate Lectures

  • 8:20 am | Cathy Salibian: “Writing your ancestry.” You interview people, comb through archives, ponder photographs, trace the journeys of objects. You mine memory, mail cheek swabs to a lab. You listen to the ancestral language, visit homelands, dance the old dances. Then you write—and contribute to the next stage of your own culture.
  • 9:00 am | Bridget Sampson: “Mavis Gallant: Voice and the Short Story.” The other Canadian short story master, Mavis Gallant: Ex-patriot European glamour, exquisite language, and the pessimism of a post-World War II psyche. We’ll look at Gallant’s life in Paris and at her take on the short story. The lecture focuses on her childhood tales, particularly on the Linnet Muir stories.
  • 9:40 am | Emily Mohn-Slate: “Charlotte Mew’s Peculiar Music.” Siegfried Sassoon called her “the only poet who brought a lump to my throat”; Virginia Woolf praised her work as “very good and interesting and unlike anyone else”; and Marianne Moore called her poems “above praise.” Why should we read Charlotte Mew?
  • 10:30 am–noon | Panel: Maria Bustillos, Sven Birkerts, and James Wood with Mariko Silver—“What is a Book? A Conversation.”
  • 1:00–3:00 pm | Writing Workshops

Graduate Readings

  • 4:00 pm | Ani Kazarian
  • 4:20 pm | Tara Kelly
  • 4:40 pm | Jennifer Leija
  • 5:00 pm | Erin Kate Ryan
  • 5:00 pm | Parturition Meeting for Graduates, Tishman—immediately after the final reading.
  • 7:00 pm | Faculty and Guest Readings: Susan Cheever and Brian Morton, Deane Carriage Barn
  • 8:30–9:00 pm | Labyrinth Lighting Ceremony, Commons Lawn (The Labyrinth will remain lit until shortly after midnight.)
  • 9:30 pm | Concert, Student Center/DownCafé, with Eli Burrell and Jen Hinst-White opening for the Dog House Band
  • 11:00 pm | Sky Lantern Lighting at Labyrinth, Commons Lawn

Saturday, June 28

Graduate Lectures

  • 8:20 am | Katie Slezas: “A Dissection of Nonlinear Memoir. “ This is an exploration of how memoirists Joan Wickersham, Maureen Howard, and Abigail Thomas have structured narratives using thematic connections rather than chronology to organize the unraveling of events on the page. I will also discuss the risks and benefits of employing a nonlinear strategy.
  • 9:00 am | Jennifer Urbanek: “Salvador Dali the Polymathic Polymorphous Genius.” Much of Dali's poetry and philosophic writing are long out of print. His poetry and novel were extolled by Lorca. We will examine verse that survived through their correspondence. Attention will be given to his use of science and symbolism and the paranoid critical method he developed.
  • 9:40 am | Tara Kelly: “The Literature of Love and Loss: Lamenting The Dead.” To write about love, loss, death and dying is to take on big subjects; massive in scope, weighty in emotion, and elusive to define. To elevate the writing to the status of literature makes it all the more difficult. Poets may do it best, but this lecture will examine a particular niche in nonfiction writing—the grief memoir. Considering the works of Joan Didion, Donald Hall, Calvin Trillin, Julian Barnes, and others.
  • 10:30 am–noon | Life of Letters conversation: Jill Schoolman, Tishman Lecture Hall

Graduation Ceremony

  • 4:30 pm | Grads and Faculty to VAPA D-208 to don robes for graduation
  • 5:00 pm | Commencement Ceremony, Usdan Gallery
    Commencement Speaker: Sonia Sanchez
  • 6:15 pm | Reception, Greenwall
  • 6:45 pm | Graduation Dinner, Greenwall
    Faculty Speaker: April Bernard
    Graduating Student Speaker: Walter Robinson
  • 9:00 pm | Graduation Dance, Student Center

Sunday, June 28

  • 9:00–11:00 am | Writing Workshops

Monday, June 29

  • Depart by 11:00 am


  • April Bernard is a poet, novelist, and essayist. Her fourth book of poems, Romanticism (W.W.Norton) is out in paperback. Miss Fuller, a novel, was published by Steerforth in 2012. Her previous books of poems are Blackbird Bye Bye (1989, Random House; winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets); and Psalms (1998) and Swan Electric (2003), both from W.W. Norton. Norton also published her novel, Pirate Jenny, in 1990. Bernard has contributed essays, reviews, and travel pieces to such magazines as The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, and Vanity Fair, and has also written screenplays and plays. She was educated at Harvard, worked for more than a decade in book and magazine publishing in New York City, and has taught at Barnard, Yale, Columbia, Amherst, and Bennington colleges. She received a 2003-04 Guggenheim fellowship in poetry and the 2006 Stover Memorial Prize in Poetry. In the fall of 2009, she joined the faculty at Skidmore College as Director of Creative Writing. Faculty. She will give a reading.
  • Sven Birkerts has been editor of AGNI since July 2002. His most recent books are The Other Walk (2011, Graywolf), The Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again (2008, Graywolf), and Reading Life: Books for the Ages (2007, Graywolf). His other books include An Artificial Wilderness: Essays on 20th Century Literature (William Morrow), The Electric Life: Essays on Modern Poetry (William Morrow), American Energies: Essays on Fiction (William Morrow), The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age (Faber & Faber), Readings (1999, Graywolf), and My Sky Blue Trades: Growing Up Counter in a Contrary Time (2002, Viking). He has edited Tolstoy’s Dictaphone: Writers and the Muse (Graywolf) as well as Writing Well (with Donald Hall) and The Evolving Canon (Allyn & Bacon). He has received grants from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. He was winner of the Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle in 1985 and the Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award from PEN for the best book of essays in 1990. Birkerts has reviewed regularly for The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Esquire, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Mirabella, Parnassus, The Yale Review, and other publications. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Emerson College, and Amherst, and has most recently been Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Nonfiction at Harvard. He is Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars, and a core faculty member. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children. Director and faculty member. Panel on the Book with Maria Bustillos and James Wood.
  • Maria Bustillos is a writer and critic who writes on technology, politics, literature, art, and business. Her work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, The Awl, The New York Times, OUT Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Pacific Standard, Slate, and Kotaku. She and her husband live in Los Angeles. Visiting Writer. Panel on the Book with Sven Birkerts and James Wood; she will also give a reading.
  • Susan Cheever’s most recent biography, e.e. Cummings: A Poet's Life, was published in February. Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography, was published in the fall of 2010 by Simon & Schuster. A previous book on the American transcendentalists, American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work was published by Simon & Schuster in 2006, and was on the Boston Globe bestseller list for three months. Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction was published by Simon & Schuster in 2009 and is in its third printing. My Name Is Bill: Bill Wilson—His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous was published by Simon & Schuster in 2004. Cheever is also the author of As Good As I Could Be: A Memoir of Raising Wonderful Children in Difficult Times (Simon & Schuster, 2001), Note Found in a Bottle: My Life as a Drinker (Simon & Schuster, 1999), A Woman's Life: A Story of an Ordinary Woman and Her Extraordinary Generation (Morrow), Treetops: A Family Memoir (Bantam, 1991), and Home Before Dark: A Biographical Memoir of John Cheever by His Daughter (Houghton Mifflin, 1984). She has also published five novels including Looking for Work, A Handsome Man, and Doctors and Women. She is working on a history of drinking in America. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and as a weekly column in Newsday, and she has contributed to many other magazines and anthologies. Her work has been nominated for a National Book Circle Award and won the Boston Globe Winship medal. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the Authors Guild Council, and a director of the Yaddo Corporation. Cheever took a BA from Brown and has taught at Yale, Hunter College, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City. Faculty. She will give a reading.
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and her third, A Person of Interest, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, in 2010 she received the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her most recent novel, My Education (2013), is forthcoming in paperback this summer. She teaches at Princeton and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and sons. Associate Faculty. Lecture; she will also give a reading.
  • David Daniel’s collections of poems include Seven Star Bird (Graywolf), for which he won the Levis Reading Prize; and his chapbook, The Quick and the Dead (Haw River). Daniel recently completed a new collection, Ornaments and Other Assorted Love Songs, that he hopes Graywolf will also publish. He is currently working on a new manuscript, American Recordings, which traces the history of music in America. He is a regular contributor to The American Poetry Review, and poems, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous other journals, including the Harvard Review, Agni, Post Road, Witness, Boston Review, and Ploughshares, where he served as the Poetry editor from 1992 to 2007. He holds degrees from Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. Daniel is the Director of the undergraduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he created WAMFEST (The Words and Music Festival), which has featured such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Rosanne Cash, and many others. He lives in Boston, with his wife and three sons. Faculty. He will give a reading.
  • Donald Hall writes poems, essays, short stories, memoirs, plays, biographies, textbooks, and children’s books, and has worked as an anthologist and an editor. A novella that draws on Don's childhood memories, Christmas at Eagle Pond, was published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His latest book of poems, The Back Chamber, was published in 2011, also by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry, was published in 2008 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Hall has published 16 books of poems, including White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006, The Painted Bed, Without, The Old Life, The Museum of Clear Ideas, The One Day, The Happy Man, and Kicking the Leaves. His books of prose include Principle Products of Portugal, String Too Short to Be Saved, Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball, Eagle Pond, Poetry and Ambition, and many others. His children’s book, The Ox Cart Man, won the Caldecott Award for 1980. He has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry for The One Day, and he has received Guggenheim fellowships, the Lamont Prize, and numerous other awards for his work. In June 2006, Hall was appointed the Library of Congress' 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, and, in March of 2011, President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Arts. Hall makes his home in Wilmot, New Hampshire. Writer-in-Residence. In December, Hall will publish Essays After Eighty, again with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Writer-in-Residence discussion; he will also give a reading.
  • Amy Hempel, a recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Artists Foundation, and the Academy of Arts and Letters, Hempel is the author of Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage, and is coeditor of Unleashed. Her stories have appeared in Harper's, GQ, Vanity Fair, and many other publications, and have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Her Collected Stories was named by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2007, and won the Ambassador Book Award for best fiction of the year. In 2008, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story, and, in 2009, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. She has a BA in Journalism from San Jose State University, and has taught at Sarah Lawrence, The New School, Duke, Princeton, and currently teaches at Harvard, too. She lives in New York City. Faculty. She will give a reading.
  • Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the novel Remember Me Like This and Corpus Christi: Stories. He is also the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His many honors include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a National Book Award for writers under 35. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Tin House, and in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, and The Best American Sports Writing. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University. Faculty. He will give a reading.
  • Linda Kunhardt teaches French at Sant Bani School in Sanbornton, New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, APR, New Letters, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. She will give a reading.
  • Dinah Lenney is the author of Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir and coauthored Acting for Young Actors. Her essays and reviews have appeared in various journals and anthologies including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, AGNI, Creative Nonfiction, Ploughshares, and Harvard Review, and she serves as the creative nonfiction editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. She holds a BA from Yale, a Certificate from the Neighborhood Playhouse School, and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop as well as in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC. Dinah's new book, The Object Parade, has just been published by Counterpoint Press. Faculty. She will give a reading.
  • Brian Morton is the author of the novels Breakable You (Harcourt, 2006); A Window Across the River (Harcourt, 2003), which was a Today Show Book Club selection; Starting Out in the Evening (Crown, 1998), which received the Koret Jewish Book Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and was made into a motion picture; and The Dylanist (HarperCollins, 1991). His new novel, Florence Gordon, will be out in September. Morton has received the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Foundation Award. He teaches at New York University and at Sarah Lawrence College, where he also directs the writing program. Faculty. He will give a reading.
  • Ed Ochester’s books of poetry include Unreconstructed: Poems Selected & New (Autumn House Press, 2007), The Republic of Lies, a chapbook, (Adastra Press, 2007), The Land of Cockaigne (Story Line, 2001), Snow White Horses: Selected Poems 1973-1988 (Autumn House, 2000), Cooking in Key West (Adastra Press, 2000), Changing the Name to Ochester (Carnegie Mellon, 1988), Miracle Mile (Carnegie Mellon, 1984), and Dancing on the Edges of Knives (University of Missouri Press, 1973). His new book of poems, Sugar Run Road (Autumn House Press), is forthcoming early 2015. He is the editor of the Pitt Poetry Series at the University of Pittsburgh Press, and edited American Poetry Now (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2007). He is also the general editor for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction at the press. With Peter Oresick, he edited The Pittsburgh Book of Contemporary American Poetry and for many years, with Judith Vollmer, he edited the poetry magazine, 5 AM. Ochester has received fellowships in poetry from the NEA and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He received the George Garrett Award from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the "Artist of the Year" award from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a major cash award given annually to one established artist in Western Pennsylvania, selected from all fields. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2007 and 2013, and the Pushcart Prize anthologies. Educated at Cornell, Harvard, and the University of Wisconsin, Ochester has taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was for twenty years the director of the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh. He was twice elected president of AWP. He lives, as he says, "in the sticks" outside Pittsburgh. Faculty. He will give a reading.
  • Sonia Sanchez is the author of more than 16 books including Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, Love Poems, I’ve Been a Woman, A Sound Investment and Other Stories, Homegirls and Handgrenades, Under a Soprano Sky, Wounded in the House of a Friend (Beacon Press, 1995), Does Your House Have Lions? (Beacon Press, 1997), Like the Singing Coming off the Drums (Beacon Press, 1998), Shake Loose My Skin (Beacon Press, 1999), and most recently, Morning Haiku (Beacon Press, 2010). In addition to being a contributing editor to Black Scholar and The Journal of African Studies, she has edited an anthology, We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Stories by Black Americans. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucretia Mott Award for 1984, the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Sanchez is also a winner of the 1985 American Book Award for Homegirls and Handgrenades, a recipient of a PEW Fellowship in the Arts for 1992-1993 and the recipient of Langston Hughes Poetry Award for 1999, among many other awards. Currently, Sanchez is one of 20 African American women featured in “Freedom Sisters,” an interactive exhibition created by the Cincinnati Museum Center and Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. She will deliver the Commencement Address and give a reading.
  • Jill Schoolman founded Archipelago Books in 2003 after working with Seven Stories Press for several years in the editorial department. She received her BA in literature from Yale University in 1992 and studied at Oxford University 1990-91. She participated in editors’ exchange programs in France, Germany, Sweden, Argentina, and Norway. She is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian. Archipelago now has nearly 100 books in print from more than 25 languages. A life of letters conversation.
  • Lynne Sharon Schwartz is the author of 23 books including novels, short-story collections, nonfiction, poetry, and translations. Her most recent publication is a collection of essays, This Is Where We Came In. Her second poetry collection, See You in the Dark, and her novel Two-Part Inventions, were published in 2012. Her first novel, Rough Strife, was nominated for a National Book Award and the PEN/Hemingway First Novel Award. Other novels include The Writing on the Wall; In the Family Way: An Urban Comedy; Disturbances in the Field; and Leaving Brooklyn, nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her latest story collection is Referred Pain, published in 2004. She is also the author of the memoirs Not Now, Voyager, and Ruined by Reading, the essay collection Face to Face, the poetry collection, In Solitary, and the editor of The Emergence of Memory: Conversations With W.G. Sebald, which includes interviews and essays. Her translations from Italian include A Place to Live: Selected Essays of Natalia Ginzburg, and Smoke Over Birkenau, by Liana Millu. Schwartz has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts. Her stories and essays have been reprinted in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Essays. She has taught writing and literature at colleges and universities here and abroad. She lives in New York City. Faculty.She will give a reading.
  • Peter Trachtenberg’s latest work of nonfiction is Another Insane Devotion (Da Capo, 2012), which was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. He’s also the author of 7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh and The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning, winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2009 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award. His essays, journalism, and short fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, A Public Space, Bidoun, and The New York Times' Travel Magazine. His honors include the Whiting Award, the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. He also teaches in the Writing Program of the University of Pittsburgh. Faculty. He will give a reading.
  • James Wood has been a staff writer and book critic at The New Yorker since 2007. He was the chief literary critic at the Guardian, in London, from 1992 to 1995, and a senior editor at The New Republic from 1995 to 2007. His critical essays have been collected in three volumes, The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief (1999), The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel (2004), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Fun Stuff and Other Essays (2013). He is also the author of a novel, The Book Against God (2003), and a study of technique in the novel How Fiction Works (2008). He lives in Boston, and teaches half time at Harvard University, where he is Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism. Visiting Writer. Panel on the Book with Maria Bustillos and Sven Birkerts; he will also give a reading.
  • Paul Yoon was born in New York City. His first book was the story collection Once the Shore. It was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Best Debut Fiction by National Public Radio, and won the Asian American Literary Award and a 5 under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. His novel, Snow Hunters, was published last year. It is a finalist for the 2014 Indies Choice Fiction Award from the American Booksellers Association and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. He lives in Andover, Massachusetts, where he is the Roger Murray Chair of Creative Writing at Phillips Academy. Faculty. He will give a reading.