Past Visiting Writers

Spring 2016


Gregory Donovan: Greg is the author of the newly published poetry collection, Torn from the Sun (Red Hen Press, 2015), and the earlier Calling His Children Home, which won the Devins Award for Poetry, along with poems, essays, and fiction published in The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, and many other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 2003). Among other awards for his writing, he is the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award from New England Writers, as well as grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and fellowships from the Ucross Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Donovan is a faculty member in the graduate creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has often served as the Director of Creative Writing, and he is Senior Editor of the internationally recognized online journal Blackbird.

Abby Frucht: Abby is the author of five novels including SNAP, Licorice, Are You Mine?, Life Before Death, and Polly's Ghost, and two collections of stories, Fruit of the Month, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize in 1987, and The Bell at the End of a Rope. A recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a New Voices Award from Quality Paperback Book Club, several grants from the Ohio Arts Council, and the Kay W. Levin Short Non-Fiction award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, Abby is also an essayist whose works have been anthologized in Best of the Web, For Keeps, He Said What?!, and Winter Tales. She has raised two sons, lives in Wisconsin, has been part of the VCFA faculty for twenty years, and will serve this year as one of a three judge panel for the Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction. Abby's new novel, A Well Made Bed, on which she collaborated with Laurie Alberts, will be published in March, 2016 by Red Hen Press.

Heather Sharfeddin (Sharf-a-deen): Heather Sharfeddin is the author of four novels about the Pacific Northwest. Her work has earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, has been honored with an Erick Hoffer award and at the New York and San Francisco Book Festivals, as well as the Pacific Northwest Book Sellers Association. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University (Bath, England). She has taught creative writing at Randolph Macon College, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and is currently an adjunct professor at Linfield College. For more information about her writing visit www.sharfeddin.com.

Fall 2013

 

Featured author (Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction): Robert Vivian.  

Robert Vivian is the author of two award-winning books of meditative essays, Cold Snap As Yearning and The Least Cricket Of Evening. He is also the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy--The Mover Of Bones, Lamb Bright Saviors, and Another Burning Kingdom. His most recent published novel is Water And Abandon. He's also written many plays that have been produced in NYC, many of whose monologues have been published in The Best American Monologues for both men and women. He wrote an adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts in 2006 that premiered at Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo. His essays have been mentioned numerous times in The Best American Essay Series, and his stories, poems, and essays have appeared in magazines and journals like Harper's, Georgia Review, Creative Nonfiction, and scores of others. In 2008 he was the first American ever to teach at Ondokuz Mayis University in Samsun, Turkey; he currently teaches as associate professor at Alma College in Michigan. He's just completed two new novels, The Town That Burns Eternity Into Your Soul and Return To Hush Moon Lake

 

Featured guest author (Poet): Richard Jackson.

Richard Jackson teaches creative writing and poetry, humanities in UTC's interdisciplinary honors program, and is a frequent guest lecturer at the MFA writing seminars at Vermont College, University of Iowa Summer Writers' Festival, and the Prague Summer Program.

He is the author of ten books of poems including Resonance ( 2010) (Eric Hocher Award), Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (2004) and Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (2003). He has also published two books of translations, Last Voyage: The Poems of Giovanni Pascoli from Italian (2010) and Alexandar Persolja's Journey of the Sun from Slovene (2008).

He is also the author of two crucial books, Acts of Mind: Conversations with American Poets (Choice Award) and Dismantling Time in Contemporary Poetry (Agee Award Winner), and has edited two anthologies of Slovene poetry, as well as the journal Poetry Miscellany.

His work has been translated into fifteen languages and has appeared in The Best American Poems, among other collections. He has been awarded the Order of Freedom Medal by the President of Slovenia for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans, and has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, Witter-Bynner Fellow, NEA fellow, NEH Fellow, and has lectured and given readings at dozens of universities and conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

In 2009 he won the AWP George Garret National Award for Teaching and Arts Advocacy. He leads a group of writing students to Europe each May.

Visiting Fiction Writer: DANIELLE FRANDINA

Danielle Frandina has been a teacher of literature and writing for fourteen years. In 2011, she received her MFA in writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is working on a short story collection. Her work can be found in Conceptions Southwest, Número Cinq and Avalon Magazine.

 

And returning to us once again: Poet IAN BODKIN!  

Ian is a recent graduate from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Ian has worked with such poets as Mary Ruefle, David Wojahn, Jody Gladding, and Jen Bervin, among others.  He teaches Creative Writing, Composition, and Literature at John Tyler Junior College and Benedictine College Preparatory in Richmond, Va.  His poems and reviews have most recently appeared in 491, Rain Taxi, and The Gunslinger.  He was born a Virginian and a child of Appalachia, so he considers himself a hillbilly with an inappropriate amount of verve.  When not reading or eventually writing, Ian is wading out into the waters of the Mighty James.     

 

 

Spring 2013

 

FEATURED GUEST AUTHOR: JIM DANIELS!  

Mr. Daniels is the author of 34 books of poetry, prose, and plays including All of the Above (poetry, 2011), Trig-ger Man: More Tales of the Motor City (stories, 2011) (Midwest Book Award winner), and Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry (2011). 

He has received the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, Independent Publisher’s Best Poetry Gold Medal, the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, the Tillie Olsen Prize, the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize, two fellowships from the Na-tional Endowment for the Arts, and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  Click here for a poem and an interview!

 

FEATURED GUEST AUTHOR: HEATHER SHARFEDDIN!  

Author of four novels, each set in the Northwest, Heather's work has earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, has been honored with an Erick Hoffer award and at the New York and San Francisco Book Festivals, as well as the Pacific Northwest Book Sellers Association. Her first novel, Blackbelly, was named one of the top five novels of 2005 by the Portsmouth Harold.

 

VISITING POET: SARA BURGE!  

Sara received her M.F.A. in poetry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her poems have appeared in Court GreenMARGIEPoet LoreRiver Styx, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. Her first book, Apocalypse Ranch, was published by C&R Press.  She teaches poetry writing at Missouri State University.



VISITING FICTION WRITER: ROBERT HYERS

Rob received his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His short stories have appeared in Saints and Sinners 2012: New Fiction from the Festival, Q Review, 3:AM Magazine, and The Summerset Review. He teaches English at Bergen Community College. He is currently working on his first novel.

 

And returning to us once again: Poet IAN BODKIN!  

Ian is a recent graduate from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Ian has worked with such poets as Mary Ruefle, David Wojahn, Jody Gladding, and Jen Bervin, among others.  He teaches Creative Writing, Composition, and Literature at John Tyler Junior College and Benedictine College Preparatory in Richmond, Va.  His poems and reviews have most recently appeared in 491, Rain Taxi, and The Gunslinger.  He was born a Virginian and a child of Appalachia, so he considers himself a hillbilly with an inappropriate amount of verve.  When not reading or eventually writing, Ian is wading out into the waters of the Mighty James.     

 



Fall 2012

Featured guest author: poet Richard Jackson.

Richard Jackson teaches creative writing and poetry, humanities in UTC's interdisciplinary honors program, and is a frequent guest lecturer at the MFA writing seminars at Vermont College, University of Iowa Summer Writers' Festival, and the Prague Summer Program.

He is the author of ten books of poems including Resonance ( 2010) (Eric Hocher Award), Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (2004) and Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (2003). He has also published two books of translations, Last Voyage: The Poems of Giovanni Pascoli from Italian (2010) and Alexandar Persolja's Journey of the Sun from Slovene (2008).

He is also the author of two crucial books, Acts of Mind: Conversations with American Poets (Choice Award) and Dismantling Time in Contemporary Poetry (Agee Award Winner), and has edited two anthologies of Slovene poetry, as well as the journal Poetry Miscellany.

His work has been translated into fifteen languages and has appeared in The Best American Poems, among other collections. He has been awarded the Order of Freedom Medal by the President of Slovenia for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans, and has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, Witter-Bynner Fellow, NEA fellow, NEH Fellow, and has lectured and given readings at dozens of universities and conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

In 2009 he won the AWP George Garret National Award for Teaching and Arts Advocacy. He leads a group of writing students to Europe each May.

On the prose side of the table, Micheal Czyzniejewski.

Michael Czyzniejewski is the author of the story collection Elephants in Our Bedroom (Dzanc Books, 2009) and the short short collection Chicago Stories (Curbside Splendor).  He has taught at Bowling Green State University and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Mid-American Review. He is curently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Missouri State University.  In 2010, he was awarded a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Missouri State University's own Dr. Jane Hoogestraat.  

Born in South Dakota, Jane Hoogestraat was educated at Baylor and at the University of Chicago.  Her work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Southern Review, DoubleTake, Image, Mars Hill Review, and Crab Orchard Review.  She is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Winnowing Out Our Souls from FootHills Publishing and Harvesting All Night from Finishing Line Press.  She is a professor of English at Missouri State, where she specializes in 20th century poetry, and literary theory (with a particular interest in ethics and aesthetics).

Poet Ian Bodkin.

Ian Bodkin is a recent graduate from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Ian has worked with such poets as Mary Ruefle, David Wojahn, Jody Gladding, and Jen Bervin, among others.  He teaches Creative Writing, Composition, and Literature at John Tyler Junior College and Benedictine College Preparatory in Richmond, Va.  His poems and reviews have most recently appeared in 491, Rain Taxi, and The Gunslinger.  He was born a Virginian and a child of Appalachia, so he considers himself a hillbilly with an inappropriate amount of verve.  When not Reading or eventually writing, Ian is wading out into the waters of the Mighty James.     

 

Prose writer Gwen Mullins.

Gwen Mullins: (fiction) Gwen completed her M.F.A. through Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is an Assistant Editor at Hunger Mountain where she helps to anchor the writing blog, Another Loose Sally. She won descant’s Frank O’Connor Award in 2012 and the Sequoyah Review Fiction Prize in 1995 and 1996. She has studied with Douglas Glover, Clint McCown, David Jauss, and Ellen Lesser, among others. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in descant, Eclipse, Green Hills Literary Lantern PANK,Numero Cinq, Talking RiverMedulla Review, and other journals. She lives and works in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Poet and Translator Barbara Carlson.

Barbara Siegel Carlson is a poet as well as a translator of Back, Look Ahead, Selected Poems of Srečko Kosovel (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Her translations and essays have appeared in Artful Dodge, Mid-American Review, Nimrod, The Literary Review, International Poetry Review and Metamorphosis.  Other translations and an essay are forthcoming in Ljubljana Tales (New Europe Writers) and Literatura. She continues to translate Kosovel’s poems and has recently begun translating the work of Slovene poet Barbara Korun.

 She has had poetry in The Carolina Quarterly, New Ohio Review, Asheville Poetry ReviewPrairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Cutthroat, where she was the Discovery Poet in 2010. She is the author of a chapbook Between this Quivering (Coreopsis Press). Her first full-length collection Fire Road is forthcoming from Dream Horse Press.

Barbara has given readings and led poetry and translation workshops in the US and Europe as well as participated in the Golden Boat International Poetry Translation workshops in Slovenia.



Spring 2012

Featured author for the retreat: Robert Vivian.
 
Robert Vivian is the author of two award-winning books of meditative essays, Cold Snap As Yearning and The Least Cricket Of Evening. He is also the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy--The Mover Of Bones, Lamb Bright Saviors, and Another Burning Kingdom. His most recent published novel is Water And Abandon. He's also written many plays that have been produced in NYC, many of whose monologues have been published in The Best American Monologues for both men and women. He wrote an adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts in 2006 that premiered at Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo. His essays have been mentioned numerous times in The Best American Essay Series, and his stories, poems, and essays have appeared in magazines and journals like Harper's, Georgia Review, Creative Nonfiction, and scores of others. In 2008 he was the first American ever to teach at Ondokuz Mayis University in Samsun, Turkey; he currently teaches as associate professor at Alma College in Michigan. He's just completed two new novels, The Town That Burns Eternity Into Your Soul and Return To Hush Moon Lake

Poet Marcus Cafagna.

Marcus Cafagna has published two collections of poetry, The Broken World (University of Illinois Press, 1996) and Roman Fever (Invisible Cities Press, 2001). He currently teaches literature and writing at Missouri State University.


Poet C.D. Albin.

Craig Albin is a writer and professor at Missouri State University - West Plains.  He has had poems published in Big Muddy, Cape Rock, Flint Hills Review, and the Mid-America Poetry Review, just to name a few.  He has won the Tenessee Williams Scholarship in Fiction award as well as the Leo Love Fiction Award.