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Faculty // 2015

Short Fiction

Robert Boswell

Robert Boswell


Robert Boswell has published seven novels, three story collections, and two books of nonfiction. His work has earned him two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the PEN West Award for Fiction. He shares the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston with his wife, Antonya Nelson. His latest novel, Tumbledown, was published by Graywolf.


Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang


Lan Samantha Chang is the author of Hunger, a novella and stories, and the novels Inheritance and All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost. She is the recipient of fellowships from Stanford University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Manuel Gonzales

Manuel Gonzales


Manuel Gonzales has published fiction and nonfiction in Open City, Fence, One Story, Esquire, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and The Believer. He is the Executive Director of Austin Bat Cave, a writing & tutoring center for kids located in Austin, Texas. His debut collection of stories, The Miniature Wife & Other Stories, was published by Riverhead Books.


Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy


Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels, Red Moon and The Wilding, as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh  and The Language of Elk. He is the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. His latest novel The Dead Lands will be published by Grand Central Publishing in April, 2015.


Karen Russell

Karen Russell


Karen Russell is the author of the short story collections St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Vampires in the Lemon Grove , as well as the novel Swamplandia!. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and on The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.

 

 


Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard


Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including the forthcoming The Book of Aron, and four story collections, including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize.  His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Tin House, the New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope: All Story, and Playboy, and five of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, two for the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College.

 


Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins


Claire Vaye Watkins stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One StoryThe Paris ReviewPloughshares, and elsewhere. Her collection of short stories, Battleborn (Riverhead Books), won the Story Prize and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35″ in 2012. A 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, she is an assistant professor at Bucknell University.


Novel Writing

Marlon James

Marlon James


Marlon James most recent novel is A Brief History of Seven Killings.  He is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice.


Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle


Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil in Silver, and an ebook only novella, Lucretia and the Kroons. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the key to Southeast Queens. He teaches at Columbia University.


Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill


Jenny Offill is the author of two novels, Dept. of Speculation, which was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times, and Last Things, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Book Award. She teaches in the writing programs at Queens University, Brooklyn College, and Columbia University.


Karen Shepard

Karen Shepard


Karen Shepard is the author of the novels, An Empire of WomenThe Bad Boy’s Wife, Don’t I Know You?, and The Celestials. Her short fiction has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, BombPloughsharesFailbetter, GlimmertrainMississippi Review, and Southwest Review, among others. Her nonfiction has appeared in SelfMoreThe Boston Globe, and USA Today, among others.  She teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, MA.


Poetry

Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz


Natalie Diaz, a member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes, is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec. Her work has appeared in Prairie SchoonerIowa ReviewCrab Orchard Review, among others, and was selected by Natasha Trethewey for Best New Poets. She has receive the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.


Cornelius Eady

Cornelius Eady


Poet and cofounder of Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady has published more than half a dozen volumes of poetry, among them Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (1985), winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; The Gathering of My Name (1991), nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and Brutal Imagination (2001), a National Book Award finalist. Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems appeared in 2008.


Tony Hoagland

Tony Hoagland


Tony Hoagland is the author of four poetry collections, including Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda DynastyWhat Narcissism Means to Me, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Donkey Gospel, winner of the James Laughlin Award and Sweet Ruin. Hoagland’s honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation’s 2005 Mark Twain Award. He teaches at the University of Houston, as well as Warren Wilson.


Nonfiction

Charles D’Ambrosio

Charles D’Ambrosio


Charles D’Ambrosio is the author of two collections of short stories, The Point and The Dead Fish Museum, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the essay collections Orphans and Loitering. He teaches fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson


Maggie Nelson’s books of nonfiction include The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Bluets, and The Red Parts: A Memoir. Recent books of poetry include Something Bright, Then Holes , and Jane: A Murder, a finalist, the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. She is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, and a 2011 NEA grant in poetry. The Argonauts, a work of autobiography/theory forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2015.


David Shields

David Shields


David Shields is the author of fifteen books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications). He has five more books being published over the next two years including I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (forthcoming in January 2015 from Knopf and also as a film directed by James Franco); and  Life Is Short—Art Is Shorter: In Praise of Brevity (April 2015, Hawthorne).


Guests

Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison


Dorothy Allison is the best-selling author of Bastard out of Carolina, Cavedweller, and a memoir, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure.  She is the author of Trash, a collection of short stories; The Women Who Hate Me, a collection of poetry; and Skin: Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature, a collection of essays.


Claudia Ballard

Claudia Ballard


Claudia Ballard has been an agent at WME since 2008. She represents mainly fiction, from established short-story writers to debut novelists and beyond. She works with a variety of authors including Amelia Gray, Patricio Pron, Marjorie Celona, Ben Nugent, and screenwriters Seth Grahame-Smith and Charlie Kaufman. She is interested in taking on exciting new voices, risk-takers, and storytellers of all kinds.


Julia Elliott

Julia Elliott


Julia Elliott’s fiction has appeared in Tin House, the Georgia Review, Conjunctions, Fence, Puerto del Sol, Mississippi Review, and other magazines. She has won a Pushcart Prize and a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. Her debut novel, The New and Improved Romie Futch, will be published by Tin House Books in 2015. Her debut collection, The Wilds, came out from Tin House in 2014.


Bonnie Nadell


Bonnie Nadell is the president of the Hill Nadell Literary Agency in Los Angeles. Her nonfiction books include works on current affairs and food as well as memoirs and other narrative nonfiction. In fiction, she represents thrillers along with upmarket women’s and literary fiction.


Denise Shannon


Denise Shannon formed her own agency in 2002 after sixteen years representing authors at Georges Borchardt, Inc. and International Creative Management (ICM). She is a frequent guest at writers’ conferences and publishing institutes, delivering talks and conducting workshops.


Amy Williams


Amy Williams began her publishing career as an editorial assistant at Doubleday. A literary agent since 1996, she has worked at The Gernert Company and ICM. She currently works at McCormick & Williams, an independent literary agency specializing in literary and commercial fiction and quality non-fiction, including memoir.