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.
Faculty // 2015
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 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 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 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 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 stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, 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 in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.
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 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 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 is the author of the novels, An Empire of Women, The Bad Boy’s Wife, Don’t I Know You?, and The Celestials. Her short fiction has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, Bomb, Ploughshares, Failbetter, Glimmertrain, Mississippi Review, and Southwest Review, among others. Her nonfiction has appeared in Self, More, The Boston Globe, and USA Today, among others. She teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, MA.
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 Schooner, Iowa Review, Crab 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.
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 is the author of four poetry collections, including Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty, What 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.
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’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 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).
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 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.
John Beer is the author of The Waste Land
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.
Author of over a dozen poetry collections, two works of fiction, and various articles, reviews, and collaborations with visual artists, Amy Gerstler won the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry for Bitter Angel (1990). Gerstler’s more recent works include Nerve Storm (1993), Medicine (2000), Ghost Girl (2004), and Dearest Creature (2009), which the New York Times named a Notable Book of the Year.
Debra Gwartney is the author of Live Through This, a memoir which was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. She has published essays in American Scholar, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Salon, Tampa Review, Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, The New York Times (“Modern Love” column), and others. Debra is currently a member of the nonfiction faculty for Pacific University’s MFA in Writing program.
Bonnie Nadell is the president of the Hill Nadell Literary Agency in Los Angeles. The nonfiction ranges from books of current affairs like Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey and Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things To Me to memoirs such as Firoozeh Dumas’ bestselling Funny in Farsi, and David Lebovitz’ Living the Sweet Life in Paris. The fiction I represent ranges from Nicole Mones’ The Last Chinese Chef to Antonya Nelson’s numerous prizewinning short story collections and novels to all of the books of fiction and nonfiction written by the late David Foster Wallace.
Jon Raymond is the author of the novels Rain Dragon, The Half-Life, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2004, and the short story collection Livability, winner of the 2009 Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. He is the writer of several films, including Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff, and cowriter of the Emmy-nominated screenplay for the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce. Raymond’s writing has appeared in Bookforum, Artforum, Tin House, the Village Voice, and other publications.
Denise Shannon formed Denise Shannon Literary Agency in 2002 after sixteen years representing authors at Georges Borchardt, Inc. and International Creative Management (ICM). The agency’s clients have received numerous awards and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Man Booker International Prize, the National Book Award finalist medal, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Authors include Francine Prose, Julia Elliott, Gary Shteyngart, Reif Larsen, Ben Marcus, Aryn Kyle and Karen Russell.
Amy Williams is the founder of The Williams Company, a literary agency that opened its doors in April 2015. She began her publishing career as an editorial assistant at Doubleday. A literary agent since 1996, she was a founding member of The Gernert Company, an agent for two years at ICM, and a co-founder of the agency McCormick & Williams. Amy represents a wide range of critically acclaimed and best-selling authors, including Elizabeth Kostova, Nami Mun, , Katharine Weber, Frances Hwang, Dean Bakopoulos, Tom Piazza, Alix Ohlin, Owen King, Judith Warner, and John Brandon. Her interests include literary and historical fiction, narrative and practical non-fiction, memoir, and short stories.