Steve Almond’s short fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and his most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction. Almond writes commentary and journalism regularly for The New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe.
Faculty // 2016
Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. He is a Professor at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.
Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Hundred-Year House, winner of the Chicago Writers Association’s Novel of the Year award, and The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut which has been translated into eight languages. Her short story collection, Music for Wartime was named one of the must-read books of the summer by O, The Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed, and more. Her short fiction was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008), and appears regularly in journals like Harper’s, Tin House, and New England Review.
Antonya Nelson is the author of four novels, including Bound, and seven short story collections, including Funny Once. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. She teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program, as well as in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program.
Chinelo Okparanta, one of Granta’s six New Voices for 2012, is the author of Under the Udala Trees, and Happiness Like Water. She is a Lambda Award winner for Lesbian Fiction, an O. Henry Short Story Prize winner, a finalist for the Rolex Mentors and Proteges Arts Initiative, a finalist for the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and a finalist for the Caine Prize, among others. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.
Luis Alberto Urrea has published extensively in all the major genres and is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 13 books, including the short story collection The Water Museum, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, which won the Kiriyama Prize in fiction, and The Devil’s Highway, which won the Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, IL, where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Jess Walter is the author of eight books, most recently the story collection We Live in Water and the bestselling novel Beautiful Ruins. He’s been a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/USA Literary Award, and won the 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012, Harpers, McSweeney’s, Esquire, Playboy and others.
Joy Williams is the author of four novels, including,The Quick and the Dead, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and three collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the short story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her collection, 99 Stories of God, a series of short, fictional vignettes, will be published by Tin House in July.
Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February of 2016. He is a recipient of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others
Jonathan Dee is the author of five novels, including The Privileges, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and A Thousand Pardons. He is a Contributing Writer for New York Times Magazine, a frequent critic for Harper’s, and a former Senior Editor of the Paris Review. He teaches in the writing program at Syracuse University.
Rachel Kushner, a a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, is the author of the novels Telex From Cuba, a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and The Flamethrowers, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist. Her latest publication, the story collection The Strange Case of Rachel K, was published by New Directions in 2015. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, and Grand Street.
Dana Spiotta is the author of Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Award Finalist, Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Lightning Field, a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her daughter.
Jericho Brown is the author of two books of poetry. His most recent collection, The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), was described by Yusef Komunyakaa as a chronicle of “life and death, personal rituals and blasphemies, race and nation, the good and the bad” that illuminates “scenarios of self-interrogation and near redemption.” His first collection of poetry, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the 2009 American Book Award. He is currently an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sharon Olds has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Stag’s Leap. In 2015, she was elected to become a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She currently teaches creative writing at New York University
Gregory Pardlo’s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo’s poems appear in The Nation,Ploughshares, Tin House, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry,Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. Pardlo lives with his family in Brooklyn.
Jo Ann Beard is the author of The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays, and In Zanesville, a novel. Her other nonfiction and fiction has appeared in various magazines, literary journals, and anthologies, such as The New Yorker, Tin House, and Best American Essays.
Kiese Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Three essays in “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America” have been included in the Best American series. Stank: A Fat Black Memoir will be released in 2016 from Scribner. He is a currently a columnist at The Guardian and an Associate Professor of English at Vassar College.
Michelle Tea is the author of five memoirs: The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, Valencia (now a film), The Chelsea Whistle, Rent Girl (illustrated), and most recently How to Grow Up (Penguin/Plume). Tea is Editor of Sister Spit Books, an imprint of City Lights, and Creator of Mutha Magazine, an online publication about real-life parenting. Her writing has appeared in The Believer, n+1. Buzzfeed, The Bold Italic, Marie Clare, xoJane.com and many other print and web publications.
Melissa Broder is the author of four poetry collections: Scarecrone, Meat Heart, When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother, and the forthcoming Last Sext (Tin House, 2016). Her poems have appeared in POETRY, Tin House, Guernica,Fence, The Missouri Review, Denver Quarterly, The Awl, and Drunken Boat.
Pamela Erens’s second novel, The Virgins, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and was named a Best Book of 2013 by The New Yorker, The New Republic, Library Journal, and Salon. The novel was a finalist for the John Gardner Book Award for the best book of fiction published in 2013. Pamela’s debut novel, The Understory, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Her most recent novel, Eleven Hours, will be published by Tin House Books in May 2016.
Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of three book-length essays:Ongoingness, The Guardians, and The Two Kinds of Decay. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise. Her essays have appeared in Harper’s, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Magazine, among other places. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize, she will be the Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary’s College this spring.