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Faculty // 2003


Amy Bartlett

Amy Bartlett is the author of Afterwards, a book of poems that was selected for the National Poetry Series by Galway Kinnell and published by Persea Books. She is the winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Pushcart/NEA Best of the Small Presses Prize, selected by Evan Connell.


F.X Feeney

F.X. Feeney was a resident film critic and creative consultant to Z Channel between 1983 and 1989, directing dozens of commercials for the service. After Z Channel folded, Feeney has worked alternately as a screenwriter and freelance journalist. His work has continued to appear in L.A. Weekly, as well as in American Film, Movieline, People Magazine, Variety, Vanity Fair, and the magazine of the Writers Guild of America, West.

Oren Moverman

Oren Moverman was the cowriter and associate producer for Jesus’ Son and is the coproducer and screenwriter on the upcoming William Burroughs’ Queer. Other recent screenwriting projects soon to be made or released include Interrupted, a film about legendary director Nicholas Ray, Face (spring 2004 release) and Daddy Cool, along with Moverman’s directorial debut, Cordless.

Anthony Swofford

Anthony Swofford is the author of the New York Times best-seller Jarhead. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he was a teaching-writing fellow. His work has appeared in GQ, Tin House, and the New York Times, among other publications.

Sallie Tisdale

Sallie Tisdale is a contributing editor of Harper’s and the author of “Talk Dirty to Me: An Intimate Philosophy of Sex,” among other books.

Special 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.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel Triage, as well as the nonfiction book The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Fred Cuny and, with his brother Jon Lee Anderson War Zones.

Joy Harris

Joy Harris has worked with numerous reputable authors, many of whom she has represented since their first published work. She is most interested in literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. She is director of the Joy Harris Literary Agency, which she founded in 1990.

Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes’ first feature, Poison won the Grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.  His other features include Safe and Velvet Goldmine.

Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson is the author of several novels, plays, and books of verse. His novel Tree of Smoke won the National book award in 2007.

Rick Moody

Rick Moody’s memoir The Black Veil won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. He has also received the Addison Metcalf Award, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Conjunctions, Harper’s, Details, The New York Times, and Grand Street.

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, ICM, and Collins McCormick.


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.

Percival Everett

Percival Everett has written 19 books, including a farcical Western, a savage satire of the publishing industry, a children’s story spoofing counting books, retellings of the Greek myths of Medea and Dionysus, and a philosophical tract narrated by a four-year-old.

Bruce Handy

Bruce Handy joined Vanity Fair as a senior articles editor in April 1999. Prior to that he was a senior editor and writer at Time, where he wrote a column on society and popular culture for five years. Handy began his career at Spy magazine as a writer and editor in 1987, and his article “A Spy Guide to Postmodern Everything” was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 1989. His articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and The New Yorker.

Jeanne McCulloch

Jeanne McCulloch is an editor at the Paris Review and Tin House, where she is the editorial director of Tin House Books, the magazine’s new literary imprint. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Elle, the Paris Review, Tin House, and the North American Review. She has taught fiction writing at the New School for Social Research.

Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt is the author of the story collections, Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother, and two memoirs, The Same River Twice and No Heroes. His work is widely translated and has received many honors, including a Lannan Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship.

Whitney Otto

Whitney Otto

Whitney Otto is the bestselling author of How to Make an American Quilt (which was made into a feature film), Now You See Her, Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity and The Passion Dream Book. A native of California, she lives with her husband and son in Portland, Oregon.

Peter Rock

Peter Rock

Peter Rock is the author of The Ambidextrist, Carnival Wolves, This Is the Place, and most recently, My Abandonment. His short fiction has appeared widely, and he has adapted his own fiction and that of others for film. Since 2001, he has been an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Reed College in Portland, Ore.

Elissa Schappell

Elissa Schappell

Elissa Schappell is the author of the collection Blueprints For Building Better Girls, as well as the novel Use Me, which was a finalist for the PEN Hemingway award. She is co-editor with Jenny Offill of the anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She is co-founder and editor-at-large of Tin House magazine, and teaches creative writing at NYU and in the the low-residency MFA program at Queens in Charlotte, NC.

Helen Schulman

Helen Schulman is the author of the short story collection, Not a Free Show, and four novels, most recently A Day at the Beach. She has been a Sundance Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts recipient and a Pushcart-Prize-winner. She has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University and at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She is also an associate professor and fiction coordinator for the MFA Program at The New School.