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.
Faculty // 2006
Steve Almond spent seven years as a newspaper reporter in Texas and Florida before writing his first book, the story collection My Life in Heavy Metal. His non-fiction book, Candyfreak, was a New York Times Bestseller. His 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.
Aimee Bender is the author of 4 books, the most recent being the novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Her short fiction has been published in Harper’s, Granta, Tin House, GQ, the Paris Review, and more, as well as heard on PRI’s This American Life. She teaches creative writing at USC and lives in Los Angeles.
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.
Lee Montgomery is executive editor at Tin House magazine and editorial director of Tin House Books. She is the author of The Things Between Us, A Memoir (Free Press, August 2006), Whose World Is This? stories (University of Iowa Press, September 2007), and Searching for Emily: Illustrated (Nothing Moments Press, October 2007). The Things Between Us received the 2007 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction and Whose World Is This? the 2007 John Simmons Iowa Short Fiction Award.
Antonya Nelson is the author of seven short story collections and four novels. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, and Harper’s, and anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NEA fellowship and the Rea Award for Short Fiction. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.
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.
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.
Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults. His most recent book is The Reenactments. His memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, He is also the author of two books of poetry, Some Ether and Blind Huber, for which he received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress.
Marie Howe’s third collection of poems will be published by W. W. Norton in 2007. Howe’s first collection, The Good Thief, was selected by Margaret Atwood for the National Poetry Series, and Howe has received a Guggenheim and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Agni, Harvard Review, and New England Review, among others. Stanley Kunitz has praised her “luminous, intense, eloquent” verse. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.
D. A. Powell most recent volume, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, was published by Graywolf in 2012. Chronic (Graywolf, 2009) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, Powell’s honors include a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the California Commonwealth Club, the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at University of San Francisco.
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.
Lorrie Moore is the author of the story collections Like Life, Birds of America and Self-Help, and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Michael Ondaatje, a Sri-Lanka native, is a Booker Prize winning author whose work includes the poetry collection There’s a Trick With a Knife I’m Learning To Do, as well as the best-selling novel The English Patient.