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 // 2007
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.
Charles Baxter is the author of Saul and Patsy, published in September, 2003 by Pantheon. His previous novel, The Feast of Love (Pantheon/Vintage), was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2000 and is being made into a feature film. He has published two other novels, First Light and Shadow Play, and four books of stories, most recently Believers. He has also published collections of essays and a book of poems. He lives in Minneapolis and is currently the Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota.
Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures(2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013.
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.
Yiyun Li came to the United States from Beijing in 1996. Her stories and essays have been published in the New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. She lives in Oakland, California and teaches in the MFA program at Mills College.
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.
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.
Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, and Apex Hides the Hurt, as well as a collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A recipient of a Whiting Writers award and a MacArthur fellowship, he lives in New York City.
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.
Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books, including The Adderall Diaries. His creative non-fiction has been published in the New York Times, Esquire, the Believer, McSweeney’s, Salon, the Village Voice, Tin House, and others. He is the founder and managing editor of The Rumpus.
Abigail Thomas worked in publishing as an editor and literary agent for twenty years before morphing into a writer. She has published two collections of stories, Getting over Tom and Herb’s Pajamas; a novel, An Actual Life; and three books for children. Her most recent book is a memoir, Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life.
T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of nineteen books of fiction, including, most recently, Tooth and Claw (2005), and Talk Talk (2006). His stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines, including the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The Paris Review, GQ, Antaeus, Granta and McSweeney’s, and he has been the recipient of a number of literary awards. He currently lives near Santa Barbara with his wife and three children.
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.
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.