Faculty // 2010
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 earlier this year.
Charles D’Ambrosio is the author of The Point and Other Stories; Orphans, a collection of essays; and The Dead Fish Museum. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Anthony Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, and, most recently, Memory Wall. Doerr’s fiction has won three O. Henry Prizes, the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Ohioana Book Award twice. Eight years in the making, Anthony’s new novel, All the Light We Cannot See, will be published by Scribner in May of 2014.
Antonya Nelson is the author of four novels, including Bound, and six short story collections, including Nothing Right (Bloomsbury, 2009). 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.
Karen Russell is the author of the short story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, 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. She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College. Her latest short story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, will be published in February.
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.
Joy Williams is the author of four novels, including,The Quick and the Dead, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and two earlier 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 latest collection, 99 Stories of God, a series of short, fictional vignettes, was published by Byliner.
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.
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.
Mary Szybist’s first collection of poems, Granted, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and her second collection, Incarnadine, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2013. Szybist has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Library of Congress, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and other journals. She teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland and in the Warren Wilson MFA program.
David Leavitt’s novels and story collections include Family Dancing, The Lost Language of Cranes, Arkansas, The Body of Jonah Boyd, and The Indian Clerk, shortlisted for both the PEN/Faulkner Prize and the IMPAC/Dublin Prize. He is also the author of the non-fiction books Florence, A Delicate Case and The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he co-directs the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Florida and edits the literary journal Subtropics.
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.
Ann Hood is the author of the novels The Red Thread, and, The Knitting Circle, as well as the memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and chosen as one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She has won a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction and two Pushcart Prizes. Her latest work, The Obituary Writer, was published by Norton earlier this year.
David Shields is the author of eleven books, including How Literature Saved My Life (forthcoming from Knopf on February 5, 2013), Reality Hunger, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, a New York Times bestseller, and Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives with is wife and daughter in Seattle, where he is a professor in the English department at the University of Washington.
Matthew Dickman’s poems have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the New Yorker. He won the APR/Honnickman First Book Prize for All-American Poem (2008), chosen by Tony Hoagland and published by Copper Canyon Press. All American Poem also won the 2009 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. His latest collection, Mayakovsky’s Revolver, was published by Norton. He is the poetry editor at Tin House.
Tom Grimes is the author of five novels, a play, and most recently, Mentor: A Memoir. He edited The Workshop: Seven Decades of Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Texas State University.
J. C. Hallman is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of In Utopia, The Chess Artist, The Devil is a Gentleman, and A collection of short fiction, The Hospital for Bad Poets. His work has appeared in GQ, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, and a number of other journals and anthologies. He is working on a book about modern expressions of utopian thought.
Dorianne Laux’s most recent collections are The Book of Men and Facts about the Moon, and she has co-authored a handbook on writing, The Poet’s Companion. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, and Smoke. Recent poems appear in The American Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Cerise Press, Margie, The Seattle Review, Tin House and Orion Magazine. Laux teaches poetry in the MFA Program at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program.
Jon Raymond is the author of The Half-Life, a novel, and Livability, a collection of stories, and winner of the 2009 Oregon Book Award. Two of of his stories were made into the films Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy. He’s also the writer of Meek’s Cutoff, a forthcoming film by Kelly Reichardt, and co-adaptor, with Todd Haynes, of Mildred Pierce, a forthcoming miniseries for HBO.
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.