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 // 2011
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 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.
Lan Samantha Chang is the author of Hunger, a novella and stories, and the novels Inheritance and All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost. She is the recipient of fellowships from Stanford University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
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.
Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels, Red Moon and The Wilding, as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. He is the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. His latest novel The Dead Lands will be published by Grand Central Publishing in April, 2015.
Peter Rock is the author of five novels, most recently My Abandonment, and a story collection, The Unsettling. He teaches at Reed College and lives with his wife and two fierce young daughters in Portland, Oregon.
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.
Joy Williams is the author of four novels, five short story collections, and the book of essays Ill Nature. She has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has won the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award. Her most recent title is The Visiting Privilege: New & Collected Stories.
Jonathan Dee is the author of six novels, including A Thousand Pardons and The Privileges, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. A National Magazine Award-nominated critic for Harper’s, a former Contributing Writer for The New York Times Magazine, and a former Senior Editor of The Paris Review, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
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.
Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of 13 books, including The Hummingbird’s Daughter, winner of the Kiriyama Prize in fiction, and his most recent novel, Into the Beautiful North. His collection of short stories, Six Kinds of Sky, was named the 2002 small-press Book of the Year in fiction by the editors of ForeWord magazine. He has also won an Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America for best short story, among other honors.
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.
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.
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.
Maggie Nelson’s books of nonfiction include The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Bluets, and The Red Parts: A Memoir. Recent books of poetry include Something Bright, Then Holes , and Jane: A Murder, a finalist, the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. She is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, and a 2011 NEA grant in poetry. The Argonauts, a work of autobiography/theory forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2015.
Sarah began her career on the editorial side of publishing, first at Houghton Mifflin, then in the Knopf Group, and last at Little, Brown. She became an agent in 2001, joining The Gernert Company in 2005. She now represents adult fiction writers (Alice McDermott and Robin Sloan among them); children’s fiction writers (The New York Times bestsellers Margaret Stohl and Pseudonymous Bosch); and journalists and critics (Fast Company’s Jon Gertner and former Granta editor John Freeman)
Matthew Dickman is the author of All-American Poem and Mayakovsky’s Revolver. He is the recipient of the Honickman First Book Prize, the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 2009 Oregon Book Award, a 2015 Guggenheim fellowship and two fellowships from Literary Arts of Oregon. His poems have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, and the New Yorker, among others. He is the Poetry Editor of Tin House Magazine.
PJ Mark is an agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates, and is most interested in literary fiction. Recent titles include No One Is Here Except All Of Us by Ramona Ausubel, The Guardians by Sarah Manguso, Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin, Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events by Kevin Moffett, Blueprints Of The Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot, The Evening Hour by Carter Sickels, Habibi by Craig Thompson. Clients include Dinaw Mengestu, Samantha Hunt, Ed Park, Stuart Nadler, Ismet Prcic and others.
Richard Nash is an independent publishing entrepreneur, presently launching Cursor, a start-up portfolio of social publishing imprints the first of which, Red Lemonade, will launch in May 2011. For most of the past decade, he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press. In 2006, Publishers Weekly picked him as one of the ten editors to watch in the coming decade. Last year the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and Mashable.com picked him as the #1 Twitter User Changing the Shape of Publishing.
Denise Shannon formed Denise Shannon Literary Agency in 2002 after sixteen years representing authors at Georges Borchardt, Inc. and International Creative Management (ICM). The agency’s clients have received numerous awards and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Man Booker International Prize, the National Book Award finalist medal, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Authors include Francine Prose, Julia Elliott, Gary Shteyngart, Reif Larsen, Ben Marcus, Aryn Kyle and Karen Russell.
Scott Sparling grew up near railroad tracks in Michigan. He now lives outside Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son. Wire to Wire is his first novel.
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.
Pauls Toutonghi’s second novel, Evel Knievel Days, was published by Random House in 2012. His first — Red Weather — was published in 2006. His work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Zoetrope: All-Story, One Story Magazine, The Boston Review, Glimmer Train, and numerous other periodicals. He teaches at Lewis and Clark College.