Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tin House, and the Best American Short Stories 2004 and 2009. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, she was named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by the New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design.
Faculty // 2014
Anthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of the story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novels About Grace and All the Light We Cannot See, which was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble (a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize) Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.
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.
Wells Tower’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He is the recipient the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library, a National Magazine Award for Fiction, and was also included in the New Yorker’s list of the twenty promising fiction writers under the age of forty. His first short story collection, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, was a finalist for The Story Prize. He lives in North Carolina.
Vanessa Veselka has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex-worker, a union organizer, a student of paleontology, an expatriate, an independent record label owner, a train-hopper, a waitress, and a mother. Her work has appeared in GQ, Best American Essays, Bust, Tin House, Bitch, Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll, and elsewhere. Her novel, Zazen, won the 2012 Pen/Robert Bingham Prize for a Debut Work of Fiction.
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.
Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.
Dinaw Mengestu is the award-winning author of two novels, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007) and How to Read the Air (2010). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and of Columbia University’s M.F.A. program in fiction and the recipient of a 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation and a 20 Under 40 award from The New Yorker. He is a recipient of a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant and currently lives in New York City. His latest novel, All Our Names, was published in March.
Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Innocents and Others; Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction; Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award; and Lightning Field. Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. She currently teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.
Mary Ruefle is the author of My Private Property (Wave Books, 2016), Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.
Matthew Zapruder is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon, 2010). His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including Bomb, Slate, Poetry, Paris Review, and The Believer. Currently he works as an editor for Wave Books, and teaches as a member of the core faculty of UCR-Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing. His new book of poems, Sun Bear, is coming spring 2014 from Copper Canyon.
Jo Ann Beard is the author of The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays and the novel, In Zanesville. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Essays, and many others. She has received a Whiting Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
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.
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.
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.
Lacy M. Johnson is the author of Trespasses: A Memoir and is coartistic director of the multimedia project [the invisible city]. Her memoir The Other Side is forthcoming from Tin House Books in July 2014. She lives in Houston with her husband and children.
Meredith Kaffel Simonoff is a literary agent and British Rights Director at DeFiore & Company. She holds a B.A. in Renaissance Studies from Yale University and is a member of the AAR and PEN. Meredith focuses on literary fiction (novels & stories), upmarket fiction, creative nonfiction and narrative cartoonists. She is drawn to narratives steeped in ferocity of language, intellect and heart. Among her clients are Melissa Broder, Liana Finck, Maryse Meijer, Sean Michaels, Robin Wasserman and Leni Zumas.
Peter Mountford’s most recent novel, The Dismal Science, was published this year by Tin House Books. His debut, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism, won the 2012 Washington State Book Award and was a finalist for the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Best New American Voices 2008, Granta, Slate, Boston Review, Salon, and Conjunctions. Born in Washington, DC, he currently lives in Seattle, where he teaches at the Richard Hugo House.
Eric Simonoff is a literary agent and the Co-Head of the WME Book Department. He represents Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Lethem, Philipp Meyer, Daniel Alarcon, Stacy Schiff, Edward P. Jones, Nam Le, ZZ Packer, Chris Adrian, Phil Klay, Yaa Gyasi, The New Yorker Magazine, and The Atlantic, among others.
Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a book of criticism. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, The Believer, Tin House, Black Clock and Salon, among other periodicals. He is a senior editor and founding member of The Los Angeles Review of Books.
Bianca Stone grew up in Vermont, graduated from NYU’s Creative Writing Program, is the author of several poetry chapbooks, and a poetry comics series. She is the illustrator of Antigonick, (a collaboration with Anne Carson), and her poems have appeared in such journals as American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Best American Poetry 2011. Her first full-length book “Someone Else’s Wedding Vows” will be published by Tin House/Octopus Books in the spring 2014. She lives in Brooklyn.