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 // 2014
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.
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.
Kelly Link is the author of three collections of short stories, Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. Her short stories have won three Nebulas, a Hugo, and a World Fantasy Award. Link and her family live in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, run Small Beer Press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Dee is the author of five novels, including The Privileges, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and A Thousand Pardons. He is a Contributing Writer for New York Times Magazine, a frequent critic for Harper’s, and a former Senior Editor of the Paris Review. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and The New School.
Rachel Kushner’s second novel, The Flamethrowers, was published in April, 2013. Her debut novel, Telex From Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, and Grand Street. She is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow.
Dana Spiotta is the author of Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Award Finalist, Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Lightning Field, a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her daughter.
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 In Zanesville, a novel. Her other nonfiction and fiction has appeared in various magazines, literary journals, and anthologies, such as The New Yorker, Tin House, and Best American Essays.
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 Larry Doyle among them); children’s fiction writers (The New York Times bestsellers Gayle Forman and Pseudonymous Bosch); and journalists and critics (Fast Company’s Jon Gertner and Granta’s John Freeman).
Meredith Kaffel is an agent at DeFiore & Company. She represents arresting new voices across genres, focusing on literary fiction (novels & collections), literary memoir, upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction. Among her clients are novelists CJ Hauser and Sean Michaels, children’s illustrator Amy Martin and comic writer-illustrator Lisa Hanawalt. She is drawn to the romantic, the incredible, the dark, the obsessive, the hilarious, the strange and the brave.
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, Bill O’Reilly, Chris Adrian, Phil Klay, The New Yorker Magazine, and The Atlantic, among others.
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.