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Alison Wellford

Alison Wellford

Program Director

Partial list of publications:Indolence, short fiction in The Gettysburg Review, The Barcelona Review, and Fence, among other journals
Genres: Fiction, nonfiction, and cross-genre writing
Awards: Fellowships at The MacDowell Colony and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Current residence: Allentown, PA
Languages: English, Spanish


MFA in Fiction, Queens University of Charlotte
BA in English with Distinction, University of Virginia



Robert Antoni

Robert Antoni

Partial list of publications: As Flies to Whatless Boys, Carnival, My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales, Blessed Is the Fruit, and Divina Trace
Genres: Fiction, nonfiction, and cross-genre writing
Awards: Recipient of many awards and prizes, including the Guggenheim fellowship in 2010
Languages: English, Spanish
Current residences: United States, Spain


PhD in English Literature, The University of Iowa
MFA in Creative Writing, The University of Iowa
MA in Creative Writing, Johns Hopkins University
BA in English Literature, Duke University



Robert Antoni was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1958, and he carries two passports: from the US, and Trinidad and Tobago. Antoni’s fictional world is the island of Corpus Christi, and to create it he draws upon his two hundred years of family history in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as his upbringing in the Bahamas. His first novel, Divina Trace, was published in 1991, and his most recent novel, Carnival, was published in 2005. The latter work has appeared in French, Spanish, Finnish, and Chinese translations. Antoni was named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2010 for his upcoming historical novel, As Flies to Whatless Boys. Antoni has taught a wide range of courses in creative writing and literature at such esteemed institutions as The New School University of New York, Columbia University, The University of Miami, The University of Iowa, and Johns Hopkins University. He currently lives in Manhattan, and he frequently visits Barcelona, where he has kept an alternate address for the past 20 years.

Teaching Experience

  • 2006-2010, The New School University, New York, NY, Assistant Professor of creative writing and literature.
  • 2004-2005, Columbia University, New York, NY, Assistant Professor of creative writing and literature.
  • 1992-2001, The University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, Associate Professor of creative writing and literature. Helped to establish the MFA program and taught graduate fiction workshops for 9 years, as well as undergraduate fiction writing and literature. Associate Director of the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute.
  • 1985-1990, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Assistant Professor of creative writing and literature.
  • 1991-1992, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Assistant Professor of creative writing.

 Awards & Honors

  • Named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2010 for his historical novel, As Flies to Whatless Boys
  • Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2006
  • The Paris Review’s Aga Kahn Prize for Fiction, 1999
  • Commonwealth Writers Prize, Overall First Book Winner (Divina Trace), 1992
  • Commonwealth Writers Prize, Canada and Caribbean First Book Winner, 1992
  • Max Orowitz Grant, University of Miami, 1992
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1984
  • James Michener Fellowship, 1984


Fluent in English and Spanish



  • As Flies to Whatless Boys, forthcoming.
  • Carnival, published by Grove/Atlantic in New York (2005), and by Faber & Faber in London (2006). It has been translated into French (Denoel, 2006), Finnish (LIKE, 2006), Spanish (Anagrama, 2006), and Chinese (Shanghai Sanhui Culture and Press, Ltd., 2007).
  • My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales, published in London by Faber & Faber (2000), and by Grove/Atlantic in New York (2001). It has been translated into French (Editions Du Rocher, 2001), Finnish (LIKE, 2001), and Spanish (Anagrama, 2002).
  • Blessed is the Fruit, published in New York by Henry Holt (1997), and in London by Faber & Faber (1998).
  • Divina Trace, published in New York by the Overlook Press (1992), and London by Quartet Books (1991).

Short Fiction

  • “Dimanche Gras,” The Caribbean Writer as Warrior of the Imaginary, Anthology, eds. Kathleen Gyssels and Benedict Ledent, Cross/Cultures 101 Readings in Post/Colonial Literatures in English, Editions Rodopi B.V., (Amsterdam, New York), 2009, pp. 19-23.
  • “How to Make Photocopies in the Trinidad & Tobago National Archives,” Trinidad Noir, Anthology, eds. Lisa Allen-Agostini & Jeanne Mason, Akashic Books (New York), 2008, pp. 193-214.
  • “The Historic Voyage of the Rosalind,” Conjunctions: 50Fifty Contemporary Writers, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, (New York), April 2008, pp. 377-402.
  • “Trial of the Satellite or How My Great-great-great-grandfather Almost Lost His Virginity on His Fifteenth Birthday,” Conjunctions: 47, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Issue, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, (New York), December 2006, pp. 85-106.
  • “At the End of the Road,” Conjunctions: 44, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, (New York), March 2005, pp. 302-310.
  • “My Grandmother’s Tale of How Crab-o Lost his Head,” in The Beacon Best of 2000, ed. Edwidge Danticat, Beacon Press (Boston), 2000, pp. 95-122.
  • “My Grandmother’s Story of the Buried Treasure and How She Defeated the King of Chacachacari and the Entire American Army with Her Venus-Flytraps,” in Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction, ed. Nalo Hopkinson, Invisible Cities Press (Montpelier, Vermont), 2000, pp. 211-241.
  • “My Grandmother’s Tale of How Iguana Got Her Wrinkles,” Conjunctions:34, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, (New York), spring 2000.
  • “My Grandmother’s Tale of How Crab-o Lost His Head,” Paris Review, 152 (New York), Fall 1999, pp. 225-254. Winner of the 1999 Aga Kahn Prize for fiction.
  • “A World of Canes,” The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, edited by Stewart Brown and John Wickham, Oxford University Press, Oxford U.K., 1999, pp. 403-415.
  • “Granny Myna Tells of the Child,” in Having a Wonderful Time, anthology: a South Florida Reader, ed. John Dufresne, Simon and Shuster, 1997, pp. 20-25.
  • “Devils in the House,” The Literary Insomniac, ed. Elyse Cheney and Wendy Hubbert, Doubleday (New York), December, 1996, pp. 205-214.
  • “A World of Canes,” Conjunctions: 27, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, (New York) November, 1996, pp.334-347.
  • “Granny Myna tells of the Child,” an extract from Divina Trace; Cowboys, Indians and Commuters: The Penguin Book of New American Voices, ed. Jay McInerney, Viking: London, England, 1994, pp.62 85.
  • Rolling Beads (a novella), Conjunctions: 22, May, 1994, pp.91 133.
  • “A Nice White Little Box,” Conjunctions: 20, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, (New York) April, 1993, pp. 150 171.
  • “In the Canes,” Parnassus Review Vol. 17, No. 1, a special issue on minority and ethnic writing, 1992, pp. 108-121.
  • “My Grandmother’s Story of the Buried Treasure and How she Defeated the King of Chachacari and the Entire American Army with her Venus Flytraps,” Conjunctions: 18,Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, (New York) September, 1992, pp. 281-300.
  • “Papee Vince Tells of Magdalene and Barto,” Conjunctions Tenth Anniversary Issue, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, (New York) January 1992, pp. 245 165.
  • Extracts from Divina Trace, Ploughshares, Vol.16, No.4, Winter 90-91, pp. 16 27.
  • “A Piece of Pommerac,” The Paris Review, Summer 1989, No. 111, pp.168 83.
  • “Frogchild on the Day of Corpus Christi,” Hot Type (New York: Collier Books, 1988) pp.175 97.
  • “Dust unto Dust,” StoryQuarterly, 1987, No.23, pp. l 22.
  • “Two Head Fred and Tree Foot Frieda,” The Editors’ choice: Best Short Fiction for 1985 Vol. II (New York: Bantam Books, 1986) pp. l 19.
  • “My Grandmother’s Story,” Telescope, Vol. IV, No. 1 (Baltimore: Galileo Press, 1985) pp. 29-49.
  • “Two Head Fred and Tree Foot Frieda,” The Missouri Review, Vol.VIII, No. 1, (University of Missouri-Columbia, 1984) pp.86-117.

Academic Papers

  • “Wondering Rochford: Reassessing One of Ulysses’ Minor Characters,” read at the XIV International James Joyce Symposium, Seville, Spain, June 13, 1994.
  • “Parody or Piracy: The Relationship of The House of the Spirits to One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Latin America Literary Review, University of Pittsburgh, July December 1988, Vol. XVI, No.32, pp.16-28.
  • “Miss Ravenel’s Conversion: A Neglected American Novel, ” The Southern Quarterly,University of Southern Mississippi, Spring 1986, Vol.XXIV, No.3, pp.58 63.
  • “Gadshill’s Question in I Henry IV,” Cahiers Elisabethains, l’Universite Paul Valery, Montpelier, France, April 1983, No.23, pp.99-104.

Editing Responsibilities

I am presently a Senior Editor at Conjunctions, and a Contributing Editor at the Paris Review andBOMB magazine.

Journal Edited

The Archipelago: New Writing from and about the Caribbean, coedited by Robert Antoni and Bradford Morrow, Conjunctions: 27, published by Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504, November, 1996, 352 pages.


  • BOMB magazine, by Trinidadian novelist Laurence Scott, Number 91, Spring 2005, pp.54-60.
  • Ocean Drive magazine, by Alix Sharkey, July/August 2005, pp.222-224.
  • Radio Interview: Leonard Lopate Show, New York, February 18, 2005.
  • Television Interview: BBC Worldwide Television, London, November 6, 1998.
  • Radio Interview: Up All Night, BBC Radio 5, London, November 5, 1998.
  • Radio Interview: Meridian, World Service, London, November 5, 1998.
  • Radio Presentation: “A Caribbean of the Imagination,” an essay recorded for Today, London, November 5, 1998.


David Bezmozgis

David Bezmozgis

Partial list of publications: The Free World, Journey Prize Stories (editor), and Natasha and Other Stories
Genres: Fiction, nonfiction, and narrative and documentary films
Awards: Recipient of many awards and prizes, including the Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library (2010-11) and the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Fellow (2006)
Languages: English, French (basic), Russian and Hebrew (reading and basic speech)
Current residence: Toronto, Canada


MFA in Production, University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA
BA with Honours in English Literature, McGill University, Montreal, PQ,(Dean’s Honour List)



David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker who was born in Riga, Latvia, and immigrated to Toronto in 1980. The New Yorker recently listed him as one of the most promising fiction writers under the age of 40. David’s first novel, The Free World, was published in 2011 in multiple countries, and his first collection, Natasha and Other Stories, has been translated into 15 languages. David’s short stories have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, HarpersZoetrope All-Story, and The Walrus. His work has been broadcast on NPR, the BBC, and the CBC, and his stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories2005 & 2006. Bezmozgis has also received international acclaim for his first feature film, Victoria Day. David is currently a fellow at the Harvard/Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He has taught at Columbia University in New York and at Humber College and York University in Toronto.

Teaching Experience

  • Fall 2010, Columbia University, New York, Adjunct Faculty, School of the Arts: Graduate Creative Writing Workshop
  • 2009-10, Humber College, Toronto, Canada, Adjunct Faculty, Department of English: Three sections of a course that combines intensive grammar instruction with an introduction to the fundamentals of fiction writing.
  • Winter 2008, York University, Toronto, Canada, Adjunct Faculty, Department of English: An upper-level undergraduate course entitled “Reading the News” about the rhetorical methods of the news media. Issues in bias, spinning, framing, ideology and politics were of particular focus.
  • Summer 2006, Zoetrope All-Story Writing Workshop, Belize, Writing Instructor: An intensive course for writers of diverse background, age, and competence. Employed a method of close reading student work and that of published fiction and non-fiction: Isaac Babel, Leonard Michaels, Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson, Mavis Gallant, Jane Bowles.
  • 2004-6,Humber School for Writers, Summer Workshop, Toronto, Writing Instructor: 3hr/daily fiction workshops, predominantly concerned with the short story. Strong emphasis placed on textual analysis and revision.
  • 1998-9, University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, Teaching Assistant: Led discussions and graded MFA candidates in a documentary production and theory class. Addressed issues of voice, perspective, and bias in documentary film.

Awards & Honors

  • Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library, 2010-11
  • MacDowell Colony Fellow, 2007
  • Sundance Institute Screenwriting Fellow, 2006
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 2005
  • The New Yorker “20 Under 40” Fiction Writers, 2010
  • American Jewish Press Association, Simon Rockower Award, 2007
  • City of Toronto Book Award, 2005
  • Commonwealth First Book Prize (Canada/Caribbean), 2005
  • Danuta Gleed Award for Short Fiction, 2005
  • “Jewish Quarterly” Wingate Prize for Fiction (UK), 2005
  • Canadian Jewish Fiction Prize, 2005
  • Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction (US), 2005
  • Moment Magazine Emerging Writer Award, Fiction (US) 2004
  • National Magazine Awards Silver Prize – Fiction (Canada), 2004
  • Short List: Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, 2005
  • Short List: LA Times Arthur Seidenbaum First Fiction Award, 2005
  • Short List: National Magazine Awards (US) 2005
  • Short List: Canadian Booksellers Award for Fiction, 2005
  • Short List: Governor General’s Award for Fiction, 2004
  • Short List: GuardianFirst Book Award (UK), 2004
  • Short List: Borders Original Voices Award, 2004
  • The New York Times “Notable Book 2004″
  • New York Public Library “25 Books to Remember 2004″
  • LA Times “25 Best Books of the Year”
  • Globe and Mail “100 Best Books of 2004″
  • The Economist “Best Books of 2004″
  • “Top 10 Books of 2004″
  • The Independent “Best of 2004″
  • Chicago Tribune “Best of 2004″
  • Publishers Weekly “Best of 2004″
  • Moscow Times “Best of 2004”
  • Honourable Mention, O Henry Prize Stories 2007
  • Honourable Mention, Best American Short Stories 2004
  • Jury Member, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, 2005
  • Canada Council Grant, 2004
  • City of Toronto Arts Grant, 2004
  • Ontario Arts Council Grant, 2003


  • PEN Canada
  • The Writers’ Union of Canada
  • The Writers’ Guild of Canada


  • Reading and basic speaking competence in Russian and Hebrew.
  • Basic comprehension in French.



  • David Bezmozgis, The Free World, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; Canadian edition HarperCollins Canada 2011; UK edition Viking 2011; rights sold to Germany, France, Holland, Israel, Italy and Spain.
  • David Bezmozgis, Dionne Brand, Caroline Adderson, eds. Journey Prize Stories, 19, Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2007
  • David Bezmozgis, Natasha and Other Stories, by Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2004; Canadian edition HarperCollins Canada 2004; Canadian paperback HarperPerennial 2005; US paperback Picador 2005; Dutch edition De Bezige Bij 2004; UK edition Jonathan Cape 2005; German edition Kiepenhauer & Witsch 2005; French edition Chrisitian Bourgois 2005; Italian edition Ugo Guanda 2005; Spanish edition Destino 2005; Catalan edition Columna 2005; Latvian edition Atena 2005; Japanese edition Shinchosha 2005; Israeli edition Kinneret-Zmora 2006. Foreign rights sold to Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, and Serbia.

Fiction in Collections and Anthologies

  • “Natasha”, My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories From Chekhov to Munro, p. 176-197, edited by Jeffrey Eugenides, HarperCollins, New York: 2008
  • “Tapka”, The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, p. 119-127, edited by Jane Urquhart, Penguin Canada, Toronto: 2007
  • “Lubyanka 2 September 1918”, Four Letter Word: New Love Letters, p. 32-34, edited by Joshua Knelman and Rosalind Porter, Knopf Canada, Toronto: 2008
  • “A New Gravestone for an Old Grave”, Open Country: Canadian Literature An Anthology, p. 65-87, edited by Robert Lecker, Thomson/Nelson, Toronto: 2007
  • “An Animal to the Memory”, Making a Difference: Canadian Multicultural Literatures in English, 2nd Edition, p. 497-503, edited by Smaro Kamboureli, Oxford University Press, Toronto: 2007
  • “Tapka”, Style and Substance 2nd edition, p. 152-159, edited by Claudia Rock and Suneeti Phadke, Pearson/Longman, Saint-Laurent: 2007
  • “A New Gravestone for an Old Grave”, The Best American Short Stories 2006, p. 259-290, edited by Ann Patchett, Houghton Mifflin, Boston: 2006
  • “The Russian Riviera”, TOK Book 1: Diaspora Dialogues, p. 1-33, edited by Helen Walsh, Zephyr Press, Toronto: 2006
  • “Natasha”, Best American Short Stories 2005, p. 318-338, edited by Michael Chabon, Houghton Mifflin, Boston: 2005

Fiction and Essays in Newspapers and Magazines

  • “Pickled Cabbage”, The New Yorker, November 22, 2010 p.66
  • “Next Year In Cleveland: Soviet Jewry’s Exodus and Diaspora”, Harper’s Magazine, November 2010, p. 81-86
  • “*The Train of Their Departure”, The New Yorker, August 9, 2010, p. 61-69
  • “On George Grosz’s A Small Yes and a Big No”, Goethe-Institut Toronto: Canadian Authors Present Their Favourite German Authors, Spring 2009
  • “Hannukah”, (reprint from Dec. 2006), December 4, 2007
  • “*The Proposition”, Harper’s Magazine, September 2007, p. 80-84
  • “On Literary Love: Leonard Michaels”,, May 22, 2007
  • “Requiem For My Grandfather, Jakov Milner, Zionist”, Guilt and Pleasure Magazine, No. 4, Spring 2007, p. 35-41
  • “From Riga With Latkes”, Canadian House and Home, November 2006, p. 102-106
  • “The Classic Suit That Says ‘I Do’”, Men’s Health, September 2006, p. 18-24
  • “Destination: Montreal”,, August 10, 2006
  • “On Lolita”, Threepenny Review, Winter 2005, p. 14
  • “Reading Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’”,, July 18, 2005
  • “*The Russian Riviera”, The New Yorker, May 19, 2005, p. 71-82
  • “Introduction”, Mordecai Richler’s Solomon Gursky Was Here, Penguin Canada, Toronto: 2005, xi-xvi
  • “*A New Gravestone for an Old Grave”, Zoetrope All-Story, Vol. 9 no. 2, Summer 2005, 42-61
  • “*Lubyanka 2 September 1918”, The Walrus Magazine, Summer 2005, p. 53-55
  • “Refusenik: Alexander Lerner”, The New York Times Magazine, December 24, 2004, p. 23
  • “The Bittersweet Smell of Success”, Details Magazine, September 2004, p. 154
  • “Dubbing: Italian Style”, The Walrus Magazine, Field Notes, July 2004, p. 18-19
  • “*Natasha”, Harper’s Magazine, May 2004, p. 72-79
  • “The Long Road to Kentucky”, Saturday Night Magazine, March 2004, p. 51-54
  • “*Choynski”, The Walrus Magazine, November/December 2003, p. 81-86
  • “*The Second Strongest Man”, Zoetrope All-Story, Volume 7. No. 2, Summer 2003, p. 91-100
  • “*Tapka”, The New Yorker, May 19, 2003, p. 74-79
  • “*Roman Berman, Massage Therapist”, Harper’s Magazine, May 2003, p. 69-75
  • “*Guynemer”, Grain, Vol. 30, no. 4, Spring 2003, p. 45-56
  • “*Minyan”, Prairie Fire, Vol. 23, no. 4 Winter 2002-03, p. 36-47

Stories Adapted for Radio and Stage

“The Proposition”, Symphony Space, Selected Shorts. New York. December 12, 2007. Part of MacDowell Colony Centennial Celebration. National US radio broadcast on NPR.

Narrative and Documentary Films

Victoria Day
87 minutes, 35 mm, 2009
E1 Entertainment Theatrical (Canada)
Writer, Director, Producer

A coming-of-age story set in Toronto in 1988 chronicling a momentous week in the life of a sixteen year-old Russian Jewish boy.

The Genuine Article: The First Trial
The Documentary Channel, Canada
79 minutes, Video, 2003
Writer, Director, Editor

The film follows three Canadian law students and one Bay Street law firm during the intensive and highly competitive summer recruitment period. Shot in a verite style, with the aim of presenting as unmediated a perspective on the events as possible.

The Diamond Nose
The Movie Network, Canada
15 minutes, 16 mm, 2000
Writer, Director

A magical realist story about a Jewish boy who has a nose that is both indestructible and incomparably large.

L.A. Mohel
KCET, Los Angeles
25 minutes, Video, 1999
Writer, Director
Master’s Thesis Film

The film follows three practitioners of the ancient rite of Jewish ritual circumcision, an Orthodox rabbi, a nurse midwife, and a doctor popularly known as “the mohel to the stars.” Through them, the film explores the changing nature of Jewish community, tradition, and culture.

Talks and Presentations (Partial List)

  • Reed College, “Visiting Writer Series”, November, 2010
  • Wabash College, “Contemporary Canadian Writers”, October, 2010
  • York University “Canadian Writers in Person Series”, November, 2009
  • The New Yorker Festival, Fiction Reading with Jonathan Franzen, October, 2009
  • San Francisco Jewish Book Fair, “Panel on Vasily Grossman” November, 2007
  • New York Public Library, “Going Places: The Work of Leonard Michaels” October, 2007
  • Columbia University, Creative Writing Program, “The ‘Personal’ in Writing”, October, 2007
  • UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, “Summer Reading Series” excerpt from the novel The Free World, work-in-progress, 2007
  • 92nd Street Y/Makor, excerpt from the novel The Free World, work-in-progress, April, 2007
  • Blue Metropolis Festival, Montreal, April, 2007
  • Toronto Public Library “Freedom To Read Week” PEN Canada reading event, February, 2007
  • John Carroll University, Cleveland, “Red, White and Read: Canadian Authors Come to Cleveland” Series, February, 2007
  • McGill University, Department of Jewish Studies “The Future of North American Jewish Writing” March, 2006
  • University of San Francisco, Swig Judaic Studies Program, Reading and Interview, February, 2006
  • The New Yorker Festival, Fiction Reading with T.C. Boyle, September, 2005
  • Jewish Book Week: London, England, March, 2005
  • International Festival Of Authors, Toronto, 2004-05, 2007
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival, August, 2004
  • Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Book Fair, June, 2004


Annia Ciezadlo

Annia Ciezadlo

Partial list of publications: Day of Honey. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Granta, Guernica, and elsewhere.
Awards: American Book Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize (runner-up), James Beard Foundation Book Award (finalist), Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disabilities
Languages: English, French, Arabic


MA in Journalism, New York University




2022 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disabilities
Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
For coverage of the 2020 Beirut Blast (as editor).

2022 Fetisov Journalism Awards for Civil Rights (shortlist)
For coverage of the 2020 Beirut Blast (as editor).

2022 Writing residency, Ragdale Foundation
For fiction and nonfiction writing.

2020 Writing residency, Ragdale Foundation
For fiction and nonfiction writing.

2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Georgetown University
For historical study and archival research on the Syrian famine of World War I.

2011–2012 American Book Award
Dayton Literary Peace Prize (runner-up, nonfiction)
Books for a Better Life Award (First Book)
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Awards (second place, nonfiction)
James Beard Foundation Book Award (finalist, Writing and Literature)
For Day of Honey.

2003 Excellence in Urban Journalism Awards (finalist)
Harry Chapin Media Awards (finalist)
For “Coney Island High,” City Limits, December 2002.


Flevo Campus (Netherlands): "Bread in Heaven,” [in Dutch], July 20, 2023
Adi Magazine: "Because of the Droughts," October 18, 2022
The Washington Post: "The world has plenty of wheat. Putin still uses it as a weapon,” May 8, 2022
The Guardian: “Why do the super-rich treat affordable housing in the Bronx as a lucrative asset class?,” January 14, 2022
WIRED: "The Facebook Papers Must Be Shared With Outlets Globally,” November 3, 2021
Flevo Campus (Netherlands): "About Food: The Food System in Turbulent Times” [in Dutch], October 29, 2020
The Washington Post: "The safety problem for restaurants isn’t the dining room. It’s the kitchen.,” May 29, 2020
The Guardian: “Why is New York’s most famous library getting into bed with the Saudi Crown Prince?,” September 19, 2019
Politico: “Anthony Bourdain: The TV Star Who Used Food to Break Down Barriers,” December 30, 2018
Orb Media Network: “Under Water: How Rising Waters Cost Us All,” Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh; Folha de Sao
Paolo, Brazil; Politiken, Denmark; Die Zeit, Germany; South China Morning Post, Hong Kong; The Hindu, India;
Channels TV, Nigeria; Louisville Public Media, USA, October 8, 2018
KCET Meals Ready to Eat: “Breaking Bread: Food in Times of War,” December 14, 2017
The Washington Post: “Why would Assad use sarin in a war he's winning? To terrify Syrians,” April 11, 2017
Syria Deeply: “After Battle For Wadi Barada, the Damascus Water War Isn’t Over,” February 14, 2017
Syria Deeply: “Analysis: The World According to Trump, and What It May Mean For Syria,” December 19, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Analysis: The Fall of Rebel-Held Aleppo is a Warning to Others Who Oppose Assad,” December 14, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Analysis: Trump is the US President Assad Has Been Waiting For,” November 23, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Long Read: The US Has Intervened In Syria, But Not the Way You Think,” October 31, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Green Gold: How ISIS Is Making As Much Money From Wheat As From Oil,” October 20, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Analysis: Why Assad’s Propaganda Isn’t As Crazy As It Seems,” October 3, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Long Read: Game of Shrines and the Road to Darayya,” September 15, 2016
Syria Deeply: “How Evacuating al-Waer and ‘Other Darayyas’ Will Help Assad,” September 5, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Analysis: No End to Aleppo’s Brutal Stalemate,” August 22, 2016
Syria Deeply: “The Siege Sector: Why Starving Civilians is Big Business,” August 11, 2016
Syria Deeply: “For Syrian Kids in Lebanon, School is ‘Like a Miracle,’” July 26, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Sowing Hope and Weeding out Siege Profiteers,” July 18, 2016
Reuters: “The cheap, brutally effective tactic shaping the Syrian civil war,” February 10, 2016
The Washington Post: “The Most Unconventional Weapon in Syria: Wheat,” December 18, 2015
The Christian Science Monitor: “In Iraq, giving birth is complicated by war,” June 30, 2005
The Washington Post: “Lebanon’s Election: Free but Not Fair,” May 22, 2005
The Nation: “Cedar or Sapling,” March 28, 2005
National Journal: “Will Iraq Go the Way of Lebanon?” February 26, 2005
The New Republic: “Party Foul,” February 2, 2005
The Christian Science Monitor: “What Iraq's checkpoints are like,” March 7, 2005
The Christian Science Monitor: “A toxic threat rises amid northern Iraq's prosperity,” December 24, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Reality TV hits home in Baghdad,” July 27, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Iraq's Christians consider fleeing as attacks on them rise,” July 13, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Iraqis, desperately seeking detainees, meet frustration,” May 17, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “After an advocate's killing, Iraqi women try to stay course,” April 1, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Once forbidden, graffiti flowers in Baghdad,” February 6, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Shiite women knock at mosque door,” January 20, 2004
LA Weekly: “Lights . . . Camera . . . Hit the Dirt!”, January 15, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Iraqi women raise voices - for quotas,” December 17, 2003


Arab Reform Initiative (Beirut, Lebanon): “Rethinking the Nexus between Conflict, Climate Change and
Environment in West Asia and North Africa,” Roundtable discussion, February 1–4, 2023
Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA): “Writing With Monsters,” Craft Seminar (virtual), October 30, 2022
Flevo Campus (Amsterdam, The Netherlands): “How do we feed the world, now and in 2050?,” Invited Presentation (virtual), October 29, 2020
American University (Washington, DC): “Feeding the City: Food as a Weapon of War in Syria,” Invited Lecture (virtual), for War Crimes and Catastrophe In Today’s Global Crises: Is Anyone Responsible?, A Symposium on Law,
Rights, and Humanitarianism, Wednesday, October 28, 2020
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL): “Islamic heritage and everyday life in Baghdad,” Guest lecture, Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Birmingham Southern College (Birmingham, AL): “War at Your Neighborhood Grocery Store: When Food
Becomes a Weapon, and How People Fight Back,” Invited Lecture, Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Smithsonian Institution and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.): “Making Middle Eastern Cuisine: Recipes, Stories, and Politics,” Featured Speaker, Saturday, June 8, 2019
Department of Middle East Studies, American University (Washington, D.C.): “Our Seeds Were Better Than the
Seeds of the Regime: Survival, Sovereignty and Starvation in the Syrian Conflict,” Invited Speaker, Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon): “Human
Catastrophe, Then and Now: Social Trauma and its Political Consequences, 1916/2016,” Invited Speaker, June 1, 2016
Haushaltsmesse 2015 International Summit on Domestic Affairs, “The World: One Household,” Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Dessau-Roßlau, Germany): “The Kitchen Crisis: Alice Waters, VertaMae Grosvenor, and The
Islamic State,” Featured Speaker, August 7–9, 2015
Pop-Up Studio-X Beirut, Columbia University (Beirut, Lebanon): “Urban Stories: Individual Narratives from Beirut,” Speaker, panel discussion, December 10, 2014
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia): “The Hungry Heart is Telling You: 37th Annual Literary Festival,” Featured Author, October 8, 2014
New Jersey City University (Jersey City, New Jersey): “The Syrian Crisis: Six Things You Might Not Know About the Arab Revolutions,” Invited Lecture, October 3, 2014
Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island, via Skype): “Covering the Middle East,” Invited Talk, March 5, 2014.
United States Department of State Foreign Service Institute (Washington, D.C.): “Food and the Arab Spring,” Invited Lecture, November 5, 2013
The Library of Congress (African and Middle Eastern Division): “Iraqi Cuisine Through the Eyes of a Native Scholar and a Foreign Correspondent,” Invited Lecture, September 12, 2013
Iraqi Cultural Center (Washington, DC): “Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Iraqi Cuisine,” Invited Lecture, September 12, 2013
Knight-Wallace Fellowship, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor): “Food, War, and Journalism: Eating the Middle East,” Invited Lecture, February 14, 2013
New York University Abu Dhabi Institute (Abu Dhabi): “Literary and Culinary Adab in Arab Culture,” Invited Lecture, January 22, 2013
Books & Co. (Dayton, OH): “A Conversation With the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners,” Speaker, panel discussion, November 11, 2012
Housing Works Bookstore (New York): “Laughter in the Palm of Your Hand: The Secret History of Islamic Wine,”
Invited Lecture, Adult Education Lecture Series, June 5, 2012
Princeton University: “War Reporting as Literature: Using Food to Build Characters and Narrative,” Invited Presentation, February 29, 2012
Housing Works Bookstore (New York): “The Anti-Foodie Foodies: Has Food Worship Jumped the Shark?” Speaker, panel discussion, February 21, 2012
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs: “The Role of Food in Wars and Revolutions,” Invited Lecture, April 4, 2012
The New York Public Library: “Food and Conflict,” Invited Lecture, November 30th, 2011
First Person Arts festival: “Food and the Search for Home,” Invited Presentation, November 16, 2011
Social and Economic Action for Lebanon (New York): “The People of Mazola: How Lebanon Really Eats,” Invited Lecture, Middle East Lecture Series, April 26, 2011
Her Girl Friday (New York): “Dear Editors of The New Yorker: The VIDA Numbers and the Stories We’re Not Reading,” Invited Lecture, April 6, 2011
Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH): “The Edible Map,” Invited Lecture, March 3, 2011
Drink.Think (New York): “On Drink and Drinkers,” Invited Presentation, March 1, 2011
The Half King (New York): Book reading and signing, February 28, 2011
The BookRevue (Huntington, NY): Book reading and signing, February 26, 2011
The Strand (New York): Book reading and signing, February 22, 2011
KGB Bar, True Story: the KGB Nonfiction Reading Series (New York): “Dinner During Wartime: Sumptuous Stories,” Invited Presentation, May 18, 2010


The Food Programme (BBC Radio 4): “Falafel: A Recipe for Connection,” May 30, 2022
51 Percent: The Women’s Perspective (WAMC Radio): June 8, 2012
Doc Zone with Ann-Marie MacDonald (CBC Television): “Eat Cook Love,” August 13 and 20, 2012
The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti (CBC Radio): “Eating Food on the Subway,” March 6, 2012
The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC Radio): “Food on the Subway,” March 1, 2012
Worldview with Jerome McDonnell (WBEZ Radio): “From Bread Lines to Revolution: the Role of Food in the Arab Spring Uprisings,” August 15, 2011
The Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC Radio): “Food, Love, and War,” Rebroadcast, Friday May 27, 2011
The Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC Radio): “Food, Love, and War,” April 5, 2011
Eldridge & Co. (CUNY TV): Interview, March 29, 2011
Weekend Edition with Liane Hansen (National Public Radio): “The Unifying Sweetness of Food,” March 12, 2011
Around Noon with Dee Perry (WCPN Radio): Interview, March 3, 2011,
Think with Krys Boyd (KERA Radio): Interview, March 1, 2011
Charlotte Talks (WFAE Radio): “Day of Honey: Mediterranean Food,” February 13, 2012
Give Back (WCSB Radio): Interview, March 4, 2011
Here on Earth (Wisconsin Public Radio): “Breaking Bread in a Time of War,” February 25, 2011
Inside City Hall with Errol Louis (NY 1 News): Interview, February 24, 2011
The Roundtable (WAMC Radio): Interview, February 22, 2011
The Takeaway (WNYC Radio): “Using Food the Tell the Story of War,” February 16, 2011
Talk to Me (WNYC Radio): “Eating During Wartime: Sumptuous Stories from Annia Ciezadlo and Nathan Deuel,” June 18, 2010
World Vision Report: “Childbirth in Wartime,” August 20, 2005
Day to Day (National Public Radio): “The Dangers of Checkpoints in Iraq,” March 8, 2005
As it Happens (CBC Radio): “Checkpoints in Iraq," March 6, 2005
The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS): “Lebanese-Syrian Tensions Continue After Journalist’s Death,” June 3, 2005
The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC Radio): “Monitoring Lebanon,” March 8, 2005
Air America Radio with Al Franken and Katherine Lanpher: “The Situation in Iraq,” January 31, 2005
Hear and Now (CBC): “Martial Law in Iraq,” July 8, 2004
Day to Day (National Public Radio): “Italian Journalist Shooting and Checkpoint Etiquette,” March 8, 2005
World Vision Report: “Baghdad Weddings,” September 12, 2004
Weekend Edition with Scott Simon (National Public Radio): “Fix-It Show Brings Reality TV to Iraq,” August 28, 2004
On the Media (National Public Radio): “This is What Reality Looks Like,” July 30, 2004
Day to Day (National Public Radio): “Iraqis Move Toward Martial Law to Curb Insurgents,” July 7, 2004
To the Point with Warren Olney (KCRW Radio): “Martial Law in Iraq,” July 7, 2004
The Connection (WBUR Radio): “The Lessons of War,” July 7, 2004
The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC Radio): “Stomaching the City,” August 20, 2002


Jeffrey Greene

Heather Green

Partial list of publications: No Other Rome (Akron Poetry Series, 2021). Her poems have appeared in Bennington Review, Everyday Genius, the New Yorker, and elsewhere.
Awards: Hemingway Prize (for translated literature), Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize honoree, Finalist for Beloit Book Prize, Four Way Levis Book Prize, and twice for Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Prize, Editorial Board Member: Poetry Daily
Languages: English, French


MFA in Creative Writing, Boston University
MA in Literature, University of Nebraska



Heather Green's is the author of the poetry collection No Other Rome (Akron Poetry Series, 2021). Her poems have appeared in Bennington Review, Everyday Genius, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. She is the translator of Tristan Tzara's Noontimes Won (Octopus Books, 2018), which received the Hemingway prize from the French Ministry of Culture, and Guide to the Heart Rail (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2017). Her translations of Tzara's work have appeared in Asymptote, Poetry International, and several anthologies, and are forthcoming in AGNIGuernica, and Ploughshares. Her writing on translation has appeared in Hopscotch Translation and Poetry Daily. Green is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art at George Mason University and currently serves as a reviewer for the Poetry Foundation's Harriet Books andan editorial board member for Poetry Daily.



Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon

Partial list of publications: The Lazarus Project, The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, Love and Obstacles
Genres: Fiction and nonfiction
Awards: Recipient of many awards and prizes, including the 2008 National Book Award.
Current residence: Chicago


PhD in English Literature at Loyola University, Chicago
MA in English Literature, Northwestern University
BA in General Literature, University of Sarajevo



Acclaimed fiction writer Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. He has also written three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno,Nowhere Man (also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Love and Obstacles. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. During Hemon’s visit, Sarajevo came under siege, and the writer was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. His books have been published in over 20 countries around the world. Hemon was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

Teaching Experience

  • Winter 2010, Columbia College, Chicago, Writer-in-Residence
  • Teaches regularly at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies
  • Fall 2004, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, Visiting Professor of Creative Writing
  • Winter 2002, Northwestern University, courses in Creative Writing and 20th Century Fiction
  • Summer 1999, Loyola University, course in Modernist Poetry

Awards & Honors

  • 2009 Award for Adult Fiction for The Lazarus Project from The Society of Midland Authors
  • The Lazarus Project was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and NBCC Award for fiction.
  • The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize, 2008
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, 2004
  • John S. Guggenheim Fellowship, 2003
  • Nowhere Man, 2002, shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Award
  • 2002 Award for Adult Fiction for Nowhere Man from The Society of Midland Authors
  • Chicago Public Library Foundation 21st Century Award, 2000
  • Illinois Literary Award 1997, 1998
  • The radio play based on “The Life and Work of Alphonse Kauders” won Premios Ondas at the radio festival in Barcelona, Spain 1990.



  • The Lazarus Project (Riverhead), published in 2008

Short Story Collections

  • The Question of Bruno (Nan A. Tales/Doubleday, 2000) (
  • Nowhere Man (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, September 2002) received critical acclaim and was shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Award (visit
  • Love and Obstacles (Riverhead), 2009

Short Fiction

  • Numerous stories and poems published all around the former Yugoslavia
  • Published fiction in The New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, McSweeney’s, TriQuarterly, Chicago Review, Ploughshares, The Baffler, Tin House, The Paris Review, and others.
  • “The Life and Work of Alphonse” (which with additional notes appears in The Question of Bruno) appeared in the anthology The Best Yugoslav Short Stories 1990, edited by David Albahari and Mihajlo Pantic
  • Various short stories included in Best American Short Stories 1999, 2000; 2006

Book Reviews and Magazine Articles

  • Book reviews and various articles for the Chicago Tribune, the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, the New Yorker, the New York Times, MSN Slate on-line magazine, and other publications.
  • The regular biweekly column Hemonwood, in Bosnian, for the Sarajevo magazine BH Dani
  • Worked and wrote for Radio-Sarajevo Youth Program and the magazines Valter and Naši Dani, and freelanced for other Sarajevo media

Editing Experience

Edited Best European Fiction, 2010 and 2011 editions (The Dalkey Archive Press).

Gwyneth Lewis

Gwyneth Lewis

Partial list of publications: Parables & Faxes, Zero Gravity, Keeping Mum, Chaotic Angels, A Hospital Odyssey, Sparrow Tree, and the three Welsh collections in Tair mewn Un (“Three in One”); non-fiction Sunbathing in the Rain, Two in a Boat; novella The Meat Tree
Genres: Poetry, nonfiction, radio plays, opera libretti, and stage plays
Awards: Recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, and the first National Poet of Wales
Languages: Welsh (fluent), English (fluent) French (fluent), German (conversational), Spanish (conversational)
Current residence: UK


D Phil in English Literature, Balliol College, Oxford
Harkness Fellow at Graduate Writing School, Columbia University, New York City
Harkness Fellow at Department of English, Harvard University
Double First Class Honours in English, Girton College, Cambridge
Rhydfelen Comprehensive School, Pontypridd (12 ‘O’-Levels, 11 A, 1B, and 3 ‘A’-Levels: English A, French A, History A)



Gwyneth Lewis was appointed Wales’s first National Poet in 2005 and was honored with the task of composing the six-foot-high words displayed on the front of Cardiff’s new Wales Millennium Centre, which is now a national icon. Gwyneth has published 10 books of poetry in Welsh and English, including Sparrow Tree, Parables & FaxesKeeping Mum, Zero Gravity, Tair mewn Un(“Three in One”), and Y Llofrudd Iaith (“The Language Murderer”). Zero Gravity, inspired by her astronaut cousin, was made into a documentary by the BBC. Her nonfiction books includeSunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book on Depression and Two in a Boat: A Marital Voyage. She has written libretti for two chamber operas for children, an oratorio, and several radio plays, including Stardust: A Love Story, which explains the basic principles of particle physics. Gwyneth has studied at prestigious institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Columbia, and she has received numerous fellowships and awards for her work.

Teaching Experience

Gwyneth is a freelance teacher of Masterclasses and Workshops in poetry and creative nonfiction both in the UK and the US. Gwyneth has also been a Writer in Residence at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University.

Prizes & Honors

  • 2010, Society of Authors Cholmondeley Award for a distinguished body of work
  • 2010-11, Elected to Mary Amelia Cummins Harvey Visiting Fellow Commonership at Girton College, Cambridge
  • 2010, Elected Honorary Fellow, University of Liverpool
  • 2007, Sunbathing in the Rain radio adaptation wins Mental Health in the Media award
  • 2006, Awarded major Creative Wales award by Arts Council of Wales
  • 2006, Elected to the Gorsedd of the Bards of the National Eisteddfod of Wales (the highest honour in Welsh-language culture)
  • 2005, Appointed Wales’s inaugural National Poet
  • 2005, Elected Honorary Fellow, University of Cardiff
  • 2004, Named one of Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation poets
  • 2004, Sunbathing in the Rain short listed for Mind Book of the Year
  • 2001-06, Awarded NESTA Fellowship (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)
  • 2000, Y Llofrudd Iaith (“The Language Murderer”) awarded Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year
  • 1999, Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
  • 1999, Zero Gravity short listed for Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year
  • 1998, Zero Gravity short listed for Forward Prize
  • 1997, Cyfrif Un ac Un yn Dri (“One and One Make Three”) short listed for Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year
  • 1996, Elected to Welsh Academy
  • 1995, Parables & Faxes awarded Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize
  • 1995, Parables & Faxes short listed for Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year
  • 1994, BAFTA Award for Best Feature television programme
  • 1988, Major Eric Gregory Award for poets under 30 years old
  • 1986-88, Gertrude Hartley Prize for poetry (Balliol College, Oxford)
  • 1982, Laurie Hart Prize for outstanding intellectual work, augmented Charity Reeves Prize
  • 1981, Charity Reeves Prize for distinguished performance at university examinations
  • 1981, Todd Memorial Senior Scholar (Girton College, Cambridge)
  • 1977, 1978, Awarded Literature Medal at Urdd National Eisteddfod


Welsh (fluent), English (fluent) French (fluent), German (conversational), Spanish (conversational)



  • 2011 Sparrow Tree (Bloodaxe Books)
  • 2010, The Meat Tree (Seren) novella
  • 2010, A Hospital Odyssey (Bloodaxe Books)
  • 2005, Two in a Boat: A Marital Voyage (Fourth Estate), subsequent hardback and paperback editions in US
  • 2005, Chaotic Angels (Bloodaxe Books)
  • 2005, Tair mewn Un (“Three in One”, Barddas)
  • 2002, Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book on Depression (Flamingo), subsequent hardback and paperback editions in US
  • 1999, Y Llofrudd Iaith (“The Language Murderer”, Barddas)
  • 1998, Zero Gravity (Bloodaxe Books)
  • 1996, Cyfrif Un ac Un yn Dri (“One and One Make Three”, Barddas)
  • 1995, Parables & Faxes (Bloodaxe Books)
  • 1990, Sonedau Redsa (“Redsa’s Sonnets”) (Gomer)
  • 1978, Ar y Groesffordd (“On the Crossroads”, Urdd pamphlet)
  • 1977, Llwybrau Bywyd (“Life’s Paths”, Urdd pamphlet)


  • 2006, Dolffin, chamber opera for children, music by Julian Philips, commissioned by Welsh National Opera
  • 2005, Redflight/ Barcud, chamber opera for children, music by Richard Chew, Welsh National Opera
  • 2004, The Most Beautiful Man from the Sea, oratorio based on a short story by Gabriel García Márquez, music by Orlando Gough and Richard Chew, Welsh National Opera

Broadcasting & Journalism

  • 2007, Stardust: A Love Story, 45-minute play about particle physics, commissioned by BBC Radio 4
  • 2007, The L-Shaped Island, five talks for BBC Radio 4
  • 2006, Adaptation of Sunbathing in the Rain for BBC Radio 4
  • 2006, How to Knit a Poem, four talks for BBC Radio 4
  • 2005, Sailing without a Boat, three talks for BBC Radio 4
  • 1992-2007, Freelance feature writer and reviewer for Times Literary Supplement,IndependentGuardian Review, Prospect, Poetry Review
  • 1983-88, Freelance reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, the Village Voice and various BBC arts and news programmes

Stage Plays

  • 2011, Clytemnestra, new play, Sherman Cymru, Cardiff

Work Experience

  • 2009-10, Joint SiCa/ Stanford Humanities Center Fellow in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University
  • 2008-09, Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University
  • 2006, Writer in Residence at Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University
  • 2000 onwards, Freelance writer
  • 1997-2000, Chief Assistant to Controller of BBC Wales
  • 1993-97, Television Producer, Factual Programmes BBC Wales
  • 1992-93, Assistant Producer, Religious Programmes, BBC Wales
  • 1989-92, Television Researcher, Agenda Television
Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu

Partial list of publications: How to Read the Air, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
Genres: Fiction and nonfiction
Awards: 2012 MacArthur Fellow and recipient of many awards and prizes, including the Athens Prize for Literature Longlist and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Current residence: Paris, France


MFA in Fiction, Columbia University
BA, Georgetown University



Dinaw Mengestu was born in Ethiopia and raised and educated in the American Midwest. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his MFA from Columbia University. Mengestu has received numerous awards and honors as a writer of both fiction and nonfiction works. His first novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2007, and his second novel, How to Read the Air, received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Mengestu’s nonfiction writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Jane Magazine, Harper’s, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications, and includes articles on recent conflicts in Darfur and Uganda. Recently, Mengestu acted as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Tulane University. He is currently at work on his third novel.

Teaching Experience

  • Distinguished Writer in Residence, Tulane University, August 2008-December 2008: “Advanced Fiction Workshop”
  • Lannan Visiting Professor, Georgetown University, January 2007-May 2007: “Introduction to Fiction Workshop”
  • Adjunct Professor, New York City College of Technology, 2005, Summer: “Introduction to Composition,” USIP Summer Course

Awards & Honors

  • New Yorker “20 under 40,” New York, NY 2010
  • International Literature Prize Finalist, Berlin, Germany 2010 & 2009
  • Athens Prize for Literature Longlist, Athens, Greece 2009
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2008
  • New York Public Library Young Lions Award Finalist, 2008
  • Dylan Thomas Prize Finalist, Wales, UK 2008
  • Seattle Reads Featured Author, May 2008
  • Prix du Premier Roman Etranger, France, 2007
  • Grand Prix de Lectrices de Elle Finalist, France 2007
  • Prix Femina Etranger Deuxieme Selection, France 2007
  • National Book Award Foundation, 5 Under 35 Award, 2007
  • Guardian First Book Award, UK 2007
  • Lannan Fiction Fellowship, 2007
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2007
  • Guardian Best Books, UK 2007
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellowship, 2006
  • My Travel Bug Travel Fellowship, 2005
  • Departmental Research Fellowship, Columbia University, 2002

Selected Conferences & Lectures

  • Earlham College, Freshman Reads Guest Speaker, 2008
  • Bethune Cookman University, Writer’s Jubilee (Keynote Speaker), 2008
  • Harvard University, Guest Speaker, April 2008
  • New York University, Guest Speaker, March 2008
  • Hay Book Festival, May 2007
  • Edinburgh Book Festival, August 2007
  • Georgetown University Lannan Conference, September 2007
  • Duke University, Guest Speaker, November 2007



  • “An Honest Exit,” New Yorker, July 12, 2010
  • How to Read the Air, Penguin Riverhead, October 2010: Foreign rights sold in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark
  • The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, Penguin Riverhead, March 2007: Foreign rights sold in the UK, France, Italy, Netherlands, Greece, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Israel, Romania, Bulgaria, Catalan, Portugal, Hungary, Turkey


  • “Storying,” Mentors Monsters & Muses, Simon & Schuster, October 2009
  • “Big Money,” Granta, Fall 2009
  • “Why the Expats Left Paris, The Wall Street Journal, July 4, 2008
  • “Home at Last,” Brooklyn Was Mine, Riverhead Books 2008
  • “Children of War,” The New Statesman, June 14, 2007, London, UK
  • “A Bend in the River V.S. Naipaul,” The Independent, May 25, 2007, London, UK
  • “Aiding Africa,” Farafina 10, August 2007, Lagos, Nigeria
  • “Abducted at 14,” Jane Magazine, February 2007
  • “The Tragedy of Darfur,” Rolling Stone Magazine, September 21, 2006
  • “At the End of Lonely Street,The New Leader, February 2004


Alice Miller

Alice Miller

Partial list of publications: More Miracle than Bird, Nowhere Nearer, Blaue Stunde, and The Limits
Genres: Poetry, Fiction
Awards: Recipient of many awards and prizes, including a Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany
Current residence: Berlin, Germany


MFA Creative Writing, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa
MA Creative Writing, International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
BA Hons. History, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
BA English Literature & History, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Ruben Quesada

Ruben Quesada

Partial list of publications: Jane: La Segua, Revelations, Next Extinct Mammal: Poems, Exiled From the Throne of Night: Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda
Genres: Poetry
Awards: Fellow, Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA); Chair, Nonfiction Committee, National Book Critics Circle
Current residence: Chicago, IL


PhD, English, Texas Tech University
MFA, Creative Writing for the Performing Arts, University of California, Riverside
BA, Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside



Ruben Quesada is the editor of a hybrid collection, Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry. He is the author of Jane: La SeguaRevelations, and Next Extinct Mammal: Poems. His writing appears in The New York Times, Best American Poetry, American Poetry ReviewHarvard Review and elsewhere. He has served as an editor for AGNI, The Rumpus, and Pleiadesand as a poetry blogger for The Kenyon Review and Ploughshares. He teaches for the UCLA Extension Writers Program.  


2022 Intersectionality and DEI, National Book Critics Circle, Ethos Talent.


2018 – Present (Remote) UCLA Extension Writers Program
Instructor, Introduction to Poetic Forms, Spring 2023
Instructor, Introduction to Literary Translation, Winter 2023
Instructor, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2022
Instructor, Prose Poetry, Summer 2022
Instructor, Prose Poetry, Spring and Fall 2021
Instructor, Prose Poetry, Fall 2020
2022 – Present (Remote) Antioch University-Los Angeles
Faculty, Prose Poetry, Fall 2022
Faculty, Poetic Forms, Fall 2023
2021 – 2022 (Remote) The Attic Institute of Arts and Letters
Associate Teaching Fellow, Introduction to Poetry, Fall 2022
Associate Teaching Fellow, Prose Poetry, Spring/Summer/Fall 2022
Associate Teaching Fellow, Prose Poetry Spring/Summer/Fall 2021
2021 (Remote) Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing & Publishing
Faculty, Graduate Course: Digital and Literary Translation, Spring 2021
Faculty, Graduate Course: Professional Development, Spring 2021
2016 – 2018 Chicago High School for the Arts, Grades 10-12
Faculty, Introduction to Poetry, Spring 2018
Faculty, Advanced Poetry Workshop, Spring 2018
Faculty, Introduction to Poetry, Spring/Fall 2017
Faculty, Advanced Poetry Workshop, Spring/Fall 2017
Faculty, Introduction to Poetry, Fall 2016
Faculty, Advanced Poetry Workshop, Fall 2016 2012 – 2016 Eastern Illinois University
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies in Matters of Culture, Spring 2016
Assistant Professor, Composition and Language/Literature, Fall 2015
Assistant Professor, Graduate Creative Writing Professional Development, Fall 2015
Assistant Professor, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2015
Assistant Professor, Advanced Dramatic Writing, Fall 2015
Assistant Professor, Graduate Creative Writing – Poetry, Spring 2015
Assistant Professor, Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism, Spring 2015
Assistant Professor, Dramatic Writing, Spring 2014, Fall 2014
Assistant Professor, Composition and Language/Literature, Fall 2013
Assistant Professor, Gender & Queer Literature and Criticism, Fall 2013
Assistant Professor, Literature, The Self, and the Word: Poetry, Fall 2013
Assistant Professor, Graduate Seminar in Digital Poetry & Poetics, Summer 2013
Assistant Professor, Beginning Nonfiction, Spring 2013
Assistant Professor, Beginning Poetry, Spring 2013
Assistant Professor, Composition and Language/Literature, Fall 2012
Assistant Professor, Beginning Poetry, Fall 2012


Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry, Editor. University of New Mexico Press, 2022.


Jane: La Segua, The Offending Adam, 2023.
Revelations. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018.
Next Extinct Mammal: Poems. Greenhouse Review Press, 2011.
Exiled From the Throne of Night: Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda. Aureole Press, 2008.


“Archaeologists of the Elusive.” Harvard Review, Dec. 2022.
“New Confessions.” Harvard Review, Dec. 2021.
“Object Lessons.” Harvard Review, Aug. 2021.
“These United States.” Harvard Review, Dec. 2020.
“Video and the Evolution of Language.” Ploughshares, 10 Mar. 2017.
“Latinx Faculty at Writing Retreats.” Ploughshares, 25 Jan. 2017.
“Latinx and Queer Visibility at Writing Conferences.” Ploughshares, 22 Feb. 2017.
“Inundations of Texts.” The Kenyon Review Online. 3 May. 2016.
“Not One of Us, All of Us.” Harriet Blog, The Poetry Foundation, 10 Jan. 2017.
“On Poetics, Identity & Latinidad.” Essay Press, Episode 10. 17 Sept. 2015.


“Oath Keeper.” The New York Times Magazine, 14 Aug. 2022.
“Mark.” Pleiades, Spring Issue, 42.1, 2022.
“With a Line by Paul Monette.” Pleiades, Spring Issue, 42.1, 2022.
“Erased Lynching.” Pleiades, Spring Issue, 42.1, 2022.
“My Mother Is a Garden.” The Adroit Journal, Issue 41, 2022.
“Billow of Thistles.” Mumber Magazine, Issue 2. Dec. 2020.
“The Flood.” Mumber Magazine, Issue 2. Dec. 2020.
“After the Flood.” Mumber Magazine, Issue 2. Dec. 2020.
“For Charlie.” Poetry Now, Poetry Foundation, Nov. 2018.
“IX.” Cordite Poetry Review, 1, Nov. 2018.
“XI.” Poem-a-Day, Academy of American Poets. 7 Jun. 2017.
“Communion I.” Tupelo Quarterly, 13. 14 Oct. 2017.
“Confession II.” Tupelo Quarterly, 13. 14 Oct. 2017.
“Communion III.” Tupelo Quarterly, 13. 14 Oct. 2017.
“Kingdom Come.” Spoon River Poetry Review, 42.1. 18 Jul. 2017.
“To a Poet on the Planet.” Spoon River Poetry Review, 42.1. 18 Jul. 2017.
“This Is the Way the World Ends.” Spoon River Poetry Review, 42.1. 18 Jul. 2017.
“It Comes in the Night.” Spoon River Poetry Review, 42.1. 18 Jul. 2017.
“Woman in Black.” Spoon River Poetry Review, 42.1. 18 Jul. 2017.
“Belladonna.” Spoon River Poetry Review, 42.1. 18 Jul. 2017.
“Watching R. Budd Dwyer.” Spoon River Poetry Review, 42.1. 18 Jul. 2017.
“Resurrection.” Spoon River Poetry Review, 42.1. 18 Jul. 2017.
“In Lubbock, Texas.” The Rumpus, 23 Apr. 2017.
“Angels of Paradise.” TriQuarterly, Issue 151. Winter/Spring 2017.
“Angels in the Sun.” American Poetry Review, Vol. 46 No. 1. Jan/Feb. 2017.
“Connoisseurs.” Southern Humanities Review, Vol. 50, No. 3&4. Dec. 2016.
“Elegy for this life.” Kettle Blue Review, Issue 3.1. Apr. 2016.
“Surrender.” Kettle Blue Review, Issue 3.1. Apr. 2016.
“When Night Saved My Life.” Berfrois, 10 Dec. 2015.
“Anecdote of the Day.” Taos Journal of Poetry & Art, Issue 7. Oct. 2015.
“Anecdote of an Aircrash.” Taos Journal of Poetry & Art, Issue 7. Oct. 2015.
“The Road Taken.” Origins Journal, 21 May 2015.
“Matthew 5:4.” The Rumpus, 14 Apr. 2015.
“For Icarus.” Quiddity, Vol 7.2. Fall/Winter 2014.
“Dredging Apollo.” Quiddity, Vol 7.2. Fall/Winter 2014.
“Starry Night.” Solo Novo, Fall 2014.
“Self-Portrait.” Solo Novo, Fall 2014.
“Denouement.” Solo Novo, Fall 2014.
“Dead Bird.” Miramar, No. 2. Sept. 2014.
“Winter Song.” Miramar, No. 2. Sept. 2014.
“Pilgrim.” Miramar, No. 2. Sept. 2014.
“Winter Landscape.” Luna Luna, 14 Aug. 2014.
“On Witness.” Superstition Review, May 2014.
“Aubade.” The Rumpus, 2 Apr. 2014.
“On Birth.” Pilgrimage Magazine, Vol. 37 Issue 1. 2013.
“On Technê.” Pilgrimage Magazine, Vol. 37 Issue 1. 2013.
“Dark Matter.” Cimarron Review, Issue 182. Jan. 2013.
“Resurrection.” Cimarron Review, Issue 182. Jan. 2013.
“Café Flesh.” Guernica, 15 Nov. 2012.
“On Style.” The Rumpus, 11 Apr. 2012.
“Store.” American Poetry Review, 40.5. Sept. /Oct. 2011.
“The Last Text.” American Poetry Review, 40.5. Sept. /Oct. 2011.
“Tamale Serenade.” American Poetry Review, 40.5. Sept. /Oct. 2011.
“Autumn Feeling.” Stand Magazine (UK), 9.3. 2010.
“Desire.” Stand Magazine (UK), 9.3. 2010.
“Old Garden.” Stand Magazine (UK), 9.3. 2010.
“Malibu.” Stand Magazine (UK), 9.3. 2010.
“Last Photograph of My Parents.” Palabra, 1.5. Nov. 2009.
“Mornings Before School, Age Four.” Palabra, 1.5. Nov. 2009.
“Clearwater.” LUNA, 1.8. Dec. 2008.
“Leaving for College After Summer Vacation.” OCHO, 15. Jan. 2008.
“The Cell.” OCHO, 15. Jan. 2008.
“For Fifteen Minutes.” OCHO, 15. Jan. 2008.
“Four Rooms.” Askew, Jun. 2007.
“For My Mother I.” Askew, Jun. 2007.
“Primary Body.” Askew, June 2007.
“Leaving for College.” Mosaic Literary Journal, May 2006.
“To Gabriela, In Memory.” El Andar, Summer 2000.
“Evening Machine Shop.” Third Coast, 10. Spring 2000.
“The Village.” Third Coast, 10. Spring 2000.
“Mornings in Cudahy, California 1976-1979.” Rattle, Winter 1999.
“Librarian on Break.” The 2River View, 3.1. Fall 1998


“My Mother Is a Garden.” Leaning Toward Light: Poems for Gardens & the Hands That Tend
Them, Storey Publishing, forthcoming.
“The Riots.” Poetry Is Bread Anthology, Nirpala Publications, forthcoming.
“Tamale Serenade.” Poetry Is Bread Anthology, Nirpala Publications, forthcoming.
“Nostalgia.” Poetry Is Bread Anthology, Nirpala Publications, forthcoming.
“1985.” Latino Hybrids: A Horror Anthology, Arte Publico Press, forthcoming.
“1987.” Latino Hybrids: A Horror Anthology, Arte Publico Press, forthcoming.
“Billow of Thistles.” Between Paradise and Earth: Eve Poems, Orison Books, forthcoming.
“Poetry is Bourgeois.” Labor Poems Anthology, University of Kentucky Press, 2022.
“When Winter Comes.” Where I’m At: Chicago Poetry, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2022.
“Billow of Thistles.” Alone Together, ed. Jennifer Haupt, Sept. 2020.
“Angels in the Sun.” Best American Poetry, Dec. 2018.
“Lament.” HIV Here & Now Project. 3 June. 2016.
“Fall Feeling.” Best American Poetry Online. 3 Dec. 2016.


“My Handwriting by Dan O’Brien.” Scarsdale. CB editions, 2014.
“Greenwich / Isle of the Dogs by Dan O’Brien.” Scarsdale. CB editions, 2014.
“Breaking the Ice by Dan O’Brien.” Scarsdale. CB editions, 2014.
“After Love by Roger Reeves.” King Me. Copper Canyon Press, 2013.
“The Mechanics of Men by David Tomas Martinez.” Hustle. Sarabande Books, 2014.


“Poetry & Criticism: Latinx Poetics.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference (AWP), Mar. 2023.
“So, You Want to Edit an Anthology?” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Mar. 2023.
“Transparency & Transformation: The Literary Institution at the Tipping Point.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Mar. 2022.
“Opening the Gate: Poetry Reviewing as an Agent of Inclusivity.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Mar. 2022.
“Supporting LGBTQ Students in the Creative Writing Classroom.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference Virtual, Jun. 2021.
“Latino Caucus.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Mar. 2018.
“The Literary Twitterati.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Mar. 2018.
“Writing as Resistance and Social Responsibility in a Post-Truth Era.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Mar. 2018.
“Latino Caucus.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Feb. 2017.
“Caucus Leaders Unite.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Feb. 2017.
“Latino Caucus.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Mar. 2016.
“The Horror of Heterosexuality.” Popular Culture Association Conference (PCA), Apr. 2015.
“Queridos: Gay Latinos.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Apr. 2015.
“Teaching Latino Poetry.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Feb. 2014.
“The Rosary Effect: The Challenges of Writing from a Catholic Perspective.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Feb. 2011.
“World Poetry in Translation.” American Literary Translators Association Conference (ALTA), Nov. 2009.
“Poetic Responses to Love & AIDS.” Discourses of Love Poetry in Ancient and Modern Times Classics Conference, Apr. 2009.
“Poetic Responses to AIDS.” Associated Writer’s Program Conference, Feb. 2009.
“Luis Cernuda: A reading of selected translations from Las nubes & Desolacíon de la
Quimera.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference (SAMLA), Nov. 2008.


University of Illinois, Chicago, Lit & Luz Festival, Speaker 2022
New York University, Lillian Vernon Writers House, Criticism Panel 2022
American University, Editing Panel 2022
San Francisco State University, Creative Writing, Visiting Editor 2022
Reed College, Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, Speaker 2022
University of Michigan, Helen Zell Writers’ Program, Visiting Editor 2021
University of San Francisco, MFA in Writing Program, Visiting Editor 2021
Babson College, Thompson Visiting Poets Series, Visiting Poet 2021
Western Illinois University, Visiting Poet 2018
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Visiting Poet 2017
University of Missouri, Kansas City, Visiting Poet 2015
Illinois Central College, Visiting Poet 2014
University of Miami, Visiting Poet 2013
Eastern Illinois University, Visiting Writer 2012
University of California, Riverside, Visiting Poet 2011


Virginia Festival of the Book, Speaker 2023
Emerald Coast Writers Conference, Visiting Poet 2022
Printers Row Lit Fest, Exhibit B, Speaker 2021
Sunday Salon Chicago Reading Series, Speaker 2021
National Latinx Writers Gathering, Speaker 2020
A Wild and Precious Life Series, Speaker 2020
Arkansas Literary Festival, Featured Poet 2019
Poetry Foundation, Open Door Reading Series, Featured Poet 2019
Unamuno Reading Series, Madrid, Spain, Visiting Poet 2017
Observable Reading Series, St. Louis, Visiting Poet 2015
Poetry Foundation, Nepantla Anthology Launch, Featured Poet 2014
Pygmalion Literary Festival, Featured Poet 2014
Poetry Foundation, Open Door Reading Series, Featured Poet 2014
Guild Literary Complex, Palabra Pura 2013


Fellow, Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) 2023
Chair, Nonfiction Committee, National Book Critics Circle 2022 – Present
Individual Arts Grant, DCASE, City of Chicago 2021
Poet-in-Residence, Red Lodge Clay Center 2015
Poet-in-Residence, Unamuno Author Series Madrid 2017
Development Grant, Latino Literature for EIU Library 2015
Faculty Research Grant, Eastern Illinois University (EIU) 2014
Fellow, CantoMundo Poetry 2012 – 2014
Award Recipient, Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Teaching 2012
Fellow, Napa Valley Writers Conference 2011
Award Recipient, Superhero Poetry, 516Arts Albuquerque 2011
Chancellor’s Ambassador, Texas Tech University 2009 – 2012
Summer Dissertation Research Award, Texas Tech University 2010
Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute 2010
Residency, Vermont Studio Center 2009
Summer Dissertation Research Award, Texas Tech University 2009
Scholarship, Aspen Summer Words 2008
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, University of California 2007
Fellow, Lambda Literary Foundation Writer’s Retreat 2007
Fellow, Squaw Valley, Community of Writers 2007
Semifinalist, Crab Orchard Poetry Book Prize 2007
Graduate Fellowship, University of California 2006 – 2007
Fellow, Summer Poetry in Idyllwild 2006
Poet Laureate, University of California, Riverside 2005 – 2006
Senior Thesis Award, University of California 2004
Poet Laureate, University of California, Riverside 1999 – 2000
Finalist, Charles Johnson Award in Poetry 1999
Recipient, Arts Bridge Scholar Award, University of California 1999


Literary Arts Advisor, Smithsonian Institution 2022 – Present
Board Member, National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) 2021 – Present
Mentor, Adroit Journal Summer Program 2020 – 2022
Juror, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 2021 – 2022
Vice Chair, Illinois Poet Laureate Search Committee 2019 – 2020
Judge, Publishing Triangle Awards 2019 – 2020
Judge, CLMP Magazine Award 2019 – 2020
Screener, Whiting Literary Magazine Prizes 2019
Literary Awards Committee, PEN America 2018 – 2021
Member, AWP Conference Subcommittee 2017 – 2018
Founder/Director, Latinx Writers Caucus, AWP 2015 – 2017
Digital Content Coordinator, CantoMundo Poetry 2013 – 2017
Co-Founder, Stories & Queer Reading Series 2013 – 2015
Screener, AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry 2013
Coordinator, Lions in Winter Literary Festival 2012 – 2015
Coordinator, IHLR Single-Author Chapbook Competition 2011
Liaison, Iron Horse Literary Review (IHLR) Reading Series 2010 – 2011
Webmaster, American Literary Translators Association Conference 2009
Liaison, Keynote Speaker, Texas Tech Poet Laureate Award 2009
Liaison, Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, Texas Tech Univ. 2009
Conference Committee, American Literary Translators Association 2008 – 2009


Contributing Editor, TAB Journal 2022 – Present
Editorial Advisor, Jack Leg Press 2021 – Present
Guest Poetry Editor, Pleiades Journal 2021 – 2022
Guest Editor, PANK 2020
Blogger, The Kenyon Review 2019 – 2021
Poetry Editor, AGNI 2019 – 2021
Contributing Editor, Chicago Review of Books 2017 – 2019
Blogger, Ploughshares 2017
Essays Editor, The Rumpus 2016 – 2017
Senior Editor, Queen Mobs Teahouse 2015 – 2018
Founder/Publisher, Codex Journal 2013 – 2015
Poetry Editor, The Cossack Review 2012 – 2015
Managing Editor, Iron Horse Literary Review 2010 – 2011


Academy of American Poets
Associated Writing Programs
Latinx Writers Caucus
American Literary Translators Association
Modern Language Association
Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honor Society



Kate Racculia

Kate Racculia

Partial list of publications: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, Bellweather Rhapsody, This Must Be the Place
Genres: Fiction
Awards: Alex Award, Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA)/American Library, Must-Read Book, Massachusetts Center for the Book (This Must Be the Place)
Association (ALA) (Bellweather Rhapsody)
Current residence: United States


MFA in Writing, Emerson College
B.F.A. in Illustration,, B.F.A. in Illustration,



Emerson College, Boston, MA
M.F.A. in Writing, December 2005
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
B.F.A. in Illustration, Minor in English, summa cum laude, May 2002


Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Novel. 2019
A screwball-gothic adventure featuring a Sherlock Holmes-like female protagonist and her associates as they’re drawn into a real-life treasure hunt designed by a deceased billionaire, that explores friendship and love, uncertainty and possibility, and the responsibilities we have to ourselves and others. October 2019 Indie Next List, LibraryReads, and Apple Books selection. Starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. A Kirkus Best Book of 2019.

Bellweather Rhapsody (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Novel. 2014
A character-driven mystery set in a once grand hotel in the Catskills during a weekend retreat for student musicians, inspired by the works of Agatha Christie, Stephen King, and Ellen Raskin. Starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal. Reviewed in Entertainment Weekly, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wisconsin State Journal, and Popmatters, and recommended by The New York Times Book Review’s “Dear Book Match.”

This Must Be the Place (Henry Holt & Company) Novel. 2010
A coming of age story about creation and loss, movies and mothers, inspired by the art of Joseph Cornell, the music of the Beatles, and the monsters of Ray Harryhausen. Starred reviews in Kirkus and School Library Journal. Reviewed in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, O, and People.


Grub Street, Boston, MA. Fiction Instructor
Novel Revision Intensive. Six-week online course. Summer & Fall 2016; Spring, Summer, Fall 2017; Summer 2018; Spring & Summer 2019
Novel in Progress Online. Ten-week online course. Spring 2018, 2 sessions; Fall 2018
Six Weeks, Six Stories. Six-week online course. Winter 2015
Mapping Your Novel: People, Places and Plots. One-day workshop. Summer 2014
Novel in Progress III: Endings are Beginnings. Ten-week course. Winter 2014
Continuing Novel in Progress. Ten-week course. Fall 2013
Novel in Progress. Ten-week course. Spring 2013
Other Voices, Other Worlds: Writing Extraordinary Fiction. Ten-week course. Winter 2013

Moravian College, Department of English, Bethlehem, PA. Adjunct Instructor
ENGL 393: Young Adult Fiction Writing. Spring 2019

Lafayette College, Department of English, Easton, PA. Adjunct Instructor
ENG 202: Writing Seminar: The Language of Monstrosity. Fall 2015

Salem State University, Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, Salem, MA. Visiting Instructor
ENG 820: Fiction Writing. Six-week graduate course. Summer 2012

Writing and Teaching Interests

Character development. Revision technique. Visual art, music and the performing arts. Memory, nostalgia. Upstate New York. Popular culture, camp and kitsch. Genre and speculative fiction, including mystery, crime, horror, science fiction and fantasy.

Conference Workshops & Panels

“What Books Can Do: Writing for Young People in an Age of Chronic War and Extremism.”
Panel moderator. Moravian College Writers’ Conference, Bethlehem, PA. February 2019

“Writing the Novel: Following a Map that Changes.” Two-day workshop. Moravian College
Writers’ Conference, Bethlehem, PA. June 2015

“Who Are Our Readers?” Panel. Moravian College Writers’ Conference, Bethlehem, PA. June 2015

“Essentials of Character.” Workshop. The Muse and the Marketplace, Grub Street, Boston, MA. May 2015

“On Teaching Online,” How to Build and Sustain a Writing Center in the Digital Age. Panel.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Minneapolis, MN. April 2015

“Good Girls,” Women Writing Darkness: Villains, Violence, and Unhappy Endings. Panel.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Minneapolis, MN. April 2015

“Five Ways to Be (Part of a Writing Community),” Poetics of Generosity: The Fine Art of
Constructive Praise. Panel. Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Seattle, WA. March 2014

Selected Readings & Invited Talks

Literature Lovers’ Night Out, Minneapolis, MN. Book talk. November 16 & 17, 2019
Lafayette College, Easton, PA. Reading; served as judge for annual flash fiction student writing contest. November 13, 2019.
Boston Book Festival, Boston, MA. Panel: “The Butlah Did It: Mysteries with a Boston Accent.” October 19, 2019
Lafayette College, Easton, PA. Reading and workshop: “Sherlock Holmes to Veronica Mars: A Crash Course in Mystery Writing.” March 24, 2015
Boston Book Festival, Boston, MA. Panel: “Words and Music: A Literary Jam Session.” October 25, 2014
Craft on Draft, Boston, MA. Reading and discussion: “Creating Kickass Characters.” October 7, 2014
St. John Fisher College Cavanaugh Reading Series, Rochester, NY. Reading and book talk. 2013
Lounge Lit: Readings With a Twist, Boston, MA. Reading and performance. 2012
Salem State University Writers Series, Salem, MA. Reading. 2011
Canastota Public Library, Canastota, NY. Reading and book talk. 2011

Professional Experience

Freelance Writer, Bethlehem, PA
Writer, Fig Bethlehem. January 2018-present

Bethlehem Area Public Library, Bethlehem, PA
Development and Marketing Specialist. January 2018-present
Interlibrary Loan Technician. January-August 2015

Grub Street, Boston, MA
Freelance Manuscript Consultant. 2013-present

Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
Writing Community Retreat Leader. June 2019
Served on advisory board, application review committee, and as mentor and instructor for inaugural weeklong
retreat for 8 writers. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Moravian College Writers’ Conference, Bethlehem, PA
Conference Organizer. February 2019
Organized and facilitated a one-day conference featuring a generative writing workshop and public reading
by featured presenter A.S. King, and a panel discussion on writing for young adults in an age of extremism

Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, Boston, MA
Freelance Prospect Researcher. August 2014–May 2018
Development Officer, Prospect Research. August 2010–April 2014
Researched, wrote, and presented reports on current and prospective major gift donors to the hospital in
support of a $1.5 billion fundraising campaign goal

Columbia Management (formerly RiverSource Investments), Cambridge, MA
Institutional Marketing Writer, Marketing Coordinator and Manager. October 2007–July 2010
Lead writer and reviewer for proposals marketing high-demand fixed income investment strategies to
sophisticated institutional investors, including public/government entities, corporations, and consultants, both
domestically and internationally

Putnam Investments, Boston, MA
Institutional Marketing Information Analyst. October 2005–September 2007
Wrote, edited, formatted, and proofread responses to requests for proposals supporting a variety of asset
classes, investment strategies, and distribution channels

Awards and Fellowships

2015 Alex Award, Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA)/American Library Association (ALA) (Bellweather Rhapsody)
2010 Must-Read Book, Massachusetts Center for the Book (This Must Be the Place)
2003-05 Merit-Based Graduate Assistantship, Emerson College
2002 Alan E. Cober Scholarship, SUNY Buffalo Art Department
2002 Phi Beta Kappa
1998-02 Distinguished Honors Scholarship, SUNY Buffalo

Memberships and Community Service

Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium Writing Community, Advisory Board
Bach Choir of Bethlehem, board member and chorister
Grub Street, member and instructor
Moravian College Writers’ Conference, Advisory Board
Association of Writers and Writing Programs, former member
Boston Book Festival, volunteer event producer



Diana Spechler

Diana Spechler

Partial list of publications: Who By Fire, Skinny, Essays in The New York Times, Paris Review, GQ, Esquire, and Tin House
Genres: Fiction
Awards: Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University, Orlando Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars Fellowship in Bulgaria


MFA in Creative Writing, University of Montana



Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008) and Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011), of the New York Times column Going Off, and of a forthcoming nonfiction book based on that column (Crown). She has written for GQ, Esquire, New York, Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Glimmer Train Stories, and many other publications. She won the Orlando Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation and has been awarded a number of residencies and fellowships, including a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University and a fellowship from the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria. Flavorwire named her one of "50 Writers You Need To See Read Live."


Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011)
Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008)

Selected Short Published Work

(2016) Among The Healers (Essay) New York Times
(2016) Men In Airport Bars Ask, “What Do You Do?” (Essay) Lenny Letter
(2015) Going Off (Column) New York Times
(2015) Why I Didn't Write Back (Essay) The Butter
(2015) How To Make Love In A Single Room Occupancy (Essay) PANK
(2014) The Matchmaker’s Mouth (Essay) Southern Review
(2014) Things She Said (Essay) Brevity
(2013) Eye-Gazing (Feature) The New York Observer
(2013) Touch (Essay) O, The Oprah Magazine
(2013) Too Shy To Date (Feature) Slate
(2012) Horror Story (Essay) Paris Review
(2012) Drugs, Sweat and Fear (Essay) The New York Times
(2012) My Klonopin Fog (Essay) Salon
(2012) Put Me In, Coach (Feature) GQ
(2011) They See Rich People (Feature) New York Magazine
(2011) The Cure for a Compulsive Helper (reprint) CNN Living
(2011) Selling A Second Novel (Essay) The Wall Street Journal
(2010) Should You Hire a Social Coach? (Essay) Details
(2009) No More Games (Essay) Nerve
(2009) Why Are You Drinking That? (Essay) Esquire Magazine
(2009) Proximity (Short story) Glimmer Train Stories

Honors and Awards

May 2015: 360 Xochi Quetzal Residency
March 2015: Orlando Prize in Creative Nonfiction/Room of Her Own Foundation
February 2015: San Miguel Writers' Conference Creative Nonfiction Award
Summer 2014: Baltimore Review Prize
May 2014: Visiting Artist at The Betsy Hotel
May 2013: Sozopol Fiction Seminars Fellowship
2012 – 2013: LABA Fellow
August 2005 - May 2006: Portsmouth Abbey School Writer-In-Residence Fellowship
August 2004 - May 2005: Steinbeck Fellowship, San Jose State University
June 2003: Writer-In-Residence at The Anderson Center

Teaching (abbreviated list)

2012 – present: Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio
2014 – present: Wounded Warrior Project
2008 – 2015: Gotham Writer’s Workshop
2007 - 2009: LIM College



David St. John

David St. John

Partial list of publications: The Auroras, The Face: A Novella in Verse, Prism, In the Pines: Lost Poems, Study for the World’s Body: New and Selected Poems, Terraces of Rain: An Italian Sketchbook, No Heaven, The Shore, Hush, Where the Angels Come Toward Us
Genres: Poetry and fiction
Awards: Recipient of many awards and fellowships, including The Prix de Rome Fellowship, The O.B. Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship, several National Endowments for the Arts, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts
Languages: English, French, Italian
Current residence: Venice, California


MFA in Creative Writing, The University of Iowa
BA in English (Creative Writing), California State University, Fresno



David St. John is an award-winning poet born in Fresno, California. St. John’s work has earned him some of the most prestigious awards for poets, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, several National Endowments for the Arts, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts. He has authored nine collections of poetry, including The Auroras, The Face: A Novella in Verse, Prism, In the Pines: Lost Poems, Study for the World’s Body: New and Selected Poems, Terraces of Rain: An Italian Sketchbook, No Heaven, The Shore, and Hush. St. John has also authored the collection of interviews and essays entitled Where the Angels Come Toward Us, and he has edited numerous poetry anthologies, including The Pushcart Book of Poetry and American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. His work has also appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Harper’s, and more. St. John has taught creative writing at Oberlin College and Johns Hopkins University and currently teaches at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching/Writing Fellow, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, The University of Iowa, 1973-74
  • Assistant Professor, Department of English, and Acting Director, Department of Creative Writing (Spring 1997), Oberlin College, 1975-77
  • Assistant Professor, The Writing Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University, 1977-81
  • Associate Professor, The Writing Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University, 1981-87
  • Professor, Department of English, The University of Southern California, 1987-present
  • Director of Creative Writing, The University of Southern California, 1994-2001
  • Director of PhD Program in Literature and Creative Writing, The University of Southern California, 2003-6

Awards & Honors

  • The Prix de Rome Fellowship
  • The O. B.  Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Winner, The Nation-Discovery ’75 Contest, sponsored by The Poetry Center of the 92nd Street YM-YWHA and The Nation Magazine; 1975.
  • The Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, awarded to HUSH as the best first book of poetry for 1976.
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry; 1976.
  • The Johns Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Poetry; 1977-78 (taken in 1978-79).
  • The James D. Phelan Prize, awarded by the San Francisco Foundation to the book THE SHORE; 1980.
  • Maryland Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry; 1980.
  • The Ingram Merrill Foundation grant in Poetry; 1984.
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry; 1984.
  • The Rome Fellowship in Literature (Prix de Rome), awarded by The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; 1984.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Award, University of Southern California, 1991-1992.
  • Creative Writing Faculty of the Year, USCChapter of the English Honor society of Sigma Tau Delta, 1993.
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, 1994.
  • Nomination: National Book Award in Poetry, 1994, for STUDY FOR THE WORLD’S BODY.
  • Nomination: The PEN West Prize in Poetry, 1994, for STUDY FOR THE WORLD’S BODY.
  • The Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize ($1,000) from The American Poetry Review, 1995.
  • Visiting Scholar, The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities,1998 (Spring/Summer).
  • Nomination: The Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry, 1999, for THE RED LEAVES OF NIGHT.
  • The Academy Award in Literature, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2000.
  • The O. B. Hardison Prize in Poetry (Career Achievement in Poetry and Teaching Prize), awarded by The Folger Shakespeare Library of Washington, D. C., 2001.

Professional Listings

  • The Centennial Directory of the American Academy in Rome The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poets
  • Contemporary Poets
  • Rome Society of Fellows


  • English, French, and Italian


Authored Books (Poetry)

  • THE AURORAS; HarperCollins Publishers, 2012
  • HUSH; Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976. Republished by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985.
  • THE SHORE; Houghton Mifflin Company, 1980.
  • NO HEAVEN; Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985.
  • TERRACES OF RAIN: An Italian Sketchbook (fine press edition with drawings by Antoine Predock); Recursos Books, Santa Fe Literary Arts Center, 1991.
  • STUDY FOR THE WORLD’S BODY: New and Selected Poems; HarperCollins 1994.
  • IN THE PINES: LOST POEMS, 1972-1997; White Pine Press, 1999.
  • THE RED LEAVES OF NIGHT; HarperCollins, 1999.
  • PRISM; Arctos Press, 2002.
  • THE FACE: A Novella in Verse; HarperCollins, 2004.

Edited Books (Poetry)

  • THE SELECTED LEVIS (The Poetry of Larry Levis), edited and with an afterward by David St. John. The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000.
  • AMERICAN HYBRID:A Norton Anthology of the New Poem, edited by David St. John and Cole Swensen. Norton (2008).

Books (Prose)

  • WHERE THE ANGELS COME TOWARD US: Selected Essays, Reviews, and Interviews;White Pine Press, 1995.

Limited Edition Books (Poetry)

  • FOR LEDIRA; The Penumbra Press, 1973.
  • THE OLIVE GROVE; W.D. Hoffstadt & Sons, 1980.
  • A FOLIO OF LOST WORLDS; Tropos Press, 1981.
  • THE MAN IN THE YELLOW GLOVES; The Penumbra Press, 1985.
  • THE ORANGE PIANO; Illuminati, 1987.
  • THE FIGURE YOU; Thornwillow Press, 1998.

Translation (Books)

  • GOD’S SHADOW, by Reza Baraheni, translated by the author, with David St. John, Burt Blume, & Michael Henderson. The University of Indiana Press, 1976.

Anthologies & Texts (Poetry)

The American Poetry Anthology (1975); The Pushcart Prize IV (1979); Writing Poems (1982, Second Edition 1987); To Make A Poem (1982); Love Stories/Love Poems: An Anthology (1982); The Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (1983, Second Edition 1989); The Heath Guide to Poetry (1983); Two Decades of New Poets (1984); Divided Light: Father and Son Poems (1984); New American Poets of the 80′s (1984); Songs From Unsung Worlds (1985); The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets (1985); Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms (1985); The Antaeus Anthology (1986) Piecework (1987); Vital Signs: Contemporary American Poetry From The University Presses (1989); The Best American Poetry of 1989 (1989); The Best American Poetry of 1990 (1990); The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature (1991); The Best American Poetry of 1991 (1991); New American Poets of the ’90s (1991); The Best American Poetry of 1992 (1992); One Hundred and One Poems of Romance (1992). Sweet Nothings (1993); The Sarjevo Anthology (1993); What Will Suffice: The Ars Poetica in Contemporary American Poetry (1994); Walk on the Wild Side (1994); Models of the Universe;(1994); Clare/Song (1994); The Pushcart Prize XX (1995); The Writing Path (1995); Grand Passion (1995); The Routledge Anthology of Cross-Gendered Verse (1995); Highway 99 (1996); An Invisible Ladder (1996); The Pushcart Prize XXII (1997); Leaving Home (1997); The Beach Book: A Literary Companion (1998); Outsiders (1998); The Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (1999); The Geography of Home: California and the Poetry of Place (1999); Orpheus and Company (1999); The Making of a Poem: An Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000); Lighthouse Poems (2000); The Body Electric: The Best Poetry From The American Poetry Review (2000); Contemporary American Poetry (2000). Motion: American Sports Poems (2000); Beyond the Valley of Contemporary Poets (2000); Contemporary American Poetry (7th Edition; 2001;8th Edition, 2006); How Much Earth (2001); Poets of the New Century (2001); September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond (2002); Poems of the American West (2002); Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast (2002); So Luminous The WIildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets (2003); The Misread City: New Literary Los Angeles (2003);Against Constraints: POETS FOR PEACE ANTHOLOGY (2003); Old Glory: American War Poems from the Revolutionary War to the War in Iraq (2004); The Best Of Poetry Daily (2004); The Janitor at Radio City Music Hall (2005); The Imaginary Poets (2005); Poetry Calender 2006 (2005); Range of Voices (2005); Cloud View Poets (2005); Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience (2005); Words Brushed By Music (2005); The Face of Poetry (2005); Literature: The Human Experience, Ninth Edition (2005); Francis and Clare in Poetry (2005); Lineas Conectados: Nueva poesia de los Estados Unidos (2006); American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006); Third Rail The Poetry of Rock and Roll (2007); American Poets Against the War (2009).

Anthologies, Text or Essay Collections (Prose)

Charles Wright: A Profile (1979); Poets Teaching (1980); Acts of Mind: Conversations With Contemporary Poets (1983); 45 Contemporary Poets: The Creative Process (1985); Contemporary Literary Criticism (1985); The Day I Was Older: Essays on Donald Hall (1989); Conversant Essays: Contemporary Poets On Poetry (1990); Under Discussion: Philip Levine (1990); Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (1990); Creative Writing in America: Theory and Pedagogy (1990); Giving Sorrow Words (1990); The Practice of Poetry (1992); The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry in English (1994); So the Wind Won’t Blow It Away (1995); The Point Where All Things Meet (1995); The Point Where All Things Meet: Essays on Charles Wright (1995); Writing It Down For James: Writers on Craft (1995); Poets Reading: The FIELD Symposia (1999); Writing in Flow, (1999). City Secrets: Rome (2000); “Forward,” The Gazer Within: The Selected Prose of Larry Levis,” University of Michigan Press, (2000); “The Poetry of Philip Levine,” Contemporary Literary Criticism, Gale Research, (2002); “Larry Levis: An Afterward”; A Condition of the Spirit: The Life and Work of Larry Levis (2004); “Introduction,” Cloud View Poets (2005); The Imaginary Poets (2005); Poets On Place (2005); High Lonesome: On the Poetry of Charles Wright (2005); Lasting: Poems on Aging (2005);Dark Horses:: Poets on Overlooked Poems (2007); Chafrles Wright in Conversation: Interviews 1979-2006 (2008).

Public Art

  • Poetry carved into marble. Lobby. The Junipero Serra Building, State of California General Services, Bldg. Los Angeles.

Magazines (Poetry Published in)

The New Yorker, Poetry, Antaeus, The Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Field, The Partisan Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Boulevard, The Antioch Review and many others.

Essays, Articles & Reviews in Newspapers & Journals

Parnassus, The American Poetry Review, The Washington Post Book World, The Seneca Review, The Antioch Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book World,Field, Open Places, Quarry west, Denver Quarterly,Los Angeles Magazine, The Western Humanities Review and others.

Musical Settings of Poems/Musical Collaborations

  • Setting of the poem “Shadow” by famed composer David Diamond, 1977.
  • “Winter Fires,” song collaboration with Peter Byrne (from the band Naked Eyes) on the solo album The Real Illusion, 2001 A Different Drum/PJB Music.
  • “The Village,” a setting of two poems by David St. John by composer Donald Crockett; premiered in Germany by the Hilliard Ensemble, February 23, 2005.
  • The Face, a chamber opera with libretto by David St. John (based on the book of poems:The Face: A Novella in Verse) and composed by Donald Crockett, 2008.

Additional Professional Experience

  • Assistant Poetry Editor: The Iowa Review, 1974-75.
  • Associate Editor: Field, 1975-77.
  • Associate Editor: The Seneca Review, 1977-81.
  • Poetry Editor: Intro II, AWP. 1980.
  • Preliminary Judge: The Walt Whitman Award of The Academy of American Poets, 1982.
  • Consultant in Poetry, United States Military Academy, 1982-94.
  • Consultant in Poetry for Wesleyan University Press, 1982-90.
  • Contributing Editor: Poet & critic, 1981-89.
  • Poetry Editor: The Antioch Review, 1981-96.
  • Editor: Poets and Poetry: A Special Issue, The Antioch Review(Winter, 1987).
  • Guest Editor: Poetry Pilot (Academy of American Poets) March,1987.
  • Editor: Poetry Today, The Antioch Review (Summer, 1990).
  • Poetry Book Review Editor: The Antioch Review, 1981-1996.
  • Chair: Judging Committee for the PEN Center West Prize in Poetry,1991.
  • Judge/Master Poet for Ruth Lilly Scholarship, 1991.
  • Editor: Poets and Poetry: A Special Issue, The Antioch Review,(Winter, 1994).
  • Judge: “Discovery”/ The Nation Prize, 1994.
  • Judge: The Lamont Poetry Prize/James Laughlin Prize, The Academy of American Poets, 1994-1996.
  • Co-Editor for Poetry, Pushcart Prize XIX, Best of the Small Presses, 1994.
  • Judge: Poetry Society of America, Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award, 1995.
  • Chair, James Laughlin Prize Committee, The Academy of American Poets, 1996.
  • Editor at Large, The Antioch Review, 1996-currently.
  • National Advisory Committee, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Foundation, 1997-currently.
  • National Advisory Committee, Idyllwild Arts Foundation, 1998-currently.
  • National Advisory Board, California Poetry Series, Clapperstick Institute, 1998-currently.
  • Judge, The Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, 1998.
  • National Advisory Board, The Academy of American Poets Poetry Book Club, 1998-currently.
  • Judge (Chair): Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry, 1997-1999.
  • Judge, The Ann Stanford Prize, The Southern California Anthology, 1998.
  • Chair, James Laughlin Prize Committee, The Academy of American Poets, 1998.
  • Advisory Editor, The Academy of American Poets Poetry Book Club, 1998-present.
  • Judge (Chair); Poetry; Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2005-2008.
  • Hurst Professor in Creative Writing, Washington University, St. Louis, 2005.
  • Visiting Poet, Stadler Poetry Center Summer Seminar, Bucknell University, 2005.
  • Contributing Editor, West Branch, 2005-present.
  • Editor, Winter 2005-2006, Ploughshares (poems and stories).
  • Editor, The Ash Tree Poetry Series, for Tebot Bach Press, 2005-present.
  • Editor, represented in The Pushcart Book of Poetry, 2006.
  • Judge (Chair): Poetry: PEN USA Prize in Poetry, 2006-2007.
  • Judge, Felix Pollack and Brittingham Poetry Prizes, University of Wisconsin Press, 2006.
  • Judge (Panel Member) for The National Book Award in Poetry, 2006-2007.
  • Judge, Patricia Bibby First Book Prize, Tebot Bach Press, 2006-present.
  • The Elliston Chair in Poetry, University of Cincinnati, 2007.
  • Mentor, Emerging Voices Program, PEN USA, 2007.
Peter Streckfus

Peter Streckfus

Partial list of publications: Errings, The Cuckoo
Genres: Poetry
Awards:  Editorial Director: Poetry Daily, Yale Series of Younger Poets, Faculty Research and Development Award Recipient: George Mason University, Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature, POL Editor’s Prize
Current residence: Fairfax, Virginia


MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry, George Mason University
BA with honors, majoring in English and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin



Peter Streckfus is the author of two poetry books: Errings, winner of Fordham University Press’s 2013 POL Editor’s Prize, and The Cuckoo, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2003. His poems appear in journals such as The Chicago Review, The New Republic, Seattle Review, and Slate. His awards include fellowships and grants from the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, the Peter S. Reed Foundation, the University of Alabama, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy in Rome where he is a Fellow in Literature. He lives in the Washington DC area with his wife, poet and translator Heather Green, and is on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at George Mason University.


David Heska Wanbli Weiden

David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Partial list of publications: Winter Counts 
Genres: Fiction
Awards: Nominated for the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Barry Award, Thriller Award, Macavity Award, Shamus Award, Reading the West Award, VCU Cabell First Novel Award, High Plains Book Award, Colorado Book Award, and the Hammett Prize
Current residence: Highlands Ranch, CO


MFA, Creative Writing. Institute of American Indian Arts
Ph.D., Government. University of Texas at Austin
J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1989



David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, is the author of the novel Winter Counts (Ecco, 2020), nominated for the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Barry Award, Thriller Award, Macavity Award, Shamus Award, Reading the West Award, VCU Cabell First Novel Award, High Plains Book Award, Colorado Book Award, and the Hammett Prize. The book was the winner of the Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery Novel, the Spur Award for Best Contemporary Novel, and the Tillie Olsen Award.The novel was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, main selection of the Book of the Month Club, an Indie Next pick, and named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and other magazines. His short fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, ShenandoahYellow Medicine Review and other magazines. He has short stories appearing or forthcoming in the anthologies Denver Noir, Midnight Hour, and This Time for Sure. Weiden is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, a Ragdale Foundation residency, the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, and was a Tin House Scholar. He lives in Denver, Colorado, with his family. More information at


Full Professor (tenured) of Native American Studies and Political Science, Metropolitan State University of Denver; 2013-present


Instructor, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver, Colorado; 2018-present
Visiting Faculty, Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA Program in Writing & Publishing; fall, 2020


WINTER COUNTS.  Novel, August 2020 (Ecco/HarperCollins)
Award nominations:  Edgar Award; Anthony Award; Hammett Prize; Barry Award; Thriller Award; Reading the West Award; VCU Cabell First Novel Award; High Plains Book Award; Colorado Book Award; Goodreads Choice Award Semifinalist; Book by the Year nominee by Book of the Month Club
Award winner:  Spur Award for Best Contemporary Novel and Best First Novel, Western Writers of America; Lefty Award for Best First Novel; Tillie Olsen Creative Writing Award
HonorsNew York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; Book of the Month Club main selection; named a Best Book of 2020 by 12 publications, including NPR, Publishers       Weekly, Library Journal, and Amazon; Best Books of August by Apple Books/Best Audiobooks of August; Indie Next Great Reads selection; BuzzFeed Book Club November selection; AWP Virtual Book Club selection
Reviews:  Rave/positive reviews in two dozen publications, including New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, L.A. Times, and Publishers Weekly (starred).

WOUNDED HORSE.  Novel, under contract/forthcoming 2022 (Ecco/HarperCollins)

Both novels to be published in France by Gallmeister Editions; Germany by Polar Verlag; United Kingdom by Simon & Schuster UK; Turkey by Ithaki; Poland by Tipi; and Japan by Hayakawa. Large print edition of WINTER COUNTS published by Wheeler/Thorndike.

SPOTTED TAIL.  Children’s book, 2019 (Reycraft Books)

Winner of the 2020 Spur Award by the Western Writers of America; official selection      for the state of South Dakota for the 2020 National Book Festival; finalist for the 2020 Colorado Book Awards for Juvenile Literature

Short stories and creative nonfiction:

“Colfax and Havana.” Denver Noir anthology, forthcoming 2022 from Akashic Books.

“Hooch.” HarperCollins European crime anthology, forthcoming 2022.

“Turning Heart.” Bouchercon 2021 anthology, This Time for Sure, forthcoming 2021.

“Skin.” Midnight Hour anthology, forthcoming September, 2021 from Crooked Lane Books.

“Carlisle Longings.” 2019. Shenandoah. Vol. 69 (1).

“Spork.” 2016. Transmotion. Vol. 2 (1 & 2).

“Sourtoe.” 2014. Tribal College Journal. Vol. 26 (1): 52.

“Winter Counts.” 2014. Yellow Medicine Review. Spring 2014: 181.

“Saltines.” 2012. Criminal Class Review. Vol. 5: 191.

“Apollo.” 2010. Foundling Review. 2010 (Issue 3).

Other nonfiction and essays:

“This 19th-Century Law Helps Shape Criminal Justice in Indian Country.” New York Times.  July 19, 2020.  Reprinted in Salt Lake Tribune, July 20, 2020.

“Distractions,” Poisoned Pen blog, August 19, 2020.

“Seven Essential Native American Crime Novels,” The Strand Magazine, September 5, 2020.

“Why Indigenous Crime Fiction Matters,” CrimeReads, September 9, 2020.


MFA, Creative Writing. Institute of American Indian Arts, 2018

Ph.D., Government. University of Texas at Austin, 2007

J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 1992

B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1989


AWP Mentor for emerging indigenous writers, 2020

Vermont Studio Center fellowship, forthcoming when pandemic subsides

Ragdale Foundation residency, summer 2019

MacDowell Fellow, June 2018

PEN/America, Writing for Justice Fellowship, 2018

Tin House Summer Workshop Scholar, summer 2019

VONA Workshop, 2017

Shortlist, Briarpatch Creative Nonfiction Award, 2019

Longlist, PRISM International Creative Nonfiction Award, 2018

Fiction Editor, Anomaly, journal of international literature and arts, 2018-2020

Winner, fiction category, Tribal College Journal writing contest, 2014


Fiction editor, Anomaly, Journal of Literature and the Arts,

Book review editor, Indigenous Policy Journal,


“Tribute to Adrian C. Louis.” Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, 2020.“Outsiders in Minority Fiction: When You’re From Where You’re Not Supposed to Be.” Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, 2019.

“Native American and Latino Fiction: Intersections in Narrative as Form and Force.” Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, 2018.

“No One Thinks They’re Racist: Conscious and Unconscious Bias and Racism in MFA Programs.”  Panel organizer/chair and presenter, Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, 2017.

“Spaceships and Detectives: Native American Fiction and the Literary Genre Novel.”  Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, 2017.

“Rewriting the Iconic West: Native and Latino Writers on Crafting Change.” Association of Writers & Writing Programs meeting, 2016.

“Situating Vizenor’s Chair of Tears in the Canon of Academic Novels.”  Presented at the Native American Literature Symposium, 2015.

“Red Noir: Examining the Possibilities for Indigenous Crime Literature.”  Presented at the Native American Literature Symposium, Minneapolis, MN, March 2014.


Michelle Brower, Aevitas Creative Management (literary)

Kristina Moore and Ryan Wilson, Anonymous Content (film and television representation)


Enrolled member, Sicangu Lakota nation (Rosebud Sioux Tribe)


Active member: International Thriller Writers; Mystery Writers of America; Western Writers of America

Member: Association of Writers & Writing Programs; PEN America; Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers