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TIMOTHY DONNELLY is the author of the poetry collections Twenty-seven Props for a Production of EineLebenszeit and The Cloud Corporation, winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in Fence, Harper's, Iowa Review, The Paris Review, and others. A 2013 featured writer for Harriet, he’s been awarded grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York State Writers Institute. He is poetry editor of Boston Review and teaches in the Writing Program of Columbia University's School of the Arts. Read a review or read a poem.

DOROTHEA LASKY is the author of the poetry collections Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, and the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project, and Matter: A Picturebook. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and elsewhere. Awarded a Bagley Wright Fellowship in 2013, she has taught poetry at New York University, Wesleyan University, and Bennington College. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts. Read an interview or listen to some poems.

EVIE SHOCKLEY's most recent book of poetry, the new black, won the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry. She is the author of the poetry collection a half-red sea, two chapbooks, and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. From 2007-2011, she co-edited jubilat; she now serves as poetry editor for Feminist Studies and contributing or advisory editor for At Length, Lemon Hound, Backbone Poetry Journal, and The Volta’s “Evening Will Come” poetics journal. Recipient of the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize, Shockley teaches at Rutgers University. Read some poems or listen to her read at pennsound.

DARA WIER's newest book is You Good Thing from Wave Books. Guggenheim and NEA awards have supported her work and she edits for Factory Hollow Press, an independent publisher located at Flying Object in Hadley, Massachusetts. She co-founded and co-directs the Juniper Initiative for the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts where she is on the permanent poetry faculty. Read an interview or her visit her blog, INSIDE UNDIVIDED, about writing and reading


RON HANSEN is the author of eight novels, including Desperadoes, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mariette in Ecstasy, Hitler’s Niece, Exiles, and most recently A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories, and A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith & Fiction. Twice nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award, he was a finalist for the National Book Award for his novel Atticus, and is a recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He is Director of Creative Writing at Santa Clara University where he is the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities. Check out his author page or read an excerpt of his novel.

NOY HOLLAND's collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First, What Begins with Bird, and The Spectacle of the Body. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, she is a professor in the University of Massachusetts MFA Program. She serves on the Board of Directors for the independent press Fiction Collective Two. With Dara Wier and Lisa Olstein she co-founded the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. Read an interview or an excerpt from a story.

JOY WILLIAMS is the author of four novels, including The Quick and the Dead, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and three collections of stories. Ill Nature, a book of essays, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the short story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has taught at the Universities of Houston, Florida, Iowa, and Arizona. Read a short story or an interview.


Paul Lisicky

PAUL LISICKY is the author of the novels Lawnboy and The Burning House; a memoir, Famous Builder; and Unbuilt Projects, a collection of short prose. A new memoir, The Narrow Door, is forthcoming in 2014. He is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/ Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He is the New Voices Professor at Rutgers University and he teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. Follow his blog or watch a video.

Poets and Writers in Residence

BRIAN BALDI'S fiction and poetry have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Denver Quarterly, Fairy Tale Review, ZYZZYVA, Encyclopedia Project, and Fourteen Hills. He is the author of the chapbook “Lunar Asparagus,” and his work has been anthologized in “Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales" (Wayne State University Press) and “DZANC Best of the Web 2010” (DZANC Books). He has taught at UMass Amherst and Marlboro College, and works in the UMass Amherst Center for Teaching & Faculty Development.

DAVID BARTONE'S first book, Practice on Mountains, was selected for the 2013 Sawtooth Poetry Prize by Dan Beachy-Quick, for publication with Ahsahta Press (2014). Poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Mountain Gazette, VOLT, jubilat and others. He is a former assistant director of the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and he has his MFA from UMass Amherst, where his is faculty at University Without Walls.

MARY CAPONEGRO is the author of Tales From the Next Village, The Star Café, Five Doubts, The Complexities of Intimacy, and All Fall Down. She is the recipient of The Rome Prize in Literature, The General Electric Award, The Charles Flint Kellogg Award, and The Bruno Arcudi Award. She has taught at Brown, RISD, The Institute of American Indian Arts, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Syracuse University, and Bard College, where she holds the Richard B. Fisher Family Chair in Writing and Literature. Read an interview with her or visit her author page.

THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS is the author of Skin, Inc. and The Maverick Room, which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and a recipient of a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award. His poems and photographs have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001 and 2010), Grand Street, The Baffler, jubilat, Tin House, Poetry, and The Nation. He is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency M.F.A Program, and a Cave Canem faculty member. Read a poem or an interview.

PETER GIZZI is the author of Threshold Songs, The Outernationale, Some Values of Landscape and Weather, Artificial Heart, and Periplum and other poems 1987-1992. His editing projects include The House that Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer, The Exact Change Yearbook, and o-blek: a journal of language arts. He is the recipient of the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the Foundation of Contemporary Arts. He teaches poetry in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts. Read an interview or visit his website.

ANDREA LAWLOR, a recent graduate of UMass Amherst's MFA program and erstwhile publisher of Pocket Myths, teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College, edits fiction for Fence, and has been awarded fellowships by Lambda Literary and Radar Labs. Lawlor's writing has appeared in jubilat, The Brooklyn Rail, Faggot Dinosaur, MiPOesias, The Millions, Mutha, and Encyclopedia, Vol. II.

SABINA MURRAY is the author of Tales from the New World, Forgery, A Carnivore's Inquiry, Slow Burn, and The Caprices, which was awarded the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award. Her stories are included in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and Charlie Chan is Dead II: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian Fiction. She wrote the screenplay for Beautiful Country. She is a former Bunting Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and a recipient of the Fred Brown Award for the Novel and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches fiction in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts. Visit her website or listen to her discuss her inspiration.

LEIGH NEWMAN is the author of the memoir Still Points North about growing up in the wilds of Alaska. Her stories and essays have appeared in One Story, Tin House, The New York Times, Real Simple, Vogue, Bookforum, and other magazines. She has received fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, The Edward Albee Institute, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Read an interview with her or read an essay.

JAMES TATE is the author of seventeen books of poetry and several collections of prose, including Eternal Ones of the Dream: Later Selected Poems, The Ghost Soldiers, Return to the City of White Donkeys, Memoir of the Hawk, and The Route as Briefed. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award, he has served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches poetry in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts. Read a poem or listen to him read.

ARISA WHITE is the author of the poetry collections A Penny Saved and Hurrah's Nest, and chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon. Co-editor for HER KIND, an online literary community powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and the editorial manager for Dance Studio Life magazine, she has received residencies, fellowships, or scholarships from Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and many others. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005, her poetry has been widely published and is featured on the recording WORD with the Jessica Jones Quartet. Visit her website or read a poem.

LENI ZUMAS is the author of the story collection Farewell Navigator and the novel The Listeners, which was a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award. Her fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Open City, Salt Hill, New Orleans Review, New York Tyrant, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Portland State University. Read an interview with her or read a review.