Sewanee Writers' Conference

The Conference


James Arthur

James Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Poetry, The New Republic, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. James lives in Baltimore with his family and teaches at Johns Hopkins University. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.

Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry of the University of Utah Press for his first book manuscript, Scrap Iron. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Antioch Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Copper Nickel, Southern Humanities Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Carlene Bauer

Carlene Bauer is the author of the novel Frances and Bernard (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and the memoir Not That Kind of Girl (HarperCollins). Her writing has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, n+1, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, Salon, and Elle. (John N. Wall Fellow)

Karen Engelmann

Karen Engelmann was raised in Iowa, then pursued a career in illustration and graphics in Sweden and New York City. She authored and designed four books between 1997 and 2000, and received an MFA|CW from Goddard College in 2009. Her thesis project, The Stockholm Octavo, was published by Ecco Press in 2012 and has been translated to 14 languages. Karen’s writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Powell’s, Broad Street and other online sites. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Pamela Erens

Pamela Erens is the author of two novels, The Understory (Ironweed Press, 2007; reissue Tin House Books, 2014), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and The Virgins (Tin House Books, 2013), a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the John Gardner Book Award, and a New Yorker, New Republic, Salon, and Library Journal Best Book of 2013. Erens lives in New Jersey. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Kerry James Evans

Kerry James Evans is the author of Bangalore (Copper Canyon, 2013). He received his Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and his MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He has been featured in The New York Times, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Agni, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Alan Grostephan

Alan Grostephan is the editor and translator of Stories of Life and Death, a collection of writing from emerging Colombian writers, and the author of Bogotá, a novel long-listed for the Pen/Robert W. Bingham Prize and chosen by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best ten books of fiction in 2013. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Chloe Honum

Chloe Honum is the author of The Tulip-Flame, selected by Tracy K. Smith as winner of the 2013 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. Honum was born in Santa Monica, California, and was raised in Auckland, New Zealand. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Alta Ifland

Alta Ifland grew up in Romania and currently lives in Northern California. A former French lecturer, she now works as a full time writer and book reviewer. She is the author of two books of prose poems—Voice of Ice (awarded the Louis Guillaume Prize) and The Snail’s Song— and two collections of short stories— Death-in-a-Box (the Subito Press Fiction Prize) and Elegy for a Fabulous World (a Northern California Book Award finalist). (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Luis Jaramillo

Luis Jaramillo is the author of The Doctor’s Wife, winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest, an Oprah Book of the Week, and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2012. His work has appeared in Open City, Tin House Magazine, and H.O.W. Journal. He is the Director of the Writing Program at The New School in New York City. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

TJ Jarrett

TJ Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tennessee. Her recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry, African American Review, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, DIAGRAM, Third Coast, VQR, West Branch and others. Her debut collection Ain’t No Grave (finalist for the 2013 Balcones Prize) is published with New Issues Press (2013). Her second collection Zion (winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition 2013) will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in the fall of 2014. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Cheri Magid

Cheri Magid is a 2013-14 Audrey Resident at New Georges and a member of the Dorothy Strelsin Writers’ Group at Primary Stages. She has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, the Keen Company and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and published by Playscripts, Indie Theatre Now and Smith and Kraus. She wrote Story of D for Nicole Kidman and is developing a pilot, Hamtown, with Julie Powell (Julie and Julia). (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Rose McLarney

Rose McLarney has published two collections of poems, Its Day Being Gone (Penguin Books)— winner of the National Poetry Series— and The Always Broken Plates of Mountains (Four Way Books). Rose has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and Bread Loaf and the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award. Rose earned her MFA from Warren Wilson and has taught at the college. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Oklahoma State University. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

David James Poissant

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals: Stories (Simon & Schuster, 2014). His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Mark Powell

Mark Powell is the author of four novels including The Sheltering, forthcoming in July. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, the Collegeville Center, and the Vaclav Havel Fellowship in Playwriting to the Prague Summer Program. An Associate Professor of English at Stetson University in Florida, he will spend the coming academic year as a Fulbright Fellow in Slovakia. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Anna Ross

Anna Ross is the author of If a Storm (winner of the 2012 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry). Her work has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Guernica, Barrow Street, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Southwest Review, Salamander, Southern Poetry Review, The American Reader, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships and fellowships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and is a poetry editor for both Salamander and Consequence Magazine. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

James Scott

James Scott is the author of the novel The Kept, which received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus, and was an Indies Introduce and Indie Next Pick, as well as an Amazon Best Book of the Month. His short fiction has appeared in journals such as One Story, Ploughshares, and American Short Fiction. He currently lives in western Massachusetts. (Father William Ralston Fellow)

Diana Stahl

Diana Stahl is a playwright and actor. Her play Helping People had development in IRT’s 3B Series, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and was a 2013 O’Neill Semi-Finalist. East Colfax was commissioned for Rising Phoenix Rep’s CINO Series with development with The New Group. Her newest play The Drill was developed with Stable Cable and The New Group. She is a 2014 finalist for the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Stefanie Wortman

Stefanie Wortman's first book, In the Permanent Collection, was selected for the Vassar Miller Prize and published by the University of North Texas Press. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Yale Review, Boston Review, Southwest Review, Pleiades, and other journals. She currently teaches at Rhode Island College. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)