Sewanee Writers' Conference

The Conference


Dan Albergotti

Dan Albergotti is the author of The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008) and Millennial Teeth (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), as well as a limited-edition chapbook, The Use of the World (Unicorn Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Five Points, The Southern Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and he has received two Pushcart Prizes. Albergotti is a professor of English at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Malachi Black

Malachi Black is the author of Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and a selection for the PSA’s New American Poets Series. Black’s poems appear in a number of journals and anthologies and have been recognized by several fellowships and awards. He is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of San Diego. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Rachel Cantor

Rachel Cantor is the author of the novel A Highly Unlikely Scenario (Melville House, 2014) and the forthcoming novel, Good on Paper (Melville House, 2016). Her stories have appeared in the Paris Review, One Story, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Fence, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is completing another novel. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Sheila Carter-Jones

Sheila Carter-Jones is a fellow of both Cave Canem and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. Her manuscript Three Birds Deep was selected by Elizabeth Alexander as the 2012 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Book Award. Crooked Star Dream Book was runner-up for the 2013 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. Sheila lives the dream of all the domestic working women in her home town. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

George David Clark

George David Clark is the author of Reveille, winner of the Miller Williams Prize. His most recent poems can be found in The Believer, Blackbird, FIELD, Measure, The Yale Review, Verse Daily, and Poetry Daily. The editor of 32 Poems, he has held the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship at Colgate University, the Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship at Valparaiso University, and now teaches as an assistant professor at Washington and Jefferson College. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Brandon Courtney

Brandon Courtney served in the United States Navy (Operation Enduring Freedom). He is currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Boston Review, American Literary Review, American Poetry Review, PN Review, The Journal, Cream City Review, and 32 Poems. Brandon is the author of The Grief Muscles (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2014) and Rooms for Rent in the Burning City (Spark Wheel Press, 2015). (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust received the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award and recent fellowships from The Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her books include Paradise Drive (2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry), God, Seed (2010 Foreword BOTY award) and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (2008 Many Mountains Moving Prize). Foust earned her MFA from Warren Wilson in 2010 and is the Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change and an assistant editor for Narrative. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger is a playwright, teaching artist, and dramaturg. Her comedy, “Trish Tinkler Gets Saved,” will premiere at the 2015 Women’s Voices Festival in DC. Her play Skin & Bone won Best New Play at the 2014 Philadelphia Critics Awards and was nominated for the Blackburn Prize. Her 2012 drama, Slip/Shot, won the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play, was nominated for the Weissberger Award and developed at PlayPenn and the Lark's Playwrights' Week. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Jesse Goolsby

Jesse Goolsby is the author of the novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them. He is the recipient of the John Gardner Memorial Prize in Fiction, the Richard Bausch Short Story Prize, and a distinguished fellowship from the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. He serves as Fiction Editor for War, Literature & the Arts and Nonfiction Editor for The Southeast Review. Goolsby lives with his family in Tallahassee, Florida. (Walter E. Dakin Fellowship)

Christian Kiefer

Christian Kiefer is the Pushcart Prize-winning author of the novels The Animals (Liveright / W.W. Norton) and The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury). He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis and serves on the faculty of American River College. In addition to writing, he has spent many years writing, producing, and recording music. He lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada northeast of Sacramento, California with his wife and sons. (Father William Ralston Fellow)

Gary Leising

Gary Leising’s full-length collection of poetry, The Alp at the End of My Street, won the 2012 Brick Road Poetry Prize and was published in 2014. He is also the author of three chapbooks of poems, Fastened to a Dying Animal, published by Pudding House Press and Temple of Bones from Finishing Line Press, and The Girl with the JAKE Tattoo from Two of Cups Press. He lives in Clinton, New York, with his wife and two sons, and he is professor of English at Utica College. (William E. Dakin Fellow)

Kelly Luce

Kelly Luce's story collection,Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, won the 2013 Foreword Review’s Editors Choice Prize in Fiction. Her work has appeared in O Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, Electric Literature, The Southern Review, and other magazines. She’s the editorial assistant for the O. Henry Prize anthology and editor-in-chief of Bat City Review. Her debut novel, Pull Me Under, is forthcoming from FSG. She hails from Illinois and lives in Santa Cruz, California. (John N. Wall Fellow)

Monica McFawn

Monica McFawn’s story collection, Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won a Flannery O’Connor Award and was named a Michigan Notable Book and an NPR “Great Read.” Her stories have appeared in journals such as Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review and others, and her screenplays and plays have had readings in New York and Chicago. She is also author of A Catalogue of Rare Movements, a poetry/art chapbook. She teaches writing at Northern Michigan University. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Matt W. Miller

Matt W. Miller is the author of Club Icarus, winner of the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, as well as the collection Cameo Diner: Poems. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, his work has appeared in Slate, Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Southwest Review, Florida Review, Third Coast, The Rumpus, Poetry Daily, and other journals. He teaches and coaches at Phillips Exeter Academy where he also directs The Writers’ Workshop at Exeter. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Sarah Rose Nordgren

Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of Best Bones (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Among her awards are two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and the James Wright Poetry Prize. Native to North Carolina, Nordgren teaches in the English department at Miami University of Ohio and lives in Cincinnati. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Rajesh Parameswaran

Rajesh Parameswaran is the author of the short story collection I Am an Executioner: Love Stories (Knopf 2012). His work has appeared in The Best American Magazine Writing, Fiction, Granta, McSweeney’s, and Zoetrope: All-Story. He has been honored with a National Magazine Award; a fellowship from the NEA; and residencies at: the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers; the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard; the MacDowell Colony; the Ucross Foundation; and Yaddo. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho is the author of the short story collection Barefoot Dogs (Scribner) from Toluca, Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Texas Monthly, Salon, Etiqueta Negra, and elsewhere. He's a former Journalism Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a Dobie Paisano Fellow in Fiction from the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Natalie Serber

Natalie Serber is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times 100 “Notable Book” of 2012. Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Gulf Coast, Hunger Mountain, The Rumpus, Fourth Genre, Salon and The Oregonian. Natalie received her MFA from Warren Wilson College.  She teaches writing in Portland, Oregon and is currently working on a novel. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Jason Skipper

Jason Skipper is the author of the novel Hustle, which was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in Hotel Amerika and South Writ Large, and he has received awards and recognition from Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, and Crab Orchard Review. He teaches creative writing and literature at Pacific Lutheran University and lives in Tacoma, Washington. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Matt Sumell

Matt Sumell is the author of Making Nice, and his short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire, One Story, Electric Literature, Noon, and elsewhere. A graduate of UC Irvine’s MFA Program in Writing, he currently lives in Los Angeles where he’s at work on a novel. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Catherine Trieschmann

Catherine Trieschmann’s plays include Crooked, How the World Began, Hot Georgia Sunday, The Most Deserving, and Holy Laughter. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway, Off-West End and in regional theaters around the country. She’s the recipient of the Weissberger Award and the Otis Guernsey Award from the Inge Theater Festival. Her work is published by Samuel French in the U.S. and Methuen in the U.K. She lives in a small town in Western Kansas. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)