Sewanee Writers' Conference

The Conference

Our Staff

Megan Roberts

Megan Roberts

Megan Roberts is the Sewanee Writers’ Conference administrator. A 2003 graduate of the University of the South, she received her MFA in fiction from the Sewanee School of Letters in 2013. She lives in Sewanee with her husband, Haynes, and their daughters, Millie and Jane.


Phone: 931-598-1141

Adam Latham

Adam Latham

Adam Latham, admissions and creative writing administrator of the Sewanee Writers' Conference, graduated from the University of the South and attended the Conference as a Sewanee Scholar in fiction. He holds a master's degree in publishing from New York University, where he received the Oscar Dystel Fellowship. His publishing and marketing experience includes working as director of development for Folio Literary Management.

Phone: 931-598-1654

Amy Arthur

Amy Arthur

Amy Arthur’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Birmingham Poetry Review, Unsplendid, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from Johns Hopkins University, where she works as an editorial assistant to The Hopkins Review. During the summer she serves as Summer Director for the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference.

Elisa Faison

Elisa Faison

Elisa Faison is a PhD student studying post-1945 American prose and poetry at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She attended the University of the South, where she worked on staff at the University Writing Center and the Sewanee School of Letters. After graduating in 2011, she attended the Conference as a Sewanee Scholar in playwriting. She currently teaches Rhetoric and Composition at UNC and works as a forum editor for Ethos Review

Sam Fox

Sam Fox

Samuel Fox is an assistant at the Union Literary Agency in New York and previously served as an intern with The Paris Review. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of the South, where he worked on staff at the Sewanee School of Letters, the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference, and the University Writing Center.

Daniel Groves

Daniel Groves

Daniel Groves is the author of The Lost Boys (VQR Poetry Series/University of Georgia Press, 2010). His poems have appeared in Paris Review, Yale Review, Poetry, and elsewhere.

Jonathan Bohr Heinen

Jonathan Bohr Heinen

Jonathan Bohr Heinen's writing has appeared in the Florida Review, Arroyo, and Cimarron Review. He teaches writing and publishing courses at the College of Charleston, where he is the managing editor of Crazyhorse

Hastings Hensel

Hastings Hensel

Hastings Hensel is the author of a chapbook, Control Burn. His poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Cave Wall, 32 Poems, Gray's Sporting Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in Murrells Inlet, SC and teaches at Coastal Carolina University. He is also the recipient of the 2014 South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship in Poetry.

Gwen E. Kirby

Gwen E. Kirby

Gwen E. Kirby holds an MFA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University and this fall she will begin her PhD in creative writing at the University of Cincinnati. Her stories have been finalists for the Zoetrope: All Story and the Indiana Review short fiction competitions. She also works for the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference.

Emilia Phillips

Emilia Phillips

Emilia Phillips is the author of Signaletics (University of Akron Press, 2013) and three chapbooks. Her poems appear in Agni, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She's received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center. She is the prose editor of 32 Poems and has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and Gettysburg College. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Chris Poole

Chris Poole

Chris Poole is from Harrison, Tennessee and graduated from the University of the South in 2011 with a degree in English and Russian. His stories have been published by Waccamaw and He is currently an MFA student studying fiction at Emerson College, where he will also teach in the First-Year Writing Program this fall.

Melissa Range

Melissa Range

Melissa Range’s first book of poems, Horse and Rider (Texas Tech University Press, 2010), won the 2010 Walt McDonald Prize in Poetry. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Image, Ecotone, Subtropics, Birmingham Poetry Review, and other journals. Beginning in fall 2014, she will be an assistant professor of English at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

Thomas Sanders

Thomas Sanders

Thomas Sanders graduated from The University of the South and was a 2012 Sewanee Scholar in fiction. He works for The Sewanee Review as the 2013-14 Aiken Taylor Intern.

Adam Vines

Adam Vines

Adam Vines is an assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review. He has published recent poems or has poems forthcoming in Poetry, Southwest Review, 32 Poems, Gulf Coast, and the Kenyon Review among others. His collection of poetry is The Coal Life (University of Arkansas Press). The Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded him a 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship.