Sewanee Writers' Conference

2014 Faculty


John Casey

John Casey

John Casey is the author of a story collection, a novella, and four novels, most recently Compass Rose. His novel Spartina won the National Book Award in 1989. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is a professor of English literature at the University of Virginia.

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Tony Earley

Tony Earley

Tony Earley is the author of two story collections, Here We Are in Paradise, which won him recognition from Granta and The New Yorker as one of America’s best young fiction writers, and Mr. Tall, forthcoming in August 2014. His novels are Jim the Boy and its sequel, The Blue Star. He is the Samuel Milton Fleming Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.

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Adrianne Harun

Adrianne Harun

Adrianne Harun has a collection of stories, The King of Limbo, a Sewanee Writers' Series selection and a Washington State Book Award finalist, and a novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in a Mountain (Viking/Penguin, 2014). She currently teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshops, an MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

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Randall Kenan

Randall Kenan

Randall Kenan is author of a novel, A Visitation of Spirits, and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a nominee for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction, and a New York Times Notable Book. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey is the author of a collection of stories and seven novels, most recently The House on Fortune Street, which received the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and The Flight of Gemma Hardy. The fiction editor of Ploughshares, she is a distinguished writer in residence at Emerson College in Boston.

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Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle has six novels, most recently Life After Life (Algonquin Books, 2013), and four story collections. A recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the North Carolina Award for Literature, she serves on the faculty at North Carolina State University.

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Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels, the latest of which is Someone. Her fourth novel, Charming Billy, received the National Book Award in 1998. A three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, she is currently the Richard A. Macksey Professor of Creative Writing in the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University.

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Christine Schutt

Christine Schutt

Christine Schutt is the author of two short-story collections, Nightwork and A Day, a Night, Another Day, Summer. Her novel Florida was a National Book Award finalist and her second novel, All Souls, a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. A third novel, Prosperous Friends, was published in 2012. She lives and teaches in New York.

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Allen Wier

Allen Wier

Allen Wier is the author of a book of stories and four novels, most recently Tehano. A recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, Wier is on leave from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to be the inaugural U.C. Foundation Visiting Scholar/Writer (2013-2014) at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

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Steve Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough is the author of three story collections – Family Men, Mississippi History, and Veneer – and six novels, including his most recent, The Realm of Last Chances (Knopf, 2013). A professor at Emerson College, he lives with his wife in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

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Daisy Foote

Daisy Foote

Daisy Foote’s produced plays include Bhutan, When They Speak of Rita, God’s Pictures, Farley and Betsy, and Him, which premiered at Primary Stages to critical acclaim from The New Yorker and The New York Times. Her screenplay for The Church of Dead Girls is being filmed. She was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Bhutan and awarded the Roger L. Stevens Incentive Award for her play Living with Mary.

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Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien’s widely produced plays include The Body of an American, The House in Hydesville, The Voyage of the Carcass, The Dear Boy, and The Cherry Sisters Revisited. His awards include the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama.

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Claudia Emerson

Claudia Emerson

Claudia Emerson was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her book, Late Wife: Poems. Her other poetry collections are Pharaoh, Pharaoh; Pinion: An Elegy; Figure Studies; Secure the Shadow; and the forthcoming collection, The Opposite House. She is a professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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B.H. Fairchild

B.H. Fairchild

B.H. Fairchild is the author of six collections of poetry, including Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, Sewanee Review, and many other journals and anthologies.

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Debora Greger

Debora Greger

Debora Greger is the author of nine books of poetry published over the last three decades, most recently, By Herself. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, among others. She is poet in residence at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida.

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William Logan

William Logan

William Logan is the author of 10 volumes of poetry, most recently Madame X. He has also published six books of essays and reviews, including The Undiscovered Country, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. He teaches at the University of Florida, where he is alumni/ae professor of English and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

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Maurice Manning

Maurice Manning

Maurice Manning’s most recent book of poetry, The Gone and the Going Away, was published in 2013. His fourth book, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. Manning teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Kentucky.

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Charles Martin

Charles Martin

Charles Martin is the author of six books of poems, most recently Signs and Wonders. His verse translation of the Metamorphoses of Ovid received the Harold Morton Landon Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has recently taught at the Sewanee School of Letters and in the Stonecoast MFA program.

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Mary Jo Salter

Mary Jo Salter

Mary Jo Salter is the author of Nothing by Design: Poems (Knopf, 2013) and six previous books of poetry. She is a co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry (Norton, 1996 and 2004) and is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University.

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A.E. Stallings

A.E. Stallings

A.E. Stallings is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Olives, and a verse translation of Lucretius’ philosophical epic, The Nature of Things. She lives in Athens, Greece, where she serves as director of the poetry program at the Athens Centre.

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Guest Readers

Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson has written eleven novels. Le Divorce, a nominee for the National Book Award, Le Mariage, L’Affaire, Lulu in Marrakech, and Flyover Lives are her most recent. Her distinctions include a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.

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Wyatt Prunty

Wyatt Prunty

Wyatt Prunty founded and directs the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He is the Carlton Professor of English at the University of the South and the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently The Lover’s Guide to Trapping.

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