Sewanee Writers' Conference

2015 Faculty


Richard Bausch

Richard Bausch

Richard Bausch is the author of 12 novels and eight collections of stories, most recently the novel Before, During, After. In addition to other honors, he has received the Rea Award in the Short Story. Past Chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, he is a creative writing professor at Chapman University in Orange, California.

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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. 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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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 in the Bennington College Writing Seminars.

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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 the Humanities in the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University.

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Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel Going After Cacciato. In 2005, The Things They Carried was named by the New York Times as one of the 20 best books of the last quarter century. Recipient of the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the Katherine Anne Porter, and the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement awards, O’Brien teaches creative writing at Texas State 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 selected by several magazines, including The New Yorker, as one of the best novels 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 a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Paisano Fellowship, 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 (2013-2015) at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

Interview with Allen Wier

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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, most recently, The Realm of Last Chances (Knopf, 2013). A professor at Emerson College, he lives with his wife in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

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Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien has written several widely produced plays, including The Body of an American, The Cherry Sisters Revisited, The Voyage of the Carcass, The House in Hydesville, and The Dear Boy. His awards include the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play and the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama.

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Paula Vogel

Paula Vogel

Paula Vogel won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for her play, How I Learned to Drive, as well as a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and her second Obie Award. Her plays include Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq, The Baltimore Waltz, and Desdemona. Her most recent play, Indecent, will be produced in the 2015-2016 season at Yale Repertory and LaJolla Playhouse.

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Daniel Anderson

Daniel Anderson

Daniel Anderson has published three books of poetry, Drunk in Sunlight, January Rain, and The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel, and edited The Selected Poems of Howard Nemerov. He currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon.

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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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Andrew Hudgins

Andrew Hudgins

Andrew Hudgins is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently A Clown at Midnight (Houghton Mifflin, June 2012), two books of essays, and a memoir, The Joker (Simon and Schuster, June 2012). He is Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at The Ohio State University and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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Maurice Manning

Maurice Manning

Maurice Manning has written five books of poetry. His most recent work, 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 Ovid’s Metamorphoses 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 Krieger-Eisenhower 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. A MacArthur fellow, she lives in Athens, Greece.

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Sidney Wade

Sidney Wade

Sidney Wade is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Stroke. She is the poetry editor of the literary journal Subtropics and has taught in the MFA@FLA Creative Writing Program at the University of Florida since 1993.

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Guest Readers

Erin McGraw

Erin McGraw

Erin McGraw is the author of the novels Better Food for a Better World (Slant Books, 2013), The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), and The Baby Tree (Story Line Press, 2001), and three story collections, most recently The Good Life (Houghton Mifflin, 2004). She teaches at The Ohio State University and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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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 nine collections of poetry, most recently Couldn’t Prove, Had to Promise.

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