Sewanee Writers' Conference



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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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. His novels are Jim the Boy and its sequel, The Blue Star. He has also published Somehow Form a Family, a collection of personal essays. He is the Samuel Milton Fleming Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.

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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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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 is an emeritus professor at The Ohio State University and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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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. He has edited a book on style in contemporary fiction and an anthology of short stories. Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Paisano Fellowship, the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, Wier is professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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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Naomi Iizuka

Naomi Iizuka

Naomi lizuka's plays include 36 Views, Polaroid Stories, Anon(ymous), and Language of Angels. Her plays have been produced at Berkeley Rep, the Goodman, the Guthrie, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, and the Public Theatre, among others. She is the recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Award, an Alpert Award, and a Whiting Writers’ Award. Iizuka heads the MFA Playwriting program at the University of California, San Diego.

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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 a Guggenheim Fellowship in drama and performance art, the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, and the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama.

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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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Robert Hass

Robert Hass

Robert Hass received the 2007 National Book Award and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his book, Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005. His most recent book, What Light Can Do, is a collection of essays. A two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Hass has also received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. From 1995 to 1997, he was Poet Laureate of the United States, and he served as the Chancellor of The American Academy of Poets from 2001 to 2007. He is currently a professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Mark Jarman

Mark Jarman

Mark Jarman has published 10 books of poetry and two collections of essays on poetry. A volume of his new and selected poems appeared in 2011. Honors for his work include a Guggenheim Fellowship, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award from the San Francisco Foundation, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and The Nation magazine. Jarman is currently Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.

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Maurice Manning

Maurice Manning

Maurice Manning has written six books of poetry. His most recent work, One Man’s Dark, is forthcoming in 2016. 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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Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson, a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, is the author or translator of 16 poetry books for adults and children, most recently My Seneca Village and a memoir entitled How I Discovered Poetry. She was awarded the Frost Medal in 2012 and elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2013. She is a professor emerita at the University of Connecticut.

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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 six collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Straits and Narrows. 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

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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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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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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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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