Faculty

 

Fiction

 
Jeffery Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is a professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia and the author of five books, including two novels, Rails Under My Back and Song of the Shank. His short story collection Holding Pattern won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

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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 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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Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey is the author of a collection of stories and eight novels, most recently, Mercury. The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing will be published in the summer of 2017. She is a professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle has six novels, most recently Life After Life (Algonquin Books), 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 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. He is the recipient of the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Katherine Anne Porter Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. O’Brien’s novels have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

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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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Yarbrough, Steve

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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Playwriting

 
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Naomi lizuka

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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O'Brien, Dan

Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien's plays include The Body of an AmericanThe Cherry Sisters RevisitedThe Voyage of the CarcassThe Dear Boy, and many others. O’Brien is also a librettist and an award-winning poet whose collections, War Reporter, Scarsdale, and New Life are published in the U.S. and the U.K.

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Poetry

 
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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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Mark Jarman

Mark Jarman has published 11 books of poetry and two collections of essays on poetry. A new collection of his poetry, The Heronry, was just published in January 2017. 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, was published by Copper Canyon Press in December 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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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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Marilyn-Nelson

Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson, a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, is the author or translator of numerous poetry books for adults and children, most recently My Seneca Village and The Meeting House. She was awarded the Frost Medal in 2012 and elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2013. In 2016, she received the NSK Neustadt Prize in Children's Literature. She is a professor emerita at the University of Connecticut.

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Mary Jo Salter

Mary Jo Salter is the author of The Surveyors, forthcoming from Knopf in August 2017, as well as seven other poetry collections from Knopf, including Nothing by Design and A Phone Call to the Future: Selected Poems. She is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

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Alicia 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. Her seventh, Bird Book, will be published by Atelier26 in 2017.

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Guest Readers

 
Allan Gurganus

Allan Gurganus

Allan Gurganus is the author of five books, including Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, White People, and Local Souls. He has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Magazine Prize.

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Ken Weitzman

Ken Weitzman

Ken Weitzman’s plays include The Catch, Fire in the Garden, The As-If Body Loop, Arrangements, and Halftime with Don. His plays have been produced at Atlantic Theater Company, Denver Center, Humana Festival, and Indiana Repertory Theatre, among others. He is the recipient of an L. Arnold Weissberger Award, the Fratti/Newman Political Play Award, and the Elizabeth George Commission for an Outstanding Emerging Playwright. Ken has taught at Indiana University (head of the MFA program), University of California, San Diego, Emory University and, currently, at Stony Brook University.

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Director

 
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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