Visitors & Lecturers


Editors and Publishers


Anna Lena Phillips Bell

Anna Lena Phillips Bell (Ecotone and Lookout Books)

Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. Her poems have recently appeared in the Southern Review, 32 Poems, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Colorado Review. The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she served as senior editor at American Scientist before joining UNC Wilmington’s creative writing department as editor of Ecotone and its sister imprint, Lookout Books. She lives with her family near the Cape Fear River.

Bennett, MillicentjpgMillicent Bennett (Grand Central Publishing)

Millicent Bennett is an executive editor at Grand Central Publishing. Authors she has edited include Will Allison, Susannah Cahalan, Siri Hustvedt, Katie Kitamura, Phillip Lopate, David James Poissant, Douglas Preston, Liesl Schillinger, Brando Skyhorse, Steve Toltz, Lara Vapnyar, and Teddy Wayne. In recent years, her authors have won or been nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Whiting Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the Rona Jaffe Award, the Kirkus Award, the B&N Discover Award, and the Giller Prize, among others. Before joining Grand Central, Bennett worked at S&S, Free Press, Random House, Ecco, and Knopf, where she was lucky enough to work with, and learn from, some of the most distinguished authors in the business.

Glenn BlakeGlenn Blake (Boulevard)

Glenn Blake has taught at Johns Hopkins, Rice University, and the University of Houston. In 1980, he was one of the cofounders of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. He has served as Fiction Editor of The Texas Review. For the last ten years, he has served as Managing Editor of The Hopkins Review. In 2017, he will become Senior Editor of Boulevard. He is the author of three story collections, Drowned Moon, Return Fire, and The Old and the Lost.

MK Callaway 2017‌MaryKatherine Callaway (LSU Press)

MaryKatherine Callaway directs the publishing operations of both LSU Press and The Southern Review and acquires LSUP’s poetry list. Under her leadership, the Press has won its fourth Pulitzer Prize, published several National Book Award finalists, and received many other awards, prizes, and national recognitions.

George David ClarkGeorge David Clark (32 Poems)

George David Clark has served as editor and publisher of 32 Poems since 2011. His collection Reveille (Arkansas) received the Miller Williams Prize and his more recent poems appear in AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, Image, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. David has previously held the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Poetry at Colgate University and the Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship at Valparaiso University, and he is currently an assistant professor of English at Washington & Jefferson College.

David Scott CunninghamDavid Scott Cunningham (University of Arkansas Press)

David Scott Cunningham is senior editor at the University of Arkansas Press. He acquires broadly in the humanities and social sciences, bringing in both literature and serious nonfiction for the press’s front list of approximately twenty-five books per year. He is the editorial director for the poetry program, established by Miller Williams in the early eighties, and manages the eponymous poetry series edited by Billy Collins as well as the recently inaugurated Etel Adnan Poetry Series and CantoMundo Poetry Series.

Barbara EplerBarbara Epler (New Directions)

Barbara Epler grew up in Evanston, Illinois, started working at New Directions after graduating from college in 1984, and is now editor-in-chief, president, and publisher. Her two chief responsibilities are keeping New Directions in good shape overall and acquiring new authors, and she has been lucky to find W.G. Sebald and Roberto Bolaño, as well as other great writers like Laszlo Krasnahorkhai, César Aira, Victor Pelevin, Inger Christensen, Yoel Hoffmann, Yoko Tawada, and Javier Marías. Independent since 1936, New Directions publishes about 35 new books a year and maintains more than 1,200 titles on its backlist, publishing a great deal of fiction and poetry in translation as well as a very strong list of American experimental poets.

FisketjonGary Fisketjon (Alfred A. Knopf)

Gary Fisketjon worked at Random House, Vintage Books, and the Atlantic Monthly Press until 1990, when he joined Alfred A. Knopf, where he is Vice President and Editor at Large. Authors he has published have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Booker Prize, and a host of other honors.

Mary FlinnMary Flinn (Blackbird)

Mary Flinn is senior editor of Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts. She is the co-editor, with George Garrett, of Elvis in Oz: New Stories and Poems from the Hollins Creative Writing Program and facilitated the editing of The Gazer Within a collection of essays by Larry Levis. Flinn served as the poetry and fiction editor of 64 and the editor of New Virginia Review and received the inaugural Theresa Pollak Award for Words from Richmond Magazine.

Parneshia Jones Parneshia Jones (Northwestern University Press)

Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel: Poems (Milkweed Editions), winner of the Midwest Book Award for Poetry. Jones earned an MFA from Spalding University, and studied publishing at Yale University. Jones has been honored with the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award. Her work has also been anthologized in She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney. A member of the Affrilachian Poets, she serves on the board of Cave Canem and Global Writes. She currently holds positions as Sales and Subsidiary Rights Manager and Poetry Editor at Northwestern University Press.

Allison JosephAllison Joseph (Crab Orchard Review)

Allison Joseph lives, writes, and teaches in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is part of the creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University. She serves as editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, moderator of the Creative Writers Opportunities List, and director of the Young Writers Workshop, a summer writers’ workshop for teen writers. Her books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand Press), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press), Worldly Pleasures (Word Tech Communications), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon UP), Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press), My Father's Kites (Steel Toe Books), Trace Particles (Backbone Press), Little Epiphanies (Imaginary Friend Press), Mercurial (Mayapple Press), Mortal Rewards (White Violet Press), Multitudes (Word Poetry), The Purpose of Hands (forthcoming, Glass Lyre Press), Corporal Muse (forthcoming, Yellow Chair Press), Double Identity (forthcoming, Singing Bone Press) and What Once You Loved (forthcoming, Barefoot Muse Press). Her next full-length collection, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, has been accepted for publication by Red Hen Press. She is the literary partner and wife of Jon Tribble.

Mike LevineMike Levine (Mike Levine Editorial)

Before becoming an independent editor, Mike worked for nine years at Northwestern University Press, acquiring fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, translations, and scholarly titles. Mike's authors included Ludmila Ulitskaya, Michael Griffith, A.E. Stallings, Rachel Hadas, Horton Foote, and Stephen Karam, as well as numerous Sewanee alumni. In 2015, he was named to New City’s Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago. He has a PhD in English from Rice University and, since 2000, has taught literature and film seminars in several continuing education programs. Mike provides a range of editorial services for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry manuscripts, in addition to evaluating book proposals and query letters.

Morgan_Speer_2007Speer Morgan (The Missouri Review)

Speer Morgan is the editor of The Missouri Review and teaches fiction writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the author of a collection of short stories, Frog Gig and Other Stories (University of Missouri Press), and five novels, Belle Starr: A Novel (Little Brown), Brother Enemy (Little Brown), The Assemblers (Dutton), The Whipping Boy (Houghton Mifflin), and The Freshour Cylinders (Macmurray and Beck, winner of the American Book Award). He is also the co-editor of The Best of the Missouri Review (University of Missouri Press) and For Our Beloved Country: Diaries of Americans in War (Atlantic Monthly Press).

Kathy PoriesKathy Pories (Algonquin Books)

Kathy Pories is a Senior Editor at Algonquin Books. She acquires literary fiction and narrative nonfiction; was for many years the Series Editor of New Stories from the South; and has been the editor for the last five Bellwether Prize winners. Authors she has worked with include: Rebecca Lee, Michael Parker, Robert Olmstead, Lauren Grodstein, Stacey D'Erasmo, Hillary Jordan, Heidi Durrow, Gabrielle Zevin, Bill Roorbach, and others. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Adam RossAdam Ross (The Sewanee Review)

Adam Ross is the author of Mr. Peanut, a 2010 New York Times Notable Book that was also named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, The Philadel­phia Inquirer, The New Repub­lic, and The Econ­o­mist. It has been pub­lished in 16 coun­tries. Ladies and Gen­tle­men, his short story col­lec­tion, was included in Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2011 and included "In the Base­ment," a final­ist for the 2012 BBC Inter­na­tional Story Award. Ross was a 2013–2014 Hod­der Fel­low at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity and the Mary Ellen von der Hey­den Fel­low in Fic­tion at The Amer­i­can Acad­emy in Berlin. He is the editor of The Sewanee Review.

Elisabeth Schmitz 2Elisabeth Schmitz (Grove Atlantic)

Elisabeth Schmitz is Vice President, Editorial Director of Grove Atlantic. Since joining the company in 1995, she has edited books by Lily King, Sherman Alexie, Charles Frazier, Leif Enger, Jeanette Winterson, Tom Drury, Bob Shacochis, David Vann, and Rabih Alameddine among others. She has also published books by a number of Sewanee participants including Christine Schutt, Lily Tuck, Jamie Quatro, Lashonda Barnett, and Josh Weil.

Philip TerzianPhilip Terzian (The Weekly Standard)

Philip Terzian is literary editor of The Weekly Standard in Washington. A former writer and editor at the New Republic, the Providence Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications, he has been a syndicated columnist, Pulitzer finalist in commentary, and contributor to, among others, the Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, the Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, and Sewanee Review. He is the author of Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century.

Liz Van Hoose headshotLiz Van Hoose (5E)

Liz Van Hoose worked in the editorial departments of Viking Penguin and Alfred A. Knopf for more than a decade, editing a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including works by Martin Clark, Kim Edwards, Alex Gilvarry, Garrison Keillor, William Kittredge, Dan Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Jim Shepard, Amor Towles, Jessica Maria Tuccelli, and Danielle Trussoni. Now an independent editor with 5E, she enjoys working with writers at various stages on their journeys toward publication. Visit her website at

WiegersMichael Wiegers (Copper Canyon Press)

Michael Wiegers is the Editor in Chief of Copper Canyon Press. Among the collections he has edited are award winning books by poets such as W.S. Merwin, Ted Kooser, Ruth Stone and Frank Stanford as well as major works in translation by Pablo Neruda, Taha Muhammad Ali, and Ho Xuan Huong, and books by authors as varied as Roger Reeves, Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, Richard Siken and Olena Kalytiak Davis, among many others. He additionally serves as poetry editor for Narrative Magazine.

Robert WilsonRobert Wilson (The American Scholar)

Robert Wilson has been editor of The American Scholar since 2004. Before that, he was editor of Preservation, founding literary editor of Civilization, book editor and book columnist at USA Today, and an assistant editor at The Washington Post. He has taught writing at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, American University, and Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of two biographies: The Explorer King (Scribner) and Mathew Brady, Portraits of a Nation (Bloomsbury). He is at work on a biography of P.T. Barnum.

David YezziDavid Yezzi (The Hopkins Review and The New Criterion)

David Yezzi’s most recent books of poems are Birds of the Air and, forthcoming in spring 2018, Black Sea, both from Carnegie Mellon. He is the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he is chair of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins and editor of The Hopkins Review.


Literary Agents


Jin Auh (The Wylie Agency)

Jin Auh is a literary agent at The Wylie Agency, which was founded over 35 years ago and operates out of offices in New York and London. A full author list is available on She serves on the Board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She was born in Seoul and lives in New York.

Valerie  BorchardtValerie Borchardt (Georges Borchardt Literary Agency)

Valerie Borchardt is an agent, vice president, and the foreign rights director for Georges Borchardt, Inc. Several of her clients have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. She has a BA from Wesleyan University and a Masters in Slavic Language and Literature from Columbia University.

Michelle BrowerMichelle Brower (Aevitas Creative Management)

Michelle Brower is an agent at Aevitas Creative Management (formerly Zachary Shuster Harmsworth and Kuhn Projects), where she represents a diverse group of authors. She previously worked for six years as a senior vice president at Folio Literary Management. Prior to that, she was an agent at Wendy Sherman Associates. She earned her BA from The College of New Jersey and her MA in English literature from New York University. Michelle represents fiction that seeks to make the world a bigger place, combines a strong voice and a strong story, and explores the many ways in which people connect to each other. She has a weakness for literary suspense of any kind. She also represents select narrative non-fiction projects. Authors include Erika Swyler, Tara Conklin, Clare Beams, Viet Dinh and Sarah Domet, among others.

sarah burnes final photoSarah Burnes (The Gernert Company)

Sarah Burnes became an agent in 2001, after stints in the editorial departments of Houghton Mifflin, the Knopf group, and Little, Brown. Joining The Gernert Company in 2005, she now represents adult fiction writers (Sewanee’s Alice McDermott and Tony Earley among them); children’s fiction writers (New York Times bestsellers Pseudonymous Bosch and Margaret Stohl); and journalists and critics (The Idea Factory’s Jon Gertner and Freeman's editor John Freeman). Her writers have either won or been shortlisted for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Story Prize, the Los Angeles Times First Book Prize, the Whiting Writer’s Award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and they have received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Sarah sits on the board of the non-profit progressive publisher The New Press and the Digital Public Library of America. She lives with her husband and three children in Brooklyn, NY.

Emily ForlandEmily Forland (Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents)

Emily Forland represents voice-driven literary fiction and non-fiction, among them bestsellers and prize winners, and has a special place in her heart for original sentences that jump off the page. Equally drawn to a traditional domestic novel as she is to more idiosyncratic work, she seeks out beautifully crafted writing, characters that seem to live and breathe, and stories rooted strongly in their setting. She has a soft spot for humor. In addition to literary fiction, she represents memoir, narrative nonfiction, history, biography, food writing, cultural criticism, graphic novels, and young adult fiction. She was an agent at The Wendy Weil Agency, Inc, for fifteen years before moving to Brandt & Hochman in 2013.

Gail HochmanGail Hochman (Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents)

Gail Hochman has been a literary agent since 1977, and is currently President of New York-based Brandt & Hochman Literary Agency, and the President of the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR), the largest professional organization of literary agents in the US. She specialized in literary fiction, serious nonfiction, and memoir as well as children's books. Her clients include novelist Scott Turow; National Book Award winner Julia Glass; Ursula Hegi; Ann Hood; Jules Feiffer; Christine Schutt; Craig Johnson (Longmire series); Terry Tempest Williams; Jacki Lyden; Caroline Leavitt; and numerous notable children's authors including Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House series), Avi, Norton Juster, and Lauren Tarshis (I Survived series).

Anna SteinAnna Stein (ICM Partners)

Anna Stein joined ICM Partners at the end of 2015 after opening and running the New York office for London-based Aitken Alexander Associates since 2009. Her clients include Ben Lerner, Maria Semple, Hanya Yanagihara, and Jamie Quatro. She holds a B.A. in comparative literature from Barnard College, an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.Phil. in textual and visual studies from Trinity College, Dublin.

Amy WilliamsAmy Williams (The Williams Company)

Amy Williams has been a literary agent since 1996 and was a founding partner of the literary agency McCormick & Williams. In April of 2015, Amy opened the doors to her own agency, The Williams Company. Her authors have won or been shortlisted for numerous awards and honors, including the Whiting Writers' Award, the PEN/O. Henry Prize, the New York Times Notable Book Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the Orange Prize for New Writers, and awards from the Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Renee ZuckerbrotRenée Zuckerbrot (Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents)

Renée Zuckerbrot worked as an editor at Doubleday before becoming a literary agent. Her authors include Kelly Link, Dan Chaon, Daniel Wallace, Shawn Vestal, Keith Lee Morris, Eric Lundgren, Harley Jane Kozak, Eric Sanderson, author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City, and Sewanee alums M.O. "Neal" Walsh (My Sunshine Away) and Andrew Malan Milward (I Was a Revolutionary). They have won or been nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction, the National Magazine Award, the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, B&N Discover Great New Writers Award, the Story Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Locus, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Pushcart, among others.




Beth BlickersBeth Blickers (APA)

Beth Blickers is an agent at APA, where she represents artists who work in theatre, opera, television and film. She started her career at the William Morris Agency, where she began work after graduating from New York University. She is a board member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and is the Board Chair Emeritus of Theatre Breaking Through Barriers, a New York company that works with artists with disabilities.

Les WatersLes Waters (Actors Theatre of Louisville)

Les Waters has directed The Glory of the World, Luna Gale, At the Vanishing Point, The Christians, Our Town, Gnit, Girlfriend, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Macbeth, and For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he is artistic director. Waters previously directed Big Love by Charles Mee at the Humana Festival and BAM’s Next Wave Festival (Obie Award), and countless productions in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre Company, The Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Connelly Theater, Clubbed Thumb, and Soho Rep, and regionally at the Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse.




Nigel ThompsonN.S. Thompson

N.S. Thompson has translated Italian crime fiction for Quercus Books and most recently Paolo Sorrentino's novel of his film Youth (Maclehose). His translations of Italian poetry have appeared in The Penguin Montale, The Faber Book of 20th-Century Italian Poems, Centres of Cataclysm: Fifty Years of Modern Poetry in Translation (Bloodaxe, 2016) and many publications such as Agenda, The Journal of Italian Translation, Modern Poetry in Translation and Stand. He is currently working on the poetry of Théophile Gautier to be published by Carcanet in 2018. His most recent poetry collection is Mr Larkin on Photography and Other Poems (Red Squirrel, 2016) and he is a non-fiction editor of Able Muse.