Sidney Wade & Curtis Bauer

November 13, 2013

Workshop: Bauer

Sidney WadeSidney Wade is the author of six collections of poetry: Straits & Narrows (2013), Stroke (2008), Celestial Bodies (2002), Empty Sleeves (1990); Green (1998); and Istanbul’dan/From Istanbul (1998), which was published in Turkish and English by Yapi Kredi Yayinlari, Istanbul. Professor Wade is the poetry editor of Subtropics. She served as President of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) from 2006–2007.

Curtis BauerCurtis Bauer is the author of three poetry collections: his first book, Fence Line, won the John Ciardi Poetry Prize; Spanish Sketchbook is a bilingual English/Spanish collection published in Spain; and The Real Cause for Your Absence. Bauer is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish, including Talisman, by José de María Romero Barea, Eros Is More, by Juan Antonio González Iglesias, as well as individual poems and prose from numerous Spanish and South American writers. He is the publisher and editor of Q Ave Press Chapbooks, the Spanish Translations Editor for From the Fishouse, Assistant Editor, and “Emerging Spanish Poets” Series Editor for Vaso Roto Ediciones. He teaches Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

A. Van Jordan & Rachel Kushner

October 16, 2013

Van JordanA. Van Jordan is the author of The CineasteRiseM-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, and Quantum Lyrics. Among other awards, he has received the Whiting Award, the Annisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and the Pushcart Prize. A professor of English at the University of Michigan, he lives in Ann Arbor.

Rachel KushnerRachel Kushner’s new novel, The Flamethrowers, was published in April, 2013. Her debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, and Grand Street. She is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow.

Chinelo Okparanta and Lauren Grodstein

September 11, 2013

Workshop: Okparanta

Chinelo OkparantuChinelo Okparanta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She received her BS from Pennsylvania State University, her MA from Rutgers University, and her MFA from Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she served as a Provost’s Postgraduate Visiting Writer. She is the author of ‘America’ (2012), which was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. She has been nominated for a United States Artists Fellowship in Literature, and her collection of short stories, Happiness, Like Water (2013) was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

Lauren Grodstein

Lauren Grodstein’s New York Times bestselling novel, A Friend of the Family, was named aWashington Post Book of the Year, an Amazon.com Best Book, and a January Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year.  She is the author of two previous novels and a short story collection, and her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Post Road, The Ontario Review, andSalon. Her newest novel, The Explanation for Everything, will be published in fall 2013.

Kristen Iversen & Danzy Senna

December 4, 2013

Workshop: Iversen

Kristen IversenKristen Iversen grew up in Colorado and is the author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, winner of the 2013 Colorado Book Award and the Reading the West Book Award in Nonfiction. Full Body Burden was chosen one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association and Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic. She is also the author of Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction, and a textbook, Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction.

Danzy SennaDanzy Senna is the author of the national bestselling novel Caucasia, winner of the Book of the Month Award for First Fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award. Caucasia was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year and has been translated into eight languages. A recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, Ms. Senna is also the author of the novel Symptomatic, and the memoir, Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History, which she researched and wrote as a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Her latest work, a story collection, You Are Free, was recently published by Riverhead Books. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist Percival Everett, and their sons, Henry and Miles.