Wesleyan Writers Conference

   


Featured faculty and speakers for the 
Wesleyan Writers Conference 

Salvatore Scibona
Amy Bloom Roxana Robinson
Lis Harris William Finnegan Elizabeth Graver
Alexander Chee Erika Goldman
Paul LaFarge
Wells Tower Johnny Temple Kit Reed
Michael Dumanis Andre Bernard John Silbersack
Alex Gilvarry Max Rudin and others!

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FACULTY/SPEAKERS

Amy BloomWriting Fiction

AMY BLOOM is the author of two novels and three collections of short stories, and she has been a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.  Amy's new book Lucky Us is forthcoming from Random House in July 2014.

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AMY BLOOM is the author of two novels and three collections of short stories, and she has been a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and numerous anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and the Atlantic, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Her novel, Away, is an epic story about a Russian immigrant. Her recent collection of short stories is Where the God of Love Hangs Out.


Novel and Short Story

Roxanna

ROXANA ROBINSON is the author of the five novels Sparta, Sweetwater, This is my Daughter, and Summer Light and Cost.  Cost was named one of the five best fiction books of the year by the Washington Post,

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ROXANA ROBINSON is the author of the five novels Sparta, Sweetwater, This is my Daughter, Summer Light, and Cost. Cost was named one of the five best fiction books of the year by the Washington Post, won the Maine Writers Fiction Award and was on the best books of the year list of the Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and elsewhere.  Three short story collections A Perfect Stranger and Other Stories, Asking for Love and A Glimpse of Scarlet and Other Stories.  She also wrote the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life.  Four of her books have been New York Times Notable Books. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, One-Story, Best American Short Stories and elsewhere. Her books have been published in England, Holland, France, Spain and Germany. She is a regular essayist for the NPR station WSHU, and her fiction has been read on Symphony Space’s “Selected Shorts.” She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and the Guggenheim Foundation. 


ScibonaSalvatore   Salvatore Scibona's first book, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York      Public Library and the Norman Mailer Cape Cod Award for Exceptional Writing.

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Salvatore Scibona's first book, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library and the Norman Mailer Cape Cod Award for Exceptional Writing.  He was awarded a 2009 Whiting Writers' Award.  In 2010, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowhsip and was included in the New Yorkers's "20 under 40" list of writers to watch.  

Scibona's short fiction has won a Pushcart Prize and an O. Henry Award.  His work has appeared in The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Stories from a Quarter Century of the Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, The Threepenny Review, A Public Space, D di la Repubblica, Satisfiction, The New York Times and the New Yorker.


The Novel and Graphic Novels

Alexander Chee

ALEXANDER CHEE is the author of the award-winning novel Edinburgh. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award and the NEA Fellowship in Fiction, and has contributed stories and essays to TriQuarterly, Tin House, The Morning News and Lapham's Quarterly, among others.

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ALEXANDER CHEE is the author of the award-winning novel Edinburgh. He is a recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award and the NEA Fellowship in Fiction, and has contributed stories and essays to TriQuarterly, Tin House, The Morning News and Lapham's Quarterly, among others. He has taught fiction writing at Wesleyan University and The Iowa Writers' Workshop, and comics and the graphic novel at Amherst College and Columbia University's MFA in Writing. His new novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming in from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014. He lives in New York City.

 


Poetry

Honor Moore

HONOR MOORE is the author of three collections of poems, Red Shoes, Darling, and Memoir, and a biography, The White Blackbird, A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter.

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HONOR MOORE is the author of three collections of poems, Red Shoes, Darling, and Memoir, and a biography, The White Blackbird, A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter. Her recent book, The Bishop’s Daughter, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was an Editor’s Choice of the New York Times Book Review, and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year. She is the editor of Poems From the Women's Movement and of Amy Lowell: Selected Poems. She recently translated Revenge by Taslima Nasrin. Her play, Mourning Pictures, was produced on Broadway. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction for The Bishop's Daughter, awards from the NEA and Connecticut Commission on The Arts in poetry, and from The New York State Council on the Arts in playwriting for Mourning Pictures. She teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia University.


DumanisMichael

   Michael Dumanis is the author of the poetry collection My Soviet Union, and winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry.

   

   

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Michael Dumanis is the author of the poetry collection My Soviet Union, and a winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry.  He is coeditor, with Cate Marvin, of the younger poets' anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and, with Kevin Prufer, of Russell Atkins: On the Life and Work of a 20th Century American Master.  His work has been recognized with residencies at Yaddo, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, the Civitella Ranieri Center, and grants from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.  Formerly the Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center literary press, he lives in Brooklyn and Vermont, and is a professor of literature and creative writing at Bennington College.


Nonfiction and Memoir

Lis Harris

LIS HARRIS is now at work on a book about three generations of a Palestinian family and three generations of an Israeli family.  Her previous books include Holy Days: The World of a Hasidic Family.

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LIS HARRIS is now at work on a book about three generations of a Palestinian family and three generations of an Israeli family.  Her previous books include Holy Days: The World of a Hasidic Family, Rules of Engagement, and Tilting at Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty Dealings and the Corporate Squeeze, the story of an eight-year struggle to build a paper mill in the South Bronx. Her work appears in a forthcoming anthology, The Stories We Tell: America's Great Legacy of Women in Longform.  As a staff writer at The New Yorker for more than two decades, she wrote on a wide range of social and cultural matters, and she has received awards from the Woodrow Wilson, Rockefeller, and J. M. Kaplan foundations.  She teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University.


Writing About Social and Political Issues

William Finnegan

WILLIAM FINNEGAN has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987. He writes about politics, war, poverty, race, organized crime, immigration, counterterrorism, and international trade, and has also contributed articles on surfing, the Olympics, and punk-rock music. 

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WILLIAM FINNEGAN has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987. He writes about politics, war, poverty, race, organized crime, immigration, counterterrorism, and international trade, and has also contributed articles on surfing, the Olympics, and punk-rock music. Among his many awards, Finnegan has twice received the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism and has twice been a National Magazine Award finalist. In 2010, his report from Mexico, “Silver or Lead,” won the Overseas Press Club’s award for Best Reporting in Any Medium on Latin America. His piece "Slow and Steady" is cited as a year's outstanding piece in the 2013 editions of both Best American Travel Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing.  He is the author of four books, Crossing the Line, Dateline Soweto, A Complicated War, and Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country.  His new book Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life is forthcoming in 2014.
 

Paul LaFarge

PAUL LA FARGE is the author of four books: the novels The Artist of the Missing, Haussmann or the Distinction, and Luminous Airplanes, and also The Facts of Winter, a book of imaginary dreams. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. 

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PAUL LA FARGE is the author of four books: the novels The Artist of the Missing, Haussmann or the Distinction, and Luminous Airplanes, and also The Facts of Winter, a book of imaginary dreams. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeney's, and Conjunctions; his essays and reviews have appeared in Bookforum, Cabinet, the Believer and elsewhere. He is recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. He lives in upstate New York.

Writing About Science and Technology

Jacob WardJACOB WARD is editor in cheif at Popular Science. He has written about technology and science for magazines including The New Yorker and has hosted TV programs for the Discovery Channel and PBS. 

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JACOB WARD is the editor in chief at Popular Science. Previously he was an editor at Architecture, managing editor at ReadyMade magazine, and senior editor at Men's Journal. Ward has written about technology and science for a host of magazine, including Wired and The New Yorker. He has hosted television programs for the Discovery Channel, PBS and National Geographic Television. He splits his time between New York and California.

New Fiction              
 

GilvarryAlex

Alex Gilvarry is the author of the novel From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, a 2012 New York City Book Award winner.
 
            

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Alex Gilvarry is the author of the novel From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, a 2012 New York City Book Award winner. He has been a Norman Mailer fellow and his work has appeared in The Nation, Vogue, The Boston Globe, and has been broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered. He is the founding editor of the website Tottenville Review, a book review collaborative, and teaches fiction at Wesleyan University and Manhattanville College. He lives in New York City.

New Fiction

Emma StraubEMMA STRAUB is the author of the novel Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures and the short story collection Other People We Married.

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EMMA STRAUB is the author of the novel Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in Vogue, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other places. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is at work on a new novel.

New Fiction

Kit Reed

KIT REED’s two new books are the short story collection The Story Until Now: a Great Big Book of Stories, highly praised in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere, and Son of Destruction. He work is widely anthologized and has recieved many awards. 

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KIT REED’s recent books include the short story collection What the Wolves Know, The Story Until Now (a best of her work collection) (Spring 2013), and Son of Destruction. She has stories coming out in Asimov’s S-F and The Yale Review. Her most recent novel is Enclave. Others include The Baby Merchant and Thinner Than Thou, which won an ALA Alex Award. Often anthologized, her short stories appear in venues ranging from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction to Omni, The Kenyon Review and The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Her short collections include Thief of Lives, Dogs of Truth and Weird Women, Wired Women, which along with the short novel Little Sisters of the Apocalypse, was a finalist for the Tiptree Prize. A Guggenheim fellow and first American receipt of a five-year literary grant from the Abraham Woursell Foundation, she is Resident Writer at Wesleyan University. 

 


New Fiction and Games

CHRIS KROVATIN is the author of the YA novels Heavy Metal & You (PUSH), Venomous (Atheneum), and the Gravediggers series (Katherine Tegen), the first of which, Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones, came out in September 2012. He also writes for multiple heavy metal press entities, including Revolver Magazine and MetalSucks.net. He lives in Brooklyn where he can be seen playing with his band Flaming Tusk. 



Literary Agent

John SilbersackJOHN SILBERSACK

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John Silberrsack is executive vice president at Trident Media Group. Previoously he was editor in cheif and publisher at companies such as Penguin and Harper. He founded six imprints, including ROC Books at Penguin, Warner aspect, and three at Harper (Prism, Entertainment and Children's Entertainment). At the Trident Literary Agency he has attracted a diverse group of writers and clients in all types of fiction and nonfiction: literary fiction, crime fiction, SF and fantasy fiction, science, history, biography, current events, memoir, finance, pop culture, and children's book. His clients have won many awards and many are top-of-the-list international and New York Times bestsellers.

Publisher and Editorial Director

Erika GoldmanERIKA GOLDMAN is Publisher and Editorial Director of Bellevue Literary Press (BLP), a nonprofit mission-driven publisher located within the New York University School of Medicine, which has been publishing literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and sciences since 2007. Books published by the Press have won major literary awards including the Pulizter Prize. 

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ERIKA GOLDMAN is Publisher and Editorial Director of Bellevue Literary Press (BLP), a nonprofit mission-driven publisher located within the New York University School of Medicine, which has been publishing literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and the sciences since 2007. Among the fifteen works of fiction BLP has published to date, three have received major literary prizes: The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak was a 2011 National Book Award finalist and 2012 winner of the first annual Chautauqua Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Jump Artist by Austin Ratner won the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and the New York Times best seller Tinkers, by Paul Harding, received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Before co-founding BLP, Goldman worked at several major publishing houses in New York , including Scribner, Simon & Schuster, and W.H. Freeman. A recipient of the Jerusalem International Book Fair Editorial fellowship, she has taught at New York University's Center for Publishing and in the Creative Nonfiction Mentoring Program. She lives in Brooklyn.


Publisher and Editor in Chief

Johnny TempleJOHNNY TEMPLE is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction.

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JOHNNY TEMPLE is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. Temple won the American Association of Publishers' 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. He plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively and released numerous albums.

 


Guggenheim Foundation VP
Author and Publisher

Andre BernardANDRE BERNARD is Vice President and Secretary of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City. He worked in publishing for 25 years, at houses as varied as Viking, Simon & Schuster, David Godine and the Book-of-the-Month Club.

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ANDRE BERNARD is Vice President and Secretary of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City. He worked in publishing for 25 years, at houses as varied as Viking, Simon & Schuster, David Godine and the Book-of-the-Month Club. Most recently he served as Publisher of Harcourt Brace. His books, which include Rotten Rejections and Now All We Need Is a Title, have been translated into ten languages, most recently Finnish and Mandarin Chinese. Two more books are forthcoming, from Pantheon and the Library of America. He reviews books frequently for literary magazines and is a frequent speaker on publishing issues and literary history.

 


Publisher

Max RudinMAX RUDIN is the publisher of The Library of America, a nonprofit publisher whose mission is to foster greater appreciation and pride in America’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, authoritative editions of America’s best and most significant writing.

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MAX RUDIN is the publisher of The Library of America, a nonprofit publisher whose mission is to foster greater appreciation and pride in America’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, authoritative editions of America’s best and most significant writing. Mr. Rudin writes on American history, literature, music, and popular culture for American Heritage and Raritan magazines. He created, hosts, and introduces the ongoing program of readings “Great New York Writers in Great New York Places.” He has directed several NEH-funded publishing and national public programming initiatives, among them the Isaac Bashevis Singer Centennial (2004) and Lincoln in American Memory: Exploring the Life and Legacy of Our Sixteenth President (2009). He serves on the Board of Directors of The Great Books Foundation and The New York Festival of Song. 


Teaching Fellows in Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction


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Fellows in previous years: Amy Bloom, Amanda Davis, Paul LaFarge, Suji Kwok Kim, Bruce Bond, Judy Jordan, G.E.Patterson, Tom Hallman (Pulitzer winner), John D'Agata, Beverly D'Onofrio, Jennifer Haigh, Daniel Handler (author of Lemony Snicket), Wendy Rawlings, Jess Row, Jim Tomlinson, Elizabeth Kadetsky, Ravi Shankar, Alexandra Peers, and Roya Hakakian, Michelle Hoover, Jonathan Thirkield, Alta Ifland, Miranda Kennedy, Irina Reyn, Jeff Jones, Steve Almond.