Featured faculty and speakers for the
Wesleyan Writers Conference
|Amy Bloom||Roxana Robinson||William Finnegan|
|Honor Moore||Lis Harris||Alexander Chee|
|Salvatore Scibona||Adam Levy||Hirsh Sawhney|
|Tracie McMillan||Pamela Dorman||Vicky Bijur|
|Paul LaFarge||Johnny Temple||Stuart Krichevsky|
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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 new book Lucky Us is forthcoming from Random House in July 2014.
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 new book Lucky Us is forthcoming from Random House in July 2014. 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
ROXANA ROBINSON's most recent novel, Sparta, was named a Notable Book of the Year by the Washington Post, and it received the James Webb Award for Distinguished Fiction from the USMC Heritage Foundation.
ROXANA ROBINSON's most recent novel, Sparta, was named a Notable Book of the Year by the Washington Post, and it received the James Webb Award for Distinguished Fiction from the USMC Heritage Foundation. Her other novels include Sweetwater, This is My Daughter, Summer Light, and Cost. Cost was named one of the five best fiction books of its 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. Her short story collections include A Perfect Stranger and Other Stories, Asking for Love and A Glimpse of Scarlet and Other Stories. She is also the author of 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.
The Novel and Graphic Novels
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.
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. He 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 2015. He lives in New York City.
Novel and Short Story
Salvatore Scibona's first book, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Yong Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library and the Norman Mailer Cape Cod Award for Exceptional Writing.
Salvatore Scibona's first book, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award, 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.
Honor Moore is the author of three poetry collections: Red Shoes, Darling, and Memoir and two memoirs: The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margaret Sargent by Her Granddaughter and The Bishop’s Daughter, named an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times, a “Favorite Book of 2008” by the Los Angeles Times, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Honor Moore is the author of three poetry collections: Red Shoes, Darling, and Memoir and two memoirs: The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margaret Sargent by Her Granddaughter and The Bishop’s Daughter, named an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times, a “Favorite Book of 2008” by the Los Angeles Times, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her play Mourning Pictures was produced on Broadway and published in The New Women’s Theatre: Ten Plays by Contemporary American Women, which she edited. She has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Her poems and prose have appeared in The New Yorker, Salmagundi, Conjunctions, The New Republic, The American Scholar, Open City, The Paris Review and other journals and anthologies.
Nonfiction and Memoir
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.
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 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. He has contributed articles on surfing, the Olympics, and punk-rock music.
Writing About Social and Political Issues
Tracie McMillan is Wesleyan’s 2014 Koeppel Journalism Fellow and author of The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table, a New York Times Bestseller.
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.
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. 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.
Documentary Film and Journalism
Adam Harrison Levy is a contributing writer for the website Design Observer and a documentary film producer and director.
Adam Harrison Levy is a contributing writer for the website Design Observer and a documentary film producer and director.
He has conducted interviews with Meryl Streep, Chuck Close, Paul Auster, Philip Glass, and Michael Bloomberg for the BBC and directed the documentaries Step Right Up and War Machine, both of which aired in the BBC series White Heat. He has also contributed to award-winning films Hiroshima, The Genius of Photography, and Auschwitz. His writing has appeared in The Guardian and The Huffington Post, among other publications. He teaches at the school of the
Fiction and Nonfiction
Hirsh Sawhney is the author of the forthcoming novel South Haven and editor of the critically acclaimed anthology of original fiction Delhi Noir, published by Akashic Books and HarperIndia.
Hirsh Sawhney is the author of the forthcoming novel South Haven and editor of the critically acclaimed anthology of original fiction Delhi Noir, published by Akashic Books and HarperIndia. He is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, and The New York Times Book Review. His writing has also appeared in The Financial Times, The Indian Express, and numerous anthologies and journals. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Wesleyan.
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.
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.
Pamela Dorman, in her more than twenty-five years at Penguin, Pamela Dorman acquired and edited the multi-million copy #1 bestsellers The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding and The Deep End Of The Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard, which was the first selection of the Oprah Book Club, along with many other fiction and non-fiction bestsellers.
Pamela Dorman, in her more than twenty-five years at Penguin, acquired and edited the multi-million copy #1 bestsellers The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding and The Deep End Of The Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard, which was the first selection of the Oprah Book Club, along with many other fiction and non-fiction bestsellers. She founded her eponymous imprint, Pamela Dorman Books, in 2008, where she has focused on the kind of books she has published throughout her career: fiction—especially debut fiction that is both well-written and accessible–character-driven novels propelled by strong storytelling and rich emotional cores. She also publishes upmarket suspense fiction, especially that aimed at women readers. Dorman also publishes the occasional non-fiction title, particularly books that have a distinctive voice and compelling narrative drive, including memoirs, psychology and books geared towards women’s interests.
STUART KRICHEVSKY has over thirty years experience as a literary agent. Since 1995, he has been president of the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency.
STUART KRICHEVSKY has over thirty years experience as a literary agent. Since 1995, he has been president of the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. His independent agency represents a distinguished list of fiction and non-fiction authors, with an emphasis on narrative non-fiction, literary journalism and literary and commercial fiction. Clients of the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List (23 titles on the printed list in its first 18 years) and have been the recipients of major literary and journalism awards, including the National Book Award, the National Magazine Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the George M. Polk Award, the Livingston Award, the Michael Kelly Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Krichevsky is a member in good standing of the Association of Author’s Representatives, is a member of the AAR’s Electronics Committee, and has previously served on its Contracts Committee and its Board of Directors
Vicky Bijur started her agency in 1988 after working at Oxford University Press and with the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency.
Future of Publishing
LISA WEINERT has worked in publishing for fifteen years--beginning as The Nation Magazine’s first web intern.
Teaching Fellows in Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction
DAVID JAMES POISSANT: Teaching Fellow in Fiction
David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals: Stories (Simon & Schuster, 2014). His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.
ERIC BURGER: Teaching Fellow in Poetry
Eric Burger has received fellowships/awards from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Writers at Work. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, The Missouri Review Online, Indiana Review, Rattle, Sentence, Phoebe, Best New Poets 2011, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Gulf Coast, CutBank, Court Green, Mid-American Review, and Passages North, among others. He teaches at the University of Colorado and lives in Longmont, CO with his wife Katherine and children Willem and June.
SARAH WILDMAN Barach Fellow in Nonfiction
Sarah Wildman writes on the intersection of culture and politics, history and memory in Europe and America. Over the last decade, she has lived in and reported from Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Washington, Jerusalem and Berlin. She was the 2010 Peter R. Weitz Prize winner, from the German Marshall Fund, a prize awarded for excellence and originality in European coverage, a 2011 Rockower Award winner from the American Jewish Press Association for commentary, and a 2008 Lowell Thomas Award Winner for travel writing. She is a regular contributor toThe New York Times, The New Yorker on line, The Guardian, The Washington Post and Slate, among many others, as well as a contributing editor at The Forward. A former New Republic staffer, Wildman's book - Paper Love - for Riverhead/Penguin Press on the lover her grandfather left behind when he fled Vienna is expected Fall 2014.
Wildman has also received numerous grants and competitive fellowships including an Arthur F. Burns Fellowship in Berlin, an American Council on Germany Fellowship in Berlin, a Milena Jesenska Fellowship in Vienna, Austria (the first North American to receive this honor), and a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism (now called the International Reporting Project). Her work in America has focused on our culture wars and how we export them. In March 2013 she received a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grant to report on the future of Jerusalem. From 2011 through 2014 she has been a visiting scholar at the International Reporting Project, based at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
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.
2014 Joan Jakobson Fellows
CINDY WOLFE BOYNTON
Cindy Wolfe Boynton is an award-winning writer and editor whose background includes more than fifteen years as a regular correspondent for the New York Times and nine years as editor of Better Health magazine. Her one-woman plays Right Time to Say I Love You and Dear Prudence both made their premieres at New York City's United Solo Theatre Festival, with Right Time continuing on for performances that took her to Brighton, England, and one of the largest theater festivals in the world. A Connecticut resident, Cindy an English and communications instructor at the Yale School of Medicine and Housatonic Community College, as well as host of the weekly Literary New England Radio Show podcast. She is also the author of two books written for The History Press, Remarkable Women of Hartford, published this past March, and Connecticut's Witch Trails: The First Panic in the New World, to be released this coming October.
JILL SISSON QUINN
Jill Sisson Quinn's essays have appeared in Orion, Ecotone, OnEarth, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Her work has been reprinted in Best American Science and Nature Writing and received special mention in the Pushcart Anthology 2011. She has won the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction, the John Burroughs Award for Outstanding Published Nature Essay, a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award, and a fellowship from the National Science Foundation's Think, Write, Publish program. Her collection of essays on sense of place, titled Deranged, was published by Apprentice House in 2010. She has an M.A. in environmental studies and an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction. A regular commentator for Wisconsin Public Radio's Wisconsin Life program, Jill lives and writes in Scandinavia, Wisconsin.
Annita Sawyer is a psychologist in practice over thirty years, a member of the clinical faculty at Yale. Inspired by her first writers conference (Wesleyan!) in 2003, a gift for her 60th birthday, she has worked to develop herself as a writer. A local writers group, national writers’ conferences, and generous artists' residencies have provided her literary education. She has been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Wesleyan Writers Conferences and has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, VCCA, and Hambidge Center for the Arts. Her work has appeared in both literary and professional journals and been included among Notables in Best American Essays. Her book, Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: A Psychologist’s Memoir, was selected by Lee Gutkind for the 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project nonfiction grand prize. It will be published by SFWP in May 2015.
Tracy Strauss has published narrative nonfiction and essays in The Huffington Post, Salon, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, Cognoscenti, The Feminist Wire, The Dodo, The Southampton Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, Beyond the Margins, and other publications. She received the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for her as-yet-unpublished memoir, Notes on Proper Usage. Tracy is a manuscript editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine’s 2nd Draft Critique Service and has taught writing at Boston University, Emerson College, New England Conservatory of Music, Lesley University, Grub Street, and Writer's Digest University, and has been a guest speaker in memoir at Harvard University. She was the 2013-2014 Vice President of Communications & Internship Mentor for the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Boston Chapter, and a judge for the 57th Annual New England Book Show. She is currently at work on a novel.