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Carol Ann Davis

Professor of English,

Director, Fairfield's MFA in
Creative Writing

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Get to Know Carol Ann

Carol Ann Davis is the author of Psalm and Atlas Hour, both from Tupelo Press. The recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and the W. K. Rose Fellowship for the Creative Arts from Vassar College, her work has appeared in Agni, American Poetry Review, Volt, The Threepenny Review, and on the ArtBeat website for PBS' Newshour. Her essay, "The One I Get and Other Artifacts," originally published in The Georgia Review, was one of five finalists for the 2015 National Magazine Award in the Essays and Criticism Category. Carol Ann Davis served as editor of Crazyhorse from 2001-2012. She is Associate Professor of English at Fairfield University and Editor of Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose.

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Sharbari Ahmed

Get to Know Sharbari

Sharbari Ahmed's, short fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Catamaran, Caravan Magazine, Inroads, Wasafiri, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Roanoke Review. Her debut novel, Dust Under Our Feet, is forthcoming in 2019. She is a 2018 Storyknife Fellow and a Tribeca All Access Fellow. In 2018, she gave a TEDx talk about grappling with her Muslim identity, entitled, "Between the Kabaah Sharif and a Hard Place." She was on the writing team for Season One of the TV Series, "Quantico" on ABC, and most recently wrote the screen adaptation of Mitali Perkin’s YA novel Rickshaw Girl. Her debut book, The Ocean of Mrs. Nagai: Stories, was released in November 2013. Her play, Raisins Not Virgins, was produced by the Workshop Theater Company and has been performed worldwide. It will be staged once again as part of New York Theater Workshop’s Next Door 2020 season.

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Rachel Basch

Get to Know Rachel

Rachel Basch is the author of four novels: The Listener, The Passion of Reverend Nash, named one of the five best novels of 2003 by The Christian Science MonitorDegrees of Love, translated into Dutch and German and was a selection of the Hartford Courant’sBook Club and she won The William Van Wert Prize in fiction for the first chapter of her latest novel, The Listener. Basch has reviewed books for The Washington Post Book World, and her nonfiction has appeared inn+1,Parenting, and The Huffington Post. In 2011 Basch received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship,  A dedicated teacher of creative writing for over 20 years, Basch is a contributor to Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises From Today's Best Writers & Teachers. Basch has been a Visiting Writer at Trinity College in Hartford. She currently teaches in Wesleyan University's Graduate Liberal Studies Program and leads a private master class.

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Alan Davis

Get to Know Alan

Alan Davis, who has published 2 prize-winning collections of stories; Rumors from the Lost World and Alone with the Owl, was born in New Orleans, near the mouth of the Mississippi, into a large Catholic family of Italian, French, and Irish ancestry. He now lives in Minnesota, near the Mississippi's headwaters among Garrison Keillor's Lutherans. Davis has received 2 Fulbright awards (to Indonesia and Slovenia), a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, and a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in Creative Prose. He won the Prize Americana for Fiction 2010 for So Bravely Vegetative, his third collection of stories. Most recently, he edited Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan published in November, 2018.

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Shelley Evans

Get to Know Shelley

Shelley Evans has written teleplays for ABC, CBS, Showtime, USA Network, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, and Lifetime Television. Her produced scripts have starred, Anne Heche, Sam Shepard, Josh Brolin, James Caan, Jacqueline Bisset, Candice Bergen and Mercedes Ruehl, among others.

She has taught screenwriting and story development at New Hampshire Institute of the Arts Low Residency MFA, Harvard Extension School, Boston University, New York University, and Boston College. She received her BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from New York University, where she was awarded the Graduate Prize in Dramatic Writing. A member of the Writer's Guild of America, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Sonya Huber

Get to Know Sonya

Sonya Huber is an associate professor of creative writing at Fairfield University. She is the author of two books of creative nonfiction, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir(2010), finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year, and Opa Nobody (2008), shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize. She has also written a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration (2011), and an e-book, Two Eyes are Never Enough, available through SheBooks. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, Crab Orchard Review, Hotel Amerika, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post Magazine, and other outlets. She received the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Award from Terrain and her work appears in True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction.

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Eugenia Kim

Get to Know Eugenia

Eugenia Kim's debut novel, The Calligrapher’s Daughter, won the 2009 Borders Original Voices Award, was shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was a Best Historical Novel and Critic’s Pick by the Washington Post. She is a Washington DC Council on the Arts and Humanities 2018 Fellowship recipient. Her work has appeared in Asia Literary Review, Potomac Review, Raven Chronicles, in several anthologies, and elsewhere. She is the 2014 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow at Millay Colony for the Arts, 2013 Eli Cantor Fellow at The Corporation of Yaddo, 2011 Stanford Calderwood Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, and a fellow at Hedgebrook, Eastern Frontier Foundation, VCCA, and I-Park Foundation. She received her MFA from Bennington College. Her second novel, The Kinship of Secrets, was published to wide acclaim in November 2018.

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Phil Klay

Get to Know Phil

Phil Klay is a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War and the author of the short story collection Redeployment, which won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, the National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Award for best debut work in any genre, and several other notable awards. He is also the 2018 Laureate of the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Journalism, Arts & Letters for outstanding work in the category of Cultural & Historical Criticism. A graduate of the Hunter College MFA program, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Magazine, The New Yorker, and the Brookings Institution’s Brookings Essay series.

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Susan Muaddi Darraj

Get to Know Susan

Susan Muaddi Darraj teaches in the Johns Hopkins University's MA in Writing program and is the author of The Inheritance of Exile, which was named ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year (Short Fiction). Her second book, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, was named winner of the AWP Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction, the Arab American Book Award and, most recently, the American Book Award. She is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.

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Dinty W. Moore

Get to Know Dinty

Dinty W. Moore is author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir, the memoir Between Panic & Desire, and many other books. He has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Arts & Letters, The Normal School, and elsewhere. Moore has won many awards for his writing, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He edits Brevity, an online journal of flash nonfiction, and lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions.
 

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Karen Osborn

Get to Know Karen

Karen Osborn is the author of four novels: Patchwork, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Between Earth and Sky, The River Road, and Centerville, which won the Independent Publishers Award in 2013. Her poetry has been published in numerous literary journals, anthologies, and magazines, including The Southern Review, Poet Lore, The Seattle Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Montana Review, Clapboard House, The Hollins Critic, and Kansas Quarterly. She was a finalist for the Dzanc Mid-Career Novel Award in 2012 and the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University in 2013. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts and teaches creative writing and fiction writing at Mt. Holyoke College.

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Adriana Páramo

Get to Know Adriana

Adriana Páramo is a cultural anthropologist, writer and women’s rights advocate, Páramo is the author of Looking for Esperanza: The Story of a Mother, a Child Lost, and Why They Matter to Us, winner of the 2011 Benu Press Social Justice and Equity Award in Creative Nonfiction. Páramo immersed herself in the world of undocumented women toiling in the Florida fields to explore the story of an immigrant mother who walked the desert from Mexico to the U.S.  Páramo is also the author of a memoir, My Mother’s Funeral, in which she recreates her Colombian mother’s life in order to understand her own.

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William B. Patrick

Get to Know William

William B. Patricks' works have been published or produced in a number of genres: creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, screenwriting, and drama. His latest book, The Call of Nursing: Voices from the Front Lines of Health Care, published in May of 2013, presents twenty-three occupational portraits that reveal a profession which often hides in plain sight. Saving Troy, published by SUNY Press in 2009, is a creative nonfiction chronicle of a year spent riding along with professional firefighters and paramedics. From that experience, Patrick also wrote a screenplay, Fire Ground, as well as a radio play, Rescue, which was commissioned by the BBC and aired on BBC 3. An earlier teleplay, Rachel's Dinner, starring Olympia Dukakis and Peter Gerety, was aired nationally on ABC-TV, and his third feature-length screenplay, Brand New Me, was optioned by Force Ten Productions of Los Angeles and used as the basis for the remake of  The Nutty Professor. His memoir in poetry, We Didn't Come Here for This (1999), was published by BOA Editions, as was These Upraised Hands (1995), a book of narrative poems and dramatic monologues, and a novel, Roxa: Voices of the Culver Family, that won the 1990 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for fiction.

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Hollis Seamon

Get to Know Hollis

Hollis Seamon is the author of a young adult novel, Somebody Up There Hates You, which was named a Fall 2013 Indie Next pick, 2014 Best Book for Young Adults from the American Library Association, 2013 Best Teen Fiction from Kirkus Reviews, Bank Street College of Education Outstanding Book of 2013, and a Scholastic Book Clubs Selection.   The novel has been published in Canada, Poland, France, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Spain.  Seamon is also the author of a short story collection, Corporeality, a gold medal winner in the 2014 Independent Publishers Awards.  She has published a previous collection of stories, Body Work, and a mystery novel, Flesh.  Her short stories have appeared in many journals, including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Bellevue Literary ReviewGreensboro ReviewFiction InternationalChicago ReviewNebraska ReviewPersimmon Tree, and Calyx. Her work has been anthologized in The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe and Other Stories of Women and FatnessA Line of Cutting WomenThe Best of the Bellevue Literary ReviewSacred Ground, and Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers. She is a recipient of a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is Professor Emerita at the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY.   

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Lynn Steger Strong

Get to Know Lynn

Lynn Steger Strong has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where she teaches freshman writing. Her first novel, Hold Still, debuted in 2016, and her nonfiction has appeared in numerous journals and publications including Guernica, Avidly, Catapult, Lithub, Elle.com, The Millions, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband, their two daughters, and their dog.

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Jennifer Vanderbes

Get to Know Jennifer

Jennifer Vanderbes is a novelist, television writer and playwright whose work has been translated into sixteen languages. Her first novel, Easter Island, was named a "best book of 2003" by the Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor.  Her second novel, Strangers at the Feast was described by O, The Oprah Magazine as "a thriller that also raises large and haunting questions about the meaning of guilt, innocence, and justice." Her third novel, The Secret of Raven Point, was hailed as "unputdownable" (Vogue) and "gripping" (New York Times), and Library Journal wrote: “the only disappointing thing about this book is that it has to end." Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and The Atlantic, and her short fiction has appeared in Granta, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Best New American Voices.

In television, she has been commissioned to write dramatic pilots for the Lifetime and Bravo networks, and she has developed projects with Denver & Delilah Productions and Universal Cable Productions. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowship, a Colgate University Creative Writing Fellowship, and a Truman Capote Fellowship. Jennifer was born and raised in New York City and received her B.A. in English Literature from Yale and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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Baron Wormser

Get to Know Baron

Baron Wormser is the author of nine books of poetry, the latest, Unidentified Sighing Objects was published in 2015, and a poetry chapbook. He is the co-author of two books about teaching poetry and the author of a memoir, a novel and a collection of short stories. He is Director of Educational Outreach at the Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He served as poet laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2005 and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2005. His essay on the painter Willem de Kooning was chosen for Best American Essays 2014. His first novel, Teach Us That Peace, was published in 2014 and his fifteenth book (second novel), Tom o'Vietnam was published in November, 2017 by New Rivers Press. His novel about Bob Dylan's imagination entitled Songs from a Voice will be published in May, 2020. His essay on Hannah Arendt appeared in Best American Essays 2018 and is part of his book of biographical pieces, Legends of the Slow Explosion.

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