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- Vegard Steiro Amundsen
Vegard Steiro Amundsen
Vegard Steiro Amundsen graduated as a screenwriter from the Norwegian Film School and works as writer for television, film and radio. His radio drama series “Lucifer’s Town” received special commendation at Prix Europa, and season two has just been produced. He originally comes from Tromsø, has spent a couple of years in Santa Barbara, but now lives in the Norwegian capital Oslo. He really doesn’t mind that the world seems to love Nordic Noir.Website
- Jabari Asim
Jabari Asim is an associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College. He is also the Executive Editor and CEO of The Crisis magazine, a preeminent journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the NAACP and founded by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910. He is the author of 11 books, including Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on the Law, Justice and Life, The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, And Why, and A Taste Of Honey: Stories. Only The Strong, a novel, will be published in Spring 2015. His reviews, essays and cultural criticism have been published in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Village Voice, among others. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, the Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, a Pushcart Prize nomination and two NAACP Image Award nominations.Website
- Mark Athitakis
Mark Athitakis is a journalist and critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other publications. He has been a featured guest on Minnesota Public Radio and the Diane Rehm Show, a panelist at events hosted by the Center for Fiction and George Mason University’s Fall for the Book Festival, and an instructor at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is a member of the board of the National Book Critics Circle and currently serves as the chair of the NBCC’s fiction committee. He lives in Chandler.Website
- Valerie Bandura
Valerie Bandura’s collection of poems, Freak Show (Balck Lawrence Press, 2013) was a 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Her poems are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, and have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Alaska Quarterly Review, ZYZZYVA, Mid-American Review, Cimarron, Third Coast, Best New Poets anthology, and many other journals. Born in the former Soviet Union, Bandura received degrees from Columbia University and the Warren Wilson MFA Program, where she served as the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow. She was awarded a residency from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and the James Merrill Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches writing at Arizona State University and at the Piper Center for Creative Writing.Website
- Else Barratt-Due
Else Barratt-Due is from Oslo, Norway. She holds a cand.philol. degree in Theater Arts and a Master of Art in theater direction. For the last 24 years she has worked in NRK (the Norwegian Public Service radio/tv station) in the Radio Drama Department. She has directed plays in all categories and genres, and for more than ten years she been in charge of the crime fiction radio dramas. Before entering the NRK, she taught drama and theatre in high schools and universities, and was a freelance director. For the last ten years she has also run her own company, TELLtheSTORY, where she teaches presentation-techniques and dramaturgy. She has published the book On the stage in your own life, describing her teaching methods. She has also written several articles about radio drama; had courses in the topic for students, actors and writers; and has been in charge of several panels discussing crime fiction, especially the topic “Nordic Noir.” She is head of Riverton jury, which selects the best Norwegian crime book every year.Facebook
- Matt Bell
Matt Bell is the author of the novel In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, a Michigan Notable Book, and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient. He is also the author of two previous books, How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby, and his next novel Scrapper will be published in late 2015. His stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Fantasy, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, The American Reader, and many other publications. He teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.Website
- Brooke Bessesen
Brooke Bessesen is the recipient of the Judy Goddard Children’s Author/Illustrator Award. In addition to writing nonfiction leveled readers, she has several popular picture books that combine humor and fact. Zachary Z. Packrat Backpacks the Grand Canyon was released in 2014 to follow Zachary Z. Packrat and His Amazing Collections, a Phoenix Public Library Project GOAL book and a Grand Canyon Reader Award nominee. Both were illustrated by Jenny Campbell. Two other titles were illustrated by Brooke herself: Look Who Lives in the Ocean!, a colorful introduction to marine life, and Look Who Lives in the Desert!, which received the Glyph Award for Best Children’s Nonfiction and Southwest Books of the Year Top Pick for Kids. Bessesen has also created nearly 100 pages of standards-based curriculum for grades K-8. She has given writing workshops and presentations to a range of book-loving audiences, including International Reading Association, Tucson Festival of Books, Society of Southwestern Authors, Phoenix Writers Club, National League of Pen Women, Women’s Expo, and Piper Writer’s Studio, always seeking to inspire.Website
- James Blasingame
James Blasingame is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University and director of ASU Secondary English Education. He is coauthor of the English Journal annual Honor List and coeditor of the ALAN Picks monthly book reviews. James is also the editor of the Print Based Texts pages of the International Reading Association’s Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and winner of the International Reading Association’s Arbuthnot Award for the 2008 outstanding university professor of young adult literature. James was named the ASU Parents Association Professor of the Year in 2008, and received the Arizona English Teachers’ Association Lifetime Contribution Award in 2009. He has published seven books with major presses, including Literature for Today’s Young Adults (Pearson, Allyn, Bacon), Books That Don’t Bore ‘Em: Young Adult Books That Speak to Today’s Youth (Scholastic), John Green (Rowman & Littlefield), Stephenie Meyer: Into the Twilight (Rowan & Littlefield), and Gary Paulsen: Teen Reads Companion (Greenwood Press). He has also published over 200 interviews with authors of adolescent literature, and over 300 book reviews, in addition to numerous articles in various professional journals. He has performed folklore programs on the history of the West, including cowboy songs and poetry, nationally and internationally for 20 years.Website
- Dexter Booth
Dexter L. Booth is an alum of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Arizona State University, as well as the author of the poetry collection Scratching the Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2013), which won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was selected by Major Jackson. His poems have been published in Blackbird, Grist, Willow Springs, Virginia Quarterly, the anthology The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, as well other publications. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California.Website
- Michael Bourret
Michael BourretMichael Bourret joined Dystel & Goderich Literary Management as an intern while studying film and television production at New York University, and began at the agency full-time in 2000. After ten years as an agent in the New York office, Michael now works in Los Angeles in the West Coast office of DGLM. There, he continues to represent his own list of bestselling and award-winning clients while also aggressively pursuing new film and television opportunities. Michael is always on the lookout for exceptional writers with unique ideas, no matter what the category. He is currently looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, commercial adult fiction, and all sorts of nonfiction, from practical to narrative. He’s especially interested in memoir, popular history, politics, religion (though not spirituality), popular science, and current events. And if you’ve got something on bourbon or tennis, even better.
- Anita Bunkley
Anita Bunkley is a former teacher of English, French, and Spanish. She speaks regularly at national conferences and also conducts writers’ workshops and offers editing services to authors seeking editorial revisions prior to publication. Her previous works include Black Gold, Wild Embers, and Starlight Passage. Anita’s latest release is A Thousand Steps (Rinard 2013) an historical saga set in pre-Civil War Indian Territory. She is an NAACP Image Award nominee, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, winner of Favorite Author Award from Go On Girl Book Club, and the recipient of a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine. Anita has been published by major houses such as Penguin USA, Harper Collins, Harlequin, and Kensington, and many of her novels, anthologies, and romances have appeared in Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Black Expressions Book Club, and on Essence Magazine’s Black Board: African American Best-seller list in both hardcover and paperback.Website
- Paul Cook
Paul Cook has published eight novels in the science fiction field with publishers such as Bantam Books, Roc SF (a division of Penguin USA), Ace Science Fiction, and Berkeley Science Fiction. His stories are published in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Amazing Stories, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as well as The Hawaii Review and anthologies such as Digital Science Fiction #4 (2011). He is a Principal Lecturer at ASU and teaches classes in science fiction, creative writing (both science fiction and fantasy), and pulp fiction. He has also published over 1000 classical music reviews and he now reviews the latest science fiction books for the website Galaxy’s EdgeWebsite
- Rigoberto González
Rigoberto González is the author of seventeen books of poetry and prose, and the editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing. He is the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, winner of the American Book Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, The Shelley Memorial Award of The Poetry Society of America, the Lambda Literary Award, the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.Website
- Laraine Herring
Laraine Herring currently directs the creative writing program at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, where she is a tenured professor of Creative Writing and Psychology. She is a member of the Author’s Guild and the American Association of University Professors. She is also the founder of Fierce Monkey Tribe, a place for writers to meet their stories. Her books include: Lost Fathers: How Women Can Heal from Adolescent Father Loss (Hazelden); Writing Begins with the Breath (Shambhala); The Writing Warrior (Shambhala), and the novels Ghost Swamp Blues (White River), Into the Garden of Gethsemane, Georgia (The Concentrium) and Gathering Lights: A Novel of San Francisco (The Concentrium). Her newest book: The Middle Way Through the Middle: The Transformative Journey of Writer’s Block will be released from Shambhala in 2015. Herring’s fiction has won the Barbara Deming Award for Women and her nonfiction work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.Website
- Tara Ison
Tara Ison is the author of the novels A Child out of Alcatraz, The List, and Rockaway, and the recent essay collection Reeling Through Life. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Tin House, Black Clock, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Nerve.com, and numerous anthologies.
- Varian Johnson
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book. Varian was born in Florence, South Carolina, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. He later received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Varian now lives outside of Austin, TX with his family.Website
- Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson is the author of Emporium, a story collection, and the novels Parasites Like Us and The Orphan Master’s Son, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction (2013). He teaches creative writing at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco with his wife and their three children. Interesting Facts, a story collection, is forthcoming from Random House.
- Bill Konigsberg
Prior to turning his talents to fiction, Bill Konigsberg was a sports journalist. His sports writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Daily News, The Denver Post, The Arizona Republic and for The Associated Press as well as ESPN.com. Now he is an award-winning young adult author. His debut novel, Out of the Pocket (Dutton), won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. The novel was an Indie Next pick for 2008, and made the ALA’s Rainbow List and the New York Public Library’s Stuff of the Teen Age list for 2009. His second novel, Openly Straight, was published by Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic) in the summer of 2013. It has been named one of five finalists for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, was an Indie Next Pick, and it received a rave review from The New York Times and starred reviews from Booklist and the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books. The novel has been optioned for television by Fremantle Media. Bill lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his partner, Chuck, and their Labradoodle, Mabel.Website
- Peter Lehman
Peter Lehman is the Director of the Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture and professor of English in Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University. He is author of Running Scared: Masculinity and the Representation of the Male Body, New Edition; Roy Orbison: The Invention of an Alternative Rock Masculinity; and coauthor of Lady Chatterley’s Legacy in the Movies: Sex, Brains, and Body Guys; Thinking About Movies: Watching Questioning, Enjoying, Third Edition; Blake Edwards; Returning to the Scene, Blake Edwards, Vol. 2.; and Authorship and Narrative in the Cinema. He is editor of Pornography: Film and Culture; Defining Cinema; and Close Viewings: An Anthology of New Film Criticism and coeditor of The Searchers: Essays and Reflections on John Ford’s Classic Western. He is a former president of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.Website
- Tom Leveen
Tom Leveen is thrilled to joining the DNRS faculty again, after having attended twice as a student himself. He is the author of five young adult novels (PARTY; ZERO; MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRL; SICK; and RANDOM) with Random House, Abrams/Amulet, and Simon Pulse. He brings to his classes more than 20 years of theatre background as an actor and director and has presented and/or keynoted for the Romance Writers of America, SCBWI, Phoenix ComiCon, Tucson Festival of Books, Las Vegas Book Festival, and more. He is also an instructor for Piper’s Your Novel Year.Website
- Barry Lyga
After graduating from Yale with a degree in English, Barry Lyga worked in the comic book industry before quitting to pursue his lifelong love of writing. In 2006, his first young adult novel, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, was published to rave reviews and Publisher’s Weekly named Lyga a “Flying Start” in December 2006 on the strength of the debut. His second young adult novel, Boy Toy, received starred reviews. VOYA gave it its highest critical rating, and the Chicago Tribune called it “[…] an astounding portrayal of what it is like to be the young male victim.” His third novel, Hero-Type, solidified Lyga’s reputation as a “YA rebel-author” according to the Kirkus Reviews. His latest series has been optioned for television by Warner Bros./Silver Pictures. To date, Lyga has published eleven novels in various genres in his seven-year career and his books have been or are slated to be published in a dozen different languages in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Lyga lives and writes in New York City. His comic book collection is a lot smaller than it used to be, but is still way too big.Website
- Jeredith Merrin
Jeredith Merrin–brought up in Pacific Northwest, on the old Oregon Trail–took her MA in English (specializing in Chaucer), followed by a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in Anglo-American Poetry and Poetics. CUP, a special honoree in the Able Muse Press poetry competition, is her forthcoming third collection; her previous books, Shift and Bat Ode, appeared in the University of Chicago Press Phoenix Poets series. She’s authored an influential book of criticism on Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, and her reviews and essays (on Moore, Bishop, Clare, Mew, Amichai, and others) have appeared in The Southern Review and elsewhere. Her poems may be found in such journals as Ploughshares, The Southern Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Yale Review. A retired Professor of English (The Ohio State University), she’s won numerous teaching awards and twice been a MacDowell Colony fellow. She lives in Chandler and is currently completing a chapbook, having to do with owls.
- Erin Murphy
Erin Murphy is the founder of Erin Murphy Literary Agency, which focuses on building careers and community. The agency began as a one-person operation in 1999 and now includes three support staff and two additional agents working in different parts of the country. Although neither Erin nor her fellow agents, Ammi-Joan Paquette and Tricia Lawrence, have worked in New York trade publishing, EMLA is considered one of the most successful boutique children’s agencies in the United States. Erin’s client list includes Golden Kite winner Joanne Rocklin, author of The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook, Jane Addams winner Cynthia Levinson, author ofWe’ve Got a Job, and NYT bestselling authors Chris Barton, author of Shark vs. Train. Erin’s favorite parts of being an agent are working with her clients editorially to develop their projects for submission, looking at the big picture of each client and his or her work to envision a path for a long-term career, and choosing to work with truly nice, dedicated people. Erin lives and works in Flagstaff, Arizona.Website
- Joseph Nassise
Joseph NassiseJoseph Nassise is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series, the Jeremiah Hunt trilogy, and the Great Undead War series. He is a former president of the Horror Writers Association, the world’s largest organization of professional horror writers, and a multiple Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award nominee. For the last decade, Joe has also worked as a writing/creativity coach, helping fellow writers pursue their publishing dreams.
- Melissa Pritchard
Author of eight books of fiction including The Odditorium, a San Francisco Chronicle and Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Melissa Pritchard has received numerous literary awards, among them the Flannery O’Connor, Janet Heidinger Kafka and Carl Sandburg Awards, NEA and Howard Foundation Fellowships as well as two Pushcart Prizes and two O. Henry Awards. Two of her books were New York Times Notable Book and Editor’s Choice selections. Pritchard has worked as a journalist in Afghanistan, India and Ethiopia, and her nonfiction has appeared in various publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine, the Wilson Quarterly, ARRIVE, the Amtrak Magazine, the Gettysburg Review and Conjunctions. She is the founder of the Ashton Goodman Fund, Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Melissa is currently at work on a new novel. Her essay collection, A Solemn Pleasure, will be published by Bellevue Literary Press in May, 2015.Website
- Erin Quinn
Erin QuinnErin Quinn is an award winning author who writes romance for the thinking reader. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Readers Crown, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence. Go to www.erinquinnbooks.com.
- Allan Reeder
Allan Reeder, an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher, is the founder and president of Hillside Writing (www.hillsidewriting.com), which provides imaginative, dedicated coaching to professional and apprentice writers. After assisting novelist John Irving with fiction and screenplay projects, Allan worked as an editor at The Atlantic and then as executive fiction editor at DoubleTake magazine. For the past thirteen years he has mentored the exceptional young wordsmiths in The Writing Studio at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, in Natick, Massachusetts, where he has designed and taught studio courses in nonfiction and fiction writing. A recipient of the E. E. Ford Prize for Exceptional Teaching, Allan has earned for his own writing back-to-back Artist Grants in Fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a full fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, nomination as a Ploughshares Emerging Writer, and a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. He curates and writes Hillside’s blog, Sentence x Sentence.Website
- Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning author of Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass’ Women, Season, Moon, Hurricane
, and the children’s books, Ninth Ward, Sugar, and the upcoming Bayou Magic. Her writing guides include: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction.
Her work has been published in Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, China, Korea, France, and the United Kingdom and reproduced in audio and for NPR’s “Selected Shorts.”
Her honors include: A Coretta Scott King Honor Award, the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, The Jane Addams Book Prize, a Parents Choice Foundation Gold Award, and the International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society prize.
Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Founding Artistic Director and Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.Website
- Kathrine Skretting
Kathrine Skretting is a professor of film and media studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Her Ph.d dissertation (1990) examines Norwegian commercial films from 1920 to 1990. Skretting shows how the genre developed, and she discusses how commercials from different periods communicate with their audience, inspired by German Reception Theory. In another book on commercials (2004), she discusses the qualities of advertising films, using international price winning commercials as examples. Skretting has also published articles on film censorship, women on film and TV and pornography, as well as books on Norwegian film and TV history. She has mainly published in Norwegian. Kathrine Skretting has worked extensively with university management and leadership. She was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities 2005- 2013 (Aug.1st.), and Vice President at the same university 1999-2001. She has also worked with policies for higher education institutions, as well as quality assurance, in Norway and other Scandinavian countries. Appointed by the government, she has been a board member at several Norwegian universities and university colleges, in addition to media institutions. 2013-2014 Kathrine Skretting has been a distinguished visiting scholar at ASU’s Project Humanities, also affiliated the ASU Center for film, Media, and Popular Culture. Her work at ASU has resulted in two articles, “Strategies for the Humanities. How are the humanities presented in the strategies of Arizona State University, Utrecht University and Norwegian University of Science and Technology?” and “I am Curious – Yellow – film pornography or film art?” She has also published an article on the TV series Breaking Bad in Norwegian.
- Mary Sojourner
Mary Sojourner has been a community and environmental activist and organizer since she was seventeen and teaches writing–in private circles, one-on-one, at writing conferences, and book festivals. She is the author of three novels: Sisters of the Dream (1989), Going Through Ghosts (2010), and 29 (2014). She has also published a short story collection, Delicate (2001, 2004), an essay collection, Bonelight: ruin and grace in the New Southwest (2002) and the memoir, Solace: rituals of loss and desire (2004). She has been an NPR commentator and the author of countless pieces for High Country News, Yoga Journal, Writers on the Range, Matador Network, and dozens of other publications. She was chosen as a Distinguished Writer in Residence in 2007 by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Sojourner She believes in both the limitations and possibilities of healing. Writing is the most powerful tool she has found for doing what is necessary to mend both oneself and one’s greater world.Website
- Rose Solari
Rose Solari is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, The Last Girl, Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather; the one-act play, Looking for Guenevere; and a novel, A Secret Woman. She has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including the University of Maryland, College Park; St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland; the Jung Society of Washington; and The Centre for Creative Writing at Oxford University’s Kellogg College, where she currently serves on the Centre’s Advisory Panel.
Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ University Prize, The Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, The Columbia Book Award for poetry, and an EMMA award for excellence in journalism.Website
- Ove Solum
Ove Solum is professor at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo. He teaches and has done research on different aspects of film studies, both social and institutional issues and aspects concerning film history, theory and film aesthetics. He has published numerous articles and books on these subjects. In 2010 he was the Norwegian contributor to the “Scandinavian Think Tank on Films.” He has been the leader of the Research Committee at The Norwegian Film Institute and has been in charge of arranging several conferences with a film historical focus, in addition to annual seminars in collaboration with the Film House in Oslo and The National Library of Norway. He is currently working on issues related to digitalization, technological change and genre innovations and on a project about “Nordic Noir.”
- Michael Stackpole
Michael A. Stackpole is the New York Times bestselling author of Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi. He’s written over fifty novels, most in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He is an award-winning game designer, computer game designer, podcaster, screenwriter, editor and novelist who has an asteroid named after him. His latest novel is Crusader Road. He lives in Scottsdale and teaches within the Piper Center’s Your Novel Year program.Website
- Beth Staples
Beth Staples is the assistant director of the Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she teaches Books & Publishing, Publishing Practicum, and Special Topics in Publishing for UNCW’s Creative Writing Department. She is also the Associate Editor for their literary magazine, Ecotone, and the department’s boutique press, Lookout Books. She joined the UNCW faculty from The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University where she managed the literary journal Hayden’s Ferry Review and the Center’s other publications from 2007 to 2012. She has taught classes and given lectures on editing, publishing, and fiction writing at various universities and conferences, and received her MFA in fiction writing from ASU.
- Nova Ren Suma
Nova Ren Suma
Nova Ren Suma received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Suma is the author of the YA novels Imaginary Girls (Penguin/Dutton, 2011) and 17 & Gone (Penguin/Dutton, 2013). She’s now at work on a new YA novel, The Walls Around Us, coming in 2015 from Algonquin YR. Suma has been a fellow in fiction with the New York Foundation for the Arts and was awarded residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Millay Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, and, twice, from the MacDowell Colony. She was selected to attend the 2012 Launch Pad Workshop, a NASA-funded astronomy workshop for writers. In the summer 2013 she was awarded an NEA fellowship for a residency at the Hambidge Center for Arts & Sciences. She has taught YA novel writing with Mediabistro and workshops at SCBWI conferences and elsewhere.Website
- Gail Tsukiyama
Gail Tsukiyama attended San Francisco State University where she received both her B.A. and M.A. in English with the emphasis in Creative Writing. Most of her college work was focused on poetry and she was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence. She is the author of seven novels published by St. Martin’s Press, including Women of the Silk, The Samurai’s Garden, Night of Many Dreams, The Language of Threads, Dreaming Water, and The Street of a Thousand Blossoms. Her latest novel, A Hundred Flowers, was published in August of 2012. She was also the first author to receive the Asia Pacific Leadership Award from the Center of the Pacific Rim and the Ricci Institute. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has taught at San Francisco State University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Mills College.Website
- Robert E. Vardeman
Robert E. Vardeman
Robert E. Vardeman has published more than 300 novels with all the major New York publishers and many indie presses in his almost forty years as a professional author. He has worked in numerous genres including science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, high tech and spy thrillers and has written numerous westerns under the pen names of Jackson Lowry and Karl Lassiter. For eight years he taught both short fiction and non-fiction writing along with the novel course for Longridge Writers Institute and has given talks on writing at the University of New Mexico, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Rice, and at numerous writers conferences. Editing work includes the magazine For Your Family, the Science Fiction Writers of America Forum (SFWA Forum), and currently edits four fantasy football annual magazines (including Pro Forecaster, the winner of the Fantasy Sports Writers 2013 Best Football magazine). Two science fiction anthologies, A Career Guide to Your Job in Hell and Golden Reflections, were co-edited. He holds a BS in physics and a MS in materials engineering and worked in solid state physics research at Sandia National Laboratories before becoming a full-time writer. He currently lives in Albuquerque, NM and enjoys the high-tech hobby of geocaching.Website
- George Witte
George Witte is the author of three collections of poems: Does She Have a Name?, Deniability, and The Apparitioners. His poems have been published in a range of journals and anthologized in The Best American Poetry, Old Flame, Rabbit Ears, and Vocabula Bound. Witte received Poetry magazine’s Frederick Bock prize, as well as a fellowship from the New Jersey Council for the Arts. For thirty years he has worked in book publishing, as an editor of fiction and nonfiction books, publisher of Picador USA, and for the past fifteen years editor in chief of St. Martin’s Press. He lives with his family in Ridgewood, New Jersey.Website
- Xu Xi
XU XI許素細 is the author of nine books of fiction and essays. The most recent titles are Access Thirteen Tales(2011), the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky(2010), a finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize and an essay collection, Evanescent Isles(2008). A novel-in-manuscript, That Man in Our Lives, and an essay collection, Typhoon Mum, about living with her mother’s Alzheimer’s,are currently represented by the literary agency Harold Matson. Work-in-progress includes a novella, The Milton Man, and a collaborative arts & letters project, Conversation, ekphrastic personal essays responding to photographs by David Clarke. She is also editor or co-editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English, most recently, The Queen of Statue Square: New Short Fiction from Hong Kong, co-edited with Marshall Moore (September, 2014).
Recent & forthcoming fiction, essays & critical work appear in the journals The Iowa Review, Water-Stone Review, Lake Effect, Drunken Boat, Guernica Daily, Ploughshares, Text (Australia), Four Quarters Magazine (India), The Letters Project (Univ. of Nottingham, UK), Silk Road, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, Fleur des Lettres (Chinese translation, Hong Kong), Toad Suck Review, Writing & Pedagogy (UK), as well as in several anthologies, including, All About Skin (Univ. of Wisconsin Press), Local/Express: Asian American Arts Community in 90’s NYC (Asian American Literary Review), Creativity & Discovery in the University Writing Class: A Teacher’s Guide(Equinox, UK-US), The Bedford Introduction to Literature (Bedford/St. Martin’s, New York), Still (Negative Press, UK), Understanding the Essay (Broadview Press, Canada).
A transnational “third culture” writer, she long inhabited the flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong and the South Island of New Zealand, until her mother’s Alzheimer’s ended those peregrinations. From 2002-12 she was on the MFA in Writing faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she was elected and served as faculty chair from 2009-12. She is currently Writer-in-Residence at City University of Hong Kong’s Department of English, where she established and directs Asia’s first low-residency MFA in creative writing that also focuses on writing of, from and out of Asia.Website
- G. Pascal Zachary
G. Pascal Zachary
G. Pascal (“Gregg”) Zachary is a professor of practice at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His five books include a memoir, Married to Africa: a love story (2009), and a biography, Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century (1997), which won the IEEE Literary Award and was described as “deeply informed” by the New York Times. Zachary has written and directed several television documentaries, including “Code Rush,” about innovation in Silicon Valley, for PBS. At ASU, Zachary has taught fiction writing about the future as well as nonfiction writing about science, technology and society. Zachary spent 13 years as a senior writer at The Wall Street Journal, and wrote the Ping column on innovation for The New York Times from 2007-2008. In a review of his work in 2000, The Atlantic Monthly called Zachary “a serious public intellectual who can combine familiarity with scholarly literature [...] with first-hand reporting.”Website