The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Archived Conference Faculty

 2016 Conference Faculty

Miral al-Tahawy | Kathy Belden | Dexter L. Booth | Michael Bourret | Adrienne Celt | Alice Eve Cohen | Lee Gutkind | Hershman John | T. Geronimo Johnson | A.S. King | Claire Kirch | Sally Kitch | Bill Konigsberg | Stephanie Kuehn | Deborah Ledford | Hugh Martin | Manuel Muñoz | Joseph Nassise | Amy Nichols | Chantelle Aimée Osman | Patricia Park | T. Jefferson Parker | Melissa Pritchard | Jewell Parker Rhodes | Alberto Ríos | James Sallis | Andrew Smith | Michael Stackpole | Laura Van Prooyen | Robert E. Vardeman | Betty Webb | Xu Xi 

2015 Conference Faculty

Vegard Steiro Amundsen | Jabari Asim | Mark Athitakis | Val Bandura | Else Barratt-Due | Matt Bell | Brook Bessesen | James Blasingame | Dexter L. Booth | Michael Bourret | Anita Bunkley | Paul Cook | Rigoberto González | Laraine Herring | Tara Ison | Adam Johnson | Varian Johnson | Bill Konigsberg | Peter Lehman | Tom Leveen | Barry Lyga | Jeredith Merrin | Erin Murphy | Joseph Nassise | Melissa Pritchard | Erin Quinn | Allan Reeder | Jewell Parker Rhodes | Katherine Skretting | Mary Sojourner | Rose Solari | Ove Solum | Michael Stackpole | Beth Staples | Nova Ren Suma | Gail Tsukiyama | Robert E. Vardeman | George Witte | Xu Xi | G. Pascal Zachary

2014 Conference Faculty

Lauren Abramo | Jay Boyer | Ron Carlson | Paul Cook | Alan Dean Foster | Beckian Fritz Goldberg | Tayari Jones | Bill Konigsberg | Tom Leveen | Kimberley Griffiths Little | D.T. Max | Jessica McCann | Allison Moore | Jim Natal | T. Jefferson Parker | Barbara Peters | Jem Poster | Jewell Parker Rhodes | Michael Schiffer | Aurelie Sheehan | Dana Stabenow | Michael A. Stackpole | Beth Staples | Laura Tohe | Xu Xi | G. Pascal Zachary | Lisa Zeidner

2013 Conference Faculty

Aaron Allston | Bhira Backhaus | Brooke Bessesen | James Blasingame | Daniel Bosch | Max Doty | Stella Pope Duarte | Diana Gabaldon | Lee Gutkind | Bill Konigsberg | Tom Leveen | Marylee Macdonald | Jessica McCann | Jim McCarthy | Jeredith Merrin | Allison Moore | Paul Morris | Barbara Peters | Aprilynne Pike | Erin Quinn | Allan Reeder | James Sallis | Dana Stabenow | Michael A. Stackpole | Christine Szuter | Jessica Tribble | Betty Webb | Timothy Zahn

2012 Conference Faculty

Val Bandura | Robert Boswell | Bernard Cooper | Denise Duhamel | Patrick Michael Finn | Carolyn Forche | Myrlin Hepworth | Pam Houston | Charles Jensen | Hershman John | Adam Johnson | Mat Johnson | A. Van Jordan | Krys Lee | Antonya Nelson | Alix Ohlin | Jem Poster | Josh Rathkamp | Jennifer Speigel | Eleanor Wilner | Xu Xi | Richard Yanez

2011 Conference Faculty

Tiffany Atkinson | Andrea Barrett | Robert Boswell | Rus Bradburd | Shannon Cain | K.L. Cook | Gretel Ehrlich | Mark Haunschild | Lucy Hawking | Tony Hoagland | Victor LaValle | Naeem Murr | Antonya Nelson | Laura Newbern | Jem Poster | Josh Rathkamp | David Shields | Renee Simms | Connie Voisine | C.Dale Young

2010 Conferene Faculty

Due to circumstances, there was no Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in 2010.

2009 ASU Writers Conference

Kazim Ali | Steve Almond | Laurie Brooks | Christopher Burawa | Alison Calder | Warren Cariou | Brock Clarke | Martha Collins | Bernard Cooper | Laura Cruser | Jaime Dempsey | Elin Maria Evangelista | Percival Everett | Carolyn Forché | Rigoberto González | Lee Gutkind | Meridith Hall | Tina Hammerton | Philip Joseph Holden | A. Van Jordan | Tania Katan | Adib Khan | Ross Leckie | William Henry Lewis | Chandani Lokuge | Nancy Mairs | Erin McGraw | Kevin McIlvoy | Dinty W. Moore | Patricia Murphy | Jem Poster | C.E. Poverman | Kevin Prufer | Mary Ruefle | Elizabeth Searle | Alice Sebold | Rebecca Seiferle | Danzy Senna | Peggy Shumaker | Mary Sojourner | Michael A. Stackpole | Natasha Trethewey

2008 Conference Faculty

Sally Ball | Steve Beisner | Jeff Biggers | Michael Bourret | Jay Boyer | Laurie Brooks | Orson Scott Card | Bernard Cooper | Mark E. Cull | Ann Cummins | Cindy Dach | Jim Daniels | Jaime Dempsey | Denise Duhamel | Beth Ann Fennelly | Carolyn Forché | Kate Gale | Beckian Fritz Goldberg | Lee Gutkind | T.R. Hummer | Bret Anthony Johnson | Tania Katan | Christopher Lane | Susan Lang | Ross Leckie | Kevin McIlvoy | Rick Moody | Dinty W. Moore | Paul Morris | Antonya Nelson | Melissa Pritchard | Guillermo Reyes | Elizabeth Searle | Aurelie Sheehan | Peggy Shumaker | Richard Siken | Mary Sojourner | Michael A. Stackpole | Terese Svoboda | Philip Taylor | Carolyne Wright | C. Dale Young

2007 Conference Faculty

Anjana Appachana | Sally Ball | Steve Beisner | Michael Bourret | Marilyn Bowering | Jay Boyer | Bernard Cooper | Mark Crockett | Carolyn Forché | Diana Gabaldon | Tony Hoagland | Cynthia Hogue | Bob Hoover | T.R. Hummer | Charles Jensen | Tania Katan | Peter Lehman | William Luhr | Kevin McIlvoy | T.M. McNally | James Masao Mitsui | Paul Morris | Walter Mosley | Laurie Notaro | Melinda Palacio | Peter Pereira | Barbara Peters | Claudia Rankine | Guillermo Reyes | Jewell Parker Rhodes | James Sallis | Elizabeth Searle | Aaron Shurin | Richard Siken | Mary Sojourner | Michael A. Stackpole | Philip Taylor | Gail Tsukiyama | Tom Wayman | Betty Webb | George Witte | Paula Woods

2006 Conference Faculty

Reagan Arthur | Sally Ball | Daniel Bosch | Jay Boyer | Ron Carlson | Paul Cook | Bernard Cooper | Gerald Costanzo | Jen Currin | Chitra Divakaruni | Carolyn Forché | Forrest Gander | Lee Gutkind | Robert Haas | Cynthia Hogue | Charles Jensen | Hershman John | Tania Katan | William Loizeaux | Marylee MacDonald | Alistair MacLeod | Kevin McIlvoy | T.M. McNally | Paul Morris | G. Lynn Nelson | Sean Nevin | W.H. New | Laurie Notaro | Stephen Pyne | Guillermo Reyes | Jewell Parker Rhodes | Sharman Russell | Tomaz Salamun | Katharine Sands | Jeannine Savard | Elizabeth Searle | Gary Short | Peggy Shumaker | Aaron Shurin | Patricia Smith | Ron Smith | Nat Sobel | Mary Sojourner | Michael A. Stackpole | Indu Sundaresan | Gail Tsukiyama | David L. Ulin | Sarah Vap | Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker

2005 Conference Faculty

Malaika Adero | Jorn Ake | Sally Ball | Lynne Barrett | Chris Becker | Peter Blegvad | Jana Bommersbach | Barbara Bova | Ben Bova | Jay Boyer | A. S. Byatt | Denise Chávez | Tomaz Salamun | Michael Collier | Billy Collins | Paul Cook | Elisabeth Lewis Corley | Ann Cummins | Alison Hawthorne Deming | Robert Eversz | Alan Dean Foster | Mary Gannon | Rigoberto González | Lee Gutkind | Beckian Fritz Goldberg |Goffrey Kloske | Brian Leary | William Loizeaux | Marylee MacDonald | Kevin McIlvoy | T. M. McNally | Kelly McWilliams | Joseph Megel | Tom Miller | David Morley | Paul Morris | Barbara Nelson | G. Lynn Nelson | Sean Nevin | Naomi Shihab Nye | Redell Olsen | Lori Pfeiffer | Melissa Pritchard | D. A. Powell | Guillermo Reyes | Jewell Parke Rhodes | Alberto Ríos | Jeannine Savard | Elizabeth Searle | Tim Seibles | Jim Simmerman | Dave Smith | Mary Sojourner | Michael A. Stackpole | Miles Hood Swarthout | Jon Talton | Margo Tamez | Jean Valentine | Sarah Vowell | Betty Webb | Maximilian Werner | C. D. Wright

2004 Conference Faculty

Chris Abani | Malaika Adero | Jorn Ake | Susan J. Allspaw | Sally Ball | Jana Bommersbach | Ben Bova | Jay Boyer |A. Papatya Bucak | Stephen J. Cannell | Ron Carlson | Jeanne E. Clark | Mary Clyde | Paul Cook | Mark E. Cull | Clive Cussler | Oliver de la Paz | Norman Dubie | Lynn Emanuel | Kate Gale | Beckian Fritz Goldberg | Cynthia Hogue | Valerie Vadala Homer | Charles Jensen | Hershman John | Susan Lang | Kevin McIlvoy | Josie Milliken | Paul Morris | Miguel Murphy | Barbara Nelson | G. Lynn Nelson | John Nichols | Joyce Carol Oates | Paul Perry | Barbara Peters | Melissa Pritchard | Jewell Parker Rhodes | Adrienne Rich | Wendy White Ring | Alberto Ríos | Jeannine Savard | Mary Sojourner | Michael A. Stackpole |Gary Stuart | Margo Tamez | Joyce Carol Thomas | Laura Tohe | Sarah Vap | Betty Webb | Richard Yanez | Lisa Zeidner 

2003 Conference Faculty

Victor Asaro | Jay Boyer | Ron Carlson | Michael Collier | Paul Cook | Ed Dee | Joanne Dobson | Norman Dubie | Diana Gabaldon | Mary Gannon | Miriam Goderich | Beckian Fritz Goldberg | Marita Golden | Rigoberto González | Denis Johnson | Robert Johnson, Jr. | Tayari Jones | Mary Kenagy | Josh Kendall | Ruth Ellen Kocher | Frances Kuffel | Bret Lott | Amanda Michno | E. Ethelbert Miller | Paul Morris | Barbara Nelson | G. Lynn Nelson | Rick Noguchi | Oliver de la Paz | Joseph Wolveskill Pequeno | Barbara Peters | Melissa Pritchard | Jewell Parker Rhodes | Jon Richard | Thelma Richard | Alberto Ríos | Jeannine Savard | Steve Scafidi | Richard Shelton | Jennifer Spiegel | David St. John | Chase Twichell | Betty Webb