Department of English

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Adam Johnson is an associate professor of English at Stanford University. Winner of a Whiting Writer's Award and Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he is the author of Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novels Parasites Like Us and The Orphan Master’s Son, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Harper's Magazine and The Best American Short Stories.
Lauren Berry received a BA in creative writing from Florida State University and a MFA from the University of Houston, where she won the Inprint Verlaine Prize and served as poetry editor for Gulf Coast. From 2009 to 2010 she held the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin’s Creative Writing program. Her first collection of poems, The Lifting Dress, was released by Penguin in 2011 and selected to win the National Poetry Series. She currently lives in Houston and teaches AP English Language for YES Prep Public Schools, a charter school whose mission is to transform the low-income communities of Houston through college-preparatory education and community service.
Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, 2010), RAG (Omnidawn, 2014), and the forthcoming Think Tank (Solid Objects, 2015). She is also the co-editor of Active Romanticism: The Radical Impulse in Nineteenth-Century and Contemporary Poetic Practice, forthcoming from University of Alabama Press (2015). Carr was a 2011-12 NEA fellow and is an associate professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she teaches in the Creative Writing MFA program and the Intermedia Arts Writing and Performance Ph.D. program.
Victoria Chang's third book of poems, The Boss, published by McSweeney's, won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. Her poems have appeared in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Agni, and many other places. She lives in Southern California with her family and wiener dog, Mustard, and works in business.
Brock Clarke is the author of six books of fiction, most recently the novels The Happiest People in the World, Exley, and An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England (a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice pick). His stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere, and have been selected for the Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies. He teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College in Maine.
C. L. Dallat, poet, musician and critic, was born in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Ireland, and now lives in London where has reviewed literature and the arts for the TLS and Guardian among others, and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review since its inception in 1998. His first poetry collection, Morning Star, was published in 1998, he won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2006 and his latest collection is The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff Press, Belfast, 2009).
Danielle Evans is the author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, which was a co-winner of the 2011 PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her stories have been published in A Public Space, The Paris Review, and elsewhere, and she has twice been included in the Best American Short Stories anthology. She teaches in the MFA program at The University of Wisconsin.
Anne-Marie Fyfe (b. Cushendall, Co. Antrim, Ireland) has published four collections of poetry including Understudies: New and Selected Poems and a fifth collection, House of Small Absences, due from Seren Books in Spring 2015; has won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Prize; has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings and workshops at London’s leading live literature venue, the Troubadour, since 1997, organises the annual Hewitt Spring Festival in the Glens of Antrim, and was chair of the Poetry Society from 2006-2009.
Ross Gay is the author of the books Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. He is a gardner, kettlebell teacher, and bookmaker. He's a founding editor of the online sports magazine Some Call It Ballin, and he is an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press. He's on the board of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a free-fruit-for-all orchard in Bloomington, Indiana. He teaches poetry experiments at Indiana University.
Ben George is a senior editor at Little, Brown and Company, where he edits Rick Bass, David Bezmozgis, Rick Moody, Keith Lee Morris, and Edith Pearlman, among other writers. Prior to joining Little, Brown he was an editor at Viking Penguin and before that the co-founder and editorial director of Lookout Books, where he published Edith Pearlman’s Binocular Vision, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the National Book Award. While at Lookout Books he was also the editor of the literary journal Ecotone, working with Annie Proulx, Jonathan Lethem, Denis Johnson, Ann Beattie, Charles Baxter, Terry Tempest Williams, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, among many others.
Brigid Hughes is the founding editor of A Public Space and a contributing editor for Graywolf Press, where she edits A Public Space Books. Previously, she was executive editor of the Paris Review. She lives in New York City.
Sara Majka's stories have been published in A Public Space, The Massachusetts Review, and Guernica. In 2016, A Public Space and Graywolf Press will publish her debut story collection, "Cities I've Never Lived In." She lives in Queens.
Jeff Parker is the author of several books including Where Bears Roam the Streets: A Russian Journal (Harper Collins), the novel Ovenman (Tin House), and the short story collection The Taste of Penny (Dzanc). He co-edited the anthologies Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (Tin House) and Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey Archive). He also co-translated the novel Sankya (Dzanc) by Zakhar Prilepin from the Russian. He is the Director of the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, and he teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Zach Savich is the author of the poetry collections Full Catastrophe Living (U. Iowa, 2009), Annulments (Center for Literary Publishing, 2010), The Firestorm (CSU Poetry Center, 2011), and Century Swept Brutal (Black Ocean, 2014), along with a book of prose, Events Film Cannot Withstand (Rescue Press, 2011). His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Award, among other honors.He teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.
Jon Sealy grew up in Six Mile and currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. His stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including The South Carolina Review, PANK, and The Sun. His first novel is The Whiskey Baron.
Betsy Teter is a founder and executive director of the Hub City Writers Project of Spartanburg SC, which serves readers and writers through its independent small press, community bookshop, and diverse literary programming. The organization also runs The Writers House residency program and hosts the Writing in Place summer writers’ conference. Betsy holds a BA in History from Wake Forest University. Prior to helping found the Writers Project, she was a journalist for 15 years and served as business editor and columnist for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
Daniel Wallace is author of five novels, including Big Fish (1998). His work has been published in over two dozen languages, and his stories, novels and non-fiction essays are taught in high schools and colleges throughout this country. He is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.