September alumni news: publication success & a new local workshop

We continue to hear good publishing news from alumni — including the latest crop of participants from 2012. Fiction writer Kirstin Chen, who was in Lan Samantha Chang’s workshop this year, learned while at the conference that her debut novel will be published in the fall of 2013 by Amazon Publishing. A 2011-2012 Steinbeck Fellow […]

Faculty Profile: Brenda Hillman

~  by Aaron DiFranco Few writers match the tenacity, courage and range of Brenda Hillman in seeking out a congruence between one’s non-verbal experience of the world and how language reflects it.  Her poems command not only a fiercely demanding verbal range, but are also fearless in their investigations of the often-disconcerting emptiness of that […]

Faculty Profile: Tayari Jones

“Born, bred and buttered” in Atlanta, Georgia (as she once described herself), Tayari Jones has placed all three of her novels in that city, creating a trilogy, as The Village Voice noted, “defining middle-class black Atlanta the way Cheever did Westchester.” Although Tayari Jones lives primarily in the northeast these days, “Atlanta is where my […]

Faculty profile: Lan Samantha Chang

For last year’s conference, fiction and poetry assistant Jeannie Kim-McPherson penned this introduction to Lan Samantha Chang’s work.  Lan Samantha Chang’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic and twice in The Best American Short Stories, and her books have won numerous awards and accolades, including the PEN Beyond Margins Award. She has received writing fellowships […]

Faculty Profile: Crossing Borders with Forrest Gander

Born in California’s Mojave desert with roots in the South, schooled in Virginia and California, now living in Rhode Island, but frequently traveling abroad: Forrest Gander’s itinerant physical existence is mirrored in his writing, which travels widely. Gander has authored 12 books of poetry, a novel, a book of essays, and a “hybrid book,” and […]

A Bit More About Arthur Sze

          When Arthur Sze was named a Chancellor of the Academy of AmericanPoets last month, Academy Chancellor Naomi Shihab Nye called his poetry “a nourishing tonic for the mind.”  The word tonic, with its connotations of both musical tonality and promotion of muscular health, is a particularly apt one for Arthur Sze’s […]

Tayari Jones on NPR

Tayari Jones was heard on NPR today  with this essay about the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. She writes and speaks with the elegance and heart-breaking honesty so present in all her work.  

Ron Carlson, Man of Many Genres

This year, we welcome the return of Ron Carlson, whose renown as a master of the short story is matched only by his excellence and generosity as a teacher—as those in his workshop are bound to discover. And this year, Carlson returns with a just-published first book of poetry under his belt. With five novels, […]

The Application Gates Are Open

Along with the plum blossoms, the first flurries of applications are arriving!        There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh applications in the morning, still warm from the friction of electron-transmission.        Though, to be sure, paper and snail-mail are perfectly acceptable and have their own appeal. The satisfying rip of […]

Applications will open in only ten days!

We’ve cleared our desks from last year’s mess – we’re ready and eager to  review your submissions! Meanwhile, skip over to Alumni & Faculty News to read about Valerie Fioravanti, an alum from 2009, her thriving writing center in Sacramento and an upcoming weekend workshop featuring Peter Ho Davies, faculty from that same year…