Meet the 2018 faculty: Howard Norman

Howard Norman is an award-winning author and educator whose books have been translated into 12 languages. He has written seven novels: My Darling Detective (2017), Next Life Might be Kinder (2014), What is Left the Daughter (2010), Devotion (2007), The Haunting of L (2002), The Museum Guard (1998), The Bird Artist (1994), and The Northern […]

Meet the 2018 faculty: Mat Johnson

Mat Johnson has authored the novels Loving Day (2015), Pym (2011), Hunting in Harlem (2003), Drop (2000), the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot (2007), and comic books Incognegro (2008) and Dark Rain (2010). The long list of awards and recognitions Johnson has received includes: the American Book Award, the United States Artist James Baldwin […]

Meet the 2018 faculty: Lauren Groff

Acclaimed author Lauren Groff has three novels to her name: Fates and Furies (2015), Arcadia (2012), and The Monsters of Templeton (2008), and has been featured in publications such as the New Yorker, the Atlantic, American Short Fiction, Harper’s Tin House, and One Story. She has also written two collections of short stories: Florida (2018) […]

Meet the 2018 faculty: Jane Mead

Jane Mead is an award-winning poet, whose writing has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines. She has published five collections of poetry: World of Made and Unmade (2016), Money Money Money Water Water Water (2014), The Usable Field (2008), The House of Poured-Out Waters (2001), and The Lord and the General Din of the World (1996). […]

Meet the 2018 faculty: Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips, referred to as “one of America’s most original, influential, and productive of lyric poets,” has authored 14 books of poetry and several works of criticism and translation. His recent poetry collections include: Wild is the Wind (2018), Reconnaissance (2015), Silverchest (2013), Double Shadow (2011), and Speak Low (2009). His prose works include: The […]

Meet the 2018 faculty: Camille T. Dungy

Camille Dungy has authored four collections of poetry: Trophic Cascade (2017), Smith Blue (2011), Suck on the Marrow, and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (2006). Her most recent work is a collection of essays called Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History (2017). Dungy edited Black […]

Participant Spotlight: Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora’s first full-length collection, Unaccompanied, debuted in September of 2017 with the kind of fanfare most poets only dream of. But he remembers when, just seven years earlier, he attended the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference as a novice. “I was 20 years old, a sophomore in college, and someone there  believed in me enough […]

Participant Spotlight: Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua’s debut collection of short stories, Deceit and Other Possibilities, was published late last month — just over a decade after Hua workshopped one of the volume’s stories at the conference. Deceit and Other Possibilities won the Grand Prize for Prose in the Willow Books Literature Awards competition. O, The Oprah Magazine calls the […]

Participant Spotlight: Catherine Abbey Hodges

We were delighted to learn Catherine Abbey Hodges accorded us the honor of an acknowledgement in her collection, Instead of Sadness, which was published last year by Gunpowder Press as the inaugural winner of the Barry Spacks Poetry Prize. Why the conference mention in her book? In the four times Hodges attended the conference since […]

Participant spotlight: Daphne Larkin

If you’ve attended the conference any time in the last decade, Daphne Larkin‘s face is likely familiar to you. Not only has she been a fiction participant several times, but she’s a supporter, community housing host, and frequent attendee of evening readings during conference week. Larkin’s life in writing was featured in the 5-MINUTE MEMOIR […]