Stephen Dunn has written eleven books of poems, including Different Hours, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, and New and Selected Poems, 1974-1994. His other books include Walking Light: Essays and Memoirs. Among his awards are NEA and Guggenheim fellowships and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
- Lecture – “Alert lovers, hidden sides, and ice travelers: Notes on poetic form & energy”
Jane Hirshfield’s fifth collection, Given Sugar, Given Salt, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award. Her other books include Nine Gates, essays on poetry, and two anthologies collecting women poets of the past. Her work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.
- Lecture – “Poetry and uncertainty”
Dorianne Laux is the author of Smoke: What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Awake. She is co-author of The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. Her work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.
- Lecture – “The marriage of music & meaning: How it helps to get a poem by heart”
Marilyn Nelson, the current poet laureate of Connecticut, is the author of eight books and a three time National Book Award finalist: in poetry for The Homeplace and The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems, and for young people’s literature for Carver: A Life in Poems, which was also a Newbery Honor Book. Her other awards include Pushcart Prizes and Fulbright and NEA fellowships.
- Lecture – “Messing around with the sonnet”
Robert Cohen’s most recent books are the collection The Varieties of Romantic Experience and the novel Inspired Sleep. His stories have appeared in Harper’s, GQ, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares, and he has been awarded the Ribalow Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and a Whitings Writers’ Award. Robert teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont.
- Lecture – “The sentence”
Peter Ho Davies
Peter Ho Davies is the author of the story collections The Ugliest House in the World and Equal Love, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Several of his stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. His fiction appears in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review.
- Lecture – “Fear and fiction: The paranoia of influence”
Claire Messud’s most recent book of two novellas, The Hunters, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, as was her first novel, When the World Was Steady. She is the author of a second novel, The Last Life. A recipient of the Adam Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
- Lecture – “Where in the world is the writer?”
Christopher Tilghman’s most recent work includes The Way People Run, a story collection, and the novel Mason’s Retreat. A previous collection, In A Father’s Place, was cited as “the debut of the year” by The Boston Globe. His stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, as well as in The New Yorker and other magazines. A new novel is forthcoming in January 2004.
- Lecture – “The three counter-intuitive truths of literary place”