Ron Carlson is the author of eight books of fiction, most recently of the novel, Five Skies. Previous work includes At The Jim Bridger and The Hotel Eden, a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book. His work is included in many anthologies, including the O’Henry Prize Stories and Best American Stories. He is currently director of the graduate writing program at UC Irvine. In 2006 GQ Magazine called him “one of the great things about America.”
Lan Samantha Chang
Lan Samantha Chang is the author of a novel, Inheritance, and a collection of stories, Hunger, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award. Her fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, and The Best American Short Stories. Chang is the director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, she is the recipient of fellowships from the Princeton University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the NEA.
Ehud Havazelet’s most recent work, Bearing the Body: A Novel, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007. He is the award-winning author of two story collections What is it Then Between Us and Like Never Before, also a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times best book. He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim, Whitney and Rockefeller Foundations. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon and lives in Corvallis, Oregon.
Ann Packer’s most recent work, Songs Without Words, was a national bestseller. Her previous novel, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, received the Kate Chopin Literary Award and a Great Lakes Book Award. Also a national bestseller, it has been translated into ten languages. Her first book is Mendocino and Other Stories. She lives in Northern California.
Mark Doty’s seven books of poetry include School of the Arts, Source, Sweet Machine, and My Alexandria, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. His eighth, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, will be published in 2008. He has received Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Whiting fellowships; among other honors and awards, he is a two-time recipient of a Lambda Literary Award and the first American recipient of the T.S. Eliot Prize. He is also the author of four books of prose: Dog Years, Firebird, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy, and Heaven’s Coast. A resident of New York and Houston, he is the John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Houston.
Nick Flynn is the author of the poetry collections Blind Huber and Some Ether (winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award) and of the memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award and was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina. The recipient of Guggenheim and Library of Congress fellowships, he has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and NPR’s This American Life. He was “field poet” and artistic collaborator on the film Darwin’s Nightmare, which was an Academy Award nominee for best feature documentary of 2006. He teaches at the University of Houston.
Brenda Hillman‘s most recent work is Pieces of Air in the Epic, her eighth volume of poetry. Previous titles include Cascadia and Loose Sugar. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award for Poetry from the Poetry Society of America and Norma Farber First Book Prize, also from the Poetry Society of America. She edited, with Patricia Dienstfrey, the collection The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood. A longtime faculty member of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, she has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Iowa, among other universities, and is the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at St. Mary’s College.
Claudia Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry: Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric, shortlisted for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; PLOT; The End of the Alphabet; and Nothing in Nature is Private, winner of the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. She is co-editor of two anthologies: American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, with Juliana Spahr, and American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics, with Lisa Sewell. Her other honors and awards include an Academy of American Poets Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Foundation residency. She is the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College.
Special Guest Paul Lisicky
Paul Lisicky is the author of the novel Lawn Boy and of the memoir Famous Builder. He is currently working on a collection of short prose pieces, some of which are forthcoming in Five Points, Gulf Coast, Conjunctions, The Seattle Review,and Water~Stone Review. He teaches at NYU and was a Visiting Professor at Cornell for the spring 2008 semester. A novel, Lumina Harbor, is forthcoming. Lisicky will give a lecture/participatory workshop on “Prose Collage,” innovation in memoir, short prose and other hybrid prose forms.