Charles Baxter has written five novels, including The Soul Thief (2008), Saul and Patsy (2003), The Feast of Love (2000), nominated for the National Book Award, Shadow Play (1993), and First Light (1987). His accolades include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award of Merit for the Short Story, the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Rhea Award for the Short Story.
Baxter has published eight short story and essay collections, including There’s Something I Want You to Do (2015), Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (2011), Burning Down the House (1997), and Believers (1997). His fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. After directing the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Michigan for many years, he currently teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
Lan Samantha Chang
Lan Samantha Chang has authored three books: All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost (2010), Inheritance (2004), and Hunger (1998). Her numerous recognitions include: the Wallace Stegner and Truman Capote Fellowships at Stanford, the Teaching-Writing Fellowship and Michener-Copernicus Fellowship at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and fellowships from Princeton University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her works have been translated into nine languages, and her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, The Atlantic, and Best American Short Stories.
Chang has taught at Harvard, Stanford, and Warren Wilson College, and in 2005 she became the fifth director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the first woman and Asian American to lead the eminent residency program.
ZZ Packer is the author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (2003), and is working on a novel, The Thousands, set in the aftermath of the Civil War. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GRANTA, The New York Times Magazine, and The Guardian, as well as other magazines and journals. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and her accolades include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the American Academy in Berlin Prize, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, a Bellingham Review Award, a Whiting Award, and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award.
Packer has taught at many institutions, including Princeton as a Hodder Fellow, the Michener Center at the University of Texas, Vassar College, Stanford as a Jones Lecturer, Tulane University, and San Jose State University as the Lurie Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing. She is a recent Hutchens Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, and she currently teaches at Harvard University and leads a lecture series at Brown University.
Joan Silber has authored eight books of fiction, including Improvement (2017), winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award, The Size of the World (2008), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Prize in Fiction, Lucky Us (2001), In the City (1987), and Household Words (1980), winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her three short story collections are Fools (2013), longlisted for the National Book Award and finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Ideas of Heaven (2004), finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize, and In My Other Life (2000). She has also received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Silber’s fiction has been anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize collections, and Best American Short Stories. Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Epoch, Agni, Tin House, The Southern Review, The Colorado Review, and other publications. She teaches fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.