NEC MFA 2021 Visiting Writers Series

Jericho Brown: 2021 Elizabeth Yates McGreal Writer-in-Residence

NEC MFA 2020 Visiting Writers Series

Ocean Vuong: 2020 Elizabeth Yates McGreal Writer-in-Residence

Ocean Vuong is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 30 languages worldwide. A recipient of a 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Grant, he is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Granta, Harpers, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Angela Merkel, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, Interview, Poets & Writers, and The New Yorker.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass-Amherst.

2019 New Hampshire Poetry Festival

The New England College MFA program was a proud sponsor of the 2019 New Hampshire Poetry Festival. The festival was held on the NEC campus in Henniker, New Hampshire, on September 14, 2019, and included the gathering of almost 200 poets and poetry lovers, including headliner Ilya Kaminsky.

NEC MFA 2019 Visiting Writers Series

Linda Gregerson

Vijay Seshadri: 2019 Elizabeth Yates McGreal Writer-in-Residence

July 11-21, 2019

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and moved to America at the age of five. He is the author of the poetry books Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow, The Disappearances, and 3 Sections, as well as many essays, reviews, and memoir fragments. His work has been widely published and anthologized and recognized with many honors, most recently the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and, in 2015, the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was educated at Oberlin College and Columbia University, and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Linda Gregerson:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Linda Gregerson is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently of Prodigal: New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015).  Among her earlier books, Magnetic North (2007) was a finalist for the National Book Award; Waterborne (2002) won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep was a finalist for both the Lenore Marshall Award and The Poets Prize. Gregerson has also received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Society of America, the Modern Poetry Association, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Gregerson teaches at the University of Michigan, as Distinguished University Professor of English and Creative Writing, and is also a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

NHPF 2018

2018 New Hampshire Poetry Festival

The New England College MFA program was a proud sponsor of the 2018 New Hampshire Poetry Festival. The festival was held on the NEC campus in Henniker, New Hampshire, on September 15, 2018, and included the gathering of over 150 poets and poetry lovers, including headliner Linda Pastan.

NEC MFA Visiting Writer Series: 2018

Andre Dubus

The Elizabeth Yates McGreal Visiting Writer: July 19-29

Andre Dubus III is the author of The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture) and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors Choice". His work has been included in The Best American Essays and The Best Spiritual Writing anthologies, and his novel, House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His novella collection, Dirty Love, was published in the fall of 2013 and has been listed as a New York Times “Notable Book”, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a 2013 “Notable Fiction” choice from The Washington Post, and a Kirkus “Starred Best Book of 2013”.  His new novel, Gone So Long, is forthcoming. Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

Lillian Yvonne-Bertram

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is a 2014 recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship. Her chapbook cutthroat glamours (2013) won the Phantom Press chapbook contest. Her first full-length book, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), was selected by Claudia Rankine as the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award winner and was a 2013 poetry nominee for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award for outstanding works of literature published by people of African descent. Her other books include slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press, 2016), and personal science (Tupelo Press, 2016).

Alysia Abbott

Alysia Abbott is the author of Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and an ALA Stonewall Award winner and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards. She grew up in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the only child of gay poet and writer, Steve Abbott. As a journalist and critic, she's written for The New York Times, Real Simple, Vogue, Marie Claire, OUT, Slate,, TriQuarterly and Psychology Today, among other publications.


Kimberly Ann Priest

Kimberly Ann Priest has just published her first collection of poems, White Goat, Black Sheep. Priest also holds an MA in English Language & Literature from Central Michigan University, and currently teaches at Oklahoma Baptist University. She has participated in local initiatives to increase awareness concerning sexual assault and domestic violence issues, and her poetry has appeared in several literary journals including The 3288 Review, ArLiJo, Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, Critical Pass, Storm Cellar, Temenos, Ruminate Magazine and The Berkeley Poetry Review.

Tara Betts

Tara Betts will take part in two panels for AWP 2018 in Tampa: "Avoiding the Sunken Place: On Blackness, Selfhood, and the MFA," and "The Life and Work of Lucille Clifton." Betts is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Break the Habit, which was published in October 2016 with Trio House Press, and her debut collection Arc & Hue on the Willow Books imprint of Aquarius Press. In 2010, Essence Magazine named her as one of their "40 Favorite Poets." She received her Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing at Binghamton University in 2014. Betts is also a co-editor of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the Twenty-First Century (2 Leaf Press, 2017) with Cathy Schlund-Vials and Sean Patrick Forbes.

Douglas Piccinnini

Douglas Piccinnini has poems forthcoming this year in Boog City, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Lana Turner, Nat. Brut, Posit and Prelude. He is the author of Story Book: a novella (The Cultural Society, 2015) and a collection of poems, Blood Oboe (Omnidawn, 2015). His writing has appeared or will soon appear in The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Aufgabe, Denver Quarterly, Diner Journal, Fence, Jacket, Lana Turner,, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Nat. Brut, Prelude, Seattle Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Volta’s Evening Will Come, Verse, West Wind Review and elsewhere. His poetry has been anthologized in The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare (Nightboat Books, 2012).

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor will be serving as a panelist for the event "Oy Vey es Florida: Poetry on the Jewish American Experience" at AWP 2018 in Tampa, along with Robin Becker, Alicia Ostriker, Phillip Terman, and Jacqueline Osherow. Cahnmann-Taylor is professor of TESOL & World Language Education at the University of Georgia. She is the winner of Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes, a Leeway Poetry Grant, and a Fulbright award. She is the author of one book poetry, Imperfect Tense (Whitepoint Press, 2016), and co-author of two books on education, Teachers Act Up: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities Through Theatre and Arts-Based Research in Education. Her poems, essays, and articles about language learning have appeared in the Georgia Review, American Poetry Review, Women’s Quarterly Review, Cream City Review, Barrow Street, Puerto Del Sol, Mom Egg, Anthropology and Humanism, Language Arts, and TESOL Journal, among others. She is the poetry editor for Anthropology and Humanism, the journal of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, and judges their annual poetry contest.