NEC MFA Visiting Writer Series: 2018
The Elizabeth Yates McGreal Visiting Writer: July 19-28
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.
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 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 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, NYTimes.com, 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 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.