University of California, Davis
Pam Houston’s most recent book is
Contents May Have Shifted. She’s the author of two short story collections,
Cowboys Are My Weakness and
Waltzing the Cat, the novel,
Sight Hound, and a collection of essays,
A Little More About Me. Her stories have been in
Best American Short Stories,
The O. Henry Awards,
The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and
Best American Short Stories of the Century. She’s the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, and multiple teaching awards. She lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
University of California, Los Angeles
Justin Torres' first novel,
We The Animals, a national best seller has been translated into fifteen languages and is currently being adapted into a feature film. He has published work in
The New Yorker,
The Washington Post,
The Guardian and
The Advocate. The National Book Foundation named him one of 2012’s 5 Under 35.
Dean Bakopoulos is the author of
Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon, a New York Times Notable Book; his screenplay adaptation is being developed by James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini productions. His novel,
My American Unhappiness, was named one of the year’s best novels by
The Chicago Tribune. He reviews books for
The New York Times Book Review and is currently at work on a nonfiction book called
Undoing, as well as a screenplay and a television pilot.
George Washington University
Jennifer Chang is the author of two collections of poetry:
The History of Anonymity and
Some Say the Lark. Her essays and poems have appeared in
Kenyon Review, New England Review, Poetry, and
Best American Poetry. She is also Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for Kundiman, an organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature.
Warren Wilson MFA Program
Matthew Olzmann was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of
Contradictions in the Design (Alice James Books, 2016) and
Mezzanines (Alice James Books, 2013), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in
New England Review,
Southern Review and elsewhere. Olzmann has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Kundiman, among others. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, the poet Vievee Francis.
Alissa Nutting is the author of the novels
Tampa and most recently
Made For Love which was named a Best Book of 2017 by
The New Yorker,
Huffington Post and
GQ. She is also the author of the award-winning collection of stories
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. Her work has appeared in the
New York Times;
O, The Oprah Magazine;
Bomb, among other venues.
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