2018 Authors

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Pam Houston Pam Houston
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.​​​


Justin Torres
University of California, Los Angeles​Justin Torres

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, Harper’s Granta, Tin House, The Washington Post, Glimmertrain, The Guardian and The Advocate. The National Book Foundation named him one of 2012’s 5 Under 35.


Dean Bakopoulos
Grinnell CollegeDean Bakopoulos

Dean Bakopoulos is the author of Summerlong and 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.


Jennifer Chang
George Washington University​​​Jennifer Chang

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.


Matthew Olzmann
Warren Wilson MFA ProgramMatthew Olzmann

​​​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 Kenyon Review, New England Review, Necessary Fiction, Brevity, 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
Grinnell College​Oliver de la Paz

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, NPR, 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; Tin House; Fence; and Bomb, among other venues.


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