2019 Authors

Dorothy AllisonDorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison’s best-selling novel Bastard Out of Carolina was a finalist for the National Book Award and has been translated into more than a dozen languages, as well as made into a feature film. She is the author of the poetry collection The Women Who Hate Me. Her story collection Trash won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association’s Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing. Her novel Cavedweller was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is the author of the essay collection Skin: Talking about Sex, Class & Literature and a memoir, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New Stories from the South, and she’s been the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction. She’s a contributing editor for Tin House and has taught at Davidson College, Emory University, and Columbia College.


Jamel Brinkley Jamel Brinkley, Stanford University

Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man, a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction and the John Leonard Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and Tin House, among other places. He has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.


Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown, Emory University

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment of the Arts. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal and Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of The Tradition. His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and the Pushcart Anthology, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.


Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith, Ohio Wesleyan University

Maggie Smith is the author of three award-winning books of poetry: Lamp of the Body, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and Good Bones, named by the Washington Post as one of the Five Best Poetry Books of 2017. The title poem of her most recent book was called the “Official Poem of 2016” by Public Radio International and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. The poem went viral internationally after the Pulse Nightclub shooting and was featured in the Washington Post, the CBS primetime drama Madam Secretary in an episode also entitled “Good Bones”, and Meryl Streep read the poem at the 2017 Academy of American Poets gala at Lincoln Center. Smith’s poems have appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, The Believer, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry anthology. Smith has received fellowships from the National Endowment and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. She taught at Gettysburg College, The Ohio State University MFA program, and is currently the Visiting Poet at Ohio Wesleyan University.


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