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Visiting Writers/Faculty

Bernard Cooper Bernard Cooper has written two memoirs, Maps to Anywhere and Truth Serum, as well as a novel, Year of Rhymes, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again. His work has appeared in Story, Ploughshares, Harper's, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, five volumes of The Best American Essays, and been read on This American Life as well as Selected Shorts. He has won numerous awards and prizes, among them the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Cooper is a core faculty member in the MFA program at Bennington College and teaches in the Masters of Professional Writing program at USC. He is currently completing a collection of essays entitled My Avant Garde Education, due to be published in 2015. (Photo credit: Jonathan Cowan)

Thomas Sayers EllisThomas Sayers Ellis is the author of two poetry collections, Skin, Inc. and The Maverick Room, which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award. His poems and photographs have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001 and 2010), Grand Street, The Baffler, Jubilat, Tin House, Poetry and The Nation. A co-founder of The Dark Room Collective, he is now an Assistant Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency M.F.A. Program and a Caven Canem faculty member. Thomas Sayers Ellis is our Visiting Hugo Fellow for Spring 2015. (Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

Walter Kirn

Walter Kirn is the author of eight books, including Blood Will Out, a memoir of his friendship with the imposter and convicted murderer Clark Rockefeller (Christian Gerhartsreiter), and two novels that were made into movies Up in the Air (starring George Clooney) and Thumbsucker (starring Keanu Reeves and Vince Vaughn). Kirn has reviewed books for New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review and New York Times Sunday Magazine. He is a national correspondent for the BBC who lives in Livingston, Montana. Walter Kirn is our Visiting Kittredge Fellow for Fall 2014.

Jennifer MoxleyJennifer Moxley is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Clampdown (Flood 2009) and The Middle Room (Subpress 2008), a book of essays, and a memoir. In addition, she has translated three books from the French. In 2005 she was granted the Lynda Hull Poetry Award from Denver Quarterly. Her poem "Behind the Orbits" was included by Robert Creeley in The Best American Poetry 2002. She was the poetry editor for The Baffler from 1997-2010 and a contributing editor to The Poker 2003-2008. Moxley is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of Maine. (Photo credit: John Sarsgard)

Antonya NelsonAntonya Nelson is the author of eleven books of fiction, most recently the story collection Funny Once (2014) and the novel Bound (2011). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, Redbook, and in many other magazines, as well as anthologies such as Prize Stories, O. Henry Awards, and Best American Short Stories. Her books have been New York Times Notable Books of 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010; in 2000 Nelson was also named by The New Yorker as one of the "twenty young fiction writers for the new millennium." She is the recipient of the Rea Award for Short Fiction, a 2000-2001 NEA Grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Nelson teaches creative writing at University of Houston and the Warren Wilson MFA program.

Past Visiting Writers, 2013 - 2014:

Sherwin Bitsui, Chris Dombrowski, Alexandra Fuller, Major Jackson, Walter Kirn, Jess Walter

Past Visiting Writers, 2012 - 2013:

Susan Cheever, Bill Kittredge, Victor LaValle, Alice Notley, Elizabeth Robinson, Robert Seidman, Ed Skoog

Past Visiting Writers, 2011 - 2012:

Rick Bass, Eduardo Chirinos, Debra Gwartney, Garrett Hongo, Zachary Lazar, Chang-rae Lee, Barry Lopez, Mary Jane Nealon, Elizabeth Robinson, Martha Ronk, Daniel Shapiro

Past Visiting Writers, 2010 - 2011:

Brian Blanchfield, David Gates, C.S. Giscombe, Melissa Kwasny, Charles McGrath, Rick Moody, Susan Orlean, Peter Richards, M.L. Smoker, and Dara Wier


Past Visiting Writers, 2009-2010:

Rick Bass, Brian Blanchfield, Robert Boswell, Peter Filkins,  Annie Finch, Peter Gizzi, Andrew Sean Greer,  Eileen Myles, Peter Orner, Michael Perry, Peter Richards and Elizabeth Willis


Past Visiting Writers, 2008-2009:

Brian Blanchfield, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Craig Lesley, Beverly Lowry, Michael Martone, Zafer Senocak, Brad Watson and  Joy Williams


Past Visiting Writers, 2007 - 2008:

Stephen  Amidon, Madeline DeFrees, Linh Dinh, Bryan Di Salvatore, Mary Gaitskill, Janet Campbell Hale, Andrew Joron, Frances McCue, Ed Roberson, and  Tomaz  Salamun