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Visiting Writers/Faculty

Sherwin BitsuiSherwin Bitsui is the author of two books of poetry: Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press, 2003) and Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press, 2009).  He has published his poems in Narrative, Black Renaissance Noir, American Poet, The Iowa Review, LIT, and elsewhere. His poems were also anthologized in Between Water & Song and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. His recent honors include a 2011 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a 2011 Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship. He is also the recipient of the 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award. Bitsui is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. Currently, he lives in Tucson, Arizona. He is Dine of the Todich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl'izilani (Many Goats Clan).

Chris DombrowskiChris Dombrowski’s latest collection of poems Earth Again is part of the Made in Michigan Writers Series (Wayne State University Press, 2013). Previous collections include By Cold Water, a Finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year, and a chapbook. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Beloit Poetry Journal, and others. Awards include an Intro Award from the Associated Writing Programs, a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, and a writing fellowship from the UCROSS Foundation. Additionally, in venues such as Orion, Outside, and The Sun, he has published essays and articles that chronicle his fifteen-plus summers as a river-guide in the West. He has taught creative writing at the University of Montana and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Alexandra Fuller Alexandra Fuller has written four books of non-fiction. Her debut book, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, was a New York Times Notable Book, a Booksense Best Non-fiction book, a finalist for the Guardian’s First Book Award and the winner of a Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Her book Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier won the Ulysses Prize for Art of Reportage. Fuller’s The Legend of Colton H. Bryant told the story of a modern-day Wyoming cowboy working on that state’s oil rigs. She contributed the essay on Wyoming in the book State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. Fuller’s newest book, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, is a prequel/sequel to Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. Her next book, a memoir of marriage and divorce, is entitled Falling (fall 2014).

Major JacksonMajor Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company (Norton, 2010); Hoops ( Norton, 2006); and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia Press, 2002). He is the editor of Countee Cullen: Collected Poems (Library of America, 2013).  He has published poems and essays in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, The New Yorker, Poetry, Tin House, and other fine literary publications. Leaving Saturn was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. Major Jackson is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers' Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. As distinguished visiting writer, he has taught at Adelphi University, Columbia University, Xavier University of Louisiana, New York University, University of Massachusetts - Lowell as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence and Baruch College as the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.

Walter KirnWalter Kirn is the author of seven books, including the memoir Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever and the novels Up in the Air and Thumbsucker, which were both made into films. 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. Kirn lives in Livingston, Montana.

Jess WalterJess Walter is the author of eight books, including Beautiful Ruins (2012) a New York Times #1 bestseller; The Zero (2006) finalist for the National Book Award; and Citizen Vince (2005) winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award. His work has been translated into 25 languages and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper's, Esquire and many others. Walter's first collection of short stories We Live in Water (2013) was long-listed for the Frank O'Connor Story Prize.

Photo Credits: Alexandra Fuller (Ian Murphy), Major Jackson (Erin Patrice O'Brien) and Jess Walter (Hannah Assouline)

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