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Beth Bachmann is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry and the author of two books from the Pitt Poetry Series: Temper, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize and Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Do Not Rise, winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker and Poetry Magazine. Her new book, CEASE, winner of the 2016 Virginia Quarterly Review’s Emily Clark Balch prize, will appear from the Pitt Poetry Series in Fall 2018.



Piyali Bhattacharya is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University where she writes and teaches fiction and nonfiction. She holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. from SOAS—University of London, and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where she was winner of the Peter Straub Award for Fiction. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion, which received several national prizes, including a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, in addition to being named an “Asian American Literary Achievement of 2016” by NBC. Her short stories and essays have appeared in PloughsharesLiterary HubThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. She is currently at work on her first novel, which has been supported by fellowships from Hedgebrook, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and ARGS, along with grants from UW and Vanderbilt.



Kate Daniels received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.  She is the author of six collections of poetry:  The White Wave, The Niobe Poems, Four Testimonies, A Walk in Victoria’s Secret, and two forthcoming volumes, Three Syllables Describing Addiction (2018) and In the Months of My Son’s Recovery (2019). The White Wave received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry. Among her honors are the Bunting Fellowship at Harvard (now known as the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study); the Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry; two Best American Poetry selections; the Pushcart Prize; and election to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her poems have been anthologized in more than seventy five volumes, and have appeared individually in journals such as American Poetry Review, Critical Quarterly, the Oxford American, Ploughshares, and the Southern Review.   She has also edited a volume of poems by Muriel Rukeyser and co-edited Of Solitude and Silence: Writings on Robert Bly.  She is the Edwin Mims Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Vanderbilt. An affiliate faculty member in Medicine, Health, and Society, she also teaches writing at the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, and conducts community workshops on Writing for Recovery for people whose lives have been affected by addiction. You can find her at


Camille T. Dungy, Visiting Writer, Spring 2019, is the author of four collections of poetry: Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), Smith Blue (Southern Illinois UP, 2011), Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006). Her debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers (W. W. Norton, 2017). Dungy edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009),  co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology (Persea, 2009), and served as associate editor for Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade(University of Michigan Press, 2006). Dungy’s honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and a California Book Award silver medal. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Sustainable Arts Foundation, The Diane Middlebrook Residency Fellowship of the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and other organizations. Her poems and essays have been published in Best American PoetryThe 100 Best African American Poems, nearly thirty other anthologies, and over one hundred print and online journals. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University.


Tony Earley has written four books: two novels, Jim the Boy and The Blue Star, two short story collections, Mr. Tall and Here We Are in Paradise, and a collection of personal essays, Somehow Form a Family.  His work has appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire and The Oxford American, and has been anthologized many times in The Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South.  Named by Granta as one of the twenty best young American novelists in 1997, and by the The New Yorker as one of twenty writers to watch in the twenty-first century in 1999, Earley has won a National Magazine Award for his short story “The Prophet from Jupiter” and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award.  He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.



Rick Hilles is the author of Brother Salvage (winner of the 2005 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and named 2006 Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine) and A Map of the Lost World (February 2012), listed as a “Top Pick” on Library Journal’s website; both with the University of Pittsburgh Press. Among his honors are a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, and fellowships from the Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France), the Stegner Program at Stanford, and the Institute for Creative Writing at U.W.-Madison. His work has appeared in Harper’s, Poetry, The Nation, and The New Republic. The first half of The Invisible Thread, his next book of poetry, will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of The Missouri Review; other sections have appeared in The Hudson Review. Poems from a fourth untitled poetry manuscript have appeared in Ploughshares and Connotations: an Online Artifact and have accompanied performances by the Nashville Sinfonietta, conducted by Dean Whiteside.



Mark Jarman has published eleven volumes of poetry, including Iris (a book-length poem), Questions for Ecclesiastes, To the Green Man, Epistles (a collection of prose poems), and most recently, The Heronry. His new and selected poems, Bone Fires, was published in 2011 and won the 2011 Balcones Prize for poetry. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lenore Marshall/Nation Prize of the Academy of American Poets, and The Poets’ Prize. His poems have appeared in journals such as the American Poetry Review, Poetry, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly.   He is also the author of two collections of essays: The Secret of Poetry and Body and Soul: Essays on Poetry.



Lorraine M. López is the Gertrude Conaway Professor of English. She is the author of six books of fiction and editor or coeditor of three essay collections. Her first book, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories won the inaugural Miguel Marmól Prize for Fiction. Her second book, Call Me Henri was awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature, and her novel, The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters was a Las Comadres Selection. López’s short story collection, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories was a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize in Fiction in 2010 and winner of the Texas League of Writers Award for Outstanding Book of Fiction. An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor or Working-Class Roots (2009) is her first edited collection. Subsequent publications include two novels, The Realm of Hungry Spirits (2011) and The Darling (2015) and two coedited collections, The Other Latin@: Writing against a Singular Identity (2011), with Blas Falconer and Rituals of Movement in the Writings of Judith Ortiz Cofer (2012), with Margaret Crumpton Winter. An associate editor for The Afro-Hispanic Review, López is the co-founder, with Professor William Luis, and Associate Director of the Latino and Latina Studies (LATS) Program at Vanderbilt University.  Currently, she has completed a linked-story collection titled “Postcards from the Gerund State and Other Stories” and is in progress with a novel, “What We Have Here.”



Lorrie Moore is the author of five collections of short stories, Self Help, Like Life, Birds of America, The Collected Stories, and Bark; three novels, Anagrams, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, and A Gate at the Stairs; and a children’s novel, The Forgotten Helper. She has won the O. Henry Award, The Irish Times International Fiction Price, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the PEN/Malamud award for short fiction.  Her reviews and essays have appeared in such publications as the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Yale Review, and The Atlantic.  She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006.



Justin Quarry’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a number of publications, including The New York Daily News, Longreads, Salon, The Southern Review, New England Review, and The Normal School, which awarded him its Normal Prize in Fiction.  He also has received the Robert Olen Butler Short Fiction Prize, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, among other honors.  He is Program Coordinator of Undergraduate Creative Writing.



Nancy Reisman is the author of the novels Trompe L’Oeil and The First Desire, a NY Times notable book and winner of the Goldberg prize from the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the story collection House Fires, an Iowa Short Fiction Award winner. Her stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies, among them Tin HouseSubTropicsNarrative, Yale Review, Glimmer TrainFive PointsBest American Short StoriesO’Henry Award Stories, and Jewish in America. She has received fellowships and awards from the Tennessee Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Bogliasco Foundation.


Sandy Solomon‘s collection of poetry, Pears, Lake, Sun, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett award.  Her poems have appeared in such journals as The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Threepenny Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and Partisan Review. Garrison Keillor has featured a poem on his radio program, The Writer’s Almanac, and several poems have been included in anthologies, including Women’s Work:  Modern Women Poets Writing in English and Orpheus and Company:  Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology. Among her honors are fellowships from what is now known as the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and from Bread Loaf. She is Associate Director of the Creative Writing Program.