Faculty Archive

2013

Dennis Lehane – Fiction, Co-Director

Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, Dennis Lehane has published eight more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers:Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; and Moonlight Mile. Morrow also publishedCoronado, a collection of five stories, and the play, "Coronado," which was produced at theatres in New York City; Chicago; San Francisco; and Genoa, Italy. Three of his novels--Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island--have been adapted into award-winning films. His tenth novel, Live by Night, will be published in October. Mr. Lehane and his wife, Angie, divide their time between the West Coast of Florida and Boston.
www.dennislehane.com

Sterling Watson – Fiction & Nonfiction, Co-Director

Sterling Watson is the author of six novels, including The Calling; Deadly Sweet; Blind Tongues; Sweet Dream Baby; and Weep No More My Brother. His most recent novel, Fighting in the Shade, was published in 2011 by Akashic Books and has been described by Dennis Lehane as, "A brilliant, fearless look at the savage rites of passage that exist in the fraternity of American sports. A book as gripping and unforgettable as any in recent memory." Mr. Watson's short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, the Georgia Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Southern Review. He was director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College for 20 years and is the College's Peter Meinke Chair in Literature and Creative Writing.

Andre Dubus III – Fiction

Andre Dubus III is the author of five books: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and The New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors' Choice". It is named on many "Top Non-fiction Books of 2011" lists, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Library journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Esquire magazine. His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994 and The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and was a Finalist for the National Book Award, the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is a 2012 recipient of an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
www.andredubus.com

Beth Ann Fennelly – Poetry

Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at Ole Miss where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year. She has won a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright, and grants from the N.E.A. and United States Artists. Her work has three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series. Ms. Fennelly has published three full-length poetry books. Her first, Open House, won The 2001 Kenyon Review Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and was a Book Sense Top Ten Poetry Pick. It was reissued by W. W. Norton in 2009. Her second book, Tender Hooks, and her third, Unmentionables, were published by W. W. Norton in 2004 and 2008. She has also published a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, in 2006, with Norton, and is co-authoring a novel with her husband, Tom Franklin. They live in Oxford with their three children.

Tom Franklin – Fiction

Tom Franklin is the author of four books: Poachers, stories, and three novels, Hell at the Breech, Smonk and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller, the Golden Dagger Award for Best Novel and the Willie Morris Prize in Southern Fiction. He lives in Oxford, MS, and teaches at Ole Miss.

Ann Hood – Fiction

Ann Hood is the author of nine novels, including Somewhere off the Coast of Maine, The Knitting Circle, and most recently, The Red Thread. She has also written two memoirs, Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles, and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice and one ofEntertainment Weekly's Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 2008. Her essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times; Paris Review; The Washington Post; O; Glimmertrain; and Tin House. She is also the author of The Treasure Chest, a forthcoming eight-book series for children featuring 12-year-old twins, Felix and Maisie, who travel in time to meet iconic American figures from centuries past. The winner of two Pushcart Prizes, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island. The Knitting Circle will soon be an HBO movie starring Katherine Heigl.
www.annhood.us

Laura Lippman – Fiction

Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including twelve years at The Baltimore Sun. Her Tess Monaghan books (By A Spider's Thread; The Last Place; The Sugar House; Baltimore Blues; Charm City; Butchers Hill; No Good Deeds; and In Big Trouble) have won every major mystery prize including the Edgar, Shamus, Agatha, Anthony, and Nero Wolfe awards, and her novel, In a Strange City, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also the author of five previous stand-alone novels: To the Power of Three; Every Secret Thing; What the Dead Know (also the winner of the Quill Award for Best Mystery);Life Sentences; and I'd Know You Anywhere—the last three were also New York Times bestsellers. In 2008 Ms. Lippman's award-winning short stories were anthologized for the first time in one volume, along with an original novella, Hardly Knew Her. Fall 2008 also marked Ms. Lippman's serialization in The New York Times Magazine with The Girl in the Green Raincoat—a continuation of her P.I. character Tess Monaghan. Her most recent stand-alone novel, And When She Was Good, was published in August 2012. A recipient of the first Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence and the 2003 Maryland Author Award, she and her husband, David Simon, divide their time between Baltimore and New Orleans.
www.lauralippman.com

Stewart O'Nan – Fiction

Stewart O'Nan's first story collection, In the Walled City, received the Drue Heinz Prize. Winner of the Ascent and Columbia Fiction Awards, he is the author of 13 novels, including the novel-in-stories, Everyday People. His work has appeared inGranta, Outside, Ploughshares, Glimmertrain, and many other journals.
http://stewart-onan.com/

Les Standiford –Nonfiction

Les Standiford is the author of 15 books, including the novels Bone Key andHavana Run and the critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, Last Train to Paradise; Meet You in Hell; Washington Burning; and The Man Who Invented Christmas. Last Train to Paradise was one of the History Channel's Top Ten picks.Meet You in Hell was the publisher's nominee for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Washington Burning was the publisher's nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. The Man Who Invented Christmas was a New York TimesEditors' Choice in 2008. He has received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami. In March 2011, Ecco Press published Bringing Adam Home, an account of Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews' 27-year quest to solve the 1981 kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh. The book became a New York Times best seller and was for three weeks the #1 selling True Crime book on the Wall Street Journallist.
www.les-standiford.com

David Yoo – Young Adult Writing

David Yoo's first collection of essays, The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever, was published in June 2012. He is also the author of the Young Adult novels Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, a Chicago Best of the Best selection, of which author Jonathan Lethem wrote, "David Yoo's voice is so witty and charming it only seems fair to give warning: he'll break the hearts of teenage readers of all ages with this bittersweet love story," and Girls For Breakfast, an New York Public Library Books For the Teen Age selection and a Reading Rants Top Ten Books for Teens choice, along with a middle grade novel, The Detention Club, published in 2011. David has a regular column in KoreAm Journal and lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son, where he teaches in the MFA program at Pine Manor College and at the Gotham Writers' Workshop.
www.daveyoo.com

2013 Guest Faculty

Ann Patchett – Keynote Speaker

An alumna of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Ann Patchett was a 1990 residential fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars. It was named a 1992 New York Times Notable Book. In 1993, she received a Bunting Fellowship from the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College. Patchett's second novel, Taft, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994. Her third novel, The Magician's Assistant, was short-listed for England's Orange Prize and earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her next novel, Bel Canto, won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named the Book Sense Book of the Year. It sold over a million copies in the United Sates and has been translated into more than 30 languages. In 2004, Patchett published Truth & Beauty, a memoir of her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly.Truth & Beauty was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Chicago Tribune'sHeartland Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Alex Award from the American Library Association. Her fourth novel, Run, was a New York TimesBestseller. Her most recent novel, State of Wonder, was published in 2011.
http://www.annpatchett.com/

Daniel Woodrell – Special Guest Speaker

Daniel Woodrell has been called one of the best-kept secrets in American literature and is the author of eight books, including Tomato Red, which won the 1999 PEN Center USA award for fiction; Woe to Live On, which was adapted into a movie by Ang Lee; and Winter’s Bone, recently adapted into an Oscar-nominated film of the same name. Five of Daniel Woodrell’s eight novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

Tracy Crow – Guest

Tracy Crow teaches creative writing at Eckerd College and is the author of the memoir, Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine (University of Nebraska Press) and the conspiracy thriller, An Unlawful Order, under her pen name, Carver Greene. Ms. Crow is the nonfiction editor of Prime Number Magazine, a Press 53 publication, and is working with the University of Nebraska Press to compile and edit a military anthology of creative nonfiction by veterans and their families. Ms. Crow's essays and short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals and have been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes.

Karina Berg Johansson – Guest

Karina Berg Johansson's debut novel Synvilla (Illusion) was published in 2010 and chosen by the Finish-Swedish teachers to be distributed in schools throughout the Swedish parts of Finland. Her second book, the first in a series, Den sista utvägen (The Last Resort) came out in 2012, with the second, Innan mörkret faller, forthcoming in 2013. Her short story Villebråd (Fair Game) was picked for the launch of the first Swedish e-book imprint, and it is also available in an app-collection of short stories. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with her family.

Joshua Kendall - Executive Editor & Editorial Director

Joshua Kendall is currently an executive editor and editorial director of Mulholland Books/Little Brown & Co. He has edited such authors as Tana French, Stewart O’Nan, Charlie Huston, Ron Carlson, Jasper Fforde, as well as the upcoming novel by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst. He has also reissued the works of Richard Yates, Walker Percy, Jim Thompson, among others. Josh was formerly a senior editor at Viking Penguin and an editor at Picador. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Michael Koryta – Guest

Michael Koryta has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Great Lake Books Award, and St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) Best First Novel prize, while also earning nominations for the Edgar, Quill, Shamus, Gold Dagger, and Barry awards. In addition to winning the Los Angeles Times prize for best mystery, his novel Envy the Night was selected as a Reader's Digestcondensed book. His work has been translated into nearly 20 languages. The Prophet, his ninth novel, released in August 2012, has been called "A relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare," by Dennis Lehane. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.

Peter Meinke – Guest

Peter Meinke is Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg, Florida. His work has appeared inNew Republic, the New Yorker, Atlantic, Poetry, and dozens of other journals. He has published 15 books of poems, seven in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, the most recent being The Contracted World (2006). His poetry has received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award. Mr. Meinke directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for many years and has often been writer-in-residence at other colleges and universities, most recently at the University of South Florida/Tampa. In 2009, the University of Tampa Press published Lines from Neuchâtel—illustrated by his wife, Jeanne—in a handsome 35th Anniversary Edition, with added poems and drawings. He writes a biweekly column, "Poet's Notebook"—also illustrated by Jeanne—in Tampa Bay's alternative newspaper, Creative Loafing.
www.petermeinke.com

Lori Roy – Guest

Lori Roy's debut novel, Bent Road, was awarded the 2011 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author, named a 2011 New York TimesNotable Crime Book, selected by the state of Kansas as a 2012 Notable Book and nominated for the 2011 Book-of-the-Month Club Best First Fiction Award. Bent Road was also named one of the best books of 2011 by the Library Journal, The Kansas City Star, Oline Cogdill and Sarah Weinman and was chosen as an April pick by the Midwest Booksellers. Ms. Roy's next novel, Until She Comes Home(Dutton/Penguin), will be published in the summer of 2013. Lori lives with her family in central Florida.
http://loriroy.com/

Johnny Temple – Publisher/Editor

Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He won the American Association of Publishers' 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing and the 2010 Jay and Dean Kogan Award for Excellence in Noir Literature. Mr. Temple plays bass guitar in the band, Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies. He has contributed articles and political essays to various publications, including The Nation, Publishers Weekly, AlterNet, Poets & Writers, and BookForum. He is also the Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which works with Brooklyn's borough president to plan the annual Brooklyn Book Festival each September.

2012

Dennis Lehane – Fiction, Co-Director

Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published eight more novels with William Morrow that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; and Moonlight Mile. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and the play, "Coronado," which has been produced in New York City; Chicago; San Francisco; and Genoa, Italy. Three of his novels--Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island--have been adapted into award-winning films. Mr. Lehane and his wife, Angie, divide their time between the West Coast of Florida and Boston. www.dennislehanebooks.com

Sterling Watson – Fiction, Co-Director

Sterling Watson is the author of six novels, including The Calling; Deadly Sweet; Blind Tongues; Sweet Dream Baby; and Weep No More My Brother. His most recent novel, Fighting in the Shade, was published in 2011 by Akashic Books and has been described by Dennis Lehane as, "A brilliant, fearless look at the savage rites of passage that exist in the fraternity of American sports. A book as gripping and unforgettable as any in recent memory." Watson's short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, the Georgia Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Southern Review. He is director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College and holder of the Peter Meinke Chair in Literature and Creative Writing.

Debra Dean – Fiction

Debra Dean's bestselling debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, was voted aNew York Times Editors' Choice; a Borders Original Voice; #1 Booksense Pick; Booklist Top Ten Novel; Most Recommended Book of the Year by the Salt Lake City Tribune; and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It has been published in 17 languages. Her collection of short stories, Confessions of a Falling Woman, won the Paterson Fiction Prize and a Florida Book Award. Her new novel, The Mirrored World, is due from Harper in Summer 2012. A native of Seattle, Dean worked as an actor in New York theatre for nearly a decade before opting for the life of a writer. She and her husband, poet Clifford Paul Fetters, live in Miami where she teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University.

Ann Hood – Nonfiction

Ann Hood is the author of nine novels, including Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, The Knitting Circle, and most recently, The Red Thread. She has also written two memoirs, Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was aNew York Times Editors' Choice and one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Non-Fiction Books of 2008. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times; the Paris Review; the Washington Post; O; Glimmertrain; and Tin House.  The winner of two Pushcart Prizes, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island. The Knitting Circle will soon be an HBO movie starring Katherine Heigl. www.annhood.us

Michael Koryta – Fiction & Nonfiction

Michael Koryta has written eight novels, praised by such authors as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane, and his most recent novel, The Ridge, was called, "a freshly imagined and elegantly constructed variation on the dead-of-night ghost story," by the New York Times and "a chilling supernatural thriller by a rising literary star," by the Wall Street Journal. In addition to winning the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, his novel Envy the Night was selected as a Reader's Digest condensed book. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana. www.michaelkoryta.com

Laura Lippman – Fiction

Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar; Anthony; Agatha; Shamus; Nero Wolfe; Gumshoe; Quill; and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first recipient of the Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence (Baltimore) and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Her works of fiction include: Baltimore Blues; Charm City; Butchers Hill; In Big Trouble; The Sugar House; In a Strange City; The Last Place; Every Secret Thing; By a Spider's Thread; To the Power of Three; No Good Deeds; What the Dead Know; Another Thing to Fall; Hardly Knew Her; Life Sentences; I'd Know You Anywhere; and The Most Dangerous Thing. She lives in Baltimore. www.lauralippman.com

Stewart O'Nan – Fiction

Stewart O'Nan's dozen novels include Snow Angels; A Prayer for the Dying; The Good Wife; Last Night at the Lobster; and Emily, Alone.  In January 2012, Viking will publish his thirteenth, The Odds.  He was born and raised and lives in Pittsburgh. www.stewart-onan.com

Elissa Schappell – Fiction

Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, Use Me (which was a finalist for the PEN Hemingway award, a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year), and Blueprints for Building Better Girls. She co-edited two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away, and Money Changes Everything. She is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where she writes the Hot Type column, a founding-editor now editor-at-large of Tin House magazine, and formerly a senior editor of The Paris Review. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Paris Review, Vogue, SPIN, GQ, and Real Simple; her fiction and essays have been published in Bomb; One Story; Nerve; The Literarian; The KGB Bar Reader; The Bitch in the House; Cooking and Stealing; and The Mrs. Dalloway Reader. She teaches in the creative writing department at NYU and in the low-residency MFA program at Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina. She lives in Brooklyn.

Les Standiford – Fiction and Nonfiction

Les Standiford is the author of 15 books, including the novels Bone Key and Havana Run and the critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, Last Train to Paradise; Meet You in Hell; Washington Burning; and The Man Who Invented Christmas. Last Train to Paradise was one of the History Channel's Top Ten picks. Meet You in Hell was the publisher's nominee for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Washington Burning was the publisher's nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. The Man Who Invented Christmas was a New York Times Editors' Choicein 2008. He has received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami. In March 2011, Ecco Press published Bringing Adam Home, an account of Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews' 27-year quest to solve the 1981 kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh.  The book, which the Associated Press called "the best true crime story since Thomas Thompson's 1978 Blood and Money," became a New York Times best seller and was for three weeks the #1 selling True Crime book on the Wall Street Journal list. www.les-standiford.com

David Yoo – Young Adult Writing

David Yoo is the author of Girls for Breakfast, which was named a NYPL Best Book for Teens and a Booksense Pick, and Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, a Chicago Best of the Best selection, of which author Jonathan Lethem wrote, "David Yoo's voice is so witty and charming it only seems fair to give warning: he'll break the hearts of teenage readers of all ages with this bittersweet love story." His first middle grade novel, The Detention Club, was published in 2011, and a collection of essays, The Choke Artist, is forthcoming in Spring 2012. He holds a B.A. from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. David has a regular column in KoreAm Journal, and teaches in the MFA program at Pine Manor College, as well as at the Gotham Writers' Workshop. He resides in Massachusetts with his family. Visit www.daveyoo.com.

2012 Guest Faculty

Elizabeth Berg – Special Guest

Elizabeth Berg has been on the New York Times Best Seller list multiple times. Durable Goods and Joy School were both selected as one of the American Library Association's Best Books of the Year. Talk Before Sleep was shortlisted for the Abby (American Bookseller's Book of the Year). Open House was an Oprah's Book Club Selection. In 1997, Elizabeth won the New England Booksellers Award for her body of work. She was made a "literary light" by the Boston Public Library, has been honored by the Chicago Public Library, and was given the AMC Cancer Research Center's Illuminator Award for shedding light on breast cancer resulting in increased public awareness and concern.  She adapted her novel, The Pull of the Moon, into a play which has twice been performed in Chicago to sold-out audiences. Her article on a cooking school in Positano, Italy, which appeared in National Geographic Traveler magazine, won a North American Travel Journalists Association award and has been nominated for a Lowell Thomas award. She has been translated into 27 languages. www.elizabeth-berg.net

Andre Dubus III – Keynote Speaker

Andre Dubus III is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, and the novels Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog (published in 20 languages), and The Garden of Last Days, a New York Times best seller. His memoir, Townie, was released in February 2011 by W.W. Norton. His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994, The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and The Best of Hope Magazine. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for fiction, the Pushcart Prize, and was a Finalist for the Rome Prize Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters. An Academy Award-nominated motion picture, House of Sand and Fog was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Booksense Book of the Year, and was an Oprah Book Club Selection and #1 New York Times best seller. A member of the PEN American Center, Andre Dubus III has served as a panelist for the National Book Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, and Emerson College. He is a full-time faculty member at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and is married to performer, Fontaine Dollas Dubus. They live in Massachusetts with their three children. www.andredubus.com

David Hale Smith – Literary Agent

David Hale Smith joined InkWell in 2011. Prior to that, he operated his eponymous literary agency in Texas, starting a few years after graduating with a BA in English from Kenyon College. His fiction list includes the New York Times best selling, Eisner-Award-winning comics creator, screenwriter and novelist Greg Rucka; LA Times Book Prize-winner Michael Koryta; Edgar-winners Theresa Schwegel and Stefanie Pintoff; and Bram Stoker Award and ITW Thriller Award winner, Tom Piccirilli. In nonfiction he represents such authors as CBS medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Today Show nutritionist Elizabeth Somer, and acclaimed Texas journalist Bill Minutaglio. Smith lives in Dallas with his wife and two daughters. An Eagle Scout, he serves on the board of directors of arts and education-focused nonprofits Educational First Steps and The Dallas International Film Festival. Along with discovering new writers, he is on a never-ending quest to find the world's great BBQ joints and taco stands.

Joshua Kendall

Joshua Kendall is a senior editor at Viking/Penguin, and formerly an editor at Picador. He has published the work of Ron Carlson, Stewart O'Nan, Richard Yates, Keith Gessen, Jonathan Franzen, and the bestselling mystery writers Martha Grimes and Jasper Fforde, among others. He was also the editor of the social history, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning, and most recently, the national bestseller Moby-Duck. He is currently editing a cultural history of rabies by Wired Magazine editor Bill Wasik, as well as a new
novel by Edgar Award-winning Tana French. Josh lives with his daughter in Brooklyn, New York.

Peter Meinke – Poetry

Peter Meinke is Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg, Florida. His work has appeared in the New Republic, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Poetry, and dozens of other journals. He has published 15 books of poems, seven in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, the most recent being The Contracted World (2006). His poetry has received many awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award. He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for many years and has often been writer-in-residence at other colleges and universities, most recently at the University of South Florida/Tampa. In 2009 the University of Tampa Press published Lines from Neuchâtel—illustrated by his wife Jeanne—in a handsome 35th Anniversary Edition, with added poems and drawings. He writes a bi-weekly column, "Poet's Notebook"—also illustrated by Jeanne—in Tampa Bay's alternative newspaper, Creative Loafing. He is on the faculty of the University of Tampa's new low-residency MFA in Creative Writing. www.petermeinke.com

Daniel Vilmure – Fiction

Daniel Vilmure is the author of two novels, Life in the Land of the Living and Toby's Lie. The Los Angeles Times called Life in the Land of the Living "remarkable," and the New York Times described Toby's Lie as "superb." Toby's Lie was nominated for a Lambda Book Award. A Fulbright Senior Lecturer to the University of Jordan and Istanbul University, he was also the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-In-Residence at George Washington University and has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, UCross, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fundacion Valparaiso, and Gumusluk Akademisi. He has published short fiction in the New Orleans Review as well as scholarly articles on Woody Allen and John Patrick Shanley for the American Writers Series. His play, Anne X, was chosen by the Detroit Repertory Theater for its New Play Festival. His original screenplay, Cyril, was a finalist for consideration in the 2009 Outfest Screenwriting Lab. A Tampa native, Daniel Vilmure is a graduate of Harvard, Stanford, and Essex Universities.

2011

Dennis Lehane – Co-director

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published seven more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: DarknessTake My HandSacred;Gone Baby GonePrayers for RainMystic RiverShutter Island; andThe Given Day. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play, and both Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone have been made into award-winning films. In February 2010, Columbia Pictures released the motion picture adaptation of Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Ruffalo. He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston. www.dennislehanebooks.com

Sterling Watson – Co-director, Fiction

Sterling Watson is the author of five novels: Weep No More My BrotherThe CallingBlind TonguesDeadly Sweet; and Sweet Dream BabyWeep No More My Brother was nominated for the Rosenthal Award given annually by the National Academy Institute of Arts and Letters. Watson is the recipient of three Florida Fine Arts Council Awards for fiction writing. His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Prairie SchoonerThe Georgia ReviewThe Los Angeles Times Book ReviewThe Michigan Quarterly Review, andThe Southern Review. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College and holder of the Peter Meinke Chair in Literature and Creative Writing.

Julianna Baggott – Young Adult Writing

Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott has published 16 books, including national bestseller Girl TalkBoston Globe bestseller The Miss America Family, and the Boston HeraldBook Club selection, The Madam. She co-wrote Which Brings Me to You with Steve Almond, a Best Book of 2006 (Kirkus Reveiws) optioned by Richard Brown with Kate Winslet to star. She also writes under the pen name Bridget Asher, most recently, The Pretend Wife. She writes novels for younger readers under the pen name N.E. Bode, most notably The Anybodies trilogy, a Booksense selection. She has also recently published The Prince of Fenway Park and The Ever Breath for younger readers.Baggott's work has appeared in over 100 publications, including the The New York Times, The Boston Globe,NPR.org, and the Washington Post. She lives in Florida with her husband writer David G.W. Scott and their four children, and is an associate professor in the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University. Along with her husband, Baggott co-founded the nonprofit organization Kids in Need - Books in Deed, that focuses on literacy and getting free books to underprivileged children in the state of Florida. www.juliannabaggott.com

John Dufresne - Fiction

John Dufresne is the author of the story collections The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad. His novel Louisiana Power & Light was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. It was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, as was his second novel, Love Warps the Mind a Little. In describing Deep in the Shade of ParadisePublishers Weekly wrote, "Imagining John Irving, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor or Max Shulman (or all of the above at once) on peyote juice only begins to evoke the dimension and energy of the seriocomic fantasies of Dufresne at his freewheeling, frenetic best." In July 2008, W.W. Norton released his most recent novel, Requiem, Mass. In addition to his works of fiction, he has a book on fiction writing titled The Lie That Tells a Truth.  Carl Hiassen chose Dufresne's story "The Timing of Unfelt Smiles" for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2007.   Since 1989 he has been teaching in the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University. www.johndufresne.com.

Jane Hamilton – Fiction

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's magazine. Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her second novel, A Map of the World, was an international bestseller. www.janehamiltonbooks.com

Ann Hood - Fiction 

Ann Hood is the author of nine novels, including Somewhere Off the Coast of MaineThe Knitting Circle, and most recently, The Red Thread. She has also written two memoirs, Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor's Choice and one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Non-Fiction Books of 2008. Her essays and short stories have appeared in The New York TimesThe Paris Review,The Washington PostOGlimmertrainTin House, and many other publications. The winner of two Pushcart Prizes, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, she lives in Providence , Rhode Island. www.annhood.us

Laura Lippman – Fiction and Nonfiction

Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years atThe (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, Quill, and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence (Baltimore) and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Her works of fiction include: Baltimore BluesCharm CityButchers HillIn Big Trouble;The Sugar HouseIn a Strange CityThe Last PlaceEvery Secret ThingBy a Spider's Thread; To the Power of ThreeNo Good DeedsWhat the Dead KnowAnother Thing to Fall; Hardly Knew HerLife Sentences; and I'd Know You Anywhere. She lives in Baltimore. www.lauralippman.com

Tom Perrotta – Fiction

Tom Perrotta is the author of six previous work of fiction: Bad HaircutThe WishbonesElection; the New York Times bestsellingJoe CollegeLittle Children;and The Abstinence TeacherElectionwas made into the acclaimed 1999 movie directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. Little Children was released as a movie directed by Todd Field and starring Kate Winslet and Jennifer Connelly in 2006. Perrotta has worked as a screenwriter and a journalist, writing for several major publications including the New York Times Book ReviewRolling Stone and GQ. He has taught writing at Yale and Harvard. He lives with his family outside Boston. www.tomperrotta.net

Les Standiford – Nonfiction

Les Standifordis the author of 15 books, including the novels Bone Key and Havana Run and the critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, Last Train to ParadiseMeet You in Hell; Washington Burning;and The Man Who Invented ChristmasLast Train to Paradise was one of the History Channel's Top Ten picks. Meet You in Hell was the publisher's nominee for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Washington Burning was the publisher's nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. The Man Who Invented Christmas was aNew York Times "Editors' Choicein 2008. He has received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami. In March 2011, Ecco Press will publish Bringing Adam Home, an account of Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews' 27-year quest to solve the 1981 kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh. www.les-standiford.com

Guest Faculty

Lisa Gallagher – Literary Agent

Lisa Gallagher is a literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in New York. She is actively seeking new clients who are great storytellers, delivering both narrative urgency and dramatic tension, combined with multi-faceted characters and a transporting sense of place. Formerly SVP & Publisher, William Morrow, Gallagher published many New York Times bestselling authors including Brunonia Barry, Tom Franklin, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Sena Jeter Naslund, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman and Neal Stephenson. Prior to joining William Morrow in 2000, Gallagher was Associate Publisher at Bloomsbury USA, following a move to New York from Bloomsbury's London office in 1998. Gallagher was educated at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, UK.

Michael Koryta – Guest Speaker

Michael Koryta is the author of six novels, most recently So Cold the River, and his work has won the Los Angeles Times prize for best mystery, Great Lake Books Award, and St. Martin's Press/PWA Best First Novel prize, while also earning nominations for the Edgar, Quill, Shamus and Barry awards. His novel, Envy the Night, was selected as a Reader's Digest condensed book. His work has been translated into 20 languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana. His next novel, The Cypress House, will be released by Little, Brown and Co. in January 2011. www.michaelkoryta.com

Peter Meinke - Poetry

Peter Meinke is Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg. His work has appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry,and dozens of other journals. He's published 15 books of poems, 7 in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, the most recent being The Contracted World (2006). His poetry has received many awards, including 2 NEA Fellowships and 3 prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award. He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for many years, and has often been writer-in-residence at other colleges and universities, most recently (2010) at the University of South Florida/Tampa. In 2009 the U. of Tampa Press published Lines from Neuchâtel—illustrated by his wife Jeanne—in a handsome 35th Anniversary Edition, with added poems and drawings. He writes a bi-weekly column, Poet's Notebook—also illustrated by Jeanne—in Tampa Bay's alternative newspaper,Creative Loafing. www.petermeinke.com

Richard Russo – Keynote

Richard Russo's previous works include six novels: That Old Cape Magic; Bridge of Sighs; Empire Falls; Straight Man; Nobody's Fool; The Risk Pool; Mohawk; and one collection of short stories, The Whore's Child. His 2001 novel, Empire Falls, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was also adapted into an HBO mini-series, starring Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Helen Hunt. Russo earned a bachelor's degree, a master's in fine arts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He has two daughters and lives with his wife in Camden, Maine.

Johnny Temple – Editor/Publisher

Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He is also the cofounder, with Akashic senior editor Ibrahim Ahmad, of Brooklyn Wordsmiths, an editorial and consulting company. Temple won the American Association of Publishers' 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing; and the 2010 Jay and Dean Kogan Award for Excellence in Noir Literature. Temple plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies. He has contributed articles and political essays to various publications, including The Nation, Publishers Weekly, AlterNet, Poets & Writers, and BookForum. He is also the Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which works with Brooklyn's borough president to plan the annual Brooklyn Book Festival in September. www.akashicbooks.com

2010

Dennis Lehane – Co-director, Fiction

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published seven more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred;Gone Baby Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play, and both Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone have been made into award-winning films. In February 2010, Columbia Pictures released the motion picture adaptation of Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Ruffalo. He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston. www.dennislehanebooks.com

Sterling Watson – Co-director, Fiction

Sterling Watson is the author of five novels: Weep No More My Brother; The Calling; Blind Tongues; Deadly Sweet; and Sweet Dream Baby. Weep No More My Brother was nominated for the Rosenthal Award given annually by the National Academy Institute of Arts and Letters. Watson is the recipient of three Florida Fine Arts Council Awards for fiction writing. His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Southern Review. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College and holder of the Peter Meinke Chair in Literature and Creative Writing.

Denise Duhamel – Poetry

Denise Duhamel's most recent books are Ka-Ching!; Two and Two; Mille et un Sentiments; Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems; The Star-Spangled Banner; and Kinky. A bilingual edition of her poems, Afortunada de mí (Lucky Me), translated into Spanish by Dagmar Buchholz and David Gonzalez, was published in 2008 by Bartleby Editores (Madrid). A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she is an associate professor at Florida International University in Miami.

Beth Ann Fennelly – Poetry

Beth Ann Fennelly received a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Award and a 2006 United States Artist grant. She's written three books of poetry, Open House; Tender Hooks; and Unmentionables; and a book of essays, Great With Child, all with W. W. Norton. She has three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series and is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and a Fulbright to Brazil. She teaches at the University of Mississippi.

Tom Franklin – Fiction

Tom Frankin is the author of the short story collection, Poachers, and the novels Hell at the Breech and Smonk, all published by William Morrow. Recipient of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, he has been the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell Univeristy, the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, the Tennessee Williams Fellow at Sewanee and currently teaches in the MFA program at Ole Miss and lives in Oxford. Married to the poet, Beth Ann Fennelly, he is at work on a new novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.

Ann Hood – Nonfiction

Ann Hood's books include: Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine; Waiting to Vanish; Three-Legged Horse; Something Blue; Places to Stay the Night; The Properties of Water; and Ruby. She has also written a memoir, Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time; a book on the craft of writing, Creating Character Emotions; and a collection of short stories, An Ornithologist's Guide to Life. Most recently, her essays and short stories have appeared in Good Housekeeping, The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, More, Tin House, Ploughshares, and The Paris Review. Ann has won a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, a Best American Food Writing Award and two Pushcart Prizes. Her new novel, The Knitting Circle, was published in January 2007 and her memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, was published in May 2008. www.annhood.us

Laura Lippman – Fiction

Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years atThe (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, Quill, and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence (Baltimore) and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Her works of fiction include: Baltimore Blues; Charm City; Butchers Hill; In Big Trouble;The Sugar House; In a Strange City; The Last Place; Every Secret Thing; By a Spider's Thread; To the Power of Three; No Good Deeds; What the Dead Know; Another Thing to Fall; Hardly Knew Her; Life Sentences; and I'd Know You Anywhere. She lives in Baltimore. www.lauralippman.com

Stewart O'Nan – Fiction

Stewart O'Nan's award-winning fiction includes Snow Angels; The Speed Queen; A Prayer for the Dying; and Last Night at the Lobster. Granta named him one of America's Best Young Novelists. He lives in Connecticut. www.stewart-onan.com

Guest Faculty

Richard Mathews – Editor

Peter Meinke – Poetry

The Contracted World is Peter Meinke's 14th book of poems, and 7th in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, which includes Zinc Fingers, Scars, and Liquid Paper. His poetry has received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award; another collection, Unheard Music, will be published in September 2007, along with his book on reading and writing poems, The Shape of Poetry, both from Jefferson Press. He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for many years, and has often been writer-in-residence at other colleges and universities. From 2003 through 2005 he held the Darden Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and dozens of other magazines. He and his wife, the artist Jeanne Clark, have lived in St. Petersburg since 1966.

Sheri Reynolds – Fiction

Sheri Reynolds is a professor of writing and literature at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is the author of The Rapture of Canaan (an Oprah's Book Club selection), Bitterroot Landing, A Gracious Plenty, and Firefly Cloak. She lives in Cape Charles, Virginia. For more information, visit her online at www.sherireynolds.com.

Ann Rittenberg – Literary Agent

Ann Rittenberg is president of her own literary agency in New York. In addition to conference director Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River, Shutter Island, and The Given Day), the agencys authors include C.J. Box, author of Blue Heaven, a standalone thriller, and the Wyoming mystery series featuring game warden Joe Pickett; Adam Fawer (Improbable); Laura Whitcomb (A Certain Slant of Light and The Fetch, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin); Loren Pope (Colleges That Change Lives), Paul Doiron, editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine; Sterling Watson (Sweet Dream Baby), and Debra Austin, whose first novel, Daughter of Kura, set in Africa 500,000 years ago, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2009. www.rittlit.com

Amy Schiffman – Film Agent

Anita Shreve – Keynote

Since her first novel, Eden Close, Anita Shreve has written thirteen other novels: Strange Fits of Passion; Where or When; Resistance; The Weight of Water; The Pilot's Wife; Fortune's Rocks; The Last Time They Met; Sea Glass; All He Ever Wanted; Light on Snow; A Wedding in December; Body Surfing; Testimony; and, most recently, A Change in Altitude. In 1998 Shreve received the PEN/L. L. Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction. www.anitashreve.com

David Hale Smith - Literary Agent

David Hale Smith is the founder and president of DHS Literary, Inc., a literary agency and entertainment media consultancy in Dallas, Texas. Smith has negotiated contracts with companies such as Alfred A. Knopf, Algonquin, Columbia Pictures, HarperCollins, Morrow, Putnam, Random House, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin's Press, Penguin Group, and many others. Representative books handled by Smith's agency include New York Times bestsellers The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook series; Take Time for Your Life and Life Makeovers, by Cheryl Richardson; Edgar Award-winning first novel Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel, and Edgar-nominated novel God is a Bullet, by Boston Teran; LA Times Award-winning Envy the Night, by Michael Koryta; Severance Package, by Duane Swierczynski; and the graphic novel thriller Whiteout, by Greg Rucka which has just been released by Warner Brothers/Dark Castle Pictures as a major motion picture starring Kate Beckinsale. www.dhsliterary.com

Johnny Temple – Editor/Publisher

2009

Dennis Lehane – Co-director, Fiction

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published seven more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred;Gone Baby Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play, and both Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone have been made into award-winning films. In February 2010, Columbia Pictures released the motion picture adaptation of Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Ruffalo. He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston. www.dennislehanebooks.com

Sterling Watson – Co-director, Fiction

Sterling Watson is the author of five novels: Weep No More My Brother; The Calling; Blind Tongues; Deadly Sweet; and Sweet Dream Baby. Weep No More My Brother was nominated for the Rosenthal Award given annually by the National Academy Institute of Arts and Letters. Watson is the recipient of three Florida Fine Arts Council Awards for fiction writing. His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Southern Review. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College and holder of the Peter Meinke Chair in Literature and Creative Writing.

Ann Hood – Nonfiction

Ann Hood's books include: Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine; Waiting to Vanish; Three-Legged Horse; Something Blue; Places to Stay the Night; The Properties of Water; and Ruby. She has also written a memoir, Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time; a book on the craft of writing, Creating Character Emotions; and a collection of short stories, An Ornithologist's Guide to Life. Most recently, her essays and short stories have appeared in Good Housekeeping, The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, More, Tin House, Ploughshares, and The Paris Review. Ann has won a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, a Best American Food Writing Award and two Pushcart Prizes. Her new novel, The Knitting Circle, was published in January 2007 and her memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, was published in May 2008. www.annhood.us

Michael Koryta – Nonfiction, Narrative Writing

Michael Koryta is the author of six novels, most recently So Cold the River, and his work has won the Los Angeles Times prize for best mystery, Great Lake Books Award, and St. Martin's Press/PWA Best First Novel prize, while also earning nominations for the Edgar, Quill, Shamus and Barry awards. His novel, Envy the Night, was selected as a Reader's Digest condensed book. His work has been translated into 20 languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana. His next novel, The Cypress House, will be released by Little, Brown and Co. in January 2011. www.michaelkoryta.com

Laura Lippman – Fiction

Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years atThe (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, Quill, and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence (Baltimore) and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Her works of fiction include: Baltimore Blues; Charm City; Butchers Hill; In Big Trouble;The Sugar House; In a Strange City; The Last Place; Every Secret Thing; By a Spider's Thread; To the Power of Three; No Good Deeds; What the Dead Know; Another Thing to Fall; Hardly Knew Her; Life Sentences; and I'd Know You Anywhere. She lives in Baltimore. www.lauralippman.com

Peter Meinke – Poetry

The new & revised version of Peter Meinke's book about writing, The Shape of Poetry, has just been published. The Contracted World, his 14th book of poetry, is his most recent in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, which includes Zinc Fingers, Scars, and Liquid Paper. Unheard Music, a collection of stories, came out in 2007. His poetry and fiction have received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award. He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd for many years, and the College recently established The Peter Meinke Endowed Professorship in Creative Writing; Sterling Watson is the first holder of this position. www.petermeinke.com

Tom Perrotta – Fiction

Tom Perrotta is the author of six previous work of fiction: Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Election, and the New York Times bestselling Joe College, Little Children and most recently, The Abstinence Teacher. Election was made into the acclaimed 1999 movie directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. Little Children was released as a movie directed by Todd Field and starring Kate Winslet and Jennifer Connelly in 2006. Perrotta has worked as a screenwriter and a journalist writing for several major publications including the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone and GQ. He has taught writing at Yale and Harvard. He lives with his family outside Boston. www.tomperrotta.net

Les Standiford – Fiction

Les Standiford is the author of the novels Spill; Done Deal; Raw Deal; Deal to Die For; Deal on Ice; Presidential Deal; Black Mountain; Deal With the Dead; the e-book, Opening Day; Havana Run; Bone Key; and the nonfiction works Last Train to Paradise, Meet You in Hell, Washington Burning, about the troubled early history of the nation's capitol and the publisher's nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and forthcoming in November, The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. He is also editor of the recent anthology Miami Noir: Stories from the Dark Side of Paradise. He has been a regular reviewer for The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, and The New York Daily News. His honors include the Life Achievement Award from the Lee County Festival of Reading; the Frank O'Connor Award; a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami. www.les-standiford.com

Guest Faculty

Jill Bialosky – Editor & Poetry

Jill Bialosky was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the author of three poetry collections which include: The End of Desire, Subeterranean, a finalist for the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and Intruder. She is also the author of two novels, House Under Snow, and most recently, The Life Room. She co-edited with Helen Schulman, Wanting a Child. Bialosky's poems and essays have been published in many magazines including The New Yorker, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, Redbook, O Magazine, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Antioch Review, The New Republic, Paris Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review and TriQuarterly. Jill Bialosky is also an Executive Editor and Vice President at W.W. Norton & Company. Some of her authors include bestselling authors, Nicole Krauss, Nick Flynn, Mary Roach, Manil Suri, and Thomas Lynch (Finalist for the National Book Award), and Ann Hood, Frederick Busch, John Dufresne, and Janette Turner Hospital. In poetry she has worked with Eavan Boland, Adrienne Rich, Joy Harjo, BH Fairchild (Winner of the National Book Critics Circle), Stanley Plumly (Winner of the LA Times in Poetry and Finalist for the National Book Award), Ai (Winner of the National Book Award), Kim Addonizio, Li-Young Lee and Marie Howe, among others.

Marc Fitten – Editor

Marc Fitten, born in Brooklyn, is the editor of The Chattahoochee Review literary magazine and editor of The Red Hen Press Translation Series. He is also an author and his debut novel, Valeria's Last Stand, will be published in seven countries.

Lisa Gallagher – Publisher

Lisa Gallagher is Senior Vice President and Publisher of the William Morrow, Harper Entertainment and Eos imprints at HarperCollins. She joined HarperCollins in August 2000 as Marketing Director, and later became Vice President, Associate Publisher. Before joining HarperCollins, Gallagher had been Associate Publisher of Bloomsbury USA. She relocated from their London office in early 1998 to open their new US office.

Stewart O'Nan – Keynote

Stewart O'Nan was born and raised in Pittsburgh. His dozen novels include Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, and his latest, Songs for the Missing.

Nahid Rachlin – Fiction/Nonfiction

Nahid Rachlin's publications include a memoir, Persian Girls, four novels, Jumping Over Fire, Foreigner, Married to a Stranger, The Heart's Desire, and a collection of short stories, Veils. Her individual short stories have appeared in about fifty magazines, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Redbook and Shenandoah. She has written reviews for New Times and Newsday. She has held a Doubleday-Columbia fellowship and the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford The grants and awards she has received include, the Bennet Cerf Award, PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Ann Rittenberg – Literary Agent

Ann Rittenberg is president of her own literary agency in New York. In addition to conference director Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River, Shutter Island, and The Given Day), the agencys authors include C.J. Box, author of Blue Heaven, a standalone thriller, and the Wyoming mystery series featuring game warden Joe Pickett; Adam Fawer (Improbable); Laura Whitcomb (A Certain Slant of Light and The Fetch, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin); Loren Pope (Colleges That Change Lives), Paul Doiron, editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine; Sterling Watson (Sweet Dream Baby), and Debra Austin, whose first novel, Daughter of Kura, set in Africa 500,000 years ago, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2009. www.rittlit.com

Helen Wallace – Poetry

Helen Wallace's collection of poetry, Shimming the Glass House, is the winner of the 2007 Richard Snyder Memorial Poetry Prize and will be published October 2008 by Ashland Poetry Press. Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, and Discipline Coordinator of CW in the PEL program, Wallace is the co-editor of the poetry anthology Isle of Flowers published by Anhinga Press, and has published poems in The Literary Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Cumberland Review, Nimrod International, Tampa Review, and other journals. She's received a McKay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award, The dA Center for the Arts Poetry Award, a residency fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She earned her Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from The Florida State University, and currently serves as the faculty adviser of the literary magazine, Eckerd Review.

Scott Ward – Poetry

Scott holds an M.A. from the University of South Carolina. A poet, Wards first book, Crucial Beauty, won the 1990 Loiderman Poetry Prize. His most recent volume is Wayward Passages. He has served as poetry editor of Southern Humanities Review and Shenandoah. His poems have appeared in anthologies such as American Poetry: The Next Generation and Buck and Wing: Southern Poetry at 2000 and journals, including America, Southern Humanities Review, Shenandoah, and The Christian Century.

2008

Dennis Lehane – Co-director, Fiction

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published seven more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred;Gone Baby Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play, and both Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone have been made into award-winning films. In February 2010, Columbia Pictures released the motion picture adaptation of Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Ruffalo. He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston. www.dennislehanebooks.com

Sterling Watson – Co-director, Fiction

Sterling Watson is the author of five novels: Weep No More My Brother; The Calling; Blind Tongues; Deadly Sweet; and Sweet Dream Baby. Weep No More My Brother was nominated for the Rosenthal Award given annually by the National Academy Institute of Arts and Letters. Watson is the recipient of three Florida Fine Arts Council Awards for fiction writing. His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Southern Review. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College and holder of the Peter Meinke Chair in Literature and Creative Writing.

Beth Ann Fennelly – Poetry

Beth Ann Fennelly received a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Award and a 2006 United States Artist grant. She's written three books of poetry, Open House; Tender Hooks; and Unmentionables; and a book of essays, Great With Child, all with W. W. Norton. She has three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series and is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and a Fulbright to Brazil. She teaches at the University of Mississippi.

Tom Franklin – Fiction

Tom Frankin is the author of the short story collection, Poachers, and the novels Hell at the Breech and Smonk, all published by William Morrow. Recipient of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, he has been the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell Univeristy, the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, the Tennessee Williams Fellow at Sewanee and currently teaches in the MFA program at Ole Miss and lives in Oxford. Married to the poet, Beth Ann Fennelly, he is at work on a new novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.

Laura Lippman – Fiction

Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years atThe (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, Quill, and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence (Baltimore) and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Her works of fiction include: Baltimore Blues; Charm City; Butchers Hill; In Big Trouble;The Sugar House; In a Strange City; The Last Place; Every Secret Thing; By a Spider's Thread; To the Power of Three; No Good Deeds; What the Dead Know; Another Thing to Fall; Hardly Knew Her; Life Sentences; and I'd Know You Anywhere. She lives in Baltimore. www.lauralippman.com

Roland Merullo – Fiction

Roland Merullo is the author of six novels: Leaving Losapas; A Russian Requiem; Revere Beach Boulevard (a finalist for the PEN New England/L.L. Winship Award); In Revere, In Those Days (which won the Maria Thomas Fiction Award); A Little Love Story; and Golfing with God. His memoir, Revere Beach Elegy, won the Massachusetts Book Award for non-fiction. His novels have been translated into German, Spanish, and Korean, and his essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Readers Digest, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, Forbes FYI, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Boston Magazine. His seventh novel, Breakfast with Buddha, will be published in October 2007.

Thisbe Nissen – Fiction

Thisbe Nissen is the author of the story collection, Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night, and two novels, The Good People of New York and Osprey Island. She also co-authored-and-collaged The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook with Erin Ergenbright. Thisbe's work is forthcoming, or has recently been published in Story Quarterly, The Virginia Quarterly, Glimmer Train, and The Cincinnati Review. She's taught at Columbia University, and the University of Iowa, and is the 2007-8 Fanny Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. Originally from New York City, Thisbe is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and is currently at work on a novel, a collection of stories, and various and sundry collaged books for children and adults, and a few patchwork quilts too. She dreams of someday raising chickens.

Guest Faculty

Lexy Bloom – Editor

Marc Fitten – Editor

Marc Fitten, born in Brooklyn, is the editor of The Chattahoochee Review literary magazine and editor of The Red Hen Press Translation Series. He is also an author and his debut novel, Valeria's Last Stand, will be published in seven countries.

Lisa Gallagher – Publisher

Lisa Gallagher is Senior Vice President and Publisher of the William Morrow, Harper Entertainment and Eos imprints at HarperCollins. She joined HarperCollins in August 2000 as Marketing Director, and later became Vice President, Associate Publisher. Before joining HarperCollins, Gallagher had been Associate Publisher of Bloomsbury USA. She relocated from their London office in early 1998 to open their new US office.

Peter Meinke – Poetry

The Contracted World is Peter Meinke's 14th book of poems, and 7th in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, which includes Zinc Fingers, Scars, and Liquid Paper. His poetry has received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award; another collection, Unheard Music, will be published in September 2007, along with his book on reading and writing poems, The Shape of Poetry, both from Jefferson Press. He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for many years, and has often been writer-in-residence at other colleges and universities. From 2003 through 2005 he held the Darden Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and dozens of other magazines. He and his wife, the artist Jeanne Clark, have lived in St. Petersburg since 1966.

Richard Price

Richard Price, born in the Bronx, has written seven novels, including The Wanderers; Clockers, which was nominated for the National Book Critic Circle Award; Freedomland; and Samaritan. He has also written numerous screenplays including, The Color of Money, which was nominated for an Academy Award in Screenwriting, Sea of Love, and Ransom. Price was the recipient of the 1999 Award in Literature for the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction, articles and essays have appeared in Best American Essays 2002, the New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Esquire, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone.

David Hale Smith - Literary Agent

David Hale Smith is the founder and president of DHS Literary, Inc., a literary agency and entertainment media consultancy in Dallas, Texas. Smith has negotiated contracts with companies such as Alfred A. Knopf, Algonquin, Columbia Pictures, HarperCollins, Morrow, Putnam, Random House, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin's Press, Penguin Group, and many others. Representative books handled by Smith's agency include New York Times bestsellers The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook series; Take Time for Your Life and Life Makeovers, by Cheryl Richardson; Edgar Award-winning first novel Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel, and Edgar-nominated novel God is a Bullet, by Boston Teran; LA Times Award-winning Envy the Night, by Michael Koryta; Severance Package, by Duane Swierczynski; and the graphic novel thriller Whiteout, by Greg Rucka which has just been released by Warner Brothers/Dark Castle Pictures as a major motion picture starring Kate Beckinsale. www.dhsliterary.com

Les Standiford - Fiction/Nonfiction

Les Standiford is the author of the novels Spill; Done Deal; Raw Deal; Deal to Die For; Deal on Ice; Presidential Deal; Black Mountain; Deal With the Dead; the e-book, Opening Day; Havana Run; Bone Key; and the nonfiction works Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean and Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America. He is also editor of the recent anthology Miami Noir: Stories from the Dark Side of Paradise. He has been a regular reviewer for The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, and The New York Daily News. His honors include the Life Achievement Award from the Lee County Festival of Reading; the Frank O'Connor Award; a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami. www.les-standiford.com

2007

Dennis Lehane – Co-director, Fiction

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published seven more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred;Gone Baby Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play, and both Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone have been made into award-winning films. In February 2010, Columbia Pictures released the motion picture adaptation of Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Ruffalo. He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston. www.dennislehanebooks.com

Sterling Watson – Co-director, Fiction

Sterling Watson is the author of five novels: Weep No More My Brother; The Calling; Blind Tongues; Deadly Sweet; and Sweet Dream Baby. Weep No More My Brother was nominated for the Rosenthal Award given annually by the National Academy Institute of Arts and Letters. Watson is the recipient of three Florida Fine Arts Council Awards for fiction writing. His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Southern Review. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College and holder of the Peter Meinke Chair in Literature and Creative Writing.

Beth Ann Fennelly – Poetry

Beth Ann Fennelly received a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Award and a 2006 United States Artist grant. She's written three books of poetry, Open House; Tender Hooks; and Unmentionables; and a book of essays, Great With Child, all with W. W. Norton. She has three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series and is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and a Fulbright to Brazil. She teaches at the University of Mississippi.

Tom Franklin – Fiction

Tom Frankin is the author of the short story collection, Poachers, and the novels Hell at the Breech and Smonk, all published by William Morrow. Recipient of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, he has been the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell Univeristy, the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, the Tennessee Williams Fellow at Sewanee and currently teaches in the MFA program at Ole Miss and lives in Oxford. Married to the poet, Beth Ann Fennelly, he is at work on a new novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.

Laura Lippman – Fiction

Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years atThe (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, Quill, and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence (Baltimore) and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Her works of fiction include: Baltimore Blues; Charm City; Butchers Hill; In Big Trouble;The Sugar House; In a Strange City; The Last Place; Every Secret Thing; By a Spider's Thread; To the Power of Three; No Good Deeds; What the Dead Know; Another Thing to Fall; Hardly Knew Her; Life Sentences; and I'd Know You Anywhere. She lives in Baltimore. www.lauralippman.com

Thisbe Nissen – Fiction

Thisbe Nissen is the author of the story collection, Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night, and two novels, The Good People of New York and Osprey Island. She also co-authored-and-collaged The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook with Erin Ergenbright. Thisbe's work is forthcoming, or has recently been published in Story Quarterly, The Virginia Quarterly, Glimmer Train, and The Cincinnati Review. She's taught at Columbia University, and the University of Iowa, and is the 2007-8 Fanny Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. Originally from New York City, Thisbe is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and is currently at work on a novel, a collection of stories, and various and sundry collaged books for children and adults, and a few patchwork quilts too. She dreams of someday raising chickens.

Les Standiford – Nonfiction

Les Standiford is the author of the novels Spill; Done Deal; Raw Deal; Deal to Die For; Deal on Ice; Presidential Deal; Black Mountain; Deal With the Dead; the e-book, Opening Day; Havana Run; Bone Key; and the nonfiction works Last Train to Paradise, Meet You in Hell, Washington Burning, about the troubled early history of the nation's capitol and the publisher's nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and forthcoming in November, The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. He is also editor of the recent anthology Miami Noir: Stories from the Dark Side of Paradise. He has been a regular reviewer for The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, and The New York Daily News. His honors include the Life Achievement Award from the Lee County Festival of Reading; the Frank O'Connor Award; a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami. www.les-standiford.com

Guest Faculty

Lexy Bloom – Editor

Marc Fitten – Editor

Marc Fitten, born in Brooklyn, is the editor of The Chattahoochee Review literary magazine and editor of The Red Hen Press Translation Series. He is also an author and his debut novel, Valeria's Last Stand, will be published in seven countries.

Lisa Gallagher – Publisher

Lisa Gallagher is Senior Vice President and Publisher of the William Morrow, Harper Entertainment and Eos imprints at HarperCollins. She joined HarperCollins in August 2000 as Marketing Director, and later became Vice President, Associate Publisher. Before joining HarperCollins, Gallagher had been Associate Publisher of Bloomsbury USA. She relocated from their London office in early 1998 to open their new US office.

Peter Meinke – Poetry

The Contracted World is Peter Meinke's 14th book of poems, and 7th in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, which includes Zinc Fingers, Scars, and Liquid Paper. His poetry has received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award; another collection, Unheard Music, will be published in September 2007, along with his book on reading and writing poems, The Shape of Poetry, both from Jefferson Press. He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for many years, and has often been writer-in-residence at other colleges and universities. From 2003 through 2005 he held the Darden Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and dozens of other magazines. He and his wife, the artist Jeanne Clark, have lived in St. Petersburg since 1966.

Roland Merullo – Fiction, Nonfiction

Roland Merullo is the author of A Little Love Story; Golfing with God; Leaving Losapas; A Russian Requiem; and Revere Beach Boulevard, which was a finalist for the 1998 PEN New England/L.L. Winship Prize. He has written for newspapers and magazines, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Boston Magazine, Forbes, and Details. He has taught writing and literature at Bennington College since 1993.

Tom Perrotta – Fiction

Tom Perrotta is the author of Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, JoeCollege, and Little Children. His novel, Election, became the film, Election, starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. Perrotta also worked with Todd Field on the adaptation of Little Children, which has been made into a major motion picture of the same title. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

David Simon – Writer, Producer

David Simon is a Baltimore-based author, journalist and writer-producer of television specializing in criminal justice and urban issues. Simon wrote Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, which received an Edgar Award and was the basis for NBC's award-winning drama HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET for which he worked as a writer, and later a producer. His work on HOMICIDE earned him an Emmy, WGA Award, and a Humanities Award. With Ed Burns he co-authored the New York Times Notable Book, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood. He co-wrote and produced HBO's THE CORNER. The series won him an Emmy in 2000 for the year's best miniseries. He is currently writing and producing HBO's highly acclaimed series, THE WIRE.

David Hale Smith - Literary Agent

David Hale Smith is the founder and president of DHS Literary, Inc., a literary agency and entertainment media consultancy in Dallas, Texas. Smith has negotiated contracts with companies such as Alfred A. Knopf, Algonquin, Columbia Pictures, HarperCollins, Morrow, Putnam, Random House, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin's Press, Penguin Group, and many others. Representative books handled by Smith's agency include New York Times bestsellers The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook series; Take Time for Your Life and Life Makeovers, by Cheryl Richardson; Edgar Award-winning first novel Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel, and Edgar-nominated novel God is a Bullet, by Boston Teran; LA Times Award-winning Envy the Night, by Michael Koryta; Severance Package, by Duane Swierczynski; and the graphic novel thriller Whiteout, by Greg Rucka which has just been released by Warner Brothers/Dark Castle Pictures as a major motion picture starring Kate Beckinsale. www.dhsliterary.com

2006

Dennis Lehane – Co-director, Fiction

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published seven more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred;Gone Baby Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play, and both Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone have been made into award-winning films. In February 2010, Columbia Pictures released the motion picture adaptation of Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Ruffalo. He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston. www.dennislehanebooks.com

Sterling Watson – Co-director, Fiction

Sterling Watson is the author of five novels: Weep No More My Brother; The Calling; Blind Tongues; Deadly Sweet; and Sweet Dream Baby. Weep No More My Brother was nominated for the Rosenthal Award given annually by the National Academy Institute of Arts and Letters. Watson is the recipient of three Florida Fine Arts Council Awards for fiction writing. His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Southern Review. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College and holder of the Peter Meinke Chair in Literature and Creative Writing.

Nick Flynn – Nonfiction

Nick Flynn's Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (Norton, 2004) won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir and has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of two books of poetry: Some Ether, which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and Blind Huber. He has been awarded fellowships from the Library of Congress, the Amy Lowell Trust, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The New York Times Book Review, among many others. He teaches one semester a year at the University of Houston and spends the rest of the year elsewhere. www.nickflynn.org

Tom Franklin – Fiction

Tom Frankin is the author of the short story collection, Poachers, and the novels Hell at the Breech and Smonk, all published by William Morrow. Recipient of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, he has been the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell Univeristy, the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, the Tennessee Williams Fellow at Sewanee and currently teaches in the MFA program at Ole Miss and lives in Oxford. Married to the poet, Beth Ann Fennelly, he is at work on a new novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.

Brian Helgeland – Screenwriting

Brian Helgeland wrote and directed the major motion pictures, Payback; featuring Mel Gibson, and A Knight's Tale; featuring Heath Ledger and Shannyn Sossamon. His credits also include the original screenplay for Conspiracy Theory and the screenplay adaptations for Man on Fire; Mystic River; and L.A. Confidential, which won him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Laura Lippman – Fiction

Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years atThe (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, Quill, and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence (Baltimore) and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Her works of fiction include: Baltimore Blues; Charm City; Butchers Hill; In Big Trouble;The Sugar House; In a Strange City; The Last Place; Every Secret Thing; By a Spider's Thread; To the Power of Three; No Good Deeds; What the Dead Know; Another Thing to Fall; Hardly Knew Her; Life Sentences; and I'd Know You Anywhere. She lives in Baltimore. www.lauralippman.com

Catherine McKinley - Nonfiction

Catherine McKinley is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, The Book of Sarahs (Counterpoint, 2002) and editor of the anthology Afrekete and Writing Between the Lines: An Epistolary History of African American Writing, 1750-2000, forthcoming from Crown Books. She is the Associate Director of the Publishing Certificate Program at City College of New York and teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence. She is currently working on a non-fiction about the women who produce and trade indigo in West Africa, which she researched as a recent Fulbright Fellow.

Peter Meinke – Fiction

The new & revised version of Peter Meinke's book about writing, The Shape of Poetry, has just been published. The Contracted World, his 14th book of poetry, is his most recent in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, which includes Zinc Fingers, Scars, and Liquid Paper. Unheard Music, a collection of stories, came out in 2007. His poetry and fiction have received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award. He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd for many years, and the College recently established The Peter Meinke Endowed Professorship in Creative Writing; Sterling Watson is the first holder of this position. www.petermeinke.com

Roland Merullo – Fiction

Roland Merullo is the author of six novels: Leaving Losapas; A Russian Requiem; Revere Beach Boulevard (a finalist for the PEN New England/L.L. Winship Award); In Revere, In Those Days (which won the Maria Thomas Fiction Award); A Little Love Story; and Golfing with God. His memoir, Revere Beach Elegy, won the Massachusetts Book Award for non-fiction. His novels have been translated into German, Spanish, and Korean, and his essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Readers Digest, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, Forbes FYI, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Boston Magazine. His seventh novel, Breakfast with Buddha, will be published in October 2007.

Thisbe Nissen – Fiction

Thisbe Nissen is the author of the story collection, Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night, and two novels, The Good People of New York and Osprey Island. She also co-authored-and-collaged The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook with Erin Ergenbright. Thisbe's work is forthcoming, or has recently been published in Story Quarterly, The Virginia Quarterly, Glimmer Train, and The Cincinnati Review. She's taught at Columbia University, and the University of Iowa, and is the 2007-8 Fanny Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. Originally from New York City, Thisbe is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and is currently at work on a novel, a collection of stories, and various and sundry collaged books for children and adults, and a few patchwork quilts too. She dreams of someday raising chickens.

Les Standiford – Screenwriting

Les Standiford is the author of the novels Spill; Done Deal; Raw Deal; Deal to Die For; Deal on Ice; Presidential Deal; Black Mountain; Deal With the Dead; the e-book, Opening Day; Havana Run; Bone Key; and the nonfiction works Last Train to Paradise, Meet You in Hell, Washington Burning, about the troubled early history of the nation's capitol and the publisher's nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and forthcoming in November, The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. He is also editor of the recent anthology Miami Noir: Stories from the Dark Side of Paradise. He has been a regular reviewer for The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, and The New York Daily News. His honors include the Life Achievement Award from the Lee County Festival of Reading; the Frank O'Connor Award; a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami. www.les-standiford.com

Guest Faculty

Erin Belieu – Editor

Erin Belieu is the author of three poetry collections: Infanta; One Above & One Below; and the forthcoming Black Box, all from Copper Canyon Press. She is also the co-editor of The Extraordinary Tide, an anthology of contemporary women's poetry (Columbia University Press, 2001). Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry; The New York Times; Atlantic Monthly; Ploughshares; Tin House; TriQuarterly; Slate; and The Virginia Quarterly Review. For several years she was both the managing and poetry editor for AGNI magazine in Boston, and she founded Hotel Amerika at Ohio University. She now teaches in the writing program at Florida State University.

Mark Bowden – Nonfiction

Mark Bowden, an Atlantic Monthly national correspondent, is an author, journalist, screenwriter, and teacher. His book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War -- an international bestseller that spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list -- was a finalist for the National Book Award. Bowden is also the author of Doctor Dealer; Bringing the Heat; Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw; Our Finest Day; Finders Keepers; and Road Work: Among Tyrants, Heroes, Rogues, and Beasts.

Silvia Curbelo – Poetry

Silvia Curbelo's poetry collections include The Secret History of Water (Anhinga Press) and Ambush, winner of the 2004 Main Street Rag chapbook competition. Awards include poetry fellowships from the NEA and the Cintas Foundation, the Jessica Nobel Maxwell Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, and three fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. A native of Cuba, Silvia lives in Tampa and is managing editor for Organica magazine.

Meg Kearney – Poetry

Meg Kearney's first collection of poetry, An Unkindness of Ravens, was published by BOA Editions, Ltd., in 2001. Her poetry collection for teens, The Secret of Me, will be published by Persea Books in November 2005. She is also co-editor of Blues for Bill: a Tribute to William Matthews, out from the Akron University Press in spring 2005. Her poetry has been published in such publications as Agni, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Gettysburg Review, among many others. She has taught poetry at The New School University, and is the Director of the Solstice Creative Writing Programs of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She was the Associate Director of the National Book Foundation, sponsor of the National Book Awards, for more than 10 years. www.megkearney.com

Stephen King – Fiction

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Company, accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 40 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers. www.stephenking.com

Dionisio Martinez – Poetry

Dionisio D. Martinez, born in Cuba in 1956, is the author of Climbing Back, selected for the 1999 National Poetry Series by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jorie Graham, and Bad Alchemy, selected as one of the New York Public Library's "Books to Remember" in 1995. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Poetry; American Poetry Review; Ploughshares; Prairie Schooner; The Georgia Review; The Mid-American Review; The Eckerd College Review; and The Gettysburg Review. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. http://mysite.verizon.net/dionisiomartinez/

Ann Rittenberg – Literary Agent

Ann Rittenberg is president of her own literary agency in New York. In addition to conference director Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River, Shutter Island, and The Given Day), the agencys authors include C.J. Box, author of Blue Heaven, a standalone thriller, and the Wyoming mystery series featuring game warden Joe Pickett; Adam Fawer (Improbable); Laura Whitcomb (A Certain Slant of Light and The Fetch, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin); Loren Pope (Colleges That Change Lives), Paul Doiron, editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine; Sterling Watson (Sweet Dream Baby), and Debra Austin, whose first novel, Daughter of Kura, set in Africa 500,000 years ago, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2009. www.rittlit.com

Claire Wachtel – Editor

2005

Dennis Lehane – Co-director, Fiction

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published seven more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred;Gone Baby Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play, and both Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone have been made into award-winning films. In February 2010, Columbia Pictures released the motion picture adaptation of Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Ruffalo. He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston. www.dennislehanebooks.com

Sterling Watson – Co-director, Fiction

Sterling Watson is the author of five novels: Weep No More My Brother; The Calling; Blind Tongues; Deadly Sweet; and Sweet Dream Baby. Weep No More My Brother was nominated for the Rosenthal Award given annually by the National Academy Institute of Arts and Letters. Watson is the recipient of three Florida Fine Arts Council Awards for fiction writing. His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Southern Review. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College and holder of the Peter Meinke Chair in Literature and Creative Writing.

A. Manette Ansay – Fiction

A. Manette Ansay is the author of four novels, including Vinegar Hill, an Oprah Book Club Selection, and Midnight Champagne, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as a short story collection, Read This and Tell Me What It Says, and a memoir, Limbo. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, a Pushcart Prize, the Nelson Algren Prize, and two Great Lakes Book Awards. A made-for-TV movie of Vinegar Hill, starring Mary-Louise Parker, is scheduled to air on CBS this fall. Ansay lives with her husband and daughter in West Palm Beach, where she is completing a new novel, Blue Water. www.amanetteansay.com

Laure-Anne Bosselaar – Poetry

Laure-Anne Bosselaar grew up in Belgium and moved to the United States in 1987. Fluent in four languages, she has published poems in French and Flemish. She is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf and Of Small Gods of Grief, which won the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry in 2001. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Washington Post, AGNI, Harvard Review, and in numerous anthologies. One of her poems won the National Poetry Contest sponsored by I.E. Magazine. www.laureannebosselaar.com

Jack Driscoll – Fiction

Jack Driscoll is the author of four books of poems, a collection of short stories, and three novels including Howl Like an Angel, soon to be released. Lucky Man, Lucky Woman was the recipient of the 1998 Pushcart Book Editors/Award and the Independent Book Publishers Award. His story collection, Wanting Only to be Heard, was the recipient of an Associated Writing Programs Awardfor short fiction. He is currently writer-in-residence at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Stephen Dunn – Poetry

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Different Hours, Stephen Dunn is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including New & Selected Poems 1974-1994, Between Angels, and Local Visitations. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three NEA Arts Fellowships, and a Theodore Roethke Prize.

Terrance Hayes – Poetry

The recipient of the Red Brick Review Award, a Whiting Writers Award and a Kate Tufts Discovery Award for poetry, Terrance Hayes is the author of Hip Logic and Muscular Music. His poems have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Chelsea, Callaloo, and in several anthologies. He is an assistant professor of English at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

B. Lee Hope – Fiction

Lee Hope is the recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship and a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship for Fiction. She has published stories in Witness, the New Virginia Review, the North American Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and High Plains Literary Review. She is Faculty Advisor for Words & Images, a journal for the arts, and she founded and directed the University of Southern Maine Writers' Conference for ten years.

Peter Meinke – Fiction & Poetry

The new & revised version of Peter Meinke's book about writing, The Shape of Poetry, has just been published. The Contracted World, his 14th book of poetry, is his most recent in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, which includes Zinc Fingers, Scars, and Liquid Paper. Unheard Music, a collection of stories, came out in 2007. His poetry and fiction have received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award. He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd for many years, and the College recently established The Peter Meinke Endowed Professorship in Creative Writing; Sterling Watson is the first holder of this position. www.petermeinke.com

Dzvinia Orlowsky – Poetry

The founding editor of Four Way Books, Dzvinia Orlowsky is a contributing editor to AGNI and The Marlboro Review. She is the author of three collections of poetry, A Handful of Bees, Edge of House, and a new collection, Except for One Obscene Brushstroke. She is a 1998 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Poetry Grant and a 1999 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Professional Development Grant.

Les Standiford – Nonfiction

Les Standiford is the author of the novels Spill; Done Deal; Raw Deal; Deal to Die For; Deal on Ice; Presidential Deal; Black Mountain; Deal With the Dead; the e-book, Opening Day; Havana Run; Bone Key; and the nonfiction works Last Train to Paradise, Meet You in Hell, Washington Burning, about the troubled early history of the nation's capitol and the publisher's nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and forthcoming in November, The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. He is also editor of the recent anthology Miami Noir: Stories from the Dark Side of Paradise. He has been a regular reviewer for The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, and The New York Daily News. His honors include the Life Achievement Award from the Lee County Festival of Reading; the Frank O'Connor Award; a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami. www.les-standiford.com

Michael Steinberg – Nonfiction

Michael Steinberg is a memoirist and the founding editor of the award-winning literary journal, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. His latest book, Still Pitching was chosen by ForeWord Magazine as the 2003 Small and Independent Press memoir/autobiography of the year. Other books include Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan, The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers Of/On Creative Nonfiction (now in its third edition), and Those Who Do, Can: Teachers Writing, Writers Teaching (the latter two with Robert Root). Steinberg is the recipient of The Missouri Review Editor's Prize, a Roberts Writing Award, the Harness Race Writers of America award for feature writing, and a Writer's Voice Residency/Fellowship. His essays and memoirs have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have been cited several times in Best American Essays and Best American Sports Writing.

Guest Faculty

Jofie Ferrari-Adler – Editor

Jofie Ferrari-Adler is an editor at Thunder's Mouth Press, a New York City-based imprint of the Avalon Publishing Group, where he acquires fiction and nonfiction. He previously worked as an editor at the noted independent publisher Four Walls Eight Windows. Some of his recent projects include Scream Queens of the Dead Sea (a novel by Gilad Elbom), John the Painter: Terrorist of the American Revolution (history by Jessica Warner), and 13: The Story of the World's Most Popular Superstition (popular culture by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer). www.avalonpub.com