Lawrence Abbott

Lawrence Abbott

Lawrence Abbott is an Advanced Lecturer in the Critical Writing Program. He holds a Penn Ph.D. in English with a concentration in American literature. His interests lie mainly in early- to mid-twentieth-century popular literature and popular culture.

He has had a longstanding interest in graphic narrative and was one of the early writers on the subject of comics, even before the field of comics studies came into its own. He has also studied popular travel narrative; his 2010 book Jane Dolinger: The Adventurous Life of an American Travel Writer brings to light the life and work of an interesting but largely forgotten travel writer.

Recently he has taught courses on comics, war literature, novels of race in America, and the literary culture of the 1960s.

Max Apple

Max Apple

Max Apple has published two collections of stories The Oranging of America, and Free Agents, two novels, Zip and Propheteers and two books of non-fiction, Roommates, and I Love Gootie. Roommates was made into a film as were two other screenplays, Smokey Bites the Dust and The Air Up There. Five of his books have been New York Times Notable Books. His stories and essays are widely anthologized and have appeared in Atlantic, Harpers, Esquire, and many literary magazines and in Best American Stories and Best Spiritual Writing. His essay, "The American Bakery" was selected by the New York Times as one of the best to appear in the first 100 years of the Book Review. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His Ph.D. is in 17th century literature. He has given readings at many universities and taught at Michigan, Stanford, NYU, Columbia, and Rice University where he held the Fox Chair in English. Max regularly hosts and introduces readings by eminent fiction writers, such as Meg Wolitzer.

Click here to listen to a recording of Max Apple's reading at the Kelly Writers House on September 25, 2001.

Email: maxapple1@verizon.net

Sam Apple

Sam Apple

Sam Apple is the author of Schlepping Through the Alps, American Parent, and The Saddest Toilet in the World. A graduate of the Columbia University MFA program, Apple has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, The MIT Technology Review, McSweeney’s, and Slate.com, among many other publications. Schlepping Through the Alps was a finalist for the PEN America Award for a first work of nonfiction. Apple is currently writing a book about the life and science of Otto Warburg.

Herman Beavers

Herman Beavers

Herman Beavers is Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching African American literature and creative writing since 1989. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Oberlin College, where he studied in the creative writing program with Stuart Friebert, Diane Vreuls, and David Young, while also receiving degrees in sociology and government.

After graduation, he went on to the Graduate Writing Program at Brown University, where he studied fiction with novelists John Hawkes and R. V. Cassill and poetry with Michael S. Harper. From Brown, he moved on to Yale, where he received an MA in African American Studies and a Ph.D. in American Studies. In addition to Penn, he has taught at Wesleyan University, Sarah Lawrence College, Trinity College, and Princeton, and he has been the Distinguished Visiting Professor of English at the University of Kansas.

His first poems were published in Black American Literature Forum (presently titled The African American Review), Dark Phrases, and The Cincinnati Poetry Review. While still in graduate school, his chapbook A Neighborhood of Feeling won first prize in the Doris Press Chapbook competition. He was among the first group of Cave Canem Fellows when the group was established in 1996. Since then, his poems have appeared in Whiskey Island, Cross Connect, Peregrine, The Painted Bride Quarterly, Callaloo, MELUS, The Langston Hughes Colloquy, Versadelphia, Cleaver Magazine, and American Arts Quarterly, as well as the anthology Gathering Ground: A Cave Canem Reader. He has given readings in and around the Philadelphia area, including readings with Yusef Komunyakaa, Elizabeth Alexander, June Jordan, and Major Jackson and been featured on Live at the Kelly Writers House (on Penn’s radio station, WXPN).

His poems have been nominated for the Best American Poetry series Best of the Web, and nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. He has been a finalist for the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award, the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize, and the Lena Miles Wever Poetry Prize. His sestina “The Relative of Fear” appears in the anthology Obsession: Sestinas for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Marilyn D. Krysl and Carolyn Beard Whitlow, and he has poems in the forthcoming anthology Who Will Speak for America from Temple University Press. His chapbook Obsidian Blues was published in May 2017 by Agape Editions as part of its Morning House Chapbook Series. He is completing work on a volume of poems entitled Even in Such Light and beginning work on another volume that features characters from Toni Morrison’s Beloved. He lives in Burlington Township, NJ, with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Michael and Corinne.

Email: hbeavers@english.upenn.edu

Susan Bee

Susan Bee

Susan Bee is an artist, editor, and writer. She has had eight solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery, New York, and solo shows at Southfirst Gallery and Accola Griefen Gallery in New York. Bee has published sixteen artist’s books. She has collaborated with poets including Susan Howe, Charles Bernstein, Rachel Levitsky, Jerome McGann, Johanna Drucker, and Jerome Rothenberg. Her artist’s book archive is in the collection of the Beinecke Library at Yale University. She is the coeditor with Mira Schor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. Bee received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts in 2014. She has a BA in Art History and Art from Barnard College and a MA in Art from Hunter College.

Email: bee@bway.net

Charles Bernstein


Charles Bernstein has published five collections of essays -- Pitch of Poetry (Chicago, 2016), Attack of the Difficult Poems:Essays & Inventions (Chicago, 2011), My Way: Speeches and Poems (Chicago, 1999), A Poetics (Harvard, 1992), and Content's Dream: Essays 1975-1984 (Sun & Moon, 1985; rpt Northwestern, 2001). He is the author of over twenty collections of poetry, including Recalculating (Chicago, 2014), All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010), Girly Man (Chicago, 2006), With Strings (Chicago, 2001), Republics of Reality: 1975 - 1995 (Sun & Moon, 2000), Dark City (Sun & Moon, 1994), The Sophist (Sun & Moon, 1987; rpt Salt Publishing 2004), Islets/Irritations (Jordan Davies, 1983; rpt. Roof Books, 1992); and Controlling Interests (Roof, 1980). And he is the editor of several collections: Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word (Oxford, 1999), 99 Poets/1999: An International Poetics Symposium (Duke, 1998), and The Politics of Poetic Form: Poetry and Public Policy (Roof, 1990), the audio CD Live at the Ear, and the poetics magazine L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, whose first issue was published in 1978. Bernstein is executive editor of the Electronic Poetry Center (http://epc.buffalo.edu) and co-director of PennSound (http://writing.upenn.edu/ pennsound).

Home page: http://writing.upenn.edu/ bernstein
Email: charles.bernstein@ english.upenn.edu

Robert Berry

Robert Berry

Robert Berry is the cartoonist and originator of “Ulysses ‘seen'”, a tablet-based graphic novel adaptation of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”. His work in the development of that project led to the creation of a unique platform for educational comics and the establishing of his own digital publishing company, THROWAWAY HORSE, where he serves as editor and artistic director on similar comic-to-learning adaptations of “The Waste Land” and “The Age of Bronze”.

Trained as a painter at Detroit’s Wayne State University he began making comics in 2005 and has worked for DC Comics as well as Seven Stories in their “Graphic Canon" editions. His illustrations for James Joyce’s “The Dead" were published in 2014 by Stoney Road Press and the James Joyce Centre in Dublin. His work has been seen in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Dublin, Heidelberg and Trieste.

Buzz Bissinger

Buzz Bissinger

Buzz Bissinger is the author of five nonfiction books: Friday Night Lights (a New York Times number one bestseller), A Prayer for the City (a NY Times Notable Book), Three Nights in August (a NY Times bestseller), Shooting Stars and Father’s Day, a personal story about his relationship with his twin son Zachary.

He has been a reporter for some of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers; a magazine writer with published work in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Time, The New Republic and Sports Illustrated; and a co-producer and writer for the ABC television drama NYPD Blue. Two of his works were made into the critically acclaimed films Friday Night Lights and Shattered Glass; three more are in active development. Friday Night Lights also served as the inspiration for the television series of the same name. His teleplay and screenwriting work includes collaborations with directors and/or writers Alan Pakula, Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Hoblit, Todd Field and Tim Kring.

He has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine since 1996 and has written about such subjects as the systematic killings of gays by white teenagers in Texas; O.J. Simpson detective Mark Fuhrman; film director John Ford; Joe DiMaggio; the tragic killing of a college baseball player in a small town in Oklahoma by bored teenagers, and the saga of a six million dollar stolen Stradivarius. His Vanity Fair article "Gone Like the Wind," about the saga of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, was named a finalist in feature writing by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2008.

His awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, the National Headliners Award, and a Nieman fellowship from Harvard University, among others.

Julia Bloch

Julia Bloch

Julia Bloch received a BA in political philosophy at Carleton College, an MFA in creative writing/poetry at Mills College, and an MA and PhD in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests in twentieth-century poetry and poetics include the North American long poem; formal hybridity; subjectivity; gender and sexuality; and genre theory. Her current scholarly book project, "Lyric after Epic: Gender and the Postwar Long Poem," investigates generic concordance and contention in the innovative North American long poem, looking at issues of gender, ideology, and the place of the lyric. Julia’s poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Journal of Modern Literature, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Women’s Studies Quarterly, How2, Mirage/Period(ical), Aufgabe, Five Fingers Review, New Review of Literature, and elsewhere; her book of prose poems, Letters to Kelly Clarkson, was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award, and her second book of poetry, Valley Fever, appeared in April 2015; her third book, The Sacramento of Desire, is forthcoming from Sidebrow Books. Her chapbooks include Hollywood Forever (Little Red Leaves Textile Series) and Like Fur (Essay Press). She is coeditor of the international poetics journal Jacket2. From 2011 to 2013 she served as assistant professor of literature at the Bard College MAT Program in Delano, California. From 2013 to 2015 she was associate director of the Kelly Writers House. She now directs the Creative Writing Program at Penn. She was given the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty and has also been awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

Laynie Browne

Laynie Browne

Laynie Browne is a poet, prose writer, teacher, and editor. She is author of thirteen collections of poems and three novels. Her most recent collections of poems include You Envelop Me (Omnidawn, 2017), P R A C T I C E (SplitLevel, 2015), and Scorpyn Odes (Kore Press, 2015). Her honors include a 2014 Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award (2007) for her collection The Scented Fox, and the Contemporary Poetry Series Award (2005) for her collection Drawing of a Swan Before Memory. Her poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Catalan. Her writing has appeared in many anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Postmodern Poetry (second edition, 2013), Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology (Trinity University Press, 2013), Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006), and The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street, 2008). Her critical writing has appeared in journals including Jacket2, Aufgabe, Open Letter, and Talisman. She is coeditor of I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press, 2012) and is currently editing an anthology of original essays on the poet’s novel. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College.

Email: laynie.browne@gmail.com

Scott Burkhardt

Scott Burkhardt Scott Burkhardt is an writer/director/actor. He was a writer and actor on Smash (NBC) and has developed projects for CBS Studios and Universal TV. As an actor he has played lead roles in several feature films including Thank You, Good Night, Sway and 666. Scott’s thesis film, The Assastant, received the New Line Cinema Development Award and additional support and funding from the Milos Forman Foundation, The Caucus Foundation, and the Carole and Robert Daly Foundation. At the 2008 Columbia University Film Festival, The Assastant was a Faculty Selects film and won the 20th Century Fox/Farrelly Brothers Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award and the Student Choice Award for Best Writing. The film was nominated for a Student Academy Award and was distributed by Cinetic Media. He is currently casting Slipstream, a feature film he wrote and will direct. Scott teaches screenwriting and television writing at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and New York University. He has an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts–Film Division.

Deborah Burnham


Deborah Burnham is a lecturer and advisor in the English Department at Penn. For over twenty years, she headed the writing department and taught poetry at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts. Her book, Anna and the Steel Mill, won the University Press prize from Texas Tech University. She’s also published a chapbook, Still. Her new book of poems, Tart Honey, will be out in 2018. She’s also completed a YA novel, Raising June, which engages questions of political and family conflict in wartime. For several years, she has led therapeutic writing groups for cancer patients through the Abramson Cancer Center.

She’s married to David Staebler. They are long-term residents of Powelton Village. Their daughter is Bess Staebler, a pediatric nurse practitioner who works in the Kensington area.

Email: dburnham@english.upenn.edu

Lorene Cary

Lorene Cary

Lorene Cary’s nonfiction includes magazine articles and blogs as well as her best-selling memoir, Black Ice, and a collection of stories for young readers, Free! Great Escapes from Slavery on the Underground Railroad. Novels include The Price of a Child, chosen as the first One Book One Philadelphia offering; Pride; and her most recent, If Sons, Then Heirs. Cary has written scripts for videos at The President’s House exhibit on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. She is currently working on a play about Harriet Tubman and a memoir that recalls caring for her 101-year-old grandmother. She has also been accepted into the American Lyric Theater’s 2017 Composer and Librettist Development Program. For twenty years, Cary has taught fiction and nonfiction at Penn; now she invites her students to publish on SafeKidsStories.com on Medium.com, which she created to focus on children’s safety and wholeness. In 1998, Cary founded Art Sanctuary to enrich urban Philadelphia with the excellence of black arts. To create an intentional transition, she stepped down as director in 2012. Cary served as President of the Union Benevolent Association, and from 2011 to 2013 as a member of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission. Honors include: Penn’s Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, The Philadelphia Award, and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore, Muhlenberg, Colby, and Keene State Colleges, and from Arcadia and Gwynedd Mercy Universities. In March 2017, she was featured in a Philadelphia Airport exhibit that commemorates 100 of Philadelphia’s African American history makers of the 20th century.

Email: lcary@artsanctuary.org

Sebastian Castillo

Sebastian Castillo Sebastian Castillo is a writer and teacher who lives in Philadelphia, PA. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela, grew up in New York, and moved to Philadelphia to complete his MFA in Fiction at Temple University. He is the author of 49 Venezuelan Novels (2017), published by Bottlecap Press. His work has also appeared in Philadelphia Weekly, Peach Mag, Electric Literature, The Fanzine, and elsewhere. His writing and teaching is concerned with genre hybridity, experimental models of prose, and Latin American literature in translation.

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

Julia Dasbach Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach (www.juliakolchinskydasbach.com) emigrated from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine as a Jewish refugee when she was six years old. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focuses on contemporary American poetry about the Holocaust. Julia is the author of The Many Names for Mother, winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry prize, forthcoming from Kent State University Press in Fall of 2019, and The Bear Who Ate the Stars (Split Lip Press, 2014). Her poems appear in POETRY, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and Best New Poets 2018, among others. Julia edits Construction Magazine (www.constructionlitmag.com) and when not busy chasing her son around the playgrounds of Philadelphia, she writes a blog about motherhood (https://otherwomendonttellyou.wordpress.com/).

Email: jdasbach@sas.upenn.edu

Anthony DeCurtis


Anthony DeCurtis is a Distinguished Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania and a Contributing Editor for Rolling Stone. His most recent book is Lou Reed: A Life, a biography of Lou Reed published by Little, Brown in October 2017. He also cowrote Clive Davis’s autobiography, The Soundtrack of Our Lives (Simon and Schuster, 2013), a New York Times nonfiction bestseller. In addition, he is the author of In Other Words: Artists Talk about Life and Work (Hal Leonard) and Rocking My Life Away: Writing About Music and Other Matters (Duke University Press). He is the editor of Blues and Chaos: The Music Writing of Robert Palmer (Scribner) and Present Tense: Rock and Roll and Culture (Duke University Press). He received a Grammy in the Best Album Notes category for his essay accompanying the Eric Clapton box set Crossroads. He holds a PhD in American literature from Indiana University.

Email: ADeCurtis@aol.com

Kathleen De Marco Van Cleve

Kathleen De Marco
Van Cleve

Kathleen DeMarco Van Cleve is a novelist, screenwriter, film producer and teacher. Her most recent work is the Young Readers adaptation of the 2017 National Book finalist Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar for Aladdin Books / Simon & Schuster, due to be published in 2019. She is also working on a film adaptation of the Wesley Stace novel Charles Jessold: Considered as a Murderer and her own young adult book series, Hurricane Ike. Her previous novels are Drizzle, Cranberry Queen and The Difference Between You and Me. She worked in the film business for many years and graduated from Penn with a dual degree from The Wharton School & the College.

Email: kathydemarco@writing.upenn. edu
Home page: http://www.kathleenvancleve.com

Gregory Djanikian


Gregory Djanikian was Director of the Creative Writing Program until 2015. He has published six collections of poetry, The Man in the Middle, Falling Deeply into America, About Distance, Years Later, So I Will Till the Ground, and most recently, Dear Gravity, all with Carnegie-Mellon University Press. His poems have appeared in such publications as The American Scholar, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, Poetry, and in over 30 anthologies and textbooks. His awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Eunice Tietjens Prize and Friends of Literature Award from Poetry magazine, and the Anahid Literary Award from the Armenian Center of Columbia University.

Home page: gregorydjanikian.com
Email: djanikia@writing.upenn.edu

Stephen Fried

Stephen Fried

Stephen Fried is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who teaches advanced nonfiction, investigative reporting and narrative history writing at Penn and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction books Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West—One Meal at a Time (a New York Times bestseller that was the subject of a PBS documentary); Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia (which introduced the word “fashionista” into the English language); Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs (which triggered an FDA inquiry into antibiotic safety); The New Rabbi; and the essay collection Husbandry. He is also coauthor, with Patrick Kennedy, of the 2015 Times bestseller A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction. Fried has been a staff writer at Vanity Fair, GQ, and Glamour, as well as Philadelphia magazine, where he started his career, won two National Magazine Awards, and eventually served as editor-in-chief. He has also written for the Washington Post Magazine, the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. His best-known story, “Cradle to Grave” in Philadelphia magazine, reopened the case of the suspicious deaths of ten babies born to the same mother, Marie Noe, from 1949 to 1968. The article led her to plead guilty to their murders (which experts believe she committed while suffering from post-partum psychosis.) For his role in the case, Fried became the first journalist ever to receive the Medal of Honor from the Vidocq Society, the elite international group of criminologists, pathologists and police investigators.

Much of Fried’s writing, lecturing and consulting is in the area of “brain health,” which includes mental health, addiction, neuroscience, and the prevention of suicide and overdose. He is codirector of the WHYY Behavioral Health Journalism Workshop Series, he is a Collaborator at the Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, and he works with houses of worship as part of the Brain Health and Faith initiative. He has lectured on journalistic techniques in health and science for Investigative Reporters and Editors, the national Society of Professional Journalists, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and the Mayborne Literary Nonfiction Conference. He also lectures on a variety of American history subjects.

Besides his teaching, Fried has a long history of mentoring Penn students—some of whom have contributed to his magazine and book research while doing their own independent studies. He is cofounder of the annual Nora Magid Mentorship Prize, which honors the top seniors interested in nonfiction work and helps them network with generations of Penn media alums and their colleagues. Fried lives in Philadelphia with his wife, author Diane Ayres. His next book is a biography of Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, founding father of American medicine, and first hero of mental health and addiction care.

Email: stephenfried@comcast.net
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Website: www.stephenfried.com

Lise Funderburg


Lise Funderburg writes books, essays, and articles. Her annotated collection of oral histories, Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity, has become a core text in studies of American multiracial identity and race relations. It was recently released in a twentieth-anniversary edition that features updated commentary from original interviewees. Lise’s latest book, Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home, was selected by Drexel University as its 2012 Freshman Read. Pig Candy could fit into several genres—including narrative nonfiction, memoir, travelogue, and biography—but essentially, it’s a book about life, death, and barbecue. Lise teaches creative nonfiction at Penn, in workshops around the world, and in the MFA program at Rutgers-Camden. In all instances and despite all odds, she has a way of converting students into becoming revision enthusiasts. Some of her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, Salon, Cleaver, The Chattahoochee Review, National Geographic, Architectural Digest, and Prevention. She has received support, fellowships, and residencies from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Foundation, Open Society Institute, Dick Goldensohn Fund for Journalists, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Thurber House, MacDowell Colony, and Blue Mountain Center. She studied at Reed College and the Columbia University School of Journalism, and she lives in Philadelphia’s Great Northwest.

Email: lf@lisefunderburg.com
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Website: www.lisefunderburg.com/

Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger’s play The Arsonists currently has a National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere (Azuka Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Know Theatre, Capital Stage, Benchmark Theatre) in 2017–18. Her plays have been developed and produced at theaters including the Kennedy Center, Orlando Shakespeare, La MaMa, New Georges, Vermont Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Seattle Public, the Blank, InterAct Theatre, Emerson Stage, Manhattan Theatre Works, Theatre Exile, 1812 Productions, Arden Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre, NY International Fringe Festival, and FringeArts. Her awards include Yale-Horn Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play, a Philadelphia Critics Award for Best Play, and the Brown Martin Award. She has been nominated twice for the Weissberger Award and the Blackburn Prize, and was the 2016 runner up for the Leah Ryan Prize. Her work has been supported by NEA ArtWorks, PlayPenn, Yaddo, The Lark, the Independence Foundation, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. She’s represented by Abrams Artists Agency.

Kenny Goldsmith

Kenny Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith's writing has been called "some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry" by Publishers Weekly. Goldsmith is the author of thirteen books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive ubu.com, and the editor of "I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews," which was the basis for an opera, "Trans-Warhol," that premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary on his work, "Sucking on Words" was first shown at the British Library in 2007. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. He held The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Professorship in American Studies at Princeton University for 2009-10 and received the Qwartz Electronic Music Award in Paris in 2009. In May 2011, he was invited to read at President Obama's "A Celebration of American Poetry" at The White House, where he also held a poetry workshop with First Lady Michelle Obama. In 2011, he co-edited, Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing and published two books of essays, Wasting Time on the Internet (2016) and Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age which won the 2011 Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Book Award. Goldsmith participated in dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Germany (2012). dOCUMENTA(13) published his "Letter To Bettina Funcke" as part of their "100 Notes - 100 Thoughts" book series. In 2013, he was named as the inaugural Poet Laureate of The Museum of Modern Art in New York

More about Goldsmith can be found at:
http://epc. buffalo.edu/authors/goldsmith/
http://en. wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Goldsmith

Paul Hendrickson


Paul Hendrickson's most recent book, Hemingway's Boat, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in the fall of 2011. He spent seven years on it. It was a national best-seller and a finalist in biography for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Chicago Tribune awarded it its annual Heartland Prize. His book previous to this, Sons of Mississippi, also from Knopf, won the National Book Critics Circle Award in general nonfiction as well as the Heartland Prize. Sons was published in 2003, and its research and writing were supported by a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2005, Hendrickson worked for thirty years in daily journalism. He was a staff feature writer at the Washington Post from 1977 to 2001. Eventually, he came to understand the truth of the old saying that the legs are the first to go, and that the honorable and difficult business of writing perishable pieces on deadline belonged to younger people. He needed to try to find a place--a home--where he could continue to work on books and the occasional magazine article and to be involved with gifted, creative people. So now, luck beyond dream, fortune beyond hope, he finds himself conducting writing workshops full time at Penn in advanced nonfiction.

The late-coming professor, hardly young anymore, was born in California but grew up in the Midwest and in a Catholic seminary in the Deep South, where he studied seven years for the missionary priesthood. This became the subject of his first book, published in 1983: Seminary: A Search. His other books are: Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott (a finalist for the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award); and The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War (finalist for the National Book Award in 1996). They, too, were published by Knopf.

Hendrickson has degrees in English from St. Louis University and Penn State. He is married and has two grown sons (both working in media) and lives with his wife, Cecilia, outside Philadelphia. He has entered the terror, the "long joyful sickness"--as John Updike once called it--of the next book project. It has to do with Frank Lloyd Wright and is being supported at its outset by a second National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship.

Email: phendric@english.upenn.edu
http://cds.aas.duke. edu/courses/brady.html
http://www.arts.gov/features/writers/writersCMS/writer.php?id= 12_28

Anna Maria Hong


Anna Maria Hong’s first poetry collection, Age of Glass, won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s 2017 First Book Poetry Competition and will be published in March 2018. Her novella, H & G, won the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s inaugural Clarissa Dalloway Prize and will be published by Sidebrow Books in April 2018. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in 2019. A former Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she has published poetry and fiction in over 50 journals and anthologies including The Nation, The Iowa Review, Poetry, Ecotone, Green Mountains Review, Conduit, Fence, Harvard Review, Southwest Review, Verse Daily, Fire on Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry, 250 Poems, and The Best American Poetry. She is the editor of Growing Up Asian American, an anthology of fiction and memoir. Her awards include Poetry magazine’s Frederick Bock Prize and residencies from Yaddo, Djerassi, Fundación Valparaiso, and Kunstnarhuset Messen. She earned a B.A. in philosophy at Yale University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Texas’ Michener Center for Writers and has also taught at the University of Washington Bothell, Ursinus College, and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Melissa Jensen


Melissa Jensen is an award-winning writer of historical and contemporary fiction. Most recently, her Young Adult novels have been official selections on such lists as New York Public Library's Teen Reading and FYA. She is currently working on the fourth and final book in her Philadelphia novel series and a play centered around bog bodies and Irish rap music, as well as participating in an ongoing San Francisco-based multi-media project exploring the connection between anthropology, archaeology, and literature. “Broken Siren”, a contemporary work for string ensemble and soprano based on Homer’s Odyssey, for which she wrote the libretto, will debut in 2018, followed by Carmilla from the Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu novella in 2020. She has contributed to numerous print media, including Philadelphia Style Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She currently divides her time between Philadelphia and Dublin, all the better to be immersed in the worlds of really really good fiction and poetry, and fascinating stuff unearthed from underground.

Email: mjens@sas.upenn.edu

Jamie-Lee Josselyn


Jamie-Lee Josselyn is Associate Director for Recruitment for the Creative Writing Program. She is also Director of the Summer Workshop for Young Writers at the Kelly Writers House and has taught writing at the New England Young Writers Conference, St. Paul’s School’s Advanced Studies Program, and numerous workshops for high-school students in Philadelphia. In 2016, she was listed among Penn’s Top 30 Professors based on student evaluations, and in 2017, she received the Beltran Family Award for Innovative Teaching and Mentoring. From 2014 to 2017, she served as a Faculty Fellow in two of Penn’s College Houses. Her writing has been published in The New Republic, Literary Hub, Cleaver Magazine, and elsewhere. Jamie-Lee received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from Bennington College, where she was the nonfiction editor of The Bennington Review.

Email: jjossely@writing.upenn.edu

Marion Kant

Marion Kant

Marion Kant is a musicologist and dance historian (Ph.D., Humboldt University: Romantic Ballet: an Inquiry into Gender). From the age of 14 she danced with the Komische Oper under the choreographer Jean Weidt. There she also worked as a dramaturge. She has taught at the Regieinstitut Berlin, Hochschule fuer Musik/ Theater Leipzig, the University of Surrey in Guildford, Cambridge University, King's College London, and now at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written extensively on romantic ballet in the 19th century, education through dance in the 19th and 20th centuries, concepts of modern dance in the early 20th century and dance in exile. Her recent research project looks at dance ideologies from 1800 to 2000. In 2001/2002 she was a fellow at the Centre of Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In the past years, together with musicians Marshall Taylor (saxophone) and Sam Hsu (piano) she developed a concert series remembering "entartete Musik", music banned by the Nazis in 1930s Germany. Her publications include: "Auf der großen Straße. Jean Weidts Erinnerungen (Henschelverlag: Berlin 1984.) "Tanz unterm Hakenkreuz" (Henschelverlag: Berlin 1996. 2nd ed. 1999.) - English edition: Hitler's Dancers: German Modern Dance and the Third Reich (Berghahn Books: New York/Oxford, 2003) - and Giselle, commissioned by the State Opera, Berlin (Inselverlag: Frankfurt/Main 2001).

Email: mkant2@writing.upenn.edu

Beth Kephart

Beth Kephart

Beth Kephart is the author of twenty-two books, publishing memoir, young adult literature, a corporate fairytale, an autobiography of a river, and an essay and photography collection. Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir (Gotham), based in part on Kephart’s teaching at Penn (where she won the 2015 Beltran Teaching Award), won the 2013 Books for a Better Life Award (Motivational Category), was featured as a top writing book by O Magazine, and was named a Best Writing Book by Poets and Writers. Wild Blues (Dlouhy/Atheneum/S&S) received multiple stars. This Is the Story of You (Chronicle) was a Junior Library Guild and Scholastic Book Club selection, won a place on the 2017 TAYSHAS list, was named to the VOYA Magazine Perfect Tens list, and was named a Top Ten New Jersey Book. Small Damages (Philomel) was named a 2013 Carolyn W. Field Honor Book and a best book of the year by many publications. Going Over (Chronicle) was the 2014 Parents’ Choice, Gold Medal Winner/Historical Fiction, named a Booklist Editor’s Choice, and was voted a 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime by Goodreads, among other honors. One Thing Stolen (Chronicle) is a 2015 Parents’ Choice Gold Medal winner and an Amazon pick, among other honors. Kephart’s 2014 Shebooks e-memoir, Nest. Flight. Sky.: On Love and Loss One Wing at a Time, was selected for a print anthology. Her 2013 middle grade historical novel, Dr. Radway’s Sarsaparilla Resolvent (Temple University Press), was named a top book of the year by Kirkus.

Her books have been translated into eighteen languages. She is a National Book Award nominee and a winner of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fiction grant, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Leeway grant, a Pew Fellowships in the Arts grant, and the Speakeasy Poetry Prize, among other honors. Her essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com, LitHub, LARB, Ploughsharesblog, The Millions, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, and elsewhere. She has given keynote addresses on the state of literature and teaching, and has judged numerous literary contests, including the National Book Awards, the National Endowment for the Arts, and PEN. Kephart was one of 50 Philadelphia writers chosen for the yearlong Philadelphia’s Literary Legacy celebration of authors, playwrights, and poets of the last 300 years, exhibited at the Philadelphia International Airport. Excerpts from her Love: A Philadelphia Affair were the subject of a six-month Airport exhibit in 2016. She is a Radnor High Hall of Famer, where she gave the 2016 commencement address. Kephart is the co-founder of Juncture Workshops and can be reached at www.bethkephartbooks.com.

Jay Kirk

Jay Kirk

Jay Kirk is the author of Kingdom Under Glass, the adventures of legendary explorer and taxidermist Carl Akeley, which the Washington Post picked as one of the "Best Nonfiction Books of 2010". His work has appeared in in Harper’s, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and The Nation, and has been anthologized in Best American Crime Writing 2003 and 2004, Best American Travel Writing 2009 (edited by Simon Winchester), and Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person from Harper’s Magazine. He is a recipient of a 2017 Whiting Writing Award, and a 2005 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He is also a MacDowell Fellow. His forthcoming book, Avoid the Day, will be published by Harper Perennial in 2019.

Email: jaykirk@comcast.net

Elizabeth LaBan

Elizabeth LaBan

Elizabeth LaBan lives in Philadelphia with her restaurant critic husband and two children. Her first adult novel, The Restaurant Critic's Wife, will be published by Lake Union Publishing on January 5, 2016. The Tragedy Paper, published by Knopf in 2013, is her first young adult novel and received a starred review from Booklist. It has been translated into eleven foreign languages. She is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Newsday and The Times-Picayune, among other publications. She also ghost writes a weekly column, and has ghost written two books. In addition, she is the author of The Grandparents Handbook which was published by Quirk Books, and has been translated into seven foreign languages. She has a master's in journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor's in English from Trinity College in Hartford. Elizabeth worked at NBC News in New York, taught journalism at a community college in New Orleans, and was a reporter at a number of small to mid-sized newspapers before she began writing books.

Email: Elizabeth LaBan

Lynn Levin

Lynn Levin

Lynn Levin, Lynn Levin, poet, writer, and translator, is the author of six books, most recently: Miss Plastique (Ragged Sky Press, 2013), a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in poetry; as co-author, Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Texture Press, 2013), a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in education/academic books; and a translation from the Spanish, Birds on the Kiswar Tree (2Leaf Press, 2014), a collection of poems by the Peruvian Andean poet Odi Gonzales. Her other books include Fair Creatures of an Hour (Loonfeather Press, 2009), a Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in poetry; Imaginarium (Loonfeather Press, 2005), a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award; and A Few Questions about Paradise (Loonfeather Press, 2000). Lynn Levin’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Boulevard, Washington Square Review, Cimarron Review, 5 A.M., Kerem, Verse Daily, and on Garrison Keillor’s radio show The Writer’s Almanac. She has published essays in Southwest Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Contemporary Poetry Review, Alimentum, Wild River Review, and other places. Her short fiction appears in Cleaver, The Rag, Rathalla Review, and YARN. Her website is www.lynnlevinpoet.com.

Email: Iamblel@aol.com

Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Machado Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the story collection Her Body and Other Parties (October 2017) and the memoir House in Indiana (forthcoming in 2019), both from Graywolf Press. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, Electric Literature, AGNI, NPR, Gulf Coast, Los Angeles Review of Books, VICE, and elsewhere. Her stories have been reprinted in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and Best Women’s Erotica. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, the Speculative Literature Foundation, the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, the University of Iowa, the Yaddo Corporation, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is an Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife. Visit her website: https://carmenmariamachado.com/.

Kristen Martin

Kristen Martin

Kristen Martin's personal and critical essays have been published in Literary Hub, Hazlitt, Catapult, Real Life, Guernica, Saveur, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, where she was a Fulbright-Casten Family Scholar. She has taught writing at Columbia and Baruch College. She lives in Brooklyn.

Rick Nichols


Rick Nichols was a member of the editorial board and writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 30 years, lastly as a food columnist whose pieces have been regularly anthologized in the collection, Best Food Writing. Local foodways were the the heart of most of those columns, but he did pieces from Montana on huckleberry politics, from Hong Kong on the toll of avian flu, and in Mexico, on street fare in the Baja. Before joining the Inquirer, he was state editor of The Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and later taught journalism courses at Temple University. With his wife, Nancy Szokan, an editor at The Washington Post, he co-taught a seminar in 2004 at the University of Montana entitled “Truth-telling in the Age of Opinion.” He continues to write for local publications, plays a mean Scrooge in Narberth's annual Dickens Festival, and cooks a weekly staff meal with Sal Vetri at Amis, the Roman-style trattoria at 13th and Pine.

His radio commentaries are available at www.whyy.org/91FM/. To read his recent print work or view a video go to http://www. philly.com/philly/columnists /rick_nichols/
Email: richard.nichols@comcast.net

Bob Perelman

Bob Perelman

Bob Perelman teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published 19 books of poems, including: Iflife (N.Y: Roof Books, 2006); Playing Bodies, in collaboration with painter Francie Shaw (N. Y.: Granary Books, 2004); and Ten to One: Selected Poems (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1999). His critical books are The Marginalization of Poetry: Language Writing and Literary History and The Trouble With Genius: Reading Pound, Joyce, Stein, and Zukofsky. His work can be accessed on PennSound: http://writing. upenn.edu/ pennsound/x/Perelman.php.

Home Page: http://writing. upenn.edu/pepc/ authors/perelman
Email: perelman@english.upenn.edu

Dick Polman

Dick Polman

Dick Polman is the Maury Povich "writer in residence," a full-time member of the CPCW faculty, as well as a political columnist for WHYY. He’s a regular guest analyst on Philadelphia NPR’s Radio Times, a frequent host and moderator of author events at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and a freelance writer for outlets including Politico Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Knight Foundation. Previously, as a twenty-two-year staff reporter on The Philadelphia Inquirer, he covered five presidential campaigns as the paper’s national political writer and columnist; he helmed the London bureau as a foreign correspondent; he covered the Philadelphia Phillies as a baseball beat writer; and as a regular contributor to the Inquirer’s Sunday magazine, he wrote long-form pieces on everything from Nazi war criminals to the comeback of the condom. Prior to the Inquirer, he was a metro columnist on The Hartford Courant, and was the founding editor of an alternative newspaper, the Hartford Advocate, where he also wrote a weekly column. Dick attended George Washington University, where he served as managing editor of the college newspaper, and graduated with a BA in public affairs in 1973. He first came to Penn in 1999, when he audited classes during a one-semester fellowship, and he started teaching at Penn part-time in 2003. Dick and his wife, freelance editor and writer Elise Vider, live in Center City. Their son is a senior projects manager at Comcast in Center City, and their daughter is a website designer in California.

Email: polman@writing.upenn.edu

Ariel Resnikoff

Ariel Resnikoff

Ariel Resnikoff is a poet, translator and editor. His most recent works include the chapbook Between Shades (Materialist Press, 2014) ​and ​the collaborative pamphlet Ten Four: Poems, Translations, Variations (OS Press, 2015) with Jerome Rothenberg. His​​ poetry, essays​ ​and​ ​translations have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of journals and magazines, including The Wolf Magazine for Poetry, Eleven Eleven,​ White Wall Review,​ Jacket2 ​and​ ​Mantis, among others. ​With Stephen Ross, he is at work on the first full-length translation and critical edition of Mikhl Likht's Yiddish modernist long poem, Protsesiyes (Processions). ​Ariel is an editor-at-large of Global Modernists on Modernism: A​ Sourcebook​(forthcoming Bloomsbury, 2017) and curates the "Multilingual Poetics" reading/talk series at Kelly Writers House. He has studied multilingual diaspora writing at the University of California in Santa Cruz, McGill University, the University of Oxford, and independently in more than twenty countries over the past ten years. He is currently reading for a PhD in comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania and lives with his wife, Rivka Weinstock, in the Cedar Park neighborhood of West Philadelphia.

Karen Rile

Karen Rile

Karen Rile is the author of Winter Music, a novel set in Philadelphia, and numerous works of fiction and creative nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in literary magazines such as The Southern Review, American Writing, Creative Nonfiction, The Land Grant College Review, Other Voices, Superstition Review, and Apiary. She has also been shortlisted among The Best American Short Stories. Karen has written articles and essays for many publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She is a frequent contributor to the Pennsylvania Gazette and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is also the founding editor of Cleaver Magazine, an online quarterly featuring poetry, literary fiction and nonfiction, flash, and art. Karen lives in Philadelphia and teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a BA from Penn and an MFA from Bennington College. For more information see her website, www.karenrile.com.

Email: krile@writing.upenn.edu

Avery Rome

Avery Rome Avery Rome is a longtime journalist, editor and teacher. She worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1979 to 2012, serving as a top editor in charge of projects and writing. For 11 years she was the editor of Inquirer Magazine. During her newspaper career she won 40 prizes, and projects she guided into print won over 200 prizes. For five years she edited an online publication called Obit Magazine, covering death issues, customs, and practices as well as the defining transitions of our culture. A graduate of Swarthmore College, she began teaching writing and journalism at Penn in 2006 and shortly thereafter began coaching Wharton MBA students in writing. Since she left the Inquirer, she has edited fiction and nonfiction books, plays and screenplays, and she also volunteers her time as a farmer at Rushton Farms in Chester County, providing fresh produce for the West Chester Food Cupboard.

Email: Avery Rome

Gwyneth Shaw

Gwyneth Shaw Gwyneth Shaw has been a journalist for 18 years, covering everything from hurricanes to national politics to NASA. She's worked for the Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun newspapers, as well as the online-only New Haven Independent. She now runs her own site, The Nano State, and is at work on a book about the potential health and environmental risks of nanotechnology.

Email: gkshaw@gmail.com

Ron Silliman

Ron Silliman Ron Silliman has written and edited over forty books of poetry, critical theory and memoir, most recently You from Vie Paralleles. His work has been translated into sixteen languages. Silliman’s anthology In the American Tree is the definitive gathering of language poetry and his own work is included in The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry, The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Poems for the Millennium and Against Expression: Anthology of Conceptual Writing. Among his awards, Silliman received the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation in 2010, a Pew Fellowship, grants from the California and Pennsylvania Arts Councils and two literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Silliman was a 2012 Kelly Writers House Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, a keynote poet of the 43rd Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, also in in 2012, the subject of a panel at the 111th MLA Convention in 1995, a symposium at the University of Windsor in 2011, special issues of The Difficulties and Quarry West, and a Poets and Critics Symposium at the University of Paris in 2017. His sculpture, From Northern Soul (Bury Neon), is installed in the transit center of Bury, Lancashire, where it is a part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail. Silliman's Blog has received over 4 million visits.

Taije Silverman

Taije Silverman Taije Silverman is the author of a book of poetry, Houses Are Fields, and has been featured in Poetry, The Harvard Review, Ploughshares, and Agni as well as The Best American Poetry 2016 and 2017. Her work has been awarded the 2017 Pushcart Prize and the 2016 Anne Halley Prize. She is also the recipient of the Emory University Creative Writing Fellowship and the Vassar College W.K. Rose Fellowship. In 2011, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Bologna, Italy; her translations have been published in The Nation, Kenyon Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, New England Review, and elsewhere.

Email: silvermantaije@gmail.com

Danny Snelson

Danny Snelson Danny Snelson is a writer, editor and archivist working on a dissertation entitled "Variable Format: Media Poetics and the Little Database." His online editorial work can be found on UbuWeb, PennSound, Jacket2 and Eclipse. He is the publisher of Edit Publications and runs the Edit Series at the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia. In 2014, he served as exhibition advisor and program coordinator for the exhibition "Poetry will be made by all!" at LUMA/Westbau in Zürich, Switzerland, where he also serves as the series editor for the 1000 Books by 1000 Poets project. His work has been variously screened, published, performed or hosted internationally at venues including Centre Pompidou and The Sorbonne (Paris), The Drawing Center (NY), Godsbanen (Aarhus), D21 (Berlin), The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and elsewhere. Recent works include Epic Lyric Poem and Brute Force both forthcoming online. http://dss-edit.com

Email: danny.snelson@gmail.com

Robert Strauss


Robert Strauss is a journalist whose work primarily appears in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and the Philadelphia newspapers. He has been a reporter for Sports Illustrated, a feature writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, a news producer for KYW-TV in Philadelphia and a TV critic for the Asbury Park Press and Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the author of Daddy’s Little Goalie, a funny/sentimental memoir about being the father of girl jocks, and he also has an online column of the same name (“Daddy’s Little Goalie”) with Gannett. He is working on another memoir about going to 100 countries as a nerd/adventure traveler – hopefully the male nebbish equivalent of Eat, Pray, Love. Since he was in fifth grade and wrote the classic, "The Slick Second Baseman," Strauss has always wanted a career in writing and is glad to have had the chance. He is also a manic, if somewhat untalented, basketball and piano player. He loves to travel, but especially likes to country-count, a prospect that often has his children Ella (19) and Sylvia (16) rolling their eyes as they have, for instance, lunch in Liechtenstein or San Marino or a quick border crossing to Gibraltar. Strauss and his family live in Haddonfield, New Jersey. He is married to journalist Susan Warner.

Email: rsethstrauss@verizon.net

Michelle Taransky


Michelle Taransky is the author of Barn Burned, Then, selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. Taransky teaches critical and creative writing at University of Pennsylvania and poetry workshops at Temple University and works as assistant to the director at Kelly Writers House. Taransky is also the Reviews Editor for the online poetry and poetics magazine Jacket2 (jacket2.org).

Email: taransky@writing.upenn.edu

Peter Tarr

Peter Tarr Peter Tarr’s career in journalism and academia, which spans more than thirty years, has been focused on foreign policy, international affairs and scientific subject matter, especially molecular biology, biotechnology, and neuroscience. He has a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, having specialized in science writing. He also has MA and PhD degrees in history from Cornell University. While at Cornell he developed and for several years taught a writing course focusing on journalistic ethics. He began his journalism career as a US-based newspaper reporter, and later reported for The Nation, The Far Eastern Economic Review and other publications from southeast Asia. He served as a news editor and writer for the Asian Wall Street Journal and editor at various US-based science and medical publications. He is currently Senior Science Writer at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, the Lead Science Writer for the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and a contributor to various journals and magazines. He is engaged in two book projects, A Certain Blindness (US intellectual history) and Science Nationalism: National Science Policy in a Transnational Age (history of science).

Email: tarr123@gmail.com

Michael Vitez

Mike Vitez

Michael Vitez has been a staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1985. He has covered a wide range of assignments, focusing the last decade on narratives in health care. In 2010, for instance, he spent a year at a local hospital writing about health reform, beginning each story from the bedside. In 1997, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for a series of narratives he wrote about five individuals and the medical choices they faced, with their families, at the end of their lives. He believes we live in a world overrun by noise, news, facts, websites, publicists and information, and the way to penetrate the din is by telling stories. He was a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in 2000, teaching narrative writing, and was a Michigan Journalism Fellow in 1994-95. He has written two books. Rocky Stories, Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness from America's Most Famous Steps, (Paul Dry Books, 2006), co-authored with Inquirer photographer Tom Gralish, is about people from all over the nation and world who still come to the Philadelphia Museum of Art every day to run the steps like Rocky Balboa. The Road Back (self-published, 2012) is the story of Matt Miller, 20, who nearly died in a head-on collision with a car on the Blue Ridge Parkway while training for a triathlon. Despite breaking every bone in his face and suffering extensive brain injury, within two years he entered medical school at Penn and completed an Ironman. He is now a resident training with the very surgeons who rebuilt his face and saved his life. Vitez is working on a third book now about storytelling.

Weike Wang

Weike Wang is the author of the novel Chemistry (Knopf, 2017), and her short fiction has been published in Glimmer Train, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Wang is a 2018 Aspen Words Literary Prize finalist and a 5 under 35 National Book Foundation honoree. She holds a BA from Harvard University, an SM and SD from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and an MFA in Fiction from Boston University. She lives in New York City. Wang is the Craven Writer in Residence in the Creative Writing Program.

Kathryn Watterson


Kathryn (Kitsi) Watterson is the author of nine books, three of which are New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her works include Women in Prison, which led to an ABC “Close Up” documentary, the founding of prisoner support organizations across the country, and ongoing scholarly study. Her creative nonfiction includes Not by the Sword, which won a 1996 Christopher Award and inspired a play and opera, and You Must Be Dreaming (coauthor), which exposes a world-famous psychiatrist who systemically drugged and sexually assaulted his patients. This Notable Book inspired the NBC movie Betrayal of Trust. Watterson’s short stories and essays have appeared in TriQuarterly, Writers’ Forum, Northeast Corridor, Santa Monica Review, and Fourth Genre, and her articles in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The International Herald Tribune. Her newest book, I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African-American Princeton, published by Princeton University Press (2017) with a foreword by Cornel West, “recasts American history as a whole by presenting in their own words the full lives of black Princetonians, lives forged within the utterly everyday Americanness of enslavement, segregation, and insult,” according to historian Nell Painter. I Hear My People Singing grew out of an oral history project that began in 1999, when Watterson enlisted her Princeton University students to help her and her neighborhood partners save the stories of a generation who had grown up in Princeton, NJ, where segregation was a way of life in the schools, restaurants, stores, and on campus. Their words, excerpted from fifty-five interviews, provide a living account that intimately connects the residents of the Witherspoon-Jackson community to the lives lived by their enslaved grandparents, great-grandparents and great-greats before them. At Penn, Watterson has hosted events at Kelly Writers House that include Reckoning with Torture, a film project of PEN and the ACLU, and One Hundred Thousand Poets for Change. She sings and drums with TheUnity, a popular improvisational music trio. She currently is at work on a novel set in Philadelphia and a short story collection.

Email: kwatters@sas.upenn.edu

Simone White

Simone White Simone White is the author of Dear Angel of Death, Of Being Dispersed, House of Envy of All the World and the chapbooks Unrest and Dolly (with Kim Thomas). Her poetry and prose have been featured in The New York Times Book Review, Harper's Magazine, BOMB Magazine, Chicago Review, and Harriet: The Blog. In 2017, she received the Whiting Award for poetry. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn, she was Program Director at The Poetry Project and visiting faculty at The New School, Eugene Lang College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Yolanda Wisher

Yolanda Wisher Yolanda Wisher is the author of the poetry collection Monk Eats an Afro and the coeditor of the anthology Peace Is a Haiku Song. She holds an MA in English/Creative Writing-Poetry from Temple University and a BA in English/Black Studies from Lafayette College. Wisher is a 2015 Pew Fellow and a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence. She was named the first Poet Laureate of Montgomery County Pennsylvania in 1999 and the third Poet Laureate of Philadelphia in 2016. She founded and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival (2006-2010), served as Director of Art Education for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (2010-2015), and worked as a Cultural Agent and Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (2014-2016). She is the 2017-2018 Poetry and Poetics Fellow at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing.

Rachel Zolf

Rachel Zolf

Rachel Zolf’s five books of poetry include Janey’s Arcadia (2014), Neighbour Procedure (2010) and Human Resources (2007), all from Coach House Books. Her Selected Poetry is forthcoming in 2018. She holds an MFA from The New School, where she conducted the first collaborative MFA in creative writing ever, and a PhD in Philosophy, Art, and Social Thought from the European Graduate School, where she studied with Judith Butler and Fred Moten. She won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and has been a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and the Raymond Souster Memorial Award, among other honors. Her film version of Janey’s Arcadia screened at venues such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Vancouver Art Gallery, and a film she wrote directed by New York artist Josiah McElheny, The Light Club of Vizcaya: A Women’s Picture, screened at White Cube (UK), Art Basel Miami, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and elsewhere. In addition to teaching courses at Penn in creative writing, she is Community Partnerships Developer at the Kelly Writers House, where she coordinates creative writing projects with Philadelphia communities, such as the FreeWrite prison writing program and the transcribez writing group for trans and gender nonconforming youth. Visit Rachel Zolf's site for links to work, recordings, interviews and more. Photo by Ryan Collerd, courtesy of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Recent visiting faculty

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is the author of five books of poetry: Dear Future Boyfriend, Hot Teen Slut, Working Class Represent, Oh, Terrible Youth and Everything is Everything. She is also the author of the non-fiction book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, which The Washington Post named as one of five Notable Books on Exploring Poetry in 2008. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Cristin moved to New York City at the age of 17. At age 19, she founded the three-time National Poetry Slam championship poetry series NYC-Urbana, which is still held weekly at the NYC's famed Bowery Poetry Club. Her work has been published in McSweeney's Internet Tendancies, Rattle, Barrelhouse, decomP, kill author, Conduit and La Petite Zine, among others. She has lectured and performed throughout the U.S. and Australia, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia (2003), Joe's Pub in New York City (2002), the Largo Theatre in Los Angeles (2010) and over 100 universities and colleges. Cristin is using her ArtsEdge residency to write a book on the life and times of Thomas Dent Mutter, founder of Philadelphia's (in)famous Mutter Museum, and will be teaching a course on non-fiction poetry and prose in the Spring semester. For more information, please visit her website at:

Thomas Devaney

Thomas Devaney is the author of four poetry collections, including Calamity Jane (Furniture Press, 2014), The Picture that Remains (The Print Center, 2014), A Series of Small Boxes (Fish Drum, 2007), The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (Banshee Press, 1999), and the nonfiction book Letters to Ernesto Neto (Germ Folios, 2005). His work has also appeared in A BEST OF FENCE: THE FIRST NINE YEARS, (Fence Books), AMERICAN POETRY: THE NEXT GENERATION (Carnegie Mellon), BOMB Magazine, The Brookyn Rail, and The American Poetry Review.

He is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and fellowships from the French American Cultural Exchange and The MacDowell Colony.

Devaney was the program coordinator of the Kelly Writers House from 2001 to 2005. Projects with the Institute of Contemporary Art include "Tales from the 215" for "Philadelphia Freedom" with Zoe Strauss and the “The Empty House" at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site for "The Big Nothing.” Other projects include "Common Ground: Eight Philadelphia Photographers in the 1960s and 1970s" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2009). Devaney earned his MFA in Creative Writing at Brooklyn College, CUNY. He is the editor of the e-journal ONandOnScreen, which pairs poems and videos. He teaches at Haverford College

Home page: http://www.thomasdevaney.net
Email: thomasdevaney1@gmail.com

Marcella Durand


Marcella Durand’s recent books include Deep Eco Pré, a collaboration with Tina Darragh published by Little Red Leaves in 2009; Area, published by Belladonna Books in 2008 as part of the Council of Literary Magazines and Small Press’s FACE OUT program, and Traffic & Weather, a site-specific book-length poem written during a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in downtown Manhattan (Futurepoem Books, 2008). She has collaborated with artists on various projects, including most recently a collaboration with New Orleans artist Karoline Schleh titled, “Stare: What Wild New World Is This?” (exhibited at Barrister’s Gallery, Fall 2010). She has talked about the potential intersections of poetry and ecology at Kelly Writers House, Poets House, Small Press Traffic, Naropa University, and other venues. Her essays and poetry have appeared in The Nation, Ecopoetics, NYFA Current, Conjunctions, The Poker, HOW(2), Critiphoria, The Denver Quarterly, and other journals. She was a 2009 fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Email: marcelladurand@sprynet.com< br /> PennSound page: http://writing. upenn .edu/pennsound/x/Durand.php
PDF of Deep Eco Pré: http:// littleredleaves.com/ebooks/catalog/ tina-darragh-marcella-durand-deep-eco-pre.html

Lee Eisenberg

Lee Eisenberg, a Penn alumnus, spent seventeen years at Esquire, where he served as editor-in-chief through the 1980s. In 1983, he conceived and commissioned the magazine's widely admired Fiftieth Anniversary issues, including "50 Who Made the Difference," which received a National Magazine Award. In 1995, Eisenberg was hired to oversee creative development at TIME magazine. He helped launch TIME for Kids, a newsmagazine for children, and was involved with many of TIME's initial online activities. He also worked on a number of special issues and projects, including a two-year TIME-CBS News collaboration known as The TIME 100, which culminated with the selection of TIME's Person of the Century. In 1999, Eisenberg was appointed Executive Vice President and Creative Director at Lands' End, where he oversaw all creative and marketing activities. In 2003, he was promoted to the company's Office of the President, and served as Chief Creative and Administrative Officer. He resigned in March 2004 to begin work on The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life(Free Press; January 10, 2006). Eisenberg has written numerous magazine articles and columns, as well as several books. Titles include The Ultimate Fishing Book (Houghton Mifflin,) Atlantic City: 100 Years of Ocean Madness (Clarkson Potter,) and Breaking Eighty (Hyperion Press.) His work has appeared in Fortune, Money, and The New York Times, among many other publications.

Tom Ferrick, Jr.

Tom Ferrick, Jr. is a journalist with more than 30 years of experience covering breaking news and news features, government, politics and investigations. In his years at The Philadelphia Inquirer, he worked as state government reporter and City Hall bureau chief, as national reporter, chief political writer, investigative reporter and poverty writer. He helped establish the paper's Computer Assisted Reporting unit. For eight years, he was an Inquirer metro columnist. He currently writes a weekly column that appears on the paper's OpEd page.

Kate Fodor

Kate Fodor is a recipient of the Kennedy Center's Roger L. Stevens Award, the National Theater Conference's Barrie Stavis Award, a Joseph Jefferson Citation, an After Dark Award, and a finalist position for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her play 100 Saints You Should Know had a sold-out run this year Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. Publication of 100 Saints is forthcoming from Dramatists Play Service, and the script will be excerpted in Smith & Kraus' Best Stage Scenes and Best Men's Monologues anthologies for 2007. Kate's play, Hannah and Martin, had an Off-Broadway production featuring David Strathairn in 2004 and subsequent productions in cities around the U.S. and abroad. Hannah and Martin has been published by Dramatists Play Service and anthologized in The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize: Six Important New Plays by Women from the 25th Anniversary Year (Smith and Kraus). The plays were developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, and Chautauqua Theater Company. Kate is currently working on commissions from the Mark Taper Forum and Epic Theater Ensemble. In addition, she has a screenplay under development with Killer Films and is developing a television series with Killer and the fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi. In 2004, Kate was named one of "Eight to Watch" in the theater world by The New York Times.

Chris Funkhouser

Poet, scholar, and multimedia artist Christopher Funkhouser is a leading researcher in the developing genre of digital poetry. In 2009, the Associated Press commissioned him to prepare digital poems for the occasion of Barack Obama’s inauguration. He is author of a major documentary study, Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms, 1959-1995, published in the Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series at University of Alabama Press (2007). An eBook (CD-ROM), Selections 2.0, was issued by the Faculty of Creative Multimedia at Multimedia University (2006). He is a member of the scientific review committee of the digital literature journal regards croisés, based at Université Paris 8, and has produced and edited many publications online and in-print, including an early Internet-based poetry magazine, (We 17, 1993), and the first literary journal on CD-ROM in the United States (The Little Magazine, Vol. 21, 1995). Since 1986 he has been an editor with We Press, with whom he has produced poetry in a variety of media. He is an Associate Professor in the Humanities Department at New Jersey Institute of Technology. In 2006 he was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, and in 2007 he was on the faculty of the summer writing program at Naropa University.

Home Page: http://web.njit.edu/~funkhous
Email: funkhouser@adm.njit.edu

Erin Gautsche

Erin Gautsche

Erin Gautsche is the Program Coordinator for the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania and coordinates the 300+ free and public literary programs that the Writers House offers every year, and produces of the long-running monthly radio show, “LIVE at the Writers House” on 88.5-FM WXPN. She runs the 15th Room Press, a division of the Common Press a collaborative letterpress project at Penn. She is a member of the arts advisory board for the First Person Festival, the only national festival dedicated to documentary and memoir writing. She is a graduate of Goshen College with a degree in English and Creative Writing. She has an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania in post-war poetics, art history, and fiction writing. She has led writing workshops for children in Indiana and Guatemala, and reading and writing groups for adults in Philadelphia and an online book group for Penn alumni in the Writers House Online Book Groups Program.

Bruce Graham

Bruce Graham is a playwright whose plays include Burkie, Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille, Minor Demons, Moon Over The Brewery, The Champagne Charlie Stakes, Belmont Avenue Social Club, Desperate Affection, Coyote on a Fence, and According to Goldman. Coyote on a Fence was the winner of the Rosenthal Prize and opened on London's West End starring Ben Cross. His one man show The Philly Fan was recently revived for a third run. Two new plays, Dex and Julie Sittin' In A Tree (Arden Theatre) and Full Figured, Loves to Dance (Theatre Exile) opened in January '07. Feature film credits include Dunston Checks In, Anastasia,and Steal This Movie and his credits continue with the T.V. movies, Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, The Christmas Secret, Ring of Endless Light (2003 Humanitas Award Winner - Best Children's Teleplay), Right on Track, and Tiger Cruise. He has also written for the television programs Roseanne, and Leg Work. He is also the author (with co-writer Michele Volansky) of The Collaborative Playwright, a Practical Guide to Getting Your Play Written, which was recently published by Heinemann. Graham has received grants from the Pew Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and was a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Statuette Award. He currently teaches playwriting and film courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Graham lives in Media, Pennsylvania, with Stephanie and their daughter, Kendall.

Carl Haber

Carl Haber

Carl Haber is a screenwriter, director and producer with numerous credits in film, theater and TV. He has written stories and screenplays for Hollywood movies and independent films, as well as original motion pictures and TV movies in Italy, the Czech Republic, and Brazil. He founded and led a workshop in Rome for professional actors, and taught directing, production and acting at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic, where he supervised nearly 1,000 student scripts and films and served as faculty chair. A member of the Writers’ Guild of America since 1988, a Philadelphia native, and a Penn alumnus, Carl Haber is currently developing several new feature films based on scripts he wrote, in Europe and the US, including projects to shoot in Philadelphia.

Erica Hunt

Erica Hunt works at the forefront of experimental poetry and poetics, critical race theory, and feminist aesthetics. She has written three books of poetry: Arcade, with artist Alison Saar, Piece Logic, and Local History (Roof Books, 1993). Her published and forthcoming essays include "Notes for an Oppositional Poetics" (The Politics of Poetic Form,, ed. Charles Bernstein), "Parabolay" (Boundary 2), and "Roots of the Black Avant Garde" (Tripwire, forthcoming). Hunt's poems can be found in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women (ed. Mary Margaret Sloan), Iowa Poetry Review, and the Virago Anthology of Women's Love Poetry. Hunt has also worked as a housing organizer, radio producer, poetry teacher, and program officer for a social justice campaign. She is currently president of The Twenty-First Century Foundation which supports organizations addressing root causes of social injustice impacting the Black community. For more of Erica Hunt, see http://www. writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/ Hunt.html

Michael Hennessey


Michael S. Hennessey is the Managing Editor of PennSound, and author of the “PennSound Daily” column. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Recent critical work has appeared in English Studies in Canada, Interval(le)s, MELUS, and Redivider, with book chapters forthcoming in The New American Poetry: Fifty Years Later and a critical anthology on the audiobook. Creative work has appeared in EAOGH, What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, Fooling Around in Prose: An Anthology of Postmodern Fiction, and Red Letters, as well as the chapbook, Last Days in the Bomb Shelter (17 Narrower Poems),(Satellite 7 Press, 2008).

A. Naomi Jackson


A. Naomi Jackson is the recipient of the 2013-2014 ArtsEdge residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House. She studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Schultz Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction to complete her first novel, Star Side of Bird Hill. Jackson traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Williams College, her work has appeared in brilliant corners, The Encyclopedia Project, The Caribbean Writer, and Sable. Her short story, “Ladies” was the winner of the 2012 BLOOM chapbook contest. She has been a resident at Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center and received the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker scholarship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She co-founded the Tongues Afire creative writing workshop at the Audre Lorde Project in Brooklyn in 2006. (Photo credit: Lola Flash)

Marc Lapadula

Marc Lapadula graduated cum laude from the Univ. of Pa. in 1983. He studied Irish and English Drama at Exeter College, Oxford University and received his M.A. from Malcolm Bradbury's Creative Writing Workshop at the Univ. of East Anglia. In 1987, he graduated from the Univ. of Iowa Playwrights' Workshop with his M.F.A. In addition to Penn, he teaches playwriting, screenwriting and film analysis courses at Yale and Johns Hopkins. His plays have been produced off-Broadway and in various regional festivals. His play Dancer was published and produced in 2001 and was presented in New York and Washington DC. He has been commissioned for three screenplays: Distant Influence, Night Bloom and an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's Heart of a Dog.

Email: lapadula13@aol.com

Rachel Levitsky

Rachel Levitsky is a practitioner of a hybrid form of poetry, one that frequently and freely crosses the boundaries of verse and prose, imagination and critique, story and polemic. In addition to her book length poem Under the Sun, published by Futurepoem in 2003, she is the author of five chapbooks of poetry, Dearly (a+bend, 1999), Dearly 356, Cartographies of Error (Leroy, 1999), The Adventures of Yaya and Grace (PotesPoets, 1999) and 2(1x1)Portraits (Baksun, 1998). Her second full-length volume, another serial work, is called NEIGHBOR, and will be out from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2009. Levitsky writes poetry plays, three of which (one with Camille Roy) have been performed in New York and San Francisco. Her work is published in magazines such as The Recluse, Sentence, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, Global City, The Hat, Skanky Possum, Lungfull! and the anthologies, Boog City (vol. I & II), Bowery Women, and 19 Lines: A Drawing Center Writing Anthology. Recently her work was translated into Icelandic for the anthology 131.839 Slög Med Bilum by poet Eiríkur Örn Nordahl and into Japanese for the Tokyo Poetry Festival Anthology by poet Kyung-Mi Park. Online poetry and critical essays can be found on such sites as Narrativity, Duration Press, How2, and Web Conjunctions. She has taught poetry workshops at Woodland Pattern, Naropa University, Poets House, The Poetry Project and Pratt Institute. Rachel Levitsky is also the founder and co-director of Belladonna* which is an event and publication series she began in 1999 in order to explore and advance feminist avant-garde poetics. Now in its tenth year, Belladonna* has hosted around 150 women and men whose writing is formally adventurous and politically engaged.

http: //holloway.english.berkeley. edu/Levitsky/Levitsky.html
http://delirioushem. blogspot.com/2008/02/dim-sum-rachel-levitsky.html
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http:// www.chax.org/eoagh/issue3/ issuethree/levitsky.html
http://www.asu.edu/pipercwcenter/how2journal/archive/ online_archive/v2_4_2006/current /forum/levitsky.html

Email: rachellevitsky@gmail.com

Jessica Lowenthal

Jessica Lowenthal is a poet and Director of the Kelly Writers House. She holds an MA in literature from Penn and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers Workshop. Lowenthal's work has appeared in various journals (Apex of the M, Colorado Review, The Germ, Talisman, and elsewhere) and her chapbook, as if in turning, was published by Burning Deck Press.

Emial: jalowent@writing.upenn.edu

Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Tumbling (William Morrow, 1996; Scribner, 1997), Tempest Rising ( William Morrow, 1998; Quill, 1999), and Blues Dancing (William Morrow, 1999). Her short fiction has appeared in the Anthology, The Bluelight Corner, and in the Sunday Magazine of the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has been a regular contributor to Philadelphia Magazine, and her essays have also appeared in Essence. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a special citation from the Athenaeum of Philadelphia for an outstanding work of fiction by a Philadelphia author, an award from the Zora Neale Hurston Society for creative contribution to literature, and resolutions from the City of Philadelphia and Senate of Pennsylvania for her portrayal of urban life. She is a past recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant and has lectured widely on the writing process. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Liz Moore

Liz Moore studied literature and creative writing at Barnard College, where she began her first novel, The Words of Every Song (Broadway 2007). She received her MFA in Fiction from Hunter College. There, she studied with Peter Carey, Colum McCann, and Nathan Englander, and also taught creative writing courses to undergraduate students. Moore is the recipient of the 2009 ArtsEdge Residency through the Kelly Writers House. She currently teaches creative writing and composition at Holy Family University in northeast Philadelphia, and she's at work on her second novel.

Email: lizmoore1234@gmail.com

Tracie Morris

Tracie Morris is a multi-disciplinary poet who has worked in theater, dance, music and film. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. Primarily known as a "musical poet," Tracie has worked with an extensive range of internationally recognized musicians and other artists. She has participated in a dozen recording projects. Her sound poetry has most recently been featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. She is the recipient of numerous awards for poetry including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Creative Capital Fellowship, the National Haiku Slam Championship and an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship. She is the author of two poetry collections, Intermission and Chap-T-her Won.

She has delivered academic papers at the New York University Soul: Black Power, Politics and Pleasure Conference, The Hemispheric Conference in Lima, Peru, The Langston Hughes Centenary Conference at Yale University, Poetry and the Public Sphere at Rutgers University and the African-American Poetry Conference for the Poetry Society of America.

Her poetry has been anthologized in literary magazines, newspapers and books including 360 Degrees: A Revolution of Black Poets, Listen Up!, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and Soul. Her words have also been featured in commissioned pieces for several organizations including Aaron Davis Hall, the International Festival for the Arts, The Kitchen, Franklin Furnace and Yale Repertory Theater for choreographer Ralph Lemon. She teaches at Eastern Michigan University

Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli is a linguist and a writer. She has published over 70 books for young people, from picture books to young adult novels, from historical fiction to contemporary funny tales to gothic horror, and, of special interest to her are fairytales, myths, and religious stories. Her books have won the Golden Kite, Sydney Taylor, Parents’ Choice Gold, and many other awards, and have been translated into many languages. Her degrees are from Harvard (BA in mathematics; PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures), with a postdoc at MIT (in Linguistics). Her website is http://www.donnajonapoli.com

Matthew Neff

Matthew Neff teaches printmaking in the Undergraduate Fine Art Department at Penn. He received his B.A. (Art History) and B.F.A. (Painting) from Indiana University, and his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. His exhibitions include: the MFA Thesis Group Exhibition, the Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA (2005); Solo Painting Exhibition, Big Jar Books, Philadelphia, PA (2003); and Group Exhibitions, Sofa Gallery, Bloomington, IN (2002, 2001). He held an internship at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY in 2000.

Keir Politz

Keir Politz

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Keir Politz completed an MFA at Columbia University where he was a recipient of the John and Jane Smith Fellowship for excellence in screenwriting and one of five film department fellowships. His short film, A Piece Of America, won the Audience Choice award at the 2007 Columbia University Film Festival and was selected as one of only four U.S. films to be screened at the prestigious 2008 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France. His feature film, Detonator, will screen as a special "Sneak Preview" at the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, and he is currently developing his second feature film.

Email: kpolitz@sas.upenn.edu

Rolf Potts

Rolf Potts has reported from more than sixty countries for the likes of National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Slate.com, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, The Believer, The Guardian (U.K.), National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. A veteran travel columnist for the likes of Salon.com and World Hum, his adventures have taken him across six continents, and include piloting a fishing boat 900 miles down the Laotian Mekong, hitchhiking across Eastern Europe, traversing Israel on foot, bicycling across Burma, driving a Land Rover across South America, and traveling around the world for six weeks with no luggage or bags of any kind.

Potts is perhaps best known for promoting the ethic of independent travel, and his book on the subject, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Random House, 2003), has been through thirteen printings and translated into several foreign languages. His newest book, Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations From One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer (Travelers' Tales, 2008), won a 2009 Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, and became the first American-authored book to win Italy's prestigious Chatwin Prize for travel writing.

Though he rarely stays in one place for more than a few weeks or months, Potts feels somewhat at home in Bangkok, Cairo, Pusan, New Orleans, and north-central Kansas, where he keeps a small farmhouse on 30 acres near his family. Each July he can be found in France, where he is the summer writer-in-residence at the Paris American Academy.

Stephanie Reents

Stephanie Reents received her B.A. from Amherst College, and a second B.A. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. She has an MFA from the University of Arizona, and her short stories have been published in Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, and O. Henry Prize Stories 2006 among other places. She was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University in 2002-2003, and was recently a scholar at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is currently finishing a novel set in Oxford about severed limbs and disappearing gargoyles.

Marc Anthony Richardson


Marc Anthony Richardson received his MFA from Mills College. He is an artist and novelist from Philadelphia. Year of the Rat, winner of the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, is his debut novel. In 2017, it won an American Book Award. The ceremony was televised on C-SPAN at the San Francisco Jazz Center. He was also the recipient of a PEN America grant, a Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright fellowship, and a Vermont Studio Center residency. His work has appeared in Callaloo, Western Humanities Review, and the anthology, Who Will Speak for America?, from Temple University Press. Currently, he is finishing Messiahs, a work of speculative fiction that takes place in an alternative America, one where you can assume the capital punishment of a relative for holy reform. He teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania. www.marcanthonyrichardson. com

Greg Romero

Greg Romero is a playwright/theater artist, originally from Louisiana, and the first Resident Writer of the ArtsEdge Residency created by Kelly Writers House and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently based in Philadelphia, his works include The Most Beautiful Lullaby You’ve Ever Heard, The Milky Way Cabaret, The Mishumaa, and Dandelion Momma, which have been produced off-off Broadway by City Attic Theatre and Working Man’s Clothes Productions, and across the country by Salvage Vanguard Theater, Rude Mechanicals Theatre Collective, Theater In My Basement, Specific Gravity Ensemble, Little Fish Theatre, City Theater Company, Gobotrick Theatre Company, Audacity Productions and in the bathrooms of Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has been a finalist for the Heideman Award, and a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award. Romero has collaborated several times with electronic music composer Mike Vernusky on such projects as The Book of Remembrance and Forgetting, The Eulogy Project, and currently, Radio Ghosts, in a form recently called “electro-theater”. He has been commissioned by The Cardboard Box Collaborative, Austin Script Works, and Audacity Theatre Lab, and is a member of Philadelphia Dramatists Center, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, The Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, and The Dramatists Guild of America. His works have been published by Heinemann Press and Playscripts, Inc. He has taught at The University of the Arts, The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia Dramatists Center, and The Eugene O’Neill National Theater Institute. Romero received a BA in Liberal Arts from the Louisiana Scholars College and an MFA in Playwriting from The University of Texas-Austin where he held the James A. Michener Fellowship.

Email: gregoryromero@yahoo.com

Carrie Rickey

Carrie Rickey, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s long-time movie reviewer, has had syndicated reviews and features appearing in more than 300 newspapers worldwide, including The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald and The Sydney (Australia) Morning News. Her essays on art and on film have appeared in periodicals including American Film, Artforum, Art in America, Entertainment Weekly, Film Comment, The Museum of Modern Art Magazine, The New York Times. and The Wall Street Journal, and they have been collected in many anthologies, including Top of the Order (Da Capo, 20100), American Movie Critics (Library of America, 2006), The X List (Da Capo, 2005), The American Century (Whitney Museum/Norton) 2000), and The Rolling Stone History of Rock’n’Roll (Random House, 1992). She has appeared on many national television and radio shows including CBS Morning News, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, MSNBC, NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and “The Today Show," and as a talking head on PBS, BBC, The History Channel and MSNBC documentaries including “American Masters: Martin Scorsese,” “Headliners and Legends: Natalie Wood,” and “E! True Hollywood Story: Will Smith.” She posts a blog, Flickgrrl, on philly.com.

http://www. philly.com/philly/blogs/flickgrrl/?c=r
Email: carriedrickey@gmail.com

Mark Rosenthal

Mark Rosenthal, a graduate of Temple University, the University of Vermont, and the University of the Pacific (D.A. in Medieval Studies) has been a highly respected Hollywood screenwriter for nearly twenty years. His film credits as a screenwriter include Mona Lisa Smile, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, Mercury Rising, Mighty Joe Young, The Beverly Hillbillies, Star Trek VI, Superman IV, and Jewel of the Nile. His latest projects, with co-writer Lawrence Konner, are screenplays for Flicka (Fox 2005) and Eragon (Fox 2005). In addition to his active career in the film world, he has lectured extensively at film classes, seminars, and universities, and has worked with numerous arts organizations.

Alec Sokolow

Alec Sokolow was born in New York City in 1963, and graduated from Penn with a B.A. in Communications (1985) and four varsity letters playing squash on the Penn team. His first paying writing job was as a contributor to National Lampoon Magazine, and later went on to be a staff writer and segment producer on The Late Show (1987), The Wilton North Report (1988) and The Arsenio Hall Show (1988-89). He is author or co-author of 47 screenplays including Toy Story, (Academy Award nomination for screenwriting), Money Talks, Goodbye Lover Cheaper By the Dozen, and Garfield, five TV pilot teleplays, one musical play, Monkey Love, a children's book, The Outcastics, and one low budget monster musical, Frankenstein Sings!

Nova Ren Suma


Nova Ren Suma is the author of the young adult novels A Room Away from the Wolves, nominated for a 2019 Edgar Award, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us. Her other books include Imaginary Girls, 17 & Gone, and Dani Noir, and her short stories have appeared in the anthologies Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, Toil & Trouble, Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2015, and the forthcoming It’s a Whole Spiel. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and was a fellow in fiction with the New York Foundation for the Arts, a MacDowell Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Millay Colony, and was awarded an NEA fellowship for a residency at the Hambidge Center for Arts & Sciences. She is also co-editor-in-chief of an online publication of YA short stories called FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University and elsewhere is now core faculty in the low-residency Writing for Children & Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Philadelphia.

Website: https://novaren.com/
Email: nova@novaren.com

Tricia Treacy

Tricia Treacy

Using both digital and analog methods, Tricia merges type and image in her work. Since 2000, she’s been running her own letterpress design studio—Pointed Press—creating custom book and print work for commercial clients and collaborating with other artists and international writers. Clients have included Blank Rome, Comcast, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her studio is located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, slightly south of Philadelphia.

She is a book artist, designer, conceptual thinker, printmaker, and experiments with new forms of media to execute her ideas. She is inspired by information design, film, language, maps, music and typography.

Currently, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Visual Communications at the University of Delaware; as well as a Lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania. She earned her BA from West Virginia University and her MFA from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Her books are in collections throughout the country.

Email: tricia@pointedpress.com
Home page: http://triciatreacy.com

Elizabeth Van Doren

Elizabeth Van Doren

Elizabeth Van Doren has been a publisher and editor of children's books for more than twenty years. She has published a wide variety of award- winning books in all genres, from picture books to middle grade novels to young adult fiction. She has worked with many well-known and highly- lauded writers including Jane Yolen, Mary Ann Hoberman, Andrea and Brian Pinkney, Alison McGhee, Sarah Weeks, and Leo and Diane Dillon and has nurtured the careers of successful new writers, most notable among them Deborah Wiles, whose second novel, Each Little Bird that Sings, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Other books Van Doren has edited have been named Book Sense Children's Pick, ALA Notable Book, Child Magazine Best Book of the Year, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, New York Times Top Ten Books of the Year, among many other awards and honors. In addition to acquiring, editing, and publishing books, Van Doren has also spoken frequently at writers' conferences and has led writing workshops. The most important thing she looks for in a manuscript is whether the book is emotionally resonant for children. As a former high school teacher and a parent, she is very attuned to children's interests and what sparks their imagination.

Lawrence Venuti

Lawrence Venuti, Professor of English at Temple University, works in early modern literature, British, American, and foreign poetic traditions, translation theory and history, and literary translation. He is the author of Our Halcyon Dayes: English Prerevolutionary Texts and Postmodern Culture (1989), The Translator's Invisibility: A History of Translation (1995), and The Scandals of Translation: Towards an Ethics of Difference (1998). He is the editor of the anthology of essays, Rethinking Translation: Discourse, Subjectivity, Ideology (1992), and of The Translation Studies Reader (2nd ed. 2004), a survey of translation theory from antiquity to the present.

He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Translation Studies (1998) and the Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation (2000). Recent articles and reviews have appeared in New York Times Book Review, Performance Research, Translation and Literature, and Yale Journal of Criticism. He is a member of the editorial boards of Reformation: The Journal of the Tyndale Society and The Translator: Studies in Intercultural Communication. In 1998, he edited a special issue of The Translator devoted to translation and minority.

His translations from the Italian include Restless Nights: Selected Stories of Dino Buzzati (1983), I.U. Tarchetti's Fantastic Tales (1992), Juan Rodolfo Wilcock's collection of real and imaginary biographies, The Temple of Iconoclasts (2000), Antonia Pozzi''s Breath: Poems and Letters (2002), Italy: A Traveler's Literary Companion (2003), and Melissa P.'s fictionalized memoir, 100 Strokes of the Brush before Bed (2004). His translation projects have won awards and grants from the PEN American Center (1980), the Italian government (1983), the National Endowment for the Arts (1983, 1999), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (1989). In 1999, he held a Fulbright Senior Lectureship in translation studies at the Universitat de Vic (Spain).

Andy Wolk

Andy Wolk has been an acclaimed screenwriter and director in Los Angeles for many years. He received the Writer's Guild Award for Natica Jackson starring Michelle Pfeiffer and was nominated by the Writer's Guild for the movies Criminal Justice and Deliberate Intent, each of which he also directed. He has written screenplays for every studio, and teleplays and pilots for every network including HBO's Emmy-winning From the Earth to the Moon. He has directed films for features, cable, and network along with episodes of numerous shows including The Sopranos, The Practice, Criminal Minds, and Without a Trace. Mr. Wolk has taught extensively and served as a Creative Adviser and Artistic Director for the Sundance Institute's Screenwriting Labs. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, which awarded him a Thouron Scholarship, and he has an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Courtney Zoffness

Courtney Zoffness graduated from Penn with a BA cum laude in English, where she founded and ran the "Speakeasy" open mic series at the Kelly Writers House. She went on to receive an MA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University, where she was a teaching fellow, and an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona, where she received the Minnie M. Torrance Scholarship in creative writing and a UA Foundation Award. Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including Washington Square, Tampa Review, Saint Ann’s Review, Redivider, the international Fish Prize Stories, the New York Metro, the United-Nations-sponsored Earth Times, of which she was managing editor. She’s also been honored by residency scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. Courtney was a visiting assistant professor at Allegheny College from 2009-2010, and an international faculty member at the University of Freiburg in Germany in summer 2010. Currently she’s a Davenport College Teaching Fellow in creative writing at Yale University.