Affiliated Faculty

The Newport MFA in Creative Writing

Mary-Kim Arnold

Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of "Litany for the Long Moment," which was awarded the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Prize, and the chapbook "Between Night and Night" (Artifact Press). Her full-length poetry collection, "The Fish & The Dove," is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2020. A multidisciplinary artist and writer, Arnold's work has appeared in a number of literary and art journals, including The Georgia Review, Hyperallergic and The Rumpus, where she serves on the advisory committee. She holds graduate degrees from Vermont College of Fine Arts and Brown University, where she teaches in the nonfiction writing program.

Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard is the author of "Black is the Body: Stories from My Mother's Time and Mine," which was named one of the best books of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews and National Public Radio and won the 2020 Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for autobiographical prose. Her previous works include "Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten," a New York Times notable book of the year; "Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendship," which was chosen by the New York Public Library as a book for the teen age; and, with Deborah Willis, "Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs," which received a 2010 NAACP Image Award. Her work has appeared in O the Oprah Magazine, Harper’s, The New Republic, newyorker.com, Best American Essays, Best African American Essays and Best of Creative Nonfiction. She has received fellowships from the Alphonse A. Fletcher Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Arts Council and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. She was the James Weldon Johnson Senior Research Fellow in African American Studies at Yale University. She is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont, and a 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She lives in South Burlington, Vermont with her husband and twin daughters.

Charles Coe

Charles Coe has authored two books of poetry: "All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents" and "Picnic on the Moon." His poems have been set by numerous composers. Coe is also the author of the novella "Spin Cycles," and his essay "Hill of Dreams," about singing with a jazz band traveling the Soviet Union, appears in "Inspired Journeys: Travels with the Muse." The winner of a fellowship in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, he is an artist fellow for the St. Botolph Club, an organization that supports arts and the humanities in greater Boston, and is also an artist-in-residence for the city of Boston. Coe has served as poet-in-residence at Wheaton College and the Chautauqua Institution and has taught in Ireland for the Bay Path University MFA abroad program.

Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III is the author of "The Cage Keeper and Other Stories," "Bluesman" and the New York Times best-sellers "House of Sand and Fog," "The Garden of Last Days" (soon to be a major motion picture) and his memoir, "Townie" (a No. 4 New York Times best-seller and a New York Times "Editors' Choice"). His work has been included in Best American Essays and Best Spiritual Writing anthologies, and his novel "House of Sand and Fog" was a finalist for the National Book Award, a No. 1 New York Times best-seller and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His novella collection "Dirty Love" was listed as a "Notable Book" by the Washington Post and the New York Times and was named a New York Times "Editors' Choice" and a Kirkus "Starred Best Book of 2013." His novel "Gone So Long" received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal and was named to the Boston Globe’s "Twenty Best Books of 2018." He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for fiction, two Pushcart Prizes and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in literature. He teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Nick Flynn

Guest Faculty The Newport MFA Weekend Workshop (June 2021)

Nick Flynn is a writer, playwright and poet. His most recent books are "This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire," a hybrid memoir, and "Stay: threads, collaborations, conversations," which documents 25 years of his collaborations with artists, filmmakers and composers. He is also the author of five collections of poetry, including "I Will Destroy You." He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress, and is on the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston. His acclaimed memoir, "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City," was made into a film starring Robert DeNiro, and has been translated into 15 languages.

Jane Hamilton

Guest Writer (June 2021)

Jane Hamilton’s novels have won literary prizes, been made into films, have been international best-sellers, and two of them, "The Book of Ruth" and "A Map of The World," were selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, and various magazines and anthologies. Through the years she’s taught at Carleton College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program, and given numerous workshops. She lives in Wisconsin on an apple orchard with her family.

Ann Hood

Founding Director

Ann Hood is the best-selling author of the novels "The Knitting Circle," "The Obituary Writer" and "The Book That Matters Most" and the memoir "Comfort: A Journey Through Grief," which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and named one of the top 10 nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. Her essays and short stories have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Paris Review, Tin House, National Geographic Traveler, Food and Wine and the Atlantic. Hood has won two Best American Food Writing Awards, a Best American Travel Writing Award and a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. Her most recent books are the memoir "Morningstar: Growing Up with Books" and the young adult novel "She Loves You Yeah Yeah Yeah."

Alden Jones

Alden Jones is the author of three books: the travel memoir "The Blind Masseuse," the story collection "Unaccompanied Minors" and "The Wanting Was a Wilderness," a hybrid work of literary criticism and personal essays. Her awards include the New American Fiction Prize, the Lascaux Book Prize, two Independent Publisher Book Awards, the Foreword Book of the Year Award and the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogal Award long list. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Cuba Writers Program, an annual trip to Cuba during the month of May.

Edgar Kunz

Edgar Kunz is the author of the poetry collection "Tap Out" (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a New York Times "New & Noteworthy" book. His poems have appeared widely, including in Ploughshares, AGNI, New England Review, Sewanee Review, Los Angeles Review of Books and on former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith's podcast "The Slowdown." He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Sewanee and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. Originally from New England, he lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches at Goucher College.

Allen Kurzweil

Allen Kurzweil is a novelist, journalist, teacher and inventor. Educated at Yale University and the University of Rome, he has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. The most recent of his six books, "Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for a Twelve-Year-Old Bully," was excerpted in the New Yorker and won the 2016 Edgar Award for best fact crime.

Paula McLain

Guest Writer (June 2021)

Paula McLain is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels "When the Stars Go Dark," "Love and Ruin," "Circling the Sun," "The Paris Wife" and "A Ticket to Ride," the memoir "Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses" and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town and Country, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.

Bernadette Murphy

Bernadette Murphy has published four books of creative nonfiction, most recently "Harley and Me," a hybrid narrative that combines memoir with research into neuroscience and biology to explore female risk-taking, as well as the best-selling "Zen and the Art of Knitting." Her essays on life and literature have appeared in Salon, Ms. Magazine, the Rumpus, Palm Springs Life, New York Observer, Climbing Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Newsday, Literary Hub, San Francisco Chronicle, MUTHA, the Nervous Breakdown and elsewhere. Murphy is a former weekly book critic for the Los Angeles Times, and ran the nonfiction genre for the Antioch University MFA program for over a decade. She is working on a novel that draws on her parents' hardscrabble childhoods in Ireland and includes apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

Bill Roorbach

Bill Roorbach’s recent work is a collection of stories titled "The Girl of the Lake." He is also the author of "The Remedy for Love," a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the best-selling "Life Among Giants," which won a Maine Literary Award in 2012. An earlier collection, "Big Bend," won the Flannery O’Connor and O. Henry prizes in 2000. His memoir in nature, "Temple Stream," won the 2005 Maine Literary Award in nonfiction. He was a 2018 Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellow. Roorbach lives in Maine with his wife Juliet Karelsen, who is a visual artist, and their daughter Elysia Roorbach, an aspiring ballerina and full-time teen.

Johnny Temple

Guest Editor and Publisher (June 2021)

Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor in chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He won the 2013 Ellery Queen Award and is the editor of the anthology "USA Noir," which was selected as a New York Times editors' choice. Temple has taught courses on the publishing business at Wilkes University, Wesleyan University and Pratt Institute and is the co-chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council, which organizes the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. He also plays bass guitar in the bands Girls Against Boys, Soulside and Fake Names, which have toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies. He has contributed articles and political essays to various publications, including the Nation, Publishers Weekly, AlterNet, Poets and Writers and BookForum.

Danielle Trussoni

Danielle Trussoni is a New York Times and international best-selling novelist and memoirist. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and the recipient of the James Michener Award and the Dana Award in the Novel. Her first book, the memoir "Falling Through the Earth," was chosen by The New York Times as one of the 10 best books of the year. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Tim Weed

Tim Weed is the winner of a Writer's Digest popular fiction award and a Solas best travel writing award. His first novel, "Will Poole's Island," was named one of Bank Street College of Education's best books of the year. His short fiction collection, "A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing," was a finalist in the short story category of the International Book Awards and has been shortlisted for the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project, the Autumn House Press fiction prize and the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award. Tim teaches a popular novel revision series at Grub Street in Boston, is the co-founder of the Cuba Writers Program, and occasionally works as a featured expert for National Geographic in Cuba, Spain and Patagonia.

June 2021
Nick Flynn
Jane Hamilton
Paula McLain
Johnny Temple

January 2021
Courtney Maum
Joyce Maynard
Whitney Scharer
Helen Schulman

June 2020
Melissa Febos
Beth Ann Fennelly
Daniel Jones

January 2020
Chard deNiord
Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Francisco Sedita
Dani Shapiro