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.
Guest Writer (January 2022)
Adrienne Brodeur is the author of the best-selling memoir, "Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me," which was named a best book of the year by Amazon, Audible, Buzzfeed, Library Journal, NPR, People, Real Simple, Slate and The Washington Post. The book won the 2020 New England Society Book Award and is in development for film. Her essays have appeared in The Boston Globe, Glamour, O Magazine, The National, The New York Times, Vogue and other publications. Brodeur is currently the executive director of Aspen Words, a literary nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute, and splits her time between Cambridge and Cape Cod, where she lives with her husband and children. Her novel "The Family Romance" will be published in 2023.
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.
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 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.
Guest Writer (January 2022)
Lily King is the award-winning author of five novels, most recently "Writers & Lovers" (2020) and a collection of short stories, "Five Tuesdays in Winter" (2021). Her novel "Euphoria" won the Kirkus Award, The New England Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. "Euphoria" was named one of the 10 best books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review. It was included in Time's top 10 fiction books of 2014, as well as on Amazon, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly and Salon's best books of 2014. Her novels have been published in more than 20 languages.
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 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.
Guest Writer (January 2022)
Katie Moulton is a writer, editor and music critic. Her audio memoir, "Dead Dad Club," is forthcoming from Audible. Her essays, stories and articles appear in The Believer, Sewanee Review, The Rumpus, Tin House, Oxford American, No Depression, Catapult, Boulevard, Bitch Magazine, the Denver Post, Ninth Letter, Post Road, Village Voice and elsewhere. A 2021 MacDowell Colony fellow, her work has been supported by fellowships and awards from Bread Loaf, Art Omi, Djerassi, Hub City Writers Project, Jentel Foundation, Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, Tin House Summer Workshop, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Indiana University, where she earned her MFA and was the editor of Indiana Review. Originally from St. Louis, she lives in Baltimore and teaches at Goucher College.
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’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.
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 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.
Past Guest Faculty
Beth Ann Fennelly
Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Andre Dubus III