Writers in Residence
2013-2014 residents will be nonfiction writer Roxane Gay, fiction writer Mark Brazaitis, and poet Joshua Mehigan.
Mark Brazaitis's reading is scheduled for January 30th at 7:30 in Walter Hall Rotunda.
Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, The Rumpus, Salon, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. Her debut novel, An Untamed State, will be published by Grove Atlantic and her essay collection, Bad Feminist, will be published by Harper Perennial, both in 2014.
Roxane Gay blogs at http://roxanegay.tumblr.com.
Mark Brazaitis is the author of five books of fiction: The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award; Steal My Heart, winner of the 2001 Maria Thomas Fiction Award; An American Affair: Stories, winner of the 2008 George Garrett Fiction Prize; The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize; and Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. His book of poems, The Other Language, won the 2008 ABZ Poetry Prize.
Brazaitis’ short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The Sun, Ploughshares, Witness, Confrontation, Notre Dame Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Poetry International, Poetry East, and other magazines, and his journalism in The Washington Post and elsewhere. He is the screenwriter of the Cine Golden Eagle Award-winning Peace Corps video "How Far Are You Willing to Go to Make a Difference?"
His writing has been featured on "The Diane Rehm Show" as well as on public radio in Cleveland, Iowa City, New York City, and Pittsburgh. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and technical trainer, he is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Brazaitis is also the director of the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop, the fundraising committee chair of the Appalachian Prison Book Project, and the advisor to the WVU Figure Skating Club.
Joshua Mehigan's first book, The Optimist (Ohio UP, 2004), was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry and winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. His second book, Accepting the Disaster, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Born in upstate New York in 1969, he has lived for the past twenty years in New York City, where he is currently a writing fellow at Queens College.
Mehigan’s poems have appeared in many periodicals, including Poetry, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The New York Times. His writing has also been featured on Poetry Daily and The Writer’s Almanac, and in anthologies such as Poetry: A Pocket Anthology (Penguin, 2008) and Bright Wings (Columbia UP, 2009).
Mehigan was awarded Poetry’s 2013 Levinson Prize for his poetry and its 2011 Editors Prize for best feature article of the year. He was also the recipient, in 2011, of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Food writer Peggy Wolff will give a talk on her new anthology, Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food, on Monday, December 9th, at 7:30 in the Friends of the Library Room of Alden Library.
Wolff's anthology brings together an illustrious gathering of thirty writers with something to say about the times when growing or cooking or eating became an unforgettable experience. Its stories are as diverse, moving, hilarious, and uplifting as the meals they describe. Publishers Weekly has called Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie, "a brilliant collection of Heartland food stories."
Wolff has written on food and food culture for publications including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Hartford Courant, and Orlando Sentinel. She is the food editor for REALIZE Magazine.
This event is part of "Food for Thought" interdisciplinary series in support of the College of Arts and Sciences' Food Studies Theme, which includes speakers from the humanities, social and natural sciences. Light refreshments will be served.
In 2012-2013, we were joined by film essayist, John Bresland, poet Barbara Hamby, and fiction writer Baron Wormser.
John Bresland is coauthor of the forthcoming book, Crafting the Video Essay (University of Chicago Press). His audio essays have aired on public radio's Weekend America, and his video essays can be seen at Blackbird, Ninth Letter and Wag’s Revue. His print essays can be read at TriQuarterly and Brevity, as well as The Fourth Genre (2011), an anthology of contemporary creative nonfiction, and Essayists on the Essay, Montaigne to Our Time (2012).
He teaches creative writing, filmmaking, and digital production at Northwestern University.
Watch some of his work at Bresland.com