Karen Salyer McElmurray: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Karen Salyer McElmurray’s Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey, was an AWP Award Winner for Creative Nonfiction. Her novels are The Motel of the Stars, Editor’s Pick by Oxford American, and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. Other stories and essays have appeared in Iron Horse, Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Riverteeth, and in the anthologies An Angle of Vision; To Tell the Truth; Fearless Confessions; Listen Here; Dirt; Family Trouble; Red Holler; Women and Their Machines. Her writing has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her essay, “Strange Tongues,” was the recipient of the Annie Dillard Award from The Bellingham Review. With poet Adrian Blevins, she has co-edited a collection of essays from Ohio University Press, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia. During 2015-16, she will be Visiting Professor at Gettysburg College.
Thrity Umrigar: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Thrity Umrigar is the best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of Heaven, The World We Found and The Story Hour. She is also the author of the memoir, First Darling of the Morning. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in over fifteen countries. She is the Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and has written for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Boston Globe and other publications. The Space Between Us was a finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins award, while her memoir was a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors award. If Today Be Sweet was a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection. Umrigar is the winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize, a Lambda Literary award and the Seth Rosenberg prize. She is a recipient of a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University.
William Archila: Thursday, March 3, 2016
William Archila is the author of The Art of Exile (Bilingual Review Press, 2009) which won an International Latino Book Award in 2010 and was honored with an Emerging Writer Fellowship Award from the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. He has been published in American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, AGNl, Notre Dame Review, and Copper Nickle among others. His book was featured in “First Things First: The Fifth Annual Debut Poets Round Up” in Poets & Writers. His second book, The Gravedigger’s Archaeology (Red Hen Press), recently won the 2015 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize and was also featured in Poets & Writers’ Page One.