Past Residents

Randall Kenan, Writer, Spring 2016

Randall Kenan is the author of a novel, A Visitation of Spirits; two works of non-fiction, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and The Fire This Time; and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. He edited and wrote the introduction for The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writings of…
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Alexis Bonogosky, Activist, Writer, Spring 2016

Alexis Bonogofsky is a fourth-generation Montanan, goat rancher, and hunter who lives and works along the Yellowstone River in southeastern Montana. For ten years as the manager of the Tribal Lands Partnership Program for the National Wildlife Federation, she fought coal development in southeastern Montana, including the Otter Creek Valley, where billions of tons of coal remain in the ground…
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Dawn Lundy Martin, Poet, Writer, Spring 2016

Dawn Lundy Martin, essayist, poet, and conceptual artist, is author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (2007); DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books 2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize and was a finalist for both Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award; and, Life in a Box is a…
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Hala Alyan, Poet, Winter 2016

Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals including The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, and Columbia Poetry Review. Her poetry collection Atrium (Three Rooms Press) was awarded the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry. Four Cities, her second collection, was recently released by Black Lawrence Press. Her latest collection, Hijra,…
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Jamaica Kincaid, Writer, Winter 2016

Jamaica Kincaid is an Antiguan-American novelist, essayist, gardener, and gardening writer. She has published five novels including most recently See Now Then (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013) and five works of nonfiction. In addition, innumerable uncollected stories and essays have been published widely in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Conjunctions, Rolling Stone, Grand Street, and elsewhere.…
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Dobby Gibson, Poet, Winter 2016

Dobby Gibson is the author of Polar, which won the Alice James Award, Skirmish (Graywolf), and It Becomes You (Graywolf), which was shortlisted for the Believer Poetry Award. All three titles were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. Poems and essays have appeared in American Poets, American Poetry Review, Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Gulf Coast, Iowa Review, jubilat, New England…
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Ru Freeman, Writer, Winter 2016

Ru Freeman‘s creative and political writing has appeared internationally. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf, 2013), a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book. Both novels have been translated into several languages including Italian, French, Hebrew, and Chinese. She is the editor of the ground-breaking anthology, Extraordinary…
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Anthony Arnove, Writer, Winter 2016

Anthony Arnove produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Dirty Wars and wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn. He is the editor of several books, including Voices of a People‚Äôs History of the United States, which Arnove co-edited with Zinn, The Essential Chomsky, Howard Zinn Speaks, and Iraq Under Siege, and is the author of Iraq: The Logic…
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Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Poet, Winter 2016

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She is currently at work on a third poetry collection, The Coal Tar Colors. Recently, along with award-winning writers…
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Kevin Coval, Poet, Winter 2015

Kevin Coval is the editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and is the author of Schtick, L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems, Everyday People, Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica and the play, This is Modern Art, co-written with Idris Goodwin. Founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and the Artistic Director of…
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