Past Residents

Cristiana Mennella, Translator, Spring 2015

Cristiana Mennella is an Italian freelance translator of American and English literature. She officially started her career by publishing her translation of the Marginalia by Edgar Allan Poe. From then on she translated dozens of novels, short stories and essays for top Italian publishers, working mainly on contemporary American authors, among them George Saunders, William T. Vollmann and Philipp Meyer.…
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Leslie Jamison, Writer, Spring 2015

Leslie Jamison has published one novel, The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Prize, and a collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, which debuted at no. 11 on the New York Times bestseller list. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Believer, and she is a…
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Eileen Myles, Poet, Writer, Spring 2015

Eileen Myles is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction including, Snowflake/different streets (Wave Books, 2012), Sorry, Tree (Wave Books, 2007), Chelsea Girls, Not Me, Skies, The New Fuck You/adventures in lesbian reading, Cool for You, The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art, and Inferno (A Poet’s Novel) published by OR books…
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Rodney Jones, Poet, Winter 2015

Rodney Jones’s books of poetry include Salvation Blues: 100 Poems, 1985-2005, which won the Kingsley Tufts Prize and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize; Elegy for the Southern Drawl (1999), a Pulitzer finalist; Things That Happen Once (1996), a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist; and Transparent Gestures (1989), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other…
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Will Mackin, Writer, Winter 2015

Will Mackin is a Navy veteran. His work has been published or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Tin House, and GQ. His debut short story collection is forthcoming from Random House in 2015. He lives in New Mexico.


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Terry Tempest Williams, Writer, Winter 2015

Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.
Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams…
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Jane Mead, Poet, Winter 2015

Jane Mead is the author of four full-length books of poetry, most recently Money Money Money | Water Water Water (Alice James Books, 2014). Her poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals and she is the recipient of grants and awards from the Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations. After many years as the Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University, she…
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Jean Valentine, Poet, Winter 2015

Jean Valentine was born in 1934 and graduated from Radcliff in 1956. She won the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1964 for her first book, Dream Barker. Her 12th book of poetry is Break the Glass (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). Her next book, Shirt in Heaven, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in 2015. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected…
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Remi Kanazi, Activist, Poet, Writer, Winter 2015

Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine (RoR Publishing, 2011) and the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008). His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and…
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Cecilia Ballí, Writer, Winter 2015

Cecilia Ballí is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. She has written and lectured extensively on the U.S.-Mexican borderlands, gender and violence, Latino culture, and narrative writing. Ballí is the co-author of No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention and her story “Calderón’s War: The gruesome legacy of Mexico” appeared…
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