Past Residents

Rick Bass, Writer, Winter 2014

Rick Bass is the author of many books of fiction and nonfiction. He has received O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes, awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and many other honors. Recently, his memoir Why I Came West, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle…
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Ilya Kaminsky, Writer, Winter 2014

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, in the former Soviet Union, in 1977, and immigrated in 1993 to the United States where his family was granted political asylum. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa (2004), which won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship…
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Helen DeWitt, Writer, Spring 2013

Helen DeWitt is the author of The Last Samurai (Talk Miramax Books, 2000), which has been translated into twenty languages, and Lightning Rods (New Directions, 2011), a finalist for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. She has collaborated with the painter Ingrid Kerma on the show “Blushing Brides,” with journalist Ilya Gridneff on the novel Your Name Here,…
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Scott Horton, Writer, Fall 2013

Scott Horton is a fellow at The Nation Institute and a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, where he covers legal and national security issues. As a practicing attorney, he has focused on investment in emerging markets. He is also a life-long human rights advocate and serves as a director of the Moscow-based Andrei Sakharov Foundation. Horton has regularly appeared before…
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Maya Schenwar, Writer, Fall 2013

Maya Schenwar is a journalist, essayist, and Executive Director of the nonprofit independent news organization Truthout. She has been published in Truthout, The Guardian, The Nation, Ms. Magazine, In These Times, The New Jersey Star-Ledger, and Bitch Magazine, among others. Schenwar currently writes on issues surrounding prisoners, their families, and their communities, and is at work on a book for…
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Edward Gauvin, Translator, Writer, Fall 2013

Edward Gauvin’s translation of fabulist Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud’s selected stories, A Life on Paper (Small Beer, 2010) won the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award and was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award. His work has appeared in Tin House, Conjunctions, PEN America, Epiphany, The Southern Review, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and The Harvard Review. He is the Contributing Editor…
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G.C. Waldrep, Poet, Fall 2013

G.C. Waldrep’s book of poems, Goldbeater’s Skin, won the 2003 Colorado Prize for Poetry as well as a Greenwall Award from The Academy of American Poets. His other collections of poetry include Disclamor (2007) and Archicembalo (2009), winner of the Dorset Prize. A 2007 NEA fellow in Literature, Waldrep has also received a 2008 Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American…
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Nick Turse, Writer, Fall 2013

Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian, essayist, the managing editor of TomDispatch.com, the co-founder of Dispatch Books, and a fellow at the Nation Institute. He is the author of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (Metropolitan Books, 2013) and several other books including The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy…
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Alanna Mitchell, Writer, Fall 2013

Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian journalist and author who writes about science and social trends, specializing in investigative reporting. Her most recent full-length book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, won the prestigious U.S.-based Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism. Her e-book Invisible Plastic: What Happens When Your Garbage Ends Up in the Ocean was published by…
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Joanna Klink, Poet, Fall 2013

Joanna Klink is the author of three books of poetry, They Are Sleeping, Circadian, and Raptus (Penguin 2010). Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, most recently The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry. She has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, Jeannette Haien Ballard, Civitella Ranieri, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her works-in-progress…
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