Past Residents

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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Lisa Olstein, Poet, Fall 2015

Lisa Olstein is the author of three poetry collections from Copper Canyon Press: Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet, a Library Journal best book of the year; and Little Stranger, a Lannan Literary Selection. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum, her work has…
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Mary Szybist, Poet, Fall 2015

Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Her work has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes and has…
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Dahr Jamail, Writer, Fall 2015

Dahr Jamail is an award-winning author and journalist. He is the author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq (Haymarket Books, 2007), and The Will To Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan (Haymarket Books, 2009). Jamail has written for Le Monde Diplomatique, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera English, The…
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Natalie Diaz, Poet, Fall 2015

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native…
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Will Vanderhyden, Translator, Fall 2015

Will Vanderhyden is a translator of Spanish and Latin American Fiction. He has translated two novels by the Chilean writer Carlos Labbé for Open Letter Books, Navidad & Matanza (2014) and Loquela (forthcoming December 2015). The recipient of a 2016 NEA Translation Fellowship, Will’s current project is the most recent novel by Argentinean writer Rodrigo Fresán, La parte inventada [The…
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Nikky Finney, Poet, Writer, Summer 2015

Nikky Finney is the author of four books of poetry and a collection of short stories, including On Wings Made of Gauze, Rice, and Heartwood. Born in South Carolina to activist parents, Finney came of age during the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements, noting, “I’ve never been far away from the human-rights struggle black people have been involved with…
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Jacqueline Patterson, Activist, Writer, Summer 2015

Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 she has served as coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United. She has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate, and activist working on women’s rights, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. She was also a…
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Frank X Walker, Poet, Summer 2015

Frank X Walker is the author of five collections of poetry including Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York (2003), which won the Lillian Smith Book Award; Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride (2010); and his most recent collection, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers (2013). He is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets and the editor of Pluck!…
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