Past Residents

Jonathan C. Creasy, Poet, Writer, Fall 2016

Jonathan C. Creasy is an author, musician, editor, and publisher based in Dublin, Ireland. He studied music at California Institute of the Arts under jazz legends Charlie Haden and Peter Erskine, before earning degrees in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin. In 2012, he co-founded New Dublin Press, an award-winning independent publisher of Irish and U.S. poetry, literary fiction, and…
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A. Van Jordan, Poet, Fall 2016

A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections: Rise, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award (Tia Chucha Press, 2001); M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times; Quantum Lyrics, (2007); and The Cineaste, (2013), W.W. Norton & Co. Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award,…
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Elizabeth Willis, Poet, Fall 2016

Elizabeth Willis’s most recent book, Alive: New and Selected Poems (New York Review Books, 2015), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Other books include Address (Wesleyan, 2011), recipient of the L.L. Winship / PEN New England prize for poetry; Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); and The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995), a National Poetry Series selection. Her…
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Aminatta Forna, Writer, Summer 2016

Aminatta Forna is the award-winning author of the novels The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. She was born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and Britain, and spent periods of her childhood in Iran, Thailand and Zambia.

Forna first gained serious literary attention for her…
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Mark Nowak, Poet, Summer 2016

Mark Nowak is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times  “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” He is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow and recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism from Split This Rock (2015). A native of Buffalo, Nowak currently directs both the…
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Layli Long Soldier, Poet, Summer 2016

Layli Long Soldier holds a BFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Bard College. She resides in Tsaile, AZ on the Navajo Nation and is an English faculty member at Diné College. She has served as a contributing editor to Drunken Boat. Her poems and critical work have appeared in The American…
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John Keene, Writer, Summer 2016

John Keene‘s Counternarratives (New Directions) was published in the spring of 2015, with a British edition appearing in 2016. He is also the author of Annotations (New Directions), the poetry-art collection Seismosis (1913 Press) with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and the collaboration GRIND (ITI Press), with photographer Nicholas Muellner. His translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s Letters from a Seducer appeared…
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Timothy Donnelly, Poet, Summer 2016

Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010; Picador, 2011), winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His chapbook Hymn to Life was recently published by Factory Hollow Press. With John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien, he is the co-author of Three Poets published by…
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Chad W. Post, Writer, Spring 2016

Chad W. Post is the publisher of Open Letter Books at the University of Rochester and the managing editor of the Three Percent website, which is home to the Three Percent Podcast, Translation Database, and Best Translated Book Awards. He’s also the author of The Three Percent Problem: Rants and Responses on Publishing, Translation, and the Future of Reading, and…
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Amitava Kumar, Writer, Spring 2016

Amitava Kumar is a writer and journalist. He was born in India and grew up in the town of Patna, described by him as “famous for its corruption, crushing poverty and delicious mangoes.” Kumar is the author of several books of nonfiction and a novel. His recent collection of essays is entitled Lunch With a Bigot: The Writer in the…
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