2020 Guest Writers

We’re honored and thrilled that these incredible writers have agreed to join us for a week of wild invention this coming June!


Faculty are in residence all week; they teach daily workshops, offer a craft session, give a reading, and sometimes join a roundtable.
Visiting Poets & Writers are in residence for 1-3 days; they give a reading, and usually offer a craft session or join a roundtable.


2020 Fiction Faculty


Renee Gladman

Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of poetry, prose, drawing and architecture. She is the author of twelve published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians—Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013), and Houses of Ravicka (2017)—as well as Calamities, a collection of linked auto-essays on the intersections of writing, drawing, and community, which won the 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Morelia, a brief crime novel was released in spring 2019. Her drawings have been collected in Prose Architectures (2017) and One Long Black Sentence, a series of white ink drawings on black paper and indexed by Fred Moten (2019). Recent essays and visual work have appeared in The Paris ReviewGulf Coast, Granta, Harper’s, BOMB magazine, and n+1. She has been awarded fellowships, artist grants, and residencies from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) among others. As a 2020 Bagley Wright Lecturer, she’ll be touring various cities in the U.S. and Canada, presenting talks on moving architectures, scoring invisibility, and drawing writing. She makes her home in New England. Read some recent work or an interview. Work with Renee at the threshold of genre in her generative fiction workshop

Author Photo, Stephen Graham JonesStephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of sixteen and a half novels, six story collections, a couple of standalone novellas, and a couple of one-shot comic books. Stephen’s been an NEA recipient, has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, a Bram Stoker Award, four This is Horror Awards, and he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award. He’s also made Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Horror Novels, and is the guy who wrote Mongrels. Next up are The Only Good Indians (Saga) and Night of the Mannequins (Tor.com). Stephen Lives in Boulder, Colorado. Visit his website or follow him on Twitter.  Prepare to break rules while examining the nuts, bolts, and magic of composing fiction in Stephen’s workshop.


Noy HollandNoy Holland

Noy Holland was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2018. Her short story Tally was selected for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2017. Her latest work I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like, New and Selected Stories, was published by Counterpoint in January 2017. Her debut novel, Bird (Counterpoint), appeared in 2015, to great critical acclaim. Holland’s collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First (FC2), What Begins with Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf.) She has published work in The Kenyon Review, Antioch, Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Glimmer Train, Electric Literature, Publisher’s Weekly, The Believer, NOON, and New York Tyrant, among others. She was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She has taught for many years in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts. Visit her website, or read an interview, and listen to her read. Embrace the challenge of creating new, meaningful work while focusing on everything from dialogue to syntax in Noy’s fiction workshop.


2020 Poetry Faculty


CAConrad received a 2019 Create Capital grant and has also received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as The Believer Magazine Book Award and The Gil Ott Book Award. The author of 9 books of poetry & essays, While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books) won the 2018 Lambda Book Award. They teach at Columbia University in New York City, and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. Please look for CA’s books and the documentary The Book of Conrad from Delinquent Films online. Visit their website or listen to their Occult Poetry Radio show. Discover the magic of poetry and ritual in CAConrad’s seminar

Diana Khoi Nguyen

Diana Author PhotoA poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Ghost Of (2018), which was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. In addition to winning the 92Y “Discover”/ Boston Review Poetry Contest, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Colorado Book Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize. A Kundiman fellow, she is currently a writer-in-residence at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and teaches in the Randolph College MFA. Visit her website here or check out an interview on Literary Hub.

Khadijah Queen

Khadijah Queen is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and serves as core faculty in poetry in the Mile-High MFA program at Regis University. She is the author of five books, most recently I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Her next book of poetry is Anodyne, forthcoming in summer 2020 from Tin House. Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press 2015) won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women’s Performance Writing, which included a staged production at Theaterlab NYC, direct by Fiona Templeton. Her books of poetry are Conduit (Akashic Books 2008), Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015) and Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011), winner of the Noemi Book Award. Individual poems and prose appear in Fence, Poetry, Gulf Coast, American Poetry Review, Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks from Vietnam to Iraq and widely elsewhere. Visit her website or read her opinion piece in the NYT. Discover the modern possibilities that the magic of fairy tales can offer, in Khadijah’s poetry workshop. 

Dara WierDara Wier

Dara Wier’s newest book is THRU, a chapbook of eleven poems from Scram Press; poems in the still of the night was released in fall 2017 from Wave Books, which has been her publisher since the book length poem Reverse Rapture. In 2014 THE BELIEVER named Dara Wier’s You Good Thing a reader’s choice book of the year. Her poems have been awarded the American Poetry Review’s Jerome Shestack Prize, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Award, and The Poetry Center’s Book of the Year Award; are included in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies; limited editions include (X IN FIX) and the big broadside The Usual Ratio of Banality To Wonder from RainTaxi’s brainstorm series, A Civilian’s Diary of the War Years from The Song Cave, and with James Tate, The Lost Epic of Arthur Davidson Ficke, the Author’s Annotations, Commentary, and Notes Of Reference For A Millennium’s Teardrop from Waiting for Godot Books. Forthcoming is a chapbook from Scram Press, THRU. Recent poems and prose can be found in Granta, Verse, Fence, Boston Review, Conduit, Volt, Poor Claudia, Bat City Review, Divine Magnet, Big Wednesday, Epiphany, LITERATURA, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere. She’s been a poet-in-residence at the University of Montana, University of Texas, Emory University and the University of Utah; she has served as the Louis Rubin chair at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and is a member of the poetry faculty of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She publishes and edits for the small independent press factory hollow press, and the literary magazine jubilat. Along with Noy Holland she co-founded the Juniper Initiative for literary arts and action and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and Workshops. Dara Wier was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Disappear into her on-going series about reading and writing, INSIDE UNDIVIDED or read an interview. Follow your gut feelings and instincts and leave your fear of taking risks at the door in Dara’s poetry workshop.

2020 Creative Nonfiction Faculty

Author Photo of Paul LisickyPaul Lisicky

Paul Lisicky’s six books include, Later, The Narrow Door, Unbuilt Projects, and Lawnboy. His work appeared in The Atlantic, Conjunctions, Fence, The New York Times, and elsewhere. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden,where he is the editor of StoryQuarterly.He lives in Brooklyn. Visit his website or follow him on Twitter. Tackle some tough questions about what it means to be writing memoir and creative nonfiction in 2020, in Paul’s workshop. 

2020 Visiting Poets & Writers

Jaquira DíazJaquira Diaz

Jaquira Díaz is the author of ORDINARY GIRLS, A MEMOIR (Algonquin Books), a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, an Indies Introduce Selection, and a November 2019 Indie Next Pick. Her work has been published in Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Longreads, the Fader, and T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and included in The Best American Essays 2016. She splits her time between Montréal and Miami Beach with her partner, the writer Lars Horn. Visit her website or read an essay

Author Photo of Peter GizziPeter Gizzi

Peter Gizzi is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently, Archeophonics, (Finalist National Book Award 2016), In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011, and Threshold Songs. His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets, and fellowships in poetry from The Rex Foundation, The Howard Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and The Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellowship in Poetry at the University of Cambridge. He works at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Check out his website or read a profile of his newest book.

Author Photo of Terrance HayesTerrance Hayes

Terrance Haye’s most recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin 2018) and To Float In the Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018). To Float In the Space Between was the winner of the Poetry Foundation’s 2019 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism and a finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Circle Award in Poetry, the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry, the 2018 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry, and the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Hayes is a Professor of English at New York University. Check out his website or take in his tribute to Cave Canem.

Author Photo, Jeff ParkerJeff Parker

Jeff Parker is the author of the nonfiction book Where Bears Roam the Streets:  A Russian Journal (Harper Collins), the novel Ovenman (Tin House), and the short story collection The Taste of Penny (Dzanc).  With Pasha Malla, he co-assembled the book of found sports poetry Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion (Featherproof), and with Annie Liontas he edited A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors (UMass Press).  His short fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Walrus, and many others. With Mikhail Iossel he co-edited two volumes of contemporary Russian prose in translation, Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (Tin House) and Amerika:  Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey Archive).  He also co-translated the novel Sankya by Zakhar Prilepin from the Russian.  He has taught at Eastern Michigan University, the University of Toronto, the Russian State University for the Humanities, and the University of Tampa, and he currently teaches in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  He is the co-founder and Director of the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Read a review or follow him on Instagram