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 an evening reading followed by Q&A, and sometimes join a roundtable.

Alumni-in-Residence are in residence for 2-3 days; they facilitate a One-Day Intensive experience and will offer a craft session for weeklong workshop participants. Alumni-in-Residence will also join an afternoon alumni panel and give an evening reading.

Visiting Poets & Writers are in residence for 1-3 days; they give an evening reading followed by Q&A, and usually offer a craft session or join a roundtable.

Ari Banias

Ari Banias is a poet and translator, and the author of two poetry collections, A Symmetry (2021), which won the 2022 Leslie Feinberg Award for Trans & Gender Variant Literature, and Anybody (2016), both from W. W. Norton. His work has been supported by fellowships and residencies from Headlands Center for the Arts, MacDowell, the… Read More »

Renee Gladman

Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of writing, drawing and architecture. She is the author of fourteen published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians, a book of essay-fictions, Calamities, and three collections of drawings.… Read More »

Noy Holland

Noy Holland received the Katherine Anne Porter Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her books include I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like, New and Selected Stories; the novel Bird; and three collections of short fiction—Swim for the Little One First, What Begins with Bird, and The Spectacle of the… Read More »

Cleyvis Natera

Cleyvis Natera is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Neruda on the Park. She studied literature and creative writing at Skidmore College and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from New York University. Her fiction, essays and criticisms have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, URSA Story, TIME, Alien… Read More »

Diana Khoi Nguyen

A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Ghost Of (2018) which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Root Fractures (2024). Her video work has recently been exhibited at the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art. Nguyen is a Kundiman fellow and member of the Vietnamese artist collective, She… Read More »

Hilary Plum

Hilary Plum is the author of the books of essays Hole Studies and Watchfires, the collection of poetry Excisions, and the novels Strawberry Fields and They Dragged Them Through the Streets. She teaches at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA Program and serves as associate director of the CSU Poetry Center. With Zach Savich… Read More »

Jake Skeets

Jake Skeets (he/him) is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series, American Book Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Whiting Award. His poetry and prose have appeared widely in journals and magazines such as Poetry, The New York Times, and The Paris Review.  He holds… Read More »

Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of six books, including the novels Barn 8 and Vacation, the story collections Wait Till You See Me Dance and Minor Robberies, the memoir Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, and the graphic novel I, Parrot, in collaboration with the illustrator Elizabeth… Read More »

Lisa Olstein

Lisa Olstein is the author of five poetry collections published by Copper Canyon Press: Dream Apartment, Late Empire, Little Stranger, Lost Alphabet, and Radio Crackling, Radio Gone. Her nonfiction includes Pain Studies (Bellevue Literary Press), a book-length lyric essay, and Climate (Essay Press), an exchange of epistolary essays with the poet Julie Carr. Olstein’s honors… Read More »

Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas is the author of three books of fiction, including the bestselling novel Red Clocks, which won the Oregon Book Award and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and the Neukom Award for Speculative Fiction. Her fourth book, Wolf Bells, is forthcoming from Algonquin. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she… Read More »

‘Pemi Aguda

‘Pemi Aguda is from Lagos, Nigeria. A MacDowell fellow and Miami Book Fair fellow, her writing has been published in Granta, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, and more, and has been awarded O. Henry Prizes for Short Fiction. W. W. Norton, Virago, and Masobe Books will publish her debut story collection, Ghostroots, in 2024. ‘Pemi Aguda will facilitate… Read More »

Cynthia Arrieu-King

Cynthia Arrieu-King is a professor of creative writing at Stockton University and a former Kundiman fellow. Her poetry books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus Books 2010), Manifest, winner of the Gatewood Prize chosen by Harryette Mullen (Switchback Books 2013), Futureless Languages (Radiator Press 2018) and its sequel Continuity (Octopus Books 2021).… Read More »

Alina Grabowski

Alina Grabowski grew up in coastal Massachusetts and holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University. Her writing has appeared in Story, The Masters Review, Joyland, The Adroit Journal, and Day One. She has received scholarships from Aspen Summer Words, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Juniper… Read More »

Noor Hindi

Noor Hindi (she/her/hers) is a Palestinian-American poet and reporter. Her debut collection of poems, Dear God. Dear Bones. Dear Yellow was published by Haymarket Books. She is currently editing a Palestinian poetry anthology with George Abraham (Haymarket Books, 2025). She is a 2021 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow. Follow her on Instagram @NoorKHindi.… Read More »