• Updated 2019 Workshop Faculty

    2019 Workshop Faculty

    Students choose a week of craft lessons and workshop from award-winning visiting writers in each genre. See Workshop descriptions here. Read more about each author below:


    Lucy Corin Headshot  Lucy Corin (Fiction) is the author of the short story collections One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (McSweeney's Books) and The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books) as well as a novel, Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2). Her writings have appeared in places like American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Harper's Magazine, Ploughshares, Tin House Magazine, and the most recent New American Stories anthology from Vintage. She was an American Academy of Arts and Letters Rome Prize winner and an NEA fellow in literature. The Swank Hotel, her second novel, is forthcoming from Graywolf. She lives part of the year in Northern California and part of the year in Asheville, NC.

    Lucy Corin has a BA from Duke University and an MFA from Brown. She's a professor at the University of California, Davis where she teaches in the English Department and Creative Writing Program.

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    Parneshia Jones Headshot (2)  Parneshia Jones(Poetry) is the author of Vessel: Poems (Milkweed Editions 2015). Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies, including She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. As a performance artist, she has performed across the country, including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a collective of Black voices from Appalachia and serves on the board of Cave Canen and GlobalWrites. Her awards include the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Margaret Walker Short Story Award and the Aquarium Press Legacy Award.

    In addition to her work as a poet, Jones is the poetry editor for Northwestern University Press, where she has worked with writers of Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award winning caliber. She earned her MFA degree from Spalding University.

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    Stephanie Griest Headshot Stephanie Elizondo Griest (nonfiction) is the author of award-winning memoirs Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004), Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines (Washington Square Press/ Simon & Schuster, 2008), and the guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers' Tales, 2007). She won the 2007 Richard J. Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting and edited Best Women's Travel Writing (Travelers' Tales, 2010). UNC Press published her latest book, All the Agents & Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands, in 2017. Her work is included in numerous anthologies. Other awards include a Luce Scholarship to China, a Hodder Fellowship to Princeton, a Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, and a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Prize. As a journalist, Griest was a political reporter at the Austin Bureau of the Associated Press, a Scotty Reston Fellow at the New York Times, and a contributor for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

    As a teacher, Griest has taught at numerous writer's conferences, at the University of Iowa as a Writing Fellow, and as the Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at St. Lawerence University. She is currently a tenured professor and Margaret Shuping Fellow of Creative Nonfiction at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has an MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Iowa.


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