Current & Forthcoming Titles
P. CARL is working on a memoir Becoming a White Man (Simon & Schuster). He is a Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson College in Boston and was awarded a 2017 Art of Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation, the Berlin Prize fellowship from the American Academy for the Fall of 2018, and the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Research Residency at the University of Washington. His most recent work as a dramaturg includes Claudia Rankine’s The White Card. The former Director and co-founder of HowlRound—a free and open platform for theatre-makers worldwide, he was also the co-artistic director of ArtsEmerson at Emerson College.
AVA CHIN ‘s first book Eating Wildly was published by Simon & Schuster. As an only child, and a second generation Chinese American growing up with a single mother in Flushing Queens, Ava’s family history was shrouded in silence. In 37 Mott Street she discovers the stories she wasn’t told as a child. As she does so she keeps returning to a single tenement building, 37 Mott Street, where relatives from both sides of her family lived from 1915 to the present, and to the devastating and long-lasting effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882Ava Chin is 2017-2018 Fellow at the Cullman Center. 37 Mott Street will be published by Penguin Press. A full manuscript will be available in 2020.
MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM is the author of six novels: A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours, Specimen Days, By Nightfall, and The Snow Queen, as well as a collection of re-imagined fairy tales, A Wild Swan and Other Tales, all published by Farrar Straus & Giroux. A book of non-fiction, Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown, was published by Random House. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, the Paris Review, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, New York Magazine, and other publications.
In 1999, The Hours won the PEN Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. It was made into a film, adapted by David Hare and directed by Stephen Daldry, starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, who won an Academy Award for her performance.
Cunningham is a Senior Lecturer in English, Creative Writing, at Yale University. He lives in New York City. He is currently writing a novel Glory (to be published by Random House USA).
ERIC EYRE is a reporter for the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail. Eyre’s work on West Virginia’s opioid epidemic won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.
He also has been awarded the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Medal, Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize in Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, National Headliners Award, Gerald Loeb Award for business writing, and Association of Health Care Journalists award. His investigative stories have spotlighted state government corruption and issues in rural Appalachia.
He is currently working on a book about the opioid crisis, Sustained Outrage, which will be published by Scribner.
ANDERS NILSEN is an illustrator and the award-winning cartoonist of several graphic novels including Dogs and Water, Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, Rage of Poseidon, Big Questions, and Poetry is Useless. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Kramer’s Ergot, Pitchfork, Medium and elsewhere. His comics have been translated into several languages, and his painting and drawing have been exhibited internationally. Nilsen’s work has received three Ignatz awards as well as the Lynd Ward Prize for the Graphic Novel, and Big Questions was listed as a New York Times Notable Book in 2011.
Nilsen grew up in Minneapolis and Northern New Hampshire. He studied art in New Mexico and lived in Chicago for over a decade. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
He is currently working on Tongues, a 400 page full color graphic novel, and reimagining of the Prometheus myth to be published by Pantheon in the US, and Jonathan Cape in the UK.
SHARON OLDS was born in San Francisco. Stag’s Leap (Knopf, 2012) won the T S Eliot Prize in England, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2016 Sharon Olds received The Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. In the words of Mark Doty, chancellor of the Academy, Sharon Olds is “an American master and a national treasure.”
Satan Says (1980) received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. The Dead and the Living (1984) won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father (1992) was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and The Unswept Room (2002) was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University. She lives in New York City.
CLAUDIA RANKINE was born in Jamaica. She is the author of five books of poetry, including the bestseller Citizen: An American Lyric, (Graywolf, 2014) which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her four earlier collections include: Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf, 2004); PLOT (2001, Grove); The End of the Alphabet (1998, Grove); and Nothing in Nature is Private (1995).
A recipient of fellowships from the Academy of American Poetry, the National Endowments for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, she is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale.
Her new play, The White Card directed by Diane Paulus opens at ArtsEmerson in Boston on February 24th 2018.
GARY YOUNGE writes for The Guardian, and The Nation magazine. He won the James Cameron award for the “combined moral vision and professional integrity” of his coverage of the Obama campaign. He is the author of The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream (Haymarket); Who Are We And Should it Matter in the 21st Century (Nation Books); Stranger in a Strange Land (New Press); and No Place Like Home (Mississippi). After twelve years reporting from America, he and his family now live in London.
His most recent book, Another Day in the Death of America (Nation Books 2016; paperback February 2018) is the Winner of the 2017 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize; the Winner of the James Aaronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism, and a Finalist for the Orwell Prize; and the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Authors with Works in Progress
RENEE CHERIE BRANUM currently lives and works in Missoula. She recently graduated with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Montana. She received an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2013 where she was a Truman Capote Fellow, and a recipient of the Prairie Lights Jack Leggett Fiction Prize. Her fiction has appeared in Blackbird and The Long Story, and she has had stories accepted for publication by Narrative Magazine, The Alaska Quarterly, The Tampa Review and The Georgia Review. Her nonfiction has appeared in Fields Magazine, True Story, Chicago Quarterly Review and The Texas Review. Her essays will be appearing in The Denver Quarterly and The Best of the Los Angeles Review anthology in Spring 2018. Her essay “Certainty” was awarded the Los Angeles Review’s 2016 Fall Nonfiction award. She has a collection of essays, Sympathetic Lightning, and is working on a short fiction collection, The Devil in the Water, and a novel Left.
ANNA COX was born in Tennessee in 1971, and grew up in Ohio. After working in advertising in Chicago, she took up photography and became a tenured professor. She has exhibited her work in cities across the US, and now finds herself accidentally living in Canada where she teaches at The University of Guelph. Her story ³What Happy Couples Do² appeared in Carve Magazine, and won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award in 2011. Her essay Not Sometimes, But Always appeared in the anthology P.S. What I Didn¹t Say (Seal Press, 2009). I Keep My Worries In My Teeth is her first novel.
DANNY LORBERBAUM grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he has an MFA from Hunter College. He has had Fellowships at both MacDowell, and the Center for Fiction. He has a story collection, Living Spare, and is working on a novel Matoic.
His story “Burying a Stone” was published in Southwest Review, where it received the McGinnis-Ritchie Award. “Red Brick” was published in Guernica. “Vapors” appeared in VQR Spring 2017 edition, and “Are You Mine and No One Else’s” was published by One Story #232, September 14th 2017. “Lindstrom” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s fiction Open March/April 2017.
JULIAN LUCAS lives in Brooklyn and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. A contributing writer at the New York Times Book Review and associate editor of Cabinet, he has also published writing in the New York Review of Books.
He is working on a collection of essays, We the Runaways, that examines representations of American history in contemporary art, literature, computer games, and reenactment culture, with an emphasis on slavery and the conquest of the New World.
DARRAGH MCKEON is the author of All That Is Solid Melts into Air (Harper Perennial 2014). Born in Ireland in 1979, he has worked as a theater director and lives in New York. He is currently writing a novel, The Country They Call Life, a full manuscript will be available December 2018.
LAURET SAVOY was born in America and is of mixed African American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage, She is a professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College where she explores the intertwining of natural and cultural histories. Trace, Memory, History, Race and The American Landscape (Counterpoint 2015) was a finalist for the 2016 Saroyan Prize, the Pen Open Book Award and the Wheatley Book award.
She is a recipient of a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, and is currently writing On the River’s Back a memoir, exploring her family’s African American, mixed European and Indigenous heritage and its ties to the tidewater and Piedmont landscapes from the colonial era to the Civil War. The stories of her family and the land are inextricably linked with the rise and fall of tobacco agriculture and the origin and growth of the capital city along the Potomac River.
REBECCA SOLNIT is a writer, historian, and activist. She is the author of twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including a trilogy of atlases and the books The Mother of All Questions, Hope in the Dark, Men Explain Things to Me; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper’s.
Call Them By Their Name: American Crises (and Essays) will be published by Haymarket Books in the fall of 2018.
OCEAN VUONG is the author of Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, Ocean has received honors and awards from Poets House, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and a Pushcart Prize. His poetry and fiction have been featured in Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker. The New York Times, Poetry and the American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he resides in New York City. His poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, most recently A Letter To My Mother That She Will Never Read.