Current & Forthcoming Titles
P CARL 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. His memoir Becoming A White Man will be published by Simon & Schuster.
AVA CHIN’s first book Eating Wildly (Simon and Schuster 2014) was awarded the 2015 M F K Fisher Book Award. She was the Urban Forager columnist for the New York Times from 2009-13. As a 2017-2018 Fellow at the Cullman Center she was working on her new book 37 Mott Street. 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 1882. 37 Mott Street will be published by Penguin Press. A full manuscript will be available in 2020.
JAIME CORTEZ is a writer and visual artist. His story collection “Cookie” will be published by Grove Atlantic. His short stories, comics, and essays have been published in over a dozen anthologies, including “KinderGarde” (Small Press Traffic, 2013), “Street Art San Francisco” (Abrams Press, 2009), and the groundbreaking LGBT comics anthology “No Straight Lines” (Fantagraphics, 2012). He served as the editor for the anthology “Virgins, Guerrillas & Locas” (Cleis Press, 1999), and wrote and illustrated the graphic novel “Sexile” (AIDS Project Los Angeles, 2004). Cortez lives near the coastal agricultural town of Watsonville, California .
MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM is the author of six novels: A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (which won the PEN Faulkner Award, and the Pulitzer Prize), 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, Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown, a non-fiction book which was published by Random House. He is a Senior Lecturer in English, Creative Writing, at Yale University. He lives in New York City. He is at work on a novel, Glory, which will be published by Random House.
ERIC EYRE is an award-winning 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 is currently working on a book about the opioid crisis, Sustained Outrage (Scribner).
ANDERS NILSEN is the artist and author of eight books including Big Questions, The End, and Poetry is Useless as well as the coloring book A Walk in Eden. 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 overseas 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. His new book TONGUES a retelling of the Prometheus myth will be published by Pantheon in the US, and by Jonathan Cape in the UK.
SHARON OLDS was born in San Francisco. Her most recent collection ODES was published by Knopf in September 2016. 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 opened at ArtsEmerson in Boston on February 24th 2018, and will be published by Graywof in March 2019. She is writing a book on whiteness.
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). Her latest essay collection Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) published by Haymarket Books is on the longlist for the National Book Award. Forthcoming titles include a retelling of Cinderella – Cinderella, Liberator in May 2019, and a collection of essays on feminism Whose Story Is It? Fall 2019 (Haymarket Books, and a memoir Recollections of my Nonexistence (Viking US).
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.
His fiction debut On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous will be published by Penguin Press in June 2019. Rights have been sold to Jonathan Cape UK, Gallimard (French) La nave de Teseo (Italian) Hanser (German); Hollands Diep (Dutch); Pelikanen (Norwegian); Politiken (Danish);Europa (Hungarian), Rocco (Brazil) ,Natur & Kultur (Swedish), Anagrama (Spanish and Catalan).
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
SARAH PANLIBUTON BARNES was once a high school runaway, a sword dancer, a Mandarin translator on a trek through the Tibetan Plateau, and a student of Balinese shadow puppetry residing at the palace of Sukawati. Now, she is a MFA candidate in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) and an aspiring archivist pursuing a a simultaneous Masters in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama. She is the winner of the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction prize selected by Ocean Vuong. Her prose has appeared in an anthology published by the Sad Asian Girls Club, in Man Repeller, Panay News, VIDA, and Catapult. She is currently writing a chimerical memoir/oral history about the year she spent as an accidental beauty queen in her family’s ancestral home, and also a mythic genealogy of the last 100 years of her maternal lineage. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @femmedrag
RENEE CHERIE BRANUM 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 ;The Texas Review; The Denver Quarterly, The Best of the Los Angeles Review anthology, and Lithub. Her essay “Certainty” was awarded the Los Angeles Review’s 2016 Fall Nonfiction award. She is working on 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. 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. He has a story collection, Living Spare, and is working on a novel When the World Gets In.
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, which 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.