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Joan Connor

Connor has published hundreds of stories and essays in an array of journals. Her third collection of short stories, History Lessons, won the AWP award for short fiction, and her collection of essays, The World Before Mirrors, won the River Teeth award. Her recent story collection, How to Stop Loving Someone, won the Leapfrog Award for Adult Fiction.

Zakes Mda

A novelist and playwright, Zakes has received every major South African prize for his work, which includes The Heart of Redness, Ways of Dying, She Plays with the Darkness, and recently, Cion.

Patrick O’Keeffe

O'Keeffe's collection of long stories, The Hill Road (Viking Penguin), received the 2005 Story Prize. He was a Barnes and Noble Discovery pick and received a Whiting Award for fiction writing. His work has appeared in the Irish Times, Doubletake, and the Michigan Quarterly Review. A novel, The Visitors (Viking Penguin), was published in 2013.


Eric LeMay

LeMay is the author of Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese, and The One in the Many. His work has appeared in The Nation, The Harvard Review, The Paris Review, Gastronomica, Poetry Daily, and the Best Food Writing series.

Dinty W. Moore

Moore is the author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the 2009 Grub Street Book Award for Nonfiction, and numerous other books. He has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Utne Reader, and many other venues. In his spare time, he grows edible dandelions and heirloom tomatoes.


Mark Halliday

Halliday is the author of five books of poetry, including Keep this Forever, Jab, Selfwolf, and Tasker Street. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, Halliday has published numerous essays on contemporary poets.

J. Allyn Rosser

Rosser’s poetry collection, Foiled Again, won the 2007 New Criterion Poetry Prize. In 2010-11 she was awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Foundation. Her work has recently appeared in such venues as Poetry, Atlantic Monthly, the Smithsonian Magazine, the Georgia Review, and

Special Programs & Visiting Writers

David Wanczyk

Wanczyk is a graduate of Ohio University's Ph.D program in nonfiction and has published essays, poems, and reviews in several journals, including Alimentum, Brevity, and Quarter After Eight. He coordinates the department's special programs, including the Spring Literary Festival and visiting writers’ series.


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