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Faculty Biographies: Spring Conference 2008



Keynote

Linda Gregg Linda Gregg is the author of six books of poems: Too Bright to See, Alma, Things and Flesh, Chosen by the Lion, The Sacraments of Desire, and In the Middle Distance. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the PEN/Voelcker Award, and several Pushcart Prizes. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and The Kenyon Review.

Fiction Faculty

Valerie Neiman Valerie Nieman is the author of a collection of short stories, Fidelities, from West Virginia University Press, featuring stories that first appeared in The Kenyon Review, Arts & Letters, West Branch, and other journals and anthologies. Her most recent short fiction publication came in a special American Apocalypse issue of Green Mountains Review. Her first novel, Neena Gathering, was a science fiction paperback that was translated for the Brazilian market. Her second novel, Survivors, was a story of family dysfunction in a Rust Belt town in the 1970s, and she recently completed Feral, a novel set in North Carolina. A poetry collection, Wake Wake Wake, was published in 2006 by Press 53, including work published in two chapbooks, and in Blackbird, Poetry, New Letters, REDiViDER, and in numerous anthologies. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she continues to free lance articles on travel and sailing. She has received an NEA creative writing fellowship, two Elizabeth Simpson Smith prizes in fiction, and the Greg Grummer Prize in poetry. A graduate of the M.F.A. program at Queens University of Charlotte, she teaches writing at N.C. A&T State University.
Travis Mulhauser Travis Mulhauser lives and writes in Durham. His first book, Greetings from Cutler County: A Novella & Stories was published in May 2005 by the University of Michigan Press. The first chapter of his novel Sweetboy will appear in this May's issue of roger magazine. He teaches at Johnston Community College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Craig Nova Craig Nova is the author of eleven novels, all of which have been widely translated. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Institute of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harper-Saxton Prize, and other awards. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire and The Paris Review and has been included in The Paris Review Anthology and The Best American Short Stories. He is currently the Class of 1949 Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Poetry Faculty

Anjail Rashida Ahmad Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad is currently the director of the New Creative Writing @ A&T program at North Carolina A&T State University. As a poet who experiences blindness, she seeks to link her knowledge of the sighted world with her perceptions through blindness with life’s invitation to get involved with living fully in every moment. In 2007 she was one of two NC artist to win a Headlands Center for the Arts Residency and a NC Arts Council Artist Grant, she was also elected to the board of the NC ACLU. She has also received the Margaret Walker Alexander Award for Poetry, the Robert Frost Prize in Poetry, the Southern Literary Festival Prize for Poetry and two Janef Preston Prizes for Poetry from the Academy of American Poets.
Costa Rican-American Mark Smith-Soto is Director of the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he edits International Poetry Review. He was 2005 winner of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing, and his poetry has appeared in many journals. His award-winning chapbooks include Green Mango Collage and Shafts, and his full-length collections include Our Lives Are Rivers (University Press of Florida, 2003) and Any Second Now (Main Street Rag Press, 2006).
   
 
   

Creative Nonfiction Faculty

William R. (Bill) Trotter wrote his first novel (not publishable, of course, but a senior editor at Viking Press liked it well enough to become a valued mentor over the next ten years) at the age of fourteen and hasn’t looked back in all the forty-five years since. Since 1983 he has, in fact, earned his entire living by the sweat of his keyboard. In 2004, the North Carolina English Teachers’ Association chose him to be the first recipient of a special “Lifetime Achievement Award."
Lee Zacharias Recent nonfiction by Lee Zacharias has appeared in Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, Southern Humanities Review, and North Carolina Literary Review among other journals and is regularly cited in the annual Best American Essays. Her books include Helping Muriel Make It Through the Night (stories) and the novel Lessons. A former fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council and recipient of several teaching awards, she is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Publishing Faculty

Before he became Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers' Network, Ed Southern was the vice president of sales & marketing for John F. Blair, Publisher.

 

 
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