Workshop Faculty

Lee K. Abbott, Fiction

Lee K. Abbott is the author of Love is the Crooked Thing, Living After Midnight, Wet Places at Noon, and, most recently, All Things, All at Once: New & Selected Stories. His fiction and articles have appeared in Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Book Review, and Southern Review, among others. For many years he taught at The Ohio State University, where he was a Humanities Distinguished Professor of English. His work has been included in Best American Short Stories and The O’Henry Awards.

David Baker, Poetry, Nature Writing

Among David Baker’s fourteen books are his most recent poetry collection, Never-Ending Birds (2009, W. W. Norton), winner of the 2011 Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets (2012, Arkansas). This latest title is cosponsored by The Kenyon Review and gathers Baker’s KROnline interviews with a number of important poets. For his work, Baker has been awarded fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, Ohio Arts Council, Society of Midland Authors, and others. He currently serves as Professor of English at Denison University where he holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing. He is the poetry editor of The Kenyon Review.

Erick Gordon, Writing Workshop for Teachers

Erick Gordon is the founding director of Student Press Initiative at Teachers College, Columbia University and the former director of the New York City Writing Project. He comes from a background in small press publication that later led to classroom teaching, first in Northern California and then New York City. He was a full-time instructor in the Teaching of English Masters Program at Teachers College, where he also earned his doctorate in English Education. He has facilitated hundreds of workshops and lectures in schools across the U.S., and has published numerous articles about the teaching of writing, student publication, and genre theory in English Journal, English Education, and Teachers and Writers. He is the co-author of Becoming (Other)wise: Enhancing Critical Reading Perspectives. In his current role as Senior Fellow in Education Innovation at Teachers College, he works with a group of students and teachers to explore the potential of eBook authoring software to publish new multimedia editions of public domain texts.

Linda Gregerson, Poetry

Linda Gregerson is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Prodigal: New and Selected Poems (2015); The Selvage (2012); The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and the Poets Prize; Magnetic North, which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award; and Waterborne, which won the 2003 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Gregerson’s poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Granta, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies.

Gretchen E. Henderson, The Art of Text

Gretchen E. Henderson‘s most recent book is Ugliness: A Cultural History, which the Guardian called “fascinating,” “absorbing,” and “generous.” Gretchen’s earlier books include two hybrid novels, The House Enters the Street (shortlisted for the AWP Award Series in the Novel) and Galerie de Difformité (winner of the Madeleine Plonsker Prize). Her other published collections straddle the borders of nonfiction, poetry, and opera. Her cross-genre writings have appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Journal of Artists’ Books, Black Warrior Review, Performance Research, and The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing. Her awards include a Mellon Fellowship from MIT and this year’s Hodson-JCB Fellowship from Brown University and Washington College. Gretchen teaches at Georgetown University and loves collaborating with artists.

E. J. Levy, Fiction

E. J. LevyE.J. Levy’s writing has been featured in Best American Essays, the New York Times, and Paris Review, among other publications, and has received a Pushcart Prize. Her debut story collection, Love, In Theory, won the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award and 2014 Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award (previously awarded to Alice Munro, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, and Mary Szybist for their first books); a French edition was released in 2015 by Editions Rivages to excellent reviews in Le Monde, Le Figaro, Elle, and was the featured title in the August issue of Paris Vogue. Her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, won a Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Loveland, Colorado, with her partner and baby, and is on the MFA faculty at Colorado State University.

Rebecca McClanahan, Literary Nonfiction

Rebecca McClanahan’s tenth book is The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change. She has also published five books of poetry, three books of writing instruction, and The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow Award in nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, the Sun, and numerous anthologies. The recipient of the Wood Prize from Poetry Magazine, a Pushcart Prize, and literary fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, McClanahan teaches in the MFA programs of Queens University (Charlotte) and Rainier Writing Workshop.

Brenda Miller, Literary Nonfiction

Brenda MillerBrenda Miller is the author of Who You Will Become (Shebooks Press, 2015), Listening Against the Stone: Selected Essays (Skinner House Books 2011), Blessing of the Animals (Eastern Washington University Press 2009), and Season of the Body (Sarabande Books 2002). She co-authored, with poet Holly J. Hughes, The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Books, 2012). She is also the co-author of Tell it Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, 2nd Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2012). Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes, and all six prize-winning essays are included in Listening Against the Stone. Her essays have been published in many journals, including Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun, Utne Reader, Georgia Review, and Missouri Review. Brenda lives in Bellingham, WA, and teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University. She lives with her dog Abbe and many foster dogs who find temporary shelter with her.

Dinty W. Moore, Literary Nonfiction

Dinty W. Moore’s memoir Between Panic & Desire (University of Nebraska) was winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. His other books include The Accidental Buddhist, Toothpick Men, The Emperor’s Virtual Clothes, and the writing guide, The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction. Moore has published essays and stories in Southern Review, Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Gettysburg Review, Utne Reader, and Crazyhorse, among numerous other venues. A professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, Moore has won many awards for his writing, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction.

Emily Moore, Writing Workshop for Teachers

moore_emilyEmily Moore teaches English, particularly the Poetry Workshop courses, at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, where she has been a full time classroom teacher since 2001. A Fellow at the Academy for Teachers, she has recently partnered with Poets House to create and teach a P-Credit course on the teaching of poetry. In 2012, she earned her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her poems have been anthologized in Poetry: A Pocket Anthology and Filled with Breath: 30 Sonnets by 30 Poets, and have appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Yale Review, and Pleiades, as well as on NPR, Poetry Daily, the Best American Poetry blog, and Kenyon Review Online. She has worked with the Kenyon Writers Workshop as a Peter Taylor fellow, as well as with the Kenyon Young Writers, and was thrilled to help develop the Kenyon Writing Workshop for Teachers.

Carl Phillips, Poetry

Carl Phillips is the author of 13 books of poems, most recently Reconnaissance (FSG, 2015). His honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the Library of Congress. His prose books are The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (Graywolf, 2014) and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (Graywolf, 2004), and he has translated Sophocles’s Philoctetes (Oxford, 2004). Phillips is Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.

Stanley Plumly, Poetry

Stanley PlumlyStanley Plumly’s most recent book of poems is Orphan Hours (W.W. Norton, 2012). His collection, Old Heart, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography was runner-up for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Distinguished Biography. In 2015, his book of prose The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb won the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism, administered by the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. Plumly is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. In 2010 he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Brad Richard, Writing Workshop for Teachers

Brad Richard is chair of the creative writing program at Lusher Charter High School in New Orleans. He also co-directs the New Orleans New Writers Literary Festival, a festival for high school writers, and the Scholastic Writing Awards of Southeast Louisiana, a regional affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. His books include Habitations (Portals Press, 2000); Motion Studies, winner of the 2010 Washington Prize (The Word Works, 2011) and finalist for the 2012 Thom Gunn Award in Gay Poetry from the Publishing Triangle; and Butcher’s Sugar (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). He has also published two chapbooks, The Men in the Dark (Lowlands Press, 2004) and Curtain Optional (Press Street, 2011). His poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Bayou, Crab Orchard Review, Guernica, Hunger Mountain Review, Iowa Review, Laurel Review, Literary Imagination, Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, New Orleans Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals.

Ellen Sheffield, The Art of Text

Ellen Sheffield is a visual artist whose work integrates text, image, and the book form. The recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships, she teaches Book Arts and Art and Text as a Visiting Instructor of Art at Kenyon College. Recent exhibitions include those at CODEX V International Book Fair, Richmond, CA (2015), The Dairy Barn, Athens, OH (2014), J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (2014), Denison Museum, Denison University, Granville, OH (2013), The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH (2012), The Word and Image Gallery, Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell, NY (2012), and the School of Fine Arts Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2011). Her work is represented in the collections of the Beinecke Library at Yale University, the University of California-Riverside, College of Wooster, and Kenyon College Special Collections, among others.

Nancy Zafris, Fiction, Novel Workshop

Nancy Zafris has taught at the Kenyon Review workshop for many years. Her latest book, The Home Jar, a collection of short stories, was published in 2013. She has also written The People I Know, winner of the Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction and the Ohioana Library prize, as well as the novels The Metal Shredders and Lucky Strike. She has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants and has taught in the Czech Republic as a Fulbright fellow. The former fiction editor of The Kenyon Review, she is now the series editor of The Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction.

Sign up for Our Email Newsletter