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

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.

Linda Gregerson, Poetry

Linda Gregerson is the author of five collections of poetry. Her second book, The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and The Poets Prize; Waterborne won the 2003 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Magnetic North was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. Her most recent book, The Selvage, was published in 2011, and a volume of New and Selected Poems is scheduled for release in 2015. In addition to the awards cited above, Gregerson’s many honors include awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Society of America, and the Modern Poetry Association and grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. Gregerson’s essays on lyric poetry and Renaissance literature appear in leading journals and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic and in Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2001). Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Michigan.

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.

Gretchen E. Henderson, Literary Hybrid/Book Arts

Gretchen E. Henderson has published two hybrid novels, The House Enters the Street and Galerie de Difformité (a book deforming across media), along with collections of nonfiction and poetry. Her cross-genre writings have been awarded the Madeleine Plonsker Prize and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship and appeared in varied journals and anthologies, including Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Journal of Artists’ Books, and The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing. She has taught at a number of colleges and loves collaborating with artists and composers, currently at work on a cultural history and opera libretto to be performed at MIT.

Caitlin Horrocks, Fiction

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collection, This Is Not Your City, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her stories appear in the New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Paris Review, the Atlantic, Tin House, One Story, and many other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship. She teaches at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review.

Man Martin, Novel Workshop

Man Martin lives, teaches, and writes in Atlanta, Georgia. The Georgia Writers Association named him Georgia Author of the Year in 2008 for his debut novel, Days of the Endless Corvette, and again in 2012 for his second novel, Paradise Dogs. His short stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Pleiades, and elsewhere.

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.

Dinty 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.

Carl Phillips, Poetry

Carl Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently Silverchest (FSG, 2013), and Double Shadow (FSG, 2011), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other honors include the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the Library of Congress. A new book of essays, The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination, will appear from Graywolf this year. Phillips is Professor of English at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Stanley Plumly, Poetry

Stanley 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. He has a new book of prose coming next fall, The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb (W.W. Norton, 2014). 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, Literary Hybrid/Book Arts

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 as a Visiting Instructor of Art at Kenyon College. Recent exhibitions include those at 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, and Kenyon College Special Collections, among others.

Nancy Zafris, Fiction and 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.

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