Writers Institute

Meet the Faculty

Faculty

The writing faculty have been honored for their teaching and creative work, including such awards as the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction, the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Poetry Prize; three Pushcart Prizes for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry; the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Fiction Prize; a Newhouse Award from the John Gardner Foundation; the George Garrett Fiction Prize; the Sawtooth poetry prize; the Stephen F. Austin University Press Poetry Prize;   CASE Professor of the Year; two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in fiction; and nine other creative writing fellowships.

Gary Fincke, Ph.D., Kent State University

Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction

Gary Fincke Fincke's latest book is The Proper Words for Sin (stories, West Virginia University, 2013). The History of Permanence (2011) won the 2010 Stephen F. Austin University Press Poetry Prize. Winner of the 2003 Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction and the 2003 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Poetry Prize, Fincke has 23 books in print, including The Canals of Mars (memoir), 2010; The Fire Landscape (poems), 2008; Standing around the Heart (poems), 2005: Sorry I Worried You (stories), 2004; Amp'd (nonfiction), 2004; The Stone Child (stories), 2003; Writing Letters for the Blind (poems), 2003; and Emergency Calls (stories), 1996. His next book will be a novel, How Blasphemy Sounds to God, from Braddock Avenue Books. 

Tom Bailey, Ph.D., SUNY-Binghamton; MFA, University of Iowa

Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction

Tom BaileyBailey's first novel, The Grace that Keeps this World, was published as a Shaye Areheart book in the fall of 2005. Cotton Song was published in the fall of 2006. He is the author of Crow Man, a collection of short stories, and two books from Oxford University Press, A Short Story Writer's Companion (2001) and On Writing Short Stories (2000). The Grace that Keeps this World earned him the 2006 Mississippi Artsand Letters Fiction Prize. 

 

Karla Kelsey, Ph.D., University of Denver, MFA, University of Iowa

Poetry, Editing and Publishing

Karla KelseyKarla Kelsey is author of three books of poetry: Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary and Iteration Nets, both published by Ahsahta Press, and A Conjoined Book forthcoming from Omnidawn Press. She edits and contributes to Fence Books' Constant Critic poetry book review website and has had essays on poetics published in literary journals and anthologies. With Aaron McCollough she co-edits SplitLevel Texts, a small press that publishes books of contemporary innovative poetry and prose.

 

Glen Retief, Ph.D., Florida State University, as well as degrees in English and African Studies from his native South Africa

Glen RetiefGlen Retief’s debut memoir, The Jack Bank, won a Lambda Literary Award for 2011 and was selected as an Africa Book Club Book of the Year. His essays, commentary, fiction and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including Virginia Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, Puerto del Sol and the St. Petersburg Times.

 

Catherine Zobal Dent, Ph.D., M.A. Binghamton University; B.A. Duke University

Catherine Zobal DentCatherine Dent’s collection of short fiction, Unfinished Stories of Girls, is forthcoming in spring 2014 with Fomite Press.  She is the creative writing editor of Modern Languages Studies, and the founder of a national board of directors for FUSE, the Forum of Undergraduate Student Editors. Her current projects include a translation of short stories by Cyrille Fleischman and a nonfiction book on long distance hiking.

 

Silas Dent Zobal, Ph.D., Binghamton University; M.F.A, University of Washington

Silas Dent ZobalDent Zobal has published stories in journals and magazines such as the Missouri Review, Glimmer Train, Wisconsin Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, New Orleans Review and Shenandoah.  He has been anthologized in Peculiar Pilgrims: Stories from the Left Hand of God and awarded the Inaugural Discovered Voices Award from the Iron Horse Literary Review.  He is the recipient of a fellowship form the National Endowment for the Arts to work on his novel, titled The Feather Book.

 

 

 

 

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