Meet the 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
Fincke's latest book, 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 collection of short stories, The Proper Words for Sin, from West Virginia University Press.
Tom Bailey, Ph.D., SUNY-Binghamton; MFA, University of Iowa
Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction
Bailey'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
Kelsey’s book of poetry, Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary, was chosen by Carolyn Forche to win the 2005 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. The book was published by Ahsahta Press in early 2006. Also the author of the chapbook Little Dividing Doors in the Mind (Noemi Press 2005). From 2003-2005 she was associate editor of the Denver Quarterly. Her new collection of poems, Iteration Nets, was published in 2010 by Boise State University's Ahsahta Press.
Glen Retief, Ph.D., Florida State University, as well as degrees in English and African Studies from his native South Africa
Glen 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
Zobal Dent’s short fiction has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Portland Review, MacGuffin, Echolocation, Paterson Literary Review and elsewhere. She is on the editorial board of the online journal Trillium. She co-wrote a chapter on short fiction in Creative Writing Guidebook, edited by Graeme Harper. Current projects include Dina, a novel, and Polyester, a creative nonfiction book about through-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Zobal Dent’s story, “Drunk,” is forthcoming in the North American Review.
Silas Dent Zobal, Ph.D., Binghamton University; M.F.A, University of Washington
Dent 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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