Writers Institute

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

Gary Fincke Fincke's latest book is the novel How Blasphemy Sounds to God (Braddock Avenue Books, 2014). Other recent books are The Proper Words for Sin (stories, West Virginia University, 2013) and The History of Permanence (2011) which 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 26 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.

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 debut book, Unfinished Stories of Girls, was published by Fomite in the spring of 2014.  She is executive director of FUSE National, a professional networking organization for creative writing students and student editors, and she serves as fiction and poetry editor of Modern Language Studies. She is also director of the Common Reading Program at Susquehanna. Her current projects are a collaborative translation of Cyrille Fleischman’s Réparateur de Destin, and a creative non-fiction book about the Appalachian Trail. 

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

Silas Dent ZobalSilas Zobal’s first book, The Inconvenience of the Wings, is forthcoming from Fomite Press in spring 2015. His fiction has appeared in many publications, including Glimmer Train, the Missouri Review, Wisconsin Review, New Orleans Review and Shenandoah. He has won the Glimmer Train fiction open, been awarded the Inaugural Discovered Voices Award from the Iron Horse Literary Review and received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction.







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