Aimee Nezhukumatathil (poetry and CNF)
Dustin Parsons (CNF)
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2021 Faculty, Visiting Writers, FA Recipients, Guests:
Visiting Writer & Prose Faculty
Snowden Wright is the author of the novel American Pop, a Wall Street Journal WSJ+ Book of the Month, selection for Barnes & Noble’s “Discover Great New Writers” program, NPR Favorite Book of the Year, and nominee for the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters and the Georgia Author of the Year awards. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University, he has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, The Millions, and the New York Daily News, among other publications, and previously worked as a fiction reader at The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Paris Review.
Wright was awarded a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the 2018 Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and his debut novel, Play Pretty Blues, won the 2012 Summer Literary Seminars’ Graywolf Prize. Recipient of proclamations from Batesville and Meridian, Mississippi, he has been granted residencies and fellowships by the Hambidge Center, Stone Court, Monson Arts, and Yaddo. Wright lives in Yazoo County, Mississippi, where he is at work on his third novel, forthcoming from HarperCollins.
Elizabeth Stuckey-French is the author of two novels, The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady and Mermaids on the Moon, as well as a collection of short stories, The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa. She is a co-author, along with Janet Burroway and Ned Stuckey-French, of Writing Fiction: A Guide to the Narrative Craft. Her short stories have appeared in The Normal School, Narrative Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Gettysburg Review, Southern Review, Five Points, and The O’Henry Prize Stories 2005. She was awarded a James Michener Fellowship and has won grants from the Howard Foundation, the Indiana Arts Foundation, and the Florida Arts Foundation. She teaches fiction writing at Florida State University.
Leona Sevick is the 2017 Press 53 Poetry Award Winner for her first full-length book of poems, Lion Brothers. Her recent work appears in Orion, Birmingham Poetry Review, Spillway, and Blackbird. Her work also appears in The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. Sevick was named a 2019 Walter E. Dakin Fellow and a 2018 Tennessee Williams Scholar for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She serves as poetry reader for Los Angeles Review and is advisory board member of the Furious Flower Black Poetry Center. Sevick is professor of English at Bridgewater College in Virginia, where she teaches Asian American literature.https://leonasevick.com/
Adam Vines is the author of two single-authored books of poetry — Out of Speech (LSU 2018) and The Coal Life (University of Arkansas Press, 2012) — and two collaborative poetry collections written with Allen Jih, Day Kink (Unicorn Press, 2018) and According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, 2018). He has won awards for his teaching from the University of Florida and at UAB, where he is an associate professor in the English Department. He is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review and faculty advisor for the UAB Fishing Team. An avid fisherman, he has published poetry in Poetry, Southwest Review, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, The Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, The Literary Review, Five Points, Ecotone, The Hopkins Review, Verse Daily, and Poetry Daily, and others.
Creative Director & Prose Faculty
MATT BONDURANT’s latest novel The Night Swimmer was featured in the New York Times Book Review, Outside Magazine, and The Daily Beast, among others. His second novel The Wettest County in the World (2008) was a New York Times Editor’s Pick, a San Francisco Chronicle Best 50 Books of the Year, an international bestseller, and has been made into a feature film (Lawless) by Director John Hillcoat, starring Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman, and Guy Pearce. His first novel The Third Translation (2005) was an international bestseller, translated into 14 languages worldwide. His non-fiction work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Outside, The Dallas Morning News, The Guardian, and numerous other outlets. Matt has sold multiple original drama TV pilots, including development deals with HBO/Cinemax, Red Wagon Entertainment, and Warner Brothers Television.
Executive Director & Poetry/Hybrid Faculty
Seth Brady Tucker’s second book, (We Deserve the Gods We Ask For, 2014), won the Gival Press Poetry Award and went on to win the Eric Hoffer Book Award. His first book, (Mormon Boy, 2012), won the Elixir Press Editor’s Poetry Prize and was a Finalist for the Colorado Book Award. His fiction has won the Bevel Summers prize, and his new short story collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor prize. Recent publications in fiction, poetry, and essays appear in Litmag, Driftwood, December, Los Angeles Review, Memoir, Little Patuxent, Copper Nickel, and others. Seth is an alumnus of both Bread Loaf and Sewanee and has degrees from San Francisco State University, Northern Arizona University, and Florida State University (
Agent, The Book Group
Jamie Carr joined The Book Group in January 2020 as an agent. Prior, she worked in the literary department of William Morris Endeavor for almost six years. Born and raised in Lower Manhattan, she has an MFA in fiction writing and began her career in the books department of Tin House. Most interested in adult literary and upmarket commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction, she is drawn to writing that is highly transporting and that seeks to disrupt or reframe what appears to be known.
Agent, Trident Media
Raised in New York City, Alexa earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. Before joining Trident, she worked at PEN American Center and Curtis Brown. Alexa represents a range of literary and upmarket fiction as well as select nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to literary debuts with a unique voice and perspective, and fiction that delves into the surreal. On the nonfiction side, she is drawn to narrative nonfiction, cultural criticism, voice-driven essay collections, popular science, psychology, and women’s issues. She lives in Brooklyn.
FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS AND EDITORS
2021 Fellow in Poetry
Jenny Molberg is the author of Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017) and Refusal (LSU Press, 2020). She is the recipient of a 2019-2020 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as scholarships and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the CD Wright conference. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Tupelo Quarterly, The Missouri Review, and other publications. She teaches creative writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and edits Pleiades magazine. Find her online at jennymolberg.com.
2021 Fellow in Fiction
Anne Elliott is the author of The Artstars: Stories (Blue Light Books / Indiana University Press, 2019) and The Beginning of the End of the Beginning (Ploughshares Solos, 2014). Her short stories can be found in A Public Space, Crab Orchard Review, Witness, Hobart, Bellevue Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fugue, and elsewhere. Elliott is a veteran of the New York spoken word circuit, with stage credits including The Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, PS122, and Woodstock ’94. She lives in Portland, Maine. Learn more at http://www.anneelliottstories.com.
2021 Fellow in Poetry
Tanya Grae is the author of Undoll (2019), published by YesYes Books. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best New Poets, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Missouri Review, New Ohio Review, New South, Massachusetts Review, and many other journals. Her awards include the Edward H. and Marie C. Kingsbury Fellowship in creative writing, two Academy of American Poets Prizes, and the New Orleans Literary Festival Tennessee Williams Poetry Prize. She earned her MFA in both poetry and fiction from Bennington College and is currently a PhD candidate in poetry and creative nonfiction at Florida State University.
2021 Longleaf Consultation Editor
Stacey Balkun is the author of SWEETBITTER (Sundress 2021) & co-editor of Fiolet & Wing: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Poetry. Winner of the 2019 New South Writing Contest as well as Terrain.org’s 10th Annual Contest, her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2018, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, & several other anthologies & journals. Stacey holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches creative writing online at The Poetry Barn & The Loft. Visit her online at http://www.staceybalkun.com.
2021 Longleaf BIPOC Scholar
Tochukwu Okafor is a Nigerian writer whose work has appeared in the 2018 Best of the Net, the 2019 Best Small Fictions, The Guardian, Harvard’s Transition Magazine, Columbia Journal, and elsewhere. He is a 2021 Jack Straw Writing Fellow, a 2021 Frank Conley Memorial Scholar, a 2021 Albertina Tholakele Dube Scholar for Young Writers, and an alumnus of the 2021 Tin House Workshop. He is also a 2018 Rhodes Scholar finalist, a 2018 Kathy Fish Fellow, and winner of the 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction. He has been shortlisted for the 2017 Awele Creative Trust Award, the 2016 Problem House Press Short Story Prize, the 2016 Southern Pacific Review Short Story Prize, and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He was a member of the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Writing Workshop and the 2015 Association of Nigerian Authors Creative Writing Workshop. He holds a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and has received scholarships and fellowship grants from the Worcester Arts Council, Kundiman, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Etisalat (now 9mobile), the MTN Foundation, Grub Street, Fishtrap, Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, and Exxon Mobil. He lives in Worcester, USA, and is at work on a novel and a short story collection. He is on Twitter @toch_okafor and Instagram @tochukwu_okafor.
2021 University of Mississippi Scholar in Poetry
Noel Quiñones is a Puerto Rican writer, performer, and community organizer born and raised in the Bronx. As a writer, he’s received fellowships from Poets House, the Poetry Foundation, CantoMundo, Candor Arts, and SAFTA (Sundress Academy for the Arts). His work has been published in Kweli Journal, Rattle, Hot Metal Bridge, and the Latin American Review. As a performer, he’s featured at Lincoln Center, Harvard University, BAM, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and the Honolulu Museum of Art to name a few. Founder of Project X, a Bronx-based arts organization, and co-organizer of #PoetsforPuertoRico, Quiñones was named one of New York State’s “40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars” by The Hispanic Coalition. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi. Follow him at noelpquinones.com or online @noelpquinones.
2021 University of Mississippi Scholar in Fiction
Chris Morris is a fiction writer from Waterford, Connecticut. He holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in history from Eastern Connecticut State University, served as the editorial assistant at the award-winning indie publisher Elephant Rock Books for the past three years, and is currently a reader for the Yalobusha Review. He now lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where he is pursuing an MFA at the University of Mississippi.
2020 Celia Baker Veteran Scholar
Upon redeployment to New Orleans after a year of flying helicopters in Iraq, Nathaniel evacuated survivors from the wake of Hurricane Katrina. These are the subjects of a recently completed memoir. As a transgender writer he/she has received fellowships or scholarships from Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the Writers Guild Foundation, Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), and Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Nathaniel has been published in The Southeast Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Negative Capability. Currently, an MFA candidate at Bennington College in both nonfiction and fiction, Nathaniel is learning to piece a life together with a young son in the tranquil city of Iowa City, Iowa.
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