Selected Publications: The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, The Ruin of Us, Travel Essays in Better Than Fiction and On the Road
MFA in Fiction Writing, The University of Iowa, 2009
Keija Parssinen attended Princeton University, where she studied English literature and received a certificate from the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. She earned her MFA at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote fellow, a Teaching and Writing fellow, and the student editor for the Iowa Short Fiction contest. After finishing the program, she won a Michener-Copernicus award for her debut novel, The Ruins of Us, which was published in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Italy and around the Middle East. The novel was long-listed for the 2012 Chautauqua Prize. In 2014, Keija was a Visiting Professor of fiction writing at Louisiana State University. Her work has appeared in the Lonely Planet travel-writing anthologies, Five Chapters, the New Delta Review, Salon, Marie Claire and elsewhere.
Keija was born in Saudi Arabia and lived there for twelve years before her family moved to Austin, Texas, where she discovered Tex-Mex, Willie Nelson, and basketball. She played competitively throughout middle and high school, spending many hours on buses traveling the blue highways of Texas to play in gymnasiums that all, inevitably, smelled the same: like Frito pie and cleaning solvent. In many ways, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis is a tribute to all the badass girls she met on that journey: her coaches, the ones on her team, and the few Mercys she played against, the ferocious girls who left her awe-struck as they lit up the scoreboard, as they owned the court, the day, the season, the town.
Currently, Keija directs the Quarry Heights Writers’ Workshop and works with students in Cedar Crest College’s low-residency Pan-European MFA program. She lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband and son.
Partial List of Writings and Publications: Indolence
MFA in Fiction, Queens University of Charlotte, 2011.
Partial list of writings: As Flies to Whatless Boys, Carnival, My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales, Blessed Is the Fruit, and Divina Trace
PhD in English Literature, The University of Iowa, 1985-90
Robert Antoni was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1958, and he carries two passports: from the US, and Trinidad and Tobago. Antoni’s fictional world is the island of Corpus Christi, and to create it he draws upon his two hundred years of family history in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as his upbringing in the Bahamas. His first novel, Divina Trace, was published in 1991, and his most recent novel, Carnival, was published in 2005. The latter work has appeared in French, Spanish, Finnish, and Chinese translations. Antoni was named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2010 for his upcoming historical novel, As Flies to Whatless Boys. Antoni has taught a wide range of courses in creative writing and literature at such esteemed institutions as The New School University of New York, Columbia University, The University of Miami, The University of Iowa, and Johns Hopkins University. He currently lives in Manhattan, and he frequently visits Barcelona, where he has kept an alternate address for the past 20 years.
Awards & Honors
Fluent in English and Spanish
I am presently a Senior Editor at Conjunctions, and a Contributing Editor at the Paris Review andBOMB magazine.
The Archipelago: New Writing from and about the Caribbean, coedited by Robert Antoni and Bradford Morrow, Conjunctions: 27, published by Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504, November, 1996, 352 pages.
Partial list of writings: The Free World, Journey Prize Stories (editor), and Natasha and Other Stories
MFA in Production, University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA, May 1999
David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker who was born in Riga, Latvia, and immigrated to Toronto in 1980. The New Yorker recently listed him as one of the most promising fiction writers under the age of 40. David’s first novel, The Free World, was published in 2011 in multiple countries, and his first collection, Natasha and Other Stories, has been translated into 15 languages. David’s short stories have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Harpers, Zoetrope All-Story, and The Walrus. His work has been broadcast on NPR, the BBC, and the CBC, and his stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories2005 & 2006. Bezmozgis has also received international acclaim for his first feature film, Victoria Day. David is currently a fellow at the Harvard/Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He has taught at Columbia University in New York and at Humber College and York University in Toronto.
Awards & Honors
Fiction in Collections and Anthologies
Fiction and Essays in Newspapers and Magazines
Stories Adapted for Radio and Stage
“The Proposition”, Symphony Space, Selected Shorts. New York. December 12, 2007. Part of MacDowell Colony Centennial Celebration. National US radio broadcast on NPR.
Narrative and Documentary Films
A coming-of-age story set in Toronto in 1988 chronicling a momentous week in the life of a sixteen year-old Russian Jewish boy.
The Genuine Article: The First Trial
The film follows three Canadian law students and one Bay Street law firm during the intensive and highly competitive summer recruitment period. Shot in a verite style, with the aim of presenting as unmediated a perspective on the events as possible.
The Diamond Nose
A magical realist story about a Jewish boy who has a nose that is both indestructible and incomparably large.
The film follows three practitioners of the ancient rite of Jewish ritual circumcision, an Orthodox rabbi, a nurse midwife, and a doctor popularly known as “the mohel to the stars.” Through them, the film explores the changing nature of Jewish community, tradition, and culture.
Talks and Presentations (Partial List)
Partial list of writings: Shades of the Other Shore, French Spirits, Beautiful Monsters, Water From Stone, The Golden-Bristled Boar
PhD, in Literature & Creative Writing University of Houston, 1980-86
Jeffrey Greene has published five collections of poetry, most recently Beyond Our Means (2016). He is the author of the memoir French Spirits and three personalized nature books, including In Pursuit of Wild Edibles (2016). He is also the author of Shades of the Other Shore, a book of mixed genre writing: sketches, prose pieces, and poetry written in collaboration with painter Ralph Petty. His writing has been supported by the NEA, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and Rinehart Fund, and he was a winner of the Samuel French Morse Prize, the Randall Jarrell Award, and the "Discovery"/ The Nation Award. His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Ploughshares, Agni, Southwest Review and the anthologies Strangers in Paris, Intimacy, and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to Flash Sequence. He is professor at the American University of Paris and mentors for the Pan-European MFA Program.
Awards & Honors
Grants & Fellowships
Greene writes and speaks fluent English and can communicate in French.
Glimpses of the Invisible World in New Haven. Coreopsis Books, 1995. Winner of the Coreopsis Book Prize.
Across Time, Across Memory. Mirror Visions Ensemble. Albany Classical Records. 2005.
Selected Poetry in Periodicals
“An Interview with Stanley Plumly.” The Writer’s Chronicle. December 2000.
American Spirituals in “POET 2000 Sculpted Library” sponsored by DUBCIT, Dublin, and the European Commission’s CULTURE 2000 Internationale Literaturfestival Berlin and permanent exhibition Dublin.
Partial list of writings: The Lazarus Project, The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, Love and Obstacles
BA in General Literature, University of Sarajevo, 1990
Acclaimed fiction writer Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. He has also written three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno,Nowhere Man (also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Love and Obstacles. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. During Hemon’s visit, Sarajevo came under siege, and the writer was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. His books have been published in over 20 countries around the world. Hemon was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.
Awards & Honors
Short Story Collections
Book Reviews and Magazine Articles
Edited Best European Fiction, 2010 and 2011 editions (The Dalkey Archive Press).
Partial list of writings: Bourgeois Blues, The Last Integrationist, If 6 Were 9, Rendezvous Eighteenth
BA in American History and Literature, Harvard University, cum laude, 1983
Jake Lamar was born in 1961 and grew up in the Bronx, New York. After graduating from Harvard University, he spent six years writing for Timemagazine. Since 1993, he has made his home in Paris, France. Lamar is the author of a memoir and six genre-bending novels that use suspense, intrigue and intricate plotting to explore the mystery of being human. His short fiction has been collected in anthologies in the US and France, and his essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Le Monde and many other publications. He has taught American history and literature and creative writing at the University of Michigan, France’s Ecole Polytechnique, and the Women’s Institute for Continuing Education in Paris. Since 2009, Lamar has worked as a literary consultant at the MC93 Theater, just outside Paris. He is currently writing a play and conducting creative writing workshops, in French, for adults and high school students in Paris’s working-class suburbs.
Jake’s latest novel, Posthumous, was published first in France, under the title Postérité, in September 2014.
Women’s Institute for Continuing Education
University of Michigan
Awards & Honors
Essays & Reviews (partial listing)
Partial list of writings: Parables & Faxes, Zero Gravity, Keeping Mum, Chaotic Angels, A Hospital Odyssey, Sparrow Tree, and the three Welsh collections in Tair mewn Un (“Three in One”); non-fiction Sunbathing in the Rain, Two in a Boat; novella The Meat Tree
D Phil in English Literature, Balliol College, Oxford, 1985-89
Gwyneth Lewis was appointed Wales’s first National Poet in 2005 and was honored with the task of composing the six-foot-high words displayed on the front of Cardiff’s new Wales Millennium Centre, which is now a national icon. Gwyneth has published 10 books of poetry in Welsh and English, including Sparrow Tree, Parables & Faxes, Keeping Mum, Zero Gravity, Tair mewn Un(“Three in One”), and Y Llofrudd Iaith (“The Language Murderer”). Zero Gravity, inspired by her astronaut cousin, was made into a documentary by the BBC. Her nonfiction books includeSunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book on Depression and Two in a Boat: A Marital Voyage. She has written libretti for two chamber operas for children, an oratorio, and several radio plays, including Stardust: A Love Story, which explains the basic principles of particle physics. Gwyneth has studied at prestigious institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Columbia, and she has received numerous fellowships and awards for her work.
Gwyneth is a freelance teacher of Masterclasses and Workshops in poetry and creative nonfiction both in the UK and the US. Gwyneth has also been a Writer in Residence at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University.
Prizes & Honors
Welsh (fluent), English (fluent) French (fluent), German (conversational), Spanish (conversational)
Broadcasting & Journalism
Partial list of writings: How to Read the Air, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
MFA in Fiction, Columbia University, 2005
Dinaw Mengestu was born in Ethiopia and raised and educated in the American Midwest. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his MFA from Columbia University. Mengestu has received numerous awards and honors as a writer of both fiction and nonfiction works. His first novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2007, and his second novel, How to Read the Air, received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Mengestu’s nonfiction writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Jane Magazine, Harper’s, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications, and includes articles on recent conflicts in Darfur and Uganda. Recently, Mengestu acted as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Tulane University. He is currently at work on his third novel.
Awards & Honors
Selected Conferences & Lectures
Jayne Anne Phillips
Partial list of writings: Lark & Termite, MotherKind, Machine Dreams, Shelter, Fast Lanes, Black Tickets
MFA, with Distinction, University of Iowa, 1978
Jayne Anne Phillips was born and raised in West Virginia. Her first book of stories, Black Tickets, published in 1979 when Phillips was 26, won the prestigious Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. Phllips’ first novel, Machine Dreams, named one of 12 Best Books of the Year in the New York Times Book Review, was a Finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Phillips’ other books includeShelter, Fast Lanes, and MotherKind. Her most recent novel, Lark And Termite (2009), was a Finalist for the National Book Award, the NBCC, and the Prix de Medici Etrangers. Phillips’ works have been translated and published in 12 languages. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Bunting Fellowship. Her work has appeared most recently in Harper’s, Granta, Doubletake, and theNorton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. She has taught at Harvard University, Williams College, and Boston University, and is currently Professor of English and Director of the Rutgers-Newark MFA Program at the State University of New Jersey in Newark.
Fellowships & Awards
Notable Book Citations: Lark and Termite
Untitled Novel (in progress): A novel, accepted and under contract to editor in chief Nan Graham, Scribner’s
Lark And Termite. New York: Knopf, 2009, 300 pg.; Jonathan Cape, 2009, 300 pg
MotherKind. New York: Knopf, 2000, 292 pg.; London: Jonathan Cape, 2000, 292 pg.
Shelter. New York: Houghton Mifflin – Seymour Lawrence, 1994, 279 pg.; (and)London: Faber and Faber, 1994, 300 pg.
Fast Lanes. New York: Houghton Mifflin – Seymour Lawrence, 1987, 148 pg; London: Faber and Faber, 1987, 148 pg.
Machine Dreams. New York: Dutton – Seymour Lawrence, 1984, 331 pg.; London: Faber and Faber, 335 pg.
Black Tickets. New York: Delacorte -Seymour Lawrence, 1979, 265 pg.; London, Faber and Faber, 1993, 265 pg.
Fiction or Essays
Readings, Lectures and Presentations
Anthologies Including the Work of Jayne Anne Phillips (partial listing)
Interviews, Articles and Books on Jayne Anne Phillips (partial listing)
Partial list of writings: Souvenir, Near Breathing, Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis (editor)
MFA, The Writer’s Workshop (Poetry), The University of Iowa, 1989
Kathryn Rhett has published an essay collection, Souvenir, and a memoir, Near Breathing. She is editor of the anthology Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, River Teeth and elsewhere. Kathryn earned a BA and MA at Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship and a Mellon grant, she has taught at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Iowa, the University of San Francisco, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. A professor of English at Gettysburg College, she also teaches in the low-residency MFA programs at Queens University of Charlotte, and Cedar Crest College. Her collection of poetry, Immortal Village, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press.
MFA, University of Iowa, The Writer's Workshop (Poetry), 1989; MA, Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars (Poetry), 1986; BA, Johns Hopkins University, Humanities, Cum laude, 1984.
Immortal Village (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press), forthcoming. A collection of poetry.
Souvenir (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press), November 2014. A collection of personal essays. “In Kathryn Rhett’s elegant and perceptive Souvenir, a self-described ‘serial nester’ leaves on journeys real and imagined, guiding her lucky readers through landscapes as inviting as her essays. Whether traveling by land, sea, air, or Subaru, or into a past that ‘never leaves you,’ the destination is the same: the rich, varied terrain of the human heart.”--Rebecca McClanahan, author of The Tribal Knot.
Near Breathing (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press), 1997. A memoir, selected for the Emerging Writers of Creative Nonfiction series. "A wry, unflinching and exquisite account--a fearlessly unsentimental evocation of a time any parent might wish to forget in a book we will long remember."--Barbara Jones, Vogue.
Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis (New York: Doubleday,1997, hardcover; New York: Anchor,1998, paperback.) Editor. Twenty-two writers, including Rick Moody, Isabel Allende, Lucy Grealy, Nancy Mairs and William Styron. "United by bracing candor and beautifully distilled prose...These thoughtful memoirs invoke, ultimately, the powers of catharsis."--Entertainment Weekly.
Other Publications (Recent)
“In Bed,” poem, thethepoetry.com (online journal), Poem of the Week, Nov. 7, 2014.
“Wayward,” essay, Harvard Review, number 41, 2012 (listed as a notable essay, Best American Essays 2012).
“Sanguine,” essay, Prime Number (online journal), Issue No. 17, January 2012.
Beautiful Unbroken: One Nurse’s Life, book review of memoir by Mary Jane Nealon. Tikkun, Fall 2011.
“Book of Hours,” a sixteen-page portfolio of poems selected and introduced by Jane Satterfield, Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (Ontario), Spring/Summer 2010.
“In Transit,” essay, Harvard Review, number 30 (listed as a notable essay, Best American Essays 2010, and given special mention in the Pushcart Prize XXXIX).
“The Last Word,” essay, Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 2008 (listed as a notable essay, Best American Essays 2009).
“For Poorer,” essay in Money Changes Everything, eds. Jenny Offil and Elissa Schappell, Doubleday, January 2007.
“Conception: A Personal History,” essay, River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative, vol. 8, Fall 2006.
“Our So-Called Illustrious Past,” essay, Harvard Review, number 30, 2006 (listed as a notable essay, Best American Essays 2007).
“Confession of Choice,” essay, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Lives column, June 25, 2006.
“Tourist,” essay, Marginalia, vol. 1, issue 2, Fall 2005.
“What I Saw,” essay, The Tusculum Review, vol. I, 2005.
“Take the Kids, Travel Lighter,” essay, Organic Style, April 2005.
“If You Come Close to Me,” by Suchart Sawadsri (translation), The Poetry of Men’s Lives: An International Anthology, Eds. Moramarco and Zolynas, University of Georgia Press, 2004.
Honors and Awards (Recent)
Screenplay, “Lost Bavaria,” co-written with Cecily Rhett, current finalist for Sundanc Institute’s January 2017 Screenwriters Lab.
Teaching Appointments (Current)
Professor and Co-Coordinator of Writing Activities, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, Department of English, 1997-present. Teaching responsibilities include introduction to creative writing, personal essay writing, memoir writing, travel writing, and a senior seminar in nonfiction. Co-adviser to The Mercury, the student art and literary magazine, and to the Writing House, a residential program for students interested in writing. Member (and chair in alternating years) of the Search Committee for the Emerging Writer Lecturer (an annual appointment), and mentor to the Emerging Writer Lecturer, 1999-present. Advisor to The Mercury, the undergraduate literary magazine, 1998-present. Member of the Writing Committee, 1997-present. Member of the Advisory Board, The Gettysburg Review, 2001-2015. Member, Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, 2002-2008. Member, Events and Performing Arts Committee, 2003-2006, 2010-2013. Nominated for Student Senate teaching Award, 2011.
Faculty, Writing Camp, Gettysburg College, 2015-present. One of three faculty members for one-week writing program for highschool students. Teach nonfiction and stage play/screenplay.
Faculty Member and Co-Director of Admissions, Queens University, Charlotte, NC, MFA Program in Creative Writing, Charlotte and Latin America. January 2003-present. Responsibilities at this low-residency program include teaching workshops (online and at residencies) and seminars; directing admissions in nonfiction, poetry, and stage play/screenplay; advising graduating student craft seminars; and advising masters theses.
Faculty Member, Cedar Crest College Pan-European MFA Program, a low-residency MFA program based at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, 2012-present. Responsibilities at this low-residency program include teaching workshops in nonfiction and poetry (online and at residencies), giving craft seminars, advising masters theses; Co-Director of Admissions, 2012-16, directing admissions in nonfiction and poetry.
Instructor, Iowa Summer Writing Festival, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. 1988-2014. Recently taught “After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes: Nonfiction on Difficulty,” (one-week workshop) July 2012; “Travel Writing,” (weekend workshop), and “Survival Stories: Nonfiction on Crisis,” (one-week workshop), June 2013; and “Where Public and Personal Collide: A Nonfiction Workshop” (weekend workshop), June 2014.
Professional Activity (Recent)
Lecture on trauma writing (upcoming), Baltimore Writers Conference, Towson University, Towson, MD, Nov. 12, 2016.
Nonfiction Judge, Hopwood Awards, University of Michigan, April 2016.
Admissions director for nonfiction for the Queens University One Book program, which matches book-length projects with senior editors at Henry Holt, FSG, Riverhead, and Viking publishing houses. 2013-present.
Quick Critique Faculty, Baltimore Writers Conference, Towson University, Towson, MD, Nov. 15, 2014. Served as faculty for individual manuscript conferences.
Lecture, with Fred Leebron, at Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA, “Models for Creating Prose: A Writer’s Decisions,” Dec. 11, 2013.
Lecture, “Approaches to Trauma Writing,” with Cade Leebron, in the Eleventh Hour Lecture Series, Iowa Summer Writing Festival, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, June 18, 2013.
Lecture, “Writing, Remembering, Healing: a Discussion of the Writer’s Craft,” with Jessica Handler and Meghan MacNamara, at The Examined Life Conference: Writing, Humanities, and the Art of Medicine, at the University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, April 14, 2013.
Lecture and one-day workshop, “Writing through Grief,” with Jessica Handler, at the Power of Words Conference, Pendle Hill Retreat and Study Center, Wallingford, PA, Oct. 28, 2012.
Lecture, “The Tough Stuff—Write Well, Feel Better,” with Jessica Handler, in the Eleventh Hour Lecture Series, Iowa Summer Writing Festival, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, July 25, 2012.
Reading, University of Iowa, reading given at the Bedell NonfictionNow Conference, for the 10th
Reviewer, Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, Boston, MA. Reviewed proposal and four chapters of
Interviews, “Talk of the Nation,” NPR interview, Jan. 30, 2007, and Oprah & Friends Radio, the
Lecture, “The Nonfiction Narrator,” lecture delivered at the Writers Conference at Penn,
Interview, WGET, Gettysburg, “The Seminary Explores,” interview hosted by Gerald
Member, Board of Trustees, Adams County Library System, 2011-2015. Secretary, 2013-2015.
Selected Publications: Who By Fire, Skinny, Essays in The New York Times, Paris Review, GQ, Esquire, and Tin House
MFA in Creative Writing, University of Montana 2001-2003
Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008) and Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011), of the New York Times column Going Off, and of a forthcoming nonfiction book based on that column (Crown). She has written for GQ, Esquire, New York, Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Glimmer Train Stories, and many other publications. She won the Orlando Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation and has been awarded a number of residencies and fellowships, including a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University and a fellowship from the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria. Flavorwire named her one of "50 Writers You Need To See Read Live."
Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011)
David St. John
Partial list of writings: The Auroras, The Face: A Novella in Verse, Prism, In the Pines: Lost Poems, Study for the World’s Body: New and Selected Poems, Terraces of Rain: An Italian Sketchbook, No Heaven, The Shore, Hush, Where the Angels Come Toward Us
MFA in Creative Writing, The University of Iowa, 1972-74
David St. John is an award-winning poet born in Fresno, California. St. John’s work has earned him some of the most prestigious awards for poets, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, several National Endowments for the Arts, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts. He has authored nine collections of poetry, including The Auroras, The Face: A Novella in Verse, Prism, In the Pines: Lost Poems, Study for the World’s Body: New and Selected Poems, Terraces of Rain: An Italian Sketchbook, No Heaven, The Shore, and Hush. St. John has also authored the collection of interviews and essays entitled Where the Angels Come Toward Us, and he has edited numerous poetry anthologies, including The Pushcart Book of Poetry and American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. His work has also appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Harper’s, and more. St. John has taught creative writing at Oberlin College and Johns Hopkins University and currently teaches at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Awards & Honors
Authored Books (Poetry)
Edited Books (Poetry)
Limited Edition Books (Poetry)
Anthologies & Texts (Poetry)
The American Poetry Anthology (1975); The Pushcart Prize IV (1979); Writing Poems (1982, Second Edition 1987); To Make A Poem (1982); Love Stories/Love Poems: An Anthology (1982); The Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (1983, Second Edition 1989); The Heath Guide to Poetry (1983); Two Decades of New Poets (1984); Divided Light: Father and Son Poems (1984); New American Poets of the 80′s (1984); Songs From Unsung Worlds (1985); The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets (1985); Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms (1985); The Antaeus Anthology (1986) Piecework (1987); Vital Signs: Contemporary American Poetry From The University Presses (1989); The Best American Poetry of 1989 (1989); The Best American Poetry of 1990 (1990); The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature (1991); The Best American Poetry of 1991 (1991); New American Poets of the ’90s (1991); The Best American Poetry of 1992 (1992); One Hundred and One Poems of Romance (1992). Sweet Nothings (1993); The Sarjevo Anthology (1993); What Will Suffice: The Ars Poetica in Contemporary American Poetry (1994); Walk on the Wild Side (1994); Models of the Universe;(1994); Clare/Song (1994); The Pushcart Prize XX (1995); The Writing Path (1995); Grand Passion (1995); The Routledge Anthology of Cross-Gendered Verse (1995); Highway 99 (1996); An Invisible Ladder (1996); The Pushcart Prize XXII (1997); Leaving Home (1997); The Beach Book: A Literary Companion (1998); Outsiders (1998); The Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (1999); The Geography of Home: California and the Poetry of Place (1999); Orpheus and Company (1999); The Making of a Poem: An Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000); Lighthouse Poems (2000); The Body Electric: The Best Poetry From The American Poetry Review (2000); Contemporary American Poetry (2000). Motion: American Sports Poems (2000); Beyond the Valley of Contemporary Poets (2000); Contemporary American Poetry (7th Edition; 2001;8th Edition, 2006); How Much Earth (2001); Poets of the New Century (2001); September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond (2002); Poems of the American West (2002); Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast (2002); So Luminous The WIildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets (2003); The Misread City: New Literary Los Angeles (2003);Against Constraints: POETS FOR PEACE ANTHOLOGY (2003); Old Glory: American War Poems from the Revolutionary War to the War in Iraq (2004); The Best Of Poetry Daily (2004); The Janitor at Radio City Music Hall (2005); The Imaginary Poets (2005); Poetry Calender 2006 (2005); Range of Voices (2005); Cloud View Poets (2005); Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience (2005); Words Brushed By Music (2005); The Face of Poetry (2005); Literature: The Human Experience, Ninth Edition (2005); Francis and Clare in Poetry (2005); Lineas Conectados: Nueva poesia de los Estados Unidos (2006); American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006); Third Rail The Poetry of Rock and Roll (2007); American Poets Against the War (2009).
Anthologies, Text or Essay Collections (Prose)
Charles Wright: A Profile (1979); Poets Teaching (1980); Acts of Mind: Conversations With Contemporary Poets (1983); 45 Contemporary Poets: The Creative Process (1985); Contemporary Literary Criticism (1985); The Day I Was Older: Essays on Donald Hall (1989); Conversant Essays: Contemporary Poets On Poetry (1990); Under Discussion: Philip Levine (1990); Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (1990); Creative Writing in America: Theory and Pedagogy (1990); Giving Sorrow Words (1990); The Practice of Poetry (1992); The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry in English (1994); So the Wind Won’t Blow It Away (1995); The Point Where All Things Meet (1995); The Point Where All Things Meet: Essays on Charles Wright (1995); Writing It Down For James: Writers on Craft (1995); Poets Reading: The FIELD Symposia (1999); Writing in Flow, (1999). City Secrets: Rome (2000); “Forward,” The Gazer Within: The Selected Prose of Larry Levis,” University of Michigan Press, (2000); “The Poetry of Philip Levine,” Contemporary Literary Criticism, Gale Research, (2002); “Larry Levis: An Afterward”; A Condition of the Spirit: The Life and Work of Larry Levis (2004); “Introduction,” Cloud View Poets (2005); The Imaginary Poets (2005); Poets On Place (2005); High Lonesome: On the Poetry of Charles Wright (2005); Lasting: Poems on Aging (2005);Dark Horses:: Poets on Overlooked Poems (2007); Chafrles Wright in Conversation: Interviews 1979-2006 (2008).
Magazines (Poetry Published in)
The New Yorker, Poetry, Antaeus, The Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Field, The Partisan Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Boulevard, The Antioch Review and many others.
Essays, Articles & Reviews in Newspapers & Journals
Parnassus, The American Poetry Review, The Washington Post Book World, The Seneca Review, The Antioch Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book World,Field, Open Places, Quarry west, Denver Quarterly,Los Angeles Magazine, The Western Humanities Review and others.
Musical Settings of Poems/Musical Collaborations
Additional Professional Experience
Partial List of Writings and Publications: Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits; The Best American Travel Writing (series editor); Columnist for the Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harpers Wine & Spirit; The Smart Set and Table Matters (founding editor).
WINE COLUMNIST, November 2013-present.
SERIES EDITOR 1999-present
FREELANCE WRITER 1992-present
FOOD CRITIC/CONTRIBUTING WRITER, August 2002- July 2003.
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR 1998-2001
EDITOR & PUBLISHER 1995-1998
STAFF WRITER 1996-1997
STAFF WRITER 1993-94
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, 2008-present
VISITING PROFESSOR, 2005
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR 1999
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR 1997
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR 1996
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR 1994
BOOZEHOUND: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated, Ten Speed/Random House, Sept 2010.
Planet of the Grapes
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2014, co-edited with Paul Theoroux, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2013, co-edited with Elizabeth Gilbert, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2012, co-edited with William Vollmann, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2011, co-edited with Sloane Crosley, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2010,co-edited with Bill Buford, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2009, co-edited with Simon Winchester, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2008, co-edited with Anthony Bourdain, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2007, co-edited with Susan Orlean, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2005, co-edited with Jamaica Kincaid, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2004, co-edited with Pico Iyer, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2003, co-edited with Ian Frazier, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2002, co-edited with Frances Mayes, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2001, co-edited with Paul Theroux, Houghton Mifflin.
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2000, co-edited with Bill Bryson, Houghton Mifflin.
PHILADELPHIA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC CELEBRATION, Running Press, 2000.
ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS
• Association of Food Journalists, Best Writing on Beer, Wine, or Spirits, 2014 (1st place)
• Association of Food Journalists, Best Writing on Beer, Wine, or Spirits, 2013 (2nd place)
• Association of Food Journalists, Best Newspaper Food Column, 2012 (1st and 2nd place)
• Association of Food Journalists, Best Newspaper Food Column (2nd Place), 2010
• Association of Food Journalists, Best Food Coverage on the Internet, 2009
• Association of Food Journalists, Best Newspaper Food Column, 2008
• Selected for “Notable Essays 2007,” in Best American Essays 2008
• Selected for “Notable Essays of 2003,” in Best American Essays 2004
• Nominated by editors of Post Road for Pushcart Prize, 2002.
• Main selection by Paul Theroux for Best American Travel Writing 2001
• Selected for “Notable Essays of 2000,” in Best American Essays, 2001
• Selected for “Notable Essays of 1998,” in Best American Essays 1999
• Selected for “Notable Essays of 1997,” in Best American Essays 1998
• Society of Professional Journalists Award for Magazine Reporting, 1997
• Garden State Association of Black Journalists Award 1997
• Selected for “Notable Essays of 1996,” in Best American Essays 1997
• Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards 1997
• Society of Professional Journalists Award for Business Writing 1996
• Society of Professional Journalists Award for Magazine Feature Writing 1994
PANELS, LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS
• Panel Moderator, Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans. July 2012, 2013, 2014.
• Keynote Speaker, The Loft Literary Festival, Minneapolis, MN, May 2006.
• Guest Lecture, Emerson College, October 2004.
• Visiting Writer, Wittenberg University, October 2003.
• Visiting Writer, University of Tampa, November 2002.
• Moderator, panel on Contemporary Travel Writing with Andre Aciman and Devin Friedman, Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, NYC, October 2002.
• Lecture, “Confessions of a Travel Writer,” for Rutgers University Geography Department Speaker Series, November 30, 2001.
• Moderator, panel on Contemporary Travel Writing with Susan Orlean, Philip Caputo, and Scott Anderson, Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, NYC, October 2001.
• Panelist, Rosemont College Writer’s Conference, March 2000.
• Panelist, “Prospects for Travel Writing Scholarship,” Snapshots From Abroad: A Conference On American and British Travel Writers and Writing, University of Minnesota, November 16, 1997.
• Moderator, Reading of Emerging Travel Writers, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, July 1996.