Fred Leebron, advanced fiction, director

Fred LeebronFred, program director of the M.F.A. in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte, is also a professor of English at Gettysburg College, and a former director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. In addition, he is a managing partner of Unboxed Books, which publishes original and reprint fiction and nonfiction, and features an annual $5,000 book prize in fiction. His novels include Six Figures, In the Middle of All This, and Out West. He has received a Pushcart Prize, Michener Award, Stegner Fellowship, and O. Henry Award. He is co-editor of Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology and co-author of Creating Fiction: A Writer’s Companion. The independent production of Six Figures premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, and he is currently at work on another film project.

Laura Benedict, genre fiction

Laura BenedictLaura Benedict is the author of several novels of dark suspense, including Charlotte’s Story (Pegasus Books, October 2015), Isabella Moon and Bliss House (Pegasus Books, June 2014). Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine as well as numerous anthologies, and she originated and edited the Surreal South short fiction anthology series with her husband, Pinckney Benedict. She lives with her family in the southernmost region of a Midwestern state.

Laura’s blog post – teaching at TMWW – and how she became a writer.

Pinckney Benedict, fiction

Pinckney BenedictPinckney grew up in rural West Virginia. He has published a novel and three collections of short fiction. His work has been published in, among other magazines and anthologies, Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, the O. Henry Award series, the Pushcart Prize series, the Best New Stories from the South series, The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, and The Oxford Book of the American Short Story. He is the recipient of two Transatlantic Review awards, a Michener Fellowship, and the Nelson Algren Award, and an individual artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served on the faculties of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Aspen Summer Words conference. Pinckney is a professor in the creative writing program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Queens University in Charlotte.

Sarah BowlinSarah Bowlin, fiction

Sarah joined Henry Holt & Co. as an editor in 2010 after several years at Riverhead Books where she worked with the internationally acclaimed Juan Gabriel Vásquez, the National Book Award nominated Salvatore Scibona, and with award-winning new talents Ramona Ausubel and Nick Dybek. At Holt, her list includes Sheila Heti’s acclaimed breakout novel How Should a Person Be?; the debut novels Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss and Love All by Callie Wright; new books from the award winning and bestselling writers Louis Bayard and Catherine O’Flynn; and the forthcoming debuts High as the Horses’ Bridles (July 2014) by Slice alum Scott Cheshire and Snow in May (May 2014) by Kseniya Melnik. Born in the south, she has a degree in literature and history from NYU.

Jeff Kleinman

Jeff Kleinman, fiction/nonfiction

Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something – a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include Garth Stein, Eowyn Ivey, Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Bruce Watson, Neil White, and Philip Gerard.

James McKean, creative nonfiction

James McKeanJames writes poems and nonfiction. He has published three books of poems: Headlong, Tree of Heaven, and We Are the Bus. Headlong won a 1987 Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writer Award, Tree of Heaven won a 1994 Iowa Poetry Award, and We Are the Bus won the 2011 X.J. Kennedy poetry prize and was published in 2012 by Texas Review Press. His nonfiction has appeared in magazines and collections such as the Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, and the Best American Sports Writing 2003 and has received a Pushcart Prize. His latest volume of nonfiction is a collection of essays titled Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports. He is a professor emeritus at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Thorpe Moeckel, advanced poetry

Thorpe MoeckelThorpe Moeckel is the author of three books of poems: Odd Botany, Making a Map of the River, and Venison: a poem. Chapbooks include Meltlines and The Guessing Land. He teaches in the English and creative writing program at Hollins University. A former Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill, he has received an NEA Fellowship in poetry, a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, the Gerald Cable Book Award, the George Garrett Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and a Henry Hoyns Fellowship. His poetry is featured in several anthologies, including Field Work: Modern Poems from Eastern Forests, edited by Erik Reece, and From the Fishouse. His prose and poems appear in such journals as FIELD, Open City, The Antioch Review, Poetry Daily, Orion, Poetry, The Southern Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. His most recent works are the nonfiction book Watershed Days: Adventures (A Little Thorny & Familiar) in the Home Range, and the epic/anti-epic Arcadia Road: A Trilogy.

Daniel Mueller, fiction

Daniel MuellerDaniel has written two collections of short stories: How Animals Mate (Overlook Press, 1999), which won the Sewanee Fiction Prize, and Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey, released in 2013 by Outpost 19 Books. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Joyland, The Cincinnati Review, Gargoyle, CutBank, Prairie Schooner, Surreal South, Another Chicago Magazine, StoryQuarterly, The Mississippi Review, Story, The Crescent Review, and Playboy. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Henfield Foundation, University of Virginia, and Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He directs the creative writing program at University of New Mexico and teaches on the creative writing faculty of the low-residency M.F.A. program at Queens University in Charlotte.

Emilia Phillips, poetry

Emilia PhillipsEmilia Phillips is the author of the two poetry collections, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed (forthcoming March 2016) from the University of Akron Press, and three chapbooks. Her poetry appears in AgniCrazyhorse, Green Mountains ReviewGulf CoastHarvard ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewNew England ReviewPoetryWest Branch Wired, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center; the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lectureship at Gettysburg College; and the 2012 Poetry Prize from The Journal. She is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Centenary College (NJ) and the 32 Poems interviews editor. She blogs about teaching and writing at Ears Roaring with Many Things: On Writing & Teaching Creative Writing.