2018-2019 Writers Circuit

Wyn Cooper

Wyn Cooper  (poetry) has published four previous books of poetry, most recently Chaos is the New Calm (BOA Editions, 2010). His fifth book, Mars Poetica, will appear in March 2018 from White Pine Press. His poems, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, AGNI, The Southern Review, Five Points, Slate, and more than

100 other magazines. His poems are included in 25 anthologies of contemporary poetry, including Poetry: An Introduction, The Mercury Reader, Outsiders, and Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms.


In 1993, “Fun,” a poem from his first book, was turned into Sheryl Crow’s Grammy-winning song “All I Wanna Do.” He has also cowritten songs with David Broza, David Baerwald, Jody Redhage, and Bill Bottrell. In 2003, Gaff Music released Forty Words for Fear, a CD of songs based on poems and lyrics by Cooper, set to music and sung by the novelist Madison Smartt Bell. Their second CD, Postcards Out of the Blue, based in part

on Cooper’s postcard poems, was released in 2008. Their songs have been featured on six television shows.


Cooper has taught at the University of Utah, Bennington College, Marlboro College, and at The Frost Place. He has given readings across the country, as well as in Europe. He is a former editor of Quarterly West, and the recipient of a fellowship from the Ucross Foundation. For two years he worked at the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, a think tank run by the Poetry Foundation, and now serves on the boards of Slope Editions and the

Nantucket Book Festival. He lives in Boston and works as a freelance editor.

Alissa Nutting

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Alissa Nutting is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. She is the author of the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, as well as the novel TampaMade for Love: A Novel(HarperCollins) is her latest book. From one of our most exciting and provocative young writers, a poignant, riotously funny story of how far some will go for love—and how far some will go to escape it. Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. Perceptive and compulsively readable, Made for Love is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound meditation marriage, monogamy, and family.

Joaquín Zihuatanejo


Joaquín Zihuatanejo’s book, ARSONIST, is the winner of the 2017 Anhinga Robert Dana Prize,  selectedby Eduardo C. Corral. It will be out with Anhinga Press fall of 2018.  Zihuatanejo received his MFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Yellow Medicine Review, Sonora Review, Southwestern American Literature, and Huizache among other journals and anthologies. His poetry has been featured on HBO, NBC, and on NPR in Historias and The National Teacher’s Initiative. Joaquín has two passions in his life, his wife Aída and poetry, always in that order.  


Oct 2, 2018 Valencia Community College    

Oct 3, Saint Leo University

Oct 4, Flagler College

Oct 5, Florida A&M

2017-2018 Writers Circuit

May Yang

May Yang is an artist and poet hailing from California's Central Valley. They are the author of To Whitey and the Cracker Jack, winner of the 2016 Robert Dana Prize for Poetry (Anhinga Press, 2017).For this debut collection, Yang performs under the persona HAUNTIE. Their current work explores the lived intimacy of embodied memory and intergenerational trauma in the aftermath of the U.S. Secret War. Their poetry is featured in the Academy of American Poets, and they are an active member of the Hmong American Writers' CircleYang received a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in Visual Arts Studio and Ethnic Studies, and is currently on their way to perform research on the role of Hmong shaman episteme in the West. 

Nancy Chen Long

Nancy Chen Long is a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing fellow. Her first book Light into Bodies (University of Tampa Press, 2017) won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Recent work can be found in Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, Zone 3, Briar Cliff Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and elsewhere. She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MBA, worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager, and more recently earned an MFA. She lives in south-central Indiana with her husband and works in Research Technologies at Indiana University.

Cary Holliday

Cary Holladay is the author of seven volumes of fiction, including Horse People: Stories(Louisiana State UP 2013), The Deer in the Mirror (Ohio State UP 2013), The Quick Change Artist: Stories (Swallow Press / Ohio UP 2006), The Palace of Wasted Footsteps (U of Missouri Press 1998), and The People Down South (U of Illinois Press 1989); and the novels Mercury (Shaye Areheart Books/Random House 2002) and A Fight in the Doctor’s Office(Miami UP 2008). Cary finds inspiration in the history, culture, and folklore of her native Virginia and the South.


Her awards include fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She won an O. Henry Prize for “Merry-Go-Sorry,” a story about the West Memphis Three.


Cary has won 11 national fiction competitions, including two for book manuscripts—the Miami U of Ohio Novella Prize for A Fight in the Doctor’s Office and Ohio State University’s Prize in Short Fiction for The Deer in the Mirror.


She has published more than 70 stories in journals and anthologies, with four appearances in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, Epoch, Five Points, The Georgia Review, Glimmer Train, The Hudson Review, Oxford American, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. Best American Short Stories has short-listed six of her stories.


Holladay earned a Bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary and a Master’s degree at the Pennsylvania State University. She teaches creative writing at the University of Memphis. She is a member of the core faculty at Converse College’s low-residency MFA and has served as an Artist-in-Residence at Fairmont State University and as a Visiting Distinguished Writer at Wichita State University.

Erika Meitner

Erika Meitner is the author of Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore (Anhinga Press, 2003), Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011), and Ideal Cities (Harper Perennial, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry series winner. Her fourth book of poems, Copia, was published by BOA Editions in 2014. Meitner’s poems have been anthologized widely, and have appeared in PloughsharesVirginia Quarterly ReviewThe New York Times MagazineThe New RepublicTin House, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and The MacDowell Colony, and she was a 2014-15 US-UK Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. Meitner is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA program in Creative Writing.