John Blair--April 2012
Blair's work has appeared in more than seventy journals and magazines, including Shenandoah, The Antioch Review, The Sewanee Review, Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, Southern Humanities Review, American Literature and Studies in the Novel. He is the author of two novels, "A Landscape of Darkness" and "Bright Angel," both published by Ballantine Books. His collection of short stories "American Standard" was the 22nd winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. His poetry collection, "The Green Girls," won the Lena Miles Wever Todd Prize and was published by Pleiades Press. He has also won several other literary prizes, including Sewanee Review's Andrew Lytle Prize for Fiction, the Texas Institute of Letters' Helen C. Smith Award for Poetry, the Phoebe Winter Fiction Prize, the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry. His work has been nominated for the National Book Critic's Circle Award.
Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Blair is the first Florida-born author to win the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, which celebrates its first decade of awards this year. He is currently a professor in the Department of English and director of the undergraduate creative writing program at Texas State University.
Tim Seibles--February 2012
Tim Seibles was born in Philadelphia in 1955. He has published several collections of poetry, including Hurdy-Gurdy (1992), Hammerlock (1999), and Buffalo Head Solos (2008), each from Cleveland State University Poetry Center Press. His work has recently been featured in anthologies such as Black Nature, Seriously Funny, and So Much Things to Say. His poem, "Allison Wolff" was included in The Best American Poetry 2010 anthology. Tim has led workshops for the Cave Canem Writers Retreat and for the Hurston/Wright Foundation. He teaches in the English Department and MFA in Writing program of Old Dominion University in Virginia. He also teaches in the University of Southern Maine's low-residential Stonecoast MFA program.
Gerry LaFemina--November 2011
Gerry LaFemina's newest title from Anhinga Press is Vanishing Horizon; he's also the author of five previous collections of poetry, including Graffiti Heart (winner of the Anthony Piccione Prize in Poetry), The Window Facing Winter and The Parakeets of Brooklyn (winner of the Bordighera Prize); two collections of prose poems; and Wish List, a collection of short stories. A former punk musician and a former member of the Associated Writing Programs Board of Directors, he directs the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University, where he also teaches. He divides his time between Maryland and New York.
Erika Meitner--November 2011
Erika Meitner's newest title from Anhinga Press is Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls; she is also the author of Inventory at the All-night Drugstore (Anhinga Press, 2003), winner of the 2002 Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and Ideal Cities (Harper Perennial, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. Her poems have been anthologized widely, and have appeared in journals including Tin House, The New Republic, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The American Poetry Review, and on Slate.com. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program.
Peter Trachtenberg--October 2011
Peter Trachtenberg is the author of The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning (Little, Brown 2008), a book that combines reportage, memoir, and moral philosophy to
explore suffering and its narratives, which won the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for works that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition
of humanity. In 1997, his debut book, Seven Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh (Crown) was published. Of this book, the Montreal Gazette wrote, “Seven Tattoos is like a Lou Reed record: off-key and on
the mark at the same time….A reminder that the memoir, when it’s revealing and reflective, can go where the best literature has always sought to go—straight to the human heart.”
Trachtenberg’s fiction, essays, and reportage have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Bomb, A Public Space, Bidoun, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New York Times Travel Magazine. He has performed his monologues at Dixon Place, PS 122, and The Kitchen and broadcast commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, the Nelson Algren Prize for Short Fiction, an Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a 2010-2011 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2008-2009 he was a visiting professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.