Kathleen Graber is an Assistant Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at Virginia Commonwealth University and also teaches in the low-residency MFA Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. When not teaching, she lives in Wildwood, New Jersey, where she and her husband operate a music store on the Boardwalk. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Correspondence (Saturnalia Books, 2006) and The Eternal City (Princeton University Press, 2010), which was a finalist for The National Book Award, The National Book Critics Circle Award, and the winner of The Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry. She is a recipient of fellowships from The Rona Jaffe Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has been a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and an Amy Lowell Travelling Scholar.
Ginger Andrews was born and raised in North Bend, Oregon, and lives there still. She is the author of two poetry collections, An Honest Answer, winner of the Roerich Poetry Prize, and Hurricane Sisters, both from Story Line Press. She runs a small housecleaning business with her three sisters, who all live within walking distance. She has said that her poetry wants to fuse the crazy with the profound, something akin to scrubbing stains off a linoleum floor that obviously needs replacing.
Antonya Nelson is the author of four story collections and four novels, most recently Bound (Simon and Schuster2010). Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, Redbook, and many other publications, and has received numerous awards including the Flannery O'Conner Award for Short Fiction, the Rea Award for Short Fiction, and the Heartland Award for fiction.
Robert Boswell is the author of eleven books, including The Heydey of the Insensitive Bastards (Graywolf, 2009) He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Iowa School of Letters Award for Fiction, and the PEN West Award for Fiction, and his stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, Best Stories from the South, and many other publications.
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram's debut poetry collection, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, won the Red Hen Press 2010 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, judged by Claudia Rankine, and was published by Red Hen in March 2012. She's been a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference work-study scholar, a writer-in-residence at the Montana Artists’ Refuge, and is a Cave Canem alumna. Her poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Narrative Magazine, Subtropics, and other journals. She was a 2009-2011 Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow at Williams College where she taught creative writing and literature.
Arley McNeney's first novel, Post (Thistledown Press), was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, Best First Novel, Canadian and the Caribbean, and longlisted for the Saskatchewan Best First Novel and for the ReLit awards. Her second novel, The Time We All Went Marching (Goose Lane), was published in the fall of 2011. An elite athlete, McNeney played on Canada's national wheelchair basketball team from 2001 to 2007, winning two World Championships and a bronze medal at the 2004 Paralympics.
Ted Sanders is the author of the short story collection No Animals We Could Name (Graywolf 2012), winner of the 2011 Bakeless Prize for Fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including the Southern Review, Cincinnati Review, Confrontation, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, and the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology, and was a recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship.
Gonçalo M. Tavares was born in 1970 and spent his childhood in Aveiro in northern Portugal. 2005, Tavares won the Saramago Prize for young writers under thirty-five for his novel Jerusalem. His other novels include A máquina de Joseph Walser and Um homem: Klaus Klump. His first collection of poems, Livro da dança (Book of the Dance), was published in 2001. His novel Aprender a rezar na Era de Técnica has received the prestigious Prize of the Best Foreign Book 2010 in France and was also shortlisted for the renowned French literary awards Femina Étranger Prize and Médicis Prize.He teaches epistemology at the University of Lisbon.
The Carr Reading Series is made possible by a generous gift from benefactors Robert J. and Katherin Carr. All Carr Series events are free and open to the public.
Other recent visiting writers and poets in the series have included Joy Harjo, Amelia Gray, Toi Derricote, John Warner, Andrew Ervin, Andy Frazee, and Rolando Hinojosa-Smith.
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