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- M.A., English, University of Central Florida
- M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Central Florida
Kelle Groom’s memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Free Press/Simon & Schuster 2011; paperback 2012), is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection, a Library Journal Best Memoir of 2011, Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, Oprah.com O Magazine selection, and Oxford American Editor’s Pick. Her poetry collections are Five Kingdoms (Anhinga Press 2010), Luckily (Anhinga 2006), and Underwater City (University Press of Florida 2004). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Best American Poetry 2010, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry, and has been recognized in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Non-Required Reading anthologies. She is the recipient of fellowships from Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada-Las Vegas in partnership with the Library of Congress, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Millay Colony for the Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, American Antiquarian Society, and Ucross Foundation, as well as both a 2010 and a 2006 Florida Book Award, a State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant, and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant. Groom is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence (2012-2013) at Sierra Nevada College. Former poetry editor of The Florida Review, she is now a contributing editor.
- M.F.A., Fiction, Iowa Writers Workshop
- Wallace Stegner Fellow, Creative Writing, Stanford University
Joanne Meschery is the author of three novels and a book of nonfiction. Her novel, In A High Place, received a Commonwealth Club of California Award for Fiction and the novel, A Gentleman’s Guide to the Frontier, was shortlisted for the Pen-Faulkner Award in Fiction and named a Notable Book of the year by The Nation magazine. Her novel, Home and Away, was cited as a Notable Book by the Book Critics Circle and the San Francisco Chronicle. She’s been named to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and awarded two National Endowment for the Arts grants. She’s served as Visiting Distinguished Writer at various colleges and universities and most recently taught in the MFA program at San Diego State University. She also directed the International Summer Writing Program at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She serves on the Fiction Staff of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers summer workshops and is Vice President of the SVCW Board of Directors. She is a member of the Authors Guild and PEN International where she serves on the Freedom to Write Committee. She is currently at work on a novel, House Calls.
- M.F.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Laura Wetherington’s first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books 2011), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the 2010 National Poetry Series. The Brooklyn Rail called the book “humble, folksy, romantic, tough, inventive, and not over-programmed.” She has work published in the Sonora Review, BathHouse Journal, Otoliths, Fence, Verse, Eleven Eleven, Little Red Leaves, Bombay Gin, Oxford Magazine, and Just Magazine. Poems are forthcoming in the Minnesota Review, Drunken Boat, and in a Telephone Books anthology, The Sonnets: Rewriting Shakespeare. Laura co-founded and co-edits textsound.org: an online journal of experimental poetry and sound, which Poets & Writers named one of seventeen “groundbreaking presses and magazines that are redrawing the publishing map” in their Nov/Dec 2010 issue. Dick Erasures, a chapbook, is available as an ebook from Red Ceilings Press. She has a number of articles and interviews about collaboration at One Pause Poetry. Laura has taught for the French Ministry of Education, the University of Michigan, the New England Literature Program, and Eastern Michigan University. She is currently working on a book of fake translations.
- M.F.A., Cornell University
Alexi Zentner is the author of the novels The Lobster Kings (forthcoming, 2013) and Touch. He is published in the United States by W. W. Norton & Company, and in Canada by Knopf Canada. Touch has been published or is forthcoming in a dozen countries and ten languages. The CBC has named Alexi as one of 12 Writers to Watch – “the future of this country’s literature” – and one of six “fresh voices” for 2011. Touch was named one of the “best books” of 2011 from The National Post, Kobo, and Amazon.ca, and singled out for year-end praise by The Globe & Mail. Touch was shortlisted for The 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award, The Center for Fiction’s 2011 Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and the 2011 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Alexi’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Glimmer Train, The Walrus, The Southern Review, and many other publications. He is the winner of both the O. Henry Prize (jury favorite) and the Narrative Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize. Alexi is a faculty member in the Sierra Nevada College low residency MFA program. Alexi has taught creative writing at Cornell University, where he received his MFA, and has taught at the Brooklyn College MFA program, the Rutgers-Camden Writers’ Conference, and the Lighthouse Writing Workshop, and has been a teaching fellow at the Bread Loaf and Wesleyan University writing conferences. Alexi Zentner was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, and currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and two daughters. He holds both Canadian and American citizenship.