Distinguished Writers in Residence
Learn from successful published authors across multiple genres. The classes taught by our Distinguished Visiting Writers in Residence are open to all SNC Tahoe students, from freshman to graduate students.
author website: cathylinhche.com
Cathy Linh Che
2016-2017 Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence
Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies.
A Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, she received her BA from Reed College and her MFA from New York University. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant.
She is founding editor of the online journal Paperbag, Publicity & Events Associate at Kaya Press, and Executive Director at Kundiman.
author website: http://www.chrismillis.com/
2015-2016 Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence
Chris Millis is the Sierra Nevada College Visiting Writer and Distinguished Professor for 2015-2016. He is a prize-winning novelist, screenwriter, producer, and cartoonist. His first novel, Small Apartments, won the 23rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest, and became a feature film starring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, James Caan, and others. His most recent novel is God and California.
author website: www.gaylebrandeis.com
2014-2015 Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence
Gayle Brandeis grew up in the Chicago area and has been writing poems and stories since she was four years old. She is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, Dictionary Poems, the novels The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, Self Storage and Delta Girls, and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns. She released The Book of Live Wires, the sequel to The Book of Dead Birds, as an e-book in 2011. Gayle’s poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her essay on the meaning of liberty was one of three included in the Statue of Liberty’s Centennial time capsule in 1986, when she was 18. In 2004, the Writer Magazine honored Gayle with a Writer Who Makes a Difference Award. She is a founding member of the Women Creating Peace Collective and served as Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012-2014.
author website: http://www.wordwoman.ws
2013-2014 Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence
A 2008 National Book Award Finalist, Patricia Smith’s fifth book of poetry, Blood Dazzler, chronicles the human, physical and emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina. Her other works include Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series winner; Close to Death, Big Towns, Big Talk, and Life According to Motown. Recognized as one of the world’s most formidable performers, Smith has read her work at venues round the world, and is a four-time national slam champion, the most successful competitor in slam history. She was featured in the nationally-released film “Slamnation,” and appeared on the award-winning HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.”
author website: www.kellegroom.com
2012-2013 Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence
Kelly Groom's memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl, and her numerous poetry collections have won her 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, as well as recognition in the Pushcart Prize 2010 and Best American Non-Required Reading 2007. She is the recipient of many fellowships including Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and Djerassi Resident Artist Program. She is the contributing editor to The Florida Review.
author website: www.suzanneroberts.org
2011-2012 Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence
Suzanne Roberts is the author of Three Hours to Burn a Body: Poems on Travel and two previous collections of poetry, Shameless and Nothing to You. She was named “The Next Great Travel Writer” by National Geographic Traveler. Her memoir Almost Somewhere: 28 Days on the John Muir Trail was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2012. She holds a doctorate in Literature and the Environment from the University of Nevada-Reno and currently lives in South Lake Tahoe, California.
author website: www.brianturner.org/
2010-2011 Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence
Brian Turner is the author of two collections of poetry: Here, Bullet (2005) and Phantom Noise (2010), which was short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize in England. His poetry and essays have been published in The New York Times, National Geographic, Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and other journals. Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the US Army. He was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division (1999-2000). Turner was featured in the documentary film Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, which was nominated for an Academy Award.
He has received many poetry fellowships, and the Poets’ Prize. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, the BBC, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Here and Now, and on Weekend America, among others. He is the Director of the SNC Tahoe low residency MFA Program in Creative Writing.