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Workshop Faculty*

Christopher Citro (Generative Poetry) is the author of The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy (Steel Toe Books, 2015). His awards include a 2019 fellowship from Ragdale Foundation, a 2018 Pushcart Prize for Poetry, and first place in the 2015 Poetry Competition at Columbia Journal. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, The Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative, Blackbird, Pleiades, and in such anthologies as Best New Poets, Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence, Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio, and They Said: An Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing. His creative nonfiction has appeared in Boulevard, Quarterly West, The Florida Review, Passages North, Colorado Review and elsewhere. Christopher serves as the poetry editor for decomP magazinE. He currently teaches creative writing at SUNY Oswego and lives in sunny Syracuse, New York.

Brian Hall (Novel) bicycled in western and eastern Europe for two years after attending Harvard University, and wrote his first book about those experiences: Stealing from a Deep Place. His most recently published novel, Fall of Frost, concerns Robert Frost, mainly in the last year of his life, when he went to Russia to speak with Khrushchev, hoping to save the world from nuclear war. Other major works, The Impossible Country, I Should Be Extremely Happy In Your Company, Madeleine’s World and The Saskiad delve into subjects ranging from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the breakup of Yugoslavia. Brian Hall has published in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. His fifth novel, about lonely people and the ultimate fate of the universe, will be completed sometime this year.


Chelsea Hodson (Essay) is the author of the book of essays Tonight I'm Someone Else and the chapbook Pity the Animal. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Bennington College and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony and PEN Center USA Emerging Voices. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Catapult in New York and at Mors Tua Vita Mea in Sezze Romano, Italy.    


Naomi Jackson (Novel) is the author of The Star Side of Bird Hill. The novel was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was longlisted for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and the International Dublin Literary Award. Star Side was also named an Honor Book for Fiction by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and was the winner of Late Night Library's 2016 Debut-litzer Prize. Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Her work has appeared in publications including Tin House, brilliant corners, Obsidian, Poets & Writers, and The Caribbean Writer.

Sandra Lim (Poetry) is the author of The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014) and Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006). Her poems and essays have been published in anthologies including The Echoing Green: Poems of Fields, Meadows, and Grasses (Knopf, 2016) and The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice (Pleaides Press, 2017). A 2015 Pushcart Prize winner, she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Jentel Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  

David Ryan (Story Collections) is the author of the story collection Animals in Motion and Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano: Bookmarked. His fiction is forthcoming, or has appeared, in Conjunctions, Bellevue Literary Review, Esquire, BOMB, Tin House, Fence, Electric Literature, No Tokens, The Encyclopedia Project, Booth, Denver Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, New Orleans Review, Cimarron Review, the Mississippi Review, and elsewhere, and anthologized in WW Norton's Flash Fiction Forward, The Mississippi Review: 30, and Akashic Book's Boston Noir 2: The Classics. Essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in The Paris Review, The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, Tin House, BookForum, and elsewhere. He currently teaches in the writing program at Sarah Lawrence College and in the low residency program at New England College.

Michael J Seidlinger (Short Story) is a Filipino American author of a number of books including My Pet Serial Killer and The Fun We’ve Had. He serves as Library and Academic Marketing Manager at Melville House, Editor-at-Large for Electric Literature, and is a member of The Accomplices. In 2012, he founded Civil Coping Mechanisms, an independent press specializing in poetry, hybrid-form fiction and nonfiction. His writing has appeared in Buzzfeed, Forbes, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, PANK, Hypable, and elsewhere. He has taught classes for Sarah Lawrence, Kenyon Writers Workshop, and Catapult. A graduate of George Washington University’s Masters of Business in Publishing program, he lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he never sleeps and is forever searching for the next best cup of coffee. You can find him online on Facebook, Twitter (@mjseidlinger), and Instagram (@michaelseidlinger).

Raena Shirali (Poetry) is a poet, teaching artist, and editor from Charleston, South Carolina. Shirali is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017), winner of the 2018 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Winner of a Pushcart Prize & a former Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University, she is also the recipient of prizes and honors from VIDA, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, & Cosmonauts Avenue. Shirali’s poems & reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets, Blackbird, Diode, The Nation, Ninth Letter, Tupelo Quarterly, West Branch, & elsewhere. She recently co-organized We (Too) Are Philly, a summer poetry festival highlighting voices of color, and is currently an organizer for Blue Stoop. Shirali is also a Poetry Editor for Muzzle Magazine and a Poetry Reader for Vinyl.

*Our 2019 faculty for Full Manuscript Creative Non Fiction, Poetry & Short Fiction workshops are forthcoming. Please check back for updates on those workshops as well as additions to our visiting readers & lecturers. 

Guest Readers


Brock Clarke is the author of seven books of fiction, most recently the short story collection The Price of the Haircut, and has won the Mary McCarthy Prize for Fiction, the Prairie Schooner Book Series Prize, and a National Endowment for Arts Fellowship. Clarke’s individual stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Virginia Quarterly Review, One Story, Southern Review, The Believer, and the New England Review, and have appeared in the annual Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. His eighth book—the novel I Am Calvin Bledsoe—will be published in September 2019. He lives in Portland, Maine, and is the A. LeRoy Greason Chair of English and Creative Writing at Bowdoin College.


Brandon Courtney is a veteran of the United States Navy and the author of This, Sisyphus (YesYes Books, 2019), Rooms for Rent in the Burning City (Spark Wheel Press, 2015), The Grief Muscles (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2014), and the chapbook, Inadequate Grave (YesYes Books, 2016). He has received fellowships and scholarships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Colgate University, Juniper Summer Writers’ Institute, and Seaside Writers’ Conference. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2009, Tin House, Boston Review, Guernica, Memorious, The Progressive, and American Literary Review


Jaed Coffin is the author of Roughhouse Friday (FSG), a memoir about the year he won the middleweight title of a barroom boxing show in Juneau, Alaska. He's also the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Da Capo), which chronicles the summer he spent as a Buddhist monk in his mother's village in Thailand. A regular contributor to Down East Magazine, Jaed's essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times, Nautilus, The Sun and many other journals and publications. He teaches creative writing at the University of New Hampshire and lives in Maine with his wife and two daughters. For more information:

Guest Speakers

Nicole Counts is an associate editor at One World, an imprint of Random House with the mission of providing a home for authors-- novelists, essayists, memoirists, poets, journalists, thinkers and activists-- who seek to challenge the status quo. She has worked with Fatimah Asghar, Morgan Parker, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Donovan X. Ramsey, Danielle Geller, Haroon Ullah, Mychal Denzel Smith, Lisa Shannon, Ryan Berg, and others. Nicole Counts started her career in marketing and publicity at PublicAffairs and Nation Books. She is a freelance writer, as well as a facilitator and mentor with Girls Write Now, on the board of Well-Read Black girl, a mentor with Representation Matters Mentorship Program, and a member of POC in publishing. A Jersey native and Philly lover, she lives in Brooklyn.  


Kerry D’Agostino is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Bowdoin College, her masters in Art in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her certificate in publishing from the Columbia Journalism School. She started at Curtis Brown in 2011 as assistant to Tim Knowlton and Holly Frederick in the Film and Television Department. After some time as a film and audio rights associate, she also began assisting Peter Ginsberg. In addition to her continued work with Peter, Kerry now represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, and select narrative nonfiction. Above all, she is drawn to work that either introduces her to someone, somewhere, or something new, or makes her see something old in a new way.

Jaclyn Gilbert is a literary agent at Cullen Stanley International and the author of the debut novel Late Air (Little A, Nov. 2018).  Jaclyn received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and BA from Yale University. She is the recipient of a research fellowship from the New York Public Library, a contributor to the Bread Loaf, Colgate, and Tin House Writers' Conferences, and her short stories and essays have appeared in Post Road Magazine, Tin House, Lit Hub, Long Reads, and elsewhere.  She lives in Brooklyn.

Christoper Citro
Brian Hall
Chelsea Hodson
Naomi Jackson
David Ryan
Raena Shirali
Brock Clarke
Nicole Counts
Kerry D'Agostino
Michael J Seidlinger
Sandra Lim
Jacyln Gilbert
Jaed Coffin
Brandon Courtney
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