Conference Faculty & Readers
Christopher Citro 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.
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Brian Hall 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, Madelaine’s World and 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.
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Michael Seidlinger 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).
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