January 2014 Residencies

The January 2014 residency was held in Pittsburgh, opens the 10th anniversary year of Carlow University’s MFA.

Featured speakers included:

  • Jan Beatty, author of four poetry collections, including 2013’s The Switching/Yard; finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize, recipient of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize.
  • Jessica Blau, the author of the Summer of Naked Swim Parties, named on lists as one of the 50 best books of 2008. Drinking Closer to Home is her second novel.
  • Natalie Diaz, selected by Natasha Trethewey for Best New Poets. A member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes, author of When My Brother Was an Aztec.
  • Peter Grandbois, author of The Gravedigger, a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, along with three other novels.
  • Lee Gutkind, the founder of the literary magazine Creative Nonfiction; recognized as the “Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” and the author of more than 25 books.
  • Kimiko Hahn, the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Unbearable Heart, which received an American Book Award.
  • Geeta Kothari, fiction editor of The Kenyon Review, and editor of “Did My Mama Like to Dance? and other Stories about Mothers and Daughters.
  • Kristin Kovalcic, editor (with Lynne Barrett) of Birth, a literary companion; also essays, poetry and fiction published in prestigious literary journals.
  • Jane McCafferty, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for fiction, has published a number of acclaimed novels, most recently First You Try Everything, 2012.
  • Alex Mindt, a hit at our January 2013 residency, has published stories in top literary journals, and is a renowned teacher at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.
  • Chris Mills, novelist and screenwriter, a standout at the 2013 AWP Conference for his talk “How I Wrote a Novel in Three days and then Adapted It into a Movie Starring Billy Crystal.”
  • Dinty Moore, an essayist known for his fiction and nonfiction, most recently a book on flash nonfiction, The Rose Metal Guide. He received the National Book Prize for his memoir Between Panic and Desire.
  • Stewart O’Nan, award-winning novels include Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Nite at the Lobster, and Emily, Alone.
  • Molly Prosser, poet and the second graduate of Carlow’s MFA Program, now Visual Merchandise Director of the Fortune 500 online fashion company Modcloth.com.
  • Sylvia Rhor, Ph.D., associate professor, Carlow University, will conduct a special tour of the 2013 Carnegie International, a major exhibition of new international art, and the oldest North American exhibit of art from around the globe.
  • Michael Simms, the founder and editor-in-chief of Autumn House Press, the leading independent literary publisher in Western Pennsylvania; and the author of two books of poetry.
  • Patricia Smith, National Book Award finalist for Blood Dazzler, and national slam poetry champion.
  • Richard Todd, respected cultural critic; executive editor of The Atlantic and editor of New England Monthly; author of the Thing Itself: On the Search for Authenticity.
  • Tony Wallace, winner of the 2013 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for his collection of short stories called the Old Priest.
  • Claire Vaye Watkins, the author of the well-received short story collection Battleborn (2013), and the writer of “The Ivy League Was Another Planet,” a cutting-edge op-ed piece in the New York Times.
  • Marion Winik, author of Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled through the Joys of Single Living and seven other nonfiction books. She has appeared on the TODAY Show, Politically Incorrect and Oprah.