Past Festival

From the 2017 Book Festival

Matt Bell is the author of the novels Scrapper (a 2016 Michigan Notable Book) and In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods (a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award), as well as the short story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Conjunctions, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University.
Justin Bigos is author of the poetry collection Mad River (Gold Wake, 2017), as well as the chapbook Twenty writemyessay Thousand Pigeons (iO, 2014). His writing appears in his forthcoming publications including New England Review, The Seattle Review, Ploughshares, Indiana Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, The Best American Short Stories 2015, and The Rumpus. He co-edits the literary magazine Waxwing and lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he teaches writing at Northern Arizona University.

Monica Brown, Ph.D.
 is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Waiting for the BiblioburroMarisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina, and the Lola Levine chapter book series. Her most recent books are Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream from Little, Brown & Co. and Frida and Her Animalitos from NorthSouth books. Her books have received starred reviews, an NCTE Orbus Pictus honor, Américas Awards, and a Christopher Award. Lola Levine, Drama Queen is currently a Texas Bluebonnet finalist. She is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University and  lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters.
Francisco Cantú served as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2017 Whiting football rebound trainer Award. His writing and translations have been featured in The Best American EssaysHarper’sn+1Orion, and Guernica, as well as on NPR’s This American Life. He lives in Tucson.
Sean Carswell is the author of six books (Drinks for the Little Guy, Glue and Ink RebellionBarney’s CrewTrain Wreck GirlMadhouse Fog and The Metaphysical Ukulele). He co-founded the independent book publisher Gorsky Press and the music magazine Razorcake. His writing has appeared in such diverse places as the skateboarding magazine Thrasher, tiny ‘zines like Zisk, prestigious literary journals like The Southeastern Review and The Rattling Wall, and peer-reviewed journals like Critical Sociology and The Journal of American Culture. He is an assistant professor of writing and literature at California State University Channel Islands.
Louie Cronin, author of the novel Everyone Loves You Back, is a writer, radio producer, and audio engineer. For 10 years she worked as a producer/writer for Car Talk on NPR. A graduate of Boston University’s Master’s program in Creative Writing and a past winner of the Ivan Gold Fiction Fellowship from the Writers’ Room of Boston, Louie’s fiction and essays have been published in Compass Rose, The Princeton Arts Review, Long Island Newsday, The Boston Globe Magazine and on
  Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Annette McGivney is an award-winning journalist and the longtime Southwest editor for Backpacker magazine. In addition to Backpacker, her writing has appeared in Outside, Arizona Highways and Sunset magazines. Her June 2007 Backpacker article “Freefall” about the murder of Tomomi Hanamure won a Maggie Award in 2008 from the Western Magazine Publishers Association for Best News Story. McGivney is the author of the previous books Resurrection: Glen Canyon and a New Vision for the American West (Braided River, 2009) and Leave No Trace: A Guide to the New Wilderness Etiquette (The Mountaineers, 2003). She teaches journalism at Northern Arizona University and lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. For more, go to:
Ted McLoof teaches English at the University of Arizona, and teaches fiction and screenwriting at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. His fiction has appeared in DIAGRAM, Monkeybicycle, Kenyon Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Hobart, Minnesota Review, and elsewhere. He reviews books for The Rumpus, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net award.
Ander Monson is the author of six books: three of nonfiction (Neck Deep and Other Predicaments, Vanishing Point and Letter to a Future Lover), two poetry collections (Vacationland and The Available World), and a novel, Other Electricities. A finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award (for Other Electricities) and a NBCC in criticism (for Vanishing Point). He edits the magazine DIAGRAM the New Michigan Press, Essay Daily, and a series of yearly literary/music tournaments: March Sadness (2016), March Fadness (2017), and March Shredness (2018). He directs the MFA program at the University of Arizona.

Eugenie Montague earned her MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Her short fiction has been published by NPR, Amazon, Mid-American Review, Fiction Southeast and Flash Friday, a flash-fiction series from Tin House and the Guardian Books Network. Her piece, “Breakfast,” was selected by Amy Hempel for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2017, which will be published by Braddock Avenue Books this fall. She lives in El Paso, Texas, where she is working on her first novel.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan‘s writing about race and current events is often coupled with analysis of art, film, and pop culture. Dinty W. Moore deemed her first essay collection, The Fluency of Light, “One of the most original, startling memoirs I have seen in the past ten years.” Her second book, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, was chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Book Contest. A contributing editor for Guernica and a staff writer for Autostraddle, she has taught writing at OSU Cascades’ Low-Residency Program, Carleton College and the University of Michigan’s New England Literature Program
Erin Stalcup is the author of the story collection And Yet It Moves (Indiana University Press, 2016), and the novel Every Living Species (Gold Wake Press, 2017). Her fiction has appeared in The Kenyon ReviewThe SunMonkeybicycleH_NGM_N and elsewhere, and her nonfiction was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. Erin holds an MFA from Warren Wilson’s Program for Writers, and has taught in community colleges, universities, liberal arts schools, and prisons in New York City, Appalachia, and Texas. Erin now teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University, her alma mater in her hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona. Erin co-edits Waxwing and you can read some of her work at


Here are a few photos from the 2012 festival, including headliners Eddie Chuculate and Stella Pope Duarte, plus the pre-show by Circus Bacchus!:

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The 2012 Northern Arizona Book Festival featured the Simmerman Poetry Prize for young poets; cookbook authors; children’s book authors; Arizona historians discussing the centennial; accomplished NAU creative writing faculty; a book fair of authors, presses and businesses who support literature in Flagstaff; and the poet Katherine Larson. The evening headliners were Eddie Chuculate, author of Cheyenne Madonna, a writer of Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee descent and winner of a PEN/O. Henry Award and Wallace Stegner Fellowship; and Stella Pope Duarte, who was recently awarded a 2009 American Book Award for her latest work, If I Die in Juárez.Stella Pope Duarte

This year’s artwork, shown on the above poster, was created by Mike Bielecki and was raffled on the day of the festival. “Words in Flight” is a composite photographic design.


Other authors who participated in our 2012 festival include ONEBOOKAZ winners: Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, author of Arizona: 100 Years Grand, and Conrad Storad, children’s book author of Arizona Way Out West and Witty. 


Congratulations again to Lisa and Conrad! Be sure to check back often for updates on our Schedule and Authors, which will soon be updated for our 2013 festival.


We would like to thank the following organizations for their generous grants towards our 2012 Book Festival:

We are grateful to these organizations and for their support of our mission!



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