Past Keynote Speakers
Diana Gabaldon (it’s pronounced “GAA-bull-dohn” it rhymes with “bad to the bone”) is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling Outlander novels, described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D.with a background in scripting “Scrooge McDuck” comics.” A scientist with a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology and a specialty in scientific computation, Gabaldon jumped the academic rails in1991, when the adventure began with the classic Outlander, and has continued through seven more New York Times-bestselling novels, with twenty-seven million copies in print worldwide, in 42 countries and 38 languages.(Gabaldon has also written The Exile: an Outlander graphic novel, several novels of a best-selling sub-series of historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, and The Scottish Prisoner, featuring both Lord John and Jamie Fraser, plus a number of novellas, the two-volume non-fiction Outlandish Companion and “I Give You My Body (How I Write Sex Scenes). STARZ has created a popular original television series based on the books, also called Outlander filmed in Scotland and presently sold in more than 90 territories.
William Trowbridge holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M. A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. In April, 2012, he was appointed to a two-year term as Poet Laureate of Missouri. His poetry publications include six full collections: Put This On, Please (Red Hen Press, 2014), Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011), The Complete Book of Kong (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2003), Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger (University of Arkansas Press, 2000, 1995, 1989). He has also published three chapbooks, The Packing House Cantata (Camber Press, 2006), The Four Seasons (Red Dragonfly Press, 2001), and The Book of Kong (Iowa State University Press, 1986). His poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks, as well as in such periodicals as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, The Georgia Review, Boulevard, The Southern Review, Columbia, Colorado Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Epoch, and New Letters. He has given readings and workshops at schools, colleges, bookstores, and literary conferences throughout the United States. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarship, a Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, Yaddo, and The Anderson Center. He is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, where he was an editor of The Laurel Review/GreenTower Press from 1986 to 2004. Now living in Lees Summit, MO, he teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program. He is married to Sue, and they have three children: Jennifer, Sean, and Randy; and three grandchildren: Ben, Will, and Alice. His interests are reading, travel, motorcycling, wine tasting, fine dining, and trying to keep the damn rabbits out of the hibiscus.
Past Participating Authors
Eduardo Arce is a high school educator and writer. He lives in Phoenix with his wife, Carmen, and his Pitbull, Ninja. Eduardo will often find inspiration for his work from his faith, the social climate, relationships, and anxiety. When he’s not working on his vocational responsibilities, he can be found enjoying an evening with his wife, having dinner with his friends, listening to stand-up comedy, or planning how to kill his players in their next Dungeons & Dragons session.
Austin Aslan is the author of the highly-acclaimed sci-fi eco-thriller The Islands at the End of the World and its sequel, The Girl at the Center of the World, published by the incomparable and preeminent Wendy Lamb at Random House. The Guardian recently ranked his debut novel as a top-ten read in the awakening genre of climate fiction, and Kirkus Reviews hailed the series opener as a “Best Book of 2014.” He earned a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology while living with his wife and two children on the Big Island of Hawai`i. A Northern Arizona native and long-distance backpacker, Austin can often be found exploring the world’s last wild places while sleeping on a punctured air mattress. Follow his globetrotting and outdoor adventures on both Facebook and Twitter at @Laustinspace.
Will Cordeiro has work appearing or forthcoming in Best New Poets, Copper
Nickel, DIAGRAM, Fourteen Hills, Nashville Review, Poetry Northwest, The Threepenny
Review, Zone 3, and elsewhere. He has two chapbooks of short prose, Never-never (White Knuckle, 2017) and Reveries and Opinions of Mr. Figure (rinky dink press, 2016). He is also the co-editor of the small press Eggtooth Editions. He received his MFA and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He lives in Flagstaff, where he teaches in the Honors College at Northern Arizona University.
Dana Diehl is the author of the short story collection, Our Dreams Might Align (Splice UK, 2018). Her fiction chapbook, TV Girls, won the 2017-2018 New Delta Review Chapbook Contest and was released in August 2018. Her collaborative collection, The Classroom, is forthcoming from Gold Wake Press in February 2019. Dana earned her MFA in Fiction at Arizona State University, where she served as editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her work has appeared in North American Review, Passages North, Booth, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. Find her at @servestofurther or www.danadiehl.com
Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ, the founding editor of Rinky Dink press, the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, and the curator of First Friday Poetry on Roosevelt Row. She is the recipient of five Pushcart nominations, an Arts Hero Award, the Carrie McCray Literary Award in Nonfiction, and a fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. Her collections include The Book of Emergencies, The Philosophy of Unclean Things, and The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals [A Love Story], winner of the 2017 Split Rock Review chapbook competition. www.rdpoet.com
Melissa Goodrich is the author of the fiction collection Daughters of Monsters, the poetry chapbook IF YOU WHAT, and the forthcoming collaborative collection The Classroom. She received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Artful Dodge, The Kenyon Review Online, Passages North, PANK, Word Riot, Gigantic Sequins, and others. Find her at melissa-goodrich.com and tweeting @good_rib.
Jared Harél is the author of Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018) and The Body Double (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012). He’s been awarded the ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from American Poetry Review, the ‘William Matthews Poetry Prize’ from Asheville Poetry Review, and an ‘Individual Artist Grant’ from Queens Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in such journals as Tin House, The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Poetry Daily, Bennington Review, 32 Poems and Newtown Literary. Harél teaches writing at Nassau Community College, plays drums for the rock-band Flyin’ J & The Ghostrobber, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and two kids.
Alice Hatcher has published short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry in Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Notre Dame Review, Fiction International, Fourth Genre, Galway Review, and Chautauqua, among other journals. Her novel The Wonder That Was Ours, winner of the 2017 Dzanc Prize for Fiction and short-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Award, was released in September 2018.
Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning young adult author of three novels. His most recent novel, The Porcupine of Truth, won the Stonewall Book Award in 2016, made the YALSA’s 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and was on Booklistâ€™s Best of 2015 list and the ALA’s 2015 Rainbow List. Openly Straight won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014. It also made YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List, the TAYSHAS List as a top ten title, the ALA’s Rainbow List, and was a TeensTop Ten nominee. His debut novel, Out of the Pocket, won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. It also made the ALA’s Rainbow List. Bill is an Assistant Professor of Practice at The Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where he coordinates and teaches in the Your Novel Year online certificate program. Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for ESPN.com and The Associated Press. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford. Visit Bill’s Facebook and Twitter.
Lawrence Lenhart studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh and holds an MFA from the University of Arizona. His first essay collection is The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage (Outpost19). His prose appears in Alaska Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre, Greensboro Review, Gulf Coast, Passages North, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He has won the biennial LaVerne Harrell Clark Award in Fiction, Prairie Schooner’sVirginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing, and Terrain’s Annual Nonfiction Award. Lenhart is a professor of fiction and nonfiction at Northern Arizona University and a reviews editor and assistant fiction editor of DIAGRAM. His current projects include a book-length essay about the black-footed ferret, a book of apocryphal biographies from 39 small island states, and a hybrid novel-memoir about Bangladesh and Ireland, respectively.
Lemanuel Loleyis ‘Áshįįhi born for Tó Baazhní’ázhí; his maternal grandparents are the Tódích’íi’nii and his paternal grandparents are the Kiyaa’áanii. Lemanuel is from Casamero Lake, New Mexico and serves as an Adjunct Faculty in the School of Arts & Humanities at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Kenyon College and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His work has appeared in the literary magazine HIKA and as part of Pollentongue: An Indigenous Poetry Salon and Reading. He is a co-founder of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: A Diné Writers’ Collective, co-director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute, and an advisory board member to the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate. His current projects include a novel titled They Collect Rain in Their Palms, which details the experience of an LGBT couple in the face of the Navajo Nation’s ban on same-sex marriage and a compilation of poems. Lemanuel currently resides in Gallup, New Mexico.
Kristen E. Nelson is a queer writer and performer, literary activist, LGBTQ+ activist, and community builder. She is the author of the length of this gap (Damaged Goods, August 2018) and two chapbooks: sometimes I gets lost and is grateful for noises in the dark (Dancing Girl, 2017) and Write, Dad (Unthinkable Creatures, 2012). Kristen’s poem “After the Crotalus atrox” was anthologized in The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide and nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize by University of Arizona Press. She has published work in Bombay Gin, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Tarpaulin Sky Journal, Trickhouse, and Everyday Genius, among others. Kristen shares her work frequently at venues across the United States as a featured performer for events such as the Trickhouse Journal Launch at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club, as an opening act for singer/songwriter Dar Williams at Tucson’s Rialto Theater, and as a keynote performer at LA’s Open Press Conference.
Shawnte Orion has published two recent collections of poetry, The Existentialist
Cookbook (NYQBooks) and Faithful as the Ground (Five Oaks Press). His poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Barrelhouse, New York Quarterly, Georgetown Review and other literary journals. He has performed at bookstores, bars, universities, hair salons, museums, and laundromats.
David Pischke lives in Tolleson, Arizona with his wife, two boys, three dogs, and half a dozen chickens. He is an elementary school Art teacher, college English instructor, and co-founder of Tolsun Books.
Ben Pitts lives in Peoria, Arizona where he is a High School English teacher. When he’s not reading or writing, most of his time is spent with his two daughters, Grace and Norah and his wife, Brianne.
Katie Quinnelly is a West Virginian writer with two houseplants and a lot of pet rocks. She currently teaches climbing classes at Climbing New Heights in Martinsburg, WV and is a climbing guide in the Appalachian Mountains. Katie is the author of the chapbook Sparrow Pie available from Eggtooth Editions.
Jesse Sensibar is the author of Blood in the Asphalt: Prayers from the Highway from Tolsun Books. he loves small furry animals and assault rifles with equal abandon and has a soft spot in his heart for innocent strippers and jaded children. He is a product of the mean streets of Midwestern industrial cities. He spent his youth on the shores of the post-industrial Great Lakes in tattoo shops, pizza parlors, corner bars, speed shops, and motorcycle clubhouses. Jesse came west to the high desert in the late 1980s and quickly disappeared down the rabbit hole of Southwestern outlaw drug culture. He emerged from that hole in 2008; close to death and with a solid quarter century of hard drug abuse under his belt. He has worked as a mechanic, heavy equipment operator, strip club bouncer, repossession agent, tattoo shop owner, private investigator, tow truck driver, snow plow operator, wildland firefighter, and college English teacher.He spends his time writing and promoting the art of storytelling. You can usually find him in the dying Ponderosa Pine forests surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona or in the old barrios of Tucson, Arizona. Otherwise, he is probably somewhere out on the highway, documenting the passing of his rapidly disappearing American West and pondering the fleeting nature of memory, sin, spirituality, and forgiveness.
Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born Water’s Edge. He is Diné and holds an MFA in Poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Waxwing, Yellow Medicine Review, and elsewhere. Jake is a winner of the 2018 “Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. His community work includes organizing Pollentongue, a poetry salon and reading series, and acting as a faculty mentor for the annual Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute. He is the founding editor of Cloudthroat, an online publication for Native, First Nations, and Indigenous writing and art, and a founding member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: a Diné Writers’ Collective. He currently teaches at Diné College in the Navajo Nation. His first collection, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, was selected as a winner for the 2018 National Poetry Series by Kathy Fagan for Milkweed Editions.
Eshani Surya is a current MFA student in fiction at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she also teaches undergraduates. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Literary Hub, Essay Daily, Terrain.org, and Ninth Letter Online, among others. She was the 2016 winner of the Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Flash Fiction from New Delta Review. Find her @__eshani or at http://eshani-surya.com.
Kara Thompson is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University. Thompson is the author of Blanket (Bloomsbury, 2018), Settler Contingencies, Indigenous Futures (Duke University Press, 2020), and essays in Tin House, Avidly, The Philosophical Salon, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment.
Laura Tohe is Tsénahabiłnii born for the Tódich’inii. She grew up at Crystal, New Mexico near the Chuska Mountains on the Diné homeland. Her published books include Making Friends with Water (chapbook); No Parole Today, a book on boarding schools; Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community, co-edited with Heid Erdrich; Tseyí: Deep in the Rock, in collaboration with photographer, Stephen Strom; and Code Talker Stories, an oral history book with the remaining Navajo Code Talkers. The Phoenix Symphony commissioned her to write the libretto for Enemy Slayer, A Navajo Oratorio, which made its 2008 world premiere as part of the Phoenix Symphony’s 60th anniversary. A compact disc recording of Enemy Slayer is on the Naxos classical music label. It received rave reviews by the Arizona Republic and was called “a triumph” by Opera Today. In 2015, Tohe was honored as the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate for 2015-2017, a title given to her in celebration and recognition of her work as a poet and writer.
Nicole Walker is the author of Sustainability: A Love Story from Ohio State University Press and the forthcoming The After-Normal from Rose Metal Press. Her previous books include Where the Tiny Things Are, Egg, Micrograms, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, and This Noisy Egg. She also edited Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction with Margot Singer. She’s nonfiction editor at Diagram and Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where it rains like the Pacific Northwest, but only in July.
Orlando White is from Tółikan, Arizona. He is Diné of the Naaneesht’ézhi Tábaahí and born for the Naakai Diné’e. White is the author of two books of poetry, Bone Light (Red Hen Press), which Kazim Ali described as a “careful excavation on language and letters and the physical body” and LETTERRS (Nightboat Books) which received the Poetry Center Book Award. His work has appeared in such journals as Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, Salt Hill Journal, and elsewhere. The recipient of a residency from the Lannan Foundation, White teaches at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona.
Cody Wilson teaches English in Arizona. He has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. His chapbook, Nobody is Ever Missing, was published by Tolsun Books. Some of his work appears online at Juxtaprose, The Southampton Review, Juked, and Emrys.
Matt Bell is the author of the novels Scrapper and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, the story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, and a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur’s Gate II. His writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Tin House, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, and many other publications. Born in Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.
Justin Bigos is the author of the poetry chapbook Twenty Thousand Pigeons (iO Books, 2014). His poems have appeared in magazines including Ploughshares, New England Review, Indiana Review, and The Gettysburg Review; his fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2015, McSweeney’s, Ninth Letter, Memorious, and The Seattle Review; and his nonfiction has appeared in The Collagist. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University.
Dexter L. Booth is the author of Scratching the Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2013), which won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by Major Jackson and was a Finalist for the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in Poetry, as well as a finalist for the 2014 L.A. Leimert Park Book Fairâs Jessie Redmon Fauset Award. Booth is included in the anthology The Best American Poetry 2015 (edited by Sherman Alexie) and his poems appear in Blackbird, The Southeast Review, Ostrich Review, Grist, Willow Springs, Bat City Review, Virginia Quarterly, and other publications. Booth is currently a PhD candidate and Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California.
Michaela Carter’s poetry has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. Her debut novel, Further Out Than You Thought, published by William Morrow, was an Indie Next, Arizona Republic Recommends, and AZ Central’s pick for 2014. L.A. Magazine called it a glittery, smoke-encrusted Proustian madeleine. In 2012, she cofounded the independent bookstore Peregrine Book Company in Prescott, Arizona. For more of her work, visit her website.
Sean Carswell is the author of the six books (Drinks for the Little Guy, Glue and Ink Rebellion, Barney’s Crew, Train Wreck Girl, Madhouse 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.
Ann Cummins is the author of the story collection, Red Ant House, and novel, Yellowcake. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere, and have been anthologized in various series, including Best American Short Stories and Best of McSweeney’s. She’s the founder and former curator of NPR/KNAU Radioâ€™s Southwest Book Reviews. A graduate of Johns Hopkins and the University of Arizona writing programs, she’s on the creative writing faculty at Northern Arizona University.
Dana Diehl earned her MFA in Fiction from Arizona State University, where she served as editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review. She has taught English and Creative Writing at ASU, the National University of Singapore, and the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence. She currently teaches Humanities at Basis Tucson Primary. Her debut short story collection was published by Jellyfish HIghway Press in 2016.
Rosemarie Dombrowski is the founder of Rinky Dink Press (a publisher of micropoetry), an editor at Four Chambers, and the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series (now in its 9th year). Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in Hartskill Review, Stonecoast Review, Thrice Fiction, Anthro/Poetics (an anthology of cultural writings), and elsewhere. She has received four Pushcart nominations and was a finalist for the Pangea Poetry Prize in 2015. Her collections include The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014) and The Philosophy of Unclean Things (Finishing Line Press, fall 2016). She’s a Senior Lecturer at Arizona State University’s Downtown campus where she serves as the faculty editor of the undergraduate writing journal and teaches courses on radical poetics, womenâ€™s lit, and creative ethnography.
Jared Duran is Editorial Director for Four Chambers and the creator and host of Limited Engagement, an arts and culture interview series. He is also a writer, whose poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Up the River, The Suisun Valley Review, Spilled Milk, Black Napkin, and others. A classically trained neurotic and living room guitarist, he once played guitar on stage with Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze.
Gary Every is the author of 9 books and has been published over 1500 times in various literary journals, magazines, and newspapers. He has won journalism awards for stories such as Losing Geronimo’s Language and The Apache Naichee Ceremony articles which were included in his book The Shadow of the OhshaD. As a science fiction writer he has been nominated for the Rhysling award for years best science fiction poem 5 times and has two novellas available The Saint and the Robot as well as Inca Butterflies. His most recent book is a collection of short stories titled Mariachi Skull: The confessions of the only gringo in a Mexican kitchen. Mr. Every has been a performing poet and professional storyteller for almost two decades.
Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of Leaving Tulsa, published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013. A Mvskoke citizen, Jennifer is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She has received a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Denver.
Jake Friedman is the founder and Editor in Chief of an independent community literary magazine and small press called Four Chambers. He also: did pretty well in college but does not feel the need to talk about it, it’s been 5 years; works in a restaurant but complains about it and should consider a change; writes poetry and prose but does not spend a lot of time publishing, you’ll have to take his word on it; recently completed an internship with the Arizona Commission on the Arts; enjoys mid-century vintage furniture, jazz (particularly bebop), and cooking. He hopes this does not make him sound like a hipster / cliche.
Dagoberto Gilb is the author of, most recently, Before the End, After the Beginning. His previous books are The Flowers, Gritos, Woodcuts of Women, The Last Known Residence of Mickey AcuÃ±a, and The Magic of Blood. He also has edited Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature and Mexican American Literature: A Portable Anthology. Gilb’s fiction and nonfiction have been honored by Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, a Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and as a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner and National Book Critics Circle awards. His work has appeared in a wide range of magazines, including Harpers, The New Yorker, The Threepenny Review, Zyzzyva, The Nation, and many others.
Jim Goar was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He studied at the University of Arizona, Naropa University, and, most recently, the University of East Anglia. He is the author of The Dustbowl (Shearsman Books, 2014), The Louisiana Purchase (Rose Metal Press, 2011), Seoul Bus Poems (Reality Street, 2010), and the chapbook, Whole Milk (Effing Press, 2006). His poems have been published in Harvard Review, Cimarron Review, Poetry Wales, LIT, OmniVerse, Cream City Review, and in the anthology Dear World and Everyone in it: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe Books, 2013). He interviews authors at the Conversant and edits the journal past simple.
Melissa Goodrich received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona. Her stories have previously appeared in Gigantic Sequins, PANK, Artful Dodge, The Kenyon Review Online, American Short Fiction, and others, and her first collection of stories is DAUGHTERS OF MONSTERS, published by Jellyfish Highway Press.
T. Greenwood is the author of ten novels. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council. Two Rivers was named 2009 Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards, and Grace received the same award for 2012. Five of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks. Bodies of Water, was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. Where I Lost Her was released in February 2016 and was a Globe & Mail bestseller in Canada. She teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer’s Ink, Grossmont College, and online for The Writer’s Center. She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, CA with their two daughters. She is also an avid photographer. More information on T. Greenwood can be found at her website.
Tom Holm, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation from Oklahoma, has been involved in American Indian education and Native veterans affairs for over forty years. He was a member of the Cherokee Nations Sequoyah Commission. Holm served with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and was a professor of American Indian Studies and Political Science at the University of Arizona, 1980-2009. Tom also served on two Native American related commissions for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the 1980s. In 1996, his book Strong Hearts, Wounded Souls was a finalist for the Victor Turner Prize. His book The Great Confusion in Indian Affairs, was released by the University of Texas Press in 2005. Warriors and Code Talkers: Native Americans in World War II, a book for high school-aged youths, was published in 2007. Holm’s first novel, The Osage Rose, appeared in 2008. Anadarko, its sequel, was released in 2015. He and his wife, Ina, have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren and live in Tucson, Arizona.
Theresa Howell, one of Flagstaff’s literary champions once helped upstart the local children’s book publisher Rising Moon, an imprint of Northland Publishing. Over the years, she has become an author of her own with great bilingual books, incredible stories and her latest, Scout Moore, Junior Ranger. Theresa is traveling all the way from Denver to appear at the Northern Arizona Book Festival, and it’s a welcome-home moment for her to return to town.
Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning young adult author of three novels. His most recent novel, The Porcupine of Truth, won the Stonewall Book Award in 2016, made the YALSA’s 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and was on Booklist’s Best of 2015 list and the ALA’s 2015 Rainbow List. Openly Straight won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014. It also made YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List, the TAYSHAS List as a top ten title, the ALA’s Rainbow List, and was a Teens Top Ten nominee. His debut novel, Out of the Pocket, won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. It also made the ALAâ€™s Rainbow List. Bill is an Assistant Professor of Practice at The Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where he coordinates and teaches in the Your Novel Year online certificate program. Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for ESPN.com and The Associated Press. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford. Visit Bill’s Facebook and Twitter.
Linda Kranz is a local treasure of the children’s literature realm. She has written colorful, educational and thoughtful books for kids that have become deeply beloved. The top-selling titles include Only One You, You Be You, Love You When and Where I Belong. A number of them involve Linda’s rock art work, where she brings to life her characters with vibrancy. She also creates several interactive books and titles, including kids journals, adults journals, craft books and bilingual books.
Susan Lang is the author of four novels, a trilogy published by University of Nevada Press about a woman homesteading in the southwestern wilderness during the years 1929 to 1941. The first novel in the trilogy, Small Rocks Rising, won the 2003 Willa Award and she was awarded a 2008 Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for her fourth novel, The Sawtooth Complex, published by Oak Tree Press. Lang’s short stories and poems have been published in magazines such as Idaho Review, Red Rock Review, Iris, The Raven Review, and Alligator Juniper. She founded and directed the Southwest Writers Series and Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing at Yavapai College. Currently, Lang is Faculty Emeritus at Yavapai College, teaches courses at Prescott College, and serves as Event Coordinator at the Peregrine Book Company in Prescott, Arizona.
Lawrence Lenhart studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh and holds an MFA from the University of Arizona. His first essay collection is the The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage (Outpost19). His prose appears in Alaska Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre, Greensboro Review, Gulf Coast, Passages North, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He has won the biennial LaVerne Harrell Clark Award in Fiction, Prairie Schooner’s Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing, and Terrain’s Annual Nonfiction Award. Lenhart is a professor of fiction and nonfiction at Northern Arizona University and a reviews editor and assistant fiction editor of DIAGRAM. His current projects include a book-length essay about the black-footed ferret, a book of apocryphal biographies from 39 small island states, and a hybrid novel-memoir about Bangladesh and Ireland, respectively.
Juana Martinez-Neal is a mixed media, traditional artist and author born in Lima, the capital of Peru. In 2012, she was the SCBWI Los Angeles Conference Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize Winner. Her latest book, La Madre Goose (Putnam), written by Susan Middleton Elya, was released in July. Alma, her debut picture book as an author illustrator, will be published by Candlewick Press in Spring 2018.
Nicole McInnes is about to make waves as a young adult author with her latest book, 100 Days. It tells the story of Agnes, a girl with Progenia. It causes accelerated aging, and, in high school, she is nearing the end of her life. Despite her challenges, she’s helped along by her friend Moira. The two of them cross paths with an old friend turned foe, Boone, who turns out to not be all he seems. McInnes also is author of Brianna on the Brink and is a Northern Arizona University graduate.
Amy K. Nichols is the author of the YA science fiction Duplexity series (Now That You’re Here and While You Were Gone), published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. She is a mentor and Teaching Associate with the Your Novel Year program at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and served as the Spring 2016 Writer in Residence for the Glendale Public Library. Insatiably curious, Amy dabbles in art and quantum physics, and has a long list of things to do before she dies. She lives with her family outside Phoenix, AZ.
Simon Ortiz, poet, fiction writer, essayist, and storyteller, is a native of Acoma Pueblo and is the author of numerous books, including Beyond the Reach of Time and Change, The Good Rainbow Road, Out There Somewhere, Men on the Moon, From Sand Creek, After and Before the Lightning, Speaking for the Generations, Woven Stone, and Earth Power Coming. He has received national and international recognition, including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers Award, Lannan Foundation’s Artists in Residence Fellowship, Returning the Gift Lifetime Achievement Award, WESTAF Lifetime Achievement Award, and, most recently, the Golden Tibetan Antelope Prize for International Poetry. He lives in Tempe, Arizona, where he is a Regents Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University.
Doug Peacock, a disabled Vietnam veteran and Green Beret medic, was the real-life model for Edward Abbey’s George Washington Hayduke. He has published widely on wilderness issues ranging from grizzly bears to buffalo, from the Sonoran desert to the fjords of British Columbia, from the tigers of Siberia to the bluesheep of Nepal. His books include Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness, Â¡Baja!, Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness, and The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears (co-authored with Andrea Peacock). Peacock was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a Lannan Fellow in 2011 for his work on about archaeology, climate change and the peopling of North America, published in 2013 as In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: Global Warming, the Origins of the First Americans, and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene. Sabertooth won the 2014 High Plains Book Award in the Science category. Doug co-founded the Wildlife Damage Review, Vital Ground and Round River Conservation Studies. He is chairman of the board of directors for Round River, which works with indigenous people and governments in Africa, North, South and Central America to develop region-wide conservation strategies protecting and enhancing intact ecosystems. For his service in Vietnam, Doug was awarded Soldier’s Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Bronze Star. He lives in Emigrant, Montana.
Bill Root grew up in the still paradisical world between the Gulf and the Everglades where alligators and egrets were among his earliest gods. Ever since, he’s lived mostly among the mountains and deserts of the West. He served as first poet laureate for Tucson while commuting weekly to and from Manhattan to teach at Hunter College. Prior to entering academia full-time he moved between writer-in- residencies at Amherst, NYU, Interlochen, and work in factories, a shipyard, and periods on communes, stints as a bouncer, and underground in a copper mine. Settled now in the Colorado Rockies he travels here and abroad to give readings, teach workshops and make photographs in Sweden, Israel, Macedonia, Viet Nam, South Africa, England, India. The most recent of Root’s collections are Strange Angels: New Poems and Sublime Blue: Early Odes of Pablo Neruda. C.K. Williams has said Root’s poems contain a kind of natural truth sorely lacking not only in contemporary poetry but in our lives.â€ Barry Lopez has written Root’s poems break winter’s back. And Naomi Shihab Nye has declared Root’s voice is sinew, blood, and bone the well-muscled body carrying light a gift of passion containing whole landscapes and legacies. Translated into 20 languages, broadcast on BBC and Voice of America, his poems appear in more than 100 anthologies and in litmags including New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and Poetry. That work has received grants from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, National Endowment for the Arts, a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, three Pushcarts, and so on. Currently poetry editor of Cut Throat, a Journal of the Arts, he enjoys reading, hiking, heading out in his old Land Cruiser with a dog or two, a map, a camera, and a trusty repair kit for his inflatable kayak.
Mary Sojourner’s new short story collection, The Talker, comes out from Torrey House Press in March 2017. She is the author of three novels: Sisters of the Dream, Going Through Ghosts and 29; the short story collection, Delicate, essay collection, Bonelight: ruin and grace in the New Southwest, Bonelight: rituals of loss and desire; two memoirs, She Bets Her Life and Solace. She reviews books for KNAU’s Southwest Reviews. She’s the author of op eds and columns for High Country News, Yoga Journal, Writers on the Range, Matador Network and dozens of other publications. She was chosen as a Distinguished Writer in Residence in 2007 by the Virginia C. Piper Center for Creative Writing, ASU. She believes in both the limitations and possibilities of healing. Writing is the most powerful tool she has found for doing what is necessary to mend -oneself and the greater world.
Erin Stalcup is the author of And Yet It Moves (Indiana University Press, 2016). Her fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Sun, PANK, Hinchas de Poesa, and elsewhere, and her creative nonfiction has appeared in The Laurel Review, The Sakura Review, and STIR. Erin received her MFA from Warren Wilson College’s Program for Writers, and later served as the Joan Beebe Fellow at Warren Wilson. After teaching in community colleges, universities, and prisons in New York City, North Carolina, and Texas, she is now faculty at her alma mater, Northern Arizona University, in her hometown of Flagstaff.
Midji Stephenson, a former librarian and teacher, grew up in rural Montana enjoying the outdoors with her sisters and brother and listening to her parents tell stories. She now lives in Tucson, Arizona, spending time exploring the Southwest and writing, as well as telling, stories. Her best known stories include Whose Tail on the Trail?, set at Grand Canyon National Park and a canyon bookstore bestseller, as well as The Ravenous Raven.
Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including Crazy Love, winner of a 2010 American Book Award, Finding Peaches In The Desert (Tucson/Pima Literature Award), and Wild In The Plaza Of Memory (2012). Her Without The Comfort Of Stars: New And Selected Poems, was published by Sampark Press in New Delhi. A new collection of poems, Blood Flower, appeared in 2015.Translated into more than a dozen languages, her work appears in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Agni Review, Parnassus Review, etc. Uschuk has been awarded the 2011 War Poetry Prize from Winning Writers, 2010 New Millenium Poetry Prize, 2010 Best of the Web, the Struga International Poetry Prize (for a theme poem), the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, the Kingâ€™s English Poetry Prize and prizes from Ascent, Iris, and Amnesty International, Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Editor-In- Chief of Cutthroat, A Journal Of The Arts, Uschuk lives in Tucson, Arizona. Before becoming a professor, Uschuk taught poetry to indigenous students throughout Montana and in Southwest Arizona. She has taught at Pacific Lutheran University, Marist College, Salem College (where she was the Director of the Center for Women Writers, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Fort Lewis College, University of Arizona Writing Works, Uschuk is often a featured writer at the Prague Summer Programs. In 2011, she was the John C. Hodges Visiting Writer at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In fall of 2016, she’ll teach at the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, and in 2017, she’l be featured writer at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu. She’s working on a multi-genre book called The Book of Healers Healing; An Odyssey Through Ovarian Cancer.
Miles Waggener is the author of three poetry collections: Phoenix Suites (The Word Works, 2003), winner of the Washington Prize; Sky Harbor (Pinyon Publishing, 2011); and Desert Center (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2016); as well as the chapbooks Portents Aside (Two Dogs Press, 2008)and Afterlives (Finishing Line, 2013). His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including New Poets of the American West; Verse Daily; Helen Burns Poetry Anthology: New Voices from the Academy of American Poets; University and College Prizes; Antioch Review; Cutbank; Green Mountains Review; Crazyhorse; Seneca Review; and Beloit Poetry Journal. He has won individual artist fellowships from The Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council. Since 2006, he has been a faculty member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Writer’s Workshop.
Nicole Walker is the author of five books–Canning Peaches for the Apocalypse, Egg, Micrograms, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, and This Noisy Egg. She also edited Bending Genre:Essays on Creative Nonfiction with Margot Singer. She’s nonfiction editor at Diagram and Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where it rains like the Pacific Northwest, but only in July.
Bill Wetzel’s writing has appeared in the American Indian Culture & Research Journal, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts (2017 Pushcart Prize nominee), Yellow Medicine Review, Studies In Indian Literatures (SAIL), Waxwing Magazine, Hinchas de Poesia, Red Ink Magazine, Literary Orphans and Off The Path: An Anthology of 21st Century American Indian Writers Vol.2. He is the curator of the Good Oak Bar Reading Series and a co-curator of the long running Edge Reading Series, both in Tucson, AZ. He is a co-founder of IndigiPress & the founder of the Stjukshon Indigenous reading series. Wetzel is a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and a 2016 Peripheral Poet. You can follow him on twitter.
Dorothy Allison is a National Book Award finalist for Bastard out of Carolina, as well as the winner of the ALA prize and the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction.
Rudolfo Anaya is a winner of the National Book Award, Pen West Fiction Award, and the NEA National Medal of Arts. Anaya is the author of fourteen works of fiction, ten book for children, one poetry collection, six plays, numerous non-fiction works and anthologies, fourteen works of fiction, including Bless Me, Ultima, widely considered one of the most important works of modern Chicano literature.
Tacey M. Atsitty, Dine (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle People) from Cove, AZ. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, New Orleans Review, New Poets of the American West Anthology, and other publications.
Jimmy Santiago Baca taught himself to read and write while serving time in prison and soon began writing poetry, which he traded with other prisoners for cigarettes. He received the American Book Award for poetry. Baca is the author of seven poetry collections, a memoir, a collection of stories and essays, and a screenplay.
Stephanie Balzer grew up in Flagstaff and now lives in Tucson. She earned her MFA from the University of Arizona and now serves as executive director of The Drawing Studio, a nonprofit organization mentoring in the visual arts. She has chapbooks of poems through Kore Press, CUE editions, and Flying Guillotine Press
Rick Bass is a PEN/Nelson Algren Award winner, as well as a Story Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
Shonto Begay’s art has been shown in more than 50 shows in galleries and museums including The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, the American Indian Contemporary Arts ‘s museum in San Francisco and Phoenix Art Museum.
Marvin Bell won the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and was the first Poet Laureate for the state of Iowa. He was a National Book Award finalist and taught at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
Heidi Blankenship spends a great deal of time wandering around the Colorado Plateau, working as a ranger and writing poetry. She is currently stationed on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Robert Bly co-founded American Writers Against the Vietnam War. Bly won the National Book Award in 1968 for The Light Around the Body. He is the author of twenty-three poetry collections and nine nonfiction works, including Iron John: A Book About Men, which is credited for starting the Mythopoetic men’s movement.
T. Coraghessan Boyle won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He is the author of twelve novels and over a hundred short stories.
Susan Briante is the author of two books of poetry: Utopia Minus (AhsahtaPress 2011) and Pioneers in the Study of Motion (Ahsahta Press 2007). Her collection of poems, The Market Wonders, a finalist for the National Poetry Series, will be published by Ahsahta Press in 2016.
Nathaniel Brodie is the author of the essay, Sparks. Brodie, who lives in Flagstaff, worked on the Grand Canyon National Park Service Trail Crew for seven years.
Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People, winner of the AmÃ©ricas Award for Children’s Literature and an Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction, and Waiting for the Biblioburro, a Christopher Award winner. Her picture book Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald is the winner of the Tejas Star Book Award, the International Latino Book Award, and a Pura Belpr Honor for Illustration. Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash/Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual, the second book in the Marisol series, was published in September 2013.
Denise Chavez is a based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is the author of the new novel The King and Queen of Comezn, a border mystery/love story; the recent memoir A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture and the novels Loving Pedro Infante and Face of An Angel, as well as a short story collection, The Last of the Menu Girls. ChÃ¡vez is the director of The Border Book Festival, a major national and regional book festival based at Casa Camino Real in Las Cruces. She is the winner of various awards including the Don Luis Leal Award in Chicano Literature as well as the New Mexico Governor’s Award in Literature, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, and The American Book Award.
Chuck Cheeseman makes music for children and with children. He has recorded the album Dancing With No Shoes On.
Eddie Chuculate has been described as Oklahoma’s Charles Bukowski and was compared to Mozart in Ursula K. Le Guin’s essay on his O. Henry-prizewinning story, “Galveston Bay, 1826,” which is the opening story in Chuculate’s collection, Cheyenne Madonna. Cheyenne Madonna was published by Black Sparrow Books, which was Bukowski’s longtime publisher. Chuculate, who was a featured reader at the 2013 Northern Arizona Book Festival, graduated with an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop that same year, and also held a Wallace Stegner creative writing fellowship at Stanford University. He won a 2014 literature fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, which enabled him to research his novel-in-progress, Homegrown. Heâ€™s a faculty member of the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop in Denver, has also moved furniture, written sports and picked pecans, and vows he has little in common with either Bukowski or Mozart. He splits his time between Muskogee and Santa Fe.
Hazel Clark has been involved in book selling for publishers, bookstores, and wholesalers in northern Arizona for over twenty years. In 1999, she and her partner Tom Martin started their own company Vishnu Temple Press to publish non-fiction about the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau.
Judith Cloud’s catalog includes numerous vocal, choral and instrumental works. Most notable is her cantata “Feet of Jesus” set to poems by Langston Hughes. In 2009 she was awarded first place for the Sorel Medallion in Choral Composition with her piece for chorus and guitar, Anacreontics.
Michael Collier is the author of five books of poems: The Clasp and Other Poems; The Folded Heart; The Neighbor; The Ledge, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Dark Wild Realm. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Pushcart Prize, and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Born in Phoenix, Collier holds an MFA from the University of Arizona. Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004, he currently teaches in creative writing at the University of Maryland and is the director of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.
Junot Daz is the author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2008. He also won the PEN/Malamud Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Novel. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was selected by Time and New York Magazine as the best novel of 2007. Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and currently teaches creative writing at MIT.
Janet Eigner is the author of the poetry collection What Lasts is the Breath (Black Swan 2013), a New Mexico/Arizona Book Award finalist in 2013.
Dave Eggers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. He is the founder and editor of McSweeney’s and also edits the annual Best American Nonrequired Reading series. Eggers cofounded 826 Valencia, an after school writing program for kids ages 6 to 18.
Ian Ellasante has been featured on KXCI’s A Poet’s Moment, and has published poems in Currency, The Volta, The Feminist Wire, Hinchas de PoesÃa, the Trickhouse video poetry series Speech Acts, and Jupiter 88, a video journal of contemporary poetry. Ian has recently shared his poems at the 2015 Black Life Matters Conference, the Trans and Genderqueer Poetry Symposium, and the Stjukshon Indigenous Reading Series.
Darcy Falk has been a writer most of her life. Her latest art project, the Kevlar Kimono was completed in spring of 2014. She’s now working on a series of other garments. Besides writing for Flagstaff Live’s Letter from Home column, she has been published in the national magazines Fiberarts and Threads, and in several anthologies, including the Narrow Chimney Reader, Vol. 1. See more of Falkâ€™s artwork and writing at darcyfalk.com.
Jamie Ford’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was named an IndieBound NEXT List Selection, a Borders Original Voices Selection, and a Barnes & Noble Book Club Selection. It has been translated into 25 languages. Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the Western name Ford, thus confusing countless generations. Ford is an award-winning short-story writer, an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. Having grown up near Seattle’s Chinatown, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children. His next book, Songs from The Book of Souls, should be hitting shelves sometime in early 2012.
Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist, and performer from Tuscon whose poetry, artwork and creative nonfiction is widely published.
Thea Gavin, a native of Orange, CA, spent three weeks as National Park Service Artist-in-Residence at the North Rim in June 2011; since then she has returned to the Grand Canyon as often as possible to wander and write. She leads creative writing workshops for the Grand Canyon Field Institute.
Dagoberto Gilb is a winner of PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award and the PEN Southwest Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award.
Matt H Hall (Matthew Henry Hall) is the author of the children’s picture book, Phoebe and Chub (Rising Moon), a finalist for a Western Writer of America Storyteller award. He also draws cartoons that appear in numerous publications, including The Missouri Review, Inside Higher Ed, and Reader’s Digest.
Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) is the author of Adverbs and, writing as Lemony Snicket, the thirteen book children’s series A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Andrea Hernandez Holm is a desert storyteller, poet, and scholar. She was a 2014 featured poet of the Stjukshon Indigenous reading series at Casa Libre en la Solana and 2011 Indigenous Poets and Writers Exhibit at Arizona State University. Her writings have appeared on La Bloga and Our Spirit, Our Reality; The Blue Guitar Magazine; Wisdom of our Mothers; and Tribal Fires. Her poetry is included in the forthcoming anthology, Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice (University of Arizona Press). Andrea is also a scholar of Mexican American Studies and her writings have appeared in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of MALCS and Arizona Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a former editor of Red Ink: A Native American Student Publication and moderator for the Facebook page Poets Responding to SB 1070.
Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collection This Is Not Your City, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her stories appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Tin House, One Story, and many other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review.
Pam Houston Cowboys Are My Weakness (1994), which was the winner of the 1993 Western States Book Award and has been translated into nine languages, and Waltzing the Cat (1999, reissued 2013), which won the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction; two novels, Contents May Have Shifted (2012); and Sight Hound (2006), all published by W.W. Norton & Co.; and two collections of autobiographical essays, A Rough guide to the Heart (Virago, 2001) and A Little More About Me (Norton, 1999, reissued 2013).
Denis Johnson won the National Poetry series Award, the National Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor 2014). His poems and prose have appeared in Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review, Barrelhouse, PANK, the Collagist, and many other places. A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop, he is currently co-editor of Waxwing Magazine and teaches at Grand Valley State University.
Laura Kelly is the author of Dispatches From the Republic of Otherness. She spent 2014 teaching storytelling in Kyrgyzstan and returned to Flag as the executive director of the Flagstaff Arts Leadership Academy.
Rick Kempa of Rock Springs, Wyoming has twice served as Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. He is co-editor of Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015) and editor of the anthology ON FOOT: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories(Vishnu Temple Press, 2014).
Cybele Knowles writes stories, nonfiction, poems, and scripts. Her writing has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, The Destroyer, Spiral Orb, Diagram, Pindeldyboz, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Faucheuse, and The Prose Poem. She works as the Program Coordinator for the UA Poetry Center.
Ted Kooser served as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for the Library of Congress. Kooser is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. He has published nineteen poetry collections.
Glenn Kurtz authored the well recieved Practicing: A Musicians Return to Music.
Li-Young Lee won the William Carlos Williams Award, Lamont Poetry Selection, American Book Award, Whiting Writers Award, and Lannon Literary Award. He was born in Indonesia and is the grandson of Yuan Shikai, China’s first Republican President.
Melanie Madden grew up in Barstow, California, and now calls Tucson home. She is an essayist and poet who regularly performs with FST! Female StoryTellers, where she serves as chair of the storytelling committee. Melanie’s prose and verse have appeared in The Essay Daily, Timber Journal, The Feminist Wire, the Mojave River Review, and Zocalo Magazine.
Rita Maria Magdaleno is a native Arizonan and recreational river-runner. She lives in Tucson and teaches memoir writing. Her poetic memoir, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, & My Mother was published by University of Arizona Press.
Tom Martin has been getting blisters on his feet and hopelessly lost while hiking in Grand Canyon from river rafting trips since 1969. With his wife Hazel, Tom formed Vishnu Temple Press in 1999 and has published a number of works on Four Corners history, hiking and river guides. With co-author Duwain Whitis, Tom wrote the Guide To The Colorado River In The Grand Canyon, Lee’s Ferry To South Cove, which won the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award.
Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine, 2010) and My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta, 2013). His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Poetry, The Baffler, Boundary2, and Floor Journal and they have been anthologized in Angels of the Americlypse, The Best American Experimental Poetry, The Now Awards Vol. 3, and The Volta Book of Poets, among others. Matuk serves on the poetry editorial team at Fence and is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.
Lydia Millet is a PEN USA winner, was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of six novels and one short story collection.
Rick Moody is a winner of the Pushcart Editor’s Choice Award and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Moody is the author of a memoir and five novels, including Garden State and The Ice Storm.
Toni Morrison won both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize. She also won the National Book Critics Circle Award, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and American Book Award. In 1996, Morrison was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the author of nine novels and two children’s books
Seth Muller was born and raised on the east coast, but he truly fell in love with the Southwest. He moved to Arizona in 2001. His love for the rugged and open country blended with his lifelong passion for the written word. Sethâ€™s childrenâ€™s books include Augustus Fig and the Keepers of the Windclaw Chronicles, a trilogy illustrated by Bahe Whitethorne Jr. He is the recipient of the 2014 Flagstaff City and Coconino County Public Library Copper Quill Award.
Tony Norris is based in Flagstaff, Arizona, and is a regular at storytelling festivals, cowboy poetry gatherings, schools, campfires, and corporate conferences. Young and old alike are captivated by his homespun charm and rich tenor voice. With the accompaniment of his big Martin guitar and healthy doses of humor, he invites the adventurous spirit in each of us to leave the everyday world behind and journey into the old West. Performing solo or in an ensemble, his concerts are for those who want to hear the old songs, learn about the West, relax and have a good time.
Naomi Shihab Nye is the winner of four Pushcart Prizes, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the American Academy of Poets’ Lavan Award. Nye is the author of seven poetry collections and one novel. She was named one of PeacebyPeace.com’s first peace heroes.
Lydia Paar received her MA from NAU and taught fiction there over the past several years, focusing on how we learn from what we write. Her own learning process has involved fictional, nonfictional, and poetic explorations of family, freedom and intimacy, habits and behavior patterns, poverty and wealth, identity transformation, and self-respect/life purpose. The culmination of this work to date is a novel called The Z(e) Scale. She explores the use of gender-neutral language at different places in the work and encourages her students to work as strangely as they want to when considering how the form of what they write will reflect and refract the content of their ideas.
Warren Perkins has an MD from the University of Arizona and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has worked as family doctor in Ganado and Flagstaff for over 30 years. His novel,Putrefaction Live was published in 2009 by UNM Press. He will be reading from an as yet unpublished novel called Albert the Great: A Short History, and is currently working on a missing-person novel
Nancy Pickard is the bestselling author of The Scent of Rain and Lightning and 17 other novels, as well as many short stories. She has won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards, and is a four-time Edgar Award finalist. Her book The Virgin of Small Plains was the Kansas Reads book of the year in 2009. The New York Times says, “Pickard has the storytelling gift.” She is a founding member of Sisters In Crime, the international organization devoted to supporting the work of women mystery writers. A lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, she now resides in Merriam, Kansas.
Annie Proulx won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. She is the author of four novels, four short story collections, and three works of nonfiction.
Wayne Ranney, a geologist and river and trail guide based in Flagstaff, will share his humorous essay, On Being a Trail Guide in the Grand Canyon. Ranney is the author of eight books, including Carving Grand Canyon, Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau, and Sedona Through Time.
Ishmael Reed has been nominated for two National Book Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and has won the Langston Hughes Medal. Reed is the author of nine novels, six poetry collections, eight essay collections, two travelogues, six plays, and has edited thirteen anthologies.
Emily Regan is a short story writer, novelist, and author of the 2011 collection Unraveled. Emily earned her master’s degree from Northern Arizona University.
Alberto Raos was a finalist for the National Book Award and has won the Walt Whitman Award and six Pushcart Prizes for poetry and fiction. RÃos is the author of eleven poetry collections, three short story collections, and a memoir.
Lois Roma-Daley is the author of the poetry collections Rules of Hunger, northSight, and High Notes, the last of which was chosen as a 2011 Paterson Poetry Prize finalist.
Danny Rosen lives five miles north of the Colorado River, on Colorado’s western slope, in the Grand Valley. He is the proprietor of Lithic Bookstore and Gallery in Fruita, and the owner of Lithic Press.
Christopher Scinto’s compositions have been featured in musical festivals in Germany, Italy, Spain, and throughout the United States. His works have recieved numerous awards and grants from the Long Island Composer’s Alliance, Meet the Composer, the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, and the National Association of Composers, USA.
Kama Shockey is an Arizona native who graduated from NAU with her MFA in Creative Writing. She writes regularly for Military Spouse Magazine, and her essays can be found in FlagLive, Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine, and others. Her fiction has been published in Zone 3, Bird’s Thumb, Blue Monday Review, O-Dark-Thirty’s Review and Report, and many others.
Veronica Tsinajinnie is from Bird Springs, Arizona. She is the author of JoÌhnaaeÌÌI Bringer of Dawn. She is TaÌchiinii, born for the Bitter Water (ToÌdiÌchÌiÌinii) clan. She earned her associates degree in Elementary Education and Dine Studies from Dine College. Veronica has long enjoyed writing for pleasure. The inspiration for her writing comes from her nieces and nephews with whom she loves to share stories.
Jesse Valencia is a writer, musician, and actor living in Northern Arizona. This year he made his big-screen debut opposite Tom Sizemore in the indie crime drama Durant’s Never Closes while his first book, Straight Up And Down With The Brian Jonestown Massacre, is being published by University of Hell Press later on this year. A graduate of Northern Arizona University’s Creative Writing MFA program, Jesse is currently finishing his second Master’s at NAU, in English literature.
Ann Weiler Walka of Flagstaff still explores and writes about the backcountry of the Colorado Plateau, both the tangible terrain and the landscape of the imagination.
Laura Walker is thriving on the new experience of actual real-life seasons in Flagstaff, AZ. She is working on her MFA in fiction writing at Northern Arizona University and serves as editor in chief of Thin Air, the school’s literary magazine.
Betty Webb is the author of the nationally best-selling Lena Jones mystery series and the humorous Gunn Zoo mysteries.
Orlando White is the author of two books of poetry: Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009) and LETTERRS (Nightboat Books, 2015). He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Brown University. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Omnidawn Poetry Feature Blog, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, American Indian Culture And Research Journal, Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and a Bread Loaf John Ciardi Fellowship. He teaches at DinÃ© College and in the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Bahe Whitethorne Jr. is a member of the Blackstream Wood People clan. He is the illustrator of the Keepers of the Windclaw trilogy, a young reader fantasy fiction series which follows the adventures of a young girl named Ellie Tsosie who learns how to communicate with birds. Baje was born and raised in Flagstaff where his art has been influenced by comic books, graphic novels, childrenâ€™s picture books and by the work of his father, Baje Whitethorne Sr.
Baje Whitethorne Sr. has illustrated eight children’s books including Monster Bird, Monster Slayer, Sunpainters: Eclipse of the Navajo Sun, and Beauty Beside Me, Stories of My Grandmother’s Skirts. He is the author and illustrator of Father’s Boots. Baje grew up on the Navajo Reservation near Shonto, Arizona. As a child he was drawn into the world of storytelling when he and his brothers would make up stories on their way to their grandmother’s house. He was honored with the Mayor’s Legacy Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Arts at the 2014 Flagstaff Viola Awards Gala.
Molly Wood is a native Arizonan, who has been living in Flagstaff on and off for 8 years. She is the conceptualizer and hostess of Poet’s Den and she tries to be involved in as many Flagstaff literary events as possible. In her spare time she enjoys indulging in the beautiful landscape that northern Arizona has to offer.
Seraphine Yazzie is the author of Beauty Beside Me, Stories of My Grandmother’s Skirts, and DibeÌ YaÌzhiÌ TaÌago Baa Hane the Three Little Sheep. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Northern Arizona University. Her commitment to educational values has enabled her to achieve many of her goals in life. As a fourth grade teacher at Hunterâ€™s Point Boarding School, Seraphine hopes her books will encourage youth to read and write creatively.