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T. J. Anderson River to CrossT. J. Anderson III, associate professor of English; B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.F.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., S.U.N.Y. Binghamton. He is the author of River To Cross, At Last Round Up, and Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry, and has published both poetry and poem translations. His research interests include jazz poetry, African American literature, and the work of Aimé Césaire.
Carrie Brown The Last First DayCarrie Brown, (Homepage), distinguished visiting professor of creative writing; B.A., Brown University; M.F.A. University of Virginia. She is the author of six novels — The Rope Walk, Confinement, The Hatbox Baby, Lamb in Love, Rose’s Garden, most recently, The Last First Day, published by Pantheon in September 2013. A new novel, The Stargazer's Sister, will be forthcoming from Pantheon. She has also published a collection of short stories, The House on Belle Isle. Her short fiction has appeared in such journals as One Story, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, and The Oxford American. Brown is a two-time winner of the Library of Virginia Book Award and a past recipient of a National Endowment for Arts fellowship, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

R.H.W. Dillard What Is Owed the DeadR. H. W. Dillard, Susan Gager Jackson Professor of Creative Writing; professor of English; B.A., Roanoke College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia; editor of The Hollins Critic and author of The Day I Stopped Dreaming About Barbara Steele and Other Poems; News of the Nile; After Borges; The Greeting: New & Selected Poems; The Book of Changes; Horror Films; The First Man on the Sun; Understanding George Garrett; Just Here, Just Now; Omniphobia; Sallies; What Is Owed the Dead and, forthcoming in 2014, Not Ideas: Philosophical Poems. He is also the author of many stories, poems, essays, and literary translations. Professor Dillard has received both the O. B. Hardison and Hanes poetry prizes, is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and was named the 2007 winner of the Association of Writers George Garrett Award, given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional generosity to writers.
Cathryn Hankla Fortune Teller: Miracle FishCathryn Hankla (Homepage), professor of English; B.A., M.A., Hollins College. She is the poetry editor of The Hollins Critic and author of Phenomena, Learning the Mother Tongue, A Blue Moon in Poorwater, Afterimages, Negative History, Texas School Book Depository, Emerald City Blues, Poems for the Pardoned, The Land Between, Last Exposures and Fortune Teller Miracle Fish. Winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and the James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry, her essays, poems, and stories have appeared in literary journals nationwide.

Pauline Kaldas The Time Between PlacesPauline Kaldas (Homepage), associate professor of English; B.A., Clark University; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., SUNY-Binghamton. Her works include The Time between Places: Stories That Weave In and Out of Egypt and America (University of Arkansas Press, 2010), Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction (co-editor, University of Arkansas Press, 2009), Letters from Cairo, a travel memoir (Syracuse University Press, 2006), and Egyptian Compass, a collection of poetry (Custom Words, 2006). Her poems, stories, and essays have been published in various journals and anthologies, including Post-Gibran: Anthology of New Arab American Writing, The Poetry of Arab Women, Inclined to Speak, Callaloo, and MELUS. Her interests include creative writing, multicultural literature, immigrant literature, and Arab women writers.

Jeanne Larsen Why We Make Gardens & Other PoemsJeanne Larsen (Homepage), professor of English; B.A., Oberlin College; M.A. Hollins College; Ph.D., University of Iowa; author of James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita: A Book of Poems, Brocade River Poems: Selected Works of the Tang Dynasty Courtesan Xue Tao, three novels, Silk Road, Bronze Mirror, and Manchu Palaces, and Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women's Poems from Tang China and most recently, Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems). A new novel, Sally Paradiso, can be downloaded in e-book format from Brown Fedora Books. She coedited Engendering the Word: Feminist Essays in Psychosexual Poetics, and is the winner of many grants and awards. Her creative nonfiction, essays, poems, poem translations, and short fiction appear regularly in various magazines nationwide.
Thorpe Moeckel

VenisonThorpe Moeckel, director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing and associate professor of English; B.A., Bowdoin College; M.F.A., University of Virginia. His most recent book is Venison: a poem. His other poetry books include Odd Botany, and Making a Map of the River, Chapbooks include Meltlines, The Guessing Land, and Off Owl's Head, forthcoming in e-version from Iron Horse Literary Review. His writings appear regularly in journals, and selections are featured in several anthologies. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Jacob K. Javits and Henry Hoyns fellowship, and was awarded the George Garrett New Writing Award from The Fellowship of Southern Writers. A new book, Arcadia Road: A Trilogy, will be published by Etruscan Press in September 2015.

 

Marilyn Moriarty Moses UnchainedMarilyn Moriarty, professor of English; B.A., M.A., University of Florida - Gainesville; Ph.D., University of California - Irvine. She has co-edited a collection of essays on architecture and literary theory, Critical Architecture and Contemporary Culture, annotated two Shakespeare plays for anthologies, and written a textbook, Writing Science through Critical Thinking. She also publishes poetry and short fiction; her book Moses Unchained won the A.W.P. creative nonfiction award. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Faultline, Mondo Greco, Nimrod, Peregrine, Phoebe, Quarterly West, Thema, The Antioch Review, and The Kenyon Review.
Julie Pfeiffer Children's LIterature JournalJulie Pfeiffer, associate professor of English; B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Connecticut; former editor of the annual of the Children's Literature Association, Children's Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press). She has published on Charlotte Bronte, gender and children's literature, and on nineteenth-century revisions of Paradise Lost for children.
Elizabeth Poliner Sudden FogElizabeth Poliner, assistant professor of English; B.A. Bowdoin College; J.D. University of Virginia; M.F.A. American University. She is the author of Mutual Life & Casualty, a novel in stories, and Sudden Fog, a chapbook of poems. Her stories and poems have been published in literary journals nationwide, and her awards include numerous individual artist grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' conferences, and residencies at Yaddo and the Virginia Center in the Creative Arts.