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Hollinsummer Program
Hollins University
P.O. Box 9707
Roanoke, VA 24020-1707
(800) 456-9595
Fax: (540) 362-6218


Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop: Online
Hollins University
Luke T. Johnson
P. O. Box 9552
Roanoke, VA 24020-1552
(607) 351-1425
Fax: (540) 561-2325


Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop
Hollins University
Christine Powell
P.O. Box 9552
Roanoke, VA 24020-1552
(540) 362-6229
Fax (540) 561-2325

Tinker Mountain Visual Arts
Hollins University
Brittany Foutz
P. O. Box 9552
Roanoke, VA 24020-1552
(540) 362-6021
Fax (540) 561-2325

Volleyball Clinics
Bill Shook
Hollins University
P. O. Box 9553
Roanoke, VA 24020-1553
(540) 362-6329

2014 Workshop faculty


Fred Leebron Fred Leebron, novel, director
Fred Leebron, program director of the M.F.A. in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte, is also a professor of English at Gettysburg College, and a former director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. In addition, he is a managing partner of Unboxed Books, which publishes original and reprint fiction and nonfiction, and features an annual $5,000 book prize in fiction. His novels include Six Figures, In the Middle of All This, and Out West. He has received a Pushcart Prize, Michener Award, Stegner Fellowship, and O. Henry Award. He is co-editor of Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology and co-author of Creating Fiction: A Writer's Companion. The independent production of Six Figures premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, and he is currently at work on another film project.
Mary Stewart Atwell Mary Stewart Atwell '00, fiction/nonfiction
Mary Stewart Atwell is a Hollins alumna (Class of 2000) and the author of the novel Wild Girls (Scribner 2012). Her short fiction has appeared in journals including Epoch and Alaska Quarterly Review, and in the anthologies Best New American Voices and Best American Mystery Stories. She teaches creative writing at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California.
Khris Baxter Khris Baxter, screenwriting
Khris Baxter is a screenwriter, producer, and the president of Story Lab. Story Lab develops and finances mid-tier independent films, and works closely with Crystal City Entertainment (The Butler; The Ides of March; Everything Must Go) developing and cofinancing a wide range of feature film and television projects. Baxter teaches screenwriting at the low-residency M.F.A. in creative writing at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. He is also a member of the Virginia Film Office, where he has been a judge for the annual Virginia Screenwriting Competition since 2004.
Laura Benedict Laura Benedict, genre fiction
Laura Benedict is the author of several novels of dark suspense, including Isabella Moon and Bliss House (Pegasus Books, June 2014). Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine as well as numerous anthologies, and she originated and edited the Surreal South short fiction anthology series with her husband, Pinckney Benedict. She lives with her family in the southernmost region of a Midwestern state.
Pinckney Benedict Pinckney Benedict, fiction
Pinckney Benedict grew up in rural West Virginia. He has published a novel and three collections of short fiction. His work has been published in, among other magazines and anthologies, Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, the O. Henry Award series, the Pushcart Prize series, the Best New Stories from the South series, The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, and The Oxford Book of the American Short Story. He is the recipient of two Transatlantic Review awards, a Michener Fellowship, and the Nelson Algren Award, and an individual artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served on the faculties of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Aspen Summer Words conference. Benedict is a professor in the creative writing program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Queens University in Charlotte.
Barbara Jones Barbara Jones, fiction/nonfiction
Barbara Jones is an executive editor at Henry Holt & Company, where she edits fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. Her authors include Paul Auster, Sebastian Faulks, Erica Jong, Christa Parravani, Adelle Waldman, and many others. She was previously editorial director of Hyperion Books and Voice Books, where she edited Lauren Groff, Deborah Copaken Kogan, Chitra Divakaruni, Isabel Gillies, Kelly Corrigan, and many others. Before joining Hyperion in 2008, Barbara spent nearly 20 years as an editor at magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s, More, and Grand Street, editing authors such as Jennifer Egan, Lorrie Moore, Ann Patchett, Louise Erdrich, Francine Prose, Liz Gilbert, Ann Hood, Kate Braestrup, Amy Wilentz, Christopher Hitchens, Kathryn Harrison, and many others. She has taught at Yale College, New York University, and elsewhere. Her writings have been published in magazines, newspapers, and books, including Salon, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Elle, Marie Claire, The Paris Review, and Grand Street and in anthologies from Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Riverhead Books.
James McKean James McKean, personal essay
James McKean writes poems and nonfiction. He has published three books of poems: Headlong, Tree of Heaven, and We Are the Bus. Headlong won a 1987 Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writer Award, Tree of Heaven won a 1994 Iowa Poetry Award, and We Are the Bus won the 2011 X.J. Kennedy poetry prize and was published in 2012 by Texas Review Press. His nonfiction has appeared in magazines and collections such as the Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, and the Best American Sports Writing 2003 and has received a Pushcart Prize. His latest volume of nonfiction is a collection of essays titled Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports. He is a professor emeritus at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Thorpe Moeckel Thorpe Moeckel, advanced poetry
Thorpe Moeckel is the author of three books of poems — Odd Botany, Making a Map of the River, and Venison: a poem. Chapbooks include Meltlines and The Guessing Land. He teaches in the English and creative writing program at Hollins University. A former Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill, he has received an NEA Fellowship in poetry, a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, the Gerald Cable Book Award, the George Garrett Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and a Henry Hoyns Fellowship. His poetry is featured in several anthologies, including Field Work: Modern Poems from Eastern Forests, edited by Erik Reece, and From the Fishouse. His prose and poems appear in such journals as FIELD, Open City, The Antioch Review, Poetry Daily, Orion, Poetry, The Southern Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. A new book is forthcoming in September 2015 from Etruscan Press.
Daniel Mueller Daniel Mueller, fiction/nonfiction
Daniel Mueller Mueller has written two collections of short stories: How Animals Mate (Overlook Press, 1999), which won the Sewanee Fiction Prize, and Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey, released in 2013 by Outpost 19 Books. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Joyland, The Cincinnati Review, Gargoyle, CutBank, Prairie Schooner, Surreal South, Another Chicago Magazine, StoryQuarterly, The Mississippi Review, Story, The Crescent Review, and Playboy. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Henfield Foundation, University of Virginia, and Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He directs the creative writing program at University of New Mexico and teaches on the creative writing faculty of the low-residency M.F.A. program at Queens University in Charlotte.
Emilia Phillips Emilia Phillips, beginning poetry
Emilia Phillips is the author of Signaletics (University of Akron Press, 2013) and two chapbooks. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center. Her poetry appears in AGNI, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She serves as the prose editor of 32 Poems, on staff of the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and as the 2013–14 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College.
Jon Pineda Jon Pineda, memoir
Jon Pineda is the author of the memoir Sleep in Me, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Library Journal "Best Books for 2010" pick. His poetry collections include The Translator’s Diary, winner of the Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose, and Birthmark, selected by Ralph Burns as winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. His debut novel, Apology, received the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize. He is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Mary Washington
Kim Wright Wiley

Kim Wright Wiley, travel
Kim Wright Wiley has been both a professional travel writer and novelist for more than 30 years. Her articles and essays have appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Islands, Spa magazine, and a host of other publications. She is a two-time recipient of the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Cultural Travel Writing. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel Love in Mid Air (Grand Central) and the upcoming Unexpected Waltz, which will be published by Gallery in June 2014. At present she is at work on a novel based on her experiences walking the Canterbury Trail.