We are thrilled to welcome Nikky Finney, Eduardo C. Corral, Dustin M. Hoffman, and Bryn Chancellor for our 2017 evening lineup! Join us for a fabulous evening of poetry, fiction, Q&A, food & drink, and much camaraderie.
Here’s a little more about the authors:
Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea. A child of activists, she came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff’s Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997), edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.
Here is Finney delivering her searing National Book Award acceptance speech:
You can read more about Finney, see more of her videos, and read more of her work at http://nikkyfinney.net
Eduardo C. Corral is a poet and the son of Mexican immigrants. His first book, Slow Lightning, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Corral has also been the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry Magazine, and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. His poems have appeared in Ambit, Beloit Poetry Journal, New England Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. He currently works as an assistant professor in the M.F.A. program at North Carolina State University. In 2017-18, he will be a Hodder Fellow at Princeton, when he plans to research and write a sequence of poems informed by the life and the work of visual artist Martín Ramírez.
Here is Corral reading his poem “In Colorado My Father Scoured and Stacked Dishes”:
Read more about Corral and more of his poetry at The Poetry Foundation.
Dustin M. Hoffman is the author of the story collection One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist (University of Nebraska Press), winner of the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. He spent ten years painting houses in Michigan before getting his MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University and his PhD in creative writing from Western Michigan University. His stories have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Phoebe, Puerto del Sol, Fourteen Hills, Witness, Quarterly West, The Journal, Gargoyle, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Indiana Review, and a bunch of other neat places. He lives in South Carolina and teaches creative writing and literature at Winthrop University.
Here is a brand new story from Hoffman, “In this Room I Make Red,” published in Witness. Read more about Hoffman and read more of his work at http://dustinmhoffman.com/
Bryn Chancellor’s debut novel, Sycamore, is forthcoming from Harper (May 9, 2017). Her story collection When Are You Coming Home? (University of Nebraska Press) won the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and her short fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Phoebe, and elsewhere. Other honors include the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award in fiction, and literary fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. A native of California raised in Arizona, she earned her M.F.A. in fiction from Vanderbilt University and is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.