SPRING 2012

Poetry Fellow ARI BANIAS grew up in Los Angeles, El Paso, and the suburbs of Chicago. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Hunter College, where he was a teaching fellow. His poems have appeared in Drunken BoatSalt HillAufgabe, Cincinnati ReviewFIELD, and other publications, and he has been awarded residencies at Caldera and Headlands Center for the Arts. He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York. 
reading "Exquisite Corpse" and "Some Kind of We"

Second-year fiction Fellow CHARLES CONLEY, born and raised on Long Island, received his MFA from the University of Minnesota. In addition to his fellowship with the Fine Arts Work Center, he has been a fellow with Teachers & Writers Collaborative and the Sozopol Fiction Seminar. In 2007 he received a SASE/Jerome Grant for Emerging Writers, and in 2010 a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. His stories have been published or are forthcoming in journals including Southern Review, Harvard Review, North American Review, andGargoyle. 
reading from "Dream of the Italian Gentleman"

Poetry Fellow NICOLE TEREZ DUTTON's work has appeared in Callaloo,Ploughshares, 32 Poems, Indiana Review, and Salt Hill Journal. Nicole earned an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and her first book, If One Of Us Should Fall, will be published in 2012. She currently lives in Boston. 
reading "Every Answer is Yes" and "Gig"

Fiction Fellow TOM MACHER attended Baton Rouge Community College, Riverside City College, San Francisco State, and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is working on a novel.
reading from "In the State of Arizona"

Second-year poetry fellow SARAH ROSE NORDGREN grew up in North Carolina. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Poetry MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she held the Fred Chappell Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Iowa Review,Quarterly West, Hayden's Ferry Review, Cincinnati Review, La Petite Zine, The Collagist, and others.

reading "A Report from Our Team in the Field" and "Reader"

Fiction Fellow MATTHEW NEILL NULL, a native of West Virginia, is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a winner of the O. Henry Award. His short fiction has appeared in Oxford American, Shenandoah, and PEN / O. Henry Prize Stories 2011 — in that volume, his story "Something You Can't Live Without" was selected as a juror favorite. He was also the 2010-2011 Provost's Postgraduate Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa.

reading "Natural Resources"

HANNA PYLVÄINEN is from suburban Detroit. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was also a Postgraduate Zell Fellow. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony residency. Her first book, We Sinners, is due out from Henry Holt in August 2012.

reading from "Party Boy"

Poetry Fellow SOLMAZ SHARIF holds a BA in Sociology and Women of Color Writers from UC Berkeley and an MFA in poetry from New York University. A 2011 winner of the "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in jubilat, DIAGRAM, Boston Review, Witness, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. From 2002 to 2006, Sharif studied and taught with June Jordan's Poetry for the People. The former managing director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, she is currently working on a poetic rewrite of the U.S. Department of Defense dictionary.

reading "Drone"

Poetry Fellow BRANDON SOM lives in Los Angeles where he is currently a PhD student in the Creative Writing and Literature program at the University of Southern California. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was published in the anthology Best New Poets 2007, edited by Natasha Trethewey. His chapbookBabel's Moon won the Snowbound Prize from Tupelo Press and will be out in the fall of 2011. His poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review,Indiana Review, and Octopus Magazine.

reading "Cuttings," "The Nest Collectors" and "Elegy"

Fiction Fellow VINNIE WILHELM was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the recipient of a 2010 Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Philadelphia.

reading from "The Crying of the Gulls"