Visiting Writers

The MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics regularly hosts residencies with renowned writers.  Visiting writers extend and enrich the MFA’s creative community.

Winter 2021

Jenn Givhan

Jenn GivhanJennifer Givhan, a Mexican-American writer and activist from the Southwestern desert, is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently Rosa’s Einstein (Camino Del Sol Poetry Series), two chapbooks, and the novels Trinity Sight and Jubilee (Blackstone Publishing). Her work has appeared in The Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, POETRY Magazine, The Rumpus, The New Republic, AGNI, TriQuarterly, The Nation, Crazyhorse, Witness, Southern Humanities Review, and Kenyon Review. She has received, among other honors, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellowship, and New Ohio Review’s Poetry Prize. Givhan holds a Master’s degree in English from California State University Fullerton and an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Layli Long Soldier

Layli Long SoldierLayli Long Soldier earned a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA with honors from Bard College. She is the author of the chapbook Chromosomory (2010) and the full-length collection Whereas (2017), which won the National Books Critics Circle award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has been a contributing editor to Drunken Boat and poetry editor at Kore Press; in 2012, her participatory installation, Whereas We Respond, was featured on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In 2015, Long Soldier was awarded a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry. She was awarded a Whiting Writer’s Award in 2016. Long Soldier is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Spring 2020

Diana Nguyen

Diana NguyenA poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn 2018), which was selected by Terrance Hayes. In addition to winning the 92Y "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Contest, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Colorado Book Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize. A Kundiman fellow, she currently teaching in the Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and will be an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh starting Autumn 2020.

Winter 2019

Don Mee Choi

Don Mee ChoiDon Mee Choi is the author of The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010) and Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), and chapbooks Petite Manifesto (Vagabond Press, 2014), Ahn Hak-sop #4 (The Green Violin, 2018), Sky Translation (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2019), and a pamphlet of essays Freely Frayed (Wave Pamphlet #9, 2014). She is currently a 2019 DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program Fellow. She has translated several collections of Kim Hyesoon’s poetry, including Poor Love Machine (Action Books, 2016) and Autobiography of Death (New Directions, 2018). 

Nisi Shawl

Everfair (book cover)Nisi Shawl wrote the 2008 Tiptree Award-winning story collection Filter House, and the 2016 Nebula finalist and Tiptree Honor novel Everfair, an alternate history of the Congo.  In 2005 she co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, which has become the standard text on inclusive representation in the imaginative genres.  Her stories have appeared in Analog and Asimov’s Magazines, among many other publications.  She has edited and co-edited several fiction and nonfiction anthologies such as Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler, both finalists for the Locus Award.  Shawl is a founder of the Carl Brandon Society and a Clarion West board member.

Spring 2016

Rae Armantrout

Rae ArmantroutRae Armantrout is one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets. She has published ten books of poetry and has also been featured in a number of major anthologies. Armantrout currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics.

Renee Gladman

photo of Renee GladmanRenee Gladman is an artist and writer preoccupied with lines, crossings, thresholds, geographies, and syntaxes as they play out in the interstices of poetry and fiction. She is the author of eight published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians, Morelia, a novella, and Calamities, a collection of essays, forthcoming in 2016. A 2014-2015 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, she currently lives in Providence, RI.

Danielle Vogel

photo of Danielle VogelDanielle Vogel is an artist and cross-genre writer who grew up along the south shore of Long Island. Her visual works—which investigate the archives of memory stored within language—have been exhibited most recently at RISD Museum, The University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, Abecedarian Gallery, Temple and Pace Universities. As a writer, Danielle explores the bonds between language and presence, between a reader and a writer, and how a book, as an extended architecture of a body, might serve as a site of radical transformation. She is the author of Between Grammars (Noemi 2015), the artist book Narrative & Nest (Abecedarian Gallery 2012), and lit (Dancing Girl Press 2008). She teaches writing and book arts at Wesleyan University.

Spring 2015

Rae Armantrout

Rae ArmantroutRae Armantrout is one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets. She has published ten books of poetry and has also been featured in a number of major anthologies. Armantrout currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics.

Dodie Bellamy

Dodie BellamyDodi Bellamy is one of the originators in the New Narrative literary movement of the early and mid 1980s, which attempts to use the tools of experimental fiction and critical theory and apply them to narrative storytelling. Bellamy also directed the San Francisco writing lab, Small Press Traffic, and taught creative writing at the San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of San Francisco, Naropa University, Antioch University Los Angeles, San Francisco State University, and the California Institute of the Arts.

Rikki Ducornet

Rikki DucornetThe author of nine novels, three collections of short fiction, two books of essays and five books of poetry, Rikki Ducornet has received both a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award For Fiction. She has received the Bard College Arts and Letters award and, in 2008, an Academy Award in Literature. 

Many nationally and internationally renown writers and artists participate in our annual Fall Convergence each year.

Our series "From the Convergence Zone" hosts multiple readings, talks and performances.