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 2023

Image description: A bespectacled brunette wearing a large stone necklace tilts her head at the cameraRuth Joffre 

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast, which was longlisted for The Story Prize. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Pleiades, Gulf Coast, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Hayden's Ferry Review, Wigleaf, the anthologies Best Microfiction 2021 & 2022, and elsewhere. Her interview series with the authors, editors, and curators of craft books and resources is freely available on Catapult’s Don’t Write Alone and the Kenyon Review blog. She earned her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She served as the 2020-2022 Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence and co-organized the Fight for Our Lives performance series with D.A. Navoti.

Image credit: Scott Locklear

Image description: A picture of D.A. Navoti smiling at the camera.D.A. Navoti

D.A. Navoti (he/him) is a multidisciplinary storyteller, composer, and writer of the Gila River Indian Community. The author of essays, stories, and the forthcoming memoir One Pima Pilgrim, his artistic work spans across three “landscapes” — written, musical, visual — a hybrid form that explores what it means to be Indigenous in the 21st century. A recipient of the Artist Trust Fellowship award and an Artist Support Program residency with Jack Straw Cultural Center, both in 2022, he serves as the 2022-23 Native-Artist-in-Residence at Seattle Rep. From January 2020 to January 2021, he co-curated the Fight for Our Lives performance series with Ruth Joffre, advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics and systemic oppression. He was also a writer fellow with Jack Straw Cultural Center and Hugo House, and his literary work has appeared in Homology Lit, Spartan, Indian Country Today, Cloudthroat, and elsewhere.

Image Credit: D.A. Navoti

Spring 2022

Steven-Dunn.jpgSteven Dunn

A 2021 Whiting Award winner, and shortlisted for Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists,” Steven Dunn is the author of two books from Tarpaulin Sky Press: water & power (2018) and Potted Meat, which was a co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and has been adapted for a short film entitled The Usual Route, from Foothills Productions. Steven was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy, he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver, and an MFA from Stetson University. He teaches in the MFA programs at Regis University and Cornell College.


Winter 2021

Jenn GivhanJenn Givhan

Jennifer 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 SoldierLayli Long Soldier

Layli 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 NguyenDiana Nguyen

A 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 ChoiDon Mee Choi

Don 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). 

Everfair (book cover)Nisi Shawl

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 ArmantroutRae Armantrout

Rae 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.

photo of Renee GladmanRenee Gladman

Renee 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.

photo of Danielle VogelDanielle Vogel

Danielle 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 ArmantroutRae Armantrout

Rae 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 BellamyDodie Bellamy

Dodi 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 DucornetRikki Ducornet

The 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.