Gabrielle Calvocoressi

gcalvocoressiGabrielle Calvocoressi was born in Connecticut. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College and earned her MFA from Columbia University. Calvocoressi’s first book, The Last Time I saw Amelia Earhart (Persea Books, 2005), was shortlisted for the Northern California Book Award and won the 2006 Connecticut Book Award in Poetry. Her second collection, Apocalyptic Swing (Persea Books, 2009), was a finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Calvocoressi’s awards and honors include a Stegner Fellowship, a Jones Lectureship at Stanford University and a Rona Jaffe Women Writers’ Award. She teaches at the MFA programs at California College of Arts in San Francisco and at Warren Wilson College. She also runs the sports desk for the Best American Poetry Blog.

Books: The last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing

 Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis is the author of two books of poetry, Blue-Tail Fly and Horse in the Dark. Her work has appeared and is forth¬coming in several periodicals and anthologies including Best Ameri¬can Poetry 2010, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She was the 2009–2010 Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Hall Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of a 2009 Rona Jaffe Award, and of a 2010 Kresge Artist Fellowship. She is currently an associate editor for Callaloo: A Journal of African Diasporic Arts & Letters.

Books: Horse In The Dark, Blue-Tail Fly
Horse In The Dark Website, Blue-Tail Fly

Alix Ohlin

Alix Ohlin‘s novel Inside and her story collection Signs and Wonders were both published on June 5, 2012. She is also the author of The Missing Person, a novel, and Babylon and Other Stories. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and on public radio’s Selected Shorts. Born and raised in Montreal, she currently lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Lafayette College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Books: The Missing Person, Babylon, Inside, Signs and Wonders

Matthew Olzmann

Matthew Olzmann’s first book of poems, Mezzanines, was selected for the 2011 Kundiman Prize and is forthcoming from Alice James Books (April 2013). His poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Gulf Coast, The Southern Review and elsewhere. He has received fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, The Kresge Arts Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Currently, he serves as the poetry editor of The Collagist and teaches in the undergraduate writing program at Warren Wilson College as the 2012-2013 Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow.

Books: Mezzanines
Alice James Book Author Page

Alan Michael Parker

Alan Michael Parker is the author of seven collections of poems, including Long Division, the winner of the 2012 North Carolina Book Award. He has also published three novels including, The Committee on Town Happiness, forthcoming from Dzanc Books. He has been awarded three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, among other honors. He has published over 200 poems and stories in journals including American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Poetry. He has published essays and reviews in journals such as The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Yorker, and has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Corporation of Yaddo. He is currently teaching at Davidson College, and in the Queens University low-residency M.F.A. program.

Books: Love Song for Motor Vehicles, Elephants and Butterflies, Whale Man, Long Division

Natalie Serber

Natalie Serber grew up in Santa Cruz, California and received an MFA from Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in the The Bellingham Review, Inkwell Magazine, Third Coast, Fourth Genre, and Hunger Mountain. She is the recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, the Tobias Wolff Award, and the H.E. Francis Award. She was also short listed in Best American Short Stories. Her forthcoming book Shout Her Lovely Name is soon to be available through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Serber currently teaches writing at several universities in Portland, Oregon, where she currently lives with her family.

Books: Shout Her Lovely Name

Tatjana Soli

(We are sad to report Tatjana Soli will not attend SMU LitFest this year. We hope she may return in the future.)

Tatjana Soli is a novelist and short story writer. Her bestselling debut novel, The Lotus Eaters was a New York Times Notable Book, finalist for the LA Times Book Award and winner of the James Tait Black Prize, among other honors. Her second book, The Forgetting Tree, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her stories have appeared in many publications including Zyzzyva, Boulevard, and The Sun. Her work has been twice listed in the 100 Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories and she is currently living with her husband in Southern California.

Books:The Lotus Eaters, The Forgetting Tree

Debra Spark

Debra Spark is the author of four books of fiction, including most recently The Pretty Girl, a collection of stories about art and deception, and the novel Good for the Jews. She is also the author of Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing and editor of the anthology Twenty Under Thirty. Spark’s work has appeared in Esquire, Ploughshares, The New York Times, Food and Wine, Yankee, The Washington Post, Maine Home + Design, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She is the recipient of several awards including a NEA fellowship, a Bunting Institute fellowship from Radcliffe College, and the John Zacharis/Ploughshares award for Best First Book. She is a professor at Colby College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She currently lives with her husband and son in North Yarmouth, Maine.

Books: Good for the Jews, The Pretty Girl, Curious Attractions