Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Staff Roster

Greg Glazner

Poetry — Greg Glazner's books of poetry are From the Iron Chair and Singularity, both published by W.W. Norton. His awards include The Walt Whitman Award, The Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, and an NEA Fellowship. He has published recent poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in magazines including Poetry, Fifth Wednesday, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. An electric guitarist as well as a writer, he has collaborated with the classical composer Garrett Shatzer on an extensive blues-influenced piece in the art song tradition, At the Blinds, for which Greg wrote the text. Sung by the tenor David Saul Lee and performed by CityWater New Music Ensemble, with Greg as a guest artist on guitar, the piece premiered in November of 2014 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, where it was recorded live. A past Director of Creative Writing at The College of Santa Fe and a former Richard Hugo Visiting Writer at The University of Montana, he teaches at UC Davis and in the low-residency MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.

Debra GwartneyNonfiction — Debra Gwartney is a non-fiction writer who has published in such journals as Tin House, American Scholar, Prairie Schooner, Creative Nonfiction, the New York Times "Modern Love" column, and others, including craft essays in Poets & Writers magazine, where she is a contributing editor. She is the author of a memoir, Live Through This, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Pacific Northwest Book Award. Debra has been awarded fellowships from Hedgebrook, UCross, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and Portland's Literary Arts. Her essays have been cited as "notables" in Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches non-fiction in the Pacific University MFA Program and lives in Western Oregon.

John ShoptawFiction — Christian Kiefer Christian Kiefer’s first novel, The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury) appeared on best of the year lists from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist and was given rave reviews in The Washington Post, Oprah.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Brooklyn Rain, Library Journal, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. Pam Houston called it “the most emotionally and syntactically sophisticated debut I have ever seen.”

His second novel, The Animals (Liveright/W.W. Norton) was a best book of the year from Amazon.com. The San Francisco Chronicle noted that “the book is not just a galloping great read; it’s a violent, tender, terrifying, genuine work of art.”

Kiefer teaches at American River College and as part of the low-residency MFA faculty at Sierra Nevada College.

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