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Visiting Writers and Professionals

  • Visiting Writers Series
    Mark Doty, the only American poet to have won Great Britain's T. S. Eliot Prize, is the author of seven books of poems, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (2008, Harper). The first, Turtle, Swan, appeared in 1987. His third collection,...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Frances McCue, artistic director and co-founder of Richard Hugo House, is a poet, art reviewer, essayist, teacher and an arts instigator. Frances was a winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize in 1992, and her book, The Stenographer’s Breakfast,...
  • Alumni Readers Series
    Matthew Quick earned his BA through La Salle University and his MFA through Goddard College. His debut novel The Silver Linings Playbook (Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux) was lauded by People, The Wall Street Journal, National...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    Betsy Amster is president of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises, a literary agency in Portland.  Before opening her agency in 1992, she spent ten years as an editor at Pantheon and Vintage. She has been described in the L.A. Times as “a dogged...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    George Evans is the author of five books of poetry published in the US and England, including his most recent, The New World (Curbstone Press), and Sudden Dreams (Coffee House Press), shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He also...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Chris Millis is a prize-winning, bestselling writer, producer, and cartoonist. He adapted his first novel, Small Apartments (Anvil Press, 2001), into a feature film directed by Jonas Akerlund that stars Billy Crystal, Matt Lucas, James Caan, Johnny...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    Joseph Bednarik is the marketing director at Copper Canyon Press and a regular book reviewer for The Oregonian newspaper.
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novels, Veronica (2005), Two Girls, Fat and Thin (1991) and the collections, Bad Behavior (1988) and Because They Wanted To, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1998 . Her stories and essays have...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Rick Moody's first novel, Garden State, was the winner of the 1991 Editor's Choice Award from the Pushcart Press and was published in 1992. The Ice Storm was published in May 1994 by Little, Brown & Co. Foreign editions have been published in...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    Susan Jonas is a relentless dramaturg, by day masquerading as a civil servant or arts analyst in the Theatre Program at the New York State Council on the Arts, where she apologizes for not being able to give bigger grants to worthy artistic...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Cristina García is the author of four novels: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, and A Handbook to Luck. She has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Tracie Morris, one of the country's most exciting and popular spoken word poets, has worked steadily over the last decade to redefine the limits of what poetry, and a poet, can be. While she is the author of two poetry collections—Intermission and...
  • Playwrights Enrichment Series
    Writer, Director and Producer Todd Haynes has received numerous honors for directing and writing all of his films.  “Far From Heaven” garnered Academy Award, Golden Globe and WGA nominations for Best Screenplay as well as nominations from the...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    Betsy Lerner is a literary agent with Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. Previously, she worked as an editor at major trade publishers including Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin and finally as Executive Editor at Doubleday. Lerner was been the...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Thomas Glave was born in the Bronx and grew up there and in Kingston, Jamaica. A graduate of Bowdoin College and Brown University, Glave traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to Jamaica, where he studied Jamaican historiography and Caribbean intellectual...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Walter Mosley is the critically acclaimed author of twenty-three books. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages. Many readers first discovered Walter’s writing in the Easy Rawlins mystery series. The first book in the series, Devil in...
  • Playwrights Enrichment Series
    In 2009, Todd became the first recipient of Theatre Communications Group’s (TCG) Visionary Leadership Award, for “an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance the theatre field as a whole, nationally and/or internationally...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    PJ Mark is an agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates.  He has worked in the publishing industry for sixteen years, as an international book scout, a journalist covering the book publishing industry, and as a literary agent since 2002.  He is most...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Shelley Jackson is the author of the story collection The Melancholy of Anatomy, the novel Half Life, hypertexts including Patchwork Girl, and several children's books. Her stories and essays have appeared in journals including McSweeney’s,...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Harryette Mullen teaches American poetry, African American literature, and creative writing at UCLA. She has been a visiting faculty member at Callaloo Writers Workshop, Cave Canem Poets Workshop, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Idyllwild...
  • Playwrights Enrichment Series
    Jane Anderson is a multi-award winning writer and director who has created some of the most thought-provoking theater, film and television in the last two decades. Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country,...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    Amy Scholder has been editing literary and political book for over twenty years. She became Editorial Director of the Feminist Press in September 2008, where she has acquired books by Haifa Zangana, Ann Jones, Karen Finley, Josh MacPhee, Elizabeth...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Chris Abani's prose includes the novels The Virgin of Flames (Penguin, 2007) GraceLand (FSG, 2004/Picador 2005), Masters of the Board (Delta, 1985) and the novellas, Becoming Abigail (Akashic, 2006) and Song For Night (Akashic, 2007). His poetry...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Hettie Jones is a poet and prose writer, author of How I Became Hettie Jones, a memoir of the "beat scene" of the fifties and sixties, currently available in a paperback edition from Grove Press.  Jones's short prose has been published in journals...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Eileen Myles’s Inferno (a poet’s novel) came out last fall from orbooks.com. Alison Bechdel described Inferno as “this shimmering document”. Eileen’s books of poetry include Skies, Not Me, School of Fish and Sorry, Tree. Chelsea Girls, her first...
  • Playwrights Enrichment Series
    Gary Garrison was recently appointed Executive Director of the Dramatist Guild of America – the national organization of playwrights, lyricists and composers. For the past ten years he has filled the posts of Artistic Director, Producer and fulltime...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    Linda Villarosa is a freelance writer and editor. Formerly, she edited the health pages for the New York Times, where she redesigned and expanded health coverage for Science Times and for the newspaper at large. Linda was also both the executive...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Kim Addonizio is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently What Is This Thing Called Love (W.W. Norton). Her novel, Little Beauties, was recently published by Simon & Schuster. With Dorianne Laux, she co-authored The Poet's...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Cara Hoffman is the author of the critically acclaimed novel So Much Pretty, which was chosen for the New Yorker's "Books Pick," and Entertainment Weekly's "Must List," and was submitted for a National Book Award. Marilyn Stasio of The New York...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Dael won an OBIE Award for Beauty’s Daughter, which she wrote and starred in at American Place Theatre.  She toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café (Real Live Poetry) throughout the US, Europe and Australia.  Her play, Monster, premiered...
  • Alumni Readers Series
    Jane Sprague is the author of the books The Port of Los Angeles (Chax Press, 2009) and, with Tina Darragh and Diane Ward, The *Belladonna Elders Series 8 (*Belladonna, 2009). She is also author of the chapbooks Apache Roadkill (Dusie / Weekend Press...
  • Playwrights Enrichment Series
    Since 1997, Philip Himberg has been the Producing Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program which provides year-round support for playwrights and theatres artists on two continents. He expanded the program to include two new...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    Michael Wiegers is the Executive Editor of Copper Canyon Press and has worked in Literary publishing for nearly two decades. He has edited books by Ted Kooser, W.S. Merwin, Ruth Stone, C.D. Wright, Alberto Ríos, Karen Tei Yamashita and many others....
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Kim Addonizio is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently What Is This Thing Called Love (W.W. Norton). Her novel, Little Beauties, was recently published by Simon & Schuster. With Dorianne Laux, she co-authored The Poet's...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Mary Johnson is the author of An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life. This memoir tells the story of Johnson's twenty years as a Missionaries of Charity, the group commonly known as the...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Native New Yorker Marie Ponsot was born in 1921. She has published numerous works, including Springing (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002); The Bird Catcher (1998), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the 1999 Lenore Marshall...
  • Alumni Readers Series
    Kiara Brinkmangrew up first in the Midwest and then some more in California. She graduated from Brown University and earned her MFA from Goddard College. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's, One Story, Pindeldyboz, and Failbetter.com, among...
  • Playwrights Enrichment Series
    Christian Parker is the Associate Artistic Director at the Atlantic Theater Company, where he has worked since the fall of 2001. His world premiere production of Leslie Ayvazian’s Make Me will run from May-June, 2009 at Atlantic Stage 2. Most...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. Now living in Northern California with her partner Alix and her teenage son, Wolf Michael, she describes herself as a...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Maxine Hong Kingston is the daughter of Chinese immigrants who operated a gambling house in the 1940s, when Maxine was born, and then a laundry where Kingston and her brothers and sisters toiled long hours. Kingston graduated with a bachelor’s...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Born and raised in Canada, David Rakoff is the author of the book Fraud (Doubleday hardcover; Broadway paperback). A regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Outside, and Public Radio International's This American Life, his writing has...
  • Alumni Readers Series
    Anna Balint is the author of Horse Thief, a collection of short fiction, Curbstone Press, 2004. Earlier publications were Out of the Box, poems, Poetry Around Press, 1991; and spread them crimson sleeves like wings, poems and stories, Poetry Around...
  • Playwrights Enrichment Series
    Marisa Smith is the owner and publisher (with her husband Eric Kraus) of Smith and Kraus Publishers in Hanover, New Hampshire. Smith and Kraus has over 500 theatre books in print and publishes 35 new theatre titles annually.  Marisa is also a...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Jane Anderson is a multi-award winning writer and director who has created some of the most thought-provoking theater, film and television in the last two decades. Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country,...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    In a dozen books--both novels and collections of stories--Banks has written of ordinary people with affection and compassion. Yet these ordinary people feel compelled to wreck their own lives and the lives of those around them he has "ever more...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Joan Larkin’s latest book, My Body: New and Selected Poems (Hanging Loose Press), received the Publishing Triangle’s 2008 Audre Lorde Award. David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times has called Larkin’s voice “unsentimental, ruthless and clear-eyed…. This...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Claudia Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry--Plot, The End of the Alphabet, and Nothing in Nature is Private--and, most recently, Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. She is co-editor, with Goddard MFA in Creative Writing...
  • Alumni Readers Series
    Adam Braver's first book, Mr. Lincoln’s Wars, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer’s pick, a Border’s Original Voices selection, a Book Sense 76 pick, as well as appearing on the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list, among many...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher and found they are very much alike. She is the inimitable creator behind the seminal comic strip that was syndicated scross North...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    His one-man play, Word of Mouth: The Story of a Human Satellite Dish, was presented Off Broadway by Mike Nichols and Elaine May in 1995 and won the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance. Word of Mouth...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Jose Rivera is a recipient of two OBIE Awards for Playwriting -- for Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, both produced at The Joseph Papp Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival.  His screenplay, The Motorcycle Diaries, (...
  • Alumni Readers Series
    Karen Essex is a novelist, screenwriter, and award-winning journalist. She is the author of the national and international best-selling novel, Leonardo’s Swans (Doubleday 2006), about the rivalries among the powerful women painted by the great...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Marilyn Chin is the author of Dwarf Bamboo, and The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty. Her new book, The Ballad of the Plain Yellow Girl, was published by Norton in 2002. Her books have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Dorianne Laux is the author of three collections of poetry from BOA Editions, Awake (1990), introduced by Philip Levine, What We Carry (1994), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Smoke (2000). She is also co-author, with Kim...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Peter Trachtenberg is the author of the nonfiction books 7 Tatoos: Memoir In The Flesh (1997) and The Casanova Complex: Compulsive Lovers and Their Women (1988) He has taught writing and literature at the New York University School of Continuing...
  • Alumni Readers Series
    Dickey Nesenger began her work in the film business in 1973 as a documentary and commercial film editor in New York. After moving to Los Angeles in 1978, she worked as a script supervisor on films, television series, commercials and music videos,...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Nilo Cruz, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer prize for Drama, is a young Cuban-American playwright whose work has been produced widely around the United States. His plays are many and include Anna in the Tropics,The Beauty of the Father, Night Train to...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Gary Copeland Lilley is a North Carolina native and earned his MFA from the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers.  His publications include four books of poetry of which the most recent is Alpha Zulu from Ausable Press/Copper Canyon Press.  He...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Jean Valentine is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently The Cradle of the Real Life (Wesleyan, 2000). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, The Graduate Writing Program at NYU, and The 92nd St. Y, and lives in New York City. A list of...
  • Alumni Readers Series
    Christian Peet is the author of a forthcoming memoir, No Evidence, No Jury, No Justice: The Story of Jeremy Barney, CT (GenPop Books, 2011); a collection of "postcards," called Big American Trip (Shearsman Books, 2009); and two chapbook-installments...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    Appearing at the Spring 2012 Port Townsend, Washington Residency - 2/22/12 (with Todd Haynes) Christine Vachon is an American movie producer who, along with partner Pamela Koffler, founded indie powerhouse Killer Films in 1995. The company has...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Nilo Cruz, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer prize for Drama, is a young Cuban-American playwright whose work has been produced widely around the United States. His plays are many and include Anna in the Tropics,The Beauty of the Father, Night Train to...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Paul Lisicky is the author of Lawnboy and Famous Builder, both published by Graywolf Press. Recent work appears in Five Points, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, Subtropics, The Seattle Review, The Pinch, and in the anthologies Truth in Nonfiction and...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Meg Wolitzer's novels include The Uncoupling; The Ten-Year-Nap; The Position; and The Wife, among others.  Her first novel, Sleepwalking, was published the year after she graduated from Brown University, and she has been living and working as a...
  • Alumni Readers Series
    Selah Saterstrom is the author of The Meat & Spirit Plan [Coffee House Press, Fall 2007], and The Pink Institution [Coffee House Press, 2004]. Her work has recently appeared in Cranbrook Magazine, 14 Hills, Tarpaulin Sky, The American Book...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    Appearing at the Fall 2011 Plainfield, Vermont Residency Richard Nash is an independent publishing entrepreneur, presently launching Cursor, a platform that will power the world’s next 50,000 independent publishers, the first of which, Red Lemonade...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Erik Davis is a San Francisco-based writer, performer, and teacher. He is the author of The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape, and TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information, which has become a...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Patricia Marx writes comedy because she is too shallow to do anything else. She writes for film and television; she also writes books and magazine pieces. Patricia Marx’s television credits include Saturday Night Live and Rugrats. Among her books...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    Jacqueline Woodson is the author of a number of books for children, young adults and adults including If You Come Softly, I Hadn’t Meant To Tell You This, Autobiography of A Family Photo, From The Notebooks of Melanin Sun, and The Other Side. She is...
  • Alumni Readers Series
    Martha Southgate received her MFA in fiction from Goddard College. In 1996, her Goddard thesis was published as Another Way to Dance, a young-adult novel which won the Coretta Scott King Genesis Award for Best First Novel. She went on to publish two...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    Christine Vachon - Appearing at the Fall 2011 Plainfield, Vermont Residency Christine Vachon is an American movie producer who, along with partner Pamela Koffler, founded indie powerhouse Killer Films in 1995. The company has produced a number of...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    June 25, 2012
    A special presentation with Mitch Horowitz, vice-president and editor in chief of Tarcher/Penguin Books. This workshop is free and open to the public. Even in these times of rapid technological change, every writer faces the same basic challenge:...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    June 26, 2012
    What is the relationship between memory and imagination?  Given our cultural obsession with reality (a word Vladimir Nabokov said should always appear in quotation marks), with true-fact memoir and reality TV, what possible role is left for the...
  • Karen Engelmann
    Alumni Readers Series
    January 7, 2013
    Alumna Karen Engelmann (MFAW '09) will read from her debut novel The Stockholm Octavio. After the reading, there will be a short Q & A, followed by a small reception and a book signing. Copies of her new book will be on sale.     About Karen...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    January 8, 2013
    National Book Award Winner for Poetry Nikky Finney will read from her work. After the reading, there will be a short Q & A, followed by a small reception and a book signing. Copies of her latest books will be on sale. This event is part of the...
  • Patricia Powell
    Visiting Writers Series
    February 18, 2013
    Goddard College hosts guest author Patricia Powell for an evening reading, free and open to the public, as part of the MFA in Creative Writing program's Visiting Writers Series. Patricia Powell is the author of Me Dying Trial, A Small Gathering of...
  • John Clinton Eisner
    Playwrights Enrichment Series
    July 1, 2013
    John Clinton Eisner, Artistic Director of the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, will lead this workshop for dramatic writing students about understanding and articulating an individual’s creative process, and designing a career strategy...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    July 1, 2013
    Damien Echols will read from his bestselling memoir, Life After Death (Blue Rider Press, Sept. 2012), with a Q&A, reception and book signing to follow. Free and open to the public as part of Goddard's MFA in Creative Writing Program's Visiting...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    July 2, 2013
    A discussion of the present and future of the independent literary press community with Tarpaulin Sky Press publisher and founding editor, alumnus Christian Peet (MFAW '03). Once there were large houses and small presses; in the 21st century, there...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    July 17, 2013
    The Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Program hosts a special reading, reception and book signing for award-winning author Tom Lutz.  Lutz is the founder and editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. His books -- Doing Nothing (American Book Award),...
  • Playwrights Enrichment Series
    January 6, 2014
    Polly Carl is the director and editor of HowlRound: A Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College. Her work at HowlRound is focused on promoting practices for 21st Century theater making based on the core principle that theater is for everyone...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    January 8, 2014
    Reading, Reception, & Book Signing with M.T. Anderson. M.T. Anderson has written stories for adults, picture books for children, adventure novels for young readers, and several books for older readers (both teens and adults). His satirical book...
  • Visiting Professionals Series
    February 17, 2014
    A free screening of the documentary film "West of Memphis" at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Damien Echols and his wife, Lorri Davis.  Watch the movie trailer below. Doors open at 2:15 pm. Film...
  • Alumni Readers Series
    February 18, 2014
    Join us for a reading, reception, and book signing with alumna and author Alexis M. Smith. This event is free and open to the public as presented by the MFA in Creative Writing Program's Visiting Alumni Reader Series. Alexis M. Smith (MFAW '07) is...
  • Playwrights Enrichment Series
    July 1, 2014
    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage visits Goddard College for the MFA in Creative Writing residency, and reads from her work, followed by Q&A and book signing. Free and open to the public. Lynn Nottage is a Pulitzer Prize-winning...
  • Visiting Writers Series
    July 15, 2014
    Author Rikki Ducornet reads from her work at the MFA in Creative Writing residency. Free and open to the public. Rikki Ducornet is the author of three collections of short fiction, two essay collections and nine novels including The Jade Cabinet,...