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Thanks to the close relationship between Image journal and SPU’s MFA program, each residency will feature a host of visiting writers who will give readings and conduct craft classes. And because writers so often find their work stimulated by other art forms, we’ll be taking advantage of those Image contacts to invite visual artists and musicians to enrich our times together.

The following are some of our recent and upcoming visitors:

Charles D’Ambrosio is the author of the essay collection Orphans and the short story collections The Dead Fish Museum and The Point. His fiction has been published to wide acclaim and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and other journals and anthologies.
Madeline DeFrees is the author or seven poetry collections. Her most recent, Blue Dusk (Copper Canyon), won the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize for 2002. She has poems forthcoming in New Letters, The Atlantic Monthly, Hubbub, and Puerto del Sol. She lives and writes in Seattle.
David James Duncan David James Duncan is the author of the novels The River Why and The Brothers K, the collections River Teeth and My Story as Told by Water, and, most recently, the book God Laughs and Plays. Honors include the Western States Book Award, a National Book Award nomination, and inclusion in three volumes of Best American Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family on a Montana trout stream.
Dana Gioia is the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. He is also an accomplished poet, translator, essayist, and long time commentator for the BBC. His 1991 book of essays, Can Poetry Matter?, received critical acclaim and national attention for its critique of the state of letters in America. His most recent book of poetry, Interrogations at Noon, won the American Book Award.
Patricia Hampl Patricia Hampl is the author of the memoirs I Could Tell You Stories, Virgin Time, A Romantic Education, and, most recently, The Florist’s Daughter, along with numerous acclaimed poetry collections. She is also the author of Blue Arabesque, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Non-fiction Book of the Year.

Andrew Hudgins is the author of several poetry collections, including Ecstatic in the Poison, The Never-Ending (a National Book Award finalist), After the Lost War (winner of the Poets’ Prize), Saints and Strangers (a Pulitzer finalist), and Babylon in a Jar. He is also the author of an essay collection, The Glass Anvil. He is Humanities Distinguished Professor in English at Ohio State University.

Mark Jarman is a poet and professor of English at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has authored ten books of poetry, most recently Bone Fires: New and Selected Poems (2011), Epistles (2007), To the Green Man (2004), and Unholy Sonnets (2000). Jarman's awards include a Joseph Henry Jackson Award, three NEA grants in Poetry, and a fellowship in poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His poetry and essays have been widely published in such periodicals and journals as The New Yorker, Poetry, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, and many others. He lives in Nashville with his wife, the soprano Amy Jarman.
Thomas Lynch is an essayist, poet, and funeral director. His books include The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, Bodies in Motion and at Rest, Still Life in Milford, and Booking Passage: We Irish & Americans (all four books are from Norton). He is regularly featured on the op-ed page of The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Times of London, as well as in the pages of Harper’s. He has appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC, the NBC "Today" program and the PBS series "On Our Own Terms." He lives in Milford, Michigan.
Barry Moser’s work can be found in numerous collections and libraries around the world, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Vatican Library, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. His engraved illustrations of the King James Bible, Moby-Dick, The Divine Comedy, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland have received international acclaim.
Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of twelve books and three chapbooks, including The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems. Her books have won many awards, including the Poets’ Prize, two Boston Globe/Hornbook Awards, and the Annisfield-Wolf Award, and they have been finalists for three National Book Awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Winship Award, the Lenore Marshall Prize, and the Newbery Prize. She is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut and founder and director of Soul Mountain Retreat, a small writers’ colony.

Over the Rhine

Musicians-in-Residence, Glen Workshop
Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler are Over the Rhine, the lush, literate, Ohio-based band whose songwriting Paste magazine calls "deep and wide, playful and serious, sad and joyful - full of tiny experiments, rabbit trails, and the wine-dark sparkle of inspired phrase." They’ll  give a concert and play in the evening worship services. For more, visit www.overtherhine.com.

Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, writer, and poet. He has authored more than twenty books, including A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, The Contemplative Pastor, and Leap Over a Wall, and developed the popular paraphrase of the Bible, The Message. He is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Peterson founded Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he was the pastor for twenty-nine years. He lives with his wife, Jan, in Montana.
Melissa Pritchard is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and journalist who has authored seven books, including the New York Times Notable Book Spirit Seizures, which also received both the Flannery O'Connor and Carl Sandburg awards. The Instinct for Bliss, her second short story collection, is a New York Times Editor's Choice book and received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her most recent novel, Late Bloomer, is one of the Chicago Tribune's Best Books of 2004, was described as "ravishing" by Vanity Fair magazine, and received starred review in Publishers Weekly. Her work has been translated into Italian and Spanish.
Scott Russell Sanders has authored over twenty books in genres as diverse as short story, memoir, nature essay and manifesto, and has won critical acclaim for his skill as a personal essayist. His memoir, A Private History of Awe (2006), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is A Conservationist Manifesto (2009), which envisions a cultural shift from consumption to caretaking. Sanders's awards include the AWP Creative Nonfiction Award and the Mark Twain Award. His work has appeared in such magazines as Orion, Audobon, and Georgia Review, and has been reprinted in The Art of the Essay, The Norton Reader, and more than fifty other anthologies.

Valerie Sayers is the author of five novels, including Brain Fever and Who Do You Love, both New York Times “Notable Books of the Year.” Her many stories, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in, among others, the New York Times, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, and Image. Her work has won an NEA and a Pushcart Prize and has been cited by Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. She is professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where she founded the Notre Dame Review.

Martha Serpas holds degrees in literature and creative writing from Louisiana State University (B.A.), New York University (M.A.), and the University of Houston (Ph.D.), as well as an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. She has written two collections of poetry, Cote Blanche (2002) and The Dirty Side of the Storm (2006), and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, The Christian Century, and Southern Review. She is currently co-editor of poetry for the Tampa Review and an associate professor of English at the University of Tampa.
Betsy Sholl has published seven collections of poetry, most recently Rough Cradle (2009) and Late Psalm (2004). Don't Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize and The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and two Maine Writer's Fellowships. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College. In 2006 she was chosen to be the Poet Laureate of Maine, a five-year position.
Melanie Rae Thon has authored the four novels The Voice of the River (2011), Sweet Hearts (2001), Iona Moon (1993), and Meteors in August (1990), and two short story collections. Her work has been included in Best American Short Stories (1995, 1996), three Pushcart Prize Anthologies (2003, 2006, 2008), and O. Henry Prize Stories (2006). Among the four fellowships she has received are two from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her fiction appears in Crazyhorse, Conjunctions, Glimmer Train, Southern Review, Image, and many others.
Dan Wakefield is a novelist, journalist and screenwriter whose best-selling novels Going All the Way (1970) and Starting Over (1973) were made into feature films. His most recent books are The Hijacking of Jesus (2006), Spiritually Incorrect: Finding God in All the Wrong Places (2003), and Releasing the Creative Spirit (2001). He has received a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Presently, he is Writer in Residence at Florida International University in Miami.
Christian Wiman is the author of one essay collection and three books of poetry, most recently Every Riven Thing. He has taught at Northwestern University, Stanford University, Lynchburg College in Virginia, and the Prague School of Economics. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Yorker. Since 2003, he has been editor of Poetry magazine, the oldest and most prestigious American magazine of verse.

Last Modified: 10/12/2016