Thad Ziolkowski is the author of Our Son the Arson, a collection of poems, and a memoir, On a Wave, which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award in 2003. In 2008, he was awarded a fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Slate,Bookforum, Artforum, Travel & Leisure and Index. He directs the Writing Program at Pratt Institute. Wichita is his first novel.
“Thad Ziolkowski’s Wichita centers around two storms. One has, for years, been brewing in the Chopik family made up of Lewis, his bipolar brother Seth, his distant professor father and his academic family, and his mother’s ponzi schemes and her multiple “life partners.” The other is an actual tornado, a storm Ziolkowski describes in lyric prose as “simply there, out of nowhere, this long stout elephant trunk or length of intestine.” The novel’s surreal exploration of lives falling apart is a poetic mix of exquisite prose and dialogue. Ziolkowski writes outrageous story lines, but the characters’ responses to them are natural, believable; I liked them and their relationships despite (and sometimes because of) their flaws. As when Seth says to Lewis, “Ok, I’m a squirrel, I admit that. But YOU’RE MY NUT AND YOU’RE IN MY POCKET AND WE’RE NOT RUNNING ANYMORE.” The masterfully written conversations combined with the approaching storm gives the story a foreboding that somehow still manages to be funny. Wichita swept me up in the maelstrom of the characters’ lives, and then gently set me down, a little ragged, a little raw, and completely enraptured.”—Charlotte Wilder
Reviews of Wichita
Selected Articles on surfing
Francine Prose grew up in Brooklyn and attended Radcliffe College, where she majored in English literature and from which she graduated in 1968. She briefly attended graduate school in medieval English literature, then left Harvard to live for a year in India, where she began to write her first novel, Judah the Pious.Upon returning home, she sent her novel to a former writing teacher who in turn forwarded it to the legendary editor Harry Ford, then at Atheneum. He bought the book immediately, and it was published when she was 26.
Since then, Prose has written 14 novels, among them Bigfoot Dreams, Primitive People, Household Saints, which was made into a 1993 film directed by Nancy Savoca and starring Lili Taylor, Tracey Ullman and Vincent D’Onofrio, Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, A Changed Man and most recently Goldengrove. Her short story collections includeWomen and Children First and The Peaceable Kingdom; she has also published three books of translation and a collection of novellas, Guided Tours of Hell. She has written five books for children, and two novels for young adults, After and Bullyville. Her books of nonfiction include The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired, Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles, and Gluttony. Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Themwas a New York Times Bestseller. Most recently she wrote Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife.
Her stories, reviews, cultural criticism and essays have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books. Atlantic Monthly, Art News, Elle, The Paris Review, and Tin House; she has written frequently on art for The Wall Street Journal. She is a contributing editor atHarpers Magazine, for which she has written such controversial essays as "Scent of a Woman’s Ink" and "I Know Why the Caged Bird Can’t Read."
Prose is the recipient of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Edith Wharton Lifetime Achievement Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, two New York State Council on Arts grants, a PEN Translation Prize, one Washington University International Medal in the Humanities, and two Jewish Book Council Prizes. In 1989, she traveled throughout the former Yugoslavia on a Fulbright Fellowship. She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard College and has taught at Harvard, the University of Arizona, the University of Utah, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the New York Institute for the Humanities, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been a Resident in Literature at the American Academy in Rome. She was one of the first recipients of a Director’s Fellowship at the New York Public Library’s Center for Scholars and Writers. She is a former President of PEN American Center.
Francine Prose, the mother of two grown sons, lives in New York City with her husband, the painter and illustrator, Howard Michels.
An Essay from Harper's Magazine on Women Writers: Scent of a Woman's Ink
Photo Cred: Stephanie Berger, AP
Patrick Rosal is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Bonesheperds, named by the National Book Critics Circle as one of the best small press books of the year, My American Kundiman, and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Tin House, American Poetry Review,Harvard Review, Drunken Boat, and Language for a New Century. He has won, among other honors, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, the Global Filipino Literary Aware, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop Members' Choice Award. He is a member of the Creative Writing faculty at Rutgers University-Camden.
Audio version of "Tradition of Pianos"
About Nuar Alsadir’s first book of poems, More Shadow Than Bird (Salt Publishing, 2012), David Baker of The Kenyon Review wrote, “These are distinctive, tight, sonic little mysteries. Dickinson abides here”. Nuar’s poems and essays have been published in numerous periodicals, including The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Grand Street,Slate, The Awl, The New York Times Magazine, Tin House, AGNI andCallaloo. She has received writing fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, The Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, The Norman Mailer Center, and Ledig House International. She has been nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize.
Nuar received her B.A. from Amherst College, and both an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English Literature from NYU. She is currently on the faculty at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she teaches writing. In addition, she is training to become a psychoanalyst at The Institute of Psychoanalytic Training and Research and is in the Scholars Program at New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Society. She has a blog on the Psychology Today website, The Examined Life.
“Nuar Alsadir’s More Shadow Than Bird abandons the self in order to create a haunting dialogue with the self. These poems converse from the inside out; they come alive in the back and forth of a mind attempting to understand what it means to be in relation to. The couplet is employed here to full effect as relationships, both to others and the world, are interrogated. If ever there was a fantasy of transcendence these poems begin after that in the exacting and ruthless moments of mourning and loss even as the “I” and the “you” continue to orbit each other. Alsadir’s debut collection is lawless and provocative and heartbreaking.” – Claudia Rankine
Alsadir's blog on Psychology Today: The Examined Life
Maud Newton's writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Granta, Bookforum, Paris Review Daily, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Awl, Barnes & Noble Review, The Boston Globe, NPR, Washington Post Book World, and many other publications. She received the 2009 Narrative Prize for "When the Flock Changed," an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, and the 2004 Irwin and Alice Stark Fiction Prize from City College for the short story "Regarding the Insurance Defense Attorney." Though best known as a book blogger, she blogs a lot more rarely these days, and the scope of what she's written about since starting her site, MaudNewton.com, in 2002 has always been broad. She still loves wasting time on the Internet. You can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, and the (very neglected) Chimerist.
"When the Flock Changed" (not the name of the book, which is Fervor):
"The Rapture Meets My 40th Birthday":
"Conversations You Have at Twenty":
"Portrait of my Father" (mini-essay):
"Remembering Harry Crews" (on the death of my former teacher):
Criticism, Opinions, Etc.
"My Son Went to Heaven (and All I Got Was a No.1 Bestseller)":
"When Your Shrink Dies: Emma Forrest's Therapy Memoir":
"Another Thing to Sort of Pin on David Foster Wallace" (I didn't come up with the title!):
"After the Affair: On Jean Rhys and Ford Madox Ford" (a back-and-forth with Alexander Chee): http://www.granta.com/New-Writing/After-the-affair
On John Cheever:
On Muriel Spark:
On Adam Levin's The Instructions:
On Joan Didion's Blue Nights:
What Would Jesus Buy?:
Doubt: A Syllabus:
Interview with Alison Bechdel: http://maudnewton.com/blog/?p=18390
Better Boundaries, with Muriel Spark:
Short Stories (very old)
"Luke" (an early piece of what turned into my novel):
"Regarding the Insurance Defense Attorney":
"A Little Sugar": http://www.pindeldyboz.com/mnsugar.htm
THEE SILENT HISTORY
|Eli Horowitz was the managing director and then publisher of McSweeney's for eight years, working closely with authors including Nick Hornby, Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates, William Vollmann, and Stephen King. He is the co-author of The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery, and Everything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of ping pong. His design work have been honored by I.D., Print, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Before McSweeney's, he was employed as a carpenter and wrote science trivia questions tenuously linked to popular films. He was born in Virginia and now lives in San Francisco.|
Matthew Derby is the co-author of The Silent History, and serialized, exploratory novel for iPad and iPhone, now available in the iTunes store. He is also the author of Super Flat Times: Stories (Back Bay Books, 2003).
Stories available to read online:
Kevin Moffett is the author of two books, Permanent Visitors, which won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, and Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events. He is a frequent contributor to McSweeney's and his stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Believer, A Public Space, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. He has received the National Magazine Award, the Nelson Algren Award, the Pushcart Prize, and a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Silent History, a collaborative multi-part narrative, written with Matt Derby and Eli Horowitz, was released as an app for mobile devices in October 2012.
Old Believer article: http://www.believermag.com/issues/200411/?read=article_moffett
A Rumpus interview: http://therumpus.net/2012/10/the-rumpus-interview-with-kevin-moffett/
Russell Quinn is a software developer, digital designer, and one-third of Ying Horowitz & Quinn. Previously, he co-founded the multi-national digital agency Spoiled Milk, was McSweeney's Digital Media Director, and made tools for game consoles at Sony. His work has been featured in Wired, TIME, Creative Review and Computer Arts. A native Englishman, Russell left the UK in 2005, eventually settling in California after periods in Denmark and Switzerland.
CATHY PARK HONG
"Hers is a knowing voice, world-weary like Lucinda Williams', expressive like Kathleen Edwards' [and] mysterious like Julie Holland's."
- Fred Mills for Harp Magazine
Of her musical objectives, indie songstress Clare Burson explains, "I've always leaned towards poetic simplicity and subtlety in my music - wanting to express as much as I can with the fewest possible words and musical flourishes." This desire for melodic minimalism is evident in her critically acclaimed releases, The In-Between, Idaho, and Thieves, each of which is marked by evocative imagery, subtle metaphor, and effortless harmonies.
Burson builds upon this aesthetic with Silver and Ash, her most ambitious project yet. Released by Rounder Records on September 14, 2010, and featured in The New York Times and on NPR, Silver and Ash is a concept album that imagines Burson's maternal grandmother's life in Germany, from her birth in 1919 to her escape in 1938. For this project, Burson visited her own childhood home in Memphis, where she conducted interviews with both grandmothers, and ventured to the childhood homes of her ancestors in Germany, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, and the Ukraine.
The result of Burson's travel, research, and ancestral archaeology is a stunning album of 10 original songs that inhabit and give life to her grandmother's story as well as Clare's own struggles with rupture, silence, guilt, empathy, and continuity. The album was produced by Grammy nominated Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, R.E.M.), and with the help of her band, Mark Spencer on guitar (Son Volt, Laura Cantrell), Tony Leon on drums (Ollabelle, Levon Helm), and Andy Cotton on bass, Burson's lush string arrangements and rich vocals - at times wistful, at times full of desperation, but at all times direct - come together to fill the 10 songs on Silver and Ash with nostalgia and longing.
A classically trained violinist, and later, conversant in Bluegrass, Celtic and Klezmer fiddle tunes, Burson began playing guitar while studying history at Brown University. After college and a year in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, Burson spent two years in Boston before returning to Tennessee. Currently, Clare lives in Brooklyn, NY.
JEN HOFER (writer in residence)
Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and literary activism collaborative Antena. Her translations include the homemade chapbook En las maravillas/In Wonder (Libros Antena/Antena Books, 2012); Ivory Black, a translation of Myriam Moscona’s Negro marfil (Les Figues Press, 2011, winner of translation prizes from the Academy of American Poets and PEN); sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre, a translation from Dolores Dorantes by Dolores Dorantes (Counterpath Press and Kenning Editions, 2008); lip wolf, a translation of Laura Solórzano’s lobo de labio (Action Books, 2007); and Sin puertas visibles: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003). Her most recent books are the handmade chapbooks we do not see what we do not see (DIY edition), Shroud (collaboration with Jill Magi, part of An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street, 2013) and When We Said This Was A Space, We Meant We Are People (collaboration with John Pluecker, Libros Antena/Antena Books, 2013); a series of anti-war-manifesto poems titled one (Palm Press, 2009); and The Route, (collaboration with Patrick Durgin, Atelos, 2008). Her poems, essays and translations are forthcoming from Dusie Books, Insert Press, Kenning Editions, Litmus Press, and Little Red Leaves (Textile Series). She teaches poetics, translation and bookmaking at CalArts and Otis College, and works nationally and locally as a social justice interpreter through Antena. Her installation titled “Uncovering: A Quilted Poem Made from Donated and Foraged Materials from Wendover, Utah” is currently on view at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Utah.
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Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He won the 2013 Ellery Queen Award, the American Association of Publishers’ 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing; and the 2010 Jay and Deen Kogan Award for Excellence in Noir Literature. Temple teaches courses on the publishing business at Wilkes University and Wesleyan University; and is the Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which works with Brooklyn’s borough president to plan the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. He also plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies. He has contributed articles and political essays to various publications, including The Nation, Publishers Weekly, AlterNet, Poets & Writers, and BookForum.