September 22-24, 2017

Featuring Paisley Rekdal

Also, Tod Marshall, Nance Van Winckel, Joe Wilkins, Tim McNulty, Derek Sheffield, Michael Schmeltzer, Alexander Dang, Carolyne Wright, Christine Holbert, LaRae Wiley, and Shankar Narayan.

LiTFUSE 2017 Faculty:

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; the hybrid genre, photo-text memoir Intimate; and five books of poetry: A Crash of RhinosSix Girls Without PantsThe Invention of the KaleidoscopeAnimal Eye, and Imaginary Vessels. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, the University of Georgia Press’ Contemporary Poetry Series Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, inclusion in the Best American Poetry series (2012 and 2013) and various state arts council awards.  Animal Eye was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and was the winner of the 2013 UNT Rilke Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, and on National Public Radio among many others. Her newest book of nonfiction, The Broken Country: On Trauma, A Crime, and The Continuing Legacy of Vietnam, won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize and will be published in 2017.


Tod Marshall is the Washington State Poet Laureate for 2016-18. He is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Bugle (which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015), Dare Say, and The Tangled Line and his work has been published in many journals, including Narrative, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Boulevard, The Colorado Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Columbia Poetry Review, Poetry East, Poetry Northwest, Volt, Interim, The Canary, Willow Springs, Cutbank, The Georgia Review, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.


Nance Van Winckel is the author of five books of fiction, most recently Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014). Her newest collection of poems, which won the Pacific Coast Poetry Award, is Our Foreigner (Beyond Baroque Books, 2016). Other collections of poems include Pacific Walkers, No Starling, Beside Ourselves, After a Spell, The Dirt, and Bad Girl, with Hawk. She also works with visual poetry, altered pages of old books and other visual hybrid forms. Her first collection of this work is Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Press, 2016).  Nance is a Professor Emerita at Eastern Washington University, and the recipient of two NEA fellowships and two Pushcart Prizes.


Joe Wilkins’ memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, captures life in the Big Dry, a desolate region in eastern Montana that shapes the people who live there and rarely lets them go. He is also the author of the poetry collections Killing the Murnion Dogs (2011), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award, and Notes from the Journey Westward (2012), winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award. His third full-length collection, When We Were Birds, part of the Millers Williams Poetry Prize Series, edited by Billy Collins, is now out from the University of Arkansas Press.


Tim McNulty is a poet, essayist, and nature writer based on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. He is the author of ten poetry books and eleven books of natural history. Tim has received the Washington State Book Award and the National Outdoor Book Award among other honors. Tim's newest book of poems, Ascendance, is published by Pleasure Boat Studio. His natural history books include Olympic National Park: A Natural History, and Washington's Mount Rainier National Park. His work has been translated into German, Chinese, and Japanese.


Derek Sheffield’s first book of poems, Through the Second Skin, was the runner-up for the Emily Dickinson First Book Award and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Walt Whitman Award. He is a graduate of the University of Washington's creative writing program and has published his poems widely in literary journals such as Poetry, Orion, Georgia Review, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Southern Review. Among his awards are the Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Award, the Sparrow Prize in Poetry, and the James Hearst Poetry Prize judged by Li-Young Lee.


Michael Schmeltzer is the author of Elegy/Elk River (Floating Bridge Press). He earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. He has been a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro and Levis Prizes, Zone 3 Press First Book Prize, and the OSU Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. He helps edit A River & Sound Review and has been published in numerous journals.


Alexander Dang is a regular member of the Portland Poetry Slam Team and is the author of the collection, Are You Proud of Me? Alex is the Eugene Grand Slam Champion of 2014 and 2015. Videos of his performances have amassed over 1.5 million views on YouTube. He has been a speaker at two TEDx events: TEDxReno and TEDxUOregon. A nationally touring poet, Alex has performed in over 35 cities, 20 states, and is a world-renowned burger expert.


Christopher Howell has published 11 collections of poems, including Gaze (Milkweed Editions, 2012) and Dreamless and Possible: Poems New & Selected (University of Washington Press, 2010). He teaches at Eastern Washington University, in Spokane, and in the low-residency MFA program at Eastern Oregon University.


A celebration of Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace with Carolyne Wright and Christine Holbert. Wright is the author of nine books of poetry, four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. After visiting positions at universities around the country, Wright returned to her native Seattle in 2005, and teaches for the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts' MFA Program and for Seattle's Richard Hugo House. She is a Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes. Holbert is based in Sandpoint, Idaho, and founded Lost Horse Press, an independent press that publishes the works of established as well as emerging poets, and makes available fine contemporary literature through cultural, educational and publishing programs and activities.


LaRae Wiley is a Sn̓ʕay̓ckstx (Lakes Indian) woman, mother, and grandmother.  She is a graduate of Eastern Washington University where she studied music, history, and education.  LaRae is the Executive Director of Salish School of Spokane, and she is a singer, song writer and Native American activist who works to share the history and culture of Spokane's first people with the greater community.  She is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and is a new fluent speaker of Salish.


Shankar Narayan's poetry explores identity, power, and race in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a 2016 Fellow at Kundiman and at Hugo House, Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi.