September 28-30, 2018
Featuring Kevin Prufer
Also, with Katrina Roberts, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Jonathan Johnson, Christopher Howell, Jennifer Boyden, Kevin Goodan, Kimberly Burwick, Imani Sims, Joanna Thomas, and Gerardo Calderon.
LiTFUSE 2018 Faculty:
Kevin Prufer’s work, which has been praised for its elegiac attention to the banalities of the contemporary United States, includes In a Beautiful Country (2011), a finalist for the Rilke Prize and listed as a 2011 Notable Book by the Academy of American Poets, and National Anthem (2008), named best poetry book of the year by the Virginia Quarterly Review. Other collections of poetry include Fallen from a Chariot (2005), The Finger Bone (2002, reissued 2013), and Strange Wood (1997). A bilingual edition of Prufer’s poetry appeared in Germany as Wir wollten Amerika finden: ausgewählte Gedichte: zweisprachig (2011), selected and translated by Norbert Lange and Susanna Mewe. Prufer’s many honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation. He has received three Pushcart Prizes, awards from the Poetry Society of America, and the William Rockhill Nelson award. He is a professor in the English Department at the University of Houston and lives in Houston with his wife, the artist and literary critic Mary Hallab.
Katrina Roberts has published four books of poems, the three most recent all finalists for the Washington State Book Award: Underdog (2013); Friendly Fire (2008), chosen by Robin Becker for the Idaho Prize; The Quick (2005); and How Late Desire Looks (1997). Her work appears in anthologies such as The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Poetry, and The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets. Roberts is the Mina Schwabacher Professor in English & the Humanities at Whitman College, where she directs the Visiting Writers Reading Series. She and her husband, Jeremy Barker, own and operate Tytonidae Cellars and the Walla Walla Distilling Company in southeast Washington State, where they live on a small farm with their three young children.
Cindy Williams Gutiérrez has been published in Crab Orchard Review, ZYZZYVA, The Grove Review, Minotaur, Open Spaces, among others. Her poetry has been exhibited in People, Places and Perceptions: A Look at Contemporary Northwest Latino Art at the Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, Washington; Women's Stories: Voices of Eve at Galería Tonantzín in San Juan Bautista, California and in Women against Domestic Violence at La Oferta Review in San Jose, California. Cindy's poems have won awards from the National League of American Pen Women, Oregon State Poetry Association and Washington Poets Association. As the founder of the Miracle Theatre Group's ¡Viva la Word! program, Cindy produced a bi-monthly Latino performance poetry series and directed the dramatization of contemporary Northwest poetry in Conquista and Rebellion in 2003 and Familia, Food and Fiesta in 2002. From 1997-1999, she was a literary arts facilitator with LifeLines in Menlo Park, California, where she collaborated with five other visual and literary artists to facilitate the creative expression of cancer patients and their families.
Jonathan Johnson’s fourth book, May Is an Island (poems), will be published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in Fall 2018. His poetry has been published widely in magazines, anthologized in Best American Poetry, and read on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac. He migrates between his Lake Superior coastal hometown of Marquette, Michigan; his ancestral glen in the costal Scottish Highlands; and Eastern Washington University, where he is a professor in the MFA program.
Christopher Howell’s newest volume of poems, Love's Last Number, was released on February 14, 2017, by Milkweed Editions. Recent work may also be found in Field, Pleiades, Image, and the Gettysburg Review. His New and Selected volume, Dreamless and Possible, was chosen by Linda Bierds for the University of Washington Press’ Northwest Poets Series; and his Light’s Ladder, from the same series, won the Washington State Book Award in 2005. His poems, essays, and translations have also appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, including American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Field, Gettysburg Review, Harper’s, Hudson Review, Iowa Review, Northwest Review, Poetry Northwest, Southern Review and Volt. He has been recipient of three Pushcart Prizes and two National Endowment fellowships, as well as a number of other awards. Chris teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University, and in the low residency program at Eastern Oregon University, and is also director and principal editor for Lynx House Press.
Jennifer Boyden is the author of The Mouths of Grazing Things and The Declarable Future, awarded the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Four Lakes Prize in Poetry, and has a forthcoming novel, The Chief of Rally Tree (Skyhorse Press), which was awarded the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. A former PEN Northwest Wilderness Writing Resident, she lived for a year of unparalleled solitude in a remote southern Oregon river valley where she wrote, fished, followed animal trails, and found good company in boulders. Jennifer earned her MFA from Eastern Washington University, and now teaches, writes, and lives on San Juan Island in Washington.
Kevin Goodan was born in Montana and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation where his stepfather and brothers are tribal members. Goodan earned his BA from the University of Montana and worked as a firefighter for ten years with the U.S. Forest Service before receiving his MFA from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004. In an interview with Goodan for Astrophil Press, poet Gregory Lawless noted the “breathtaking moments of solitude” of Goodan’s style, which “exhibits both pastoral eloquence and psychological intensity.” He currently teaches at Lewis-Clark State College and resides in Idaho.
Kimberly Burwick was born and raised in Massachusetts. Burwick earned her BA in literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her MFA in poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is the author of four collections of poetry: Has No Kinsmen (Red Hen Press, 2006), Horses in the Cathedral, winner of the Robert Dana Prize (Anhinga Press, 2011), Good Night Brother, winner of the Burnside Review Prize, (Burnside Review Press, 2014) and Custody of the Eyes (forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017). She is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Washington State University.
Imani Sims is a spicy Chai tea loving Seattle native who spun her first performance poem at the age of fourteen. She believes in the healing power of words and the transformational nuance of the human story. Imani works to empower youth and adults through various writing courses and interdisciplinary shows all over the nation. She is a 2016 Artist Trust and CityArtist Grant recipient, current Kitchen Sessions Curator: a performance art collaboration with Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, Writer for On the Boards, 2016/2018 Gay City Arts Fellow and 2017 Center on Contemporary Arts Artist in Residence. Her book (A)live Heart is available on Sibling Rivalry Press.
Joanna Thomas is a visual artist and poet living in the small university town of Ellensburg, WA. She is a founding member of PUNCH (2006-2016), an artist-run gallery located in the Pioneer Square district of Seattle; her collages and altered books have been included in exhibitions in museums, galleries and universities across the nation, including the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art in Florida, the Edith Lambert Gallery in New Mexico, and Kent State University in Ohio. She has achieved signature status with both the National Association of Women Artists and the National Collage Society. Her poems have appeared in Ekphrasis, Otoliths, Picture Sentence, Found Poetry Review, shufPoetry, and several anthologies, including WA 129. In 2016, she founded the Inland Poetry Prowl, a weekend-long celebration of poetry featuring guest readers, open mics, craft talks, book fair, radio broadcast and film screening. Her dog's name is Archie.
Rick Barot has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015), all published by Sarabande Books. Chord received the UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award. It was also a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and two editions of the Best American Poetry series. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. He is also the poetry editor for New England Review. His fourth book of poems, The Galleons, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2020.
Douglas Manuel received a BA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and a MFA from Butler University where he was the Managing Editor of Booth: A Journal. He is currently a Middleton and Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California where he is pursuing a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. He was a recipient of the Chris McCarthy Scholarship for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and has been the Poetry Editor for Gold Line Press as well as was one of the Managing Editors of Ricochet Editions. His poems are featured on Poetry Foundation's website and have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Superstition Review, Rhino, North American Review, The Chattahoochee Review, New Orleans Review, Crab Creek Review, Many Mountains Moving, Figure 1, and elsewhere. His first full length collection of poems, Testify, was released by Red Hen Press in the spring of 2017.
Gerardo Calderon is the Musical Director of Grupo Condor and Nuestro Canto, studied classical guitar at the Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City and music theory at the Portland Community College. As a professional musician, Gerardo has pursued traditional Mexican music, Latin American folk music and pre-Columbian music by performing with folk ensembles in Mexico, Canada, New England and the Pacific Northwest. Gerardo also makes custom pan flutes, rain-sticks, water drums, turtle boxes and bombos. His recent work at Miracle includes The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa and Viva Don Juan.