2007 Faculty

Novel : Abby Frucht

Advanced Fiction : Dale Ray Phillips

Dale Ray Phillips grew up in Burlington, North Carolina. He earned his MA from Hollins College and MFA from the writing program at the University of Arkansas. His first book of short stories, My People's Waltz, was published by WWNorton and was nominated and short listed for the Pulitzer Prize. The book received a Barnes and Noble Discover New Authors Award and high critical acclaim. Individually, those stories appeared in the Atlantic ("What Men Love For" was reprinted in Best American Short Stories), Harpers, Ploughshares, Story, GQ, The Greensboro Review, Zoetrope: All Story, Ploughshares and elsewhere. Three of these stories were reprinted in Stories From the South: The Year's Best. He's currently under contract for a novel, again with WW. Norton. Dale is Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Murray State University in Murray, KY.

Multi Genre : David Kranes

David Kranes won the 1996 Pushcart Prize for his short story "Cordials", followed the next year by the Western Heritage Awards for Low Tide in the Desert: Nevada Stories. Two of his plays, Cantrell and Going In, were published in Best American Short Plays, 1987, and Horay won the CBS Playwrights Award. He served for fourteen years as artistic director of the Sundance Playwrights' Lab. For the last 15 years, he has consulted on matters of space and design in the casino industry.

Non Fiction : Chris Cokinos

Poetry : Olena Kalytiak Davis

Olena Kalytiak Davis is the author of two collections of poetry, Shattered Sonnets, Love Cards, and Other Off and Back Handed Importunites (Tin House/ Bloomsbury Press, 2003) and And Her Soul Out Of Nothing (University of Wisconsin Press, 1997). The former was a Spring 2004 Book Sense Poetry Top Ten Pick and the latter was selected by Rita Dove for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including four Best American Poetry volumes, and have won a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Foundation writers grant, a Rasmuson Fellowship and several grants from the Alaska and Juneau Arts Councils. She writes and raises her two children in Anchorage, Alaska.

Writing for Young Adults: Carol Lynch Williams

Young Writers Workshops:

Poetry : Mark Conway

Mark Conway’s book of poetry, Any Holy City, won the Gerald Cable Book Award and was published by Silverfish Review Press. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Slate, Ploughshares, Bomb, Prairie Schooner, Verse Daily, the Grolier Poetry Prize Annual and elsewhere. He has been awarded fellowships from the McKnight, Jerome and Bush Foundations, the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He’s poetry editor of Post Road.

Fiction : Erika Krouse


Katharine Sands, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

Writing commercially has probably been a bane to writers since Pliny the Elder plied the trade. But, the truth is that today, writers can have the magical imagination of J.K. Rowling, the wit and wisdom of FrankMcCourt, the perfect economy of Ernest Hemingway, and the inspired brilliance of (whoever really wrote) Shakespeare. But they still need to pitch, query, and propose before they can be published. A New York City-based literary agent, my workshop is all about what writers most need when they enter the literary arena: a hands-on guide to the nitty-gritty of how to navigate the “how to get published” landscape. Showcasing the art of pitchcraft, From Pitch to Published is chock-full of query critiques, proposal examples, attention-getting hooks, agent preferences and pet peeves, We’ll delve into editorial processes and examine the new acquisitions editorial arena. In a nutshell, the class is about finding the right words and getting the right people to read them. Come and learn my best ideas so you can make the perfect pitch for yours.

Katharine Sands is a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency in New York City. She represents a wide range of authors in a broad range of categories: From fiction and faction to nonfiction (popular culture, personal growth, leisure activities) to home arts (lifestyle, cookbooks, home design) to the more eclectic (travel, humor, spirituality). She has handled projects for the literary estate of Norman Wexler, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for Saturday Night Fever; and has represented XTC: SongStories; Under the Hula Moon (as co-agent); The Tao of Beauty: Chinese Herbal Secrets to Looking Good and Feeling Great by Ford model Helen Lee; Make Up. Don't Break Up by five-time Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, Give Me That Online Religion by Dr. Brenda Brasher; Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan; The New Low-Country Cooking by Chef Marvin Woods, The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Child, The Indigo Cookbook by Chef Glenn Chu, Tom Dolby’s CityTripping: a Guide for Nighthawks, Foodies, Culture Vultures, Fashion Fetishist, and the Generally Style-Obsessed, among many others. Katharine is agent provocateur for Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. In addition, she has been guest speaker on writing and publishing topics for The American Society of Journalists and Authors and The New York State Council on the Arts.. Her book reviews have appeared in The New York Times andPublishers Weekly.

Markus Hoffman, Regal Literary Agency


Jeffrey Levine, Tupelo Press

Rusty Barnes, Night Train

Rusty Barnes grew up in rural northern Appalachia. He received his B.A. from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Emerson College. After editing fiction for the Beacon Street Review (now Redivider) and Zoetrope All-Story Extra, he co-founded the literary journal Night Train, which has been featured in the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and National Public Radio. He taught writing and literature at Emerson College and Northeastern University and elsewhere for over ten years, and has published poetry, non-fiction, interviews, and fiction in many journals, recently GUD, Pindeldyboz, and Red Rock Review. He teaches at Boston's independent writing center, Grub Street, and maintains webspace at rustybarnes.com.

Box Lunch Faculty :

Paul Ketzle , Quarterly West

Paul Ketzle (Co-Editor of Quarterly West) is former Managing Editor for Western Humanities Review, a board member of the Writers at Work conference, and an advisory board member for Continuum Magazine. His fiction has appeared in Indiana Review. He received an M.A. in creative writing from Florida State University and currently teaches literature, creative writing and composition, along with courses in the Honors program, at the University of Utah, where he earned a Ph.D.

Natasha Saje

Natasha Saje is the author of two books, Red Under the Skin (University of Pittsburgh, 1994) and Bend (Tupelo Press, 2004), and many essays. She teaches at Westminster College and has taught in the Vermont College MFA in Writing Program since 1996.

Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee (Pantheon, October 2000 and Vintage Books, April 2002), and three books of poetry, A Crash of Rhinos (University of Georgia Press, October 2000), Six Girls Without Pants (Eastern Washington University Press, November 2002) and The Invention of the Kaleidoscope (University of Pittsburgh Press/Pitt Poetry Series, 2007). She teaches at the University of Utah and in the Goddard College Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.