2018 Consultation Faculty

The consultation faculty for our 2018 writing conference follows. Check back as we add additional consultation faculty.

JP GrasserJ.P. Grasser

JP serves as Editor-in-Chief for Quarterly West. He is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and is a doctoral candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Utah. Learn more about JP.



Michael Mejia_consultant_cropMichael Mejia

Michael Mejia is the author of two novels, TOKYO and Forgetfulness. His writing has been published in many journals and anthologies. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Mejia is editor-in-chief of Western Humanities Review, co-founding editor of Ninebark Press, and a professor of creative writing at the University of Utah. Learn more about Michael.


Julie Checkoway_consultantJulie Checkoway

Julie Checkoway is the author of several books including The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story Of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids And Their Quest For Olympic Glory and Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs and she is a documentary filmmaker. She graduated from Harvard College, the Iowa Writers Workshop, and the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts individual artist grant and fellowships at writers’ colonies, including Yaddo. Her writing has appeared in the New York TimesSalt Lake Tribune, and Huffington Post. Learn more about Julie.