2016 Gathering Faculty Bios








This year’s Keynote speaker, Marianne Boruch, has eight poetry collections include Cadaver, Speak (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) and The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon Press, 2011), a Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award winner. CCP will bring out her next collection--Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing--in early fall, 2016. She is also the author of two essay collections, In the Blue Pharmacy (Trinity, 2005) and Poetry’s Old Air (Michigan, 1993), and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana, 2011) about hitchhiking to California from the midwest in 1971. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, London Review of Books, American Poetry Review, The Nation and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as artist residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy, at Yaddo and MacDowell, at Isle Royale, the most isolated national park in the US, and this past summer, at Alaska’s Denali National Park. Recently she was given a Glick Indiana Authors Award. Boruch was a Fulbright/Visiting Professor in 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and she taught at the University of Maine at Farmington before setting up the MFA program in English and Creative Writing in 1987 at Purdue where she has received many teaching awards and continues to be on faculty. Since 1988, she has also taught in the low- residency Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.


 Angela Jackson-Brown is an award winning writer, poet and playwright who teaches Creative Writing and English at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She is the author of the novel Drinking From A Bitter Cup and has published in numerous literary journals. In the fall of 2016, two of her short plays will be produced by the Indianapolis Repertory Theatre.


Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of \blak\ \al-fə bet\ (2013 Persea Books), winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem (2009 Red Hen Press), nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. A founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, Cave Canem graduate, and Poetry Editor for PLUCK!: The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, Douglas is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at IUPUI.


Melissa Fraterrigo is the author the short story collection The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press). Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in more than thirty literary journals and anthologies from Shenandoah and The Massachusetts Review to storySouth, and Notre Dame Review. She has been a finalist for awards from Glimmer Train on multiple occasions, twice nominated for Pushcart Awards, and was the winner of the Sam Adams/Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Contest. She recently completed a novel-in-stories, Teensy’s Daughter and teaches classes on the art and craft of writing at the Lafayette Writers’ Studio in Lafayette, Indiana.


Bryan Furuness is the author of The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson, a novel. Along with Michael Martone, he is the co-editor of Winesburg, Indiana. His stories have appeared in New Stories from the Midwest and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He teaches at Butler University, where he is the associate editor for Booth.


Alessandra Lynch is the author of Sails the Wind Left Behind, It was a terrible cloud at twilight, and Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment (forthcoming from Alice James Books).  Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Antioch Review, The Colorado Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Ploughshares and other journals.  She teaches poetry and writing in Butler University’s undergraduate and MFA programs.


Robert Rebein is the author of a memoir-in-essays, Dragging Wyatt Earp: A Personal History of Dodge City (Swallow Press, 2013), and a work of literary criticism, Hicks, Tribes, and Dirty Realists: American Fiction after Postmodernism (University of Kentucky Press, 2001). His essays and reviews have appeared in Ecotone, The Georgia Review, Redivider, The Cream City Review and other literary magazines. He teaches creative writing and chairs the English department at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis.


Kip Robisch is a professor of Creative Writing and Literature at The University of Indianapolis. He has taught many classes for The Writers Center and given several talks for the Indianapolis/Marion County Public Libraries. He has published short fiction, essays, articles, and the book Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature. He lives in Zionsville with his cat, Roxie.


Shari Wagner is Indiana Poet Laureate for 2016 and 2017 and the author of two poetry books—Evening Chore and The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana. She teaches poetry and memoir writing for the Indiana Writers Center and literature for Butler University’s Religion, Spirituality & the Arts seminar. Her poems have appeared in The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, North American Review, and Shenandoah.


Lili Wright is author of the travel memoir, Learning to Float, which The Washington Post named one of its “Best Summer Reads.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Down East, The Cincinnati Review, The Normal School, Cream City Review, and many other publications. Her first novel, Dancing with the Tiger, a literary thriller set in Mexico, will be published by Putnam/Penguin in July. She teaches English at DePauw University.

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