2019 Gathering Faculty Bios



Keynote Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. The Book of Delights, is forthcoming from Algonquin Press in February 2019.


Callista Buchen is the author of the poetry collection Look Look Look, forthcoming in October of 2019 from Black Lawrence Press, as well as the chapbooks The Bloody Planet and Double-Mouthed. Her work appears in literary journals like Harpur Palate, Puerto del Sol, Fourteen Hills, and others. The winner of the Langston Hughes Award, and DIAGRAM's essay contest, she holds an MA in literature from the University of Oregon, an MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State, and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Kansas. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Franklin College, where she directs the visiting writers’ reading series.


Tom Chiarella is a Professor Emeritus of English at DePauw University and longtime writer for Esquire where he profiles celebrities, athletes, and political figures and pens two columns for Golf and Influence. He’s also a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics and Chicago Magazine. He has also written for Golf Digest, Outside, Wired.com, BleacherReport.com, Elle UK, Fashion (Canada), Euroman, and Mr. Porter. He lives with his family in Bainbridge, Indiana. He’s the author of Foley’s Luck, Thursday’s Game, Writing Dialogue, and Becoming a Real Estate Agent.


Chris Forhan is the author of the memoir My Father Before Me as well as three books of poetry: Black Leapt In; The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars; and Forgive Us Our Happiness. He is also the author of three chapbooks, and his poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, Parnassus, Georgia Review, Field, Gettysburg Review, and other magazines, as well as in The Best American Poetry. He has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes and earned a “Discover Great New Writers” selection from Barnes and Noble. He was born and raised in Seattle and lives with his wife, the poet Alessandra Lynch, and their two sons, Milo and Oliver, in Indianapolis, where he teaches at Butler University. For more: www.chrisforhan.com.


Kate Gehan was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of Haverford College and Emerson College’s MFA program. Her flash fiction collection, The Girl & The Fox Pirate, is available from Mojave River Press. Among many publications, her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Split Lip Magazine, Literary Mama, People Holding, and as a winner of Midwestern Gothic’s Flash Fiction Summer 2016 series. Kate read as a cast member of the 2014 Listen to Your Mother Show and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, The Best of the Net, and Wigleaf’s 50 (Very) Short Fictions. She lives with her family in the Midwest.


Silas Hansen’s essays have appeared in The Normal School, Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Slate, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and literary publishing at Ball State University and is the nonfiction editor for Waxwing.


Allyson Horton is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Butler University. Her poetry has been published in the anthology Turn the Page and You Don’t Stop! Sharing Successful Chapters in Our Lives with Youth (Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series). and also featured in The Wabash Watershed a journal highlighting six Indiana women poets, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, The Indianapolis Review, and most recently, It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop (Arcana Press). Her work is also featured in the anthology: Brilliant Flame! a collection of literature on the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka as well as a collection of essays and poems entitled Not Our President: New Directions from the Pushed Out, The Others and the Clear Majority in Trump's Stolen America (TWPF). Her first book of poetry, Quick Fire, is published by Third World Press Foundation. Currently, she teaches and resides in Indiana.


Angela Jackson-Brown is a writer, poet, playwright, director and producer who also 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 the poetry collection, House Repairs. Her most recent theatrical works are Anna’s Wings, It Is Well, Black Lives Matter (Too), and Dear Bobby: A Musical, a collaboration with her colleague, Peter Davis. You can find her at www.angelajacksonbrown.com & www.jacksonbrownentertainment.com.


Larry D. Sweazy* is a multiple-award author of twelve Western and mystery novels and over sixty nonfiction articles and short stories.  He is also a freelance indexer and has written back-of-the-book indexes for over eight hundred and fifty books in nineteen years, which served as inspiration for the Marjorie Trumaine Mystery series.  Larry lives in Noblesville, Indiana with his wife, Rose, two dogs and a cat. More information can be found at www.larrydsweazy.com.

*Unfortunately Saundra Mitchell is unable to present at the Gathering of Writers as originally scheduled.  Larry D.Sweazy will be teaching in her place.


Chris White is a debut novelist and an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. The New York Times Book Review had this to say about her novel The Life List of Adrian Mandrick: "With a birder's eye for detail, White takes us on [Adrian Mandrick's] painful, near-death descent...a shocking climax... White's life-affirming conclusion reminds us that endangered species aren't the only ones that need to change and adapt in order to survive." Her plays have been produced nationally and internationally, and her play Rhythms won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. She received an Award of Merit at the Women’s Independent Film Festival for her feature-length screenplay Weasel in the Icebox, and her short film Mud Lotus was an official selection at U.S. festivals. White is a professor of English at DePauw University teaching creative writing and holds an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives with her family near the town of Bainbridge, Indiana on Big Walnut Creek. Learn more about Chris White on her website: chriswhitewriter.com.

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