2020 Gathering Faculty Bios

 

    

Keynote Michael Poore is the author of two novels for adults: Up Jumps the Devil (Ecco, 2012) and Reincarnation Blues (Del Rey, 2017), one novel for younger readers: Two Girls, a Clock, and a Crooked House (Random House Kids, 2019), as well numerous short stories. His story “The Street of the House of the Sun” appeared in The Year’s Best Nonrequired Reading 2012. Poore lives in Highland, Indiana with his wife, poet and activist Janine Harrison, and their daughter Jianna. As a taxi driver in the mid-1990s, he once inadvertently helped a man escape from jail.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abegunde is the author of 3 poetry chapbooks. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been published widely, appearing in Obsidian, The Kenyon Review, nocturnes, Tupelo Quarterly and seminal anthologies such as Catch the Fire!, Beyond the Frontier, and Best African American Fiction. Commissioned poems appear in the exhibitions Be/Coming and Keeper of My Mother's Dreams. Work is forthcoming in the journals FIRE!!! and the Massachusetts Review, and the book Ashe: Poetics in Africana Expressivity. She is a Cave Canem, Sacatar, Ragdale, and NEH Summer Institute fellow. She is a faculty member in African American and African Diaspora Studies and the director of The Graduate Mentoring Center at IU Bloomington.

 

Liz Duffy Adams' play Or, premiered Off Broadway at WP Theater and has been produced some 70 times since, including at Magic Theater, Seattle Rep, and Round House Theater. She's a New Dramatists alumna and has received a Lily Award, Women of Achievement Award, NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, Will Glickman Award, and Briggs-Copeland Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard. Other plays include Born with Teeth; Dog Act; The Salonnières; The Broken Machine; Dear Alien; Wonders Of The Invisible World; Wet or, Isabella The Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitudes; The Listener; and One Big Lie. Her work has been produced or developed at the Alley Theatre, Humana Festival, PlayPenn Conference, Portland Center Stage, Flux Theatre Ensemble, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Cutting Ball, Shotgun Players, and Crowded Fire among others. Publications include Dog Act in "Geek Theater: Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Plays" (Underwords Press 2014); Or, in "Best Plays of 2010" (Smith & Kraus); and Poodle With Guitar and Dark Glasses in "Best American Short Plays 2000-2001" (Applause Books). She has dual Irish and American citizenship, and lives in NYC and Western Massachusetts. More at lizduffyadams.com.

 

Samuel Autman's first literary impulse was writing personal essays for church newsletters and school newspapers as a child. Before becoming Associate Professor of English at DePauw University, he worked as a staff writer at newspapers in California, Missouri, Utah and Oklahoma. His essays have appeared in The Kept Secret: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction, The Chalk Circle: Prizewinning Intercultural Essays, Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam's Call, Ninth Letter, The Common Reader, Under the Gum Tree, The Little Patuxent Review, Bonfires, PANORAMA: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, Memoir Magazine, Brevity and The St. Louis Anthology. Most recently his imagination has been captivated by visual narratives. His essay “A Walk Through the Neighborhood,” was adapted into the award-winning short film “A Long Walk,” and his first video essay “The Train Rolls On,” both of which are available on his Twitter page @samuelautman

 

 

Eric Freeze is author of French Dive: A Memoir, forthcoming in 2021; the short story collections Dominant Traits and Invisible Men; and a collection of creative nonfiction Hemingway on a Bike. He has published stories, essays, and translations in numerous periodicals including Boston Review, Harvard Review, and The Southern Review. He is an Associate Professor of creative writing at Wabash College and lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana and Nice, France.

Janine Harrison is the author of the poetry collection, Weight of Silence (Wordpool Press, 2019) and poetry chapbook, If We Were Birds (Locofo Chaps, 2017). Her work has appeared in Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, A&U, Gyroscope Review, and other publications. Janine teaches creative writing, literature, and linguistics at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Northwest Indiana.

   

 

 

Marc Hudson is an emeritus professor of English at Wabash College. He taught the craft of poetry, courses in Medieval and Renaissance literature, nature writing, the Beat writers, and contemporary poetry. His books of poetry are Island (Jawbone Press), Afterlight (University of Massachusetts Press, winner of the Juniper Prize), Journal for an Injured Son (Lockhart Press), The Disappearing Poet Blues (Bucknell University Press), and East of Sorrow (Red Mountain Press). He also published Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary (Wordsworth Editions, Ltd.). Among other awards, he has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Strousse Award from Prairie Schooner, and the Allen Tate Prize from the Sewanee Review. His poetry, reviews, articles and essays have appeared in scores of magazines including Poetry, Audubon, The Kenyon Review, The Malahat Review, Iceland Review, Poetry Northwest, Poet Lore, and Journal of the Southwest. He lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana, with his wife, Dr. Helen Mundy Hudson, and their three cats.

 

 

 

 

 

Noley Reid is author of the recent novel Pretend We Are Lovely, which The O, Oprah Magazine called “scrumptious.”  Her previous books are the short story collection So There! and the novel In the Breeze of Passing Things.  Her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in The Rumpus, The Lily, Bustle, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, Publishers Weekly, The Southern Review, and Other Voices.  She lives in southwest Indiana with her two best boys. www.NoleyReid.com

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

Barbara Shoup is the author eight novels, including Night Watch, Wish You Were Here, Stranded in Harmony, Faithful Women, Vermeer’s Daughter, Everything You Want, An American Tune, and Looking for Jack Kerouac and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process and Story Matters. Her short fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous small magazines, as well as in The Writer and The New York Times Travel Section. Her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Vermeer’s Daughter was a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young Adults. She is the recipient of numerous grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, two creative renewal grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the 2006 PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, and the 2012 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Regional Indiana Author Award. She is the former Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center and is currently the Writer-in-Residence.

 

  

Ania Spyra up in a German and Polish speaking home in Upper Silesia, a region of Poland. Her writing has appeared in 91stMeridian, Sargasso, World Literature Today, Studies in the Novel, Comparative Literature and Contemporary Literature. She received her MA in Literature and Linguistics from the University of Silesia, and her PhD in English from the University of Iowa. She is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Butler University, where she also co-directs the Visiting Writers Series.

 

 


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