Gathering Faculty Bios



Christopher Coake is this year’s Keynote speaker. A Hoosier native, Coake is is the author of the novel You Came Back (2012) and the collection of short stories We’re in Trouble (2005), which won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship and the 2012 recipient of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Emerging Indiana Author Award. Read more



Rob Griffith’s latest book, The Moon from Every Window (David Robert Books, 2011), has been nominated for the 2013 Poets’ Prize; and his previous book, A Matinee in Plato's Cave, was the winner of the 2009 Best Book of Indiana Award. His work has appeared in PN Review, Poetry, The North American Review, The Oxford American, and many others. He is the editor of the journal Measure and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Evansville, Indiana.


Lucrecia Guerrero's work has appeared in journals such as the Antioch Review and the Louisville Review.  Chasing Shadows, her collection of linked short stories was published by Chronicle Books.  Tree of Sighs, her debut novel was published by Bilingual Press/Arizona State University in 2011.  Her novel received a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship Award and the Premio Aztlán Literary Award.  Guerrero grew up on the U.S./Mexico border in a bilingual and bicultural home but has lived in the Midwest for years.


Sarah Layden's debut novel, TRIP THROUGH YOUR WIRES, is forthcoming from Engine Books. Her short fiction and poetry can be found in Stone Canoe, Blackbird, Artful Dodge, The Evansville Review, Booth, PANK, Reed Magazine, the anthology Sudden Flash Youth, and elsewhere. Recent essays and interviews have appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, The Writer's Chronicle, and The Humanist. She teaches writing at IUPUI, Marian University, and the Indiana Writers Center.


Sean Lovelace directs the Creative Writing program at Ball State University. He recently published Fog Gorgeous Stag (Publishing Genius Press) and a flash fiction collection with other authors, They Could No Longer Contain Themselves (Rose Metal Press). He blogs at His next book arrives in 2013 and is about Velveeta. He likes to run, far.


Jim McGarrah's poems and essays have appeared most recently in Bayou Magazine, Chamber 4, Cincinnati Review, Elixir Magazine, and North American Review. He is the author of three books of poetry, Running the Voodoo Down, which won a book award from Elixir Press in 2003, When the Stars Go Dark, which became part of Main Street Rag’s Select Poetry Series in 2009, and newly released from Ink Brush press, Breakfast at Denny’s (Jan. 2013). Read more


 Norman “Buzz” Minnick was born in Louisville, Kentucky. His second collection of poems is Folly. He is the editor of Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century (White Pine Press, 2010). Minnick has been a featured reader at Poets House, RopeWalk, Holler Poets Series, Block Island Poetry Project, Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference, Read more


Nicole Louise Reid is the author of the short story collection, So There! (SFA University Press) and a novel, In the Breeze of Passing Things (MacAdam/Cage).  Her award-winning short stories have appeared in the Southern Review, Other Voices, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, and MeridianRead more


Kelsey Timmerman is the author of WHERE AM I WEARING? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes and WHERE AM I EATING? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Condé Nast Portfolio and has aired on NPR.·


Shari Wagner teaches for the Indiana Writers Center and is the author of two poetry books: The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana and Evening Chore. She is also co-writer of her father's memoir about Somalia, A Hundred Camels, and editor of Returning: Stories from the Indianapolis Senior CenterRead more

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