About the Writers

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen

Bestselling novelist and journalist Carl Hiaasen is among South Florida's most vital natural resources. He writes in a comic style Hiaasenesque that combines thrilling plot lines, blunder-prone schemes, headstrong men and women, corrupt politicians, and a loving nod to the natural landscape of South Florida. And that's just his journalism. His fiction slightly more outrageous, but just has earned him praise as one of America's finest satirical novelists, and has sold millions. The New York Times writes that, "the arrival of each of his new novels makes the world a slightly happier place."  

In his books and keynotes, Carl Hiaasen shows you his America: absurd, seedy and oddly beautiful. He shares almost unbelievable stories about the sleaze, the quirkiness and, yes, the perseverance that underlie life in South Florida. In the tradition of the best satirists, his scathing critiques are wrapped in relatable humor and ring true with insight into the desperation, the audacity, and the hope intrinsic to human nature. After hearing Hiaasen simultaneously declaim on the state of the nation, while highlighting the good that nevertheless shines through, you'll see why Dave Barry calls him "a relentlessly sane voice in a hurricane of hypocrisy, hokum and hype."

Carl Hiaasen's bestselling novels include Star Island, Nature Girl, Tourist Season and Skinny Dip, which was just optioned for film by Mike Nichols (The Graduate). He also writes a column, and is an investigative journalist, for The Miami Herald; for his non-fiction work, he has earned three Pulitzer Prize-nominations. For being an all-around interesting guy, he was profiled on 60 Minutes. Hiaasen is also the author of two novels for young readers, Flush and Hoot, which was awarded a Newbery Honor. His latest book, 2010's Star Island, is a humorous look at the cult of celebrity.

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Star Island

 

Mihaela Moscaliuc

Mihaela Moscaliuc

Born and raised in Romania, Mihaela Moscaliuc came to the United States in 1996 to complete graduate work in American literature. She received an M.A. from Salisbury University, an M.F.A. in poetry from New England College, and a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Maryland. Her poetry collection, Father Dirt (winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award) appeared from Alice James Books in 2010, and her co-translation of Carmelia Leonte’s Death Searches for You a Second Time was published by Red Dragonfly Press in 2003. She has published poems, reviews, and articles in journals— The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, New Letters, Connecticut Review, Poetry International, Pleiades, West Branch, Interculturality and Translation, and in anthologies— History of the Literary Cultures in East-Central Europe , and Orient and Orientalisms in American Poetry and Poetics. Her translations of Romanian poetry appear in Arts & Letters, Mississippi Review, America, Absinthe, and Mid-American Review. In 2011, she was awarded a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for her poetry.

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Father Dirt

 

Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former USSR, and arrived in the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), which was named Best Poetry Book of 2004 by Foreword Magazine. Kaminsky’s honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Milton Center’s Award for Excellence in Writing, the Florence Kahn Memorial Award, Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize as well as their Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Philips Exeter Academy’s George Bennett Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation fellowship for poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic. In 2010 harperCollins published his anthology of 20th century poetry in translation, Ecco Anthology of International Poetry.

He co-founded Poets For Peace, an organization which sponsors poetry readings in the United States and abroad with a goal of supporting such relief organizations as Doctors Without Borders and Survivors International. Ilya has also worked as a Law Clerk at the National Immigration Law Center, and more recently at Bay Area Legal Aid, helping the impoverished and homeless in solving their legal difficulties.

Currently, he teaches Literature and writing at San Diego State University and acts as Director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute at The Poetry Foundation.

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Dancing in Odessa

 

Paula McLain

Paula McLain

Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965 and spent her childhood in foster care. In 1996, she received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, and has since been awarded fellowships from the corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her first collection of poetry, Less of Her (New Issues, 1999), won a publication grant from the Academy of American Poetry. Stumble, Gorgeous, a second collection of poetry, also by New Issues, appeared in 2005. Individual poems have been featured in American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon, 2000), The Gettysburg Review, Antioch Review, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. In 2003, Little, Brown published her memoir, Like Family: Growing Up In Other People’s Houses, for which she appeared on The Today Show. Her first novel, A Ticket to Ride, was published by Ecco in 2008, and was selected as a top winter read by The Today Show. The Paris Wife, a second novel (Ballantine, 2011) was an instant bestseller, debuting at # 1 on the American Bookseller Association bestseller list, and at # 9 on the New York Times bestseller list. It has also appeared on bestseller lists in Canada, Ireland and Italy, and has sold in 25 territories Internationally. Recent essays and excerpts of her work have appeared in The New York Times, the Sunday New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, Real Simple, and Good Housekeeping. She has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Michigan, The Putney School, John Carroll University, and in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Poetry at New England College. She currently lives in Cleveland with her three children.

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The Paris Wife

 

Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. She is the author of two novels, Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the 2007 Orange Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is the recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and was named one of today’s twenty most important fiction writers under 40 years old by The New Yorker, and she is represented by 24 publishers around the world. Her most recent book is a collection of short stories published by Knopf, The Thing Around Your Neck.

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Half a Yellow Sun

The Thing Around Your Neck

 

 


Winter With the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts is sponsored by The Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Artist Fund, Winter With the Writers Patrons, and the Rollins College Department of English.