About the Writers 2010 Season

Andrea Barrett

Andrea Barrett

Andrea Barrett is the author of five novels: Lucid Stars (1988), Secret Harmonies (1989), The Middle Kingdom (1991), The Forms of Water (1993), and The Voyage of the Narwhal (1998), and two short story collections, the National Book Award winner Ship Fever (1996) and Servants of the Map (2002).

Barrett grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Barrett has taught in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and has been a visiting writer and lecturer at numerous institutions and writers’ conferences including the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont and the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute at Skidmore College.

Barrett’s awards for her writing have been numerous. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1992 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997. She won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1996 for her first short story collection Ship Fever. In 1999, she received the Lillian Fairchild Award from the University of Rochester. In 2001, Barrett was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (also known as the “genius award”) and in 2003, she received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also been a fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Servants of the Map was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 and its title story was selected for Best American Stories 2001 and Prize Stories 2001: The O. Henry Awards. The stories “Theories of Rain,” and “The Forst,” both in Servants of the Map, were included in Prize Stories 2000: The O. Henry Awards and The 1998 Pushcart Prize XXII, respectively.

Barrett currently lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with her husband, the biophysicist and photographer Barry Goldstein, and teaches at Williams College.


Lucid Stars, Delta, 1988
Secret Harmonies, Washington Square Press, 1989
The Middle Kingdom, Washington Square Press, 1991
The Forms of Water, Washington Square Press, 1993
Ship Fever, W.W. Norton & Co., 1996
The Voyage of the Narwhal, W.W. Norton & Co., 1998
Servants of the Map, W.W. Norton & Co., 2002
The Air We Breathe, W.W. Norton & Co., 2007

Read "Breathing Lessons," an article about Andrea Barrett published on Boston.com

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Ship Fever

Servants of the Map

The Air We Breathe


Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan

Ryan has published several collections of poetry, including The Niagara River (Grove Press, 2005); Say Uncle (2000); Elephant Rocks (1996); Flamingo Watching (1994), which was a finalist for both the Lamont Poetry Selection and the Lenore Marshall Prize; Strangely Marked Metal (1985); and Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends (1983). About her work, J.D. McClatchy has said: "Her poems are compact, exhilarating, strange affairs, like Erik Satie miniatures or Joseph Cornell boxes. She is an anomaly in today's literary culture: as intense and elliptical as Dickinson, as buoyant and rueful as Frost." Ryan's awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Union League Poetry Prize, the Maurice English Poetry Award, and three Pushcart Prizes. Her work has been selected four times for The Best American Poetry and was included in The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997. Ryan's poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, The Yale Review, Paris Review, The American Scholar, The Threepenny Review, Parnassus, among other journals and anthologies. She was named to the “It List” by Entertainment Weekly and one of her poems has been permanently installed at New York’s Central Park Zoo. Ryan was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2006. In 2008, Ryan was appointed the Library of Congress's sixteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Since 1971, she has lived in Marin County in California.


Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends, Taylor Street Press, 1983
Strangely Marked Metal, Copper Beech Press, 1985
Flamingo Watching, Copper Beech Press, 1994
Elephant Rocks, Grove Press, 1996
Say Uncle, Grove Press, 2000
The Niagara River, Grove Press, 2005
Jam Jar Lifeboat & Other Novelties Exposed: Second Edition, Red Berry Editions, 2008

Read more about Kay Ryan on Poets.org

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Say Uncle

The Niagra


Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus

Andre G. Dubus III is an American writer best known as the author of the novel House of Sand and Fog, which was a National Book Award finalist in 1999 and was made into a movie in 2003. His other books include the 1989 collection The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, the 1993 novel Bluesman, and the 2008 novel The Garden of Last Days. Dubus's work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and the 1985 National Magazine Award for Fiction. It has also been included in "The One Hundred Most Distinguished Stories of 1993" and The Best American Short Stories of 1994. He was one of three finalists for the 1994 Prix de Rome given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He started his college career at Bradford College (Massachusetts), where his father taught, before moving on to study sociology at the University of Texas. He eventually dropped out of a Ph.D. program in the theory of social change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then roamed the country working at a variety of jobs, including carpenter, construction worker, bounty hunter, bartender, counselor at a treatment center, and actor, before making a career as a fiction writer.

He lives in Newbury, Massachusetts, with his wife, dancer and choreographer Fontaine Dollas, who teaches dance at the independent Governor's Academy (also known as Governor Dummer Academy), and their three children, one of which, Austin Dubus, is a student at the Governor's Academy. He is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he teaches general writing, fiction, and directed study courses.

His father, Andre Dubus (1936–1999), was a well known writer of short stories and novellas, and his cousin is the mystery writer James Lee Burke.


The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Vintage, 1989
Bluesman, Vintages, 1993
House of Sand and Fog, Vintage, 1999
The Garden of Last Days, W.W. Norton & Co., 2008

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House of Sand

The Garden of Last Days


Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez

To read Barry Lopez is to commune with a deep thinker. His writings have frequently been compared to those of Henry David Thoreau, as he brings a depth of erudition to the text by immersing himself in his surroundings, deftly integrating his environmental and humanitarian concerns. In his non fiction, he often examines the relationship between human culture and physical landscape. In his fiction, he frequently addresses issues of intimacy, ethics, and identity.

Barry Lopez is best known as the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award. Among his other non fiction books are About This Life, and Of Wolves and Men, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of several award-winning works of fiction, including Field Notes, Winter Count, and a novella-length fable, Crow and Weasel. His recent work includes Light Action in the Caribbean, a collection of stories, and Resistance (2004), a book of interrelated stories—Lopez’s eloquent response to the recent ideological changes in American society. He selected and introduced a collection of essays, The Future of Nature, and he is the co-editor with Debra Gwartney of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a landmark work of language, geography, and folklore. He is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled Horizon.

Once a landscape photographer, Barry Lopez continues to maintain close contact with a diverse community of artists. He is on the advisory board of Theater Grottesco in Santa Fe. He has collaborated with composer John Luther Adams on several concert and theater productions and spoken at openings for sculptor Michael Singer and photographer Robert Adams. In another arena of work, he recently collaborated with E. O. Wilson in the design of a university curriculum that combines the sciences and humanities in a new undergraduate major.

Barry Lopez has received numerous awards and prizes, among them the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Burroughs Medal, Guggenheim, National Science Foundation, and Lannan Fellowships, and the John Hay Medal, as well as Pushcart Prizes in fiction and non fiction. He is a regular contributor to Granta, The Paris Review, Orion, Manoa, Outside, The Georgia Review, Harper’s, and other periodicals; he has also just been named as one of four “contributing writers” to National Geographic magazine.


Of Wolves and Men, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1978
River Notes, Andrews and McMeel, 1979
Winter Count, Charles Scribner's Sons 1981
Arctic Dreams, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1986
Crossing Open Ground, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988
The Rediscovery of North America, University Press of Kentucky, 1990
Field Notes, Knopf, 1994
About This Life, Knopf, 1998
Light Action in the Caribbean, Knopf, 2000
Resistance, Knopf, 2004

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Arctic Dreams

Light Action in the Caribbean


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.