About the Writers 2011 Season

Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard is the author of six novels, including most recently Project X, and four story collections, including most recently the forthcoming You Think That’s Bad.  (Knopf, January 2011.)  His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize.  Project X won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association.  

His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, DoubleTake, The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Playboy, and he was a columnist on film for the magazine The Believer.   Four of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize.  He’s won an Artists’ Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

He teaches at Williams College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program, and lives in Williamstown with his wife Karen, his three children, and two beagles.

Bibliography

Novels:

Flights  (Knopf, 1983)
Paper Doll (Knopf, 1986)
Lights Out in the Reptile House (Norton, 1990)
Kiss of the Wolf (Harcourt Brace, 1994)
Nosferatu (Knopf, 1998)
Project X (Knopf, 2004)

Short Stories:

Batting Against Castro
(Knopf, 1996)
Love and Hydrogen (Vintage, 2004)
Like You’d Understand, Anyway (Knopf, 2007)
You Think That’s Bad (Knopf, 2011)

As Editor:

You’ve Got to Read This (with Ron Hansen) (HarperCollins, 1994)
Unleashed: Poems by Writers’ Dogs (with Amy Hempel) (Crown, 1995)
Writers at the Movies: 26 Contemporary Authors Celebrate 26 Memorable Movies (HarperCollins, 2000)

Read more about Shepard on Esquire.com


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Love and Hydrogen

Nosferatu


 

Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, including What Goes On: Selected & New Poems 1995-2009Different Hours won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and Loosestrife was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in 1996. His other W.W. Norton books are New & Selected Poems: 1974-1994, Landscape at the End of the Century, Between Angels, and Riffs & Reciprocities: Prose Pairs.

Norton will publish a new collection of his poems Here and Now in June, 2011.

Local Time (William Morrow & Co.) was a winner of The National Poetry Series in 1986.  A new & expanded edition of Walking Light: Memoirs and Essays on Poetry, was issued by BOA Editions, Ltd. in 2001.

Stephen Dunn’s awards include an Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, Fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, three NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Levinson and Oscar Blumenthal Prizes from Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the James Wright Prize from Mid-American Review, and many others.

He is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, but spends most of his time these days in Frostburg, Maryland where he lives with wife the writer Barbara Hurd.

Bibliography

Five Impersonations, Ox Head Press (Marsall, MN), 1971.
Looking for Holes in the Ceiling, University of Massachusetts Press (Amherst, MA), 1974.
Full of Lust and Good Usage, Carnegie-Mellon University Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 1976.
A Circus of Needs, Carnegie-Mellon University Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 1978.
Work and Love, Carnegie-Mellon University Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 1981.
Not Dancing, Carnegie-Mellon University Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 1984.
Local Time, Quill/Morrow (New York, NY), 1986.
Between Angels, Norton (New York, NY), 1989.
Landscape at the End of the Century, Norton (New York, NY), 1991.
New and Selected Poems: 1974-1994, Norton (New York, NY), 1994.
Loosestrife, Norton (New York, NY), 1996.
Riffs & Reciprocities: Prose Pairs, Norton (New York, NY), 1998.
Different Hours, Norton (New York, NY), 2000.
Everything Else in the World, Norton (New York, NY), 2006.
What Goes On: Selected & New Poems 1995-2009, Norton (New York, NY), 2009.


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What Goes On

The Insistence of Beauty

 

David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang is the author of M. Butterfly (1988 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Awards, Pulitzer finalist), Golden Child (1998 Tony nomination, 1997 OBIE Award), FOB (1981 OBIE Award), The Dance and the Railroad (Drama Desk nomination), Family Devotions (Drama Desk Nomination), Sound and Beauty, and Bondage. His newest play, Yellow Face, which premiered at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum and New York's Public Theatre, won a 2008 OBIE Award and was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize.

He wrote the scripts for the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida (co-author), Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song (2002 revival, 2003 Tony nomination), and Disney's Tarzan. His opera libretti include three works for composer Philip Glass, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, The Voyage (Metropolitan Opera), and The Sound of a Voice; as well as Bright Sheng's The Silver River, Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar (two 2007 Grammy Awards) and Unsuk Chin's Alice In Wonderland (Opernwelt's 2007 "World Premiere of the Year").

Hwang penned the feature films M. Butterfly, Golden Gate, and Possession (co-writer), and also co-wrote the song "Solo" with Prince. A native of Los Angeles, Hwang serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild. He attended Stanford University and Yale Drama School, and was appointed by President Clinton to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, actress Kathryn Layng and their children Noah David and Eva Veanne.

He is the Irving Bacheller Professor of Creative Writing.

Bibliography

Broken Promises, New York: Avon, 1983. (out-of-print; includes FOB, The Dance and the Railroad, Family Devotions, and The House of Sleeping Beauties)
M. Butterfly
, New York: Plume, 1988. (Acting edition published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.; audio version available from L. A. Theatre Works; film version available from Warner Bros.)
1,000 Airplanes on the Roof
, Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith, 1989. (Original Music Recording available from Virgin Records)
Between Worlds: Contemporary Asian-American Plays
, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1990. (includes Hwang's As the Crow Flies and The Sound of a Voice)
FOB and Other Plays
, New York: New American Library, 1990. (out-of-print; includes FOB, The Dance and the Railroad, The House of Sleeping Beauties, The Sound of a Voice, Rich Relations and 1,000 Airplanes on the Roof)
Golden Child
, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1998. (Acting edition published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)
Trying to Find Chinatown: The Selected Plays, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1999. (includes FOB, The Dance and the Railroad, Family Devotions, The Sound of a Voice, The House of Sleeping Beauties, Bondage, The Voyage, and Trying to Find Chinatown)
Humana Festival 1999: The Complete Plays, New Hampshire: Smith and Kraus, 1999. (include Hwang's Merchandising)
Rich Relations, New York: Playscripts, Inc., 2002.
Flower Drum Song, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by David Henry Hwang; based upon the libretto by Oscar Hammerstein, II and Joseph Fields and the novel The Flower Drum Song by C. Y. Lee; New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2003. (Broadway Cast Recording available from DRG)
2004: The Best Ten-Minute Plays for Two Actors, New Hampshire: Smith and Kraus, 2003. (includes Hwang's Jade Flowerpots and Bound Feet)
Peer Gynt (with Stephan Muller), based upon the play by Henrik Ibsen; New York: Playscripts, Inc., 2006.
Tibet Through the Red Box, based upon the book by Peter Sis; New York: Playscripts, Inc., 2006.
2007: The Best Ten-Minute Plays for Three or More Actors, New Hampshire: Smith and Kraus, 2008. (includes Hwang's The Great Helsman)
Yellow Face; Theatre Communications Group, 2009. (Acting edition published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)
 


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M Butterfly

Yellow FaceGolden Child

 

Lydia Peelle

Lydia Peelle

Lydia Peelle was born in Boston.  Her fiction has appeared in Granta, One Story, Epoch, The Sun, Orion, and elsewhere, and has won an O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and had been twice featured in Best New American Voices.  Her debut story collection, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, was published by Harper Perennial in July 2009, and received an honorable mention for the 2010 PEN/Hemingway Award.  A National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree, Peelle is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Virginia, and has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Ragdale Foundation. She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Bibliography

Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, Harper Perennial, July 2009

 



 

Video includes Lydia Peele and Rhonda Pollero

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Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing


 

Rhonda Pollero

Rhonda Pollero

USA Today best-selling author Rhonda Pollero has penned more than 30 novels including three series—the Rose Tattoo, Landry Brother, and Finley Tanner Mystery books—, receiving numerous awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards. Described as “master of the romantic suspense genre” by the Romantic Times—writing as Kelsey Robert— this versatile writer in 2007 turned from the romance novel genre to humorous mysteries, launching the series with Knock Off.

She has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Pollero is also a frequent guest on television and radio. She is considered an expert on women and crime fiction and is a recognized authority on structuring the novel.

In 2011 Simon and Schuster will publish Slightly Irregular, the fourth book in her humorous mystery series.

Ms. Pollero lives in south Florida with her family.

Bibliography

Knock Off, Kensington, 2008.
Knock 'Em Dead, Kensington, 2009.
Fat Chance, Pocket, 2009.
Slightly Irregular, Pocket, 2011.



 

Video includes Lydia Peele and Rhonda Pollero

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Fat Chance

Knock 'Em Dead

 


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.