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Mike Dockins

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Mike Dockins holds a B.S. from SUNY Brockport and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Crazyhorse and The Gettysburg Review, and have been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. A Pushcart prize nominee, Dockins is a co-founding editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. His first book of poems, Slouching in the Path of a Comet, was published by Sage Hill Press in 2007. His poem, “Dead Critics Society,” was selected by guest editor Heather McHugh for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Best American Poetry. Dockins currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is Poetry Editor of Terminus.

Marge Piercy

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Fiction & Poetry

Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives, The Longings of Women and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time; seventeen volumes of poetry, including Colors Passing Through Us, The Art of Blessing the Day, and Circles on the Water; and a critically acclaimed memoir, Sleeping with Cats. Born in center-city Detroit and educated at the University of Michigan, Piercy is the recipient of four honorary doctorates. She has been a key player in many of the major progressive political battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war, the women’s movement and, most recently, the resistance to the war in Iraq. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, Ira Wood, the novelist and publisher of Leapfrog Press.

Lynda Barry

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Fiction (Cartoonist)

Lynda Barry is an American cartoonist and author. One of the most successful non-mainstream American cartoonists, Barry is perhaps best known for her weekly comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek. Barry’s cartoons often view family life from the perspective of pre-teen girls from the wrong side of the tracks, but she often ventures far afield from this, such as in her strips featuring a Beat Poet poodle named Fred Milton. She has also produced novels such as Cruddy and The Good Times are Killing Me, the latter of which was made into a play. One Hundred Demons, a graphic novel she terms “Autobifictionalography,” uses collage and a Zen Ink painting exercise to address personal and social topics that have been demonized. Her book What It Is is a graphic novel that is part memoir, part collage and part workbook in which Barry instructs her readers in methods to open up their own creativity. She currently lives near Footville, Wisconsin.

Michelle Wildgen

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Michelle Wildgen attended the University of Wisconsin and received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Senior editor of the literary quarterly Tin House Magazine, Wildgen is the author of a novel, You’re Not You and the editor of an anthology, Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast. Her second novel, A Little Light, will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in fall 2009.Her fiction, personal essays, and food writing have also appeared in publications such as The New York Times, anthologies including Dirty Words and Best New American Voices 2004, and journals such as Prairie Schooner - from which she received the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing. Wildgen is currently a writer and editor in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ian Frazier

*Art of Fact Award*
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester April 29, 2009

Ian Frazier grew up in Ohio and is the author of Great Plains, On the Rez, Family, Coyote v. Acme, Dating Your Mom, Gone to New York: Adventures in the City and most recently, Lamentations of the Father. He is noted for his humorous essays on contemporary life and travel narratives that explore American history and geography — especially his work about the American West. Frazier has been published in Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly and other magazines. He has contributed essays for many books, written on the craft of travel writing and journalism, translated a book and served as editor for The Best American Essays, 1997. A staff writer for The New Yorker, Frazier lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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