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Imagination 2013 Faculty Bios


Lynda Barry 
  Lynda Barry 

Lynda Barry is a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher. She is known for her comic strip, Ernie Pook's Comeek. She is the author of many books, including One! Hundred! Demons!, The! Greatest! of! Marlys!, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel, Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies!, The Good Times are Killing Me. Her bestselling graphic novel for Drawn & Quarterly, What It Is, won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel and R.R. Donnelly Award for highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author.





Dan Chaon
  Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and You Remind Me of Me, which was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and he was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing.





Michael Dumanis 
  Michael Dumanis 

Dumanis’s first collection of poetry, My Soviet Union (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007), won the 2006 Juniper Prize for Poetry. Other works have appeared in literary journals, including Denver Quarterly, H.O.W. Journal, New England Review, Pleiades, “Ploughshares,” Post Road, and Prairie Schooner.

Along with poet Cate Marvin, Dumanis coedited the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). He also served as the Section Editor for the poetries of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Russia, and Slovakia in The New European Poets, an anthology from Graywolf Press (2008). Additionally, he acted as the editor for Cleveland State University Poetry Center's new publications from 2007, when he took over the small press’s directorship, until 2012.





Monica Ferrell
  Monica Ferrell

Monica Ferrell is the author of a novel, The Answer is Always Yes (The Dial Press/Random House), and a collection of poems, Beasts for the Chase, selected by Jane Hirshfield for the 2007 Kathryn A Morton Poetry Prize and published by Sarabande Books. A former "Discovery"/The Nation prizewinner and Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, the Boston Review, Fence, the New York Review of Books, and other magazines and anthologies.





Elizabeth Kadetsky
  Elizabeth Kadetsky

Nonfiction and fiction writer Elizabeth Kadetsky’s First There Is a Mountain, a memoir, was published by Little, Brown in 2004 and is coming out in rEprint with Dzanc books in 2013. Her short stories and personal essays have been widely published and honored, in the New York Times, Best New American Voices, the Pushcart Prizes, Best American Short Stories notable stories, Best Spiritual Writing notable essays and elsewhere. Her memoir in progress, The Memory Eaters, has been excerpted in Antioch Review, Agni and other venues. 





John McNally
  John McNally

John McNally is the author of three novels: After the Workshop, The Book of Ralph and America’s Report Card; and two story collections, Troublemakers and Ghosts of Chicago.  He is also author of two nonfiction books: The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist and Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercises for Writing Fiction, both published the University of Iowa Press. He has edited, coedited, or guest edited seven anthologies. John’s work has appeared in over a hundred publications, including the Washington Post, The Sun, San Francisco Chronicle, and Virginia Quarterly Review. As a screenwriter, he has a script in development with the producer of Winter’s Bone. He’s an Associate Professor of English at Wake Forest University and on the Core Faculty of Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program.





Hannah Tinti
  Hannah Tinti

Hannah Tinti’s short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. Hannah is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine, and received the 2009 PEN/Nora Magid award for excellence in editing. Recently, she joined the Public Radio program, Selected Shorts, as their Literary Commentator. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University’s MFA program and at the American Museum of Natural History.

 

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