Thursday, June 15, through Sunday, June 18, 2017
Co-sponsored by Clarion University, Penn State Erie, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Monmouth University.
Ann Pancake’s most recent book is Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley, a finalist for the 2016 Washington State Book Award. Her first novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been, was one of Kirkus Review’s Top Ten Fiction Books of the year, won the 2007 Weatherford Prize, and was a finalist for the 2008 Orion Book Award and the 2008 Washington State Book Award. Her collection of short stories, Given Ground won the Bakeless award, and she has also received a Whiting Award, an NEA grant and a Pushcart Prize. In 2016, she was the first recipient of the Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and the Community Fellowship. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University and is currently the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Stewart O'Nan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he lives with his family. He's spent his summers at Chautauqua since he was eight years old, and has both won a tournament at the Putt-Putt and caught a foul ball at a Jammers game. He's the author of 20 books, including his Chautauqua novel, Wish You Were Here and his most recent City of Secrets, which The New York Times called "a little jewel."
Diana Hume George
Diana Hume George is the author or editor of 10 books of nonfiction and poetry, including a new edition of The Lonely Other: A Woman Watching America, as well as The Family Track, A Genesis, and Phantom Breast. Her two literary studies are Oedipus Anne/ The Poetry of Anne Sexton and the Pulitzer-nominated Blake and Freud, and with Diane Wood Middlebrook, she edited Sexton’s Selected Poetry. For a number of years a co-director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, George is a contributing editor of the Chautauqua journal and Professor of Practice in Goucher College’s MFA program in nonfiction.
Beth Ann Fennelly
Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants and awards from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Fennelly has published three poetry books: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, and The Tilted World, a novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs will be published by Norton in fall 2017. Fennelly and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children.
Lia Purpura is the author of seven collections of essays, poems and translations, most recently It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (poems) and Rough Likeness (essays). Her honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Nat, National Endowment for the Arts and Fulbright Fellowships, three Pushcart prizes, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Nonfiction, and the Beatrice Hawley, and Ohio State University Press awards in poetry. Recent work appears in Agni, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Best American Essays, and elsewhere. She is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a member of the core faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop and teaches in graduate programs throughout the country. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and The Fine Arts Work Center. His previous collection Maybe the Saddest Thing, a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Wicker’s poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, and Boston Review. His second book, Silencer, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017.
As a singer-songwriter and creative writing professor at Ohio University Lancaster, Scott Minar has shaped a literary and songwriting career that spans four decades. Minar is the author, co-author, or editor of five books, including three college textbooks in poetry writing. His performance credits include shared stages with Richard Thompson, Kim Richey and a number of other well known singer-songwriters. His band The Kings of Hollywood was one of the most popular "jam bands" and original music groups in Athens, Ohio for over 20 years. From 1997-2000, Minar was founding writer for 22nd Street Music, a New York City-based music publishing and distribution company. He has performed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia with a variety of acts and in solo performance.
Bruce Dalzell is the patriarch of the Athens, Ohio music scene. He is a craftsman, constructing delicate and thoughtfulfolk tunes that cut through all the pretense of the modern music industry to hit listeners at their core. Dalzell was recently nominated for a WAMMIE award for his song “Tocoi Light,” and he has graced the stage of West Virginia Public Radio’s much-celebrated “Mountain Stage” roots music radio program. His legacy is also manifest in his studio (I Love Brucie studios), his family, and his unflappable commitment to playing pro bono A&R man to the scores of hopeful, novice singer-songwriters who clamber to his long-running open mics at Baker University Center and The Front Room. Sensing that he could offer even more, he took it upon himself to create Singer-Songwriter showcases at Donkey Coffee for emerging local talent, which eventually bore a child in the form of an ongoing CD series.