Chautauqua Institution


Chautauqua Writers’ Festival 2014

Co-sponsored by Clarion University, Penn State Erie, and University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Thursday, June 12, through Sunday, June 15, 2014

To register, please call Lori Franklin, 716.357.6310

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2014 Faculty



Alberto Álvaro Ríos, a finalist for the National Book Award, is the author of three collections of short stories, including Pig Cookies and The Curtain of Trees, ten books and chapbooks of poetry, including, most recently, The Dangerous Shirt, and a memoir about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border which won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award and, most recently, was designated as the One Book Arizona choice for 2009. He is the recipient of the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Western States Book Award for Fiction, six Pushcart Prizes, and he has work included in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, as well as over 250 other national and international literary anthologies. Ríos is a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught for over 30 years and where he holds the further distinction of the Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair in English.

January 15, 2014: "Khaled Mattawa and Alberto Ríos Named Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets" Read the full article here.

Jaimy-GordonJaimy Gordon is the author of six books, most recently the National Book Award-winning novel Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co, 2010). The novel was also a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, won the Dr. Tony Ryan Award for the year’s best book about horse racing, and has been longlisted for the coveted Orange Prize for Fiction. Gordon’s novel She Drove Without Stopping (Algonquin, 1990) was awarded an Academy-Institute Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Bogeywoman (2000) was named an LA Times Best Book of the year. Shamp of the City-Solo, her first novel, has long been considered an underground classic. Her short story “A Night’s Work,” which shares several characters with Lord of Misrule, appeared in The Best American Short Stories 19. Gordon has been awarded fellowships from both the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She currently teaches at Western Michigan University and the Prague Summer Program for Writers.



patsy-simsPatsy Sims is the author of The Klan, Cleveland Benjamin’s Dead!, and Can Somebody Shout Amen!, a New York Times Notable Book. She co-wrote narration for the PBS documentary The Klan: A Legacy of Hate, and edited Literary Nonfiction: Learning by Example. Her current project is a reported memoir, Doing Time in Texas: The Story of a Girl, a Prison, and a Town Called Sugar Land. Recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and a nomination for an Academy Award, Sims has directed the Goucher College MFA in Creative Nonfiction Program since 2001.


tom-b-2Tom Bridwell began his career as stage manager of the Cape Cod Playhouse, then technical director for The Opera Company of Boston under Sara Caldwell. He received seven National Endowment for the Arts grants as editor of Salt Works Press, where as a letter-press printer, paper-maker and book binder, he published over 70 books. He's written 20 books of poetry and prose; designed and built 24 houses; farmed in Mississippi and ranched in Colorado. He now lives in southern Ohio where he installs exhibits and mops floors in an art museum. For the past ten years his daily paragraphs have been posted on the web as Ridge Posts. His newest book, Janitor College, is forthcoming in 2014. Video Link: Tom reads his work and discusses his writing process.




Carl Dennis 300DPICARL DENNIS is the author of ten works of poetry and a collection of essays, Poetry as Persuasion. He has received the fellowships from the Gugenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. A recipient of Ruth Lilly Prize from Poetry Magazine and the Modern Poetry Association for his contribution to American Poetry, his book Practical Gods received the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. He lives in Buffalo, New York.




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MALENA MöRLING was born in Stockholm in 1965 and grew up in southern Sweden. She isthe author of two books of poetry: Ocean Avenue and Astoria. She has also published translations of work by Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer and together with Jonas Ellerströmof the Finland-Swedish poet Edith Södergran, On Foot I Wandered Through the Solar Systems, 1933 by Philip Levine into Swedish, and they have edited and translated the anthology The Star By My Head, Poets From Sweden published in 2014 by Milkweed Editions. In 2007, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2010 a Lannan Literary Fellowship. In addition to being Core-Faculty in The Low-Residency MFA program at New England College, she is an Associate Professor at University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband and three sons.


2014 Chautauqua Writers’ Festival Schedule

Thursday, June 12
10am -12pm Registration at Athenaeum Hotel – Athenaeum Lobby
12pm-12:50pm Lunch – Athenaeum Parlor
1pm-1:45pm Directors Welcome – Athenaeum Parlor
2pm-4pm Workshops – Upstairs Conf. Rm./Lobby Conf. Rm./Chaut. Rm./Blue Rm./Others TBD
4:10-6pm Writing Time/Conference/Open Mic
6:45pm-8pm Welcome dinner – Athenaeum Dining Room
8pm-10pm Faculty Readings –Athenaeum Parlor: Open to the public, admission $10 (Malena Mórling & Tom Bridwell)
Gathering Athenaeum Porch
Friday, June 13
8am-8:50am Breakfast – Athenaeum Parlor
9am-11am Workshops – Upstairs Conf. Rm./Lobby Conf. Rm./Chaut. Rm./Blue Rm./Others TBD
11:10am-12:10pm Fiction Panel – Athenaeum Parlor
12:15pm-1:10pm Lunch – Athenaeum Parlor
1:15pm-2:20pm Writing Time/Conferences/Open Mic
2:30pm-4pm Participant Readings – Location: TBA
4pm-5pm Writing Time/Conferences
5:15pm-6:15pm Poetry Panel – Athenaeum Parlor
6:30pm-7:45pm Dinner – Athenaeum Dining Room
8pm-10pm Faculty Readings - Athenaeum Parlor: Open to the public, admission $10 (Patsy Sims & Alberto Álvero Rios)
Gathering Athenaeum Porch
Saturday, June 14
8am-8:50am Breakfast – Athenaeum Parlor
9am-11am Workshops – Upstairs Conf. Rm./Lobby Conf. Rm./Chaut. Rm./Blue Rm./Others TBD
11:10am-12:15pm Writing Time/Conferences/Open Mic
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch - Athenaeum Parlor
1:15pm-2:20pm Writing Time/Conferences/Open Mic
2:30pm-4pm Participant Reading – Literary Arts Center Ballroom
4:15pm-4:50pm Writing Time/Conferences
5pm-6pm Nonfiction Panel – Literary Arts Center Ballroom
6:15pm-7:45pm Barbecue Dinner – Girls Club
8pm-10:00pm Faculty Readings – Girls Club: Open to the public, admission $10 (Carl Dennis & Jaimy Gordon)
Gathering Literary Arts Center Ballroom
Sunday, June 15
8am-8:45am Continental Gnosh – Athenaeum Dining Room
9am-11am Workshops – Upstairs Conf. Rm./Lobby Conf. Rm./Chaut. Rm./Blue Rm./Others TBD
11:15am-12:15pm Brunch & Plenary Panel – Athenaeum Parlor


Chautauqua Writers' Festival Directors

Diana Hume George is the author or editor of ten books of nonfiction and poetry, including The Lonely Other, The Family Track, and Phantom Breast, as well as literary studies such as Oedipus Anne, The Poetry of Anne Sexton and the Pulitzer-nominated Blake and Freud. With Diane Wood Middlebrook, she edited Sexton’s Selected Poetry. She teaches in Goucher College’s MFA program in creative nonfiction, and is a contributing editor of Chautauqua journal.


George Looney’s books include Monks Beginning to Waltz (Truman State University Press, 2012), A Short Bestiary of Love and Madness (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2011), Open Between Us (Turning Point, 2010), The Precarious Rhetoric of Angels (2005 White Pine Press Poetry Prize), Attendant Ghosts (Cleveland State University Press, 2000), Animals Housed in the Pleasure of Flesh (1995 Bluestem Award), and the 2008 novella Hymn of Ash (the 2007 Elixir Press Fiction Chapbook Award). His poetry has garnered a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist’s Fellowship, two Individual Artist’s Grants from the Ohio Arts Council and one from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and awards from such literary journals as The Missouri Review, New Letters, Zone 3, and The Literary Review. He is chair of the BFA in Creative Writing Program at Penn State Erie, editor-in-chief of the international literary journal Lake Effect and translation editor of Mid-American Review.


Philip Terman’s recent books of poetry include Among the Scribes, The Torah Garden and Rabbis of the Air. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Sun Magazine, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, and The New Promised Land: An Anthology of Jewish American Poetry. He teaches creative writing and literature at Clarion University, directs The Bridge Literary Arts Center in Franklin, PA, and is contributing editor for poetry for the journal Chautauqua. Occasionally, Terman performs his poetry with the jazz band Catro.



  • Jill McCorkle
  • Ron Carlson
  • Lee. K. Abbot
  • Aimee Bender
  • Ron Carlson
  • Dan Chaon
  • Peter Ho Davies
  • Tony Doerr
  • Tony Earley
  • Brian Evenson
  • Abby Frucht
  • Laura Kasischke
  • Jill McCorkle
  • Tom Noyes
  • Pamela Painter
  • Ann Pancake


  • Philip Gerard
  • Faith Adiele
  • Valerie Boyd
  • Thomas French
  • Philip Gerard
  • Lee Gutkind
  • Diana Hume George
  • Barbara Hurd
  • Mary Karr
  • Greg Kuzma
  • Suzannah Lessard
  • Jacob Levenson
  • Joe Mackall
  • Dinty Moore
  • Leslie Rubinkowski


  • Frank X. Gaspar
  • Denise Duhamel
  • Maggie Anderson
  • Robin Becker
  • David Citino
  • Carl Dennis
  • Denise Duhamel
  • Stephen Dunn
  • Frank Gaspar
  • Margaret Gibson
  • William Heyen
  • Patricia Jabbeh Wesley
  • Alicia Ostriker
  • Stanley Plumley
  • Bruce Smith
  • Maura Stanton
  • Michael Waters